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September January – February – October2015 2015~~Arizona’s Arizona’sOriginal OriginalIrish IrishNewspaper Newspaper~~Vol. Vol.26, 25,No. No.111

Diamondbacks Celtic Heritage Day Schedule and Details p8 Pub Specials p10 CEO Derrick Hall p12 Exec. Chef Michael Snoke p16

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Serving the Celtic Community 2320 E. Baseline Rd., #148-623 Phoenix, AZ 85042 • (602) 568-3455 Visit www.DesertShamrock.com • E-mail: info@desertshamrock.com Owner & Editor in Chief • Ann Niemann Publisher • Niemann Publishing, Inc. Art Direction, Design & Layout • Heidi Barry Will Masthead Design • Elaine’s Design Emporium Contributing Columnists Janice Bryson • J Carro • Vicki Champion Katie Caufield Ginder • Brian Hanrahan • Ellen Harrington Adrienne Leavy • Carmelita Lee • Iain Lundy Lynn Herdman Mascarelli • Leah Rossow Maureen & Jack Sullivan • Marshall Trimble • Kathleen Walters Liz Warren • Jan Whalen • Caroline Woodiel • Gary Woodside Publisher – Julie O’Mahar (2003 - 2013) Editor - Kathleen Wood (2003 - 2008) Publisher - Maureen O’Mahar (1996 - 2002) Founding Publisher - Robert E. Graham (1987 - 1996) Copyright © 2015 - Niemann Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. The opinions expressed herein are the opinions of the writers, and not necessarily those of ‘The Desert Shamrock,’ the publisher or the editorial staff. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission from the publisher. Publication of advertising herein does not necessarily constitute endorsement of a product or service. Unsolicited materials become the property of Niemann Publishing, Inc. All unsolicited materials are greatly appreciated and carefully evaluated although publication is not guaranteed.


ace. That’s my motto in running the marathon of activities at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Ireland (www.roseoftralee.ie). It’s a flurry of black-tie events with the Rose Ball, selection of the titleholder to represent the global Irish two evenings on live television; plus parades, fireworks, music, a women’s business conference new this year, and more in County Kerry. Highly recommend going! It’s difficult to explain; one must definitely experience it. Finalists representing Irish Centres in Canada, the USA, Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand are articulate, accomplished young women. Very special congratulations to Elysha Brennan from County Meath, who embarks on her year-long adventure as the International Rose of Tralee!!

2015 Rose of Tralee Elysha Brennan

This edition is filled with lots of baseball content—old and new, far and wide—as we celebrate Celtic Heritage Day with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Look for the day’s event details on page 9.

Celebrate with the Celtic Community All Year.

Don’t miss the NEXT publication as we include our regular columns and recap another great year of people, places, and events! See a preview on page 7. Enjoy life and blessings, and a good read in


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20 David Munro: Celtic Thunder’s Musical Director


24 The Caledonian Society of Arizona

22 Reading Ireland: Young Skins by Colin Barrett


28 1916 Commemoration Series at the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library

Arizona Diamondbacks Celtic Heritage Day Details

21 Chandler-Tullamore:


In Loving Memory of Helen Asche

23 Phoenix -Ennis Book Festival September 27

26 Irish Network Phoenix Profile: Lee Cooley



17 Cliffs of Moher 18 Left Lane Maureen, Part 10:

11 The Irish-Jewish Connection

County Cork

12 Kiss Me I'm Irish Run


13 Arizona’s Joe Cunningham playing for


Baseball Ireland

21 A New Batch of Young Ambassadors 30 About Irish Wolfhounds

Derrick Hall, CEO Arizona Diamondbacks





14 Irish Tales from Arizona Territory Early Days of Baseball

14 Arizona: Did you know?






Michael Snoke, Executive


Chef for the Diamondbacks


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September – October 2015


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A Special Report from the First International Global Diaspora Conference by Chas Moore

Arizona’s Young Ambassador in Northern Ireland

2015 Arizona Colleen and Rose in Ireland’s “Midlands”

by Ciara Archer

by Mallory Melton

Personal Interview with Diana Gabaldon

Author of the Outlander books, a STARZ TV series

The First Ever South Carolina Rose Has Arizona Roots by Shannon Kelahan-Pierson

by Ann Niemann


R E G U L A R D E S E R T S H A M R O C K C O LU M N S ARTS Book Reviews

by Brian Hanrahan Irish history, tales, characters, and legends are all fair game for Brian. Brian’s great great grandfather arrived in Canada on a coffin ship out of Limerick in 1852, then migrated to Wisconsin where he joined other Irish immigrants to farm in Erin Township.

Nov/Dec will feature Up Cappanale Way by Jack Drought (see ad page 25)

Celtic Artisan

by Lynn Herdman Mascarelli Photo-rich profiles of Celtic artists and the Celtic arts they perform. Lynn, a former high school teacher, is a potter, illustrator, muralist in public venues and private homes, and wordsmith. Lynn's art is frequently featured at the Irish Cultural Center.

Nov/Dec will feature Cheryl Senkfor, a jewelry designer and knitter of fine metal wire. Her craft heralds back to the Viking art and Scandinavian traditions of the ninth and tenth centuries. www.wovenangels.com

A musician/songwriter for 20+ years, Gary has a small recording studio and experience in recording, mixing, mastering, etc. He has a special fondness for Celtic music.

BUSINESS Irish Network Phoenix Member Profiles

by Jan Whalen Learn about the people who are often behind the scenes of the Irish community. Jan Whalen, MASL, is the award winning author of Rock Solid Confidence and other books on writing your life story. She holds a Masters in Servant Leadership. 

CALENDAR Find out about upcoming Celtic-themed events around the state!

COMMUNITIES Stories and events from Arizona's Celtic Communities in Flagstaff, Prescott, Sedona, and Tucson, as well as:

Phoenix-Ennis Sister Cities McClelland Irish Library

by Caroline Woodiel Hear about what's going on at the library and the people who make it happen. Caroline Woodiel, a hobby photographer and border collie enthusiast of Irish and Scottish descent, is the Public Services Coordinator for the McClelland Irish Library in Phoenix.

Music Reviews

by Gary Woodside Covering the wide variety of music that's called Celtic, with a local flare.

by Mary Hill-Connor, Leah Rossow, and Michelle Doyle

Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities by Ellen Harrington

Scots by J Carro Jackie Carro has been promoting cultural events in the Valley, including those of the Caledonian Society of Arizona, for 20 years through Marketing Ideals Company, her boutique agency.

Being Welsh... Bod yn Gymry by Lynn Herdman Mascarelli

Janice Ryan Bryson is co-founder of the Irish Arizona Project and co-author of the book Irish Arizona. Janice is a member of The First Families of Arizona and serves on several Boards.

Irish Language Lessons

by Vicki Champion Irish is not a simple language, but Vicki's fun lessons make it seem so!

Arizona: Did You Know?

Fun facts from Marshall Trimble

Vicki is an ongoing learner of the Irish language. She teaches an adult class through the Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies at the ICC, where she first studied under Jason Carns. BY GARY M. JOHNSON

Nov/Dec Lesson #3

Arizona’s Official State Historian, Marshall Trimble is a “cowboy philosopher,” educator, lecturer, author, folk singer, stage performer, and appears frequently on radio and TV.

Humor & Human Interest by Carmelita Lee

Keltic Kitchen

by Katie Caufield Ginder Katie digs up recipes for Celtic dishes both familiar and new, but all delicious! Katie lives in Gilbert with her husband and son. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, yoga, volunteering, and learning about her Irish heritage.

Reading Ireland

by Adrienne Leavy Adrienne takes on classic and modern Irish literature with a fresh perspective. Adrienne, an Irish immigrant, has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Arizona State University, and is the founder of www.readingireland.net, a company dedicated to promoting Irish literature.

DIRECTORIES Find Celtic organizations and businesses

HISTORY Irish Tales from Arizona Territory by Janice Bryson Who knew that the Celts were so involved in the settlement of our state?

How does a gal named Carmelita claim to be Irish? Scottish, even? Granny Holland’s family hailed from Ennis, and Grandpa Maxwell from the Borderlands, Scotland.

OUT & ABOUT Photo galleries—people, places & events

TRAVEL Driving Tips from Left Lane Maureen by Maureen & Jack Sullivan You'll feel like you're actually there when reading about these Celtic destinations.

Maureen and Jack are the owners of Sullivan’s Travels, Inc. Maureen has been a travel professional for 24 years, moving their business to Phoenix five years ago.

Study Abroad/Shortening the Road by Liz Warren The way Liz tells it, traveling to the Emerald Isle isn't just fun, it's educational!

Liz Warren is the Director of the Storytelling Institute at South Mountain Community College. She spends every summer in Ireland teaching the Irish Storytelling Tradition.

You’re Invited

to a 1 in a Million Event! Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies Ancient Order of Hibernians Arizona Law Enforcement Emerald Society Bracken School of Irish Dance Caledonian Society of Phoenix Celtic Academy of Tucson Celtic Harvest Festival Sedona CROFT (Celtic re-enactment of arts and handcrafts) Daughters of Scotia Desert Irish Wolfhound Association Emerald Isle Society, Tucson Four Peaks Irish Arts Friends of St. Patrick - Phoenix Chapter Grand Canyon Celtic Arts Academy Irish American Club West Valley Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Irish Library, Phoenix Irish Foundation of Arizona Irish Network Phoenix (formerly ERIN) Irish-American Gaelic Society Jim Thompson U.S. School of Piping and Drumming Los San Patricios de Arizona (St. Patrick’s Battalion) Maguire Academy of Irish Dance Maschino School of Highland Dance Michael Patrick Gallagher School of Irish Dance Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society Phoenix Fire Fighters Emerald Society Phoenix Friends of Traditional Music & Dance (Contra) Phoenix Gaels (Irish football and hurling) Phoenix Pipe Band Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire Committee & AZ Colleen Programs Prescott Area Celtics Society Scottish Clans Scottish-American Military Society (SAMS) Flagstaff, Prescott Sister Cities, Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities, Phoenix-Ennis Sister Cities, Tucson-Roscommon Scottish Highland Games (held in Flagstaff, Sedona, Phoenix, Tucson) Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games Association Tucson Irish Heritage Foundation Tucson St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival Welsh League of Arizona

Join the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Celtic Community as we celebrate the Celtic heritage! Be sure to arrive early when the gates open at 11:30 am to enjoy displays by Celtic organizations; music, Highlands and Irish dancing, and Colleen Titleholders. Grab your family and friends and be sure to wear your green or kilt as the case may be! For groups of 15 or more, contact Kristen Leetz directly at kleetz@ dbacks.com or 602.462.4243. Special discounted seating has been set up with your group in mind!

TICKET INFORMATION • $12 - Upper Level, Infield Reserve • $16 - Lower Level, Bleachers • $25 - Lower Level, Baseline Reserve • $34 - Diamond Level, Club Reserve • $45 - Lower Level, Infield Box • Buy tickets at dbacks.com/celtic • Order deadline 10am 9/13/15

...AND YOU! A portion of each ticket sold through this special offer will benefit the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library

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ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS CELTIC HERITAGE DAY Sunday, September 13, 2015 • Gates open 11:30 am Tickets for sale through the 13th • Discounted Tickets Available (see ad on opposite page) A portion of ticket sales benefits the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library

Come early to enjoy a Celtic experience through music, dance, and culture Chase Field, 401 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004




In the Deck/Lobby by the stadium entrance next to Mountainside Fitness

On the Right Field warning track approx. 55 minutes before first pitch (around 12:25pm)

Game starts at 1:10pm D-backs vs. LA Dodgers

ONE entry per person puts name in for ALL giveaway drawings The Caledonian Society of Arizona Daughters of Scotia Scottish Athletes Scottish Clans Irish Cultural Center / McClelland Library Friends of Saint Patrick – Arizona Chapter Irish Foundation of Arizona St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire, Phoenix Arizona Colleen Programs Arizona Colleen and Rose Arizona Irish Lass Little Miss Shamrock Tourism Ireland Connect Ireland CROFT (Celtic Re-enactment Organization for Fellowship and Trades) Artisans in period costumes demonstrating crafts

Maguire Academy of Irish Dance Helen Buck, Principal Instructor Maschino School of Highland Dance Kari Maschino CELTIC TASTES Exclusively created for the D-backs' 2015 Celtic Heritage Day, D-backs Exec. Chef Michael Snoke (see article page 16) has an “Irish Garlic Sausage Dog” topped with corned beef hash and Guinness-Dublin Cheese sauce. It’s available at two locations on the main concourse at Taste of Chase and Big Dawgs for $9.

It's Halfway to the Glenmorangie Scottish Gathering and Highland Games!

It's Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day!

D-BACKS ALUMNI & FANS WITH CELTIC ANCESTRY Left: Mike Morgan with Dean Pace and Karen Schiessl

Arizona Sister Cities Chandler-Tullamore, Ireland Phoenix-Ennis, Ireland Prescott Area Celtic Society Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games Association

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Joel Adamson, sons Joel II and Jaxson with Dallas and Chett Reidhead

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Travis Lee and son

See Joe Cunningham on page 13!

Matt’s grandparents, James Joseph Cunningham and Delia McNicholas, each emigrated from Co. Mayo, Ireland, met and married in Chicago

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By Carmelita Lee

American countries, raising £400,000. (Most poignant of all, the Choctaw eing a Hebrew doesn’t make me " Nation of Oklahoma gave $170, saying less Irish…” they remembered the Trail of Tears that Robert Briscoe, Lord Mayor of Dublin, had taken place only 16 years before 1956–1957 and 1961–1962 the height of the famine. It would Here’s a question for you… what have been a truly sacrificial offering for do Matthew Broderick, Harrison Ford, them.) Kevin Kline, Michael Landon, Chaim Though the Jewish communities in Herzog, Daniel-Day Lewis and Leopold the Republic of Ireland and Northern Bloom have in common? If you’re on Ireland have traditionally remained your toes, you recognize some of those small, and consisted mostly of Eastern names, and if you’re really sharp, you’ll European Jewish immigrants, they parknow one of them is a fictional characticipated whole-heartedly in the struggle ter. for independence. One Jewish merchant They’re all Irish. That’s right. Every was prosecuted for allowing his shop one of them has an Irish mammy. And on Ormond Quay to be a pass-through they’re all Jews. Actually, although safe house as a means of escape for the Chaim Herzog is Jewish on both sides rebels. Others participated in the actual of his family, Lewis would be considfighting. Some Irish Jews were rescuers, ered, in Israel, at least, Jewish because ABBIE ROWE. WHITE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHS. JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM, BOSTON pulling the wounded into their homes, of his mother. It’s a unique lineage. President John F. Kennedy Meets with Lord Mayor of Dublin Robert Briscoe where they were hidden and nursed Ask me. Being a part of both “tribes,” I back to health. Typically the Jewish comserviced by only one halal meat shop. Still, there are know. munity sided with the rebellion, with its members of When living in Ireland I became aware of a subtle a few Orthodox in Ireland who manage to keep kothe Sinn Féin political party, and almost to a man, sher. The strictly Orthodox have their food shipped Jewish influence, more because I was looking for it they were fluent in the Irish language. in from England or even Israel. than because it was in-yer-face obvious. I, of course, Bob Briscoe, Dublin’s first Jewish Lord Mayor, I uncovered some interesting facts while there, visited the Jewish Museum and saw the little “shtetl” was a gun runner and fundraiser for the charismatic one of them being that during the famine of the area around Clanbrassil Street in Dublin. I knew Michael Collins himself, and accompanied Eamon there were a few Inquisition escapees who managed de Valera to the USA to raise funds. He was active in to get to Ireland and stick around, with their Hepolitics, serving in the Dáil and in various politibrew names becoming something similar in Gaelige, cal positions for over 30 years, culminating in his for instance, Tovim to Tobin…and I did find my election to be Lord Mayor. He quietly aided Israel way to the local synagogue in Terenure, County when it was a fledgling nation. His son, Ben, served Dublin, and also the one down in Cork. as Lord Mayor of Dublin as well. Because I was a recipient of the Shalom Ireland Most notably, a President of Israel, and Israel’s newsletter, I knew there was a small community with Ambassador to the UN, Chaim Herzog, was born a few bat and bar mitzvahs (coming of age ceremoon Cliftonpark Avenue in Belfast, and was raised 1840s, most Irish Jews lived in the Dublin area, were nies for 12 to 13 year olds) as well as the occasional primarily in Dublin, where he attended college. He merchants, and kept the kosher dietary laws, thereby bris (circumcision) ceremonies. The larger commuserved in the British army during World War II, never getting sick. There were no deaths due to the nity, however, has immigrated out of Ireland for then immigrated to Israel to help build the nation. famine in the Jewish community. It was reported in all the classic reasons people leave–greener pastures He rose to the rank of general in the IDF. His father, the newspaper that one Jewish man became ill with being one of them. (Is it possible there’s a greener known as the Rabbi of Sinn Féin, was a fluent Irish the same symptoms (generally, a disease similar to green than Ireland’s?) speaker who was a staunch supporter of the new scurvy without the starvation) but recovered after Living a halachic (following the holy laws of the state of Ireland. treatment. The side effect, if you will, of their good Torah) life in Ireland is almost impossible for Jews Of course, antisemitism is a growing reality, health and position in Dublin, was the opportunity with Palestinians or other Islamic persons in Ireland even in Ireland, but check out this really awesome to help out the sufferers with money, nursing care, website: www.Irish4Israel.ie. They want input jobs and an opportunity to move into Dublin. and support for their cause, which is to promote When the Famine was becoming both wideunderstanding and friendship between Ireland and spread and cataclysmic, some humanitarians of the Israel. day attempted to raise awareness of the Irish plight.



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President of Israel Chaim Herzog was born in Belfast and raised in Dublin

Maternal grandparents from County Kerry, paternal from County Clare

Irishmen working with the East India Company in India raised £14,000, Queen Victoria gave a whopping £2000, and Barron Lionel de Rothschild, a Jewish banker in London, sent messages to every Jewish community in the world, including as far away as America, Argentina and other South

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

September – October 2015


Derrick Hall Interview with Ann Niemann


rriving early for a media opportunity to meet alumni players for the August 9 game, there’s a very literal excitement brewing. Food and team store crews, greeters, and a myriad of staff are at their posts, smiling and welcoming me, a passerby walking through near-empty decks. And then the announcement through the public address system is made, “The gates are now open.” Folks come pouring in ready to cheer on our beloved Diamondbacks, swept into a marvelous fan experience. At the helm is Derrick Hall, President and CEO, who thoughtfully crafts the details to make all this happen. He and his creative team have introduced a number of unique, first in the nation features by focusing the organization's efforts in five areas he has called the "Circle of Success" - fan experience, performance, community, culture, and financial efficiency; each of which has seen tremendous growth during his tenure. Born in Los Angeles, he grew up mostly in southern California, but “all over” following his father’s newspaper career in Dallas, New Jersey, Virginia, and graduating from high school in Las Vegas. Derrick “enjoyed the adventures” and making new friends. His Arizona connection began at Arizona State University at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, receiving his bachelor’s in broadcasting and journalism. Introduced to sports casting, he wanted to pursue a highly competitive master’s in sports administration at Ohio University. With 5,000



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applicants for a limited number of slots, he was declined. Despite the discouragement and carrying three jobs with limited resources, he and his wife, Jill, made the trek to Florida winter baseball. It was in the hotel lobby where a sign about the alumni event for Ohio U. prompted a plan. “Crashing the party” of sorts, Derrick respectfully approached the director of the masters’ program and in the next hour presented why he should be accepted as a candidate. It worked.

His Start with the Dodgers A huge impact on his life was Peter O’Malley, owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, where Derrick landed an

internship with the minor league’s team. He shares it was “invaluable experience. It was there I learned how to treat employees, the fans, and to know season ticket holders’ by name and even their beverage preferences.” “He taught me the importance of [charitable] giving. I was making $16,000 a year when O’Malley said he noticed I hadn’t contributed to the United Way campaign. I responded, ‘With all due respect sir, I don’t make that much.’ To which he said, ‘Then don’t give much.’ It made such an impact in my own life that I’ve shared that story many times over the years.” And he practices it! In 2014, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the D-backs organization surpassed the $41 million mark in

Kiss Me I’m Irish Run Darryl Toupkin, Scottsdale resident, organizes the event each year and makes a contribution to educate men about early detection of prostate cancer. The Drive for Prostate Health’s Prostate On-Site Project (“POP”) is the partner providing this opportunity. The mobile unit features large photos on the exterior of recognizable prostate cancer survivors including Arizona Diamondbacks’ Derrick Hall. Men have a 1 in 6 chance of developing prostate

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cancer in their lifetime, and more than 4,000 Arizona men will be diagnosed this year alone. Over 600 Arizona men will die from prostate cancer within the next twelve months. Sadly, an easy and simple 15-minute exam might have saved their lives. With early detection and treatment, prostate cancer is nearly 100% survivable. POP has 2 mobile prostate screening units that travel the state of Arizona, making simple annual screenings easier and more convenient by coming to workplaces, health fairs and community events. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that began in 1999, POP also helps reduce the out-of-pocket cost of screenings for many uninsured or under-insured men. www.irishrunaz.com

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charitable giving since their inception in 1998, including Malibu, CA and on the tennis team there; and daughters nearly $30 million in the past nine years under Hall's Hayden and Kylie attend school in the Valley. In 2007, direction. They are contributors to the Phoenix Dream he received a Father of the Year award. In his acceptance Center, which includes rescuing young women from speech, he noted that it was Jill who he recognizes and human trafficking [see feature story about PDC in The honors as both mother and father of the year. Desert Shamrock’s Nov-Dec 2014 Derrick’s entire paternal side of edition]. the family is of Irish descent. He READ MORE about O’Malley celebrated St. Patrick’s attributes a lot to his father, with Derrick Hall’s awards and D-backs innovations in his life-advice he can still hear him say, Day in a big way. Known as “Dod“Front Office Biography” gertown” since the 1950’s, he’d have “Remember where you came from. [used with permission] the event in the old spring training Know your employees by name.” facility for the Brooklyn Dodgers in That’s why Derrick considers it viVero Beach, Florida. He’d personally go over the details tal to value everyone in the Diamondbacks organization. a hundred times. After he sold the team, his last time “There’s no hierarchy, whether tearing the tickets at the there honored Derrick in asking him to be the emcee gate or counting the money, for the fans and employees.” and provide entertainment roasting many of the notable Raised in the Jewish faith of his mother, Derrick is a guests. The comedy was well received and “a great honor member of Temple Solel in Paradise Valley. In honor of to come full circle” to where he started as an intern. his heritage, see page 11 about the tremendous contribution of Jewish immigrants in Ireland.

Family is Foremost

His long-term marriage to Jill, he attributes to finding the right soul mate. She knew how important baseball was to him and the time demands it requires. “Jill probably didn’t even know a ball from a strike when we first met, but now she knows as much as I do. She is sweet, loving, and understanding.” Their relationship gets “better and better every year; 23 years and growing.” Most important in life is family and passing key values to their children: to respect others, stay humble, and to contribute to the community. They are proud of their children: Logan is at Pepperdine University in

Arizona’s Joe Cunningham playing for Baseball Ireland Game action at new field in Ashbourne, Co. Meath

Derrick Hall spent parts of 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, joining the organization's Single-A Florida State League affiliate in Vero Beach, Fla., as an intern in 1992 and departing as the club's Senior Vice President, Communications in 2004. During his mentorship under Peter O’Malley, the Dodgers’ owner made a $140,000 contribution for the construction of the first official baseball facility in Ireland.

Prostate Cancer Foundation Derrick faced his greatest personal challenge when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September 2011, just as the team was battling for a division title. Hall immediately went public with the diagnosis in order to encourage other men to get tested after age 40. The nonprofit Derrick Hall Pro-State Foundation was established in 2014 and has won awards for its work in supporting families affected by prostate cancer to understand the challenges and choices they face and how they can maintain a "pro" state of mind.

Loss and Success Regarding disappointments and stress, he’s had “plenty of both” and quips “I don’t handle it well. I live and die by every pitch.” His wife continually reminds him to relax. He does enjoy travel, whether a weekend or a time away at their cabin in Show Low. To get away is an escape and finds sitting on the back patio soothing. “Our two labs provide stress relief with their unconditional love; they don’t care and remind us to perhaps not care so much.” Derrick finds supporting his kids’ activities and sports a great outlet. A long, long list of remarkable achievements and honors highlight Derrick’s professional life. When asked how he handles success, he acknowledges, “I never feel like I’m too successful. I’m only as good as those around me. There’s always more we can do; to create a greater culture [in the work place]. We can never be complacent or satisfied.”

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Hello D-Backs Fans! Greetings from the Emerald Isle and best wishes for your Celtic Heritage Day. The historic association between Ireland and Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham Major League Baseball goes back almost 150 years, and Cooperstown is full of names like Kelly, Cronin, Ryan, McGraw and Cornelius "Connie Mack" McGillicuddy. Even here in Phoenix, the halls echo with names like Johnson, Corbin and Grace. One of those great Irish names that links the two teams facing off September 13 is O'Malley. Former LA Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley donated the money to build Ireland's first ever purpose-built baseball field in Dublin in 1998. His intern and protégé at the time, Derrick Hall, is perhaps better known to all as the President and CEO of your own Arizona Diamondbacks. For all that the Irish contributed to the birth of Major League Baseball, the game is in its infancy in Ireland. We've been playing the game here for just under 25 years, and we have just opened our second purpose-built baseball facility just outside Dublin. Baseball in the 'old country' is a different ball game to the stars of the Major Leagues; a collection of amateurs from Ireland, the U.S., Canada, Mexico and beyond who come together on Saturdays and Sundays to play the game they love. Our national team is a collection of Irish-born players, naturalized citizens and Irish-Americans proud of the land of their ancestors. In the latter category is Scottsdale, Arizona's own Joe Cunningham, a varsity high-school player who represented Ireland in the European Championships last year. We are proud of all the Irish have achieved in the United States, especially those who grabbed a glove and a bat and helped shape the national pastime. Now the challenge is to grow the game of baseball on our own little island. We're taking steps in the right direction, and hopefully great people like Peter O'Malley and Derrick Hall can continue to help us grow. For more information on baseball in Ireland, visit baseballireland.com or supportirishbaseball.org. Yours in baseball, Peter Kavanagh, President, Baseball Ireland

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Irish Tal e s from Arizona Territory

Early Days of Baseball By Janice Ryan Bryson


rizona’s Secretary of State Michele Reagan reports that “Baseball continues to be an important part of the Arizona experience. From Cactus League Spring Training, to the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Fall League; our state is the place to ‘play ball.” Our state’s history shows that Arizona has been a place to “play ball” since our earliest days as a Territory. The Territory was founded in 1863 and within the next ten years, baseball in the United States had transformed from a gentleman’s amateur game to a professional game. Settlers in Arizona cities began organizing baseball teams as a leisure activity. Jeb Stuart Rosebrook, Ph.D noted “While history records the infamous activities of the territorial mining


Did you know? 22. In 1912, President William Howard Taft was ready to make Arizona a state on February 12, but it was Lincoln's birthday. The next day, the 13th, was considered bad luck so they waited until the following day. That's how Arizona became known as the "Valentine State." 23. If you cut down a protected species of cactus in Arizona, you could spend more than a year in prison. 24. The world's largest to-scale collection of miniature airplane models is housed at the library at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. Read more fun and fascinating facts about Arizona NEXT edition.

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and railroad towns of Arizona as denizens of drinking and gambling halls, Arizona’s miners and cowboys did put their cards and whiskey down long enough during holiday celebrations to play the occasional "pickup" game of baseball, especially on Christmas Day”. One of the first documented evidence of baseball being played in Arizona Territory came from a newspaper account in December 1872, which reported matches held in Tucson and at Camp Grant. In 1873, the Camp Bowie team, the “Sumner Base Ball Club”, defeated the “Neversink Base Ball Club” from Camp Grant. When the incessant BOTH PHOTOS PROPERTY OF JANICE BRYSON warfare between the ApachTop: Frank and Michael Duran and the Miami Engineers Baseball Team es began coming to an end, Bottom: Ryan & Co ad at baseball field in Globe, 1910 military commanders looked at athletic contests for their soldiers. two hours, the town team gained a decisive victory. Competition could instill pride and spirit d’corps in Players and fans continued their celebration at a St. their troops off the battlefield. Military teams from Patrick’s Day Ball that evening. around the Territory played each other as well as As baseball continued to gain popularity in civilian teams from their local area. the Territory, businessmen and mining companies While balls could be ordered by mail, many balls began to sponsor teams. They paid for the uniforms used on the Frontier were homemade, with a rubber and equipment and at times paid under-the-table core surrounded by tightly wound yarn and covered salaries. Semi-professional teams began being formed with cow or horse hide. Pitching was originally unand some became so proficient that some neighborderhanded with the “hurler” standing in a chalk-out- hood teams were reluctant to play them. lined box only 45 feet from home place. Matches Americans employed by mining companies in Sowere played on whatever relatively level ground of a nora, Mexico formed teams and challenged players sufficient size was available. in Bisbee and Douglas to a series of games making Newspapers from Yuma, Prescott and Phoenix Arizona baseball an international sport. Special began regular reporting on baseball games. Baseball excursion trains were chartered by fans of the visiting became a fixture at community celebrations such teams. A team in Benson was very ambitious, raising as the Fourth of July and Christmas. During the funds for a trip to Guaymas to play a team of Amer1880’s, more baseball clubs began to be organized icans living there. throughout the Territory. Globe even had a baseball One match in Phoenix in April 1887 appears to game as part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in have been inspired by a championship series in St. 1890. Miners and smelter workers from the Old Do- Louis. On April 8, 1887, the Arizona Gazette reportminion formed a team to compete against the “town ed that a baseball championship series had begun in boys.” Before either side had scored a point, the the "Gateway City" between St. Louis and Chicago. only ball burst and it had to be stuffed with rags to Four days later, on April 12, 1887, the Arizona continue the game. After a stubborn contest lasting Gazette published that on the previous Sunday, April

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10, the Phoenix baseball club, with a number of its players from Ft. McDowell, played Fort Lowell from Tucson at the territorial fairgrounds with an audience of around 200 people. Scheduled to begin at two o’clock, a severe wind and sand storm delayed the match for a half hour, and blowing sand remained a problem during the first few innings. Among Irish pioneer William Ryan’s businesses was the Ryan & Company Store in Globe. His brother-in-law John Moloney joined the business in 1907 and soon encouraged William to include sporting goods, particularly baseball items, which was a popular addition to their stock. William was a fanatic baseball fan and followed the Globe teams around the state. Good baseball players such as Michael Doran were hometown heroes. The son of Irish immigrants who settled in Massachusetts, Michael had come to Arizona at the age of 19 and spent 9 years mining around the Territory. He came to Globe in 1908 and was in charge of the sampling works at the Old Dominion Mine. Michael had attended Seton College in South Orange, NJ where he played first base on the baseball team. He was a semi-pro ball player, well known in the New England states. He endeared himself to many fans playing baseball in New Mexico and Arizona. Michael was Captain of the Engineers Baseball Team in Miami and played on Miami and Globe teams. He married Josephine Murphy, daughter of Globe pioneer Denis Murphy. In the 153 years since Arizona became a Territory, thousands of baseball players have taken to the field to be cheered on by their fans…..and thrill to the call of “play ball.” Janice Ryan Bryson descended from Irish pioneers who arrived in the Arizona Territory in the 1880’s, she is co-founder of the Irish Arizona Project and co-author of the book Irish Arizona. Janice is a member of The First Families of Arizona, Daughters of the American Revolution and several women’s agriculture organizations, and serves on several Boards.

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D-backs Executive Chef Michael Snoke Interview with Ann Niemann


ichael Snoke specializes in American cuisine with a Southwestern flare. His love for the grill serves him well as Executive Chef for Levy Restaurants at Chase Field stadium. He and Derrick Hall, D-backs CEO, provided a media tour showcasing new dining options for the fans. Popular local restaurants like Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, America’s Taco Shop, Paradise Valley Burger Co., and Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt join the choices of where to eat. In addition, a rotating Food Truck Alley will feature a different offering each game series. Michael began his culinary career at the age of 18 as a vegetable cook at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. After rising through the ranks, he has held the position of Chef de Cuisine in several resorts in Arizona and California under the guidance of award winning chefs Charles Wiley and Robert McGrath. In 2000, Snoke then joined the Union League Club of Chicago as Executive Sous Chef. Michael returned to Arizona in 2002 to serve as Executive Chef of Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Arizona. Back to the Midwest, he accepted the Ford Field Executive Chef position for Levy Restaurants. He decided that Arizona was truly home, and took the opportunity to move with Levy to Phoenix with his current responsibilities. At Section 130 is Taste of Chase with iconic food items such as the D-bat Dog, Sonoran Dog, and the Bisbee Tamale. Snoke is the mastermind of the “Churro Dog,” which trended internationally on social media and was featured on several national television shows. It’s made with a warm, cinnamon churro served on a donut-bun and topped with Zoyo yogurt, whipped cream, caramel and chocolate sauces, available at two dessert portables in Sections 114 and 123. Derrick Hall emphasizes, “The D-backs took a lot of process to create ‘wow’ items on the menu. It

has to be about the fan experience.” It has been a priority providing a variety of food options along with an affordable ticket price range or admission.

Family and Celtic Heritage Born in Rantoul, Illinois, Michael and his three siblings were raised in Phoenix since 1973. He tells

Exclusively created for the 2015 Celtic Heritage Day, Michael has an “Irish Garlic Sausage Dog” topped with corned beef hash and Guinness-Dublin Cheese sauce. It’s available at two locations on the main concourse at Taste of Chase and Big Dawgs for $9. the challenge of his early years, “My parents’ divorce in 1974 left my mom and us kids basically dirt poor in a middle class neighborhood. Witnessing my mother’s sheer drive and determination as a single mom to provide for her kids and become a successful

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business women at the same time, taught me my greatest life lessons. She has been and will always be my number one hero!” His maternal grandmother’s great grandparents were the first to arrive in the U.S. from Ireland in the late 1700s; the linage continues through their son, Thomas Lynch. His maternal grandfather’s great grandmother, Ala Burgess, came from England/Scotland in the late 1800s. Michael and family traveled all of southern Ireland in 2007. “We very much enjoyed the cities of Sligo, Killarney, and Cork, as well as many small towns along the way. The Irish folks and their hospitality are amazing!”

Triumphs Michael responded, “The planning and execution of “Super Bowl 40” as the Executive Chef of Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan has to be my number one accomplishment. Now I want a World Series! I hope that doesn’t sound greedy? LOL!” To handle the inevitable stressors of life, he’s thankful to have family “to bring me back to center when life and work makes me crazy.” Regarding success, “I don’t take it too seriously but it is nice to be recognized,” Michael gibes. What's important in life is family with 18-year-old daughter, Madeline. “Cliché as it may sound; all we want is for her to have it better than we did.” Finally, what does Michael Snoke want to be best known for? He says, “Being a good father! ...and the Churro Dog.”

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ay the road rise to greet you! One of the adventures of traveling Ireland is driving the N71. The N71 starts at Cork City and goes all the way to Killarney. It’s not a coastal road, but it does run parallel to the Irish Sea and the ocean. Turning off the N71 brings one to lovely Irish towns, harbors and coastline where land and sea collide. The Irish call it the “Wild Atlantic Way”. The tourism trail is marked by signs along the way. Upon leaving Cork City on N71, traveling under the old railroad viaduct, one turns on R613. On R613 continue on to the River Lee and cross over on the Glenbrook / Carrigaloe Ferry (watch for "Passage West" signs; do NOT go to continental Europe ferry via Ringaskiddy) to the village of Cobh. The beautiful village of Cobh Harbor is on the Great Island. Cobh is an Irish word and is pronounced “cove”. The village is dominated by the massive Saint Colman’s Cathedral. The Victorian seafront has rows of steeply terraced houses. The Cobh Heritage Center Museum, in the restored Railway Station and Customs Hall, tells of the exodus from Ireland during the famine times. It was the last little bit of Irish sod emigrants trod on before sailing across the ocean. The Titanic Experience Museum is a few doors down from the Cobh Heritage Museum. It was the ticket office of the Titanic’s White Star line. There is a statue of fifteen-year-old Annie Moore and her two younger brothers in front of the Heritage Museum. They left Cobh on December 20, 1891 and sailed on the S.S. Nevada. Annie went down in history as the first immigrant to be processed at Ellis Island. Once the parents put their children on the train headed for Cobh, it would take 4 months for a letter to get back to the parents telling them the children arrived safely. Crossing back over the water inlet on the Glenbrook / Carrigaloe Ferry, one takes R611 to the village of Kinsale. Kinsale, nestled in a hilly, consummately picturesque inlet of the River Bandon, is called “The Riviera of Ireland”. In the summertime, the yachts come from all over the world for sailing regattas. Kinsale is home to over 30 gourmet restaurants at this time. Walk this beautiful harbor with its steep narrow, winding streets and colorful ancient buildings. Many of the houses feature a Spanish accent that can be traced back to the battle of Kinsale in 1601, when the Irish and Spanish joined forces here to fight the English–and lost. At the tip of Old Head stands the lighthouse looking out to sea. You will find the Ireland you dreamed about, but thought was only to be found on post cards. The “Kinsale Historic Stroll” with Don Herlihy will tell how Kinsale grew from medieval town beginnings, into one of the major sailing ship harbours of the world. Don will walk through the streets and tell visitors the colorful history of each street. He will talk about the Battle of Kinsale in 1601 and the Irish Chieftains. Leave Kinsale on R605, return to the N71 and turn towards the town of Inishannon. “It’s not where the path leads you, it’s what you find along the way.” Enjoy Ireland!!

Top: Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ tour of Ireland at Annie Moore statue, May 2015 Bottom: Don Herlihy telling the history of the streets of Kinsale

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Celtic Thunder’s Musical Director Interview with Ann Niemann

led to another. Phil Coulter asked David to go on a cruise with him as composer and arranger, where esa Arts Center featured “The Very Best Keith and Damien were also performing. He shares, of Celtic Thunder” during their 2015 “Sharon Browne was working with the ‘boys’ [in season. Much is written about the lads Celtic Thunder] and was very persuasive to have me who comprise Celtic Thunder, thrust into stardom join her. I felt I had taken on a legacy, before I got since the group was formed in 2007. Conceived by involved.” It has been a “highlight!” It’s an interproducer Sharon Browne, they’ve performed over esting demographic of loyal fans, primarily women 800 shows, selling 11 albums, with over 28 million ages 40-70; but getting younger in the last couple of views on “Thunder Tube” (their official YouTube years. channel). www.celticthunder.ie "One word sums up the prevailing mood The Arizona performance was great fun with behind every note in special set and lighting effects. I had a keen interest Celtic Thunder," David watching the musicians on stage including Celtic explains. "That word is Thunder’s musical director. collaboration. From the I caught up with David moment the first note is Munro afterwards in Dubstruck in rehearsal to the lin by phone. final gloss put on each track in the studio, I David Munro search for the best possiHe’s a soft spoken ble arrangement for each gentleman, born in song. We have the finest Glasgow, Scotland, with singers, musicians and amazing accomplishments engineers on every project but interestingly enough that we can find, and without early formal trainthey have all contributed ing. Mom was the church greatly to what you hear." organist with a piano at Touring on the road can be gruehome where he learned to ling typically with a sound check at play by ear (rather than 4 pm, performance completed by 10 with written notes). His pm, and winding down at 1 am. He’s earliest memory is playlooking forward to the Christmas ing "The Ballad of Casey series where they will be performing Jones" about the locomowith 21 symphony orchestras over the tive engineer at age four. course of five weeks. Balancing the PHOTOS COURTESY OF CELTIC THUNDER He had thought to schedule, a great joy is his eight-yearDavid Munro. Top Right: Emmett O’Hanlon, become a photographer, to Keith Harkin, Colm Keegan, Damian McGinty, Neil Byrne, and Ryan Kelly old daughter and her mother and their get a job with something tanhome in Dublin. gible. But he “managed to defy gravity,” as he recalls the dance choreographers. For example Prokofiev’s a seminal moment about age 16. The Head Fine Advice for Musicians waltz, “It was easy and very gratifying.” Arts Director, Bill Keaton, came upon David on his David chuckles he has worked in “sevens” with David believes young people should “express own playing the piano at school. He had memothe next part of his career working seven years on themselves, whether in visual arts, acting, or music; rized a concerto by Norwegian composer Edvard staff with the Scottish Opera. The following seven it’s learning to ‘say’ something.” He’s concerned that Grieg, having located the musical score and teaching years, he toured all over the world with singers: “we are living in an instant world; delayed gratificahimself to read music. He clearly remembers the The Welsh Tenors; Irish Tenors; and then Canadition doesn’t exist, so there’s a mistaken notion they instructor’s face in disbelief, who didn’t even know an Tenors, and provided commissioned work as a don’t have or can’t have musical ability.” This meanDavid could play at all. Mr. Keaton became an ally composer. He feels “it takes ten times more energy ing that it does take time and practice to develop to pursue musical studies; he and David continue a to perform a song than to act; it’s creating an ethos,” one’s ear and find the “notes” in whatever medium. lasting friendship. an emotional connection with the audience. It was Blissfully living in the arts, David has conducted His dad, Seamus, worked for a heavy equipment “magic” whether performing on London’s West End, orchestras, collaborated and performed with leading engineering company, where David worked for a Chicago, or somewhere else on the road. companies all over the world, and won awards. He time in how to put together one screw. His great shares his focus is on creative thought to continue love, of course, was music so he’d work all week and Celtic Thunder writing and arranging music, and to always endeavor then perform on Sunday nights. Summers he was Through all this experience, one introduction to improve his craft.


the organist at a crematorium. Although rather “macabre,” it was great practice. For two years, ages 18-19, he played many concerts. “They weren’t glamorous, but something I could do. I was regarded as an ‘amateur’ because of having no formal training.” He would be called back again and again; it was encouraging and helped prepare for the Glasgow University auditions. After graduation there, David started his professional musical life as a concert pianist. He would accompany the Scottish Ballet Company for seven years. His ability to improvise by ear worked well with

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By Ciara Archer

states,” said Colleen. “The educational opportunities made available during this trip will benefit my professional and personal life for many years to come,” said Rory. Built in 2001, the Saint Patrick Centre has a long history of bringing cultures and people together of all faiths, ideas and countries. The Centre is the world’s only permanent exhibition dedicated to the memory and mission of Ireland’s patron saint. To learn more about the Saint Patrick Centre, visit www.saintpatrickcentre.com or call +44 (0) 28 44619000. For more information on the Young Ambassador Program, visit http://youngambassadorprogram.com.


n Saturday, July 4, the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick welcomed its eighth round of Young Ambassador Programme participants. This unique programme brings young adults, ages 20-25, from all over the United States and Canada to participate in Northern Irish heritage events while also working for local businesses throughout County Down. The Ambassadors come from various ‘Friends of Saint Patrick’ centres This year’s Young Ambassadors with South Down MP, Margaret Ritchie, located in Phoenix, Milwaukee, Minand staff and members of theboard of the St Patrick Centre. nesota, Pittsburg, Albany, Tampa and Toronto. These registered charities carry Albany chapter; and Rory O’Loghlin, 21, from the on the mission of unity and education that Saint This story originally appeared in the July 22, 2015 issue of the Toronto chapter. Down Recorder. Reprinted by permission. Patrick embodied. On their experience thus far, the Ambassadors The man behind the programme and Director Ciara Archer, Arizona's 2015 Young said: of the Centre, Dr. Tim Campbell, said he brought Ambassador to Northern Ireland, is “I am grateful to be in a programme that allows a student at ASU’s Walter Cronkite to life the idea of a Young Ambassador Programme me to bridge communities and experience different School of Journalism and Mass because he wanted to promote a positive relationship heritages,” said Kathryn. Communication and is an intern in be-tween North American and Northern Ireland. “Northern Ireland’s culture is something quite marketing and communications with “I want to encourage young people to talk about special,” said Bridget. “Getting to learn from and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. their experience here through their professional experience a different world view for a few weeks is a She is a Residential College Student Leader to over 100 life while promoting Saint Patrick’s country,” Dr. college journalism freshmen, and was awarded for her great opportunity.” Campbell said. “Building this positive relationship leadership. “This program has broadened my knowledge with our part of the world [is important] so the and admiration for the Young Ambassadors are comfortable with Northnorth,” said Hannah. ern Ireland and are able to talk about it with some ”Having the opportuauthority.” nity to examine cross Longtime Chandler Irish events and genealogical seminars at After the program’s conclusion, he hopes the cultural communication friend and Corporate Sponsor the McClelland Irish Library. Ambassadors take a new found love and understand- is really beneficial to my of Chandler-Tullamore In lieu of flowers, ing of Northern Ireland and spread the word in their field of study.” Sister Cities, Helen Asche, her family has suggested home communities through festivals, events and “This entire expepassed away on Monday, donations be made to the discussion. rience has been comAugust 3, 2015. Chandler-Tullamore Sister This year, the Ambassadors include Ciara Archer pletely enlightening A third generation Cities Student Ambassa(this author), 22, from the Phoenix, Arizona chapter; and I look forward to Nebraskan, she had many dor Exchange Program, a Bridget Scott, 22, from the Minnesota chapter; sharing my knew found creative interests and charitable foundation that Hannah Burns, 22, and Colleen Fessler, 22, from the knowledge with my projects, most importantly creates educational opporMilwaukee chapter; Kathryn Walker, 25, from the community back in the a genealogical search of her tunities for young students proud Irish heritage - the Slatterys to study in Ireland. Checks may of County Cork. Helen loved to be made payable to "CTSC" and travel, and fulfilled her dream of a mailed to P.O. Box 1474, Chandler, trip to Ireland this past May with AZ 85244-1474, or online donathe Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cittions may be accessed through the ies' inaugural trip to Tullamore, and front page of www.chandlerirish.org. beyond (see story page 18). We'll keep her memory alive Helen was an inspiration to all with our stories and her vision for she came into contact with, instillthe future of the CTSC Student ing fortitude and independence in Ambassador Program. For further her children and grandchildren. Her information, please contact Ellen belief in the power of education was Harrington, 480-600-8509, or an example to all. She was a frequent chan.to.tull@gmail.com. attendee at Irish Cultural Center


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Young Skins by Colin Barrett By Adrienne Leavy olin Barrett’s debut collection of short stories was published in 2013 to tremendous critical acclaim. A vivid chronicle of young minds going nowhere, the collection won the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the 2014 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the 2014 Guardian First Book Award. With Young Skins, Barrett demonstrates why the short story is as relevant today as it was when James Joyce perfected the form in his 1914 collection Dubliners. Like Joyce, Barrett writes movingly and lyrically about ordinary people trapped in depressing circumstances, with little or no possibility of escape. While Joyce set his stories in Dublin, a city he grew up in and knew intimately, Barrett, from the West of Ireland, transposed his real home town into the fictional County Mayo town of Glanbeigh. Barrett’s stories explore the lives of various young men and women, “belligerently indolent youngsters,” who are passively adrift in contemporary post-boom Ireland. On most days, they are found struggling through “the double daze of residual hangover and in-

cipient dope high.” Those who make it out are contemptuously referred to as “brainboxes” who go to college in “brainbox land.” Despite their lack of ambition and ambiguous moral compasses, the figures in these stories are regarded sympathetically as they have little control over the cycles of ignorance and poverty that has curtailed their options in life. Although the young adults in Glanbeigh are represented as people with limited lives, the language and vocabulary of these stories is sophisticated and inventive. A barroom hanger-on doesn’t merely persuade a young girl to buy him a drink; instead this character, an expert bargrift, “has inveiglated her into buying him a drink.” Another figure, slumped morosely in the rear of a car, is pictured as being “heaped like a flung coat in the far corner of the rear.” Barrett has a poet’s understanding of the power of imagery and the importance of economy. He also has a keen sense of the fine line between humor and tragedy, and studiously avoids any tinge of sentimentality, even when describing the pathos of Bat, the damaged character in “Stand Your Skin.” A sensitive soul even before he was the victim of a senseless attack by the THE LITTLE MAGAZINE town’s local psychopath, Bat hides from the world behind his unfashionably long hair, alcohol and midnight motorcycle Now Available rides into the Mayo countryside where no one will bother him. The collection opens with “The Clancy Kid,” and the narrator, Jimmy, immediately tells you all you need to know about this forgotten town: “A roundaLouise Phillips, winner of Best Irish Crime Novel bout off a national road, an industrial in 2013 for The Doll’s House estate, a five-screen Cineplex, a century Award winning Irish mystery writer Declan Burke of pubs packed inside the square mile of the town’s limits.” Jimmy lurks with his Adrienne Leavy on John Banville’s sidekick, Tug, a large and childlike figure Benjamin Black noir novels prone to fits of rage, especially when he Des Kenny of Kennys Bookshop in Galway forgets to take his medication. In their on Irish crime writer Ken Bruen own way these two friends look out for Spotlights on several new and recent Irish crime novels each other without moralizing, for as Jimmy realizes, so much of friendship is “the Focus on Envoy: A Review of Literature & Art 1949-1951 saying of nothing in place of something.” Barrett’s skill as a chronicler of small town life is evident in “Bait.” The story begins with the narrator and his cousin, Matteen Judge, driving into town to Quillian’s bar, where Matteen plays



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pool for money and his cousin, who understands his place in the hierarchy of their relationship, collects the winnings: “Efficient deference was my singular mode of expression. I had never sought a status beyond that of a sidekick or flunky, and in this way had achieved a subtle indispensability.” When he is sent on an errand by Matteen, to track some girls who have stolen their winnings, he realizes the drawbacks of being “an adhesive creep,” as he is subject to a vicious attack. Another story, “The Moon,” features a protagonist who is as trapped by paralysis as many of the characters in Dubliners. Val, who works as a bouncer, cannot envision a world beyond the walls of the small town and the seedy nightclub around which his life revolves. Martina, a girl with whom he is having a casual affair when she is on break from university in Galway, astutely observes, “Galway’s not that far...but it might as well be the moon for people like you.” The novella that centers the collection, “Calm With Horses,” revolves around the slowly unfolding tragedy of Arm and his friend Dympna’s doomed small time criminal empire. This ominous novella begins violently and ends with death, yet Barrett manages to elevate this tragic tale into one that is a pleasure to read due to the poetic inventiveness of his arresting prose. In the final story, “Kindly Forget My Existence,” two estranged friends, Doran and Eli, hide themselves away in a darkened pub, reluctant to attend the funeral of a woman they both loved. Barrett’s stories reflect on contemporary life for a generation of dysfunctional Irish youth post Celtic Tiger. His stories are illuminating and substantive and, like his literary forbearer Joyce, they reflect the “moral history” of a specific aspect of Irish life; small town Ireland in the early twenty-first century. READ MORE at www.Desertshamrock.com Adrienne Leavy is originally from Dundalk, County Louth and was educated at Trinity College Dublin, and The Honourable Society of Kings Inns. After graduation, she immigrated to Phoenix, where she practiced law for 10 years. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Arizona State University, and is the founder of www.readingireland.net, a company dedicated to promoting Irish literature and contemporary Irish writing. Her poetry has been widely published in Irish journals and she is currently working on her first collection. Contact: leavya@cox.net

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BOOK FESTIVAL SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2015 • 12:00-6:00 p.m. Phoenix Sister Cities’ Ennis Committee is hosting their first book festival.

The day will include author readings, book signings, tours and an opportunity to meet the authors. Please come and enjoy an afternoon of literary enjoyment with music and refreshments.

Featured Poets/Writers for the Event Thomas Kinsella is widely acknowledged as one of Ireland’s most important contemporary poets, with a long and distinguished body of work that began in the 1950’s and continues up to the present day. He is also internationally known for his acclaimed translation of the Irish prose epic, Táin Bó Cúailnge, which was published in 1969 as The Táin. His mature poems have been described as “some of the most remarkable in modern English-language poetry,” and in 2007 he was awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin “in recognition of his contribution to Irish literature.” This event will show a rare RTE screening with an introduction by Dr. Adrienne Leavy.

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Cynthia Hogue has published thirteen books, including eight collections of poetry. In 2012, she published the co-translated Fortino Sámano (The overflowing of the poem), by poet Virginie Lalucq and philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, which won the 2013 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. In 2014, she was Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell University (Spring). She is a 2015 NEA Fellow in Translation, and directs the MFA program in English at Arizona State University, where she holds the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry.

David Baker is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Scavenger Loop (Norton 2015), and Never-Ending Birds, which was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize in 2011. Among his many awards are grants and prizes from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mellon Foundation. He holds the Thomas B. Fordham chair at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and is Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review.

Dr. Adrienne Leavy is from Dundalk, in County Louth, Ireland. She immigrated to the United States after being educated at Trinity College Dublin and The Honourable Society of Kings Inns. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Arizona State University and is the publisher of Reading Ireland: The Little Magazine, a quarterly E-Journal which promotes Irish literature and contemporary Irish writing.

Sara Berkeley Tolchin is one of a new generation of Irish poets whose work is informed both by her identity as an Irishwoman and also by her life in the world beyond Ireland. Born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College Dublin and the University of California, Berkeley, Sara has published poems, stories and a novel. Her fifth collection of poetry, What Just Happened, will be published this summer by The Gallery Press in Ireland. She will be reading from her new collection.

Yvonne Watterson originally from Northern Ireland, she emigrated to the United States in 1988 and settled in Arizona where she has enjoyed a highly successful career in public education. A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, Yvonne has been recognized for her work not only in school reform but for her activism in immigration. Yvonne teaches Composition and Humanities courses at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona. She is also a contributing writer for IrishCentral.com.

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close-knit community of Celts in this Valley, and we’re so proud to be part of it! I love what Ann Niemann and her team is doing with this blossoming publication, The Desert Shamrock—bringing people together. What a joy each month to read news about fellow Celtic organizations and associations and the impact they are making through concerts, workshops, business and community outreach. The Caledonian Society of Arizona is certainly no stranger to these efforts and we aim to contribute in a positive way! We’re looking forward with great anticipation to Celtic Heritage Day at Chase Field on September 13. Look for us in the parade as well as in the breezeway where our Board members will be manning a booth. (We’ll be the kilted boisterous ones in the cheap seats!) Thanks to Ann and her staff for putting this together. What a wonderful opportunity to showcase our culture! As you all may know, the Caledonian Society of Arizona, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization annually presents the largest Scottish Gathering & Highland Games the state has to offer. With the help of our title sponsor, Glenmorangie along with other valued partners, we produce a weekend event that draws

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How’s that for some crazy Celtic musical excitement? As plans develop, we’ll be posting on our website at www.arizonascots.com and updating via Facebook; we invite you to stay tuned! Producing an event of this scale requires a lot of help and with the support of our CSA Board, Games committee and many volunteers; we manage not only to get it done, but to have lots of fun doing it! (Speaking of volunteers, if you’re interested in helping out, go to our volunteer portal below, pick an area, time slot, and sign up!) With Nessie, the Lochness monster...until next time! VOLUNTEER PORTAL We need a lot of volunteers, and it's fun! See all the possibilities here and pick what fits you!


attendees, competitors and performers not only from all over the country, but also from across the pond. Save the date now ~ MARCH 19 & 20, 2016 @ Steele Indian School Park. You won’t want to miss what we have in store for you. Spoiler alert: Entertainment-wise, the Ghillie Dhu Pub tent will feature Celtica Pipes Rock AND Wicked Tinkers.

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Grandmother is from Tiree, an island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland

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Bottom Left: Lee and wife Andrea at a Scottsdale Leadership Class reception; she was a graduate of Class 28.

Lee Cooley By Jan Whalen


ooley is a cool name with a fascinating history. The same is true for Irish Network Phoenix’s Lee Cooley, whose surname was anglicized from Mac Giolla Chúille, which means Son of the Servant of St. Mochúille. His paternal grandmother was a Campbell and maternal grandmother a McWhorter. “Given my Cooley, Campbell and McWhorter roots,” he laughingly says, “I’m Scots-Irish and too cheap to buy myself a drink!” Lee continues to research the Cooley side of the family with assistance from the Cooley Family Association of America (www.cooleyfamilyassociation.com). He had his cheek swabbed to test his DNA, a service of the CFAA, and told me, “We’re still trying to connect our ‘DNA dots’ between the British Isles and the U.S. My 8th great-grandfather, Benjamin Cooley, crossed the pond in 1635 as part of an English scouting expedition. He left Tring, Hertfordshire and settled in Longmeadow, MA.” His first great grandfather settled in West Florida after the Civil War. He was shot during the Second Battle of Bull Run and became a Presbyterian minister at the suggestion of President Lincoln, whom he met while recovering from his wounds in Washington, D.C. Perhaps the most influential man in Lee’s life was his granddaddy. “We shared the same birthday, but he died three-and-a-half years before I was born. Having never met the man, it’s hard to say how he influenced me, but he and my grandmother raised three boys during the Great Depression, with the help of Granddaddy’s parents and two sisters. So, the old African proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ definitely applied to my family during the 1930s.” Lee’s first home was in Lynn Haven, Florida, but when his father started working for FHA, the family moved to Pensacola and then Jacksonville Beach. He attended the University of South Florida and University of North Florida, but considers himself a life-long learner. Thinking about what might have been, Lee shared, “Had I gone to school in California (like my

son, Ian) instead of Florida, I might have worked in motion pictures instead of television. At a USF professor’s suggestion, I switched majors from filmmaking to communications, but did leverage my movie experience to co-produce two industrial films for Port-O-Let.” After twenty-five years in advertising, radio and TV, Lee and his wife Andrea moved to Scottsdale in 2006 to be near her parents. They share three adult children; two in California and one in New York. Andrea runs her own small business consulting company, Integrative Business Solutions (www.integrativebizsolutions.com). The Arizona move enabled him to launch the non-profit phase of his career as marketing and production manager for Make-A-Wish America. It was a natural transition since, “My paternal grandfather inspired me with a legacy of civic involvement. He was founder of the Lynn Haven’s Boys Club, chairman of the Bay County Children’s Committee, and heavily involved with the Florida State Children’s Commission. “ In 2011, Lee founded Scottsdale Nonprofiteers and over the next four years worked with several organizations –Phoenix Foundation for Education, Valley Youth Theatre, and the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona, to name a few. March 2015 marked the launch of GAP Marketing & Communications (www.gapmar.com), a company he established to fill the creative needs of nonprofits and small businesses that cannot afford to hire an advertising agency or full-time marketing staff. He provides seventeen different services, from brand management to social media, voiceover talent, and my personal favorite, humor. He also works for the Arizona Association of REALTORS®. It’s a natural career move, since his grandfather and father had real estate businesses.

My grandfather inspired me with a legacy of civic involvement.


Left: Lee’s grandfather John and infant father Cliff outside the Florida family home in the mid 1920s.

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Lee’s great grandparents Samantha & Rev. Milton Cooley left Ohio for Florida in the early 1900s.

He said, “It’s only fitting that I’m now working for the largest non-profit trade association in Arizona serving more than 40,000 realtors.” Reflecting on his career, he told me, “Recently, I was talking with my boss about how sometimes our past comes back to haunt us in a good way. Back in college, I was copy editor for a weekly newspaper. Today, I’m online content manager for the Arizona Association of REALTORS® and publish a weekly e-newsletter with a circulation that’s probably ten times more than the number of students who were enrolled when I attended UNF.” What’s Lee’s next non-profit project? True to his granddaddy’s legacy and his own servant-leadership spirit, his dream is to establish a sister school project between Cooley Middle School in Gilbert and St. Mochulla’s National School in Tulla, County Clare. Stay tuned. So, is Lee Cooley lucky? He thought a moment and said with an Irish wink, “Yes, I think so. I’ve had my share of heartache, but I’ve rarely looked at a pint glass as being half empty.” Jan Whalen, MASL, is the award winning author of Rock Solid Confidence and other books on writing your life story. She holds a Masters in Servant Leadership, and has always been a ServantCheerleader. She values assisting authors and speakers in discovering their most confident voice. 623-466-5067; jan@whalenvoices.com

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Maternal side “Murphy” came from County Cork and father’s side “Morrison” arrived from County Waterford


Irish Network Phoenix

Irish Network Phoenix is part of the national organization, IN USA, which celebrates Irish Culture and helps Irish and Irish-American professionals across the United States to connect with their peers and to develop relationships that will foster success in their business, economic and social ventures.

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1916 Commemoration Series

at the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library By Caroline Woodiel


he McClelland Library and the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix are proud to announce the details of a special 10-month program to

Preliminary Schedule of Phoenix Events Book Discussion Group Kick-Off, Sept. 26, and continuing on the last Saturdays of the month through April 2016 The Exhibit Grand Opening Preview will be held during the annual Anam Cara Gala on Oct. 10, with a subsequent public opening on Tuesday, Oct. 13 during Public Opening Hours Two academic lectures, the first on October 21; and the second in February 2016. Guest speakers include: Dr. Robert K. O’Neill, formerly of the Boston College Burns Library, who will deliver the first lecture on the historical causes and context of the Easter Rising; and Dr. Nicholas Allen, Franklin Professor of English and Director of the Wilson Center at the University of Georgia, who will focus on the cultural legacy of the 1916 Easter Rising through historical writings, literature, theatre, music, and nation-building. A multimedia presentation featuring music, poetry, and historical analysis on Easter weekend, Saturday, March 26, 2016; will be coordinated by Jim Daugherty, the originator and presenter of the ICC’s annual Easter Rising Commemoration. A film series is being planned for the summer of 2016 once additional funding is secured.

commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising. “Remembering the Easter Rising: Historical Context and Cultural Legacy,” will start in September of 2015 and continue on through Spring of 2016. As an official outpost of the Irish Government’s worldwide commemoration, the events presented by the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library are co-sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Irish Consulate office in San Francisco, California. The centenary commemoration of the Easter Rising is an event being recognized across Ireland and the worldwide diaspora through the “Ireland 2016 Global and Diaspora Programme.” Around the globe the extended Irish family is reflecting on one hundred years ago, when a small group of poets, teachers, and labor leaders took up arms during the early light of dawn in Dublin. The six-day siege of the now Irish capital captivated the world and inspired the fight for Irish independence. Together, one hundred years later, the global diaspora is providing education and programming surrounding this once in a lifetime anniversary event. In Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016, programming will examine the causes and aftermath of the Easter Rising through: nationally respected guest lectures examining history and cultural legacy, book discussions encouraging close examination of causes, a multimedia presentation, film series, and a world class exhibit providing a visual history of the Rising and its role in the development of modern Ireland. The exhibit will also explore the immense support for Irish independence, found during the period, within the United States. For more information on the entire commemoration series, a specific individual event, or ways to support the series in Phoenix, please visit: www.azirishlibrary.org.

Caroline Woodiel is a hobby photographer, border collie enthusiast, and librarian with ancestors of both Irish and Scottish descent. She holds a Bachelor’s of History from the University of Colorado and a Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona. Caroline is the Public Services Coordinator for the McClelland Irish Library in Phoenix.


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About Irish Wolfhounds

he Irish Wolfhound is a large, rough-coated, shaggy-browed hound, built on galloping lines. Even as he lies by a modern hearth or romps about an enclosed lawn, gallops in a meadow or along a beach, it is easy to imagine him as the prominent figure he once was in the feudal life of the Middle Ages.   Because of his great size and the amount of exercise essential to his well-being, the Irish Wolfhound is not a dog to be acquired without serious forethought. His ideal home is one which provides fenced property of sufficient size to accommodate the galloping natural to this athletic sight hound. Hunting by sight and chase is what he was bred and historically used for; the length of leg and back, the deep chest, the power of his limbs and body attest to

the heritage and needs of the Irish Wolfhound. His ideal owner is one who has the capacity to respond to the gentle nature which dwells within his great frame; who discerns the intelligence which manifests itself in his response to everyday situations as they occur. The Irish Wolfhound does best when human companionship is the core of his daily life. At maturity, despite his space-eating size, he is a calm presence within a family circle, dignified and responsive, providing no harshness of attitude or deed is directed his way. A sensitive dog, the Irish Wolfhound's development is thwarted when his environment is ungiving. His nature and temperament make him totally unsuitable as guard dog, watch dog, or patrol dog, in country, town, or city. Though alert he is not suspicious; PHOTO BY CHRISTY MOORE though courageous he is not aggressive. November 2015 Irish Wolfhounds have 7 Red Grammer “Hooray for the World” . . . . . . . . 11am only the kindest intentions 7 Michael A. Pollack Presents Tower of Power . . . . 7:30pm 20 Gaelic Storm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30pm toward children. Common December 2015 sense, however, precludes the 12 Dmitri Matheny’s THE SNOWCAT . . . . . . . . . . 11am 18 The Texas Tenors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30pm mingling of a small child with 22-31 Zoppé-An Italian Family Circus . . . . . . . . . Times Vary a young Wolfhound; the child January 2016 is no match for an affectionate, 1-3 Zoppé-An Italian Family Circus . . . . . . . . . Times Vary 15 Black Violin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30pm playful puppy weighing 50 to 17 TIMBER! A Production of Cirque Alfonse! . . . . . . . 7pm 100 pounds, a toss of whose 23 Deana Martin - Honoring Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra 7:30pm 29 Moscow Festival Ballet presents Don Quixote . . . 7:30pm head or a running sideswipe of 30 Fiesta Mexico-Americana with Los Lobos . . . . . 7:30pm whose body can have bruising February 2016 consequences. 6 The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra . . 7:30pm 12 Tap Factory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30pm A completely natural breed, 14 The Summit – The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 . 7pm the Wolfhound's ears are 20 Frankie Avalon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30pm 27 Steppin’ Out LIVE with Ben Vereen & Trio . . . . . 7:30pm uncropped, his tail undocked. March 2016 Clippers and trimmers are 4 The Second City Fully Loaded . . . . . . . . . . 7:30pm enemies to his coat; no part of 5 Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show . . . 7:30pm 8-13 Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding . . . . . . . . . . . . . Times Vary him, particularly his head, should appear styled. Irish Wolfhounds 18 Rita Rudner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30pm compete in dog shows from coast to coast, though he is seen in April 2016 greater number at those held outdoors, which better suit him. No 1 The von Trapps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30pm 2 Flamenco Kings starring Los Vivancos . . . . . . 7:30pm stranger to obedience competition and coursing trials, he has won degrees and titles in both. /ChandlerCenterfortheArts @ChandlerArts

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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 Erin Sweeney-Morgan, Chair, 602-373-7931, info@azcolleen.org.


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 nonprofit 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.


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.


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

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: Bethany Tso at 602-770-7565 or clanwoman924@yahoo.com


A non-profit corporation, DIWA is committed to improving the health and welfare of Irish Wolfhounds throughout Arizona; encouraging responsible ownership through mentoring and education of its members; and maintaining a source of Irish Wolfhound specific rescue/rehoming contacts statewide. Dues are $20 for a single and $30 for a family membership. For information, contact Christine Davis, President, 602-439-1783; or Pam Clark, Rehoming Coordinator, 928-821-6009; www.desertirishwolfhounds.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: Glenda Walker at 602-277-1376, www.saintpatrickcentre. com


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


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 Phoenix is a chapter of the national organization, Irish Network USA, which helps Irish and Irish-American professionals across the United States to connect with their peers and to develop relationships that will foster success in their business, economic and social ventures." Come to a monthly breakfast or lunch to explore membership benefits. www.meetup.com/INPhoenix; www.facebook. com/IrishNetworkPhoenix; www.IrishNetworkPhoenix.com


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, 702-340-8859 cell, 928-556-3161, www.nachs.info


The organization honors the 150-year-old bond of friendship existing today between Mexico and Ireland. Each year, a fiesta celebrates with a dinner saluting those of Irish and Mexican heritage. Contacts: Wm. Howard O’Brien, El Capitán, 480-951-1152, whoco@cox.net; Hector Corona, Felix Corona and Ernie Patino, El Tenientes (Lieutenants).


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


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


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

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




Our purpose is to bring together individual of Irish descent and others interested in Irish culture through our monthly socials. Everyone is welcome; it is part of our Irish hospitality. The Club meets monthly October through May for dinner and dancing at the Sun City Country Club. Dues are $10 per year. For information or a complementary newsletter, contact Maura McConnell, Secretary, 623-933-3698, hummel4fun@aol.com.



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

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

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

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.



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

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.


Kari Maschino, 480-242-7760, Kari@maschinodance.com, www.maschinodance.com, Gilbert, Tempe, Peoria



Membership is open to honorably discharged veterans or active duty or reserve military persons who have served or are serving with any branch of the United States or Commonwealth Armed Forces, of Scottish ancestry. We welcome your membership. Currently there are 39 Posts within the United States. Contact: Reg Nelson, 928-443-1422; SAMS Prescott Post 1297, “The Arizona Highlanders,” P.O. Box 2245, Prescott, AZ 86302-2245; sams.commander.post1297@gmail.com.

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


Traditional Irish and Irish-American Music, 480-208-4687, info@thestrandmusic.com, www.thestrandmusic.com, facebook.com/thestrandmusic


Ellen Harrington, President. P.O. Box 4174, Chandler, AZ 85244-4174 480-600-8509, chan.to.tull@gmail.com, www.chandlerirish.org




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

Mary Hill-Connor, Committee Chairperson 602-635-9760, mary.hillconnor@gmail.com www.phoenixsistercities.org

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PUBLIC WALK-IN HOURS (TOURS, LIBRARY & GENEALOGY) Tuesday-Saturday ▪ 10am – 3pm Wednesday Evenings (Library only) ▪ 3pm – 8pm Frances McClelland Genealogy Centre available these hours; Open Other Hours for Scheduled Classes, Meetings & Events 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85004 www.azirish.org See ad page 29


(IRISH SOCIAL DANCING) All ages; instructor & live music Fridays ▪ 7pm – 9pm Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20 $6; cash bar



Wednesday, Sept. 2 ▪ Dinner 6pm ▪ Show 7pm Presented by Marshall Trimble The “Will Rogers of Arizona” Arizona History Series Cartwright’s Restaurant, Cave Creek


Saturday, September 5 • 10:30am to 12:00pm “Shh! We Have A Plan” by Chris Haughton and “That’s What Leprechauns Do” by Eve Bunting McClelland Irish Library, Norton Room Free includes craft; 602-864-2351 www.azirishlibrary.org, info@azirishlibrary.org


Sunday, September 13 ▪ 1:10 pm Game Multi-Media Events starting 2 hours pregame I’m 1 in a Million! EVENT Arizona Diamondbacks v. Los Angeles Dodgers Chase Field Stadium, Phoenix Sponsored in part by The Desert Shamrock Wear your green or kilt as the case may be! See ad on page 8, details page 9

ENNIS COMMITTEE BOOK FESTIVAL Sunday, September 27, 2015 See ad page 23


Saturday, October 3 • 10:30am to 12:00pm “My Ireland Counting Book” by Eoin Ryan and “Finn McCool And The Great Fish” by Eve Bunting Free includes craft; 602-864-2351 www.azirishlibrary.org, info@azirishlibrary.org


Sunday, October 4 ▪ 3pm to 5pm High tea with savories, scones and dessert. Entertainment and raffle

308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix The hardest working band in Celtic Rock are back at it! A year after releasing their latest album, NINE, they are still out promoting the old fashioned way. That means hitting the road and playing every show like it's the last. $23 advance - $27 day of Tickets at crescentphx.com See ad page 28



Saturday, October 10 • 6:00pm Irish Cultural Center Annual celebration to honor those that make a difference in our Irish Community. Enjoy traditional Irish music, dance, great food, and the grand opening of the McClelland Library’s newest exhibit. All proceeds supporT the programming and operation of the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library. Tickets start at $125 and are on sale now at www.azirishlibrary.org/gala/


Saturday, August 29 at ICC



Sunday, October 25 • 2-4pm • at ICC $10 Adults • $5 Children 12 and under For tickets contact: Georgette Wilds (georgettedos@hotmail.com) or Bethany Tso (autumnphyre@cox.net)

Friday, November 20 7:30pm Chandler Center for the Arts 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler 85225 • 480.782.2680 Tickets: $28, $38 & $44 Gaelic Storm has topped the Billboard World Chart four times and earned a reputation as a hard-touring, genre-bending band. chandlercenter.org/concerts/80-gaelic-storm


Saturday, Nov 7 • 10:30am to 12:00pm “The Adventures of Shamrock Sean” by Brian Gorgarty and “Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk” by Gerald McDermott Free includes craft; 602-864-2351 www.azirishlibrary.org, info@azirishlibrary.org


November 7-8 Sat 9am-10pm Sun 9am-5pm Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N 1st. Ave Highland athletics, kids area, whisky tastings, clans & heritage, Scottish & Irish dance, celtic food & vendors, Welsh tea room, bagpipes & more See website for ticket prices TucsonCelticFestival.org See ad on page 35



Saturday September 5th, 2015 7:30am Shot-Gun Start $90 Per Person Includes: Lunch on the course, beer samplings, gift bags followed by buffet back at Finnegans with a complimentary drink, tons of great prizes and giveaways!


Net Proceeds go to Arizona Humane Society

Sunday, November 15 8:00pm Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix

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Wigwam Resort 300 East Wigwam Blvd. Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340


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SATURDAY November 7, 2015

Attention Runners and Walkers!

ARIZONA FALLS (SRP Canal) 5802 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ

The Phoenix Sister Cities Ennis Committee is hosting its 6th Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk and needs your support. The event benefits Phoenix Sister Cities programs and exchanges which foster people-to-people connections through cultural understanding. www.active.com



For more information on the Phoenix Sister Cities Programs, check us out at:


Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish H ighland Games November 7 – 8, 2015 Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N.

1st Avenue

Sat: 9 AM – 10 PM • Sun: 9 – 5 PM Check Website for Prices

Service Dogs Only

Pirate Pub Night Friday, November 6 • 6 PM to 10 PM Music By Potcheen • Best Legs in a Kilt Contest, Raffles, Rum Tastings & More! $5 per person Proceeds benefit Retired Paws, a non-profit dedicated to helping retired law enforcement canines

The Desert Shamrock

Highland Athletics • Kids Area Whisky Tastings • Clans & Heritage Scottish & Irish Dance • Celtic Food & Vendors Welsh Tea Room • Bagpipes & Much More

Featuring Music by The Young Dubliners

TucsonCelticFestival.org September – October 2015


We’re on the lookout for the one million of Irish, Scottish, and Welsh descent. The more successful the campaign, the more philanthropic we can be to support Arizona’s Celtic nonprofits, going national and international. Hey, we could even help restore a castle!

Show your support! Don’t miss being in The Count!

We’ve set a goal of $5,000.

Open to Arizonans and friends worldwide. Not leaving anyone out!

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Register as “I’m 1 in a Million!” We’re counting on our website’s homepage! Once you select this perk, you can increase your contribution to include each person in your family at $1 each. So, a family of five would be $5. Receive a beautifully designed Certificate.

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Receive one-year print subscription mailed to your home or office and stay connected! And, pack your bags for your next adventure with our luggage tag. Get going! Plus, receive Certificate.

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Desert Shamrock Sept-Oct 2015 e-Magazine  

The voice of the Arizona Celtic Community, The Desert Shamrock celebrates 26 years with feature profiles, music and book reviews, history, a...

Desert Shamrock Sept-Oct 2015 e-Magazine  

The voice of the Arizona Celtic Community, The Desert Shamrock celebrates 26 years with feature profiles, music and book reviews, history, a...

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