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ARTS 16 Music Reviews: Skerryvore

CULTURE 8 Celtic Caterer: Celtic Bramble Pudding 9 Sister Cities: Chandler Police Chief Shares Best Practices in Tullamore

18,19 10th Annual Anam Cara Awards Gala 23 Keltic Kitchen: Bangers and Mash with Red Wine Gravy

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3 Annual AZ Colleen & Rose Selection, Phx 4 Arizona Renaissance Festival, Gold Canyon 7 Irish Network AZ Breakfast & Speaker, Phx 9 Tucson-Roscommon Sister Cities Mayor’s Luncheon 11-14 Phx Scottish Games SPECIAL INSERT 15 CONCERTS Chandler: Music of the Knights, Celtic Nights, Musical Thrones A Parody

17 CONCERTS Phoenix: We Banjo 3, Altan, Socks in the Frying Pan

17 Experience Ireland, Phx 17 Theatre: “Outside Mullingar,” Phx 22 ST. PATRICK’S EVENTS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

23 Kiss Me I’m Irish Run/Walk, Glendale 24 BACK Kilt Run – Guinness World Record Attempt, Glendale

HISTORY 15 SCOTS: The Scottish soldier who gave the order

FEATURES

‘women and children first’

TRAVEL 6 Driving Tips from Left Lane Maureen, Part 21: Driving through County Sligo

8 WELSH: Off to the Summit of Cadair Idris, Mid Wales!

10 SCOTS: Scotland Bucket List – Castles 10 SCOTS: Robert Burns, My discovery of Scotland’s National Poet

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Left Lane Maureen: Driving through County Sligo

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ollowing the west coast of County Sligo, traveling by car, one will experience an amazing coastline! It stretches along the Atlantic for 110 km (68 miles) of shoreline, excluding the five estuaries. With the constant meeting of the ocean against the west coast, a deeply indented terrain has emerged. The rest of the county has lofty mountains and natural scenic beauty. It’s easy to understand why noted Arizona photographer, Tim Murphy, comes back to this land.w To appreciate the marvelous vistas, you must get out of the car frequently. The town of Sligo is a coastal seaport with ancient history and culture. It is situated on the banks of the River Garavoque and is the vibrant heart of the northwest. Hargagon’s Pub on O’Connell Street is said to have good pub food, specializing in Irish stew. It was built two years before W. B. Yeats was born. To the north lie the Dartry Mountains which includes Truskmore, the highest peak, and the instantly recognizable Benbulben, known as “Table Mountain.” Benbulben was formed by moving glaciers during the Ice Age and stands 1727 feet above sea level. It is amazing to look at and a challenge to climb, but you will have views overlooking Sligo Town, the coast and the sea. Sligo is Yeats Country. William Butler Yeats was educated in Dublin and London, but his poetry is inextricably linked with the county of his mother’s family. The Yeats Visitor Center pays a great tribute to his life. You can take a tour of “Lissadell.” It is a house that he visited as a child and often stayed there during the years of 1893–1895 where he formed his writing. Lissadell House and gardens is situated on the shores of Sligo Bay, 7 km (four+ miles) north of Sligo. Follow in the footsteps of Yeats, wandering through this beautiful restored estate. Driving instruction to Lissadell: leave Sligo on N15.

• After ”Davis Restaurant and Yeats Tavern,” turn left on the first road, L3305. • “L” is for local road, but I think it means little road. • After ”Lauras of Carney Restaurant,” turn left on the first road. • Continue on. After crossing 2 rivers, turn left to Lissadell House. It will be signposted. The small town of Drumcliffe is located 8 km (nearly five miles) north of Sligo on the N15. Saint Columba Church’s graveyard is the final resting of W. B. Yeats. He died in France in January 1939 and his remains were brought home to Ireland in 1948. The graveyard is set against the striking backdrop of Benbulben with his grave marked with a simple headstone. Country Sligo is the site of many amazing antiquities. Carrowkeel Megalithic Cemetery is located south of Sligo Town, off the N4 at the R292 junction. It is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland and among the oldest in Europe, built around 46003900 BC. It is one of the four major passage tomb complexes in Ireland. Admission is 5.00 Euro and the guided tour lasts about 45 minutes. Tobernault is a holy well, a natural spring well, which was the site of clandestine Catholic meeting during the harsh years of oppression. It is located three miles south of Sligo at the southwest corner of Lough Gill. Yeats immortalized the region’s beauty in his poetry. Country Sligo is less familiar to the traveler than other areas of Ireland and for this reason, it remained unspoiled and often less explored. Maureen and John (“Jack”) are the owners of Sullivan’s Travels, Inc. Maureen has been a travel professional for 25 years, moving their business to Phoenix four years ago. www.sullivanstravels.com


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S Cymru: Off to the Summit of Cadair Idris, Mid Wales! BY LYNN HERDMAN MASCARELLI

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oday we travel at the speed of light but long ago, that trip to Stonehenge you hoped to make, may have taken a century...literally. Did I hear you say you booked a trip to Mid Wales, Canolbarth Cymru, with either Sullivan’s Travels or Authentic Celtic Travels of Phoenix? It might just be your cup of tea. One could wax eloquent on all of Wales’ crags and crannies, summits and vales, but let me at least point you toward Cadair Idris, sometimes but incorrectly called Arthur’s Chair. It is, in fact, according to lore, the seat of Idris, the giant warrior poet of old Welsh legend and a man, so huge that, when he cast out the annoying gravel found in his shoe, they landed at the base of the hill and are now all those enormous rocks we see scattered about the Chair of Idris. You might wish to acquaint yourself with three of them: Aberllefenni, Rhydymain and Abergeirw and there are two other stones on the side of the road leading into and beyond the pass; the largest, it seems, was tossed by Idris himself; the smaller placed there by his wife. The Cadair is called magical, eerie and beautiful...it is all of these. At Snowdonia’s south gate, it measures over nine hundred miles high and over nine miles wide. It abounds with peaks, Pen y Gadair, Cyfrwy and Myyndd Moel...Head of the Chair, Saddle, Bare Mountain. And there are the legends, so, traveler, beware! While on that midnight hike atop Cadair Idris, do not sit down and eventually sleep. You might wake up mad and bewitched or never wake up at all. And those bottomless, glacial blue waters of Llyn Cau...do be careful. It’s home to a Welsh water dragon who once terrorized the locals in a place far away. Lore of the region tells us King Arthur ensnared it, tying it swiftly behind his own horse then dragging it up the mountain only to release it perhaps mercifully into Llyn

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Cau. The question remains...when will it re-surface? It is said this mountainous site is also the hunting ground of Gwyn ap Nudd; thus, when you arrive at Cadair Idris, you enter the Celtic underworld, where its lord and his red-eared dogs howl at the moon and give an ominous warning before carrying off souls to the nether-earth. On a lighter note, there is a charming Tea Room at the Cadair Idris Visitor Centre close to the car park and Minffordd path to the summit. An exhibition showcasing the region’s wildlife and geology, its legends, is well researched and a must. In addition, Cadair Isdris National Nature Reserve has created its own visual show with interactive games; Natural Resources Wales offers film animation of Idris the Giant as well. Perhaps talk of giants, dragons and underworld beasts is only mythical hype, but Idris and his Chair still await you. Surely here you will encounter King Arthur’s ghost among the shadows’ stone and you will be mesmerized by its beauty and history. Paraphrased and sourced from: • http://www.cadairidriswales.com/ mountain-myths-legends-of-cadair-idris • http://www.visitmidwales.co.uk/ information/getting-here.aspx • Enjoy the bilingual short film Chwedlau Cadair Idris: https:// www.youtube.com/ watch?v=269TzyyMgzw www.sullivanstravels.com www.authenticceltictravels.com

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.

o, if you have ever gone out to a fine dining restaurant in ANY of the Northern Celtic Nations or even at an exclusive B&B you may find yourself having a Bramble Pudding. It is a simple dish, but with a classic flavor enjoyed by many a fine dining table. The first time I was served a Bramble was at an inn along the way in southern Wales. But then the next time I was in both Scotland and Ireland, I found Brambles were a staple dessert that had been around for centuries. In C.S. Forester’s series of Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander, both of these authors make mention of a Bramble served aboard high ranking

admirals’ ships. The Bramble is a simple berry dish with a hard-thick crust that adds so much to this elegant ending of a fancy dinner. The key aspect in Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, is they top it off with a simple pouring of heavy whipping cream over the heated dessert. Here in North America, I think ice cream ala mode would be more fitting. Chef McBride is an awardwinning chef and author of four Celtic cookbooks (Scotland, Ireland, Wales & Manx, and Celtic-style vegetarian), and has a line of traditional Celtic Seasoning mixes. You can get his books via his website www.celticcaterer.com or on his Facebook page “the Celtic Caterer & Chef Eric W. McBride, or on YouTube.

Serves 4 Pastry 1 cup All -Purpose Flour ¼ cup Butter (half a stick) ¼ cup fine grain Sugar 1 Egg 2 Tbs. Milk 2 Tbs. Lemon Juice Pinch of Baking Powder Filling 1 lb. choice of Blackberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, or Raspberries (best to use frozen -juicier) ½ cup Powder Sugar ¼ cup Lemon Juice 2 Tbs. Corn Starch Step 1. Thaw out berries and place in a bowl. Step 2. Combine all the ingredients for filling, fold together and place them in a casserole dish or in individual serving dishes.

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handler’s Chief of Police, Sean Duggan, and his wife, Mary, traveled to Ireland last year to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary, and made a stop in Chandler’s sister city, Tullamore, County Offaly. They were greeted by Councillor Sinead Dooley, Chair of the Tullamore Municipal District, and Tony McCormack, Chair of the Tullamore-Chandler Committee, at the Offaly County Council offices.  Chief Duggan met with his counterpart, Superintendent John Moloney, of the Tullamore Garda to discuss best practices.  “There are many similarities in our systems of policing. We discussed the challenges facing policing in the 21st century such as technology, webbased crime, and changing community expectations,” Chief Duggan said. The couple also toured the Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor’s Centre and distillery, the Durrow monastic site, Charleville Castle, the Tullamore Harriers and GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) grounds.  “When I return, I’ll certainly do everything in my power to make sure that our citizens in Chandler are made aware of the hospitality and the very good relationship we have with your community,” Chief Duggan told Offaly County Council members. The Duggans then traveled to Clonmel, County Tipperary, family home of Duggan’s father, Myles Duggan, born in Tipperary, and a former police officer in New York City.   “We had the most amazing trip and enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people. Missing the 120 degree weather while we were away was an added bonus,” said the Chief.

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astles cover Scotland’s landscape by the hundreds, some numbers suggesting as many as 2,000, although some are known only by written records of their existence centuries ago. From the Borders to Castle Mey in the far north, from the outer Hebrides to the North Sea, one need not travel far to get from one castle to the next. Some were built well after the need to protect self and family, others date back to Medieval times. Two of the oldest castles have been connected for many years by being among the oldest known and provable castles to be found. Both were said for many years to have been built in the early 1200s, but recent research has now shown

My discovery of Scotland’s National Poet BY LOIS A. WALLACE

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wenty years ago when Bob and I started being involved and learning about our joint Scottish heritage, I knew little about Robert Burns. Sure I had heard the song “Auld Lang Syne” sung at New Year’s Eve and perhaps other occasions but could not have told you who wrote it. By attending Scottish games and reading articles, I slowly gained some recognition of who Burns was and his importance in the Scottish psyche. When we went to our first “Burns Dinner” with its formality, reading of Burns’ poems, toasts to the Lads and Lassies, ode to the Haggis, Bagpipes and Scottish Dancing. I started to be intrigued, upon learning that these types of dinners were happening all around the world to honor a man born 25 January 1759. I was blown away and decided I needed to learn much more about Robert Burns the man. Our second trip to Scotland in 2005, we were in Aberdeen to take part in a ceremony honoring William

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Wallace. Part of the festivities included school children giving performances of Burns’ works, in conjunction with the Robert Burns World Federation National School Competition. To see some of the grammar school children reciting Burns’ poems in the old Scots language was a real treat. You could tell how much the children enjoyed performing the songs and playing the bagpipes and the performances were outstanding. This got me to thinking how important this man born long ago was in the modern day life of a Scotsman. A few years later I had the opportunity to put together a customized itinerary for a small group to travel to Scotland. I focused it on the Ayrshire, Dumfriesshire and Borders area of Scotland to make it a discovery of Robert Burns. We toured the cottage where he was born in Alloway, seeing the humble home his family lived in. Learning about how his mother would sing the simple country songs of the time to him. Instilling in him a love of music and the rhyming word. He worked the farm with his father as well as keeping up his studies. We then went to Ellisland, the farm Burns tried to make a success as a farmer. Not being much of a farmer, he was more inclined to devote his time to writing. Burns moved with is family to Dumfries, becoming an excise or tax man. We toured his home there and had a pint at The Globe Inn pub (established 1610), where he was known to frequent. By seeing these places, listening to the Burns experts and guides, I finally gained an understanding as to why Robert Burns is so important in Scotland and around the world. Born into a poor farming family he saw the beauty, humor and the depth of human nature all around him. When we read it today, not only does it describe the times he lived in but gives us inspiration in today’s world.

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. They now reside in Phoenix.

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one of them to be the earlier of the two. In a story published in mid-December 2017, “The Scotsman” noted that Castle Sween in Knapdale, Argyll, had some part of it built in the late 1100s, dating this far west castle to some years earlier than its counterpart in Fife, Aberdour Castle in Easter Aberdour. Located on the east shore of Loch Sween, the first portion of Castle Sween was built when Argyll was not connected with the Kingdom of Scotland. Probably not too surprising, it was an Irish chieftain who initiated the construction, an ancestor of the MacSween line. (For anyone late to the history of western Scotland, that area was inhabited by incomers from what we know today as Ireland.) Given its age, there can be no question but that this castle was built for defensive purposes. Its curtain

wall is two meters thick (over six feet), eight meters tall and protects a rectangular courtyard. Part of Historic Environment Scotland’s dating of the castle was aided by identifying Norman-style buttresses on the outside walls. Aside from doorways, no other openings are found along the outer walls. Ownership of the castle has changed hands over the centuries, from the MacSweens, Lords of Knapdale, to the MacDonald Lords of the Isles, later on to the Campbell Earls of Argyll. Support by the Campbells for the Convenanters in the 1600s saw the castle attacked by Royalists, the property destroyed in 1647. As is likely the case with many of Scotland’s castles, people are believed to have lived in the area long before anything resembling a castle was built on the site. Various items have been found near the castle site as early as the 1920s, subsequent investigations in the 1980s identifying distinct periods of use in the center grounds. Given the location of this specific castle, getting to it will take some driving time to cover the nearly 100 miles from Glasgow Airport. Other nearby locations can be added to a trip such as this to make some sense of taking this road less traveled by visiting the Crinan Canal to the north, or down the peninsula to the Mull of Kintyre, it known to many of us by virtue of the Paul McCartney song by that name.

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Statue to Burns erected in Dumfries 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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MARCH 3-4, 2018 SAT: 9 AM to 7 PM • SUN: 9 AM to 4 PM

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NORTH ENTRANCE TICKETS

LEARNERS ARMS

REENACTORS

GHILLIE DHU PUB STAGE

STEEL INDIAN SCHOOL PARK

WHISKY LOUNGE

FESTIVAL HEADQUARTERS

ATHLETIC FIELD

CHILDREN’S AREA

INFO BOOTH

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Scotch Tasting

TICKETS

PARKING

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CLAN SPONSORS PARKING

First Aid Restrooms

TICKET PRICES AT THE GATE

NEW THIS YEAR:

Adults (13 & over)...........$20 Senior (60 & over)...........$15 Military (With ID)............$15 Children (6-12).................. $5

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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Add a second day to an adult ticket for just $10 and kids 6-12 are free on the second day!

Take Valley Metro Light Rail to Indian School Road & Central Ave. 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 re-enactments, vintage British car exhibitions and representatives of over 50 Clans.

ENTERTAINMENT: Schedule Rotates; Subject to Change

GHILLIE DHU PUB STAGE The Wicked Tinkers Cleghorn Scott Jeffers Stoney Bank Hosted by local funnyman Patrick Halloran

LEARNERS ARMS FOLKLORE & MUSIC Stoney Bank Ar Turas Christopher Yates, and Speakers Hosted by local musician Iain Walinck

KILTLIFTER™ TAP ROOM Scott Jeffers Ar Turas De Mairt Ceol Hosted by local musician Sarah Noble

2018 PHOENIX SCOTTISH GAMES SCHEDULE Subject to Change SATURDAY TIME

MEN’S • A

MEN’S MASTERS 50-59

MEN’S MASTERS 60+

MEN’S <200

WOMEN’S MASTERS 40-49

WOMEN’S <150

9:00

BRAEMAR/22# OPEN/16# • 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 • 56/28# 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 • 22/16# 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 12:00 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30

LUNCH BREAK SHEAF • 20# • 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 • 56# • 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

4:00

WFD = WEIGHT FOR DISTANCE

WOB = WEIGHT OVER BAR

SUNDAY TIME

WOMEN’S • A

MEN’S MASTERS 40-49

WOMEN’S • B / C

WOMEN’S MASTERS 50+

MEN’S • B

MEN’S • C / NOVICE

9:00

BRAEMAR/14# OPEN/9# • BLUE TRIG

WFD • 42/28# GREEN TRIG

HAMMER • 16/12# PURPLE TRIG CAGE

SHEAF • 10# EAST STANDARD

WOB • 56# • EAST STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER AREA

WFD • 28/14# RED TRIG

HAMMER • 22/16# WHITE TRIG CAGE

SHEAF • 10# • WEST STANDARD

WOB • 21# • WEST STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER AREA

BRAEMAR/22# OPEN/16# • YELLOW TRIG

HAMMER • 16/12# PURPLE TRIG CAGE

SHEAF • 16# • EAST STANDARD

WOB • 28# • 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 12:00 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30 4:00

LUNCH BREAK SHEAF • 10# • EAST STANDARD

WOB • 42# • WEST STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER AREA

BRAEMAR/13# • OPEN/9# YELLOW TRIG

WFD • 56/28# RED TRIG

HAMMER • 22/16# WHITE TRIG CAGE

WOB • 28# • EAST STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER AREA

BRAEMAR/14# • OPEN/9# BLUE TRIG

WFD • 21/14# GREEN TRIG

HAMMER • 22/16# PURPLE TRIG CAGE

SHEAF • 20# • WEST STANDARD

CABER • TOSS • CABER AREA

BRAEMAR/22# OPEN/16# YELLOW TRIG

WFD • 28/14# RED TRIG

HAMMER • 16/12# WHITE TRIG CAGE

SHEAF • 20# • EAST STANDARD

WOB • 56# • WEST STANDARD

WFD = WEIGHT FOR DISTANCE

WOB = WEIGHT OVER BAR


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‘WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST’ He achieved his place in history by his The voyage had been unremarkable actions on board the sinking troop ship and the weather fair until 2am on February Birkenhead off the coast of South Africa 26 when disaster struck. A sickening crash shattered the silence as the vessel ploughed in February 1852. The Birkenhead, an iron paddle ship, into an underground reef not marked on had sailed from Cork in Ireland with 631 the maps. Within minutes it had ripped on board, most of them soldiers, some with open the Birkenhead’s iron hull. Water their wives and children, bound for action poured in and more than 100 soldiers sleeping in the lower troop decks were drowned. in the Cape Frontier Wars against Kaffir As terrified survivors scrambled on and Hottentot tribesmen in the Eastern to the deck they were Cape, now part of South Africa. Seton was the senior met with a scene of Birkenhead” officer on board, in charge amazing calmness. “The Wreck of the as Hemy of detachments from 10 Capt Salmond, (ca 1892) by Thom dressed in his nightBritish regiments. The clothes, ordered the vessel was in the command of experienced Royal Naval women and children captain Robert Salmond. to be taken up and carried to the lifeboats. Lt Col Seton gathered his officers and told them, “Gentlemen would you please be kind enough to preserve order and silence amongst the men and ensure that any orders given by Captain Salmond are instantly obeyed?” Then the 6ft 3in, 38-year old stood by the gangway as the 25 women and 29 children were put aboard a cutter, his sword drawn in case any men tried to The Birkenhead troopship. The only known picture of the ship jump aboard. None did. as she actually existed. Owned by the late Mr. Barber, Chief When the cutter was launched, and Engineer, R.N., a survivor, and the work of a brother officer. only 15 minutes after the collision, Seton

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omen and children first - it is the definition of chivalry in time of emergency or disaster. The cry was heard more than once as Titanic survivors scrambled to safety. Who knew then that the phrase stems from the actions of a tall, imposing, Scottish army officer? In 20 terrifying minutes, Lt Col Alexander Seton demonstrated a level of selflessness, bravery, and leadership rarely witnessed before or since. A native of Aberdeenshire, Seton served with the 74th Highlanders and was known as “one of the most gifted and accomplished men in the British Army.”

ordered the troops to line up on the poop deck, regiment by regiment. They stood to attention, staring silently into the night sky as the lifeboats sailed for the safety of the shore. Suddenly there was a horrific crash as rocks tore open the ship and it began to sink rapidly. Capt Salmond climbed the rigging and urged all who could swim to abandon ship. But Seton, his sword still drawn, raised his hands above his head and told his men “You will swamp the cutter containing the women and children. I implore you not to do this thing and I ask you all to stand fast.” Seconds later the Birkenhead broke her back, not a man disobeyed Seton’s orders and they shook hands and said goodbye as the water closed in over their heads. In all, 437 men died that night including Seton and Capt Salmond. The 207 who survived included every woman and child on board the doomed ship and the phrase “Birkenhead Drill” entered the language as the epitome of discipline in the face of adversity. A history of the 74th Highlanders says the action on the Birkenhead “sheds more glory upon those who took part in it than a hundred wellfought battles.”

Iain Lundy grew up in Ayrshire, Scotland, and has worked as a journalist since the 1970s. He and his wife moved from Scotland to Arizona in March. His paternal grandfather came from Downpatrick, County Down, and moved to the west of Scotland as a young man.

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MUSIC REVIEW:

Skerryvore

PHOTO BY GARY WOODSIDE

Skerryvore with Desert Shamrock ticket winners Carl and Kathleen Allison from Payson; and Brenda McKay and friend Mary Pat Honey, both from Phoenix. Coleen Van Slyke in center back.

Hailing from the island of Tiree, Skerryvore (pronounced Sker-ee-vore) formed in 2005 and includes brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (bagpipes, whistles & accordion), Fraser West (drums & vocals), Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar), Craig Espie (fiddles), Alan Scobie (keyboards), Jodie Bremaneson (bass) and recent addition Scott Wood (bagpipes). The band took their name after the lighthouse that sits on a remote reef of the same name off of Tiree; it is the tallest in Scotland.

This eight-man band from the Scottish Hebrides went on to deliver an adrenalized performance that had even the most work-weary patron stomping, clapping and all but dancing in the aisles.

reviewer: Coleen Van Slyke Walking into the Musical Instrument Museum on a Wednesday night in early Autumn, there was no inkling of any musical big doings. After hours, the place is rather quiet as the Music Theater audience filed in after a long workday. Then, with no introduction, the lights lowered and an ethereal whistle and fiddle began, evoking visions of misty glens and low, thick clouds. Next, a flurry of instruments—piano accordion, bagpipes, electric guitar, electric bass, drums and keyboards—filled the room with life and rhythm. Skerryvore had taken the stage. Their music has a trad feel, certainly, but broad influences are at play here. “Walk With Me” delivered an almost American Country feel, until the chorus came alive with distinct Celtic/Country fusion. Their rendition of “Caledonia” demonstrated their flair for the contemplative. Throughout the evening we heard traces of Cajun, Country, and Celtic Rock influences. “Good to Go” has a trad first, then rock feel other bands like “Flogging Molly” and their ilk haven’t really been able to pull off. Instrumentation can be risky business WWW.DESERTSHAMROCK.COM

when blending influences, but Skerryvore are masters at choosing the right combination of instruments for the intended effect. Trust me when I say that even in a small auditorium, two bagpipers were not overkill. Especially when they danced. While playing. It was a first for me. Overall, it was a delightful oasis in the middle of the work-a-day desert, and the audience stayed through intermission to the end, demanding an encore which was graciously given. I might have liked to have heard more than one vocalist, however amazing the instrumentalists were. And out of those eight (that’s more than the Seven Dwarves!) talented and handsome men, only one kilt...? Really?? If you get the chance to see Skerryvore live, grab it. CDs are highly recommended. As Celtic fusion bands go, this one is top shelf. Coleen Van Slyke is the Music Director and Administrator of the Academy for Irish and Celtic Studies at the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix. A seasoned performer in her own right, she also serves as Artistic Director of CELTICA! Chorale. Coleen studied Choral Conducting, Piano and Vocal Performance, and Music Education. Coleen is second generation Irish with Viking blood tracing back to Rognvald I, Norman blood tracing back to William the Conqueror, Welsh blood going back to Sir William Marshall, Scottish blood that traces to Kenneth I, and Irish blood that is traceable to the Dalriada Kings and one Irish High King with a singularly unpronounceable name.

Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater The excellent sound and acoustics of the MIM lets each instrument ring clear and distinct while the overall mix is very full and warm.

reviewer: Gary Woodside Out they come with a set of tunes. There are seven guys on stage and a lot going on. It soon becomes quite apparent that this is a high energy band. They follow up with a nice rock song called “Good To Go.” The catchy chorus starts to get the crowd singing a bit. Up next is “Happy To Be Home,” another feelgood song combining the rock vibe with the traditional music breaks. I am loving that voice: vocalist Alec Dalglish has this cool “boyish charm” stage presence. Another set of Irish and Scottish tunes. Quite a treat indeed. Out come the bagpipes. Surprise! A second piper joins the ranks. Very cool! They sound great in this room without the harshness sometime associated with this intimidating instrument. Now a song we all know and love: the Scottish classic “Caledonia” by Dougie MacLean. The dual bagpipe solo is just amazing. I am really enjoying the show. The first set has just flown by and now it was time for intermission. Set two begins picking up where they left off. This is definitely a well-seasoned band. They transition into a melancholy pipe driven tune, “Call of the Sea.” Now a little guitar time. Electric guitar and keys rock the intro to their new single and tour namesake, “Live Forever.” The opening riff grabs you, then the vocals come in and build to a catchy chorus. Just a great overall song. Calming down a bit, a set of fiddle tunes called “The Angry Fiddler.” The

pipers leave the stage and the rest of the band get a chance to showcase their musicianship. The bass player really shines through here. Now another cover song borrowed from the long running Scottish band Runrig. Their version of “Rocket to the Moon” does more than adequate justice to the original. The crowd seems to agree. Pipers return for a set of tunes showcasing the band’s newest member, Scott Wood. He’s a rock star on that stage. Fun to watch despite not standing still long enough to get a good photo. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Asking everyone to get out of their seat for this one: “Put Your Hands Up.” The crowd may have been smaller, but it be mighty! A standing ovation and a moment to catch our breath and we are treated to an encore. Didn’t hear the song title, as it was difficult to make out a word they were saying, but it didn’t matter. The crowd was back up on their feet. Great end to the evening. I can definitely see how this group won “Live Act of the Year 2016” honors at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. Skerryvore easily made a new fan and I am sure many others who were lucky enough to make it out this evening. Not only full of talent, but very grateful and polite while meeting to sign autographs, chat, and take pictures! Just a great bunch of lads! Gary Woodside is a musician/ songwriter for 23+ years. He has a small recording studio and experience in recording, mixing, mastering, etc. With an extensive collection of recorded music, 10,600 of all styles and genres, Gary has a special fondness for Celtic music with his da’s ancestry from Ayrshire, Scotland and his mom’s from Moylough, County Galway, Ireland.


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AWARDS AND GALA

The event, held on October 16, 2017, was hosted by The Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, divisions of the Irish Cultural & Learning Foundation, Inc. Attendees included local Irish and Celtic community members, business leaders in the greater Phoenix area, and special guest Consul General of Ireland Mr. Robert O’Driscoll. Sponsored by Shamrock Foods Company, this year’s honorees are well known figures within Arizona and the local Irish Community, John Patrick Michael “Pat” McMahon and John Brendan Corcoran.

If anyone ever told Pat McMahon, “You simply can’t do it all,” he wasn’t listening! Pat McMahon’s career at KTAR radio spans over 30 years as award winning talk-show host of such memorable shows as, “The Pat McMahon Show,” “The McMahon Group” and “The God Show.” Pat McMahon’s kaleidoscopic life has always been full. As a child he traveled the world with his show business family, which proved excellent training for his multi-faceted career as an actor with legends like Orson Welles, John Huston and Dick Van Dyke, a producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster and one-third of the unforgettable comedy team that was the 35-year children’s TV legendary show, “The Wallace and Ladmo WWW.DESERTSHAMROCK.COM

Show,” as well as television talk show host for KAZ-TV where Pat hosts a stimulating live daily hour of compelling conversation with Arizona newsmakers. Since 1972, Pat has also managed to find the time to head his own creative company, The Idea Factory. Pat’s professional and personal contributions have been richly rewarded with seven Emmys, major national and international radio awards along with numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards.  He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime Achievement Award, the only two time Hall of Fame recipient of the Arizona Broadcasters Association, and his bronze likeness hangs alongside Hugh Downs and Leslie Nielsen in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications and the Arts. The local theater community named the McMahons, “the First Family of Arizona Entertainment,” and Phoenix Theatre recently honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Even with all that, Pat, no doubt, feels most comfortable simply being thought of as someone you continue to trust in Arizona broadcasting. Pat has always been a supporter of the Irish community and is proud of his Irish heritage.

John Corcoran was born on The Mall, Boolteens, Castlemaine, County Kerry, Ireland on April 23rd, 1935. He is the 2nd oldest of 12 children, 10 living currently. His father was the Headmaster of the local school and his mother a dutiful wife and mother. John was striving to be a farmer and took care of his Uncle John Murphy’s farm. A severe hernia ended his farming career and then John found himself on a plane to Chicago with his older brother Dan in 1953. They were to live with their uncle in Chicago until they got settled and make a better life for themselves. John worked at the Union League Club in Chicago as an elevator operator and many other duties. In 1971, John took a trip out west to Arizona and fell in love with the heat! He quickly moved out to Arizona and married his wife Janet the next year. John worked for Mountain Shadows Resort; the City of Glendale; and still works today at Team Sports Outfitters. Shortly after settling in Phoenix, John met Lorraine Flynn and Jackie Behan (whom he had known in Chicago) and immediately became involved in the local Irish community and gatherings. John is one of the founding members of

the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade; the former Irish American Social Club; the Phoenix Irish Feis (Irish dancing competition); and The Irish Cultural Center. It was a dream come true, back in 1979, when Howard Adams purchased an old cottage in County Clare, Ireland, had the stones numbered and shipped to Phoenix to then see them as the cornerstone of the Great Hall. John’s wish and hope is for the young people of the community to take up the task and keep this place going for many more years!


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OUT & ABOUT

Anam Cara Awards Gala

OOT & ABOOT Honoree Pat and Mrs. McMahon

Honoree John and Janet Corcoran and daughter Mary and Elliot Wnek and family Robert Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Driscoll, Consul General of Ireland to the Western U.S.

Gala Emcee Mac and Mrs. Watson, KTAR-FM

Former AZ Young Ambassadors to N. Ireland, Laddie Shane and Audrey Sullivan

Sophie Looney-Abney, 2017 AZ Irish Lass

Caroline Woodiel

Frank Leavy and Ann Niemann

Kelsey Kelleher

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DIRECTORIES

NEW MEMBERS WELCOME! IRISH CULTURAL CENTER & McCLELLAND LIBRARY

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. Their current exhibition is on the Historical Context and Cultural Legacy of the 1916 Easter Rising. 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

Dates: July 16-20, 2018 at 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 FOUNDATION OF ARIZONA 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

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; IrishNetworkArizona.com

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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.

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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, ericpoleski@cox.net, 702-270-8974 home, 702340-8859 cell, 928-556-3161, www.nachs.info

ARIZONA LAW ENFORCEMENT EMERALD SOCIETY (ALEES) 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 azemeraldsociety.org.

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.

THE CALEDONIAN SOCIETY OF ARIZONA 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.

NORTHERN ARIZONA CELTIC HERITAGE SOCIETY The nonprofit organization is dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving Celtic culture. Each year we host the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival (July 21-22, 2018), 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.

PHOENIX ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & FAIRE COMMITTEE

THE CELTIC ACADEMY OF TUCSON Dedicated to promoting Irish dance and culture in Arizona, the board of directors are Betsy Lopez, Catherine Harris, and Beth Solinsky. They provide information on classes at the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance and on various Celtic gatherings. They sponsor Feile Rince Tucson, an annual Irish dance festival now in its 32nd year. www.tucsonfeis.com

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.

DAUGHTERS OF SCOTIA DESERT THISTLE LODGE #260 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.

PHOENIX ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

FRIENDS OF SAINT PATRICK CENTRE – AZ CHAPTER

PHOENIX ST. PATRICK’S DAY FAIRE

It is one of the largest parades in Arizona! Celebrate being Irish with the entire Valley. Coming up Saturday, March 17, 2018, 10am; route is Third Street south from Sheridan to Moreland, FREE. Contact: John Corcoran, Chair, 623-9391183, www.stpatricksdayphoenix.org.

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: Kelsey.Kelleher@ AZIrishLibrary.org, 602-301-1083.

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 17, 2018, 10am-5pm at the Irish Cultural Center and Margaret Hance Park grounds. Contact: Mary Moriarty, Chair, 602-258-0109, www.stpatricksdayphoenix.org.

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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.

SCOTTISH-AMERICAN MILITARY SOCIETY (SAMS), FLAGSTAFF 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 ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL Celebrating our 31st year on March 18, 2017! 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

WELSH LEAGUE OF ARIZONA

CELTIC SISTER CITIES CHANDLER-TULLAMORE, IRELAND SISTER CITIES Ellen Harrington, Chair, P.O. Box 1474​, Chandler, AZ 85244-1474, 480-600-8509, chan.to.tull@gmail.com, www.chandlerirish.org

PHOENIX-ENNIS, IRELAND SISTER CITIES Mary Hill-Connor, Committee Chairperson 602-635-9760, mary.hillconnor@gmail.com www.phoenixsistercities.org

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

CELTIC DANCE SCHOOLS BRACKEN SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE Classes in Chandler, 480-699-2455, www. brackenirishdance.com Thomas Bracken, ADCRG. | Kieran Noe, TCRG thomas.bracken@brackenirishdance.com, Kieran.Noe@Brackenirishdance.com

Our mission is to promote Welsh language and culture with performing arts and literary events, classes, and participating in Celtic festivals and other community events. We endeavor to enhance relations between the U.S. and Wales by being a point of contact for visitors, businesses, and expatriates. We warmly welcome travelers, offering assistance and networking. Contact: Mary Gilchrist marygilchristmg@gmail.com. www.welshleagueofarizona.org

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MICHAEL PATRICK GALLAGHER SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE

CLAN MACINNES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION Arizona Convenor: Steve McKinnis 11505 E. Calle Javelina, Tucson, AZ 85748 macinnes@macinnes.org • 520-290-1268 • www.macinnes.org

Classes in Phoenix, Tucson, Dallas, and Houston Info@maguireacademy.com (520) 319-0204. Darren Maguire, TCRG, ADCRG www.maguireacademy.com

MASCHINO SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCE Kari Maschino, 480-242-7760, Kari@maschinodance.com Gilbert, Tempe, Peoria www.maschinodance.com

MPGirishdance@yahoo.com Michael Patrick, TCRG, ADCRG, Ann Paitel, TCRG www.mpgirishdance.com

CLAN MACCALLUM-MALCOLM SOCIETY, N.A. Arizona Convenor: Ashleen O’Gaea Ashleen@Comcast.net w/MacCallum in subject line www.Clan-MacCallum-Malcolm.org

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[All events are in Arizona USA unless otherwise noted]

IRISH CULTURAL CENTER (ICC)/ MCCLELLAND LIBRARY

PUBLIC WALK-IN HOURS (TOURS, LIBRARY & GENEALOGY) Tuesday-Saturday • 10am–3pm Wednesday Evenings (Library only) • 3pm–6pm Closed all major holidays Frances McClelland Genealogy Centre available these hours; Open Other Hours for Scheduled Classes, Meetings & Events 1106 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix 85004 602-258-0109, www.azirish.org See ad page 2

EXHIBIT: FROM PROTEST TO PEACE NOW through May 26, 2018 McClelland Library

“IRISH CELEBRATION OF TEA”

Third Saturday of each month! Saturday, Feb 17 • 1:30pm–3pm Learn how to make a perfect pot of tea to drink and enjoy some homemade Irish Soda Bread with your cup! ICC - Advance Reservations Only Members: $22, Non-Members $25

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Saturday, February 24 • 10:30am–12:30pm Come discuss “Reading in the Dark” (novel, 1996) by Seamus Deane McClelland Library - Norton Room; FREE

ON THE DRUIDS: LECTURE SERIES

Saturday, February 24, 2018 • 1:30pm Lecture #5: The Indo-European Language Tree, ICC

MUSIC OF THE KNIGHTS

Saturday, February 24 Commemorating the music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John, and Sir Paul McCartney Chandler Center for the Arts

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2018 ARIZONA COLLEEN & ROSE SELECTION Saturday, March 3 • 2p.m. Hosted by Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Committee 1300 N. Central, Phoenix 85004 Tickets: $50 • Open to the public Purchase via azcolleen.org

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SAVE THE DATE: ANNUAL MAYORS’ LUNCHEON

Friday, March 16 • 11:30am–1:30pm Tucson-Roscommon, Ireland Sister Cities Entertainment and Silent Auction Roscommon guests Tom and Pauline Crosby Gentle Ben’s, 865 E. University Blvd., Tucson $30 members; $35 non-members RSVP Colleen Beaman: 520-743-7979

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KILT RUN - GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT Friday, March 16 • 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 ad on BACK

SOCKS IN THE FRYING PAN Friday, March 16 • 7:30pm MIM Music Theatre, Phx

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THE ACADEMY OF IRISH AND CELTIC STUDIES IRISH MUSIC IRISH LANGUAGE IRISH AND SCOTTISH DANCE

KISS ME I’M IRISH RUN/WALK

IRISH NETWORK ARIZONA BREAKFAST & SPEAKER

Saturday, March 17 • Race starts 7:17am 1k, 4k, 8k, Half-Marathon Portion benefits Prostate On-Site Project Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale www.IrishRunAZ.com, See ad page 23

Second Fridays 7am-8:30am • Feb 9, Mar 9 The Great Hall, Irish Cultural Center Members and First-Time Guests FREE Returning guests $10 RSVP for headcount: info@irishnetworkarizona.com

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29TH ANNUAL AZ RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL AND ARTISAN MARKETPLACE

Saturdays, Sundays Feb 10 through Apr 2 • 10am–6pm RenFestInfo.com; See ad page 4

“OUTSIDE MULLINGAR”

Feb 15 - March 4 Arizona Theatre Company at The Herberger SPECIAL READER DISCOUNT Arizonatheatre.org See ad page 17

FAMILY STORY HOUR

Saturday, February 3 • 10:30am–Noon A morning of stories and crafts for the entire family. “There” by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick “A Dublin Fairytale” by Nicola Colton Irish Cultural Center - Castle Keep; FREE

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54TH ANNUAL PHOENIX SCOTTISH GAMES

Saturday & Sunday, March 3 & 4 • Gates open 9am Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix www.arizonascots.org, See SPECIAL CENTER INSERT

DAIMH - IN CONCERT

Tuesday, March 6 • 7pm Only Arizona appearance Community Presbyterian Church 800 West Main St., Payson Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at door Contact: 928-478-6350

Friday, February 15 • 7pm Hosted by Living Traditions Presentations Sinagua Middle School, Flagstaff Tickets $25 in advance; $30 at door Available at livingtraditionspresentations.com

ALTAN - IN CONCERT

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Sunday, March 11 • 3pm Chandler Center for the Arts

Friday, February 16 • 7:30pm MIM Music Theatre, Phx

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GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Saturday, February 17 • 10:30am–1pm “Griffith’s Valuation and Other Irish Land and Property Records” with Miles Davenport McClelland Library- Norton Room Members $15; Non-Members $20

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Wednesday, March 7 • 7pm From County Donegal, Ireland MIM.org, See ad page 17

CELTIC NIGHTS See ad page 15

Phoenix Pipe Band

35TH ANNUAL PHOENIX ST. PATRICK’S PARADE

Saturday, March 17 • 10am FREE 3rd Street from Virginia to McDowell, Phoenix www.stpatricksdayphoenix.org

PHOENIX ST. PATRICK’S IRISH FAIRE

Saturday, March 17 • 10am–5pm Margaret Hance Park & Irish Cultural Center Tickets: $12; Kids12 & under FREE; Senior (55 & over) and Military $10 www.stpatricksdayphoenix.org

EXPERIENCE IRELAND

Sat. & Sun., March 17-18 • 9am–5pm Seventh annual celebration of Irish music and culture. Enjoy live music, crafts, Irish dancing, storytelling, and more! MIM.org, See ad page 17

MUSICAL THRONES, A PARODY Sunday, March 18 • 7pm Chandler Center for the Arts

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ia daoibh a chaired! (Hello friends!)  When I think about Irish and Scottish comfort food, bangers and mash is at the top of my list. The name “bangers and mash” originated during WWI when meat was scarce, and water and cereal were added to the sausage as a filler. The fillers would pop as they were cooked, hence the nickname “bangers.” Traveling to both Ireland and Scotland, I have enjoyed several delicious plates of bangers and mash. It was not until recently I decided to attempt recreating the meal at home. I wanted to create a more flavorful sauce than the typical onion gravy and decided to add some red wine and thyme as well. The result is a robust, flavorful sauce that perfectly accentuates the cooked sausages, mashed potatoes and peas. If it has been a while since you indulged in a plate of bangers and mash, this recipe will quickly satisfy your pub-grub craving. Enjoy! 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, 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.

Yields 6 servings INGREDIENTS: 6 medium sized potatoes, peeled and cubed ½ c. or 120 g. butter ¼ c. or 60 ml. milk 4 oz. or 113 g. cream cheese Salt and pepper 1 T. or 15 ml. oil/butter 6 sausages 2 c. or 475 ml. beef broth/stock 1 large onion, finely sliced 3 T. or 23 g. flour 2 cloves crushed garlic ½ c. or 120 ml. red wine 1 T. or 15 ml. dried or fresh thyme Salt and pepper 12 oz. or 340 g. fresh or frozen peas DIRECTIONS: Add peeled and cubed potatoes to a large pot of water. Boil until potatoes are tender, then remove and drain water. In the potato pot, add butter, milk, cream cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Smash potatoes and incorporate additional ingredients until smooth and creamy. Place lid on top and set aside.

Place sausages in a large skillet and cook over medium heat. Turn sausages frequently until browned and cooked through. Remove sausages, place on a plate, and cover with foil. If there is still oil left in the skillet, add sliced onions and stir. Otherwise, add 1 T. oil/butter and then add sliced onions. Cook for about five minutes before adding crushed garlic. Sautee for another minute before sprinkling flour on top. Mix flour and onions until combined and then pour 1 c. of beef broth, stirring until thickened.

While sauce is thickening, heat peas and set aside. Pour remaining beef broth into the skillet, along with the red wine and thyme. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about five minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened. Remove sauce from heat and begin plating your meal. Place a large scoop of mashed potatoes on the center of the plate and include a serving of peas on the side. Add one or two sausage links on top of the potato mound and finish with a generous serving of red wine, onion gravy.

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Celtic Pubs & Eateries

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Greater Phoenix The Dubliner Irish Pub & Restaurant 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.

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!

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 blend of modern and comfort Irish/American food and drinks in an authentic atmosphere. Dueling pianos Fridays 9pm; live music Saturdays 8pm.

The Irish Wolfhound Restaurant & Pub 16811 N. Litchfield Road, Surprise, AZ 85374 (just south of Bell Road) 623-214-1004 www.irishwolfhoundpub.com 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.

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. Grand opening was packed! See ad page 17

Mountain View Pub 7033 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (west of crossroads: Tom Darlington & Cave Creek) 480-575-7782; (480)-5757PUB Facebook: Mountain View Pub - Cave Creek Extensive lines of Irish whiskey and beers. Irish influenced pub fare. Amazing mountain views experienced from our indoor/outdoor bar and patio!

O’Connor’s Pub 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!

Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub 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 4

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 23

Tim Finnegan’s Irish Restaurant & Bar NEW LOCATION: 17045 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85308 Great food, warm atmosphere, authentic Irish! www.timfinnegans.com Evokes images of the great old pubs of Ireland with blend of modern Ireland’s music, food, beverages. Featured on PBS “Check, Please!” Arizona #404 | Chapter 2 of 3. See ad page 17

New customers are looking for you! Accepting Celtic listings in Arizona.

2018 Kilt Run GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT A short “Irish K” (about a quarter mile)

Friday, March 16, 6pm

Your ENTRY Includes a kilt, finisher’s medal, cold beverage & admission to McFadden’s After Party! Proceeds to American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

$25 til Feb 16; $30 til Mar 15; $35 Tanger Outlets Westgate, Glendale, AZ

The record is currently held by Perth, Ontario, Canada.We need almost 1,800 runners wearing kilts to bring the world record to Glendale, Arizona!

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