Tour Buffalo’s historic Irish district with Forgotten Buffalo
blog by S.J. Velasquez • February 11, 2013 @ 12:29pm
Buffalo’s Irish Heritage District is currently located in the general vicinity around the Buffalo Irish Center on Abbott Road in South Buffalo, but the city’s Irish roots run deeper in other parts of the city, and one tour aims to expose those culturally significant pockets to locals.
Forgotten Buffalo’s Luck of the Irish Tour carts attendees through the city’s Old First Ward, Valley community and South Buffalo neighborhoods. These areas of Buffalo, located close to the Buffalo River, tucked in the shadows of the grain elevators, were settled in the mid-nineteenth century, according to the Old First Ward Community Association’s website.
Settled largely by Irish immigrants, these riverside pockets of Buffalo became filled with taverns, shops and pubs. Bits of the communities’ vibrant history still exists today, and the Forgotten Buffalo tour will expose those glimmers of the once lively commerce and cultural hotbed. Stops on the tour include Holy Family Church, the Buffalo Irish Center and popular neighborhood watering holes.
“Eat, drink, laugh your way through local history,” Forgotten Buffalo’s Eddy Dobosiewicz said in a phone conversation this afternoon.