IN THIS ISSUE
Paul Byrom in Concert
Paul Byrom is often hailed as one of Ireland's premier tenors. The Dublin-born tenor has been in the music industry for over 20 years, and is likely known best for his time as part of the original Celtic Thunder singers.

Feb 18th | 8-10pm
245 Abbott Rd.
Buffalo, NY 14220

Annual Great Guinness Toast
at the BIC!

Join in the worldwide toast to Guinness with a great evening of music, food, drinks and fun!

Feb 19th | 6-11:30pm
245 Abbott Rd.
Buffalo, NY 14220

ESI Events Presents
Gaelic Storm 
After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm - the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band - is looking sharper than ever. If you haven't seen them live here's your chance! 

Feb. 21st
7pm Door | 8pm Show
Tralf Music Hall
622 Main Street
Buffalo NY 14202

21+ Admitted, G.A. $23 Advance/ $25 Door
The Wake 2016
produced by the Irish Classical Theatre Company
Come and celebrate the life and memory of lamented fictitious Irishman, Bartholomew "Barry" McCorpse.  Barry's brother, Cary McCorpse, will serve as pallbearer.. Filled with music, laughter, drama, food, drink and more. Sells out, grab tickets fast!

March 4th | 7-10:30pm  
257 Franklin St.
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FEBRUARY 2016
Join us THIS FRIDAY 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)**
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The World of Guinness

The Guinness harp logo is one of the more internationally recognized symbols of Ireland, well-earned thanks to being the most popular alcoholic beverage in countries all over the world (10 million pints sold each day). Launched in Dublin, Ireland by Arthur Guinness in 1759, it remains a beloved part of Celtic life and heritage.
 
Today Guinness is exported to more than 120 countries, helping the ruby red drink to become an integral part of communities worldwide. This offered a unique opportunity for the company, which began producing flavor and styles of stout and ale that better reflected the region it's sold in. There are also international breweries to help create the various flavors: one in Canada and a few in Africa, where 40% of all Guinness is sold- thanks to colonial history and a successful multi-century marketing campaign!
 
So what are some of the different Guinness versions? Sold worldwide are the classics: Guinness Draught, and Guinness Original/Extra Stout. One popular style which remains elusive in the U.S. and Canada is the sour Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (production strength varies in the region it's sold; it was once known as West Indies Porter). Other U.K. varieties include Guinness Special Export Stout and Guinness Bitter, while Africans enjoy Guinness Extra Smooth and Malta Guinness. New styles include Guinness Red Harvest Stout, Guinness Blonde, and new craft beers Dublin Porter and West Indies Porter. Also we can't forget to mention the many products beyond drinks that incorporate the Guinness flavor, including sauces and desserts- two of the bigger partnerships are with Heinz and Kraft.
 
Of course experiments, celebrations and changing palates have helped see many styles come and go (some may still be found in stores). Among those no longer brewed include are 250 Anniversary Stout, Guinness Mid-Strength, Guinness Breó , Guinness Light, Guinness Black Lager,Guinness Cream Stout, St. James's Gate craft beers, and the Brewhouse series of: Brew 3, Toucan Brew and North Star. It will be interesting to see how the flavors evolve in the future!

Of course no matter the distance of the breweries, nothing is truly Guinness without a key ingredient of the beer, Guinness Essence, which is only produced in Ireland and shipped to their breweries. This ensures every batch still has the most important thing: a 'touch of Dublin'.
2nd Beltane Bash!
The Niagara Celtic Heritage Society presents their

Saturday April 30th  
2-7pm

at Brookside Banquets
2990 Lockport-Olcott Rd.
Newfane, NY 14108

Tickets $30pp | 2 for $55
Pre-Sale Only
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Menu
cash bar, coffee & tea

2:30 Appetizers: Reuben Flat-breads, Haggis Pastry Shots

4:00 Buffet: Spring Salad, Rolls, Cock A Leekie Soup, Bubble & Squeak,
Whiskey Chicken, Bangers w/ Neeps & Tatties,
Shepherd's Pie Twice Baked Potatoes

4:30 Dessert:Scottish Shortbread, Bailey's Chocolate Cake, Scones
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Tartan, Garb and Costumes Encouraged!
 
 Questions: 716-622-1832 or cate@niagaraceltic.com.
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