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Colm Wilkinson Internationally Acclaimed Tenor’s Phoenix Debut June 4-5 Personal Interview with Ann Niemann Colm Wilkinson is a humble, grateful man: a lifetime of leading roles as one of the all-time greatest tenors; a devoted, long-term marriage; and four adult children, successful in their own right. These give testament to an artist who has endeavored to strike balance between the demands of career and family.

Home in Ireland The sixth of 10 children born in Drimnagh, Dublin in 1944, Colm was surrounded by music at home. His father, originally from Belfast, had an asphalt company but played banjo and mandolin during any time off, while mom, from County Mayo, was an amateur dramatist and played violin. Everyone sang, “every single one of us,” and from a very young age was expected to stand up and perform their “party piece” (entertainment), whether a song or a poem. Radio was enjoyed and later a gramophone when it could be afforded. Growing up on Mangerton Road (about which he later composed a song), was “a fantastic place where we could be pretty wild with countryside near us” to play and enjoy their childhood. In rather cramped quarters, however, the family moved into a larger, red-bricked home closer to Dublin when he was 11. Even now, Colm thinks back, “I hated it. We Watch 17 Valjeans sing came from a great place with a very open the Gran Finale One More Day in the Les life and people to lots Mis 10th Anniversary more cars with not as much freedom” to roam about. He would go back frequently and visit there; by about 14 was already in a band as singer and guitarist; and by 16 had quit the family business and was touring the U.S. Although Colm considers many of his siblings more talented than himself—older sisters performing as a take-off on the Andrews Sisters; one singing in the chorale of the National Irish Opera Company; one touring with her band before settling in London—he happened upon the commercial opportunities to create a career.

The World’s Stage, London, Broadway, Toronto A singer-songwriter in Ireland as C.T. Wilkinson, he performed with a leading Irish band, The Action; later charted solo #1 hits in Ireland; and won 5th place vocalist in the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest in Paris with his own composition, Born to Sing. But it was in 1972 at age 28, he was cast in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar in Dublin as Judas Iscariot, and then in London and on its British national tour. This collaboration and friendship has endured over time. Colm sang for the concept album for Evita in the role of Ché Guevara in 1976, but didn’t audition for the stage production because of launching his solo career. He originated the role of the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera at the Sydmonton Festival, located on the grounds of Webber’s country estate southwest of London in 1984. Once again with Webber in 1985, Colm originated the role of Jean Valjean in the London production of Les Misérables. Originally written for a baritone, it was Wilkinson jumping the octave into his amazing falsetto tenor voice during the audition that changed everything. About his portrayal of Jean Valjean, he commented, “I didn’t do what was written, and nobody knew, because I was the first.” The show transferred to Broadway in March 1987. It’s reported that, “Originally, the American Actors’ Equity Association refused to allow Wilkinson to play the part of Valjean in New York, due to their policy of hiring only American actors. At this, producer Cameron Mackintosh refused to open the show unless Wilkinson played Valjean. Actor’s Equity subsequently relented. Wilkinson won the Helen Hayes Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Theatre World Award for his performance. He was nominated for the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Musical.” The 10th anniversary of Le Mis celebrated on stage at The Royal Albert Hall. For the encore, Colm opened and then shared with 16 others who have played Valjean from around the world, with the entire cast and chorale for an impressive musical feat. The 25th anniversary was a spectacular tribute to the show, cast, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and musicians. Colm performed with many of the original



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With Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin

Colm with Henry Cavill in Showtime’s The Tudors

cast members at the O2 Arena, and then performed dor. The children were young and getting into a bit of a live at the London Palladium, during the Royal Variety squabble at the table as children do. The Senator laughed Performance later that year. and laughed. All was settled but the telling became a huA year later in October 2011, The Phantom of the morous story. Even the last time Colm was able to visit Opera celebrated its 25th anniversary at The Royal Albert his friend after the Kennedy Center birthday celebration, Hall along with many of the former Phantoms. the Senator was quite frail but stood and started singing Toronto became home for “God on high” from Le Mis and Watch Colm perform the Wilkinson family, when he launched into the story about Valjean Quartet during Colm and his kids. Upon leaving, played the title role in Phantom the Les Mis 25th for four and half years, and there he was just within earshot as he Anniversary tribute remained. “It was a great city for heard the Senator again regale the me, provided work, and a good account with then Irish Ambassador, Michael Collins. Colm sang at the memorial service education and place to live for my family.” He is a Founding Artist of Theatre 20, a musical thea- in 2009 at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library the evening before the Senator’s funeral. tre company in Toronto formed by artists in 2009. A couple of years ago, Colm and Deirdre made a Arizona’s thousands of Canadian winter visitors will appreciate Colm sharing that “the winters are brutal” bucket list trip to take time to really see their homeland. and he’s looking forward to his visit to Phoenix (albeit They toured places like Kinsale, Kerry, the Cliffs of summer) to perhaps consider a warmer alternative in the Moher; love the Connemara; Donegal; the “gorgeous” future. Antrim Coast, Bushmills, and so many great places. They have a home in Wicklow although they don’t get What’s most important in life? back very often with their travel schedule. Without hesitation, the emphatic response: “Number One is my wife and family.” As soon as he had some Disappointments and Success standing/clout in his engagements, it was built in that his He shares, “There are ups and downs and you pay the family would travel with him. He and Deirdre married price. On stage is perhaps the easiest part when healthy. in 1970. She was working as a production assistant for “One has to be prepared to take the disappointRTÉ (Ireland) on set for The Riordans television series. ments; they are occupational hazards. You have to be Colm’s sister, Rebekah, had missed the transport from really tough in this business and have thick skin. Success Dublin to the film location so he gave her a lift. You can is inconsistent so it’s having a “mad [defined as excithear the smile in his voice as he reflects that he believes ing with great energy] passion for what you do. It’s a he was “set up” to ensure he would meet the 17-year-old, very personal business, getting yourself out there. To be who has been the love of his life. honest, I’m looking forward to less time out.” Having “She is an amazing person! She keeps me sane, keeps performed professionally for 55 years, he’ll continue with me going; keeps all of us going.” music in many other ways. Colm’s family has supported They have four children: Aaron, Judith, Simon, and and encouraged him to always “stay with it; it’s good for Sarah. He notes with pride each one, their achieveyour soul.” ments, and where they live in North America and the Advice UK. Wilkenson follows a strict regimen to look after the Long ago, the Wilkinsons were having dinner at “instrument,” his voice. “If the body is not right, it won’t Senator Ted Kennedy’s home with the Russian Ambassa-

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sing right.” No smoking; no alcohol; rest and healthy diet are essential. For young artists, he gave a rather surprising perspective to, “Get into other music, even join a rock ‘n’ roll band, and not just pursue musical theater. Get it into your psyche, your soul. Listen to all kinds of music and be the richer for it. Do it your own way and not imitate me or others. Tell the story your way from your own emotional background” and experiences. RTE’s Ryan Tubridy pointed out how the soft-spoken, at ease Wilkinson can transform on stage into a powerful persona, whoever the character. How true. He’s asked hundreds of times for advice. One such young man was Irianian-born Canadian Ramin Karimloo. He was impacted by Colm’s performance as Phantom on a school trip when he was 12 years old. By 11th grade, he had seen the opera live ten times. He had the opportunity to go backstage and talk with Wilkinson. By his mid-20s, he was playing the Phantom in London, then Valjean in Toronto and later Broadway. Colm looks back on Ramin’s career and notes, “He had it in him. He’s a very ambitious guy, very grateful, working 24-7.” They had the opportunity to perform together at the Pantages Theater, renamed Ed Mirvish Theatre, in Toronto for several charities to thrilled audiences.

First Time in Arizona June 4-5 Wilkinson played three episodes as Lord Darcey in Showtime’s television series, The Tudors. He even played Bishop Myriel in the Les Misérables film with Hugh Jackman in 2012. And now, after thousands of musical concerts to millions of fans, the renowned Colm Wilkinson will perform with the Phoenix Symphony on his first visit to Arizona. The concert will be a mix of music types but includes some of his most famous work. Jean Valjean in Les Mis learns, “To love another person is to see the face of God.” Colm has lived that message in his personal life. He loves his family, endeared to his friends, and is indeed a humble, grateful man. Research sources include:; IMDb; RTÉ One Late, Late Night Show interview (2010).

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Your Tickets to See Colm Wilkinson Benefit ICLF The McClelland Library and Irish Cultural Center join together with The Phoenix Symphony to present the most acclaimed musical theater performer of our time. Irish Tenor Colm Wilkinson makes his Arizona debut performing live with The Phoenix Symphony. Recognized as one of the “Five Greatest Singers Ever” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Wilkinson brings his powerful and heartfelt voice singing Broadway ballads and popular music favorites from The Phantom of the Opera, Man of La Mancha, Les Misérables, and more. Wilkinson’s versions of both "The Music of the Night" from Phantom and "Bring Him Home" from Les Mis are applauded throughout the world and leave audiences breathless. Don’t miss this magical two-night-only special engagement with Colm Wilkinson. June 4-5, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Symphony Hall The Irish Cultural & Learning Foundation benefits from this first of its kind collaboration with The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona’s most pre-eminent performing arts organization. Robust ticket sales and sponsor fundraising translate into a percentage of sales back to our nonprofit. Please plan to support and attend this extraordinary event. Tickets begin at $29 and can be purchased at or by calling 602-495-1999. VIP ticket packages are available starting at $250 including an exclusive meet and greet reception with Colm Wilkinson following the concert on June 5th. Please contact ICLF Board of Trustee member Blythe Sweeney at 602-793-8811 to reserve your VIP seats now!


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Maureen McGuire Stained Glass Designer By Lynn Herdman Mascarelli There are McGuires and Mac Uldhirs everywhere and we’ve all heard of the Molly McGuires, but the latter has no place among the likes of our talented Celtic artisan, Maureen McGuire. Many of you know her story; her biography has appeared in newsprint, magazines and journals. But...we know her as one of us. At the Irish Cultural Center, Phoenix on the 15th of October 2013, she was honored at the Anam Cara Gala Awards Dinner, a very special occasion for the Irish community. It is she, a woman whose ancestors came to New York City during the Great Hunger, who designed the Hunger Memorial gracing the grounds of the Center. It is she who designed its stained glass windows. Her family lived in the Irish enclave of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn where the higher you lived on the hill showed how much you had in the bank. Her grandfather was a building inspector and eventually her father, a graduate of Coopers Union and engineer, moved the family north to Oceanside on Long Island. Her mother, seeing at once her daughter’s eye for design, researched tirelessly the best schools for Maureen to attend and her subsequent education and training in art and design led her to the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She was a natural illustrator; her talents recognized. Gradually she became aware of the numerous design possibilities before her, of particular interest, the designing of churches and her passion liturgical art. Having grown up in a devout Irish Catholic

Artist Maureen McGuire with Tucson residence window detail

family, the Church and an evening rosary prayed each night at the dinner table were vivid memories. Maureen had been surrounded by symbolism in religious art and her opportunity to shine in this area

would come when the Dean of Ceramics asked her to assist him with a personal project, the designing of stain glass windows for a church in great disrepair in the nearby town of Alfred-Almond. The experience made her want more of the same. An opportunity to come to Arizona opened up when Charles Schumacher, an Alfred alumni and manager of the well-known Glassart Studio in Scottsdale, sought a promising, young artist to become an apprentice in designing stained glass under his tutelage. Maureen would jump at the chance but not before snatching up an opportunity to study in Europe. She had dreamt of this but had said to her self over and over, “Not bloody likely!” In an unusual turn of events, her uncle, a Vincentian priest, made it possible for her to meet with none other than New York City’s famed Cardinal Spellman, who with his own family money, was providing scholarships for art and music students to study at the Pope Pius XII Institute graduate school of music and art in Florence, Italy. Here she would be a student within the 15th C. d’Medici home and former residence of F.D. Roosevelt’s Ambassador

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Examples of Maureen’s art. From left to right: 1. “Marriage” of Seven Sacraments at Holy Eucharist Catholic Church, Tabernacle, New Jersey 2. The Annunciation”at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Columbus, Ohio 3. “Resurrection”at St. Wendelin Church, Fostoria, Ohio 4. “Rest Stop” watercolor painting inspired by old sepia toned photo

to the Vatican, Myron C. Taylor. With portfolio in hand, Maureen applied through Rosary College now Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. Her artwork was impressive, among them a gift crafted for her sister’s wedding, an exquisitely crafted family rosary of rosewood and silver with ebony cross and shallow tray to store and display it. She would be accepted at Pope Pius XII for a year of study with the help of a speedy Berlitz course in Italian. But Arizona was waiting. In 1963 when she stepped off the plane at Sky Harbor, she felt she was home at last. At Glassart in Scottsdale, she did everything an apprentice would do, even scrubbing the bathrooms from top to bottom. Maureen would eventually become an independent designer, spending the next 45 years designing large-scale liturgical,

commercial, and residential stained glass; joining with numerous studios all over the country in the fabrication and installation of hundreds of major commissioned windows. Her work includes Lincoln Drive Bible Church and Paradise Valley United Methodist Church.

“Herein lies my dilemma... I have achieved all my goals.”

And today, what of her future, what does she still seek to do after having achieved so much? I was not prepared for her answer. “Herein lies my dilemma,” Maureen shared. “I have achieved all my goals.” Who says many of us will ever say this? Maureen McGuire has accomplished all she set out to do. For now she has turned her artistic endeavor inward, satisfying her need to sculpt and to paint; her preferred subject matter people. Not limiting herself to portraiture, she pursues the subtleties of still life and floral components; her preferred medium: watercolor, pastel and acrylic in that order. “I’m building a body of work,” she explained. They will be online in the future. She has shown in curb shows and won Best of Show at the Glendale Fine Arts show. Her memberships in art organizations include the Arizona Watercolor Association and Portrait Artists of Arizona. Here this finest of designers

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feels a sense of fulfillment but admits she shies away from most organizations, having found the infighting and politics daunting; thus, driving people away. She loves her home, her studio and told me while growing up, she always had to share a room with she finally has her “own room.” The insightful Elisabeth Kubler-Ross reminds us, “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.” Maureen McGuire’s designs do just that...reflecting her soul, her beauty within. Her glasswork may be found at Lynn is a former high school teacher of art, history, and political science. She is a potter, illustrator, muralist in public venues and private homes, and wordsmith. Frequently a featured artist at the Irish Cultural Center, Celtic landscapes intrigue her. Her mom, a Williams, is totally Welsh with ancestry as far back as 1700s and the Isle of Anglesley.

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Visitors sit among the basalt columns

Looking toward Scotland from the Giant’s Causeway

Shortening the Road The Giant’s Causeway

By Liz Warren

Legendary Irish hero Finn McCool is famous for more than being the leader of the Fianna, the warrior band charged with protecting Ireland. He’s also credited with creating the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Ireland’s most renowned and visited spots. Scientists tell us that the hexagonal basalt columns that make up the causeway were formed in a volcanic eruption 65 million years ago. Legend tells us that Finn McCool built it to walk across the Sea of Moyle without getting his feet wet. If you were ever to find yourself on a fine day at the Giant’s Causeway, or on one the beaches near there in County Antrim – say at Cushendun, or Cushendall, or Waterfoot – you would be able to look across the water and see the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland. The Sea of Moyle is the narrowest

Irish Language Lesson #1

By Vicki Champion

Dia daoibh, a chairde! Is mise Vicki Champion, agus is breá liom Gaeilge! Djee-ah yeev, ah har-djah! Iss misha Vicki Champion, ah-gus iss braw lum Gwayl-geh! (Hello, friends! I am Vicki Champion, and I love Irish!) Over the next few issues, we are going to have a little fun with the Irish language. Now, before you give up and turn the page with a sigh, this lesson is going to be arranged a bit differently than what you might have played with before. I like to think of the words and phrases like building blocks--Legos, if you will! I invite you to cut them out with scissors and arrange them on your table, if it helps! Have fun and play!


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point between Ireland and Scotland, separated by less than fifteen miles. Irish storyteller Liz Weir, from Cushendall, says that when she asks children in Dublin where they think she is from, they always say Scotland. To their ears her accent sounds more Scottish than Irish. So why did Finn McCool need to cross the Sea of Moyle? The story tells us that he had a rivalry with a Scottish giant called Benandonner and the two had been hurling insults and worse at each other. In one version of the story, Finn wanted to cross the Sea of Moyle to assess Benandonner’s strength. In another, Benandonner laments that he cannot swim, otherwise he’d come across and teach Finn a lesson. Finn builds the causeway so that the Scottish giant has no excuse to avoid a fight. In all versions, when Finn sees huge, ferocious Benandonner coming across the ocean, he regrets making the path for him. That’s when Finn’s clever If you take the building blocks I am going to give you and collect them, by the end of this threeissue miniseries, you should be speaking...let me see...96 sentences! By today, you will have 18 in the blink of an eye! To start you off with a good foundation for your building fun, we are going to start with the verb to be, and I am going to give you three mothúcháin (emotions) moe-hoo kahn, and two prepositional pronouns. These will start your sentence: tá (taw, tah)

Present tense: Past tense:

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Future tense:

beidh (bay)

wife Oonagh steps in. When Benandonner arrives at their house looking for a fight, she invites him in for tea and proudly shows off her “baby”–none other than Finn swaddled and bedecked with a lace cap. Just imagining how big the father of such a baby must be is enough to send Benandonner back to Scotland across the Giant’s Causeway! To learn more about the Giant’s Causeway and its origin–both scientific and legendary–visit Liz Warren is the Director of the Storytelling Institute at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, AZ. She spends every summer in Ireland teaching the Irish Storytelling Tradition as part of Mesa Community College’s Study Abroad Ireland Program ( Contact her at

These go at the end: On me:

orm (OH-rum)

On you:

ort (OH-ruht)

Now, let’s play. Start with a word from the “1” group, follow with a “2,” and end with a “3.” It’s that simple. Examples: Tá ocras orm. ( I am hungry.) Beidh áthas ort. (You will be happy.) That’s it! Sín é! I hope you enjoy your mixing and building! Until next time, slán!

These go in the middle: Happy:

áthas (AW-huhs)


brón (brohn)


ocras (OHK-ruhs)

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Vicki is an intermediate level, ongoing learner of the Irish language. From 2012-2014, she taught 90 Irish-born children ages 4-14, whose parents were in Arizona working for Intel.  She currently teaches an adult class through the Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies at the ICC, where she first studied under Jason Carns.

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Irish Tal e s from Arizona Territory / Scottish Settlers By Janice Ryan Bryson


s we are honoring all things Scottish in this issue, my column is featuring Scots who settled in Arizona Territory. The number of Americans of Scottish descent today is estimated to be 20 to 25 million (up to 8.3% of the U.S. population) and Scotch-Irish, 27 to 30 million (up to 10% of the U.S. population)

arrived in Arizona. His family had immigrated to Illinois and he soon headed West with a wagon train. Hall was only 19 years old when he was recruited by Major John Wesley Powell for his expedition navi-

If you had an Irish or Scottish name, you may have been a shoe-in for a job.

The First Scots in the Southwest In the early years of the Spanish colonization of the Americas, a Scottish adventurer named Tam Blake was the first Scot in the New World of whom we have written records. Blake spent years in Columbia and Mexico before joining Coronado’s 1540 expedition in the American Southwest. The expedition traveled through what is present day Southern Arizona near the Dos Cabezas and Chiricahua Mountains. Around 300 years later, another Scotsman, Andrew Hall, born in 1848 in Liddesdale,

gating down the Green River to the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He was one of two men who continued on down the Colorado to the Gulf of California. Staying in Arizona after his river expeditions, Hall worked for Wells Fargo guarding payroll shipments. He was the first Wells Fargo guard killed on duty in Arizona Territory.

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Robert Rae, a native of Glasgow, and Alexander T. Thompson from Edinburgh, both came to Arizona Territory for employment with mining companies. Rae was a real estate salesman in Glasgow before settling in New York City becoming an accountant for the New York Herald. He became a CPA with Phelps Dodge in that city and in 1900 was sent to Morenci by the Detroit Copper Mining Company as an auditor. Thompson came to Arizona in 1896

as a bookkeeper for the Arizona Copper Company. He became Cashier and Purchasing Agent for Arizona Copper and Treasurer of the Arizona and New Mexico Rail Road. Detroit Copper promoted Thompson to General Manager of both the copper company and the Morenci Southern Rail Road. Detroit Copper employed Alexander M. Tuthill M.D. as a physician and surgeon in Morenci. Born in New York to W. H. Tuthill and Christine Mackenzie, a native of Scotland; he arrived in Arizona in 1904. Fort Tuthill, a National Guard training facility located three miles south of Flagstaff, was named after Dr. Tuthill who served as a General in the Arizona National Guard. Reading a list of the managers in the 1880s of the Phelps Dodge Store in Bisbee, it would appear if you had an Irish or Scottish name, you may have been a shoe-in for a job. Managers included Michael Cunningham, B. J. O’Reilly, Michael Brophy, John Campbell, William Brophy, Alex Kier, Angus Campbell, and A. R. McLeod. J. R. Todd emigrated from Edinburgh and his early training at the Bank of Scotland enabled him to be employed as an auditor for the Arizona Copper Co. and Arizona and New Mexico Rail Road. He was later appointed manager of the Clifton branch of Gila Valley Bank and Trust. M.C. McDougall arrived in Arizona in 1897 and was V. P. and Director of Phoenix National Bank and Phoenix Savings Bank and Trust. He also established the McDougal and Cassou Co., men’s outfitters which for 16 years was ranked as one of the best of its line in the Southwest.

Stonecutters in Flagstaff Visitors to Flagstaff will note the many historic buildings made of Arizona Red Sandstone or Moenkopi Sandstone. These buildings include Old Main at Northern Arizona University, the Coconino Court House, and Babbitt Brothers Building. In the mid-1800s, a community of stonecutters, some from Scotland and from Cornwall, England, found work in Flagstaff. Among the Scottish settlers in Flagstaff were John and Georgina Scott Shaw Chisholm. They had immigrated from Montrose, Scotland with their children Donald and Christina around 1889. The family spent a short time in McKeesport, Pennsylvania; heading West to Flagstaff following the birth of their son Aleck (called Jack). John founded a stone

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Chisholm Brothers Ranch in Flagstaff Donald and Jack began purchasing land around Flagstaff and formed the Chisholm Brothers Ranch. The ranch land consisted of acreage around the Lake Mary area. Their sister Christina married Chester Black and Donald married Chester’s cousin, Creola Black. Early pioneers in Flagstaff, the Black family was descended from the Level family, Irish immigrants from County Galway. Creola’s father Sam was an Arizona Ranger and her brother Bernard was a Coconino County Deputy Sheriff. Graduating in the second class of Northern Arizona Normal School, Creola earned a life-time teaching certificate.

The Oracle Gold Mine

Creola Black Chisholm (bottom) with sisters Lulu and Bertha.

If the navigator of the good ship Oracle hadn’t erred in his determination of longitude, there wouldn’t be any city named Oracle in Arizona. The ship was a full-rigged schooner, which some say departed from Scotland in 1872. The schooner rounded the horn at the southern tip of South America without mishap until the navigator sailed up the Sea of Cortez rather than the Pacific and the crew found themselves in the vicinity of Rocky Point. Two stout-hearted men, Messrs. McKay and Weldon disembarked and struck out across the desert to California–mistakenly heading into Arizona and found a gold mine they named Oracle. Is this a true story...or a tall tale? The answer is lost to history.

Donald Chisholm and Bernard Black


quarry in Switzer Canyon that provided Moenkopi Sandstone for Flagstaff ’s growing community and Georgina ran a boarding house at the quarry.

Janice Ryan Bryson descended from Irish pioneers who arrived in the Arizona Territory in the 1880’s, she is co-founder of the Irish Arizona Project and co-author of the book Irish Arizona. Janice is a member of The First Families of Arizona, Daughters of the American Revolution and several women’s agriculture organizations, and serves on several Boards.


Did you know? 15. When England’s famous London Bridge was replaced in the 1960s, the original was purchased, dismantled, shipped stone by stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it still stands today. 16. Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch in Picacho, Arizona is the largest privately-owned ostrich ranch in the world outside South Africa. 17. Bisbee, Arizona is known as the Queen of the Copper Mines because during its mining heyday it produced nearly 25 percent of the world’s copper and was the largest city in the Southwest between Saint Louis and San Francisco.


Read more fun and fascinating facts about Arizona NEXT edition.

Arizona’s Official State Historian, Marshall Trimble has been called the “Will Rogers of Arizona.” He’s a “cowboy philosopher,” educator, lecturer, author, folk singer and stage performer, and appears frequently on radio and television. He created and taught Arizona history at Scottsdale Community College for forty years where he was also Director of Southwest Studies.

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Driving Tips

Part 8

from Left Lane Maureen Journey to Scotland

By Maureen Sullivan CTC County Cork, Ireland

many stops enabling you to get on and off as often as you wish. Edinburgh is one of my ay the road rise to greet you! favorite Scottish cities, and now, To begin your journey to Scotland, home to the Scottish Parliament. PHOTO BY VICKI CHAMPION you can fly into Heathrow Airport and So much of Scottish history centspend a few days in London. From the top of Edinburgh castle ers around Edinburgh castle and Places you should not miss are the House of Parwhen one strolls the cobbled streets, archs were crowned. One of my favorite stops was liament, Big Ben and the River Thames, the London one can sense that around the castle. You must not the “The Witchery,” a charming restaurant at the Eye and of course, browsing at Harrods Department visit Edinburgh and neglect to study Scottish history. top of the Royal Mile. The cuisine is lovely and the Store. The food court alone is worth a trip to the There is evidence that it has been inhabited since atmosphere is truly medieval! The price currently is store. the Stone Age, but its royal connection began when 18.95 GBP Lunch or 35 GBP for dinner. The most efficient way to get to Scotland is by Malcolm III made Edinburgh his principal residence To see the countryside of Scotland or trace your train from London. If you have the opportunity, around 1075. family heritage, you will need a car. Driving in take the Flying Scotsman train to Edinburgh. Many Edinburgh Castle stands upon a basalt core of an Scotland is the same as Ireland; they drive on the left years ago we took the train, which is being restored extinct volcano and dates back to the 12th century. side. A Scotsman once told me, “We don’t drive on to the 1920’s style and should be ready for the 2015 It is home to the oldest crown jewels in Europe the wrong side of the road; you do.” rail season: an amazing rail experience! When you and the “Stone of Destiny” on which Scottish monThe Whiskey Trail tours tell the history of how arrive in Edinburgh, take the Trolley which makes the mystical spirit was perfected by the Scots. Even if you are not a whiskey drinker, you will enjoy taking a step back in time. Visit the countryside of the real Braveheart, Sir William Wallace, who defeated the English in 1297 at Stirling Bridge. The Loch Ness Monster, the famous “Nessie” of legend and lore – is it fact or fiction? Make up your own mind on this splendid drive through the glorious Highlands. Your journey through the Grampian Mountains to Blair Atholl take you to the site of the Glenfiddich piping championships in late fall. Make your way over to the Isle of Skye, and take the car ferry to the Isle. It is rich with a plethora of interesting villages, sites, and castles. Uig is a busy little port that serves several ferries. Elgol, which overlooks Loch Scavaig, has one of the best views of the Cuillin Hills. Portee is the island’s capital, with a lovely harbor at the foot of wooded hills. Carbost is the site of the islands only distillery, the Vicki Champion during her November trip to Scotland Talisker Distillery. Colbost has the quaint Croft Museum with the thatched cottage and life of the 19th century. Skye weather is very changeable even in summer, when planning attire. There are multitudes of castles to visit and if you have the time, be sure to experience at least one night’s stay. HERITAGE Jack’s parents were born in County Cork, Do not rush; there is so much to see—experience HIGHLIGHT Ireland, settling in Chicago in the 1920’s. Scotland!! To be continued…


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Arizona’s Diana Gabaldon Internationally Acclaimed Author’s Series Set in Scotland


iana Gabaldon grew up in Flagstaff—Arizona’s high country. Her four-times great-grandfather was born in Ireland. She and her husband, Douglas Watkins, have three adult children and live mostly in Scottsdale, Arizona. Diana is the author of the award-winning, #1 NYTbestselling OUTLANDER novels, described by Salon magazine as “the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting Scrooge McDuck comics.” The adventure began in 1991 with the classic OUTLANDER (“historical fiction with a Moebius twist”), has continued through seven more New York Times-bestselling novels—DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, VOYAGER, DRUMS OF AUTUMN, THE FIERY CROSS, A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES, AN ECHO IN THE BONE, and WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD, with more than twenty-six million copies in print worldwide. The series is published in 42 countries and 38 languages, and includes a nonfiction (well, relatively) companion volume, THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION, which provides details on the settings, background, characters, research, and writing of the first novels in the series. Returning to her comic-book roots, she has also written a graphic novel titled THE EXILE (set within the OUTLANDER universe and featuring the main characters from OUTLANDER), but told from the viewpoint of Jamie Fraser and his godfather, Murtagh. The graphic novel is illustrated by Hoang Nguyen, and published by Del-Rey.

The eighth and most recent major novel in the OUTLANDER series, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD, was released on June 10, 2014 in the U.S.A. and Canada. The book made its debut as number one on the New York Times bestseller list in the hardcover category and combined e-book and hardcover category! And the book is also a #1 bestseller in Canada. Diana’s current writing projects include the ninth major novel in the OUTLANDER series, as yet untitled, and a second volume of THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION, due out in October. She is also serving as a Co-Producer and advisor for the Outlander TV series produced by the Starz network and Tall Ship Productions, which is based on her novels. See Pages 20-21 for Visit Scotland’s Outlander map for must-see locations on your next trip. Dr. Gabaldon holds three degrees in science: Zoology, Marine Biology, and a Ph.D. in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology (plus an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters, which entitles her to be “Diana Gabaldon, Ph.D., D.H.L.” She supposes this is better than “Diana Gabaldon, Phd.X,”), and spent a dozen years as a university professor with an expertise in scientific computation before beginning to write fiction. She has written scientific articles and textbooks, worked as a contributing editor on the MacMillan ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMPUTERS, founded the scientific-computation journal SCIENCE SOFTWARE QUARTERLY, and has written numerous comic-book scripts for Walt Disney. None of this has anything whatever to do with her novels, but there it is.


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Kiss Me I’m Irish Run/Walk This year, over 2,600 participants and 4,000 guests raised over $4,000 for the Prostate Cancer On Site project!

Tom and Caroline Nallen from County Offaly, Ireland received their U.S. citizenship, along with children Emilia and Henry

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Cara Czarnecki, board member of Irish Network Phoenix and Hutt Valley Mayor Ray Wallace were shown a bit of hurling in New Zealand by Davey Rynne during their “open day”.

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By Dolores Tropiano

O’Neil and their children, Jason, Tim, and Bridget. eautiful red-headed girls Mallory Melton, the step-danced. A horse of Arizona Colleen and Rose and a different color (green, her court, as well as the Ariof course) trotted along Third zona DeLorean Club, the Sun Street. And, Sam Varoski, a City West Jazzy Poms, police well-built young man in a tutu, and fire trucks, and more handed out candy bringing lepparticipated in the parade. rechaun-like smiles and laughter St. Patrick himself was on to the crowds attending this year’s hand to chase away any errant St. Patrick’s Day Parade. snakes that may have slithered The 32nd annual event into the streets during the followed by the Irish Faire took parade place on March 14 in downtown Patricia O’Hare brought Phoenix. The parade is one of the four generations of Irish to the PHOTO BY E. TAFT largest and longest running in green gathering. “I love the Arizona. More than 15,000 peo- Bill O’Brien, co-founder of the Irish Cultural Center, parade,” said O’Hare. “I have ple came out for a shot of Gaelic and his nephew, Larry O’Brien, an MLBPA-Certified baseball agent with 85 players under management been coming every year since gaiety including Irish governin town scouting during Spring Training. 1980 when I moved out from ment officials. Michael Ring, the Brooklyn.” Irish Minister of Tourism and Sport, and Kevin Byrne, The sidewalk was a sea of green as families and the Vice Consul of Ireland in San Francisco, were in friends experienced the sounds and sights. The Phoetown for the day’s events and a chance to experience nix Pipe Band performed along with five Valley step the magnificent Irish Cultural Center and the McCleldance schools, and local school bands. land Irish Library, the only library of its kind in the The party continued at Margaret Hance Park and Southwest. the Irish Cultural Center where the Faire took place. “We were very honIt showcases a variety of Irish music and step dancing ored to have them here,” on three stages. Irish and Celtic arts and crafts plus the said Mary Moriarty, traditional foods and beverages favored by the Irish Chairperson of the Faire. throughout the world were also on hand. The theme for the The Brazen Heads Irish rock band was one of many 2015 parade was “Celto draw a huge crowd to the outdoor stage of the park. ebrating 32: 32 years of A kids’ area featured jump houses and a climbing wall. Parades and 32 Counties The Irish Library was open for tours throughout the in Ireland.” This year’s day. grand marshal was Brian The Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade began in P. Tobin, Battalion Chief 1984. Its purpose is to preserve the heritage and for the Phoenix Fire traditions of the Irish culture and share these with the Department. For the first citizens of Arizona. time, the Irish Persons “It is a celebration of all that is Irish in the Valley of the Year were a family of the Sun,” said Moriarty. with Jim and MaryAnn



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Happy Mother’s Day!

slow down mummy   by Rebekah Knight

slow down mummy, there is no need to rush,


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slow down mummy, make yourself a cup of tea. slow down mummy, come spend some time with me.


slow down mummy, let’s pull boots on for a walk,

By Katie Caufield Ginder

slow down mummy, you look ever so tired,


ia daoibh a chaired! (Hello friends!) Need a way to use up your leftover roast veggies? Rumbledethumps (pronounced rumble-dee-tums) is the side dish for you! This veggie mash is known by different names throughout the UK and Ireland. The Scottish call it Rumbledethumps saying that it originates from the border region of Scotland; the Irish know it as Colcannon; and the English refer to it as Bubble and Squeak. The dish involves mashing up your leftover veggies into patties or cooking them as a loaf in a skillet. Whatever method you choose, I recommend serving it with a side of sour cream or mustard. Enjoy!



If you do not have leftover roast veggies, the following should be used:

If you do not have leftover roast veggies on hand, follow Steps 2 & 3 below. Otherwise, skip to Step 4.

• 5 red potatoes, quartered • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces • 1 onion, quartered • ½ cabbage (cut in half) • 4 T. butter • ¼ c. milk • Salt and pepper • ¼ c. shredded cheddar cheese • 1 t. mustard

• Boil veggies in medium pot of water for about 20 minutes or until tender. • Drain veggies and return to stovetop. Add 3 T. butter and milk. • Mash veggies until small chunks form. Then add shredded cheddar cheese and mustard. • Form veggie mash into 3 inch diameter patties and set aside. • Heat griddle over medium heat. • Add remaining butter onto griddle; once melted, add patties. Cook patties for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. • Remove patties from griddle and serve hot.

Note: If you would prefer to bake your Rubbledethumps as a loaf, form veggie mash into a loaf, place in a buttered oven-proof skillet and top with additional shredded cheese. Cook in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Katie Caufield Ginder lives in Gilbert with her husband and son. Her background is in higher education program management, instruction and faculty recruitment. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, yoga, volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and learning about her Irish heritage. Katie’s great, great paternal grandfather was from Galway and immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1860s.


slow down mummy, what is all the fuss?

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let’s kick at piles of leaves, and smile and laugh and talk. come sit and snuggle under the duvet, and rest with me a while. slow down mummy, those dirty dishes can wait, slow down mummy, let’s have some fun – bake a cake! slow down mummy, I know you work a lot, but sometimes mummy, it’s nice when you just stop. sit with us a minute, and listen to our day, spend a cherished moment, because our childhood won’t stay! © Rebekah Knight, used by permission Items for sale at Facebook page: Shine Like Stars


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Tim’s Great Grandfather John emigrated

HIGHLIGHT from Co. Galway, Ireland in the mid-1800’s

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Irish Network Phoenix Thom Von Hapsburg: Do Your Dream! By Carmelita Lee


he world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do. (Sarah Ban Breathnach) Thom Von Hapsburg is a man who follows his heart, both to dream big and incorporate that to the benefit of others. For him, helping others is synonymous with his dreams. Born in Edinburgh to a Scottish-American mom (of Clan Wallace) and an Austrian dad, Thom was brought to Oxnard, California at age three to his mother’s farm. “I was raised in the orange groves,” he says. He spent his summers traveling back to Europe to visit with his family, and continues to go over often. A native Scotsman and an American, Thom has proudly served on the board for the Irish Cultural Center, which he states is the largest west of the Mississippi, and “a true gem.” Thom has been involved with the Celtic community wherever he has called home. He is a member of the Caledonian Society and participates in the annual Highland Games. As we discussed his life, Thom shared his belief that no one should be “a taker,” but that one should give back to the community, which is how he lives his life. He is civicminded, having served on the Planning and Zoning Committee, The Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and as curriculum counselor for the Paradise Valley School District. He is an active member of the Rotary Club, participating in fundraising for a number of charities. His Rotary Club (the oldest in Phoenix, 100 this year) sponsors foreign exchange students. Thom mentors/counsels at least one student a year. He enjoys watching these students get a rounded picture of American life. He

delights that Arizona is so diverse that the State itself teaches about our culture, what with the desert, the mountains, the pines, and beyond that, the Grand Canyon. Thom believes he sends these youngsters home with a greater appreciation of American life, but also with a fondness for Arizona. He does this because it’s important to help the future generations, here and abroad. As our conversation turned to lighter fare, Thom shared his unique hobby of unicycling. One Christmas he was surprised to find a unicycle under the tree. He hadn’t thought of it, never asked for it, nor does he know why this rather quirky gift was given to him. Nevertheless, he has derived more than 40 years of pleasure and satisfaction from this skill. Thom participates in mountain unicycling, or “Muni” races, using a larger unicycle with a 36” rim, over rough terrain. He is a member of the Arizona Unicycle Club. Thom also enjoys gardening and hiking when he is at his Flagstaff home. As we talked, Thom gave a sage piece of advice for our readers, which is: “Do your dream.” He said, “It is a shame when we have an inner desire to do something, but are afraid of failure, then look back wondering what might have been. It’s better to

It’s better to do your dream, even if it doesn’t work out, than to have a regret.


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do your dream, even if it doesn’t work out, than to have a regret. You have to move forward and move on from defeat.” And true to his credo, Thom did his dream. Originally transferred to Phoenix with a healthcare group, he worked with them for more than twenty years, but he had always had an interest in cars and dreamed of doing something that involved both cars and helping people. His business,, was born out of that dream, a concept which is now his main source of income. And what a concept! He is a licensed auto dealer, but his goal is to get his customers into the car they want at a price they can afford. He does the deal, and says he can save his clients from $2,500 to $5,000 on a car, working with new or auto-lease returns, and, due to his low overhead he charges a small fee. If you’re looking for new, he gets you fleet prices. It’s a valuable service for anyone who wants their dream car at a dream price. Even in this, Thom shares his life’s philosophy with his clients in the best way possible!

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How does a gal named Carmelita claim to be Irish? Scottish, even? Granny Holland’s family hailed from Ennis, County Clare, and Grandpa Maxwell from the Borderlands, Scotland. Her husband’s mother was a Dowdall, and he had a Grandma O’Higgins…ye can’t be more Irish than that!

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You Can’t Take the Irish Out of a Man By Dean Glava


y enthusiasm was overwhelming. I had found the perfect gift for my Irish friend, a t-shirt with the words I Love Ireland. “Close your eyes,” I commanded. He did. I lifted it in front of his face and waited in anticipation. “I have something for you. Open your eyes.” He did, but his face was somber, almost sad. I was stupefied for a moment and wondered, ‘why?’ for he had recently returned from Ireland from a real estate conference with a side trip to visit his ancestral land. He kept track of his tour by telephone and camera snapshots. Everything sounded Irish comfy. That didn’t make any sense. My curiosity intensified as I stared at him. I saw an oversized leprechaunlooking man with an Irish face staring back. He was Irish from head to toes. Why did this leprechaun seem sad about his home, “Why?” He gushed, “Rocks, rocks, everywhere. Stones, stones—stone hills, stone houses, stone fences, stone streets, stone people.” Laughing, I gagged. “Oh, come on, stone people. Irish people are very friendly.”

“Oh, it was those statues, not them,” he quipped. “Is that all?” I asked. “Oh, forget that. I am used to modern everything here. Going there made me see myself—how hard they worked and their love for Ireland,” he ventured. Here was this savvy real estate man I had known for years. He was so giving to me, so Irish. He helped me with my rental house. Showed me the ins-and-outs of being a landlord, and when or not to re-mortgage, and any other unrelated needs. I remembered his dislike to olden things, and his loving modern. But I could see he loved his people and Eire, too. These new feelings for Ireland and his people brought out his true Irish, intensifying it more. The holidays, especially St. Patrick’s Day, were a big occasion with lots of friends, family, even his dogs were invited to corned beef and cabbage. The Irish festivals were a must and Irish jigs for entertainment, and oh, the Irish adages prevailed, and shamrocks. For his clients, his newsletters were sprinkled with Irish bits of this and that and full of Irish recipes: soups, soda bread, puddings for any occasion. He just couldn’t take the Irish out of the man. Oh, he was a little bit tight with money. Is that Irish or not?

Today my anam cara, “soul friend,” is gone, but I like to think I see him sitting on a rock dressed in character in his red sweater, plaid cap, in his t-shirt I Love Ireland. Thirty-five-year teacher to talented/ gifted students in the creative area in language, math and non-verbal problem solving. Her interests are in the arts, history, language, health, cultural learning and participation. At this time, collecting cookbooks; maybe to become a better cook! Belongs to the Granite Reef and logos writing groups.

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There’s a New Book About Scottish History


he West Highland White Terrier is an iconic Scottish breed, but few people – even owners of these delightful dogs - know its history; most breed books relegate it to just a few sentences. A new book, It’s All About the Little White Dog, is a history written by a member of the Clan MacCallum-Malcolm Society – whose “clancestor” developed and named the breed! According to Peoria, Arizona Westie breeder Nancy Stolsmark (Headsup Wes-


Dean’s Irish friend Bernard Cain

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ties), it’s “a wonderful little book,” detailed yet easy to read. The legendary tale, told and illustrated from public record, puts Col. Edward Donald Malcolm’s contribution in perspective. “We may never know the intimate details,” author, Ashleen O’Gaea says, “but we do know that Col. Malcolm – our current chief ’s great-grandfather – changed his breeding program when one of his dogs was accidentally shot … and the rest, as they say, is history.”

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Kin to the MacCallums or Malcolms? A fan of Westies? Just interested in Scottish culture and history? This is a book you’ll want to read! It’s All About the Little White Dog is available on Amazon. Meet the author and her little white dog at most Arizona Games. For more information about the clan society, visit Ashleen is MacCollum on her mother’s side. She is Arizona convener, Clan MacCallumMalcolm.


The Heart of Our Celtic Community By Caroline Woodiel


f you are looking for the passion in an organization, look no further than its volunteers. These generous souls dedicate the precious moments of their free time to a cause or mission so near their hearts it might as well be a part of it. Volunteerism is a gift lasting longer than the hours worked; it is a legacy lasting the entire life of an organization. Like many other nonprofits, the McClelland Library and Irish Cultural Center are forever indebted to such generous individuals.  Volunteers are the faces of our organization.  Our volunteers introduce visitors to the culture and history of Ireland on a daily basis.  They answer questions and assist with office and basic library functions. Volunteers put on and pull off significant portions of our programming; they perform, create, teach, and support the organization in every way imaginable.  Simply put, without the generosity of volunteers, the McClelland Library and Irish Cultural Center could not offer the level of outreach and programming currently pro-

Volunteer Diane Ahern leading Family Story Hour

vided. Volunteers are the heart of everything we do. There is not a day of the week you can walk into the ICC and not be welcomed by one of our wonderful volunteers. Be it a normal day or special event, your first greeting will probably come from one of our incredible docents. “If like me, you have the gift of gab, being a docent at the Irish Cultural Center is a wonderful way to volunteer your time,” says Anna O’Hara, Head Docent. “What could be better than to share your love of Ireland and her history in such a unique setting?” In addition to the volunteers that assist with our regular programming, they support the Center and Library when outside groups inquire about our mission. “The Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library are often invited to participate in community celebrations,” shares Jan Murphy, Volunteer Coordinator of the Irish Cultural Center. “Recently we had information booths at Hance Park for Music Monday, the Experience Ireland weekend at the Musical Instrument Museum, the World Festival at ASU, the Maricopa County Library District’s annual Genealogy Fair in Gilbert,

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Volunteers staffing the genealogy booth at Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Faire

the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire, and the Scottish Gathering and Highland Games in Phoenix.” Without volunteers, outreach at these events would be impossible. As our size, popularity and ambitions grow, so does our need for volunteers. We are always looking to add more individuals to our daily operations and special events. Whether you are available on a regular basis, or even just on occasion, your assistance would be appreciated and your hard work would help build the incredible legacy of the Irish and Celtic Community in Arizona. For more information on becoming one of our wonderful volunteers, please contact Jan Murphy at, 602-258-0109; or visit the McClelland Library’s volunteer page at Caroline Woodiel is a hobby photographer, border collie enthusiast, and librarian with ancestors of both Irish and Scottish descent. She holds a Bachelor’s of History from the University of Colorado and a Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona. Caroline is the Public Services Coordinator for the McClelland Irish Library in Phoenix.

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Calan Mai and the Symbolic Flora of Wales By Lynn Herdman Mascarelli


It’s Spring! From the earth, shoots and amazing green things pop through the soil and we are reminded of the traditions of Wales, its symbols, the daffodil and leek worn on Saint David’s Day, and the venerable sessile oak. Calan Mai or first day of May is a holiday celebrated in Wales on May 1. May Eve or Nos Galan Mai preempts the day in some places with the gathering of draenen wen or the white thorn or hawthorne as symbols of fertility to decorate the outside of houses. In Anglesey and Caernarvonsjire, there will be time for a game of gware gwr gwylit or playing the straw man in which a man who has lost his love to another, creates out of straw the man who has stolen his lady and places close to the woman’s house. A note is pinned to it and a fight over the woman will ensue at the May fair, but it symbolizes much more. Since May Day falls between the two seasons of Spring and Summer, the fight between the two suitors is often a mock one. “Summer” wears flowers and carries a wand of ribbons, fighting back with birch and with helygen and rhedyn or willow and ferns, while “Winter” throws straw and dry weeds and branches. Summer will win of course and be crowned with feasting and dancing. Elderberry and rhubarb wines are also enjoyed but most common to the spring ritual is metheglin or mead. Woodruff and certain herbs may be stirred into the wine to make a man “merry” but it has a practical purpose and is good for the heart and liver. The twrnpath chwarae or village green will be opened for the summer months where people will gather in the evenings for dancing and sports. A mound, often decorated with branches of oak, is especially built for a harpist or fiddler around which people dance. Dansio haf or summer dancing and carolau Mai or May carols go hand and hand with May Day and shhhh...there’s a bit of canu dan y pared or singing under the wall where the songs are bawdy and sexy. Groups of singers move from house to house to be gifted with food, drink, and money. These national traditions of Wales are often bound together in symbolism, the Welsh word for daffodil is Cenhinen Pedr, for the leek, Cenhinen.

The Daffodil The daffodil, a narcissus, is sister to many old and well-known varieties of daffa-down-dillys and jonquils and, in England, is called the “Lent Lily” associated with the holy season. They are signs of new beginnings, the end of the old. Teleflora’s online site claims that in Wales, if you spot the first daffodil of the season, your next twelve months will be wealthy, but be warned: never give only one daffodil, it bodes misfortune. The daffodil, it seems, is a social blossom and wishes to travel in bunches. Accord-





Left: The Pontfadog Oak, the oldest tree in the United Kingdom, after it was felled by high winds. Right top: Leek. Right bottom: Daffodils. Center: Hawthorne flowers.

ing to BBC Wales (07 April 2008), both the Welsh and Tenby Daffodil have suffered decline “as a result of property development or land where they once thrived.” During Victorian times, they were dug up for decorative purposes and became scarce. Today one of the largest displays of Welsh Daffodils can be seen at Coed y Bwl Wood at Castle upon Alun near Bridgend.

The Leek The leek received notoriety several years ago when The Telegraph (18 Aug 2013) reported its ancestor, the wild leek, Allium ampeloprsum, produced 84 huge purple flower heads growing to 8 feet. Dr. Trevor Dines of Plantlife stated: “We’re not really sure where this plant comes from originally but it often grows around ruined settlements and ancient field systems; at South Stack it’s near a group of prehistoric hut circles. It’s a slightly mysterious plant, as befits the ancestor of the national emblem of Wales.” The leek is often connected to one of Wales’ long-ago battles with the Saxons when Saint David ordered the Welsh fighting men to wear leeks in their helmets to distinguish them from the enemy. Today many soldiers in the Welsh army faithfully eat a leek on Saint David’s Day, March 1.

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The Sessile Oak The sessile oak or quercus petraes or quercus sessiliflora, though native to most of Europe and even Iran, is also called the Welsh oak and Cornish oak. Found generally in the uplands where there is more rainfall, its name petraea means “of rocky places.” The national tree of Wales and also of Ireland and Cornwall is large and deciduous, reaching to 130 feet; its flower, a catkin; its fruit, the acorn. Honored with the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit, the wood is used for construction, shipbuilding, and oak barrels for wine. Until tragically lost to wind gusts of 60 mph in 2013, the oldest tree in the UK for many years was a sessile, the Pontfadog Oak, growing in North Wales since the year 802. A medieval system of pruning called pollarding produced dense foliage high in the tree; its girth, a grand sweep of 42 ft. 5 in. BBC News Wales (18 April 2013) stated “legend has it that Welsh princes used to rally troops at the tree.” Wales is made even more beautiful with these historically unique specimens of the land’s glorious flora.

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See Lynn’s bio on page 13

The Observations by Jane Harris, Viking Publishing 2006

he heroine in this fictional tale of woe, Bessy Buckley—formerly Daisy O’Toole—is a three-year veteran working the world’s oldest profession, coerced into prostitution via threat of abandonment by mother Bridget O’Toole. ‘Whacker’ McPartland, Bessy’s father and no candidate for father of the year, is long departed. Adrift on the sea of misery, 1863 finds mother and Bessy bound for Scotland where Bridget’s boyfriend of the moment seeks fortune lying perpetually either at the bottom of the bottle, or just over the horizon. ‘Tis here Bessy escapes madness and mother, next finding herself serving as cook/maid/ concubine for one Mr. Benjamin Levy, a frugal, elderly Scotsman with one foot in the grave. Following Levy’s demise Bessy lands in the Scottish country village of Snatter, where Arabella and James Reid exhibit lofty Anglo-Scottish gentility from a haunted farm carrying the regal misnomer ‘Castle Haivers.’ After trumpeting the Reids with a whitewashed profile of her past history and, of course, her sainted parent’s past, Bessy hires on at the Castle. James Reid is aloof and concerned only with raising his social and political status, while Arabella’s basic flaw is that she’s as nutty as a fruitcake.


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David’s great-great-greatgrandfather left Limerick in 1852


Arabella, the “missus,” soon has Bessy, boasting the lofty title of ‘household domestic,’ performing curious tasks outside the realm of what a domestic would expect. For one, Arabella commands Bessy to sit and stand from a chair countless times without explanation. On whim the missus instructs her to walk a straight line outside in the beautiful hills and not stop until she tells her to. When the Reids briefly absent themselves from Castle Haivers, Bessy rifles through their personal papers. Shocked by what she discovers, the cause of the missus’ strange behavior suddenly comes into focus. Aye, Arabella is writing a book with the catchy title: “The Observations,” or “How to Mold Irish Hookers into Capable Domestics by Teaching Blind Obedience to Stupid

Tasks.” Bessy is merely the latest in a line of previous Castle Haivers domestics, one of whom puts all others to shame. Aye, the divine Nora died under very mysterious circumstances, leaving the missus with diminished sanity and inexplicably blaming herself for Nora’s death, as Nora’s ghost walks the midnight Haivers’ halls cleaning and rattling windows. Bessy emerges painfully wounded by the missus’ duplicity. Betsy’s revenge amounts to conjuring up her best impression of Nora’s apparition and showering Arabella with a few dead-ofnight, ghostly nudges into the lunatic abyss. Bessy’s midnight wails turn real as Arabella happens upon a banshee glancing through a Castle Haivers window back at her, and decides the place is really haunted. Ashamed of the pain she’s caused the Reids, Bessy trades her previous caps (hooker, domestic, ghost) for a sleuth cap, commencing a Sherlock Holmesian quest to discover how Nora really died and why Arabella blames herself for Nora’s death. Belfast born, author Jane Harris wears many caps, among them: actress and vocalist. Harris resides in England with her husband.


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Brian’s great great grandfather arrived in Canada on a coffin ship out of Limerick in 1852. After a year or two in frigid Montreal, he migrated to balmy Wisconsin where he joined dozens of other Irish immigrants to farm in Erin Township, which even today remains replete with Irish surnames.

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Meet the 2015 Phoenix Sister Cities Ennis Youth Ambassadors Part 1 By Leah Rossow, Vice Chair The Phoenix Sister Cities Ennis Committee members want to introduce you to this year’s Sister Cities Youth Ambassadors going to Ennis, County Clare, Ireland: Betty, Emily, and Paul. The Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program (YAEP) offers Phoenix high school sophomores and juniors the opportunity to experience the history and culture of one of our ten sister cities. hopes to study Pediatric Oncology at the University Our three Youth Ambassadors will travel to Ennis of San Diego or Ave Maria University. She is looking for three weeks in June/August, each staying with an forward to meeting her counterpart in Ennis seeing Ennis Youth Ambassador and their family. They will Ireland “from their eyes”. see what life is like for an Irish high school student, Emily is a junior from Mountain Pointe High immersing themselves in the culture. Then, the School where she is an officer in the Best Buddies Ennis Youth Ambassadors, along with those from Program, partnering with students with intelthe other nine Sister Cities exchange ambassadors, lectual disabilities. She hopes to attend University will travel to Phoenix for three weeks where they will of Arizona to study medicine. She is also a varexperience American life. sity cheerleader. Emily This will include a trip is originally from North YAEP offers Phoenix high school to Disneyland, seeing the Carolina and has lived in sophomores and juniors the Grand Canyon, attending Phoenix for four years. an American-style prom opportunity to experience the history Her first experience with and culminating with a and culture of one of our sister cities. the YAE Program was in Thanksgiving dinner, to talking to a fellow student name but a few of the who had traveled to Taipei highlights. Betty, Emily and Paul will share these as a Youth Ambassador. She knew then this was adventures with the Youth Ambassadors from all the something she wanted to pursue.  This will be her Phoenix Sister Cities. The entire group presents a first trip outside North America and she is looking talent show that is always worth seeing. forward to exploring part of her family’s cultural heritage, as she is part Irish. 2015 Youth Ambassadors Paul is a sophomore from Franklin Police & Fire High School and is the first student from his school Betty is a sophomore at Veritas Prep Academy to apply and be accepted into the YAE Program.  He and was intrigued about the program after receivlearned about the program from his Spanish teacher ing an email from a guidance counselor about this and guidance counselor who wanted to bring this unique opportunity.  She is an athlete, lettering in unique experience to their school.  Paul volunteers three sports as well as being active in drama and at the Humane Society and wants to be a veterinarchoir.  She is a recipient of the Iron Man award and

2015 YAEP Emily, Paul, Betty (left to right)

ian in the future, or maybe study law. He is looking forward to learning to surf for the first time and trying Irish food.   Our Ambassadors are currently hard at work preparing for their trips, raising funds, and promoting awareness of this once in a lifetime opportunity.  Later in the summer, they will summarize their Irish experiences in a second “Meet our Ambassadors” article. You can also follow their daily activities as they happen through their blogs on the Phoenix Sister Cities website. To learn more about our Committee you are welcome to join us on the 3rd Wed of each month, 6:00 pm, at the Irish Cultural Center. or you can contact Mary Hill-Connor, Ennis Committee Chairperson,, 602-635-9760.


Emigrated from Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland in 1972

Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities Ellen Harrington

President, Board of Trustees (480) 600-8509 P.O. Box 4174 Chandler, AZ 85244-4174


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’m Michelle Kelly, the Scotland Rose for 2014. I am 23 years old and from a small village, Killeeshil, in County Tyrone. Northern Ireland. I grew up in Killeeshil with my mum, dad and three amazing sisters. We also have a large extended family with many uncles, aunts and cousins who I love taking trips home to see. I moved to Newcastle for University, where I studied Business, Accounting and Finance integrating placements at PwC Edinburgh throughout my four years. I now work as an auditor in the PwC Office. My role involves working with different clients, in different industries. The constantly changing nature of this job, and the variety, suits my personality, as I am a proactive and lively person who likes to communicate and meet new people. Key achievements in my life so far include passing my ICAEW Chartered Accountancy Exams; and raising £3,000 and spending 6 weeks in South Africa as a volunteer with Friends of Africa. A few months ago I completed my first half-marathon and also hiked 54 miles across the West Highland way, in the north of Scotland. This was an incredible but extremely challenging experience but for a very worthy cause – Foundation Scotland. I am passionate about travelling, experiencing new cultures and meeting new people. Over the past few years, Scotland has brought out my interest in running and new outdoor activities, and it never fails to amaze me with its beautiful scenery and architecture.


Meet Scotland’s First Rose I My year as the very first Scotland Rose was a truly incredible experience. I met so many fantastic people and made so many wonderful friends from all over the world. I had the opportunity to tour around Ireland, visiting counties I’d never visited and experienced the fantastic Rose of Tralee International Festival, giving my family the most memorable week of their lives. In March, I was honoured to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parades in Philadelphia and New York representing Scotland. Even though I will only be the Scotland Rose for one year, this experience and the friends and memories I have made will stay with me forever. PHOTO BY JOE HANLEY

Scottish supporters at Kingdom Greyhound Stadium, Tralee


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The Arizona Colleen and Rose of Tralee Selection, Arizona Irish Lass and Little Miss Shamrock programs select young ladies of Irish descent to participate as spokespersons at area events. Prize packages for each competition. The Colleen wins a trip to Ireland and $1,000 scholarship. For details, visit or contact Erin Sweeney-Morgan, Chair, 602-373-7931,


ALEES was incorporated in 2004 to promote and celebrate accomplishments of Irish-Americans in law enforcement. Its members, families and friends support ALEES Foundation, a non-profit 501(c) (3) created in 2012 to provide financial assistance to the families of injured and fallen brothers and sisters in Arizona law enforcement. If interested in becoming a member or volunteering, contact us at


Our mission is to promote Scottish culture through art, education, and athletics. Each year we grant scholarships to aspiring and professional Highland athletes, musicians, dancers and/or any other individuals or organizations whose mission, project or program promotes Scottish heritage. We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month for drinks, entertainment and Scottish fun! Everyone welcome!



The mission of the ICC is to provide a link between the people of Arizona and the people of Ireland and other Celtic cultures. The Academy of Celtic Studies and the Celtic Concert Series are major programs. The Center is available for private rentals; call direct to 602-258-0109. Info and tours: 602-392-7850,


Formed in the 1970s to bring together people of Irish heritage in Arizona, the group sponsors social events throughout the year. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm at the ICC. Contact: Anna O’Hara, President, 480-345-9517


This bagpipe and drum school is dedicated to excellence in bagpiping as well as camaraderie and fun. All levels of students are welcome! Instructors are brought from Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the U.S. Contact: Eric Poleski, Administrator,, 702-270-8974 home, 702-340-8859 cell, 928-556-3161,


Enjoy the sounds of Celtic music and dance, storytelling, and poetry, wares for sale, workshops by artisans, sheepherding demos, art of falconry, Fairy Village children’s activities, lots of food and drink! New this year Scottish heavy athletics! Adults $15; Teens $5; under 11 yrs. old free.

The organization honors the 150-year-old bond of friendship existing today between Mexico and Ireland. Each year, a fiesta celebrates with a dinner saluting those of Irish and Mexican heritage. Contacts: Wm. Howard O’Brien, El Capitán, 480-951-1152,; John Reilly, Captain, 602-242-1555; Héctor Corona, el Teniente (Lieutenant), 602-722-7589; Felix Corona and Ernie Patino, El Tenientes.



Formed in 2005 to promote Scottish heritage. Ladies of ancestry, married to a Scot or born in Scotland may join. We hold monthly meetings, tea socials, a teahouse at the AZ Highland Games and attend Scottish events. We support Highland dance competition and other charities. Contact: Bethany Tso at 602-770-7565 or

The nonprofit organization is dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving Celtic culture. Each year we host the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival (July 19-20, 2014), the Jim Thomson U.S. School of Piping & Drumming (July 11-18, 2014), and the Grand Canyon Celtic Arts Academy (July 15-18, 2014). Contact Jude McKenzie,, 928-556-3161,



A non-profit corporation, DIWA is committed to improving the health and welfare of Irish Wolfhounds throughout Arizona; encouraging responsible ownership through mentoring and education of its members; and maintaining a source of Irish Wolfhound specific rescue/rehoming contacts statewide. Dues are $20 for a single and $30 for a family membership. For information, contact Christine Davis, President, 602-439-1783; or Pam Clark, Rehoming Coordinator, 928-821-6009;


The nonprofit organization was formed in 2011 to promote positive relationships between Arizona and Northern Ireland. Through education, cultural exchanges and charitable events, the Chapter nurtures St. Patrick’s legacy. Meetings held quarterly at the ICC. Contact: Glenda Walker at 602-277-1376,


It offers classes in Irish music, dance, and language to children ages 7+ (July 14-18, 2014) and adults (July 15-17, 2014). Come learn something new or improve your current skills with members of Runa and Zac Legér. Classes in fiddle, whistle, guitar, bodhrán, Irish language, dance, and more! Contact: Kari Barton, 928-600-1365,


Our purpose is to bring together individual of Irish descent and others interested in Irish culture through our monthly socials. Everyone is welcome; it is part of our Irish hospitality. The Club meets monthly October through May for dinner and dancing at the Sun City Country


Club. Dues are $10 per year. For information or a complementary newsletter, contact Maura McConnell, Secretary, 623-933-3698,

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Formed in 1983, the Committee has the responsibility for organizing the annual Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Faire that follows, which are held on Saturday (the closest before or falling on March 17); and the Arizona Colleen Programs throughout the year. It is entirely volunteers and meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the ICC. Contact: Harry Sexton, President, 602-863-9198.


It is one of the largest parades in Arizona! Celebrate being Irish with the entire Valley. Coming up Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10am; route is Third Street south from Sheridan to Moreland, FREE. Contact: John Corcoran, Chair, 623-939-1183,


Fun for the entire family, it showcases Irish music, step dancing, Irish and Celtic arts and crafts, plus traditional Irish foods and beverages. Coming up Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10am-5pm at the Irish Cultural Center and Margaret Hance Park grounds. Contact: Mary Moriarty, Chair, 602-258-0109,


Our organization, a 501(c)(3), exists in order to promote cultural pride in Celtic heritage through education, scholarships, activities, special events and the annual Prescott Highland Games. It is a love of all things Celtic which drives our association. Dues are $10 for single and $15 per couple per year. For information, call Andy Hamilton 928-642-0020 or Jill Nelson 928-443-1422,; P.O. Box 12912, Prescott, AZ 86304-2912;

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Built in 1904 for two Irish brothers, Riordan Mansion is an architectural treasure offering a glimpse into the lives of Flagstaff’s early Irish settlers. The “fairy ring” seen on the outdoor self-guided tour hints at the Irish tradition of providing fairies an outdoor dancing space, preventing mischief inside. For admission rates and hours call 928-779-4395.


Chartered on April 21, 1981 in North Carolina, membership is open to all Active Duty and Veterans of the USA and the British Commonwealth who are of Scot or Scot-Irish lineage. For more information, contact SAMS Flagstaff Post 2000, George G. Shoemaker, 928-607-1600,


Membership is open to honorably discharged veterans or active duty or reserve military persons who have served or are serving with any branch of the United States or Commonwealth Armed Forces, of Scottish ancestry. We welcome your membership. Currently there are 39 Posts within the United States. Contact: Reg Nelson, 928-443-1422; SAMS Prescott Post 1297, “The Arizona Highlanders,” P.O. Box 2245, Prescott, AZ 86302-2245;


Ellen Harrington, President. P.O. Box 4174, Chandler, AZ 85244-4174 480-600-8509,,

PHOENIX-ENNIS, IRELAND SISTER CITIES Mary Hill-Connor, Committee Chairperson 602-635-9760,

TUCSON-ROSCOMMON, IRELAND SISTER CITIES Colleen Kelly Beaman, Chair 520-743-7979, 1670 N Country Club, Tucson, AZ 85716; and Facebook


Classes in Phoenix, Tucson, Dallas, and Houston; (520) 319-0204. Darren Maguire, TCRG, ADCRG


Kari Maschino, 480-242-7760,,, Gilbert, Tempe, Peoria

MICHAEL PATRICK GALLAGHER SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE, Michael Patrick, TCRG, ADCRG, 602-896-4078 Ann Paitel, TCRG 602-316-3199


Traditional Irish and Irish-American Music, 480-208-4687,,,


Arizona Convenor: Steve McKinnis 11505 E. Calle Javelina, Tucson, AZ 85748 • 520-290-1268 •




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[All events are in Arizona USA unless otherwise noted]



PUBLIC WALK-IN HOURS (TOURS, LIBRARY & GENEALOGY) Tuesday-Saturday ▪ 10am – 3pm Wednesday Evenings (Library only) ▪ 3pm – 8pm SUMMER HOURS START JUNE 1 Wednesday-Thursday • 10am – 3pm Wednesday Evenings (Library only) • 3pm – 8pm Frances McClelland Genealogy Centre available these hours; Open Other Hours for Scheduled Classes, Meetings & Events 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85004 See ad page 4


Thursday, May 7 ▪ 7pm Coconino Center for the Arts 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff Presented by Living Traditions Presentations Highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies, along with their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States, this vocal and instrumental ensemble gives its arrangements of traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 day of show; Children half price Info: 928-779-2300;


(IRISH SOCIAL DANCING) All ages; instructor & live music Fridays ▪ 7pm – 9pm May 8, 15; Jun 12, 19; Jul 10, 17 $6; cash bar

“THE COWGIRL WHO BECAME A JUSTICE: SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR” INTERACTIVE ART EXHIBITION McClelland Irish Library, Phoenix Now through May 23; $5-$10 Exhibit Tour Available during Library Hours (above) See story in September-October 2014 edition


On Display at Sky Harbor Int’l. Airport, Phoenix Terminal 3 in the outer part of the building near Starbucks Now through June See story in July-August 2014 edition

JOURNEY THROUGH THE EMERALD ISLE EXHIBIT HAVE PASSPORT - WILL TRAVEL EXHIBIT Now through July 31 Paula Cullison travel writer / photographer ASU Polytech Campus Library


Saturday, May 2 ▪ 10:30am to 12:30pm Brendan the Navigator by Fiona Waters McClelland Irish Library, Norton Room Free includes craft; 602-864-2351,


Saturday, May 2 ▪ 2-4pm Presented by Marshall Trimble The “Will Rogers of Arizona” Payson Library



Saturday, May 2 at ICC

Friday, May 8 ▪ 8:00pm Berger Performing Arts Center 1200 West Speedway Blvd., Tucson “A Scots neo-trad supergroup, with a bracingly modern musical attack.” Montreal Gazette. Tickets on sale NOW online, reserved seating $22 advance, discounts available; Door: $25 Select seats are now at Antigone Books (411 N 4th Ave.) and The Folk Shop (2525 N. Campbell) Co-sponsored by Tucson Friends of Traditional Music


TWO-DAY GAMES PRESENTING “ALL THINGS SCOTTISH” Sat. & Sun., May 9-10 ▪ 9am to 5pm Watson Lake Park on Hwy.89 North of Prescott The Highland Games are a very old tradition from Scotland but we are proud of being Celtic and offer our Games to anyone who is Celtic or just interested. Highland Dancing, Bagpipes, Ancient Athletic Events, Traditional Food and Vendors Tickets $10, $15, $20; Children 5 and under Free Advance Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets. com/event/935887 Info: See ad page 7

Thursday, Friday June 4, 5 ▪ 7:30pm I’m 1 in a Million! EVENT Benefits The Irish Cultural & Learning Foundation Phoenix Symphony Hall Tickets: $29 and up or by calling 602-495-1999 See story pages 8-11


Sunday, June 7 ▪ 1-5pm Friends of Saint Patrick Centre - Arizona Chapter Fundraiser for Ciara Archer’s trip to Northern Ireland in July Tickets $15 adults; $5 children under 12 May be purchased at the door. Men are welcome. For reservations, contact or call Glenda Walker, 602-277-1376 See story page 39


Thursday, June 11 ▪ 7pm Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 1601 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff Living Traditions Presentations Internationally acclaimed fiddle playing as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk music’s foremost groups including the exciting Celtic Fiddle Festival and Ireland’s long admired and respected Patrick Street. Tickets $20 in advance, $22 day of show; Children half price Contact/Info: Kari Barton 928-600-1365;


SAVE THE DATE: GRAND CANYON CELTIC ARTS ACADEMY July 13-17 Flagstaff 18 classes and 2 concerts!


The “Will Rogers of Arizona” Monday, August 10 ▪ Dinner 6pm; Show 7pm The Palace Restaurant and Saloon, Prescott

“BUTTERFIELD OVERLAND MAIL 1857-1861” Wednesday, May 13 ▪ Dinner 6pm ▪ Show 7pm Presented by Marshall Trimble The “Will Rogers of Arizona” Arizona History Series Cartwright’s Restaurant, Cave Creek

ROSE OF TRALEE REGIONAL FESTIVAL May 27-31, Portlaoise, Ireland Support 2015 Arizona Rose Mallory Melton, Support 2015 South Carolina Rose Shannon Kelahan-Pierson (from Arizona)

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Sunday, September 13 ▪ 1:10 pm Game Multi-Media Events starting 2 hours pre-game I’m 1 in a Million! EVENT Arizona Diamondbacks v. Los Angeles Dodgers Chase Field Stadium, Phoenix Sponsored in part by The Desert Shamrock See DETAILS on page 5

May – June 2015


ANNUAL ANAM CARA GALA Saturday, October 10 ICC Awards and Fundraiser


CHANDLER-TULLAMORE SISTER CITIES Saturday, December 5, 2015 ▪ 11am to 1pm Live Entertainment! Delicious Luncheon by Coach & Willie’s! Homemade Desserts by Your Hostesses! Raffle Prizes! Stay tuned to our website – All proceeds to further our Mission of Education, Business & Cultural Exchanges. Contact Ellen Harrington at; or Sharon Anderson at

Send Off for 2015 Young Ambassador


he 2nd Annual Hats Off to the 2015 Young Ambassador Tea will be held at the ICC on Sunday, June 7, from 1 -5 pm. The Friends of Saint Patrick Centre - Arizona Chapter Young Ambassador, Ciara Archer, will travel to the Saint Patrick Centre, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, in July. Along with dessert, fruit, and cheese and crackers menu, there will be a hat decorating contest and a silent raffle. Entertainment will be provided by former Young Ambassadors Audrey Sullivan, 2015 Young Ambassador Kelsey Keleher, and Sarah Hines; and others. Ciara Archer Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12. They may be purchased at the door. Men are welcome. For reservations, contact: or call Glenda Walker at 602-277-1376.

Rose of Tralee Sponsor Helps Celtic Women Raleigh, NC –The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland’s largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 56 years in 2015. Each year, young women of Irish descent from around the world compete in County Kerry, Ireland, to become that year’s Rose of Tralee. Celtic Complexion (www., and its founder Jennifer Devlin Waller, is a sponsor of local Rose of Tralee events throughout the United States. “The majority of our customers have a Celtic complexion (Irish, Scottish, Welsh heritage), so our products are a perfect fit for The Rose of Tralee Festival contestants,” says Devlin Waller. As part of local sponsorships, each contestant receives a “goody bag” of Celtic Complexion products. The winner gets a gift bag of full-size products. Celtic Complexion also donates a gift basket of products for the local raffles. This year, the goody bags will include travel sizes of the award-winning Celtic Complexion Crème, Organic Sheer Lipstick in First Kiss, and a compact.

Capturing the romance of Outlander’s Scotland

While the Rose of Tralee contestants are between 18-27, and just starting to focus on their skin care regimens, many Celtic Complexion customers are older, and looking for anti-aging benefits. Devlin Waller, of Celtic descent, began her career as a professional makeup artist, and then became an esthetician. While she had access to all kinds of skin care products, she was never able to treat her own rosacea. Everything she tried just made her skin get more sensitive and red. Eventually Devlin met an Australian Holistic Esthetician who urged her

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to stop using all toxic and chemical ingredients on her skin, and within two months of using natural skin care and pure organic products, her skin healed itself. Devlin Waller then decided to see if her problems were typical of Celtic skin. She learned that Celtic skin was very different than other skin types. It is typically dry to very dry, and sensitive, especially prone to rosacea and broken capillaries. Celtic skin also ages much faster than other ethnicities. To help others like herself, Devlin Waller decided to create her own line of skin care products, launched under the Celtic Complexion name, in late 2010. Today Celtic Complexion offers luxury artisan, hypo-allergenic products ranging from its popular Calming Serum (for rosacea), to moisturizing creams, anti-aging serums, tinted moisturizer, face cleansers, and cosmetics, to Celtic women throughout the U.S. and the world. For more information, visit

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Only Skincare Products from Celtic Complexion Give You All These Advantages As Seen In... Modern Green Living + Spa Wisdom

Jennifer Devlin, Founder of Celtic Complexion Organic Skincare



Formulated specifically for Celtic complexions.

Artisan skin care products. Our skin care prod-

Celtic skin types are people whose heritage is from England, Ireland, and Scotland. These people are often ruddy, fair, sensitive, and prone to rosacea, which causes redness in the skin. We have created blends that work with Celtic complexions to eliminate redness, dryness, and sensitivity.

ucts are hand-blended, made with care, purpose, and integrity. We are a small business, not a big corporation whose main motivation is shareholder profits. The quality of our artisan serums and creams is much superior to skin care products manufactured using machines.

No synthetic chemicals. Because 60% of what

Every jar is made fresh-to-order, in small batches, using the purest ingredients we can buy.

you put on your skin is absorbed, Celtic Complexion skin care products use only organic ingredients and are 100% synthetic chemical-free. Also gluten-free and cruelty-free.

No water. One of the dirty little secrets in the cosmetic

industry is water. Most beauty products on the market are water - up to 80%. As a result of this dilution, you can go through a cream in about 6 weeks. In addition, tap water contains multiple toxins including pathogens, ammonia, chlorine, fluoride, pesticides, and heavy metals including lead and mercury, which is absorbed through your pores.

Purity. We keep our Celtic Complexion products pure. Guarantee. If you are not 100% satisfied with any

Celtic Complexion skin care product, just return the unused portion or even the empty bottle within 90 days for a full product refund. That way, you risk nothing.

In good company. Celtic Complexion has been seen in British Vogue magazine and Organic Spa magazine, Irish American News and is a sponsor of the Rose of Tralee Festival (American contestants) and is a supporter of the Celtic Radio Network.

Desert Shamrock May-June 2015 e-Magazine  

Serving over one million of Celtic ancestry in Arizona, The Desert Shamrock celebrates 26 years with feature profiles, music and book review...

Desert Shamrock May-June 2015 e-Magazine  

Serving over one million of Celtic ancestry in Arizona, The Desert Shamrock celebrates 26 years with feature profiles, music and book review...