Joseph McNamara

Place of birth: Buffalo, NY

What is your profession? Teacher at Erie 1 BOCES.

How do you celebrate your Irishness? I'm a member of the Blackthorn Club and march with the club every year for St. Patrick’s Day. I also learned Gaelic and have traveled to Ireland 3 times to visit relatives and see the country.

Name a hero you admire and why? My Father. He taught me the value of hard work and respect for others.

Something people would be surprised to know about me... I'm looking forward to being a grandparent and traveling.

Biography: I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. I went to Catholic Grammer school (St. Thomas Aquinas) and High school (Canisius High School). Graduated from UB an Buff State with my teacher certification. I worked in the IT industry for 20 years before becoming a teacher where I pass along my technical knowledge to 11th and 12th graders. I've been an active member of the Blackthorn club since 2006. I am an avid Jeeper and love to go off-roading and traveling. 

2024 Heroes of Irish America Awards