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St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Family Faire March 15th 2014 By Sandra Carroll

When the month of March rolls around, thoughts naturally turn to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Whether you are full blooded Irish, partly Irish, or just “like to be Irish for the Day,” everyone loves to experience the fun and camaraderie of the annual Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Family Faire held this year on March 15. Yes, I know St. Patrick’s Day is the 17th but the City of Phoenix doesn’t like Parades held on a business day as that can be a major distraction to the business community, so the Saturday before

the holiday is the best time for our Parade. The Parade will be followed by a Family Faire for all, from big to small, in Hance Park by the side of the Irish Cultural Center at 1106 N. Central in downtown Phoenix. The theme of the Parade this year is “Arizona Irish: Honor Our Heroes” so expect to see representation from the many branches of the services that help to support and protect us as we go about our daily lives. Police, Fire, and Military will have a major presence and be highlighted as we pay homage to all that they do to make sure our lives run as smoothly as possible. Our Irish Persons

of the Year are: representing Fire Personnel, John McMorrow, chosen by the Phoenix Fire Emerald Society; and representing Police Personnel, Matt Shay, chosen by the Phoenix Police Emerald Society. The Parade begins at 10:00am. Bring family; bring friends to the Parade route which will start at Sheridan and will march south to Moreland. The Announcer’s Stand is located at the route halfway point at 3rd Street and Palm (in front of the Maricopa Bar Association Building). You may want to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, or cushions to sit on (in some spots you can sit on the curbs) and don’t forget water and sunscreen! You will enjoy marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, police, military and fire vehicles and government dignitaries. Irish organizations and Community groups will have floats and marchers. The 2014 Arizona Colleen/Rose of Tralee winner is the Queen of our Parade. Her entourage includes the Colleen Princess (1st Runner Up), and the winners of the Arizona Irish Lass (young ladies aged 13 to 17) and the Little Miss Shamrock (ages 6 to 12). Warning---the Parade ends at Moreland so don’t sit south of Moreland or you will miss all the performances. This year’s Grand Marshal will be popular KPNX Television Personality, Ron Hoon. Ron has been a ready volunteer, for many years, to help with programs and events at the Irish

Cultural Center. He always brings a cheery “can do” attitude to every occasion. The Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade began in 1984 to preserve and enhance the heritage and traditions of the Irish culture as well as share that culture with the citizens of Arizona. The Parade has been well attended each year and most spectators follow the Parade, as it ends, to the Family Faire. Those who don’t, miss out on a lot of good fun. The Irish Family Faire begins at 10:00 am and runs until 5:00 pm at the Irish Cultural Center located in Hance Park (1106 North Central Ave.) in Phoenix, on the west side of Central between McDowell and Roosevelt. Admission: Adults and Children 13 or older $10.00. Children 12 or under FREE. Seniors (55 or over) and Military $8.00. There will be 3 Stages of Irish Music and Dancers; a Kids Area; and plenty of Food and Beverages. Crafters will present their wares, and the new 15,000 sf McClelland Irish Library will be open for tours. IF YOU TAKE THE LIGHT RAIL, GET OFF AT THE ROOSEVELT STREET STATION. Free parking at the garage at 1850 North Central Ave. There is a Free Shuttle from 1850 North Central Avenue (West side of Central Ave. & Palm Lane) to the Faire. Wearing green is optional, of course, but in the spirit of the day many people will be sporting that Irish color. Come share a fun day with us. You won’t regret it! See you there!

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LETTER from the PRESIDENT

Arizona Irish Honor our Heroes Fáilte go dtí gach duine or in English, “Welcome to Everyone!” Today we enjoy our 31st year of celebrating the life and ministry of St. Patrick along with Irish history and culture and the long involvement of the sons and daughters of Ireland here in Arizona. I am always amazed at how quickly the year flows by and the time has come again for those of us of Irish heritage and all of those who feel a wee bit Irish today to remember what that heritage means and to share that heritage with the rest of our growing community. The Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire committee has really pulled out all the stops to bring

you an incredible parade and cultural event this year. In keeping with our theme of honoring our heroes, we have partnered with our friends in the police and fire department Emerald Societies to bring to you Irish Persons of the Year, Matt Shay and John McMorrow, that I think we can all really stand up and cheer for. Our Grand Marshal is Ron Hoon, a well known broadcaster here in the Valley but more importantly to us, one of the most consistent volunteers that we count on each year. For those of you who have been here in Arizona for awhile and for all of our new friends, this parade and faire is a labor of love put together by an incredible team of people. John Corcoran, one of our founding members, heads up one of the largest parades in Arizona and does it in a way that belies the difficulty that comes with an endeavor of this magnitude. Eric Tiernan is our vice-

Guinness and The Leary Firefighters Foundation have teamed up to raise $1 Million for local firefighters around the country between now and St. Patrick’s Day. Join the effort. Purchase a commemorative Guinness Firefighter T-Shirt. www.teespring.com/guinness

president and has brought us into the digital age. As we look forward to the years to come, it will be Eric and his generation that sees to it that this long tradition is maintained and taken to new heights. Mary Moriarty heads up our faire and keeps our books. If you can find her, she’s everywhere; be sure and thank her for the sleepless hours that she has put in to bring you one of Arizona’s finest cultural events and for keeping us operating in the black. Sandy Carroll remains our secretary and Mary Wnek took over the Colleen/Rose Selection committee following in the footsteps of Ann Niemann and Sandy Carroll. Wait until you see the Little Miss Shamrocks, Arizona Irish Lasses, and this year’s Colleen~Arizona Rose that her committee has found. They’ll make you especially proud to be Irish in Arizona. These are just a few of the many, many people who come together to

make these great events happen and to them and all of the rest, I say thank you; this cannot happen without you. The good news is that you can be a part of all this. Please consider getting involved. The committee only meets one time a month on the second Tuesday at 7:00 pm at the Irish Cultural Center located at 1106 N. Central Avenue for about an hour. So with just a little math, your voice can be a part of this for the incredible investment of about 12 hours a year plus one incredible day. The membership fee is an easy to digest $10 a year so I believe that I can speak for the rest of the committee and say that we would love to have you come join us. Please visit our website at www.stpatricksdayphoenix.org or check us out on Facebook for more information. Slainte is tainte! Harry Sexton, President

Congratulations GRAND MARSHAL Ron Hoon and of Irish Persons the Year John McMorrow & Matt Shay

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Arizona Irish: Honor Our Heroes

MEET the PHOENIX FAIRE and PARADE ORGANIZERS

Eric Tiernan

John Corcoran

Harry Sexton President

Harry Sexton was born here in Arizona in 1957. His great-grandfather (the first of now 5 generations of “Harry’s”) had come to the territory of Arizona to find his way in the world and the family stayed. He graduated from Apollo High in Glendale and afterwards began his college work in San Diego. He holds a degree in Police Management and a Master’s degree in divinity with a specialty in Chaplaincy. His intention is to become a chaplain to first responders upon his retirement from the Phoenix Police Department in 2018. He met and married his wife Cynthia who, as it turned out, was also a 4th generation Arizonian from a farming and dairy family headquartered in Laveen, Arizona. This union, now in its 34th year, has produced four daughters, a son and three grandchildren. He has been with the Phoenix Police department for 23 years and is currently a patrol sergeant assigned to the Estrella Mountain Precinct.

Eric Tiernan Vice President

Born and raised in Dun Laoghaire, a suburb south of Dublin City on the Irish Sea, Eric left Ireland in 1987 to see the world, lived in London where many Irish start out, and then traveled extensively throughout Australia and SE Asia before emigrating to the USA in 1992. He has called Phoenix home since 2000 and currently is Vice President of Sales for Ware Manufacturing Inc, a company based in Phoenix that manufactures pet supplies.  He is a board member of the

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Arizona Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation and Vice President of the Phoenix St Patrick’s Day Parade committee. Eric married his beautiful wife Elizabeth at the Irish Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix on December 23, 2013 and highly recommends the location for a special event or celebration.  He welcomes and encourages correspondence or input from anyone who is interested in becoming involved in enhancing the Irish cultural experience in Arizona.

John Corcoran Parade Chairperson

John was born in Castlemaine, Co. Kerry Ireland, emigrated to Chicago at age 17, and headed West to Phoenix in 1972. He is a founding member of the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and is very active in most Irish activities around the Valley.  As Chairman of the Parade, he is responsible for the correspondence with all parade entries, line-up, and logistics parade day.  Today’s parade is the fruit of his labor.  John would like to thank the City of Phoenix for all of their cooperation and help with today’s events. He would also like to thank today’s entries, volunteers and especially his wife Janet for tolerating the constant phone calls and meetings.  His daughter, Mary Corcoran Wnek, handles all email communication for the parade.  His wish is that more of the younger generations would get involved and volunteer on the Parade committee.  To all of the sponsors, car clubs, and the spectators along the parade route, thank you for your support and encouragement.   

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Mary Moriarty Faire Chairperson

Mary moved to the Valley, with her husband Jack, a retired New York City Police Sergeant in 1995. She is a Co-Treasurer for the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, and is former Chair of the Ennis Sister City Committee. Mary is also a charter member of the Friends of St. Patrick Arizona branch. She has made numerous trips to Ireland, visiting where her mother and paternal grandparents are from. Mary lives in Tempe and has been employed at the Irish Cultural Center since 2003 first as Executive Assistant and as Operations Manager since 2007. Mary has chaired the Faire since 2002.

Sharon Caruso Faire Vendor Chair

Iowa born and raised, Sharon has lived in Phoenix since 1979. She is the vendor coordinator for the Faire that follows the parade. She enjoys being an Irish language student at the Irish Cultural Center, and is also involved in several other committees and Irish organizations. Her ancestors were from Omagh, County Tyrone. It gives her great pleasure to watch people of all ages enjoying themselves and celebrating their Irish heritage each year at the Parade and Faire.

Sandra Carroll Secretary

Born in Wichita, Kansas and raised in Topeka, Sandra graduated with a Bachelor in Education from Washburn University.  A member

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of Alpha Phi Sorority, she taught kindergarten, third, fourth and sixth grades in elementary schools in Kansas and Nebraska. She moved to Arizona to escape the Kansas cold and assisted in starting the kindergarten program in the Alhambra Elementary School District. Sandra graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education from A.S.U and a member of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional fraternity in education. While teaching K-2, she served as Vice President and President of AFT, a teachers union, and served on many committees which worked to improve education within the district. She was honored in September 1992 as Employee of the Month for the entire district.  After retirement, she joined the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire Committee and subsequently was elected as Secretary, serving in that position for the last 14 years. Sandra served as Chairperson of the Arizona Colleen Selection from 2000-2007.  Her ancestry is half Irish on her mother’s side. 

Irene Boland Co-Treasurer

Irene relocated to Phoenix from a Canadian area, rich in Irish heritage--Renfrew County, Ontario.  Her maternal and paternal ancestors emigrated from Ireland during the Great Famine.  The Arizona topography and culture took a bit of getting used to, but when Irene attended her first St. Patrick’s Parade Committee meeting in 2002, she knew she found her new home.  Irene acts currently as co-treasurer, and is involved with the Arizona Colleen & Rose program. 

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Irish Tales from Arizona Territory by Janice Ryan Bryson

Arizona Silver Belt The following two articles appeared in the Arizona Silver Belt newspaper in Globe, Arizona Territory. It was a weekly paper.  Four of my relatives are named so I thoroughly enjoyed the article.  Jerry Ryan was the Sheriff-hard to visualize him appearing as the harpist.  Loved the part about the baseball in the second piece. 3/15/1890 Arizona Silver Belt FOR ONE TIME ONLY – The shamrock, the national emblem of Ireland, will be the fashion on Monday, particularly so at the Rink on that night, where the 517th anniversary of the birth of St. Patrick will be commemorated. The occasion will be exceedingly interesting by a varied program on which music and dancing will predominate.  Mr. Jerry Ryan will appear as the harpist who will awaken the soul of music which for

so long a time, has slumbered in its shell, in Tara’s Hall. He will be accompanied by “four and twenty fiddlers all in a row” under the leadership of John Murphy, whose master spell will awaken a thousand melodies unheard of before.  “Your sisters and your cousins and your aunts” will be there and none will weary of dancing or the concord of sweet sounds.  The managers believing that variety is the spice of life have exerted themselves to give it all its flavor, leaving nothing for unfavorable comment when the last dance closes the dazzling scene.  Committees:  Musical Director – John Murphy; Floor Managers – W. T. McNelly, Jerry Ryan, Denis Murphy and Patrick Shanley; Reception Committee – Wm Ryan, James Murphy, E. O. Kennedy, Hugh Conahan and James Anderson.

pended and everyone who could repaired to the ball grounds to witness the football game between employees of the Old Dominion Copper Company and “the town boys”. There was considerable rivalry between the teams and both exerted themselves to the utmost to win.  Before either side had gained a point the ball burst, but it was stuffed with rags and the game went on.  After a stubborn contest lasting two hours, the town team gained a decisive victory. The event of the day was the ball given at the Rink and which was more largely attended than any social gather held in Globe for years. Besides the devotees of Terpsichore in Globe, William Ryan with his wife Anna Mary Moloney whom every adjacent settlement he met in Globe, with their children William Albert and furnished its quota to swell baby Cornelius Michael. Her Uncle was Denis Murphy. the merry throng.  The best of feeling prevailed and the dancer went merrily on with 3/22/1890 Arizona Silver Belt St. Patrick’s Day has not been so but brief intermission until the dawn generally observed in Globe for many of another day.  The verdict is univeryears as it was on Monday last.  The sal that it was one of the most enjoycelebration was not confined to able parties ever given here. The proceeds of the party went to natives of the “ould sod”, but by citizens irrespective of nationality joined the fund to provide a Catholic Church to make the occasion enjoyable.  In the edifice in Globe and we are pleased afternoon business was almost sus- to learn that a fair sum was realized.

Introducing the 2014 Little Miss Shamrocks By Mary Corcoran Wnek

The Arizona Irish Community welcomes two new Little Miss Shamrocks, selected among 8 contestants on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix. Hosted by the Arizona Colleen & Rose Programs Committee, The Little Miss Shamrock program is designed to introduce girls of Irish descent, ages 6 through12 years old, and their families to the Arizona Colleen & Rose of Tralee Programs and the Arizona Irish Community for fun cultural and educational events. Every participant received an “all things shamrock” gift bag, a Little Miss Shamrock contestant tee-shirt, flowers, sash and invitation to ride in the 2014 Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The families and our local Irish community can be VERY proud of these young ladies! 2014 Little Miss Shamrocks Aria Jones, 12 of Phoenix, an avid Irish dancer, flutist in Jazz band and a community volunteer. She enjoys cooking and reading, when she finds the time. She wants to be a lawyer, when she grows up so she can defend people and their rights. She was able to be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. She enjoys being Irish and celebrating through Irish dancing on St. Patrick’s Day. She recently placed

44th in the Western Regional Irish Dance Championships. Anne Gardener-Hajek, 11, of Paradise Valley, also an avid Irish dancer, a violinist and a budding writer. She was the 2012 Desert Shamrock Celtic Youth Writing Contest Fiction winner in her age group. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family, including her black standard poodle! Anne hopes to be an urban planner/architect/civil engineer to help make people’s lives easier. She would also like to be an Irish dance instructor. She is already at the highest level of competitive Irish Dance and placed 25th in the Western Regional Irish Dance Championship in 2013. The Shamrock judges were 2013 Arizona Colleen & Rose Holly Nordquist, Her Grace Lady Elizabeth of Ormonde of the Arizona Renaissance Festival, and Janice Bryson, Arizona Irish historian. This event greatly appreciates the generosity of its Shamrock Tiara sponsor The Irish Foundation of Arizona (info 480-345-9517). Special thanks to Sir Thomas Butler, a knight from the King’s personal guard of the Arizona Renaissance Festival for escorting the contestants up and down from the stage, C. Joan Saben,

photographer, and the hard-working Committee members who put this event together. Also participating this year (with ages) were: Abby Barnett, 10; Bethany Horney, 12; Katie Hannigan Lewis, 9; Marlene Hannigan Lewis, 11; Kristin McMahan 11; and Grace Miller, 11. The 2013 Little Miss Shamrocks, Ceili Olney of Phoenix, Tatum Maher of Phoenix and Meghan Van Dobben of Phoenix participated as the Mistresses of Ceremonies. Aria and Anne were each awarded a sash, tiara, flowers, a gift bag with a variety of Shamrock items; two tickets to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Ethington Theater on the campus of Grand Canyon University, starring 2013 Arizona Colleen and Rose Holly Nordquist as the White Witch,

two tickets to the Arizona Colleen & Rose of Tralee Selection, and received an official invitation to join the Queen during Celtic Weekend on March 16, 2014 to perform at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Aria and Anne will officially “debut” at the Arizona Colleen and Rose of Tralee Selection on March 1, 2014. Tickets are available for purchase at our website under “Events”. Tickets are also available at the Irish Cultural Center. For more information about these programs, visit www.azcolleen.org or azcolleenandroseprograms@gmail. com. They will also appear in the 2014 Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire on Saturday, March 15, 2014 in downtown Phoenix and the Irish Cultural Center.


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Arizona Irish: Honor Our Heroes

By Katie Caufield Ginder

Shrepherd’s Pie

(8 servings)

Diadaoibh a chaired! (Hello friends!) Shepherd’s pie, or cottage pie, dates back to the late 16th century. An affordable meal for Ireland’s poor majority, shepherd’s pie originated as a means to use leftover meat and potatoes. This particular recipe is my mom’s version and is one of my favorites. It is an easy meal to make during the week or for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Enjoy!

Ingredients: 1 t. olive oil 1 chopped onion 2 cloves crushed garlic 2 chopped carrots 1 ½ c. thawed frozen peas 1 lb. lean ground beef 2 t. oregano 1 t. thyme 1 bottle Guinness 4 baking potatoes 2 T. butter ½ c. milk 1 12 oz. jar Heinz beef gravy 1 ½ c. shredded sharp cheddar Salt & pepper to taste

The Irish Cultural Center

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

Los San Patricios de Arizona

(St. Patrick’s Battalion) The Los San Patricios de Arizona was organized to honor the 150-year old bond of friendship existing today between Mexico and Ireland. Each year this organization celebrates with a dinner Fiesta saluting those couples of Irish and Mexican heritage. Contact: Wm. Howard O’Brien, Phone: 480-9511152, email: WHOCO@cox.net. John Reilly, Captain 602-242-1555 Hector Corona el Teniente 602-237-4685

St. Patrick’s Day Faire, Phx

Fun for the entire family, it showcases Irish music, step dancing, Irish and Celtic arts and crafts plus the traditional Irish foods and beverages. For details, visit www.phxirish.org or call Mary Moriarty, Chair at 602-258-0109.

Preparation: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and chop potatoes into large chunks. Add to large pot with water and let cook for 15 minutes once water is boiling. If you are able to pierce the potato with a knife or fork, then it is done. Heat large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and heat for one minute. Then add onion and cook for 3 minutes. Add ground beef and stir until slightly cooked. Next add chopped carrots and stir until mixed. Cook for a couple of minutes and then add oregano, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Add ½ bottle of Guinness, stir mixture until everything is incorporated. Cover and let simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed. If there is excess liquid, drain it before next step. Once potatoes are cooked, drain and then add butter and milk. Mash until smooth consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add meat mixture to 13 x 9 baking dish. Stir in peas and gravy and mix together. Spoon mashed potatoes over meat mixture and create a smooth finish with your spoon. Use fork to create lines across potatoes and then sprinkle with shredded cheddar. Cook for 45 minutes or until cheese is golden. Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy with remaining Guinness.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire Committee

Irish Foundation of Arizona

Formed in 1983, the Committee has the responsibility for organizing the annual Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade, The St. Patrick’s Day Faire and the Colleen programs. It is entirely volunteer and meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:00pm at the ICC, 1106 N. Central Ave. Call Harry Sexton, President at 602-863-9198.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Phx

It is one of the largest parades in Arizona! Celebrate being Irish with the whole Valley. For details, call John Corcoran, Chair at 623-939-1183. www. stpatricksdayphoenix.org

The Arizona Colleen Programs

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 call Mary Corcoran Wnek (623) 221-2325

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Finding Frances

Catherine Hutchin Harris

By Catherine Hutchin Harris Catherine Hutchin Harris was born in November 1943 during an air raid to an English father and an Irish mother. Her Uncle Eric, a wartime pilot, must have often been the topic of conversation around the Sunday dinner table; the kinds of stuff family legends are made of. But more of this later. In 1967 Catherine opened Transatlantic Management in LA, promoting rock ’n roll bands including a highly talented teenage Van Halen. After a refreshing interlude living in a teepee in northeast Oregon raising sheep, cattle, pigs and chickens, in 1980 she relocated to Tucson. She reopened Transatlantic Management, promoted local bands and opened a teenage night club, The Pink Cadillac, a place that is still fondly remembered by locals approaching their forties. In 2004 she retired from the music business and is now on the board of several non-profit corporations as a proactive voice in the Arizona Irish Community. Back at the Sunday dinner table, Catherine learned that her uncle Eric was a Spitfire and Typhoon pilot in the Second World War but that he had not been trained in the UK. In fact, he and other flying cadets had secretly taken ship from Liverpool to Canada and then took steam trains down through Chicago and Tucumcari, New Mexico to Phoenix; well to be exact Falcon Field in Mesa. At this time America was not in the war but

Catherine’s Uncle Eric

several concerned and sympathizing Hollywood types had secretly financed the flying school, including, from an eighteen year old’s point of view a lifesaving swimming pool. At this time, we are told, there was only “a single flying school, at Randolph Field in San Antonio, Texas. It could train only 500 pilots a year!” Eric, during these times of traveling and training, wrote post cards and letters home and carried a Brownie camera, documenting the whole adventure, including pictures and letters from wartime England, France and Holland. The photographs and correspondence are fascinating. Not all was work and training in Arizona. To make the cadets welcome, the locals set up a house in Phoenix where the young pilots could meet American girls of their own age. Not surprisingly, this is where romance comes in to the book: 18-year-old Eric met 17- year- old Frances. The brief time they spent together in Arizona, and the consequent letters that followed when Eric returned to the European theatre of war are the heart of the book and Harris’ light touch– connecting the dots for us–allows our

young hero and heroine to tell their own story. Catherine was able to contact Frances when the latter moved to Tucson and, wonder of wonders, was given a bundle of her uncle Eric’s letters, preserved over 60 years. One family’s legend was now about to become available to everyone. But for me, it’s not the fascinating documented travel log by liner and steam train a third of the way around the world, or the historical photographs of Mesa, Phoenix and LA. It’s not the stories of wartime Britain and Europe or the camaraderie of boys becoming men overnight; it’s not the fairytale heroics of young pilots and a wartime romance. It’s the letters themselves and the lost magic of letter writing that affects me the most. I, and I’m sure Catherine Harris, grew up in a letter writing age, when “Hey, Hey Mr. Postman, look and see… if there’s a letter for me,” was more than a pop song; it reflected a reality. Telephones and cars were for doctors and rich people. Most of us communicated by the written word and longed to see a letter drop on the hallway mat, with the hand writing of some distant teenage beloved. And just as in Eric’s

letters to Frances, a romance could almost magically develop by exchange of thoughtful words. Eric and Frances progress from like to love to marriage proposal through letters that sometimes took 8 weeks to arrive! It must have been agony waiting then elation when the postman came. Some of us can still remember the feeling. Did they marry? As Catherine recently said in an interview, “You’re going to have to read the book to find that out.” But the letters also gradually reveal Eric’s war weariness and foreboding as in the description of a Dutch prisoner of war camp, “There was an atmosphere and a silence about the place which I can only describe, rather melodramatically, I’m afraid, as an atmosphere of death. The noise of bursting shells was, of course, just as loud inside the gates as outside, but somehow it didn’t seem to penetrate, as if one had a wet blanket covering the whole camp.” This dark eloquence reminds us that war, all war, even those truly justified, are horrific human endeavors. This is especially evident in this book as the majority of the letter writing is light and witty. Whether you like airplanes, world or local history, wartime romance and heroics, you’ll find something in Finding Frances to engage you. And here’s a chance to support a local author! You can get this book from www. outskirtspress. com/findingfrances and www.amazon. com. It is also available at area book signings. Author bio: Catherine “Cathy” Harris (often referred to as “EC”) is currently Vice-President of the Tucson St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. She serves on the Board of The Celtic Academy of Tucson dba the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance and she is Co-Chair of Feile Rince Tucson. She is also a Board member of the Tucson Irish Heritage Foundation. John Good is a multi-talented musician with Tramor/Mythic Crew, speaks fluent Welsh and is the President of the Welsh League of Arizona, and serves as Artistic Director for Sedona’s annual Celtic Harvest Festival. http://tramormusic.com/john_good.html


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Arizona Irish: Honor Our Heroes

The Celtic Artisan Beverly Fizzell, Fabric Artist By Lynn Herdman-Mascarelli

On more than one occasion, the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix has been graced with the unique fabric works of one of the most versatile artists in the city. Beverly Fizzell is an admired, talented woman who is passionate about her craft but insists she is neither quilter nor tailor and the term textile artist is too formal...she is a fabric artist. In March, she will be the featured artist again at the Center and we happily look forward to the surprises one can find in her work…it is amusing, almost cunning and draws many compliments. Her unusual view of the world is artfully employed in her fabric art. She prefers to describe them as whimsical…and Beverly herself is whimsical, loving the freedom to make art with a range and variety of cloth that, with one twist or turn, may give her a brilliant idea. The textures and weaves of the fabric speak to her. “I see a piece of fabric and know what I should do with it.” She has worked in countless mediums and even at an early age was making her mark as an artist and doing it her way. Interestingly, Beverly grew up in Rochester, Illinois, a small town of 500 people and her early memories of making art were those of a highly precocious young girl who lived for her art classes in grade school and high school. She was born into a family of artists: her mother, an oil painter; her father and two brothers are woodworkers. Today her daughter and granddaughters are quilters; her son, a metal sculptor. Loving a challenge and even creating some of her own, she would take chances. Nothing held Beverly back and she boldly entered her work in scholastic art competitions. Her classmates loved her art, asked her advice about making their own and even stole hers; now she sees it as a compliment. Her teachers probably never forgot Beverly. “When I was six years old and in first grade, I drew a dancer in a green scalloped dress with cray-

ons, directly onto my desktop. A fine start to a lifetime career in art, although the teacher didn’t see it that way.” Moving to Arizona with a growing family she became an accomplished oil painter through her studies at the Scottsdale Art League. In 1963, Beverly earned Best of Show and First Place with her first oil painting in an art show in Scottsdale. In the years that followed, her many oils were well received and she sold most of them. Beverly taught oil painting as well. Wanting to learn every art form and medium, she explored acrylic and watercolor, pastels and charcoal, ink and even crayon. But fabric art would become her great love because the craft allowed her to soar…the possibilities, endless. However, turning her fabric into glorious art would come later. Beverly turned her love of design into a printing career for forty-plus years. In the seventies, she worked in the production department of a local newspaper: creating ads

with ink (there were no computers), typesetting, doing paste up and proofreading. But being a graphic designer wasn’t enough…she wanted it all and in 1991opened her own commercial print shop, B&B Printery, in Phoenix and later expanding to a second shop. Her slogan rang true: Helping You Look Your Best…she was successful. It was only when she turned sixty that she made her fabric art, a lifestyle. She retired and found herself surrounded by quilters and needle workers but the quilt for Beverly was too confining…she learned the fundamentals but could not abide the perfection required in sewing a quilt, square after square, and the embroidery involved. Beverly saw the quilt differently; it was a canvas on which she could create freestyle forms with fabric on fabric. She

accomplished the art of appliqué but it bored her. “I was never happy with what something should be and always wanting to change it into something else.” Recently Beverly was invited to display her huge fabric pizza, cut into slices, at the Chandler Center for the Art’s “Art-rageous” Show in November-December. Her pieces are sometimes so intricate it takes her “about six months to complete a piece entirely by hand. They are not for sale, although in the future I plan to sell limited edition prints for framing.” Beverly takes her inspiration from a woman named Alice, who told her “being able to create beautiful things is a gift and it is our duty to share this with others.” She is more motivated today than she ever was because “art consumes me…it calms me. I enjoy where my mind takes me.” And she added with a smile, “No one can control me.” There is no challenge she fears. When I asked where she sees herself and her art in the future, Beverly stunningly stated: “I am in the future… this is my rainy day. I coast along…” If Beverly Fizzell’s future has already arrived then we are blessed in seeing it. How fortunate for those who have the inner sight to see that longed-for “rainy day” arrive and it is this Celtic artisan’s sensitivity that allows her to transform fabric into a unique art form; thus, setting a standard for other crafters to attain. Beverly’s family is from Clane, a small town west of Dublin. They were farmers, like most folks then. Great grandpa Joseph Connolly and three siblings came to the USA in 1877 and settled in Illinois.

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John McKeever

Kathy Wood

Founding Treasurer

St Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire Committee AZ Irish Festival, Irish Arizona Project

1990

2009

Charter Member/Founder of Irish Family Faire & Emerald Ball

Ireland’s Own, Irish Gift Shop

Dotty Flynn Wood

1996

Robert Fields Graham Founder of The Desert Shamrock Active in Fundraising for many years

Patty Boyle McCrossan Len Bell

Phoenix/Ennis Sister Cities

2010

Richard Boland Colleen Pageant, Shamrock Club

1999

2011

Empire Graphics & Printing

Former President ICLF, St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Irish Foundation of AZ

Tom Daugherty

2000

Kenneth Clark Coordinated Cultural Center start-up

2001

Michael Everman Designer & Builder of the Castle

Howard Adams

Jimmy O’Connor Lorraine and Mike Flynn

Founders, St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Founder and Past Chair, Colleen Pageant Irish Foundation of AZ, St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee

Mary McDonagh

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee

Charter Member of the Phoenix Feis

Irish Foundation of AZ, Shamrock Club

Irish Foundation of Arizona

Designer of Parade TShirts

2002

Past President, St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Frank Cunningham

Maureen O’Mahar Rainbolt

John Dacey

Colleen Pageant

Eileen Abberton Tony Ramella Harry Carroll

Irish Community Activist

2003

Walter L. O’Hayre, MD

Founder, www.azirishmusic.com Member, Celtica! chorale

Founding Board of the ICC Phoenix/Ennis Sister Cities Member of E.R.I.N.

Frank Murray

Owner, Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub and The Turf Accountant

2004

General Contractor, Irish Cultural Center

Irish Foundation of Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Long-time volunteer of everything Irish

2005

Joseph Sloan

Irish Foundation of Arizona Long-time volunteer of everything Irish

George O’Brien

Pat McMorrow Irish Foundation of Arizona Long-time volunteer of everything Irish Irish American Social Club St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee

Darleen Phelan

James ‘Seamus’ Geary

President Irish Foundation of Arizona St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Long-time volunteer of everything Irish

ICC Docent, Irish Foundation of Arizona

2007

E.R.I.N.

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Marlene O’Hayre ENNIS Committee

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Irish Foundation of Arizona

2008

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Arizona Irish: Honor Our Heroes

Part 2: A Castle Under Siege Charleville Castle in Tullamore

By Carmelita Lee

In 1988 a retired Israeli tank commander came to visit us in Arizona. We were delighted to showcase our state for him, taking him to the Grand Canyon and Meteor Crater, the Petrified Forest. As his visit was nearing an end, he said he still had not experienced what he was most excited to see. “I want to go to the OK Corral. I want to see Tombstone.” I had worked in the courthouse there, where the gallows still stands as a grim reminder of the past. Tombstone was the most memorable part of his trip. He met two real working cowboys. On horseback. Chaps and all. He was thrilled by the Birdcage Saloon and the wooden sidewalks. Almost reverently he walked the dusty OK Corral. Turns out, he was an amateur historian of the American West, and was pleased to know that Tombstone had maintained its uniqueness even in a modern world. What’s that got to do with a castle in Ireland, you ask. Everything. I traveled all over Ireland for the 12 years I worked there. Americans often commented on the similarities between tiny little towns and “smalltown America” where they grew up, often lamenting that it wasn’t still that way “back home.” Those same wistful observers would complain the loudest about the tiny boreens (single-lane roads) and lack of freeways… I toured many castles, some grand and some just piles of rocks. But it was Charleville where I learned

about “working castles.” I was impressed by the dry moat. Caretaker Dudley Stewart (an engineer) explained to me the dynamics and real-life urgency behind this protective structure. Back in the day, the moat was a first and perhaps last best defense against attackers. “It would have been difficult for armed and armored men and horses to mount our nearly vertical cut stone moat or to make any kind of charge,” Dud explained. Defenders, on the other hand, would have great advantage from the top. It is the stuff of fairytales. Like most manor houses–in this case, a bona fide castle–the master had certain responsibilities towards the tenants, who in turn farmed or raised livestock and did business for the benefit of the estate. Historically, Charleville Castle’s responsibilities covered a large portion of Tullamore. Today the castle is besieged in a very modern struggle to preserve it from ruin. The attack is from within, not without its massive walls. Parts of it are collapsing and being overtaken by trees and vines. This culturally important building is currently caught between two trusts that battle for control of the iconic grounds; one trust is actively engaged in restoring the building, and one would prefer the building fade into gentle ruin. It is more akin to a Solomonic decision for what is right for the town and the castle, and less a Hatfield and McCoy fight to the death. The Charleville Castle Heritage Trust has led the charge for the past eighteen years. They are rapidly coming upon their do-or-die threshold, either they will gain control of the rest of the castle; i.e., the stables, the

Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities

Celebrates Youth Artists and Authors On Thursday, January 9, 2014, Chandler’s 2013 winners for the Art and Author Showcase were recognized by the Mayor and Council in a short ceremony. Ryan, 2013 Chandler First Place Essay Winner and a student at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School, received a Certificate of Appreciation from Sister Cities International.  Elizabeth, 2013 Chandler First Place Art Winner and a student at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School, was one of 10 entries across the United States who received a National Finalist Art Award from Sister Cities International.  Rachel Beglin, 2013 Chandler First Place Poetry Winner and a student

at Hamilton High School, was judged Sister Cities International Grand Prize Winner for her poem, and received the $1,000 Grand Prize. A reception was held at Vision Gallery in December 2013 and Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities hosted the International Exhibit.  Hosting the Exhibit was made possible in large part due to a grant received from Chandler’s Special Events Committee and the Chandler Cultural Foundation.  Information on the 2014 Art and Author Showcase can be found at www.chandlerirish.org. For further information, please contact Ellen Harrington, President, Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities, chan. to.tull@gmail.com or (480) 600-8509.

chapel and other outbuildings, or the entire project is for naught. In my mind, Charleville Castle, which is one of only two large castles in County Offaly, has much to contribute still. She is as much a part of the fabric of the town of Tullamore as Tullamore Dew. The town’s history and culture is the castle’s history and culture. I mean, would this be Arizona without Tombstone? Without cowboys and Indians? Use this link to see photos of the condition of the castle at http://www.flickr. com/photos/adriatic22/7978169839/. Suggestions? Volunteering? Write me at wordworks.lee@outlook.com. Read previous columns on this topic at www.issuu.com/desertshamrock.


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StPatricksDayPhoenix.org

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HONOR ROLL of GRAND MARSHALS 1984

Thomas O’Brien Bishop of Phoenix

Manning 1998 Marty KEZ Radio Personality

1985

Howard Adams Irish Community Activist

Tobin 1999 Vince Cardinals Head Football Coach

1986

John McCain U.S. Senator

Adams 2000 Howard Irish Community Activist

1987

Pat McMahon KTAR Radio Personality

Barrett 2001 Craig Intel, Irish Community Activist

1988

Dan Devine Notre Dame University Coach

Clinic, Irish Community 2002 Mayo Activist

1989

Terry Goddard Mayor of Phoenix

Howard O’Brien 2003 William WHOCO, Irish Community Activist

1990

Peter Considine Chairman of Ennis, Irish Council

P. Cunningham 2004 James Irish Community Activist

1991

Richard Mahoney Secretary of State

1992

Dennis Garrett Phoenix Chief of Police

1993

Fr. Joseph Gillespie Retired Pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton

1994

Dan O’Meara Co-Founder of St. Vincent de Paul Society

McClelland 2009 Norm Irish Community Activist

1995

Beth McDonald KEZ Radio Personality

Raphael Quinn, IBVM 2010 Sr. Principal, Ss. Simon and Jude

1998

Sean McLaughlin Channel 12 Weatherman

Trimble 2011 Marshall Irish Community Activist

Bruce Snyder ASU Football Coach

McCaffrey 2012 Seamus Irish Community Activist

1997

Dr Michael B. O’Sullivan, MD

Leavy 2005 Frank Irish Community Activist & Nora Lawlor 2006 Pat Irish Community Activist Day O’Connor 2007 Sandra Retired Supreme Court Justice O’Connor 2008 Jimmy Irish Community Activist

Smith 2013 Bob Alliance Beverage Distr. CEO

BOARD of DIRECTORS Harry Sexton - President Eric Tiernan- Vice President Mary Moriarty - Co-Treasurer Irene Boland - Co-Treasurer Sandra Carroll - Secretary Rich Bailey Janice Bryson Sharon Caruso

Maureen Cionci John Corcoran Tom Murphy Julie O’Mahar Mary Corcoran Wnek Erin Sweeney Morgan Jeff Aspland

COMMITTEE Mark Barnes Jim Cunningham (Emeritus) Jim Daugherty Owen Keating (Emeritus) Paul Kennedy Barbara Kennedy

Kira DeSpain Larsen Frank Leavy (Emeritus) Mary MacCormack Peter McAvinney Bill Mulholland Janet Murphy Virginia Murphy Ann Niemann

Bill O’Brien Jason O’Neil Jim O’Neil Maryann O’Neil Trish Phelps Bill Quinn (Emeritus) Joe Quinn Curly Sea

Easter Rising Remembrance On Saturday, April 19, 2014, the Irish Cultural Center will be presenting our annual Easter Rising Remembrance at 10:00 am.  This multi media presentation will be narrated by Jim Daugherty with musical accompaniment by Jane Hilton and Shay Vino.  Unlike previous years, this year we will NOT be having a

Catholic Mass spoken in Irish.   We hope you can join us for this marvelous historical presentation. At the break we will have Irish Tea and Soda Bread. If you are interested in helping us, please contact: Jim Daugherty at ‘djr9@msn.com’ or call the Center at (602)258-0109.


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Arizona Irish: Honor Our Heroes

2014 Arizona Irish Lass Selection

Elisabeth “Lyssa” Horney

Holly Sullivan

By Maureen Cionci

The Arizona Irish Community welcomed three new Arizona Irish Lasses selected from five contestants on February 8, 2014 at the Irish Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix. The purpose of the Lass Program is to introduce young ladies of Irish descent between the ages of 13 through 17, and their families, to the Arizona Colleen and Rose Program, the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire Committee, and the Irish Cultural Center as part of the Arizona Irish Community. All contestants participated with a written essay, a short on-stage introduction, an onstage interview by a panel of judges, and a showcase of their talent. The contestants also received a gift package of an Arizona Irish Lass tee-shirt, a Celtic necklace, a Shamrock pin, a Shamrock ornament, and an Irish themed travel cup. In addition, the Lass titleholders will each receive a $100 scholarship, tickets to the musical Into the Woods being presented at Grand Canyon University and starring our own 2013 Arizona Colleen and Rose, Holly Nordquist, and an invitation to attend the Arizona Renaissance Festival appearing with the Royal Court. Participating in this year’s program were Roxy Mae Jones, Catherine Neal, Heather McGraw, Holly Sullivan, and Lyssa Dawn Horney. Holly Sullivan, 15, attends Mountain View High School in Mesa. At school she is involved in choir, theatre, and badminton and also volunteers with her church youth group. She loves to read, draw fashion

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designs, and hopes to begin sewing this year. She also volunteers at the Irish Cultural Center, The McClelland Library, neighborhood nursing homes, and on the Native American reservations. Her family has always celebrated their Irish roots. Every St. Patrick’s Day her family sits down to a traditional meal of corn beef and cabbage and watches The Quiet Man along with Darby O’Gill and the Little People. Her Irish heritage descends from both sets of grandparents. Elisabeth “Lyssa” Horney, 17, attends Sequoia Choice On-Line High School and also takes classes at Glendale Community College. She lives for theater, but also enjoys swimming, hiking, crocheting, sewing, costuming, writing, reading, singing, swing dancing, and sign language. Her love of theater has led her to perform with the Phoenix Symphony and act in numerous Broadway Reviews. She has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and donated her hair to Locks of Love. Growing up, her family was always drawn to Irish culture like the music and dance of Ireland. Her Irish background derives from her great grandmother. Heather McGraw, 15, attends Millennium High School in Goodyear, Arizona. She is an avid Coyotes Ice Hockey Team fan and has the honor of being the assistant director of the Millennium High School Interact Rotary Club. As an officer in the club, she assists with many charities and fundraising for events such as the children of Haiti, the elderly disabled, and various marathons in the Valley. She has also helped out

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with My Girlfriend’s Closet which is a charity set up to give free prom dresses to girls with financial challenges and donated her hair to Locks of Love. Her Irish roots go back to the mid 1800’s and includes six Irish families: Hannon, Mullen of Galway, Doyle of County Wexford, Brennan, Clony, and of course McGraw. The Lass judges were Jenny Knatz, the 2011 Arizona Colleen and Rose who also served as Judge’s Chair, Mary MacCormak, a student at Arizona State University studying Anthropology, and John Corcoran,

a vibrant member of the Irish community and on the Board of the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire Committee. The essay judges were Ms. Natalia White, an ESL/ English instructor at Pueblo Del Sol Middle School and Ms. Mary Bittel, a fourth grade instructor at Kyrene Traditional Academy. Also participating as emcees for the entire program were the 2013 Arizona Lasses, Taryn Howells and Michaela McGraw. For more information about these programs, please visit www.azcolleen.org.


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Reviewed by Gar y Woodside

Dia daoibh! Gary John (GJ) Woodside is ainm dom. Being Scottish and Irish on my da’s side, I thought it would be fun to rate Celtic artists or music containing Celtic inspired themes by the number of pints enjoyed while listening. I will be starting with one pint and working up to five pints, by having one pint just to get through it or having a few more and truly enjoying the musical journey. Let’s get started, shall we? My review this issue will be of the newest release from the Irish/ American band, Solas. I have been a fan for some time and have seen them perform live on several occasions. They never disappoint and are a great time out. I first found out about Shamrock City when it was just an idea on Kickstarter.com. From their intro video explaining the concept, I was immediately captivated and excited to hear the end product. A historical journey following Seamus Egan’s great-great uncle Michael Conway from when he left his home in County Mayo, Ireland for the copper mines of Butte, Montana until his mysterious death at the hands of local police. This story takes place in a location I know well–back home in Montana on the “Richest Hill On Earth.” Most of my family are from the Butte area and growing up, I always heard the stories from my Grandpa Joe about working in the mines until a cave-in sent him to work topside. This story of Shamrock

City takes place a bit earlier than my grandfather’s time in the mines, but the names and the locations are all familiar and the history is still strong and so are the Irish still living there. Legendary St. Patrick’s Day celebrations year-in and year-out honor the history and culture of the Irish that built that city into what was at one time the most wealth-producing mining city in the world. Truly this CD is a musical journey. From track 1, an old-timey scratchy record rendition of “A Stór Mo Chroí,” followed by “Far Americay,” the stage is set. The use of short musical and sound interludes between some of the songs ties everything together nicely and really adds to the experience. The sound of pick axes working leads you into “Tell God and the Devil,” an upbeat and defiant anthem about working the mines. Memorable fiddle work here. Up next is the beautiful ballad “Michael Conway” telling this Irishman’s tragic story in this mining town. His tale is followed by a nice driving instrumental number called “Girls on the Line.” A musical tribute to the working girls who undoubtedly followed the money coming out of those mines. A transition of an old Victrola flows into another upbeat number about the gambling halls and entertainment of a mining city called “Lay Your Money Down.” Top notch musicianship shines again. The next interlude is of an amusement park called “Columbia Gardens.” My mom always told me about an

amusement park like Disneyland in this old burnt out mining town. It was hard to believe as a kid. I remember how sad she was when telling us that it mysteriously burnt down and never rebuilt. “Arbor Day” starts and the beautiful voice of Aoife O’Donavan paints a picture of what family life might have been like through the eyes of a young girl. Very moving. More instrumentals, “Welcome to the Unknown,” followed by the fun little 16-second “And Now, a Banjo Moment” transitions into an Irish set called “High, Wide, and Handsome.” A nice counterbalance to the ballads. Next up is “Labour Song” featuring the legendary Dick Gaughan, a little protest number singing the strife of the miner and working man. Next song up hits me like a dagger-“Am I Born to Die?” This is without a

doubt, one of the most haunting and beautiful songs I have ever heard. Their arrangement and the beautiful voice of Niamh Varian-Barry are just captivating. Finally, our musical journey comes to an end with the track “No Forgotten Man.” Very much an appropriate ending to a great album. A lovely male/female duet tribute to the struggles and troubles of the regular working man and Irish immigrants that built this country and were taken for granted all along the way. Needless to say at this point, that I love this CD. 5 pints...and I must admit few whiskeys, too. Sláinte!! Any artist who would like to be featured, please contact me at celticmusicaz@gmail.com. Also, there you will find a calendar with dates for Irish and Celtic bands’ local live events. Slán go foill.

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County Tipperary, Ireland By Maureen Sullivan

Taking a self driving vacation in Ireland is not as difficult as you would think. Yes, they do drive on the other side of the road, the left side of the road. A story I made up to make it easier to drive in the countryside of Ireland is, “You run your wife into the bushes.” When one is driving the narrow roads, you will find yourself driving in the middle of the road. When a car comes from the other way, the driver runs his wife/ passenger into the bushes. This puts the car on the left side of the road. Remember the passenger hugs the outside of the road. Running your passenger into the bushes puts the car on the correct side of the road. The steering wheel is on the opposite side of the car. So, when you are by yourself, the first thing you do after getting into the car on the American side is to look around to see if anybody is looking. Then, get out of the car and get back in on the side with

Maureen Sullivan and John (“Jack”) are the owners of Sullivan’s Travels, Inc. Maureen has been a travel professional for 23 years, moving their business to Phoenix four years ago. They have a cottage in West Cork, Ireland, on the family home place, and specialize in all types of travel to Ireland. www.sullivanstravels.com

the steering wheel. If your wife says you’re getting in the wrong side, you reply, “I’m just opening the door for you.” The reason for driving on the left side of the road dates back to medieval times. They rode their horses on the left side of the road, forcing strangers coming towards them to pass them on the right. Then, if the need arose they would draw their sword with the right hand. An Irishman once told, “We

don’t drive on the wrong side of the road; you do!” To drive in Ireland, all you need is to be at least 23 years old, a valid driver’s license with 6 months’ validity before expiration date. All passengers must wear seatbelts. No child, under 14 years of age, should be riding in the front seat of the car. Ireland has very strict drinking and driving laws. Taxi cabs are now all

over Ireland and if you are going to the pubs, use a taxi. My uncle told me, “In the old days they didn’t have DUI laws because the donkeys didn’t run into each other and they always knew how to get home.” To be continued... “It’s not where the path leads you, It’s what you find along the way.”

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On Saturday & Sunday, March 22 and 23, the Arizona Scottish community and about 20,000 of their closest friends from all corners of the world will gather at Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix to celebrate their culture. The Glenmorangie Scottish Highland Games is comprised of many things: world-class athletic competitions, Highland dance, reenactment presentations, educational seminars, clans, food, live music, bag-pipe & drum bands from all over the globe and lots of fun for the wee lads & lasses. You can even research your family roots at the Games and learn about the significance of a family tartan. Most recently, The Caledonian Society of Arizona received an official state proclamation naming March as Arizona State Celtic Month. The proclamation reads in part, that Arizona State Celtic Month was established to encourage all people of all ethnicities to participate and enjoy all of the Celtic events which take place within the State of Arizona, with The Arizona Scottish Gathering & Highland Games being the longest running event having the greatest most economic impact within the Celtic community. If you have any Scottish ancestors you will almost certainly find your family name among the list in one of the Clan tents. This year’s entertainment committee proudly presents one big pub stage (literally, it’s set up like a pub) featuring two popular bands: Murder the Stout and Brother as well World Famous DJ Rani “g” in the Glenmo Lounge along with local bands Stoneybrook, Time Reclaimed, and a variety of roving musicians. The Wee Ones area this year features a bungy jump, inflatable bounce castle, water activity, arts & crafts, and a full-size siege catapult/target practice! Another “big” part of the entertainment lineup this year is Christopher Yates! Our favorite redheaded stilt-walking, juggling, magical Scotsman extraordinaire is back again! He’ll be roaming about ~ just look for the “crowd” and he’ll be right in the center! Visit with our friends from the British Car Clubs, reenactment groups and Scottish Country dancers who will demonstrate and perform throughout the weekend! Come hungry! In the mood for some haggis? Fish & chips? Shepherd’s Pie? Find all of that (and more) in the food court! Thirsty? Refreshingly icy cold Kiltlifter brew abounds at the Four Peaks Kiltifter beer truck. Friendly servers can’t wait to pour you a cold one! PLUS! New this year, our friends from Four Peaks Brewery will be hosting the Four Peaks Brewery Tasting Room, complete with craft beer tastings & educational seminars throughout

the weekend. Lower ticket price means you have more to spend on gifts and souvenirs! There will be 40 vendors selling an array of Scottish merchandise! And you can’t have a Scottish Games without … well…Scotch! And not just any Scotch ~ but our favorite Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch has once again partnered with The Caledonian Society making this their fifth year as title sponsor. Tickets for the Games are available online www.ArizonaScots.com. For more info you may also call the Scots Hotline (480) 788-6694.

WHEN Saturday 9a-7p Evening concert featuring Murder the Stout from 5p-7p Celebrate Opening Ceremonies on Saturday at noon! Sunday 9a-5p Sunday Closing Ceremonies at 3:30 in the Glenmo Lounge WHERE Steele Indian School Park 300 E. Indian School Road NE Corner Indian School & Central PARKING & TRANSPORTATION $5 parking available at 4041 N. Central FREE shuttle to Games Metro Light Rail option @ Central & Indian School www.ValleyMetro.org TICKETS Adults: $15 Seniors (60 and over): $10 Military: $10 Children: $5 (6-15) 5 & under FREE Add 2nd day to any ticket for $5 Available at www.ArizonaScots.com Scots Hotline (480) 788-6694 SPECIAL GLENMO GAMES KICK-OFF EVENT Westin Kierland Bagpipe Jam & Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Tasting WHEN Friday Mar. 21 @ 7:00-10:00p WHERE Westin Kierland 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy in Scottsdale Same Low Gate Prices! Pub Stage (entertainment inside a pub tent!) Bigger Glenmo Lounge with entertainment! ASU’s Medieval Studies ~ classes Bill and Betty Hannah Theater! And so much more!

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AZ Scots Celebrate 50 Years! Glenmorangie Scottish Gathering & Highland Games


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Anam Cara means “Soul Friend” to the Irish Community. The award is given to individuals who have made a significant impact on the Irish Community and/or to persons of Irish descent that have contributed to the community-at-large. Anam Cara is derived from the title of a 1997 bestseller on Celtic spirituality by Irish author and former priest John O’Donohue. O’Donohue posited that the term originates from Irish monasticism, where it was used to describe a monk’s spiritual advisor. Justice O’Connor is the 16th person to receive the award since it began in 2009. An exhibit of Anam Cara Award winners is currently showing in the second floor Exhibition Gallery in the McClelland Irish Library at the ICC through June 30, 2014.


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FUNDRAISING, IRISH FILM AND FOOD EVENT AT DC RANCH Sunday, March 16 DC Ranch at the Homestead Community Center 18600 N. 98th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85255 Features a new Irish drama, MISTER JOHN (adult themes) Proceeds will benefit the 2014 Scottsdale International Film Festival Admission price: $22 per person in advance; $25 per person at-the-door / cash only https://web.ovationtix.com/ trs/pe.c/9882119

March - April FLAGSTAFF IRISH SESSION Sundays at 6:30 pm Charly’s Pub 23 N. Leroux St., Flagstaff Kari@LivingTraditionsPresentations. com “THE CHANDLER PORTRAITS” BY ARTIST TAD SMITH January 24 to March 8 Includes Chandler-Tullamore Sister City members Vision Gallery, 10 East Chicago Street, Chandler www.visiongallery.org for operating hours TAKE A HIKE, CHANGE A LIFE 16th annual Hike for the Homeless  Saturday, March 1 • 7:30 p.m. McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Fountain Hills and Estrella Mountain Regional Park, Goodyear Supports employment programs in the Valley St. Joseph the Worker, www.hikeforthehomeless.org hike@sjwjobs.org; Candace Sherwood (602) 223-3467 CARLOS NÚÑEZ Saturday, March 1 • 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $32.50–$38.50 Bagpipe artist who effortlessly transcends Galician musical tradition while maintaining its sacred nature. www. mim.org(see ad page 22) ARIZONA COLLEEN AND ROSE OF TRALEE SELECTION [updated] Saturday, March 1 at 5:30 pm St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Phoenix Tickets: $40 Dinner and Show Music by Seanachie; www.azcolleen. org SHARON CORR IN CONCERT Sunday, March 2 • 7 pm Musical Instruments Museum Theatre Tickets: $42.50-$47.50 (see ad page 22) www.mim.org; 480-478-6000

KISS ME I’M IRISH RUN™ Saturday March 15 Westgate Entertainment District 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd, Glendale, AZ 85305; 5:30 am packet pickup; 7 am races start www.irishrunaz.com ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & FAIRE, PHOENIX Saturday, March 15 (see ad on page 13) McClelland Library tours www.stpatricksdayphoenix.org for full schedule ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL, TUCSON Saturday, March 15 Festival 10 am - 5 pm • Parade 11 am Armory Park, Downtown www.tucsonstpatricksday.com EXPERIENCE IRELAND Saturday, March 15 • 9 am-5 pm Sunday, March 16 • 10 am-5 pm Musical Instrument Museum Tickets: $18-$10 (see ad page 22) www.mim.org; 480-478-6000 COLLEEN IRISH TITLEHOLDERS AT CELTIC WEEKEND Sunday, March 16 Performing for the Queen, Arizona Renaissance Festival

ST. PATRICK’S DAY Monday, March 17 • 10 am Irish Cultural Center, Phoenix Irish food and cash bar Andy Cooney in Concert • 7 pm Tickets: $25 (see ad page 17) www.azirish.org ANDY COONEY’S IRISH CABERET Tuesday, March 18 • 7 pm Mountain View Rec Center 9749 N. 107th Ave,, Sun City Tickets: $20; 623-933-3698 Hosted by The Irish American Club

family in Singapore. Discovering a foreign world of opportunity that had not existed before gives Gerry a chance at starting over by slipping into his brother’s life - both emotionally and physically. However, leaving his wife and child behind in the UK is not so easy as Gerry must choose between becoming his brother’s alter ego ‘Mister John’ or returning to London to face his failing relationship. Proceeds will benefit the 2014 Scottsdale International Film Festival.

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Tues. Feb. 25 The Irish Vocal Tradition lecture demonstration, 7pm   GLENMORANGIE SCOTTISH GATHERING & Sat. March 8 HIGHLAND GAMES Basic Irish Genealogy Workshop, March 21-23 (see ad page 19) 11am - 1pm www.ArizonaScots.com for full sched-   ule Sat. March 8 Irish Literature Book Club MAYOR’S INTERNATIONAL GALA 10:30am - 12:30pm; inaugural meeting Thursday, April 3 • 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm dinner   Sheraton Downtown Phoenix Sat. March 15 340 N. Third Street, Phoenix 85004 St. Pat’s Faire Presented by Phoenix Sister Cities Library open for tours Tickets: $100 (fundraiser)   www.chandlerirish.org Sat. March 27 – May 1 Irish-American Genealogy CELTIC FIDDLE FESTIVAL 6-week Class April 16, 2014 • 7:00pm   Coconino Center for the Arts Sat. April 12 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd.  Irish Literature Book Club Flagstaff www.livingtraditionspresenta- 10:30am - 12:30 pm tions.com; www.culturalpartners.org   Sat. April 5 CELTIC FIDDLE FESTIVAL Children’s Storytime April 17, 2014 10:30am, ages 3-9 and family memBerger Performing Arts Center,Tucson bers welcome. 

The Scottsdale Int’l Film Festival Announces a FUNdraising, Irish Film and Food Event at DC Ranch! Join a bunch of great folks for a FUNdraising event to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 12 pm - 3 pm, at DC Ranch at the Homestead Community Center, 18600 N. 98th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85255.  A new Irish drama, MISTER JOHN, will be featured and non-alcoholic beverages and food will be provided.  Adult themes. Synopsis: After discovering his wife’s infidelities, Gerry leaves London to look after his deceased brother’s business and

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Follow the 2014 Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade Route and join us for the Irish Faire at Hance Park

Light Rail Stop Faire Gate ATM

Thomas Rd Parade Begins Sheridan Here at 10am St Vernon Ave

1850 W Central

3rd St

Encanto Blvd

Oak St

3rd & Palm SW side

Palm Ln

Announcer’s Stand

McDowell Rd

Willetta St

Phoenix Library

Culver St

Moreland St Irish Cultural Center

Portland Ave

Roosevelt St

Parade Route

2nd St

Central Ave

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