Raffle for Trip to Ireland, 2016

Tickets available at the Buffalo Irish Center, Tara Gift Shoppe, Shannon Pub, MPB Travel. By E-Mail at BufIrish@aol.com. Or call with your credit card #: (716) 743-9348.


GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive:

One week's accommodation at the beautiful "Claunreasc House" in County Clare.

Two round-trip flights from Buffalo to Shannon or Dublin Airports.

Car Rental Voucher for One Week in Ireland.


Raffle to Benefit the

Buffalo Irish Center


All of the charitable and Irish cultural organizations who rely on the Buffalo Irish Center as their meeting place.


The voucher for the Claunreasc House was donated by MPB Travel, 480 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

Flights, Tax and Car vouchers were donated by the Shannon Pub, 2250 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda, New York.

Winner will be drawn and announced at 8:00pm Sunday at the Buffalo Irish Festival.

Winner need not be present to win.

$5 Raffle tickets are available at the Buffalo Irish Center, from members of the many groups that meet there, at the Festival, and at the Shannon Pub.

Situated in the gentle rolling hills of the West Clare countryside, Claureasc House is the ultimate private retreat for your Irish vacation. Offering a spectacular view of Ireland's thousand shades of green that stretch to the Shannon River and Atlantic Ocean, Claunreasc House provides modern comfort and convenience in a quaint rural setting.

Claunreasc House comfortably sleeps six, with three bedrooms (two queen size beds, two twin size) each with an en-suite. Claunreasc offers a full, modern kitchen with refrigerator, stove, and microwave. Relax by the fireplace in the open concept living and dining room or in the conservatory overlooking the green fields. Fully equipped with a television, DVD player and satellite, and a washer and dryer for your convenience, Claureasc House allows you to explore the beautiful countryside of West Clare at your leisure.

West Clare is the home of traditional Irish music as the sounds of sessions spill from the pubs and into the streets in the local villages all year long. You can also check out the numerous local festivals for more information.

The location of Claunreasc is a golfers' paradise, perfectly situated between three of the most famous links courses in all of Ireland: Doonbeg, Lahinch, and Ballybunion. Claunreasc House is also a short drive to such natural wonders as the Cliffs of Moher and Ailwee Caves. Bunratty Folk Park is also a popular local attraction not to be missed. Other popular local pastimes include angling in the ocean or rivers, cycling or walking the country roads and back trails, dolphin watching, scuba diving, or exploring the history of the ancient land.

For booking information, please contact Pat Byrne at MPB Travel at 1-800-234-0672, patrick@mpbtravel.com or visit them on-line at www.mpbtravel.com

One Week use of Claunreasc (www.claunreasc.com) from Sept 15th,2014 thru May 15th, 2015. Subject to Availability. Winner is responsible for cleaning fee of $65.00 which is to be paid with reservation request. Trip prize would be for 7 nights at Claunreasc during the time period mentioned. A $250.00 damage deposit is required for all renters. This is returned upon inspection of the house after rental. Maximum number of occupants is 6 and there must be at least 2 adults(Age 30 or higher) in the rental party. Trip award would be subject to availability at the time of reservation request. The prize has no cash value and can not be transferred.

Katy Kassler of Los Angeles won the trip for two at the 2015 Buffalo Irish Festival at RiverWorks!! Her Mom and Dad live in the Town of Tonawanda. And believe it or not, they won the same trip in 2010! Congrats Katy!


Amanda West of Lackawanna was the winner of a Trip for Two to Ireland in 2008

The 2009 Raffle Winners was Eileen Kelchin of West Seneca

Dotty Kassler of Buffalo won in 2010

Kati Jonmair of North Tonawanda won the trip in 2011

Terry Buchnowski of North Tonawanda won the trip in 2012


Corinne Pazder is the winner of the 2014 Trip for Two to Ireland, donated by MPB Travel of Abbott Road in South Buffalo, and the Shannon Pub. Congratulations Corinne!! The Buffalo Irish Center made several thousand dollars on the fundraiser, thanks to all of you who contributed! www.buffaloirish.com/festraffle.htm

Sara Murphy of North Tonawanda was our winner for the 2013 Festival!

Corinne Pazder won the trip on August 24, 2014!

This from Corinne:

Hi Patrick,


Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip. The house was perfect for us, and the area was so lovely and relaxing. The scenery in the west of Ireland is amazing!


What really made the trip special though was the fantastic people we met throughout County Clare. Everyone was so friendly...such a joy to talk to!


Thanks to you and to the sponsors of the Buffalo Irish Festival for a very memorable week!


Corinne & Mark

Here's Eileen's letter on her return, November 1, 2009...

Mary, Pat & Kevin,

Gary & I just ret'd on Thursday morning from our delightful trip to Ireland. We had a ball!!!!

Once in Boston, we boarded Aer Lingus to Shannon & had a completely enjoyable and relaxing flight.

When we arrived in Shannon @ 6AM, we secured our rental car & off we went - in search of the cottage in Cooraclare. After a few "turnarounds", we found the house & met Sean & Dymphna. They were very hospitable, showed us around the cottage and we unpacked & settled in for the week.

The accommodations at the cottage were ideal - we were all very comfortable and felt like we were at home - even relaxing on the deck in lounge chairs on 2 separate days enjoying the beautiful weather, sunshine and a good bottle of wine - who would have thought we'd be "sunning" in Ireland!!!!!!!

The week revealed even more treasures and treats to explore - each one a wonderful variation of the next and the scenery, people, general hospitality and warmth were unequalled. We had a chance to meet lots of locals @ O'Keefe's & it became a favorite "late nite haunt".

I don't want to sound like we're penning a "travel log" - but this was just about the nicest "win" we could have ever expected.

Our thanks to everyone who made this possible and we are so glad Gary bought those raffle tix on the way out - quite a nice "return on investment"!!!

Eileen & Gary Kelchlin




Click on www.Claunreasc.com for more information.