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Back EVENT: 56th Phoenix Scottish Games

FEATURES

HISTORY 6 Irish Tales from Arizona Territory: Rough and Tough Lawmen

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25 Blaise, a World War II Hero

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4 Get Published! Celtic Youth Contest

8 Left Lane Maureen Part 30: Ireland’s Rugged Northwest

12 Celtic Artisan: Tri-Spiral Points to Life, Movement, and Progression

15 Chandler-Tullamore Trip to Ireland 2020

13 Celtic Woman Harmony & History 15th Anniversary Tour

17 Park Ranger Captures Beauty of Killarney

11 Celtic Pubs and Eateries

22 Upcoming Literary Offerings at the Irish Cultural Center, Phx

26,27 Organizations, Clans, Sister Cities, Musicians, Dance

9 CAUSE: H.E.L.P. feeding homeless kids 10 Keltic Kitchen: Dempsey’s Chocolate Mousse 14 Arizona Irish Sister Cities Team Up

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15 My Summer in Ennis, Ireland

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18 How my Stenograph Machine almost became a Movie Star

SG5 Arizona Celts: Wilbanks, Genealogist and Crownhart, Games Athlete

20 My husband, Seán Lee. The man left an indelible trail.

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Irish Tales from Arizona Territory

Rough and Tough Lawmen Gila County Sheriff Jerry Ryan

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rizona Territory had a number of Irish sheriffs who handled their jobs well with overwhelming odds against them. Arizona was a tad wild in those days; our reputation kept us from statehood for a number of years. The job of sheriff in Territorial days wasn’t just taking care of outlaws. He had to obtain qualified bondsmen to support him and select deputies from among a sometimes-inadequate constituency. The sheriff also served as the tax collector for his county. The income for the office was always controversial as most of the elected men did not consider their income adequate while the taxpayers thought the salary was excessive. I have a friend who in her 80’s wore a t-shirt to her family reunion with the notation “Watch Out – I’m Jack O’Neil’s Granddaughter.” While serving as a Graham County Deputy Sheriff, Jack was taking a prisoner to Safford to be hung. Stopping for a rest, he started playing poker; then, had to leave on his journey. Jack returned to his card game within a very short time. He told his fellow poker players that he wanted to continue with the poker game, so he had gone ahead and hung the prisoner himself instead of taking him on to Safford. County Tipperary, Ireland is loaded with the name Ryan. Everyone there will tell you, “All Ryans are rogues, but not all rogues are Ryans.” Sheriff Jerry Ryan didn’t appear to be much of a rogue. However, he did have a strange experience when preparing two Apaches for their plunge to eternity. One of men turned to Jerry as he was putting a cap over his head and shouted, “Boo” much to the amusement of the onlookers. [Photo is from my

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great grandparent’s family album.] When Gila County was established in 1881, Governor Fremont appointed Billy Murphy as the new sheriff. Apparently, he was a bit of a rascal when he had previously served as a deputy in Pinal County. Gila County residents were none too happy with his appointment. Within a few weeks, an election was held, and Billy was out of a job. When his wife’s uncle, Patrick Shanley, ran for sheriff, his ads in the Arizona Silver Belt noted that he would not appoint Billy as a deputy if he was elected. Voters didn’t want to take a chance and Shanley lost the election. Cochise County Sheriff Johnny Behan’s role in the gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone put him in the history books. Behan was not fond of Wyatt Earp, as his lady love Josephine Sadie Marcus left him and was happy to take up with Wyatt. Many Tombstone residents believed that Behan had not done enough to try to stop the gunfight because of his animosity against Wyatt. Although Behan was considered corrupt during his Tombstone years; time evidently made everyone think kindlier of him. When he died in 1912, his eulogy declared, “he held positions of public trust, and in all was active, faithful, and honest.” Janice Ryan Bryson is descended from pioneers who arrived in the Arizona Territory in the 1880s. She is co-founder of the Irish Arizona Project and coauthor of the book Irish Arizona. Janice was named an Arizona Culture Keeper for her research on the Irish in our state and is a recipient of the 2015 Anam Cara Award.

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Marshall Trimble, called the “Will Rogers of Arizona,” is the official state historian and author of more than 20 books. His latest is Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Visiting the troops performing cowboy songs or TV appearances as a noted authority, honors include the ICC’s 2012 Anam Cara award; and in 2014, his appointment by the Governor to the Arizona Historical Society Board of Directors.


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he Slieve League Cliffs in County Donegal are a site that visitors may miss because of the rough journey through the northern coastline. You have to be bold! Sliabh League as they are known to Irish speakers, are Europe’s highest sea cliffs. The massive face drops over 1,900 feet into the sea below. They are spectacular not only for their size, but also for their color. The rock face becomes streaked with shades of red, amber, and ochre at sunset!

Leave Donegal on N56. After Bruckless take the turn onto R263, to the mountain village of Carrick. In the village of Carrick take the turn going onto Teelin Road. Then, turn right on an unmarked road going to Bunglass Point and turn on Sliabh Liag Road to the car Parking area. Driving time is 1 hour and 15 minutes from Donegal. There is a farm gate blocking the road to keep car traffic out and to prevent the sheep from wandering off. Close the gate behind you. It’s a 90 minute walk on a paved road to Bunglass Point and Slieve Viewing Platform. Finally, you arrive at the cliff-top viewing point overlooking the churning

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ia daoibh a chaired! (Hello friends!)  With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, you may be considering what to prepare for your annual celebration. Each St. Patrick’s Day, I love to cook corned beef and vegetables in my crockpot. This year, I am planning on inviting friends and family over and I want to prepare a delicious dessert, in addition to my corned beef and veggies. The dessert I am planning on serving is Dempsey’s Chocolate Mousse. If you haven’t tried Dempsey’s Irish Cream yet, it’s just as good as the other better-known Irish cream. This mousse recipe combines two delicious flavors: chocolate and Irish cream. It’s boozy, creamy, and will have you licking the inside of the glass for the last drop. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS: 2 c. heavy whipping cream ¾ c. Dempsey’s Irish Cream 1 ½ c. mini chocolate chips 1 T. unflavored gelatin ¼ c. cold water 1 t. vanilla

Katie Caufield Ginder lives in Gilbert with her husband and two sons. Her background is in higher education program management, instruction and faculty recruitment. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, yoga, and learning about her Irish heritage. Katie’s great, great paternal grandfather was from Galway and immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1860s.

3. Place cold water in a bowl and sprinkle gelatin on top. Set aside.

Whipped Cream Topping: ¾ c. whipping cream ½ c. powdered sugar 1 t. vanilla

DIRECTIONS: 1. Place 1 ¼ c. mini chocolate chips in a medium bowl and set aside. 2. Pour ¼ c. whipping cream and ¼ c. Irish cream into a small pot and heat until just boiling. Remove immediately and pour over chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate chips are melted and combined with cream mixture. Set aside.

4. Add 1 ¾ c. whipping cream and vanilla into a mixing bowl. Add chocolate mixture and beat until soft peaks form. 5. Heat gelatin in microwave for 30 seconds and pour into chocolate whipped cream mixture. Slowly combine. 6. Scoop mousse into small glass containers and refrigerate for an hour. 7. Before serving, mix together whipped cream topping ingredients until soft peaks form. Scoop whipped cream on top of mousse and top with remaining mini chocolate chips.

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Greater Phoenix The Dubliner Irish Pub & Restaurant

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Fibber Magees Pub Irish Restaurant & Bar

Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub

3841 E. Thunderbird Road, #111, Phoenix, AZ 85032 (east of AZ-51); 602-867-0984; www.dublinerpub.com Arizona’s original Irish pub and very first to serve Guinness on tap, Irish and American fare, games on big-screen TV, live music six nights a week.

1989 W. Elliot Road, Chandler, AZ 85224 (SE corner of Elliot & Dobson Road) 480-722-9434, www.fibbermageespub.com Open 11am-2am, 7 days a week Authentic Pub featuring Irish & American menu favorites. Daily Food and Drink Specials. All Day Happy Hour, 7 Days a week. Pub Quiz, Live Entertainment & 2-time Guinness Perfect Pint Champion! See ad page 7

Gallagher’s Sports Grill

7575 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020 (16th Street & Morten); 602-997-0084 3220 E. Baseline, Phoenix, AZ 85042 (NE corner of 32nd St. & Baseline); 602-437-0981 34406 N. Black Mountain Parkway, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (Carefree Hwy. & 48th Street); 480-595-8800 751 E Union Hills Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85024 (7th & Union Hills); 602-867-3222 www.gallaghersaz.com Discover a great tasting menu, HD sports, daily and late night specials, weekend breakfast, karaoke, trivia and OTB! See ad page 7

The Harp Irish Pub

1744 S. Val Vista Drive, Mesa, AZ 85204 (just south of US-60 in Dana Park Village Square) 480-507-7827; www.theharpaz.com An Irish pub from our interior to our menu. We offer a perfect eblend of modern and comfort Irish/American food and drinks in an authentic atmosphere. Daily happy hour from 3-6pm. Experience a piece of the Emerald Isle in the desert!

2601 W. Dunlap Avenue, #7, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (east of I-17); 602-997-7714; www.oconnorspub.com Where You’re A Stranger Only Once! For some good ol’ Irish hospitality in the Valley of the Sun, drop in the best Irish pub in Phoenix!

906 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014 (additional parking on 10th Street! 100 feet away!) 602-241-1916; www.rosiemccaffreys.com Irish owned and operated pub in central Phoenix serving good food and drink, the traditional Irish way, showing all Celtic FC matches, daily specials. Sláinte!

Rúla Bula Irish Pub and Restaurant

401 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281 (between University and Rio Salado Parkway) 480-929-9500; www.rulabula.com Downtown Tempe, old world pub serving traditional and contemporary pub fare. Draft craft beer, premium whiskies and specialty cocktails. Daily Happy Hour. Live Music weekends. See ad page 29

Séamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub

18 W. Monroe Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003 (adjacent to historic Hotel San Carlos) 602-253-6081; www.seamusmccaffreys.com Downtown Phoenix’ Original Irish Pub & Restaurant. Est.-1991. Corned beef & cabbage, Irish stew, fish & chips, full menu, weekend brunch, AZ’s largest whiskey menu, 10 on tap, open late. See ad page 12

Skeptical Chymist Irish Restaurant & Bar 15689 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (off AZ-101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.) 480-609-8677, www.skepticalchymist.com Open 11am-2am, 7 days a week Scottsdale’s only authentic Irish Pub featuring a menu of both classic and modern cuisine, 29 draft beers, 50+ Irish Whiskeys, daily food and drink specials, happy hour 7 days a week, Pub Quiz and live entertainment! See ad page 10

The Irish Wolfhound Restaurant & Pub

16811 N. Litchfield Road, Surprise, AZ 85374 (just south of Bell Road); 623-214-1004; www.irishwolfhoundpub.com Open 11am-2am, 7 days a week Bringing a little piece of Ireland to the desert. Featured on PBS “Check, Please!” with award-winning Corned Beef & Cabbage and Guinness Battered Atlantic Cod. See ad page 19

Tim Finnegan’s Irish Restaurant & Bar

NEW LOCATION: 17045 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85308 (north of Bell Road); 602-875-8331; www.timfinnegans.com Open Mon-Wed 11am-Midnight; Thurs-Sun 11am-2am Evokes images of the great old pubs with blend of modern Ireland. Enjoy USDA Prime, Shepherd’s Pie with choice lamb, and mussels fresh from the sea. Live music.

The Kettle Black Kitchen & Pub

1 N. First Street, #201, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (between Washington and Adams) 602-651-1185; www.thekettleblackpub.com Late night restaurant, bar and grill. Jimmy Culleton and Tom Montgomery bring you another great gastrobpub menu and Irish atmosphere.

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The Tri-Spiral Points to Life, Movement, and Progression BY LYNN HERDMAN MASCARELLI

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erhaps the most famous Irish Megalithic symbol is the tri-spiral carved into the walls of tombs and standing stones. But one in particular has a home within Newgrange, a tomb of considerable significance for all of 17 minutes each year in the Boyne Valley, County Meath, Ireland. Though it is considered Celtic in origin, it is not. This is prehistoric art and design, carved on stones 2,500 years before Celts even arrived. Though small, a foot in diameter, a tri-spiral carved into a stone within Newgrange is touched by a ray of sunlight that travels down a long passage until reaching the end but then, slowly withdraws. To witness this is so treasured, people pay to be chosen by lottery.

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Entrance stone at Newgrange tomb, Ireland

Also called triskeles from the Greek meaning “three legs”, the tri-spiral points to life movement, progression, whether it be three stages of sleeping, dreaming, and waking; the passage of time: past, present, and future; or even the cosmic: heaven, air, and earth. Triads and subjects in sets of three are familiar in myth and the telling of tales. For the Christian, there is the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Though there is a tri-spiral within Newgrange, there is another: it is larger and carved into the entrance stone, which according to researchers may have given this symbol both a private and public role for the ancient Irish. Regardless, it points to cosmic energies, the revolution of time, the circle of life, and our part in all of it... May it lead us to good things in the Celtic Cycle of Life and the year ahead.

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“Newgrange, Ireland.” World Encyclopedia of Archaeology (2007) “Spiral.” Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols (1987) “Triple.” Penguin Dictionary of Symbols (1997) Lynn Herdman Mascarelli 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 author of a mystery thriller trilogy. Her mom, a Williams, is totally Welsh with ancestry as far back as 1700s.


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or the past 15 years, Celtic Woman has been celebrating Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage while continuing its remarkable legacy of introducing some of Ireland’s most talented singers and musicians onto the world stage. To commemorate this anniversary, Celtic Woman will embark on a multi-date Celebration national tour in the U.S. starting February 2020. Named Celtic Woman to represent the essence of the Celtic female performer, the group made its American television debut with its self-titled PBS concert special, which captured a sold-out performance at the Helix in Dublin, Ireland. Since then, the group has maintained a

strong presence in U.S. performing for three Presidents and appearing twice at the White House, while touring here year after year. Celtic Woman is honoured to be recognised as the most successful all-female group in Irish music history. Their legacy of 12 consecutive times as number 1 on Billboard Magazine’s World Music Chart; 10 million in album sales; a coveted Grammy nomination; and an incredible 1 billion online streams is a testament to all of the outstanding singers and musicians who have performed in the group since its inception in 2005. The Celebration tour will give them a chance to thank their ever-faithful fans.

The group will perform songs from their 15-year journey, songs that have created an incredible bond with audiences all over the world. These will include classics like “Danny Boy” and “She Moved Through the Fair” along with hits like Enya’s “Orinoco Flow”, traditional songs in the Irish language, and lots of upbeat music for dancing, clapping and toe tapping. Celtic Woman continues to transcend national and cultural boundaries to celebrate the timeless traditions of Ireland’s centuries-old heritage. Celtic Woman combines the country’s finest musical talents with an epic stage production to present a uniquely inspiring live experience. So, come on out and let the Celebration begin!

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Arizona Irish Sister Cities Team Up Synergy of 6! BY JOANN GARNER

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harting new paths to expand cross-cultural education and goodwill, “The Arizona Irish Sister Cities Collaboration” was birthed. The group’s members are those Arizona Sister Cities Associations that have a counterpart in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Participating Committee Chairs are:

Phoenix/Ennis Program Chair Mary Hill-Connor

(l to r) Lisa White, President Scottsdale Sister Cities Association; Colleen Kelly Beaman, Greg Tilque, JoAnn Garner, Ellen Harrington, Mary Hill-Connor, and David Carrera Scottsdale/Killarney Program Chair JoAnn Garner

Chandler/Tullamore President Ellen Harrington

Tempe/Carlow Program Chair David Carrera

Gilbert/Antrim-Newtownabbey President Greg Tilque

Irish Student Golf Exchange

It’s an exciting opportunity for two Irish student golfers from each of the Collaboration’s Sister Cities abroad to be selected for a golf travel itinerary in Arizona in December 2020, and then to send two American student golfers of their counterparts to travel to their Irish Sister City in the summer of 2021.   Additionally, non-golf culturally enriching activities will be part of each exchange. Guidelines are being written for launching this project. Each member of the Collaboration is reaching out to their respective Irish Sister City to coordinate agreement to participate and identify the key persons with whom we will work to finalize all the logistics. All students will be chaperoned and home-hosted on the golf exchanges.  Each trip is anticipated to be one week, including two days of travel. This is a challenging project and donations for golfing fees and student scholarships for travel are welcome. To offset the projected expenses, The Collaboration is asking those belonging to private golf clubs or having access to contacts at public courses to help us gain discounted, or free, rounds of golf throughout the Valley of the Sun. 

CONTACT: JoAnn Garner, Collaboration Chair, joanngarner038@gmail.com, 480-276-5628, www.scottsdalesistercities.info

A Visit by the 2020 Arizona Colleen to each Arizona Irish Sister City

Tucson/Roscommon Program Chair Colleen Kelly Beaman

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The Collaboration is busily working with the Arizona Colleen Program to arrange a travel itinerary to each of Arizona’s Irish Sister City as part of the prize package for the 2020 Arizona Colleen. She will spend two days in each city, touring major

attractions and business centers, and to meet elected officials when possible. The Colleen will serve as a spokesperson for the Arizona Irish in all capacities and attend Irish Sister City events as a special guest. This offers a wonderful showcase to promote Arizona Sister Cities and our state’s Irish Community in Ireland. The Director of the Arizona Colleen Program, Ciara Archer, will work with each of the Irish Sister Cities to determine the best dates with the tour likely in July or early August 2020. Queen of the St. Patrick’s Parade in Phoenix, watch for the 2020 Arizona Colleen (to be crowned February 29) in her convertible along the route on March 14.

CONTACT: Ciara Archer, Chair, Arizona Colleen and Arizona Rose of Tralee Programs at ciara.archer@azirish.org, 480.358.7504, www.azcolleen.org. If you are interested in getting involved in any of these Irish Sister Cities and Arizona Colleen projects, please contact one of the above-mentioned persons. Participation and support from the Irish Community of Arizona is greatly appreciated! These are the first two in the planning stages. Be a part of demonstrating that six (to infinity in the number of contributors) are better than the individual one! Please visit our booth at the St. Patrick’s Irish Faire in Margaret Hance Park on March 14th.   Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit which serves as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in nearly 500 member communities with over 2,000 partnerships in more than 140 countries. Our mission is to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation—one individual, one community at a time.


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his past summer, I had the honor of serving as a Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador to Ennis, Ireland. When I first found out that I was going to Ireland, I didn’t realize the impact the experience would have on me. I stayed with the Curran family for three weeks, and I can surely say I now have a second home in Ennis, County Clare. I had many expectations of what Ireland would be like, and I was completely blown away by the kindness that everyone showed. No matter where I went, I was greeted with a smile, maybe because people were so intrigued by my “accent.” The first thing I noticed when I arrived at the Shannon Airport was how TINY it was. I am so used to Sky Harbor and had never seen such a small airport! My Ennis counterpart—Holly Curran—was waiting on the other side of a sliding door. We spent the next three weeks getting to know each other and let me just say: I had the best time of my life. We went kayaking, caving, and surfing! The food was unreal; I tried black and white pudding, and to this day I do not have a clue as to its contents. (I think I’ll keep it that way too). I also fell in love with Weetabix, an Irish breakfast, and brought a supply back with me. My favorite memories were some of the simple ones, like sitting on Holly’s couch while watching Love Island. We were invited to tea at Dromoland Castle, which was incredible. We drove to the beautiful Cliffs of Moher and took a long hike on its edge, all the way to Doolin. We visited Lahinch and tried some of “Billy Ming’s spice bags.” We even met Johnny Flynn, the current mayor of Ennis! I was deeply affected by all of the traditions; a great example is my newfound love of hurling and “trad” music.

On my way back to Phoenix, I was saddened by the idea that I had said goodbye to a place that made me feel so welcome. Even though I’ve gone back to my “regular life,” I still think about my time in Ennis and I know that I will visit my Irish family and friends again soon.

Friday, March 11 11:30am – 1:30pm “UP THE BANNER!”

(l to r) Regina and Holly Curran - My wonderful counterpart and I in Dromoland Castle before our afternoon tea and tour of the grounds.

2019 Phoenix Youth Ambassadors: Regina Sanchez, Colin Lavigne, Alina Boorse 2019 Ennis Youth Ambassadors: Tom O’ Connell, Holly Curran, Lily Price

If you are a Phoenix high school sophomore or junior and would like to have your own remarkable experience as a Youth Ambassador to Ennis or any of the other Phoenix Sister Cities, plan now for 2021. More information is at www.phoenixsistercities.org/ youth-ambassador.

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(l to r) Regina, Alina, Holly, and Lily - We stopped by Lahinch Beach on our way to the Cliffs of Moher and took some pictures! We went back two more times to learn how to surf! So fun!

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Park Ranger Captures the

Beauty of Killarney A “

Ranger’s View – Killarney National Park” exhibition showcases the work of Peter O’Toole, recently retired Killarney National Park ranger. His love of the outdoors is reflected in each of the photographs he took during his 40-year career. Nature was always a part of his life growing up in the beautiful town of Killarney where his father and grandfather introduced him to the lakes and hills surrounding this town. In June 1980, he secured his ‘dream job’ as a ‘Park Constable’ later given the title ‘Conservation Ranger’. During these years Peter came to know the 26,000 acres of Killarney National Park intimately with his expertise focused on the management of the Red Deer, woodland conservation, and the ongoing control of the invasive Rhododendron. Killarney National Park has put together a beautiful photo exhibit of Peter’s photography displaying the many scenic and less known places our conservation rangers encounter daily in the Park. Peter O’Toole shares, “Several years ago, I took up landscape photography and this has given me the opportunity to

capture the beauty of Killarney throughout the seasons of the year. “All my images are taken in the area of Killarney National Park and I have found that my accumulated knowledge of the park, along with the use of my boat allows me to view and capture Killarney’s beauty from a different perspective. “From an early age I had a love of the natural world. I grew up in a time with few modern-day distractions and so my free time was spent out in the natural world. Fishing the River Deenagh, searching for bird nests, and exploring Killarney’s landscape. “My grandfather and father introduced me to Killarney’s lakes where I fished for brown trout and salmon. This experience in particular brought me closer to the natural beauty of Killarney National Park. “I regard myself as very fortunate working as a Conservation Ranger in a place which I have a deep passion and interest in.” Killarney House and Gardens— the new visitor centre and gateway to Killarney National Park, is hosting the spectacular photo collection. Info at: www.killarneynationalpark.ie

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• He was raised in comfort in Britain. • He was kidnapped by pirates and spent six years in forced labor in Ireland. • What he experienced there led to his deepening faith. • Free not to return, he did, led thousands to Christ and changed the face of a nation.

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The inspiring story of Saint Patrick is one of an individual showing love, compassion and respect to those who did not share his viewpoint and in some cases had mistreated him. Actors John Rhys-Davies (THE LORD OF THE RINGS) as Old Patrick; Sean T. O’Meallaigh (Vikings) as Patrick; and Robert McCormack (Irish Crime) as Young Patrick.

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A feature-length docudrama that peels back centuries of legend and myth to tell the true story of Saint Patrick. Through historical re-enactments, expert interviews and Patrick’s own writings, experience the journey from man to saint.

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t was summer break, when court hours are reduced in Dublin. I get this phone call from my boss, “You can say no to this unusual request…” “Do you want to play a court reporter in a Pierse Brosnan movie? They’ll pay you…” YES! Of course, I would. My house in Bray was around the corner, literally, from Ardmore Studios, surrounded by towering chestnut trees and a 20-foot stone wall. “It’s a courtroom scene, and he’s the lawyer. Name your price.” Star-struck me, I said no charge. I just want to get my photo with Pierce Brosnan. I sent e-mails flying to my friends at home. I’m going to be in the movies! They needed me at 2 p.m. that very day. I put on my raw silk Ms. Reporter suit and polished my machine like a criminal hiding fingerprints. When I arrived, giddy with anticipation, I was asked to first consult with the set dressers to see if the courtroom looked appropriate. Well, there was no American flag behind the judge, no New York flag either. There were a few things not right, but in about an hour I gave my approval. Now it looks like an American courtroom, right down to the fake paintings of the New York skyline in the windows. Oh, the magic of movies! They positioned me for the scene, and a makeup artist tried to do something with the hair and makeup. It’s always the hair; right? They seated Mr. Brosnan’s stand-in, Ms. Moore’s stand-in, witnesses, so on. They took light measurements. They fussed away another hour. Then it was time to shoot the scene. Wait, what? Where’s the real Mr. Brosnan? “We just want you to write,” they

said. I wrote for a while. The camera lights were on. They filmed, or so I thought. The lights are sweltering. Then they said, all right, we’re going to film. People started moving into position, still the stand-ins. Okay, I’m new to this. It’s okay. Then one of the folks came up and asked me to show this blonde girl how my machine works. Okay, this hand writes the starts of words, this hand writes the end of words, to go fast you – and I demonstrated. She was giddy, too. Then the man came up and said, “Sorry, miss, we would like to hire your machine, but the producer has promised his girlfriend this role.” That meant Blondie, of course. Swallowing my pride, I stood by, as they allowed me to watch the shoot. Sigh. I got to see the back of Brosnan’s head. I waited for the photo op, but everyone left. I went around to find someone, but they walked out and handed me an 8 x 10 glossy of him instead. I think my boss got a tiny little mention in the credits. In the end, even the machine was cut out of its one and only scene. That’s life in show biz! PS Pierce Brosnan in a naturalized American citizen, born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland. Carmelita Lee, a professional court reporter, is pleased to have come from so many places and peoples including Granny Holland’s family from Ennis, County Clare, Ireland and Grandpa Maxwell from the Borderlands, Scotland. Her hobbies include writing, sewing heirloom dresses for children, and all needle arts, music, and genealogy. She and her husband have traveled extensively, living abroad for many years. They have eight children, 13 grandkids and two great-grands.

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Seán Lee The man left an indelible trail BY JANET LEE

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ctually, there has been a lot written about Seán over the years on his many accomplishments in business and his work on the Board of Trustees for the Irish Cultural & Learning Foundation that oversees the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library in Phoenix. Seán Francis Lee was born June 4, 1940 in Kells, County Meath, Ireland and left for heaven on April 1, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. There’s so much to share about the man himself

Seán and Janet at 2016 Anam Cara Gala

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though. So, I’ve collected some thoughts of Seán that may well give new insights even for those who knew him many years. At 26, he was the youngest to be the catalog/ hard-line merchandise store manager for Montgomery Ward department stores. In 1972, he was written about in a book on Montgomery Ward, titled Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Your Money Back) by Booton Herndon. There were more pages written on Seán than the President of the company! An aside on this quote … it was our inside joke for our entire marriage. When we celebrated

Married June 25, 1966

our 50th, I told him he would not be returned on the pretense of Satisfaction Guaranteed; he met the guarantee! A few friends who worked with him or for him, commented that he was always thinking outside of the box, causing many to wonder if he was a loose cannon or innovator. He could disagree many times with people, but always wanted to reach common ground on most issues which many friends and business colleagues respected in his desire to get things done. During Seán’s time in retail, we moved 13 times up and down the East Coast and finally out west. Our daughter, Janet Anne, used to joke to her friends that we were in the witness protection program. Seán was EXTREMELY proud of his Irish heritage, especially his schooling at the O’Brien Institute for Orphans in Dublin. He was a proud U.S. Citizen and proud of his military service in the U.S. Marine Corp. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1978 from Hood College in Frederick, MD (an all-women’s college who had just opened their doors to the opposite sex in continuing education) with a BA in Economics. Seán had an associate degree when he left Ireland. He was the first male student at Hood College inducted into the Mortar Board (an all-female honor society). He would take 21 credits all the while traveling for business and would write term papers in Economics that I would type for him (but my not understanding the topic - ugh). He chose economics as, in his mind, it was the easiest subject to transition through. That is a sample of the determination that embodied him. One of his favorite quotes by Winston Churchill was “Never, Never, Never Quit.” Giving up was not an option unless another choice evolved. The Family of Seán, especially his wife Janet, wish to thank all who have supported them with love, prayers, and more over his journey. Seán was a fighter, a Marine. When faced with adversity this time around, his gift to his family was his strong faith, peace-filled heart and humor. He was ready to go Home. He loved this country, adored and was proud of his children, Maireád (Tim), Janet (Mike), Seán, grandchildren Keira and Kylie, as well as adopted family friend Simone (Corey, children Wyatt and Sienna). He was forever Irish and proud of being a Co-Founder of the Irish Cultural Center. He will be missed by his sister, Maireád (Lewis) and brother, Rex, as well as many cousins. Seán was “rare and unusual” and a soul friend who will continue to bring a chuckle to our hearts and spirits as we remember him. He loved the community of St. Thomas More and enjoyed giving back by volunteering for Marriage Prep, collecting money for Fish Fry dinners, and advocating for St. Joseph the Worker.


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LEFT: Family BBQ as part of 50th wedding anniversary, 2016. TOP RIGHT: Seán and Janet donated The Book of Kells facsimile to the McClelland Library. Here shown with Ireland’s 17th Ambassador to USA Anne Anderson, 2014. BOTTOM RIGHT: Seán and Chas Moore receiving ICC & McClelland Library’s Creativity & Arts Award from IrishCentral.com in New York, 2018.

As I jokingly would share, he was the kids’ walking encyclopedia way before Google. When travelling—Seán and I both loved history of any sort—the kids would spy a Historical Marker ahead and KNEW we would be stopping. (All three love history.) We stopped at “old” cemeteries and battlefields to learn more about our country.

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Seán also used to drive the kids bonkers when they would play Trivial Pursuit. He always stated he didn’t feel like playing but would say the answers out loud in the background! His presentation on the Book of Kells and How the Irish Saved Civilization for the Celtic program through the Scottsdale Library was so dear to his heart. You could feel the pride in his presentation. My older brother John had a hard time playing golf with Seán at first, who was noted for his use of the Mulligan and calling certain clubs “field woods” (Irish for certain drivers in field hockey). My younger brother, Stan, who spent many summers with us came to view Seán as another brother and a dad who he could talk to about anything in confidence and trust (oh, that could be scary…hmm). His cousin Peter’s daughter, Ann, (Peter was like a brother to him) teased about the many moves they made as a family because Seán always wanted Peter working with him either in major companies or his start-ups. She’s grateful though, as she met her husband on the last move to Arizona. He asked me to marry him on our 3rd date. When he asked my dad for my hand in marriage, he asked if he could marry Barbara. Barb was my best friend who lived down the street and whose mom worked for Montgomery Ward (where Seán and I met) ... think he was nervous? My dad replied, “Whew, I thought you meant Janet! Barbara lives a couple houses down the street!” We were engaged for three years so I could finish

college. Both he and my dad were on the same page there. By the way, he was my first date … but a week before that date, he read my palm and told me my fortune. Seán loved the ocean and its beach. While we regularly went to Rocky Point in Mexico, his love began long before as I found out from his sister. He often visited beaches in Ireland when he was home if he could. When we lived on the East Coast, his dream came true as we owned two beach houses in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Summer weeks were so loved by the family. One of the businesses that Peter ran for Seán was also in the Outer Banks. Seán and I bought the old General Store in Kitty Hawk, frequented by the Wright Brothers in its heyday, and converted it into a clothing store (expensive items at reduced $) and targeted not only visitors but the locals. Seán was always ahead of the curve in his start-up companies … which was good and sometimes not. But again, his motto was Never Quit. Through our life together, he was my best friend, dear husband, and beloved father to our children, and he will be missed. Seán was very proud of his kids’ accomplishments and I am seeing the work ethic of their dad instilled in them and their care for each other. Seán’s wit and wisdom bring smiles in the remembering. These thoughts are just bits and pieces but hopefully help you get a better idea of the whole Seánachie (pronounced shan-a-key), Irish storyteller … the man left a trail …and one worth following.

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which is Jewish-Italian-Sephardic-Central Asian with a bit of Slavic and, according to my DNA, a tiny part from the Indian subcontinent. Was it my personal and professional life? Not quite, as that has been played out among the USA, Argentina, Mexico, Jerusalem, and many, many other Latin American countries. Nonetheless, I did spend a wonderful summer abroad in Ireland’s Trinity College. A summer later, I studied in the magnificent Yeats Summer School, whose scenic backdrop of Sligo and its Ben Bulben mountain are etched in my memory as though much less than thirty years have gone by since then. Why did I always feel that, among the languages through which I have made my living—Spanish, English, Hebrew, and Portuguese—I had to travel to the evocative coast of Donegal during another of those marvelous summers, to take an Irish immersion course in the local Gaeltacht? My first emotional connection to Irish culture came through the music of an extraordinary traditional folksinger, Mary O’Hara. She was also a superb harpist and musicologist, singing classical standards from the Irish repertoire, such as “Lord of the Dance” and Yeats’ “Last Rose of Summer.” Hearing these songs started me on a life-long love of collecting Irish and all Celtic music. These days, my collection includes Erin’s greatest rock group, U2; Canadian-Celtic folkie Loreena McKennit; and pop-folk figures Mary Black, Clannad, and their contemporary counterparts; Belfast’s folk-rock legend Van Morrison; and the fine classical flautist James Galway, and countless others. What continues to attract me in Irish music, contemporary and traditional, is its extraordinary melodic power and the range of its lyric strength. Even as an adolescent, the Tin Pan Alley songs

of soppy “I love you/You love me” clichés struck me as asinine. The Irish ballads, whether they dealt with love or hate, politics or longing, actually encouraged the listener to think. As I traveled extensively in Spain in my twenties, I encountered the Gaelic-influenced band Milladoiro, who revived, and updated the Celtic folk tradition of northwestern Spain’s Galicia province. While I researched medieval Sephardic Jewish ballads of the Iberian Peninsula, closely connected to my own heritage, I was equally entranced by the sounds of street gaita (bagpipe) musicians in Santiago de Compostela. My deep bond to Irish culture convinced me of the need for all of us to comprehend the varied nature of our shared human heritage, not in place of, but in addition to, our own rich religious and ethnic ties. This is precisely where I discovered the aspect of Irish culture that as a working woman most intrigued me. It was the strength of Ireland’s women. In Irish literature, from the level of fairytales up till the great modern novelists of present-day Dublin, the role of women has been a powerful one. Traditional Irish Brehon law was more egalitarian than the colonial system that replaced it. Irish female characters, whether real or semi-mythical constructs in Irish folklore—the belligerent Queen Maeve, the tragic Deidre, or the legendary female embodiment of Ireland itself in the figure of Cathleen Ni Houlihan—are to my mind, more inspiring to today’s woman than, say ….Cinderella, just longing for someone to appear and declare eternal love, based on the size of her foot.

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he Irish Cultural Center offers a rich literary menu for spring 2020. Now in the fifth year, the monthly book discussion of Irish literature will feature contemporary works in February, March, and April. These afford opportunities to read and discuss Irish novels, plays, and memoirs. Discussions begin at 10:30 AM and conclude by 12:30 PM. Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart, winner of the Guardian First Book Award for 2013, will be the focus on February 29. On March 28, readers will discuss the latest novel by Bernard MacLaverty, a distinguished short story writer and novelist born in Northern Ireland. Midwinter Break features an older couple from Glasgow on a short break in Amsterdam. Their marriage is clearly under stress, especially as they recall their past life in Belfast during the Troubles. The season of discussions ends on April 25 with Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Young adults studying at Trinity College offer insights into relationships in contemporary Ireland. The discussions are moderated by Mary Wilber, retired librarian, and Joyce East, retired professor of literature. More information is available on WWW.DESERTSHAMROCK.COM

the Irish Cultural Center’s website at www.azirish.org. Interested readers with questions should call the Center at 602-258-0109, and one of the moderators will return the call. Copies of the books can be found in libraries, bookstores, and online. A special Irish Center treat this spring is an evening of poetry on April 10. This program celebrates the life and poetry of Belfast native Ciaran Carson who died in October 2019. He is best known for his poems on the Troubles. In addition to more than 17 collections of poetry, he was a respected translator, a prose writer, and a traditional musician. At Queen’s University Carson was a student of Seamus Heaney and later directed the Seamus Heaney Center for Poetry at Queen’s. The evening will include a short lecture by Adrienne Leavy on his life and literary output. Then readers will be entertained with a selection of his poetry. Finally, we will look at his contributions to traditional Irish music. Mark the date and watch for further information. To get all the latest news from the Irish Culture Center, consider becoming a member.

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’d like to tell you about Blaise, a very large St. Bernard dog. He lived with my aunt, Kathleen Enright, in Paris during World War II. Blaise was a great guard dog for my aunt, who left her home in County Kerry, Ireland in 1940, to marry French Colonel Phillipe Dasse. Their home was palatial in the outskirts of Paris, where the Colonel trained Blaise to protect Kathleen while he was away in service with our Allies. With the Nazis advancing on France, Kathleen knew it was imperative to try to save her china, as well as other valuables. It was then she decided to have Blaise be the dog she knew he was. Instructing Blaise to bury all the china in the yard, he knew exactly what he was required to do, and bury the valuables he did. He dug several holes and carefully carried each dish to its new home. This took several hours to complete, but at the end of the day, every piece had been buried.

That very evening the bombs were bursting throughout the night and continued for two days. Both Kathleen and Blaise stayed quiet and waited. In the days following the war, Blaise was asked to dig up the china. Unbelievably, every item, minus two were safe. I am the proud owner of a cup and saucer of that collection. Blaise is a hero to us and shows that despite the hardships of war, this loyal companion was able to salvage some family memories in rebuilding their lives. With no children of her own, Aunt Kathleen raised my orphaned Irish cousin in Paris. She grew up to become a 1st violinist in the Dublin Symphony, but that’s a story for another time… Kathleen Enright Haggard lives in Phoenix and is retired with 50 years as a cosmetologist and owning her own salon. She has three successful adult children and enjoys her 5 grandchildren and 4 greats. Her father’s family hails from Kerry, her mother from County Mayo. Kathleen is the author of Dingle’s Daughter (2010), a historical fiction novel.

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GRAND CANYON CELTIC ARTS ACADEMY

Our mission is to provide a link between the people of Arizona and the people of Ireland and other Celtic cultures. The Irish Cultural Center serves as a central meeting place for cultural groups, affiliate groups and people looking to celebrate their Irish/Celtic heritage. The McClelland Library is a three-story building resembling a traditional 12th century Norman castle from the Emerald Isle. The Library houses 8,000 books from Irish authors, poets, and genealogical sources, a permanent exhibit on The Book of Kells, several reading rooms, and computer access to various disciplines of Irish and Celtic studies including genealogy. The mission of The Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies is to spread the knowledge and wisdom of the Celtic nations through music, dance, art, literature and language. We do this by providing many musical and Arts programs, open to young and old alike. The Center is also available for private rentals, being a beautiful venue for all occasions! www.azirish.org, 602-258-0109

Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy - It offers classes for Youth and Adults in: fiddle, whistle, dance, guitar, and more! Scholarships Available through Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society. Contact: Kari@GrandCanyonCelticArts. org, 928-600-1365. www.grandcanyoncelticarts.org

IRISH NETWORK ARIZONA (INAZ) Irish Network Arizona is part of IrishNetwork USA organization. Members connect with their peers and develop relationships that foster success in their business, cultural, and social interests. Come to a monthly breakfast or event to explore membership benefits. Facebook.com/IrishNetworkArizona, info@irishnetworkarizona.com, 623-986-4708 67%

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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 www.azcolleen.org or contact Ciara Archer, Chair, 480-358-7504, info@azcolleen.org.

LAS VEGAS CELTIC GATHERING & HIGHLAND GAMES LAS VEGAS CELTIC SOCIETY On April 18th and 19th, 2020 in Floyd Lamb Park, the non-profit Las Vegas Celtic Society hosts the Las Vegas Highland Games, a massive festival featuring Celtic music, dancing, food and retail vendors. Enjoy Scottish heavy Athletic events, as well as sanctioned Highland Dance and Bagpipe & Drum Competitions. LasVegasCelticSociety.org

ARIZONA LAW ENFORCEMENT EMERALD SOCIETY (ALEES) The Arizona Law Enforcement Emerald Society (ALEES) is a 501(c)3 organization that provides financial and other support to in-need and injured officers and the families of fallen law enforcement personnel in Arizona. Membership is comprised of active, retired and military law enforcement professionals, as well as law enforcement supporting civilians, of Irish and other ancestry. We hold several events and raffles throughout the year to raise funds in order to help our brothers & sisters in blue. Info, to make a donation, or request membership, visit www.azemeraldsociety.org, or www.facebook.com/ALEES201.

LOS SAN PATRICIOS DE ARIZONA (ST. PATRICK’S BATTALION) The organization honors the 150-year-old bond of friendship existing today between Mexico and Ireland. Los San Patricios de Arizona was founded by Wm. “Bill” Howard O’Brien; Hector Corona, El Teniente; and Ernie Patino, El Teniente. For information, please call 480-951-1152 or email whoco@cox.net.

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The nonprofit organization is dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving Celtic culture. Each year we host the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival (July 20 & 21, 2019 in the NEW location at Fort Tuthill County Park), the Jim Thomson U.S. School of Piping & Drumming, and the Grand Canyon Celtic Arts Academy. Contact Jude McKenzie, information@ nachs.info, 928-556-3161, www.nachs.info.

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! ArizonaScots.com.

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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: Jeff Aspland, President, 925-323-4204, stpatricksdayphx@gmail.com. www.stpatricksdayphoenix.org

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: Tammy Gonzales at dos260recsec@gmail.com, 623-707-5032.

FRIENDS OF SAINT PATRICK CENTRE – AZ CHAPTER 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: Laddie Shane, 480-773-9054.

RIORDAN MANSION STATE HISTORIC PARK 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.

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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, gduffer@suddenlink.net.

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

TUCSON ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL Celebrating our 33rd year on March 15, 2020! The parade starts at 11am and winds through downtown Tucson ending up with a great festival at Armory Park from 10am until 6pm. Serving Guinness and Harp! Great food, Irish music and dance, a Kids’ Corner, face painting and much more! Established 1987. www.tucsonstpatricksday.com

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Saturdays, Sundays (and President’s Day Feb 10) Feb 8 through Mar 29 • 10am–6pm RenFestInfo.com; See page 24

[All events are in Arizona USA unless otherwise noted]

PUBLIC WALK-IN HOURS (TOURS, LIBRARY & GENEALOGY) Closed all major holidays Closed Dec 21 through Jan 1 Winter/Spring: Tuesday, Wed, Thurs, Saturday • 10am–3pm Friday • 3pm–8pm Frances McClelland Genealogy Research Centre available these hours Open Other Hours for Scheduled Classes, Meetings & Events 1106 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix 85004 602-258-0109, www.azirish.org

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TARTANIC IN CONCERT Friday, Mar 6 • 9:30pm Presented by ICC & Friends of St. Patrick Centre, Arizona First Friday celebration includes live music, raffles, and silent auction on behalf of the 2020 Young Ambassador to Northern Ireland. Cash bar. Potato Bar & Fixings $10 ICC Great Hall; Tickets: $20 Members, $25 Non-Members

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FAMILY STORY HOUR Saturdays, Feb 1, Mar 7 • 10:30am–Noon Filled with stories, discussions, and crafts. Introduces parents and children to Irish authors and traditions. Fun and interactive. ICC in Castle Keep; FREE www.azirish.org/iclf-programs/story-time

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP Saturdays, Feb 8, March 4 • 11am–1:30pm Discover and Publish Your Family History Admission: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members Info and purchase tickets: www.azirish.org

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Saturday, Feb 29 • 10:30am–12:30pm Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart Saturday, Mar 28 • 10:30am–12:30pm  Bernard MacLaverty’s Midwinter Break The group seeks to engage members of our community with the tradition and excellence of all forms of Irish Literature. ICC FREE, See story page 22

THE ACADEMY OF IRISH AND CELTIC STUDIES

Term: 10 weeks Register online: IRISH MUSIC IRISH LANGUAGE IRISH AND SCOTTISH DANCE SPECIAL OFFERINGS Info: www.azirish.org/education-and-classes/academy-classes

“IRISH CELEBRATION OF TEA” Saturdays, Feb 2, Mar 7 • 1:30pm–3pm Learn history and how to make a perfect pot of tea! ICC Cottage - Advance Reservations Only Members: $22.50, Non-Members $25 per person Register: www.azirish.org/project/irish-tea-ceremony

BREAKFAST & SPEAKER IRISH NETWORK ARIZONA (INAZ) Second Friday of the Month • 7am–8:30am Doors open 6:30 am for networking; breakfast promptly 7am ICC Great Hall See page 9 Feb 14 Brian Muir, CEO, Admanity.com First company to create an online test and predictive algorithm to determine the best emotional advertising strategy for a business. Mar 13 Maureen & Jack Sullivan, Sullivan’s Travels Special features heading into St. Patrick’s events! Be our Guest! RSVP info@irishnetworkarizona.com

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2020 IRELAND TOUR TULLAMORE & BEYOND! July 29 - August 10 Presented by Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities Hosted by Sullivan’s Travels 14 seats; RESERVE NOW See page 15

KISS ME I’M IRISH RUN/WALK Saturday, March 14 • Race starts 7am 1k, 4k, 8k, Half-Marathon Portion benefits Prostate On-Site Project Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale REGISTER: www.IrishRunAZ.com,

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37TH ANNUAL PHOENIX ST. PATRICK’S PARADE Saturday, March 14 • 10am FREE 3rd Street from Virginia south to McDowell, Phoenix www.stpatricksdayphoenix.org, See page 2

PHOENIX ST. PATRICK’S IRISH FAIRE SELECTIONS: ARIZONA IRISH LASS & LITTLE MISS SHAMROCKS Sunday, Jan 26 • 2pm For young women ages 6-17 with at least one ancestor from Ireland. ICC Great Hall; Tickets: $10 at the door www.azcolleen.org

ROBBIE BURNS SUPPER Saturday, Feb 1 Presented by Caledonian Society of Arizona Celebrate Robert Burns, Scotland’s national bard For details, visit: www.arizona.scot

CONCERT: NELLIE MCKAY Saturday, February 8 “Sister Orchid” See page SG11 Chandler Center for the Arts

DUELING PIANOS Friday, Feb 14 • 7:30pm A Madison Education Foundation Event Madison Center for the Arts, Phx Valentine’s Day, See page SG9

ARIZONA COLLEEN SELECTION Sunday, Feb 29 • 5pm Cocktails 6pm Dinner and Program For young women ages 18 to 28 with at least one ancestor from Ireland. Win scholarship and trip to Ireland. Location TBD. www.azcolleen.org Tickets: $60 PRE-SALE ONLY

56TH ANNUAL SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8 • Gates open 9am Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix www.arizonascots.org

See PROGRAM back cover FILM: A PROPER PINT

It’s not just a pub, it’s a community. Saturday, March 7 • 6:30pm Presented by Ancient Order of Hibernians & ICC Tickets: $15 ICC members; $20 nonmembers ICC; Tickets at www.azirish.org

See pages 21, 23

ANNUAL MAYORS’ LUNCHEON Friday, March 13 • 11:30am Tucson-Roscommon, Ireland Sister Cities Gentle Ben’s, Tucson. Info: 520-743-7979 See page 15

KILT RUN/WALK 1K Friday, March 13 • 6pm It’s ONLY a Quarter Mile Run/Walk! Benefits American Cancer Society Relay for Life Fee: EARLY BIRD $25; includes kilt, medal, beverage, and McFadden’s After-Party, Glendale, AZ www.IrishRunAZ.com, See page 7

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Saturday, March 14 • 10am–5pm NEW LOCATION: EAST SIDE OF MARGARET HANCE PARK Tickets: $12; Kids12 & under FREE; Senior (55 & over) and Military $10. www.stpatricksdayphoenix.org See page 2

CHERISH THE LADIES Sunday, March 15 • 7pm Chandler Center for the Arts

See page SG11

FILM: I AM PATRICK, PATRON SAINT OF IRELAND March 17 & 18 NATIONWIDE • 6:30pm The little-known yet fascinating and true story of Ireland’s patron saint comes to life in the inspiring docudrama through historical re-enactments, expert interviews

(including our friend DR. TIM CAMPBELL from Downpatrick, NI) and

Patrick’s own writings, experience the journey from man to saint. Tickets: www.fathomevents.com/events/i-am-patrick

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY CEILI AT THE ICC Tuesday, March 17 • 5pm–8pm Join us for a traditional Saint Patrick’s Day evening in the Great Hall, filled with entertainment and fun! Ceili dancing, live traditional Irish music, and sing-a-longs. Cash bar. See page 23 Details at www.azirish.org

RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS Friday, March 20 • 8pm Bagpipes with attitude and drums with a Scottish accent. Fusion called “Bagrock”! CODE for $5 off tickets: “DesertShamrock” Madison Center for the Arts, Phx

See page SG9

SAVE THE DATE: THE LIFE AND POETRY OF CIARAN CARSON Saturday, April 10 Short lecture by Adrienne Leavy on the Belfast native, best known for poems about The Troubles. Readings of selected poems. ICC, See story page 22

LAS VEGAS HIGHLAND GAMES Sat, Sun, April 18 & 19 www.lasvegascelticsociety.org

See page SG7 CELTIC WOMAN IN CONCERT Thursday, April 30 • 7pm Centennial Hall, Tucson Friday, May 1 • 7:30pm Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix Tickets: www.celticwoman.com

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STEELE INDIAN SCHOOL PARK 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix

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GENEALOGY DANCE COMPETITION

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TICKET PRICES AT THE GATE Adults (13 & over) ..........$22 Senior (60 & over) ..........$17 Military (With ID) ...........$17 Children (6-12) ................. $6 Family 4-Pack ..................$50 Purchase online in advance for discounts!

FREE PARKING!

Parking is available at the Park Central, 3121 N. 3rd Avenue, Phoenix. Less than two miles from the Park. Free shuttle service to and from the Games! Please do not park in the “Permit Only” areas

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Take Valley Metro Light Rail to Indian School Road & Central Avenue right by our gate!

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You don’t have to be Scottish to attend our Games. We welcome everyone and hope you’ll share with us about your cultural background too! Visit the Genealogy tent and trace your own family roots. There will be so much to see and do! Artists will entertain throughout the day with their traditional and modern Scottish tunes. The wee lads & lassies area will entertain our younger visitors. We will also showcase competitive highland dancing, pipe bands, heavy athletics, country dancing, historical reenactments, vintage British car exhibitions and representatives of over 56 Clans.

2020 TRADITIONAL HEAVY ATHLETICS SCHEDULE

Subject to Change

SATURDAY, MARCH 7 TIME

WOMEN’S A • IHGF Qualifier

MEN’S • MASTERS 40-49

MEN’S • MASTERS 50-59

MEN’S • <200

WOMEN’S MASTERS • 50-59

WOMEN’S • 40-49

9:00

BRAEMAR/13# • OPEN/9# BLUE TRIG

WFD • 42/28# GREEN TRIG

HAMMER • 22/16# PURPLE TRIG CAGE

SHEAF • 16# • EAST • STANDARD

WOB • 21# • EAST • STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER • AREA

WFD • 28/14# • RED TRIG

HAMMER • 22/16# • WHITE TRIG CAGE

SHEAF • 16# • WEST • STANDARD

WOB • 42# • WEST • STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER • AREA

BRAEMAR/13# • OPEN/9# • YELLOW TRIG

HAMMER • 16/12# • PURPLE TRIG CAGE

SHEAF • 16# • EAST • STANDARD

WOB • 42# • EAST • STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER • AREA

BRAEMAR/13# • OPEN/9# • BLUE TRIG

WFD • 21/14# • GREEN TRIG

9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30

OPENING CEREMONIES - held at Athletics field

NOON 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30

SHEAF • 10# • EAST • STANDARD

WOB • 42# • WEST • STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER AREA

BRAEMAR/22# • OPEN/16# • YELLOW TRIG

WFD • 21/14# • RED TRIG

HAMMER • 16/12# • WHITE TRIG CAGE

WOB • 28# • EAST • STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER • AREA

BRAEMAR/22# • OPEN/16# • BLUE TRIG

WFD • 42/28# • GREEN TRIG

HAMMER • 16/12# • PURPLE TRIG CAGE

SHEAF • 10# • WEST • STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER • AREA

BRAEMAR/22# • OPEN/16# • YELLOW TRIG

WFD • 42/28# • RED TRIG

HAMMER • 22/16# • WHITE TRIG CAGE

SHEAF • 10# • EAST • STANDARD

WOB • 21# • WEST • STANDARD

WFD = WEIGHT FOR DISTANCE

WOB = WEIGHT OVER BAR

SUNDAY, MARCH 8 TIME

MEN’S A • IHGF Qualifier

WOMEN’S • <150

MEN’S • MASTERS 60+

WOMEN’S • OPEN

MEN’S • B

MEN’S • C

9:00

BRAEMAR/22# • OPEN/16# • BLUE TRIG

WFD • 21/14# • GREEN TRIG

HAMMER • 22/16# • PURPLE TRIG CAGE

SHEAF • 10# • EAST • STANDARD

WOB • 56# • EAST • STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER AREA

WFD • 56/28# • RED TRIG

HAMMER • 16/12# • WHITE TRIG CAGE

SHEAF • 16# • WEST STANDARD

WOB • 28# • WEST • STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER AREA

BRAEMAR/22# • OPEN/16# • YELLOW TRIG

HAMMER • 22/16# • PURPLE TRIG CAGE

SHEAF • 10# • EAST STANDARD

WOB • 42# • EAST • STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER AREA

BRAEMAR/22# • OPEN/16# • BLUE TRIG

WFD • 56/28# • GREEN TRIG

9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30

OPENING CEREMONIES - held at Athletics field

NOON 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30

SHEAF • 20# • EAST • STANDARD

WOB • 21# • WEST • STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER • AREA

BRAEMAR/13# • OPEN/9# • YELLOW TRIG

WFD • 56/28# • RED TRIG

HAMMER • 22/16# • WHITE TRIG CAGE

WOB • 56# • EAST • STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER • AREA

BRAEMAR/22# • OPEN/16# • BLUE TRIG

WFD • 28/14# • GREEN TRIG

HAMMER • 22/16# • PURPLE TRIG CAGE

SHEAF • 20# • WEST • STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER • AREA

BRAEMAR/13# • OPEN/9# • YELLOW TRIG

WFD • 42/28# • RED TRIG

HAMMER • 16/12# • WHITE TRIG CAGE

SHEAF • 20# • EAST • STANDARD

WOB • 56# • WEST • STANDARD

WFD = WEIGHT FOR DISTANCE

WOB = WEIGHT OVER BAR


2020 ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE Subject to Change SATURDAY, MARCH 7 Ghillie Dhu Pub Stage

Learners Arms

Kilt Lifter Tap Room

TIME

Let the good times roll! East Stage MC - Patrick Halloran

10:00

Scott Jeffers & Traveler

Mountain View Fiddlers

Dé Máirt Ceol

Folklore & Music North Stage MC - Sarah Noble

Traditional & beyond! West Stage MC - Aaron Graham

Crossbow Wicked Tinkers

Stoneybank

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Open Beta Band

OPENING CEREMONIES - held at Athletics field

Wicked Tinkers

Stoneybank

Crossbow

Best Knees Contest

Wicked Tinkers

Mountain View Fiddlers

Dé Máirt Ceol

Scott Jeffers & Traveler

Stoneybank

Chris Yates

Wicked Tinkers

Scottish History Lecture

Open Beta Band

Scott Jeffers & Traveler

Swordsmanship Demo

5:00

Mountain View Fiddlers

MASSED PIPES & DRUMS PERFORMANCE - held at Pipes field

Scott Jeffers & Traveler

Dé Máirt Ceol

Open Beta Band

SUNDAY, MARCH 8 Ghillie Dhu Pub Stage

Learners Arms

Kilt Lifter Tap Room

TIME

Let the good times roll! East Stage MC - Patrick Halloran

10:00

Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan

Sarah Noble and Friends

Chris Yates

Scott Jeffers & Traveler

Gilbert Town Fiddlers

Open Beta Band

NOON

Folklore & Music North Stage MC - Sarah Noble

Traditional & beyond! West Stage MC - Aaron Graham

MARCH OF THE CLANS - held at Pipes field Wicked Tinkers

Stoneybank

Best Beard Contest

Scott Jeffers & Traveler

Gilbert Town Fiddlers

Chris Yates

Scottish History Lecture Open Beta Band MALTY TOASTED Wicked Tinkers Stoneybank Cambridge Ave. Pipers 4:00

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

CLOSING CEREMONIES - held at Pipes field

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ROBERT M. WILBANKS IV Chief Genealogist & Historian of the Caledonian Society of Arizona

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ne of the relatively new benefits of the Caledonian Society of Arizona is the genealogy services provided to its’ members looking for their Scottish Ancestry. In July 2016, the post of Chief Genealogist & Historian was created, and Robert M. Wilbanks IV was appointed to that position. Indirectly genealogy has always been a part of the Society, and especially could be seen at the annual Games with the Clans booths and commercial genealogy booths. With the new Chief Genealogist, members obtain personal one-onone genealogy assistance, an informative monthly column in the Society newsletter, and annual instructional presentations at one of the monthly meetings every summer. The Genealogy Tent at the Annual Phoenix Scottish Games is now one of the new very popular attractions at the Games. The Tent has a wide array of displays, books, maps, and specially designed Family DNA maps for Scotland and Ireland. Meanwhile, Robert, and his team of other Phoenix area professional genealogists, provide one-on-one genealogy research for attendees of the Games. Robert discovered genealogy at the age of 12 with the advent of the television mini-series Roots in January 1977. Having long been interested in

Map of Scottish highland clans and lowland families

history, with Roots he realized how he personally connects to the “Great American Experience” through his ancestors. He instantly became a fervent genealogist. A personal genealogist for over 40 years, and a professional genealogist for over 30 years, he founded Ancestral Pride: Professional Genealogy Services in 2009 and continues speaking, researching, writing, and has developed several genealogy websites. For a few years he had regularly taught an 8-week beginning genealogy course for the City of Phoenix, and later also taught a 6-week beginning Irish-American genealogy course for the Irish Cultural Center. Robert’s most noted areas of expertise are United States military history and records, the American Civil War, the Old South and Colonial Virginia, general United States history and genealogy, and genealogy and history of the British Isles, with some research experience in Canada, Germany, Poland and the historic Bohemian region of the Czech Republic.

MICHELLE CROWNHART Céad Míle Fáilte (A hundred thousand welcomes)!

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y name is Michelle Crownhart. I am a Scottish Highland Games athlete, judge, former Athletic Director of the Phoenix Scottish Games from 2014 – 2019; and a retired UPS driver. While being Scottish is not a requirement for competing in the Games, I’ve been able to trace back in time to several clans. I wear the ‘Heritage of Scotland’ tartan to honor the three clans I’ve found in my lineage: Boyd, MacDonald, and Ross.

I had the opportunity to learn about and connect with some of my family’s roots when I traveled to Scotland in 2014 for the Masters World Championships. Later this year, I am looking forward to researching more into my grandmother’s Irish roots of Ryan and Riley during my trip to Ireland. Being able to visit and walk in the countries of my ancestors is a wonderful benefit of participating in this sport. My throwing career began in 1994 at the Phoenix Scottish Games. I was talked into it by my youngest daughter’s teacher, Genie Smith (Athletic Director at the time), and finally showed up at the Games to see what it was all about. Fast forward 26 years, and I still love the sport and the camaraderie. I’ve been blessed to be the first to have three generations of women: myself, daughters, and granddaughter, competing on the field at the same time, along with other family members joining in as well. I have competed all over the U.S. and the world, from Germany to Chile, and I still count the days until the next gathering. The Masters World Championships are especially dear to me and I enjoy making friends with athletes from around the world. I’ve competed in 6 championships and I have finished 2nd twice. I will be chasing 1st again in Killarney, Ireland in June 2020. 

The tossing of the caber (pole, rafter or tree) is probably the most famous of the Scottish athletic events. Dating from the 16th century, it measures strength, balance, timing, and accuracy.

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Celebration of Scotland’s 700th anniversary of the Declaration will take place beneath the remains of Arbroath Abbey. Built of red sandstone in the late 12th and 13th centuries, the Abbey was partially dismantled over a number of years starting in the late 16th century.

The Bold Arbroath 700 BY BOB WALLACE

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“In memory of Sir William Oliphant of Aberdalgie who valiantly defended this [Stirling] castle with a garrison of 140 men against the whole of the English army under Edward 1 in the year 1304.” In 1320, he was one of the signatories of the Declaration of Arbroath.

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Bob Wallace is a Council member and past president of Clan Wallace Society. He and his wife, Lois, have traveled to Scotland many times. Since joining the Clan, Bob has become highly interested in Scotland’s First Wars of Scottish Independence, in particular the history associated with Sir William Wallace and King Robert I, the Bruce. Bob is Chief Research Assistant for Authentic Celtic Travels, Lois’s travel business.

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t’s high time we visit the North Sea town of Arbroath. There are several reasons for such a visit, not the least of them being the historic Abbey ruins that stand overlooking the town. Founded in 1178 by King William the Lion for Tironensian Monks from Kelso Abbey, he would be given his final resting place there. Beneath the High Altar in December of 1214, it was nineteen years before Arbroath Abbey was completed and consecrated in 1233. The Abbey would serve the local community until well into the 16th century; about that time, stones began being removed for local use elsewhere. Our visit, however, has more to do with what took place at the Abbey seven centuries ago. This year marks the 700th anniversary of a most historic document: Scotland’s Declaration of Arbroath, dated 6 April 1320, a letter naming eight Earls and 31 Barons of Scotland in its opening, sent to Pope John XXII at Avignon. The document demanded that England recognize Robert Bruce, King of Scots as their legitimate leader, and Scotland as an independent kingdom. Included therein as well, a request that King Robert’s excommunication be rescinded. Prior to transmittal by a small committee to the Pope, a number of Scots nobles had their seals appended to it. Following two dozen years of on-again, off-again fighting the English, including the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, the English still refused to recognize Scotland or King Robert I, the Bruce, as legitimate. By appealing to the Pope—at the time in Avignon, not Rome—the Scots hoped for some help from that corner to get Edward II to back off on Scotland. It took another eight years, but finally Edward III, following removal of his father, agreed to Scotland’s demands only a year before Robert I died in 1329. The Declaration was written or at the very least supervised by Bernard, Abbot of Arbroath and Chancellor of Scotland under King Robert I, the Bruce. Stated within the letter was the fact that Robert I, the Bruce, was king of Scots. He was the leader of the Scottish people for so long, as he led them in a manner that pleased the Scots. Were

he or any other king to change course in a way that displeased the Scots, they would remove him and replace him with one who would take care of business as they thought it ought to be taken care of. That for the time was a most radical notion! The Scots took it a step further with the English, placing an admonishment on the table: As long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours, that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself. Put another way, the English might well come back, but they would be repelled! A six-month celebration of the Declaration of Arbroath will get under way April-September 2020. For further information on what is planned, go to: www. arbroath2020.com.

Reproduction of the “Tyninghame” (1320 A.D) copy of the Declaration of Arbroath.

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BY LOIS WALLACE

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he Worlds”, as the World Bagpiping Championship is known, is held in Glasgow, Scotland every August since 1930. That was the same year the Scottish Bag Piping Association was formed. For any pipe band, going to “The Worlds” is the ultimate goal. The city of Glasgow is the center of the bagpiping world for one week every year. The competition is held on Friday and Saturday, with the bands arriving throughout the week prior. You can find bands practicing in all corners of the city in all sorts of venues. Piping Live, a celebration of all types of bagpipe music, puts on lots of entertainment, both tariff and free. Your choices run from concerts at the Royal Concert Hall, to pub venues, to a free afternoon of nonstop pipe bands at George Square. Hundreds of bands, of all skill levels, from all over the globe come to compete on Glasgow Green, a park along the banks of the River Clyde. It is the oldest park in the city. Bands are required to perform in the usual qualifying rounds. The top bands in all the grades perform later in the day. Drum Majors compete for the highly sought after title of World Champion as well. Their performances are just dazzling.

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As an added bonus, Scottish dancers and athletics, are performing and competing as well. There is something for everyone. In 2011, I traveled to The Worlds with a group that I organized. Dubbed “Pipe Dreams “, twenty-one of us went to Glasgow to cheer on our local pipe band. Bob and I both love pipe music so we were expecting to thoroughly enjoy ourselves. And we did! We were first delighted with the live piping concerts at George Square. But that was nothing compared to the awe we experienced on Saturday at Glasgow Green. The sheer number of uniformed band members streaming into the park was a sight to see. Truly an extraordinary experience. Seeing thousands gathered together playing for the final ceremony, sends shivers down my spine just thinking about it still today. If like us, you love Pipe Bands, you owe it to yourself to experience “The Worlds” August 14-15, 2020 in Glasgow! Lois Wallace is the owner of Authentic Celtic Travels, based in Phoenix, AZ. Not only is her heritage Scottish and Irish, she married into Clan Wallace. Her business focus is on all Celtic nations. She has extensive knowledge of Scotland, having traveled there numerous times individually and leading groups.

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CELTIC CATERER

Celtic Fried Cheese from the Isle of Man BY CHEF ERIC W. MCBRIDE

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ne of the staples of Celtic diet. All eight Celtic Nations have their own styles of cheese, whether Caerphilly in Wales, Cornish Yarg, Irish Imokilly, or Galician Tetilla. They each have attributes and unique stories as to how the various cheeses came into being. On the Isle of Man, cheese is taken to a whole new level. Cheesemaking on the island dates back to before the Vikings’ invasion around the 9th century CE. However, it was from the Vikings that many of the ingredients were introduced, creating a distinct flavor to Manx cheese. There is a legend about a Viking wife named Hilda who was renowned for her skill as a cook and cheesemaker. One day, the Chieftain decided to visit this home and taste Hilda’s cooking. Unfortunately for Hilda, earlier that day two of her sons thought it fun to play a joke. One of them acted as a decoy to distract Hilda from her work, while the other one snuck into the kitchen and placed a handful of black peppercorns into the cheese curds and retied the muslin bag. Hilda was unaware of this infraction and did not open it until the Chieftain

was already seated waiting to taste the cheese. Hilda was shocked and horrified by the black spots scattered throughout the cheese when she presented it. The Chieftain cut himself a huge piece and as he was eating it, his face changed from surprise to confusion and then to absolute adoration. Today, Hilda’s surprise is still remembered on Manx, even if the Chieftain is not. A more modern use of this type of cheese is what I like to call “Celtic Fried Cheese.” Combining cheddar cheese with Parmesan risotto to make a very crunchy cheese snack dish. This is an obscure recipe I came across on Manx, yet it has become one of my best sellers for my Celtic Caterer company. Cheese is an integral part of Manx cuisine. This recipe maximizes the flavor of cheese yet gives it a crunchier flavor than fried cheese sticks. Eric McBride is an awardwinning Celtic culinary chef, and author of 6 Celtic cookbooks, as well as having created 10 historically based Celtic Seasonings and 5 Celtic Teas. You can also catch his performances by subscribing to “Celtic Caterer Channel” on YouTube. Go to www.celticcaterer.com to order any of his books or products.

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PART 1: RISOTTO

6 cups Vegetable Stock 2 1/2 cups Medium Grain Rice 1 Onion, chopped 2 Tbs. Butter 2/3 cup White Wine 1 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese 1/4 tsp. White Pepper 4 Celery Stalks, chopped Step 1. Heat stock in a small saucepan. Step 2. In a large stock pan, melt butter and sauté onions. Step 3. Add in rice and cook until white spots appear on rice. Then, add white wine and allow to absorb. Step 4. Slowly add the stock to the rice—one half cup at a time. Stir continuously; allow to cook over medium heat until fluid is absorbed. Continue until all the stock has been absorbed by rice. The grains should now look very puffy and appear almost like pasta.

PART 2: MANX CHEESE CROQUETTES

8 oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, cubed 4 Eggs 1 cup Flour 2 cups Breadcrumbs Deep fryer with vegetable oil, heated to 275° F.   Step 1. Beat eggs to form an egg wash.  For a pure vegetarian option, purée an onion and add a little water. Step 2. Take about an ounce of the risotto and flatten it in your palm.  Then add a cube of cheddar cheese and form a ball around it. Step 3. Roll the ball first in flour, second in the egg wash, and third in the breadcrumbs.  Repeat. Step 4. Place croquette balls in fryer basket. Do not allow them to touch.  Cook for approximately 2 ½ minutes, or until lightly brown. Serve hot.

Step 5. Add in the Parmesan cheese and celery and stir. Allow mixture to cool before making croquettes.

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