BUFFALO—Erie Community College graduate and current SUNY at Buffalo law student Padraic Walsh was recently honored by national publication The Irish Echo as one of the top 40 Irish-Americans under the age of 40 in the U.S.
Walsh, who graduated from ECC in 2012 with an A.A.S. in Business Administration, emigrated to the United States from Kiltimaugh, Co. Mayo, Ireland in 1994. After stints in New York City and Chicago, he arrived in Buffalo in 2008; attended ECC and SUNY Empire State; and is now in his first year at SUNY at Buffalo Law.
The Echo found Walsh's scholastic achievements, as well as his work with Irish Network Buffalo, public relations officer leadership with the Buffalo Fenians Gaelic Football Club, and his humanitarian work in Vietnam with DDS4kids.org—a dental outreach program for the country's underserved communities—more than deserving of a 40-under-40 nod. In the coming years, the 36-year-old hopes to practice construction law, pursue urban property development in Buffalo, and continue his work with the fast-paced Fenians.
This is the seventh year of The Irish Echo's awards, which aim to showcase Irish America's up-and-comers. The Manhattan-based weekly's honors put the spotlight on Irish-American leaders from around the country who work in a variety of professions and have distinguished themselves in those fields before reaching the age of 40.
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state's SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC's faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.