Nearly 150 years ago over 600 Irish immigrants and Irish Americans, utilized the First Ward of Buffalo – now an officially designated Irish Heritage District – as a staging ground for what would quickly prove to be a failed attack on Canada. While this effort certainly was not the genesis of the Irish Community in Buffalo, who by this time probably numbered over 10,000, it can be used to mark the rise of a fighting spirit to keep bonds with Ireland and offer support to what many would still consider home. This spirit is alive and well today.
Fresh off an official visit by GAA President Liam O’Neill and Deputy Consul General of
Ireland Peter Ryan, there is no doubt that a strong hunger exists to further link the Irish and Irish American communities of Buffalo to those across the US, and more importantly Ireland.