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Buffalo Irish Times. (Buffalo, N.Y.) 1992-current, December 01, 2001, Image 2

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2 c o c o c D U N i r y lRish r ic n e s - oececoBeR. 200 i-)ANu<\Ry. 2002 B elfast Sum m er R e lief Wolfe Tones To Perform In Concert McKinley Funeral Records by Jack Fecio The Wolfe Tones,the world renowned Irish music group, will return to Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, Buffalo, New York. The fact that the Wolfe Tones have been entertaining audiences around the world for over thirty years is amazing in itself, but the fact that their fans range in age from very young to very old is truly a testament to their musi­ cal ability and crowd pleasing style! The performance will bene­ fit the Belfast Summer Relief Program - the non-profit organization dedicated to bringing children from the strife-torn areas o f Northern Ireland to Buffalo for a six week vacation. Since its found­ ing in 1975 by Martha Harkin and her late husband, Tom, the Program has helped more than 1300 children realize that peo­ ple can live together in peace - despite their religious and/or political differences. Since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, there have been many questions and comments regarding the con­ tinued need for the Program. As we have seen on several occasions, the new Northern Ireland assembly has endured many problems in its task of governing the North. There is, however, another aspect that requires consideration. Even if lasting peace becomes reality, what will happen to the fami­ lies and children who benefit from this Program ? Their social and economic status will not change— at least in the foreseeable future. Of all the children who came to the Buffalo area for the first time during the summer of 1998, not one had a parent who was employed and not one had pre­ viously had a holiday or vaca­ tion away from home! When asked if this kind of criteria would unduly reduce the num­ ber of children eligible to par­ ticipate in our Program, the Principals of both schools involved stated that they could easily provide three times the number allowed from each school with no problem what­ soever! Advance sale tickets at $19 each can be purchased individ­ ually or in tables of ten and are available at the Tara Gift Shoppe, 250 Abbott Road, Buffalo, New York (716-825- 6700). Tickets at the door, if available, will be $21 each. For more information, to order tickets by mail, or to reserve a table, please call the Tara Shoppe or Jack and Maureen Fecio, Program Directors, at (716) 822-6626. The Program is also seek­ ing families to host the chil­ dren, ages 10-12, for their six week stay during the summer of 2002. Hopefully, there will be approximately 50 children participating this year;the exact number will be determined by the success of fundraising M uldowney's N o r t h / S o u t h Vocation Places Rent beautifully furnished condo for a month, week or weekend at Chautauqua Lake, NY New Smyrna Beach, Florida Cat Tom «t (716) 366-6674. Patti at (716) 667-9721 or v4*tt our webelte at www.nacon4oa.eoin efforts.Preference is given to families with a child or chil­ dren approximately the same age.The Program covers the cost of airfare, ground trans­ portation, and insurance; the host families are asked to pro­ vide room and board along with some “tender loving care”. Additional information can be obtained by writing to: Belfast Summer Relief Program, P.O. Box 103, Ellicott Station, Buffalo, New York 14205 or by calling Jack and Maureen at (716) 822- 6626. Lawrence Ginnane, a mem­ ber of Thomas W., Carroll A.O.H., recently addressed that group about the records he has of the funeral records of U.S. President William McKinley who was gunned down in Buffalo during the Pan American Exposition in 1901. George E. Drullard was the owner and operator of the Drullard & Koch Funeral Home, who was charged with the daunting task of handling the funeral arrangements for the President. Mr. Ginnane has been in possession o f the Drullard funeral ledger book since he purchased the Emmett W. Burns Funeral Home in 1977. Mr. Burns previously was in partnership with T. Arthur Legg, the funeral director who worked with Mr. Drullard at the time o f McKinley’s death. The D. Lawrence Ginnane Funeral Home is in the Village of Kenmore. G a elic F o o tball Youth Teams Compete in 2001 The Buffalo Youth Gaelic Football teams competed very successfully during the 2001 season. Comprised of area boys and girls in the under 12 and Under 14 age divisions, the season was highlighted by host­ ing the Youth Eastern Regional Irish Football Tournament held August 4-5 at Bellwood Park in West Seneca. Youth teams from New England and New York City traveled to Buffalo to par­ ticipate in some hotly contested games. The Buffalo Under 14 team finished as runner up to a wide­ ly traveled and more experi­ enced New York team consist­ ing of all-star players from their own in-house league. The Buffalo team competed gamely and was complimented by the New York coaches after the game as having provided their stiffest competition of the sea- S t . P a t ' s I r i s h A m e r i c a n C lu b A Family Club Congratulates Ruby McCafferty & M ary G r e e n e Meetings—1st Saturday of the month at 8 p.m. C o n ta c t A n n e C o ffey 826-3431 r A d u t t C e i t i every Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo Irish Center ■ 245 Abbott Road . l ^ i s h Q a m c e L e s s o n s j r I k i s H S e t O & n c i n g Thursday nights, 7:30 p.m. September - June Sponsored By Comhaitas Ceoixoiri Cireaan for Information phone 627-5966 or 834-9459 son. Another highlight of the season was the visit of a fledg­ ling Detroit area youth team. The match was played at Como Park as a preliminary exhibi­ tion to the adult Buffalo-Detroit match. The locals put on a fine demonstration of the skills they have acquired over the last three years in dispatching the Detroit youth team. Our youth team anticipates a return match next season in Detroit and hopefully Cleveland in order to help our program grow within the GAA Midwest Division. Led by Youth Board Chairman Tim Flanagan, and assisted by coaches Pat Conway, Robert Lawn and John Pope along with Secretary Freda Lawn and Registrar Chris Mathewson we hope to continue to build our local youth program. It has come to serve as a model for other cities as they attempt to start their own youth programs. We thank the local Irish community for their continued support and please look for player registra­ tion information for the coming season to appear come spring. Scoil CultuR na hC iR e a n n (School o f lRish CulruRe) rean g a , ceol, agus cRaic (language, m u s ic, an d Fun) (JJednesdays - 7 : 3 0 p.m. The Buffalo lRish CenceR CURR1CULUCD ❖ conversation *5* u iriting <♦ reading ♦ poi.kt.OKe poetry ♦ geography history 4 singing ♦ pei.d trips beginner-advanced beginner-interm ediate- advanced ages: 14 t o 104 Call M argaret M cGrath (716) 674-8569 For Further Information I

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