245 Abbott Rd | Buffalo, NY 14220
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The Buffalo Irish Center is host to a number of organizations that offer educational programs advancing the Irish culture. Different groups focus on Irish Music, Irish Dance, Genealogy and the Gaelic language.

Music

BIAS-BUFFALO IRISH ARTS SOCIETY OF COMHALTAS CEOLTOIRI EIREANN: MARTIN WYNNE BRANCH: Contact: Buffalo Irish Arts Society at: http://www.buffaloirishartssociety.com/index.html

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (pronounce coal-tas kyol-tory air-an) means an association of traditional Irish musicians. The Martin Wynne Branch, which is part of the international organization with headquarters in Dublin, gives us an opportunity here in Buffalo, to actively promote Irish traditional music and dance, song, language and culture. In addition to the branches in every county inIreland and the many in North America, Comhaltas has active branches all over the world, such is the interest in traditional Irish culture.

The centerpiece of the Buffalo branch is the monthly SEISIUN* at the Buffalo Irish Center. A seisiun is sort of an impromptu Irish jam session where several musicians play traditional tunes, along with songs, a story or two and maybe some dances. In addition, the branch holds a CEILI* (dance) several times a year, drawing people from as far away as Rochester, Toronto andCleveland. We also sponsor concerts, workshops, weekly dance instruction and occasional Pub Nights at the Buffalo Irish Center. Membership includes a subscription to TREOIR, a first class quarterly magazine about traditional Irish music, dance and song, published in Monkstown, Co. Dublin. There is also a monthly newsletter containing traditional information of local interest.

Dance

RINCE NA TIARNA IRISH DANCERS

 Founded in 1986, Rince na Tiarna has become one of the most successful schools in North America, winning Gold Medals Internationally for both teams and solos at the World Championships and the All Ireland Dance Championships.  From New York Knicks half-time at Madison Square Garden to the Library Of Congress in Washington, DC, their achievements and influence have echoed far beyond our local community.
The family oriented school teaches students from four to young adult, while nurturing pride in their heritage.  Students are encouraged to pursue performance, traditional and competitive dancing at "their own pace". From beginner to champion, hard work, creativity and fun generate a spirit and style unique to Rince na Tiarna.
  For information, contact Instructor, Mary Kay  Heneghan ADCRG, (716) 675-8785, Email: MKHRINCE@msn.com
 Locations:  East Aurora, South Buffalo, Ken-Ton, Williamsville and Erie, Pa. 
 Check out our website: http://www.rincenatiarna.com/

INNISFREE DANCE GROUP, Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220, contact: Shane & Jean Devlin (716) 627-5966 or Email: smjmdevlin@verizon.net

Innisfree Ceili Dance Group prides itself in teaching and promoting the traditional ceili and set dances. Adults of all ages meet at the Buffalo Irish Center on Tuesday evenings, 7:30PM to 10:00PM. Instructions are provided in CEILI* figure and the popular Irish SET* dances. All are most welcome.

Genealogy

BIGS-BUFFALO IRISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, 245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220, Ed Patton, Pres., (716) 627-2417, EPatton@adelphia.net or Donna M. Shine, Treas., (716) 662-1164, Dmshine@aol.com

BIGS, a non-profit, tax exempt organization, was organized in October 1997 from a need to focus Irish genealogical research sources in the Buffalo and Western New York area. Our purpose is: (1) To create an Irish family database center in Buffalo; (2) To encourage the Irish community to participate by submitting their own family genealogies; (3) To collect, preserve, and make accessible genealogical records relating to the Irish; and (4) To provide genealogical workshops for the Irish community.

Annual dues includes a subscription to the Buffalo Irish Times. Visit our website for more information at : http://bigs.limewebs.com

 

Language

SCHOOL OF IRISH CULTURE:Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 PM at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220, contact: Margaret McGrath (716) 674-8569

Language, music, and fun for beginner, intermediate, and advanced ages 14 to 104. Curriculum: conversation, folklore, history, writing, poetry, singing, reading, geography, and field trips.