The third conference presented by the St. John Fisher College Irish Studies program was held Oct. 17, 2014, featuring more than a dozen presenters over the day.


​The theme was the connection of the Irish and the Erie Canal on the development of upstate New York during the 19th century.

Opening Session

Philosopher William James's connection to the Erie Canal and Ireland, and a look at the Canal exhibit created by the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany. READ MORE

The Irish in Upstate NY

A history professor and an author offered  details about Irish settlement in Buffalo and Rochester around when the Canal was built. READ MORE

Preserving the Canal

A major project now under way will turn a remaining canal lock just off the Thruway near Port Byron into a historical park. READ MORE

Re-enactor Canal Sal

Community Reaction

View from Ireland

Two visitors from Waterford, Ireland offer their impressions of St. John Fisher College and the importance of studying abroad. READ MORE

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The conference was sponsored by the Irish Studies Department of St. John Fisher College with support from Dr. Donald Bain, College President; the Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences; and the Rochester-Waterford Sister Cities Golf Tournament.