IN THIS ISSUE
5th Annual  
Burns Supper

presented by Tom Keefer
and Celtic Cross

Jan. 23rd | 6pm
Brookside Banquets
2990 Lockport-Olcott Rd.
Newfane, New York 14108

Tickets: $30 (includes tax & gratuity; cash bar)
Order: 716-778-8500
Riverside Presbyterian Church's 25th Robert Burns Dinner
includes traditional Scottish fare, bake sale; with family entertainment by MacKenzie Highlanders' Pipes & Drums, McMaster Highland Dancers, Elemental Sprites Celtic Duo, poetry, sing-alongs & more

Jan. 23rd | 6pm
Frontier Fire Hall
2179 River Rd.
Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Tickets: $30 adults/ $10 Kids 12 & Under; Reservations required, click here
The Band of the Royal Marines and the Pipes & Drums of the Scots Guards
 
January 28th | 7:30pm 
University at Buffalo 
103 Center For The Arts 
Buffalo, NY 14260

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JANUARY 2016
THIS WEEKEND: Honoring Robert Burns
Around the globe, thousands will be celebrating the life and works of great Scottish writer Robert Burns. There are a number of Burns Suppers being held in WNY this weekend (see the left column, or visit our event calendar for details). We hope you'll join in the fun- a perfect chance to wear your tartan and enjoy wonderful Scottish food, drink and entertainment!
Join us on February 19th for our 2nd Great Guinness Toast Pub Crawl!
Friday, Feb. 19th | 6:30pm-12:30am

Join the Buffalo Irish Center's Great Guinness Toast & explore a few stops along our Old First Ward Pub Crawl- all with great people on a bus ride from Lockport to South Buffalo! Last year's group had a wonderfully fun time- we hope you'll join us!

The bus will depart from the Lockport library at 6:30pm and head to the Buffalo Irish Center. Guests can remain there, which has 3 bars and party rooms plus live music all night. Or you can journey on for a 90 minute pub crawl to Gene McCarthy's, The Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub and Conlon's Bar & Grill! Finally everyone will enjoy time at the BIC and partake in the annual world-wide Great Guinness Toast!
Cost: $32-pp includes round-trip bus ride, pre-sale party ticket, driver tip & tax (food & drink not included).**Up to $10 will be refunded to each guest IF we have more than 20 people (refund price based on # of riders)**
The Irish Diaspora
The history of Ireland includes the many Irish people living outside of the country, known as the Irish Diaspora

Today's current population of Ireland is over 6 million. Around the world, it's estimated that 50-80 million more people have Irish ancestry. That is a lot of Irish! So why have more people left their homeland than stayed?

Until 1800, Ireland was often caught in land feuds, and the constant instability did not make Ireland a very safe place to live, causing many to journey elsewhere. In 1801 Ireland became a part of the new United Kingdom, and many Britain's didn't want to see the Irish (Catholics) rise up again their Protestant rulers. So the Irish were forced to deal with strict laws and harsh punishments. They were stripped of titles, land, rights and nearly all exports were halted. This led to a massive population of poor who relied on their government for support. Between 1800 and 1850 a few million people emigrated elsewhere, many so poor they couldn't travel farther than England. Those with money could flee to new countries; well over a million came to Canada and the new United States.

Back home in Ireland the main source of food had become potatoes, which were cheap to grow, versatile to cook and left full stomachs. Most poor Irish lived off of three meals of boiled potatoes daily. A working man might eat up to 14 lbs. per day! This changed in the fall of 1845, after a fungus arrived from North America on returning cargo ships. The fungus ate the potato crops faster than anyone had seen before. The blight remained for a decade, effectively destroying the major food source for millions of people and became what's known today as the Great Potato Famine. The government's failure to effectively handle the problems helped contribute to the death of app. a million people through starvation and disease. Nearly two million people fled the country, settling onto nearly every continent on the planet.

The government remained in upheaval for another century, and so emigration continued- largely by young families hoping for better lives. Yet those leaving held onto a strong love for the island and their family traditions. This loyalty to Ireland has remained, even generations later by millions who have never once seen Ireland themselves.

Many of us, the Irish Diaspora, remain connected to our ancestors and their homeland, and love learning and celebrating everything it (especially on St. Patrick's Day). It's our dedication to our Irish heritage that continues to influence our world.
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Burns Supper
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January 25th marks the celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns. Born in Ayrshire in 1759, Robert Burns' work has inspired generation after generation. On January 25th Scots all around the world come together on the anniversary of his birth to honor his memory and celebrate his work. | A traditional Burns night consists of a Burns Supper, Scottish Whisky and Tartan. | Burns night usually begins with everyone dressed in their finest Tartan gathering...read more

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