Event Details

Fenianism and the Centennial of the Easter Rising

Date: 4/27/2016 6:00 PM - 4/27/2016 8:00 PM

Address: One Museum Court - The Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo, NY

Phone: 716-873-9644


A lecture by Craig Spears, in collaboration with the Fenian Society.

In 1866, the Fenian Invasion of Canada (then known as British North America) was an important local event that helped set the stage for rebellion 50 years later in Ireland.  The milestone anniversaries of these two momentous events will intersect at the Buffalo History Museum when local Irish history experts – Edward Patton and Craig Speers – will discuss the role of the Fenian Movement from the perspective of the 1916 Easter Rising.  

Local historian and co-author of America's Crossroads: Buffalo's Canal Street/Dante Place; the Making of a City, Mr. Patton will explain how the Fenian movement in the United States kept the fires burning for a Free Ireland.  Representing the Erie County Thomas Carroll Erie County Division 1 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Mr. Speers will discuss the main players and historic context of the Easter Rising as one of the pivotal events in modern Irish history.

 Music from the Fenian songbook will be played by Rush the Growler and infantrymen from the “Buffalo 7th Regiment, Irish Army of Liberation” will welcome guests.

The public is welcome join us in the celebration of this truly international event and important bit of Buffalo and Irish history.