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Buffalo Irish Center show glimpses Christmas in Ireland

An Irish Christmas sure sounds sweet. Think of Irish tenors. Irish coffee. Irish cream.

Dreams will become reality on Dec. 8, when the Buffalo Irish Center welcomes "Irish Christmas in America: The Show." This traveling show is making the rounds of American cities, and we are lucky to be one of them. Now in its 12th season, the show includes history and humor. The show is family friendly and features Irish ballads as well as instrumentals and Irish dancing. Photographs give glimpses of history and tradition.

"Christmas is a massive holiday in Ireland," said fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada, one of the show's creators. "It's a time when people travel home to see families and share great food and lots of music. The country shuts down, apart from the bars!"

Niamh Farrell performs with Irish Christmas in America. (Photo by Brendan Duffy.)

Niamh Farrell performs with Irish Christmas in America. (Photo by Brendan Duffy.)

The 2016 tour features vocalist Niamh Farrell. She hails from Sligo, a fabled town Yeats alludes to in his famous poem "The Fiddler of Dooney."  Joining her is Séamus Begley, a celebrated singer from West Kerry. Step-dancer Samantha Harvey and sean-nos dance star Brian Cunningham of Atlantic Steps will be adding their own energy.

The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8  in the Buffalo Irish Center (245 Abbott Road). Tickets start at $29, with dinner-show packages priced at $49. Tickets are on sale at or at the Buffalo Irish Center. Call 510-1887 for info.

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