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January January––February February2016 2015~~Arizona’s Arizona’sOriginal OriginalIrish IrishNewspaper Newspaper~~Vol. Vol.27, 26,No. No.1 1

Irish Pirates & Maidens

Anne Bonny, 18th Century Irish Pirate page 22 Mallory Melton, 2015 Arizona Colleen & Rose page 8

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SCOTS 14 Celebrate The Caledonian Society of Arizona’s

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Mallory Melton 2015 Arizona Colleen & Rose



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22 Irish Pirates and the Birth of the Modern World

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Irish Tal e s from Arizona Territory: The Irish in Yuma By Janice Ryan Bryson



uma, Arizona Territory, offered no green hills for an Irish immigrant. Yet this little desert hamlet on the Colorado River just above the Mexican border did become home to Irish pioneers. Eighty years before the Pilgrims arrived in America, Spanish explorers sailed up the Colorado from the Sea of Cortez. They found Native Americans along the river hunting, fishing, and growing crops. Spanish explorers established a route from Tubac to Yuma to cross the Colorado to California; the same route later used by many of the 49’ers seeking gold in Northern California. Fort Yuma was established across the river on Indian Hill in 1852. The U.S. Army determined that the easiest way to supply new forts in the lands taken from Mexico was to bring supplies by sea, then up the river to Yuma. From there, thousands of tons of supplies were transported by 20-mule teams to outposts throughout the Southwest.


Did you know? 29. Arizona became the 48th state and last of the contiguous states on February 14, 1912. 30. Covering 18,608 sq. miles, Coconino County is the second largest county by land area in the 48 contiguous United States. 31. The world's largest solar telescope is located at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Sells, Arizona. 32. Near Yuma, the Colorado River’s elevation dips to 70 feet above sea level, making it the lowest point in the state. Read more fun and fascinating facts about Arizona NEXT edition.

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


Martin Drug Store in Yuma, 1872

George Martin was born in 1832 In Loughrea, County Galway. He received his education at Belvedere, a Jesuit College in Dublin. At the age of ten he was apprenticed to a doctor. Seeking greater opportunities at the age of nineteen, George landed in New York in 1851 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army. A member of the 3rd U.S. Artillery, he was stationed at Fort Yuma. George served as Quarter Master and later as a hospital steward in the infirmary. He was honorably discharged after five years and managed the sutler [a person who followed an army or maintained a store on an army post to sell provisions to the soldiers] store that supplied the Army. When mining claims were opened in Gila City, George opened a general store there. During the Civil War, he partnered with King Woolsey on a cattle ranch on the Gila River. At the age of 40, George married Delfina Redondo, the daughter of Esteven Redondo, a landowner from Sonora, Mexico. In 1872, he opened a drug store in Yuma and become active in the affairs of Yuma County. George served as treasurer for both the city and county and was elected Yuma County Supervisor. He sold his drug store in 1883 and moved his family to Tucson where he established the Doc Martin Drug Stores. Christopher Bain (or Baine), a Dublin native, was another Irish immigrant who found success in Yuma. He settled there in the 1870s and worked as a wheel right and carpenter. An article in the Yuma

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Sentinel notes that he built the desks and shelving for the Yuma Recorder’s office. Chris married Jesus Dominquez in 1868 and they became parents of eight children; later settling in Phoenix. James Reilly had come to New York from County Cavan in 1848. Like Martin, he also joined the U.S. Army. After his discharge he engaged in freighting in the U.S. and Mexico. With little capital, James went to Sonora to engage in farming and milling. He eventually ended up in Arizona Territory where he worked the mines at Wickenburg and Bradshaw. Appointed Deputy Sheriff of Yuma County, he was soon elected District Attorney. James started a newspaper in Yuma and later moved it to Phoenix before heading to Tombstone where he practiced law and served in the 17th Legislature representing Cochise County. Restless again, he settled in Phoenix where he married Nicolasa Ruiz in 1893. His biography states that in later years he became known as a “crank” – could that be true of an Irishman? 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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Mallory Melton Irish Year in Review I don't think I really understood exactly what it meant to be the Arizona Colleen and Rose until I was in the thick of it. When I made the decision to participate in the program, I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to get to know other young women in the Irish community, and, if I was fortunate enough to be chosen, represent a group of people that have welcomed me with open arms into their family. Both of these things happened, of course, but the reality encompasses so much more. The Rose of Tralee is decidedly one of the best experiences I have ever had. I was fortunate enough to have Sarah Hines, the 2014 Arizona Colleen and Rose, dedicate her time to ensuring that I was prepared for my journey to Portlaoise, County Offaly for the Rose Regional Festival. Sarah gave me little room to doubt that I would have a marvelous time in Ireland, meeting all of the other Roses from all over the world, but the reality was far greater than the anticipation. During the five days of Regionals, my Rose sisters and I became fast friends and we were truly shown all the hospitality that Ireland has to offer. We visited Ballyfin House, one of the highest-rated hotels in the world, and were given a tour and a full tea service after being welcomed at the door by the staff in a way that all the Roses agreed was reminiscent of Downton Abbey. We were greeted like royalty at Mountmellick Community School in County Laois, where the students and faculty were celebrating the school’s 25th anniversary as well as their achievement in earning a fourth “green flag” for their efforts in sustainability. We traveled to the home town of Laois Rose Ailbhe Culleton, where the townspeople arranged

inspired us all with her victory over cancer. Those five days I spent with my Rose sisters seemed so brief, and yet I can safely say that I have been changed by them. I am thankful for the fact that all of the Roses have managed to stay in touch via social media, as this gives us the chance to continue our friendship for years to come. I am only the eighth Arizona Rose in the Rose of Tralee International Festival, but I am the 32nd Arizona Colleen. Even as a writer, I do not feel I can adequately express how much the Arizona Irish community has meant to me since I first became involved when I was seventeen. Taking pride in your heritage, for me, means a deeper level of self-acceptance, which in turn leads to a sense of worth and purpose. I’ve heard it said that on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is “a little bit Irish,” and I have seen this put into practice year after year in our community. The Irish people have a wonderful ability to celebrate the virtues of the individual while also recognizing the shared values of the many. Every year, the Colleen is chosen to represent these values, but each young woman is different and has her own distinct character, which will continue to grow and develop during her time as representative. One of the best things about my time as the Colleen has been getting to know members PHOTO BY JIMMY WING of the community I had not yet previously known, especially the 2015 Arizona Irish music and dancing to welcome us. On the final Lass Ella Sullivan and the 2015 Little Miss Shamthree nights, we each had our turn on stage with rocks Megan Kernaghan and Ceilli Tobin. These Daíthí Ó Sé, and we were able to get to know amazing young women have so much life ahead of each other that much better for hearing our own them, and through them I have become more aware personal stories. Deirdre, the Abu Dhabi Rose, of my position as a role model for younger generabrought tears as she recited a poem dedicated to tions. her late mother, while Elysha, the Meath Rose and I don’t want Ella, Megan, and Ceilli, or anyone later to be crowned the International Rose of Tralee,

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Mallory Melton, 23, is a native of Tempe, Arizona and graduated magna cum laude in 2014 from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and a Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She currently works for local business DK Advocates as a job coach, where she trains individuals in the community with disabilities to prepare them for jobs working with animals. Mallory hopes to become a published novelist and eventually pursue a career in publishing as an editor. She regularly volunteers with the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, particularly reviewing manuscripts for their historical fiction imprint, Bagwyn Books.  

else that I may be fortunate enough to impact, to feel that they have to be exactly like me—I want them to be themselves. I want them to understand their strengths and weaknesses and to accept who they are in spite of whatever negative forces they encounter that try to keep them down. As a representative of such a wonderful and diverse group of people, I have an obligation to serve as

best I can. This means maintaining moral standards, promoting the spirit of welcoming that first brought me into the Irish community, and striving to leave people Scan to hear better than I found them. Mallory’s amazing I am only one person and voice at the Rose can only do my best, but if I Regional Festival! were to impact even one person in a positive way through my role as the Colleen and Rose, I will consider that a success.



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The 2016 Arizona Colleen will compete as the Arizona Rose in the 58th Annual Rose of Tralee International Festival Regionals in Ireland, and if advances, competes in the televised finals during the same trip. The winning International Rose receives a world tour to represent the Global Irish. Contestant deadline January 9, 2016. See website for details. Open to single women, ages 18-27, Irish born or with Irish ancestry. Judging is based on poise, personality, communication skills, Irish pride and talent. Sponsored by the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire Committee

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Some of Mallory’s other interests include singing in English and Irish, playing the harp, reading, and sewing. Mallory comes from a musical family and thus involved in music from a young age. At ASU, she was a member of an early music chamber choir that was given the opportunity to perform with the traditional Irish band “The Chieftains” during their 50th Anniversary tour. She has played the mandolin since 17, when she began taking lessons through the Academy of Irish and Celtic studies in Phoenix. Mallory is also a lifelong reader, and her favorite author is J. R. R. Tolkien of Lord of the Rings fame. She has studied a variety of languages including French, German, Latin, and Old English (though not fluent), and next plans to study Irish. 


With mom, Debi Kret


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1916 Irish Rising: One Hundred Years Later By Caroline Woodiel


ne hundred years ago a group of men, steadfast in their commitment to Ireland’s freedom, set out the Monday after Easter to make a stand in the heart of Dublin. For six days their struggle was printed on the front pages of major newspapers around the world, including the front page of what was then The Arizona Republican. The seven leaders of this armed rebellion had written, signed, and printed a Proclamation declaring the establishment of the Irish Republic. The Proclamation was distributed around the city and read outside of Dublin’s General Post Office, or GPO. By the time the men surrendered, they had brought international attention to Ireland at a time when WWI dominated the headlines. Great Britain’s prompt execution of, what became to be known as, the Easter Rising’s leaders, transformed the international spotlight into outrage and eventually fueled the movement that led to Irish Independence. 2016 marks one hundred years since the men and women of 1916 risked and, for some, gave their lives for Irish freedom. In 2016, the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library are making sure to mark the occasion accordingly. Throughout the Spring Season of 2016, the McClelland Library and Irish Cultural Center are hosting events, lectures, group discussions, and an exhibition surrounding the 1916 Easter Rising. All official 1916 Commemoration activities are intended to increase public knowledge of the history, literature, and cultural context surrounding the activities of the men and women of the Easter Rising. The series and brand new exhibit “Remembering the Easter Rising: Historical


Context and Cultural Legacy” are co-sponsored by Ireland’s 2016 Global and Diaspora Programme of The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Culture Ireland through the Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco. On February 2, the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library are particularly excited to host the second lecture of the 1916 Commemoration Series. Dr. Nicholas Allen, Director of the Wilson Center and Franklin Professor of English at the University of Georgia, will focus his lecture on the cultural legacy of the 1916 Easter Rising in historical writings, literature, theatre, music, and nation building. The University of Georgia describes Dr. Allen’s work as “located at the intersection between literature, history and visual culture. His interests include the study of modernism, empire, and increasingly, writing about ocean and archipelago.” The lecture will be held in the Great Hall of the Irish Cultural Center and starts at 7pm. There is no cost to attend the lecture, however, the library kindly requests a donation in lieu of an admission charge. For more information on the 1916 Commemoration Series as a whole or any individual events, please visit 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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1916 Commemoration Series Spring 2016 Events January 2016 - June 2016 Library Exhibit Open January 30, 10:30am Book Discussion on W. B. Yeats, selected poetry and Cathleen ni Houlihan (play) February 2, 7:00pm Lecture by Dr. Nicholas Allen February 27, 10:30am Book Discussion on Sean O’Casey, The Plough and the Stars (play) March 26, 9:00am Easter Rising Multi-Media Presentation by Jim Daugherty March 26, 10:30am Book Discussion on Liam O’Flaherty, The Informer (novel) April 30, 10:30am Book Discussion on Frank O’Connor, “Guests of the Nation” (short story)

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harron is small in stature but mighty in her words and talent. A woman gifted, her Celtic roots reach back to her great-grandfather who, as she tells it, was “half-Scottish, half-black from the Clan MacGregor, Sub-clan Fletcher.” Her mother, she told me, was “Native American and black.” At the age of nine in Los Angeles, she was already handcrafting, crocheting, sewing, and embroidering under the watchful eyes of her mother and grandmother. Later she moved to Arizona and has recently retired from her position at UPS, but for eighteen years demonstrated her craft at the State Fair. Our interview took place in the Cottage at the Irish Cultural Center where she and renowned lace maker, Jean Doig, were demonstrating their crafts to the many tourists who visited that day. In a quiet moment, Sharron introduced me at once to Serenity, her spinning wheel. It had a story and so did its mistress. When I asked Sharron when her spinning began, she said: “At the Hassayampa River Bottom Preserve.” There while on a walk in the Preserve, she


encountered a woman whom she knew from her art demonstrations at the State Fair. But now she was standing beside a horse in distress. After Sheriff Arpaio’s pet posse rescued the animal, one thing led to another and she, Teresa Lister, a spinner and weaver, would teach Sharron the art of the wheel in three weeks. She would eventually give Sharron the very wheel she owns now, telling her she looked so serene when she worked her craft. And thus, was that lovely spinning wheel called Serenity. Eventually Sharron became a member of CROFT, a Celtic Re-enactment Organization for Fellowship and Trade, brimming with crafters representing the highest skills and who often meet and show their wares at the Irish Cultural Center. She participates each year with them now in the annual

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Arizona Renaissance Festival. I was surprised by some of the materials our artisan spins on her wheel...for starters, goat, cat and dog hair from which she has made small fiber pieces. Her jacket and ears for “a sheep in wool’s clothing” earned her an Honorable Mention at the State Fair. She uses other materials like alpaca, cashmere, and llama. But Sharron is also a woodworker and carver and works on the old type of wood lathe with a peddle, having learned the craft from Charles Klenner, whose wife, Evette, taught her yet another craft...basketry. Though she suffers from carpel tunnel and arthritis, she moves forward, continuing to learn and produce fine pieces and even plays the violin. I asked Sharron what her fondest memories in crafting might be. She immediately responded, “When I learned how to spin!” And was there a dark moment or bad memory you may have had in working your craft? “Not one!” It was clear... Sharron has made a lifetime commitment to her art. When asked about her goals for the future, she responded, “To just be a better spinner, better knitter, better everything!” And what might she say to young crafters? “Don’t let the craft arts die! They are not lost...I found them, didn’t I?” We are fortunate to have such an artisan among us in the person of spinner and woodworker, Sharron Loftis. Lynn is a former high school teacher of art, history, and political science. She is a potter, illustrator, muralist in public venues and private homes, and wordsmith. Frequently a featured artist at the Irish Cultural Center, Celtic landscapes intrigue her. Her mom, a Williams, is totally Welsh with ancestry as far back as 1700s and the Isle of Anglesley.

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Celebrate The Caledonian Society of Arizona’s 52nd Annual Robbie Burns Supper By Iain Lundy

tribute to our favorite Scottish laddie, young Mr. Burns. The night continues with more toasts, the reading of Tam O’ Shanter by Gordon Stevenson (who did the Immortal Memory last year), and the distribution of the raffle prizes. But wait…there’s more! Kick up your heels to the jigs and reels of Scottish Country Dance music until we join arms together and sing Robbie’s greatest hit, Auld Lang Syne. A full bar will be available, including wine for your table. Tickets are $75.00 p.p. and are available in advance at: For additional information, please conFLAG BY NICOLAS RAYMOND (FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/80497449@N04/7378397618) tact: Victoria L. Phegley, the 2016 Burns Supper Chair, at 602-526-2313. Formal Evening Attire is encouraged so gentlemen, wear your kilts, tuxedos or suits and ladies, evening gowns with a tartan sash ‘wid mak' ye th' belle o' th' baw’. The Caledonian Society of Arizona, a Scottish cultural society, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization chartered under the laws of the State of Arizona. Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in Scottish history, culture and customs, and is not restricted to gender, race, color, creed or national origin. Please check out our website:


rizona’s Caledonian Society invites you to join their annual Burns Supper which will be held on Saturday, January 23 at the Phoenix Country Club in downtown Phoenix. This is a wonderful opportunity to join with other affecionados of the famous Scot’s poetry to enjoy Highland Dancing, bagpipes, whisky tasting, live entertainment, Scottish Country Dancing, and the chance to take home one or more raffle prizes. The evening begins at 6:00 pm with cocktails on the patio and a demonstration of Highland Dancing. At 7:00 pm, guests are invited to join the Grand March where they’ll follow the Scottish-American Color Guard and members of the Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band into the Ballroom. The festivities continue with the ‘Wee Deoch an’ Doris’ – a tasting of several of Glenmorangie’s™ finest whiskies, followed by several toasts, and then the highlight of the evening, the presentation of the Haggis. Ready for dinner? Chef Masco will present the guests with a 5 course dinner consisting of Leak & Potato Soup, a Mixed Salad and Dinner Rolls, Steak Pie, Neeps & Tatties, and Mixed Vegetables. The vegetarian option is Scottish Bubbles & Squeak*, Clap Shot* and Pomegranate Glazed Carrots. (*Have fun Googling that!) The fifth course is Sticky Toffee Pudding with Whisky Crème Anglaise, followed by tea and coffee. Spell check, spell check…. did we leave out ‘the Haggis’? Don’t fret; there will be bowls of Haggis brought to each table with the plated dinners.

Music for the evening will be provided by Alan Reid, founding member of Scotland’s celebrated Battlefield Band, accompanied by Rob van Sante. Alan is flying in from Glasgow for this occasion and, will also be presenting the Immortal Memory

Don Finch is the President of the Caledonian Society of AZ. He grew up in Ontario’s eastern counties in a home with a Scots grandmother, Jennie Duncan, and a dad who was a Captain in the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, a kilted regiment of the Canadian Army.

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


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By Iain Lundy Fair fa’ your honest sonsie face Great chieftain o’ the puddin’-race Aboon’ them a’ ye tak yer place Painch, tripe or thairm: Weel are ye wordy o’ a grace’ As lang’s my airm.


t is a toast beloved of Scots the world over. Not only does it celebrate our National Bard Robert Burns, it also extols the culinary and nutritious virtues of the dish he so handsomely eulogized. In pubs and clubs throughout Scotland the words of the famous poem are spoken on or around the poet’s birthday. And in every corner of the globe where expat Scots and people of Scottish descent gather, they stand to usher in that most appetizing Caledonian cuisine item – haggis. We Scots are mighty proud of haggis, we love its heartiness and the fact that a foodstuff favoured by the working classes has been exalted to the level of our national dish. And the fact it is eaten and enjoyed throughout the world only adds to that sense of satisfaction. So every year, when we celebrate the Bard at Burns Suppers, a kilted Scot plunges a knife into the “great chieftain o’ the puddin’-race” to reveal the ‘gushing entrails” – as Burns so colorfully put it. Except, that is, in America. The United States is a shocking blot on the haggis-lover’s landscape. A culinary slap in the face to our Scottish heritage and identity. The good old US of A delivered the culinary slap


in the face to our Scottish heritage and identity in 1971 when it banned “real” haggis from these shores. One of the key ingredients, sheep’s lung – which makes up between 10% and 15% of the recipe – found its way on to an American food import blacklist. It has never been removed and haggis aficionados have had to endure a poor substitute ever since. For true Scots, haggis without the flavoursome lungs amounts to heresy. Imagine drinking a glass of water without whisky, it just wouldn’t be the same. What about Thanksgiving Day without turkey? There would be a national outcry. Haggis is composed of the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep minced with oatmeal, suet and spices, soaked in stock and boiled in a sheep’s stomach. At a traditional Burns Supper, a kilted bagpiper pipes it into the room, carried on a silver platter, cut up in front of the assembled company, then flavoured with some good Scotch malt whisky. I have eaten it every year since I was a teenager. No doubt I am biased but I find it delicious. Served, as it should be, with neeps (turnips) and

champit tatties (mashed potatoes), it is as filling and heart-warming a delicacy as you will find anywhere. No-one has ever died from eating a haggis – not a single person. Many have felt like death warmed up after the amount of whisky they consumed at the Burns Supper but that’s another story. The haggis ban angers and offends purists back in Scotland. Year after year they have called for it to be relaxed but without success. Even the upsurge of Scottish societies all over the U.S. and the emergence of Tartan Day have failed to force the authorities to relent. Lung-free haggis just does not cut it. And this in a country that happily sells aspartame - a sugar substitute linked to a host of health problems - scrapple, bleached chicken, and GMO corn fed beef. In January I will be attending a Burns Supper in Arizona. I’m certain it will be an excellent occasion and I will scoff the “wannabe” haggis. Just don’t be surprised if I complain a little during the evening. As the great Robert Burns said:


Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns

Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware That jaups in luggies. But, if you wish her gratefu’ prayer Gie her a Haggis. Iain Lundy grew up in Ayrshire, Scotland, and has worked as a journalist since the 1970s. He and his wife moved from Scotland to Arizona in March. His paternal grandfather came from Downpatrick, County Down, and moved to the west of Scotland as a young man.

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Cornish Pasties By Katie Caufield Ginder


ia daoibh a chaired! (Hello friends!) I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. With the New Year upon us, I’ve decided to branch out and try some new recipes this year. One meal I’ve always enjoyed but never had the patience to try making is the Cornish pasty (pronounced pa-sty). The Cornish pasty originated in Cornwell around the 13th century and became a staple for miners in the 1800s. The “D” shaped hand pie, initially only containing potatoes, onion and swede, was an easy miners’ meal as they were able to discard the coal soiled crust after consuming its contents. As the pasty became more popular, different versions made their way throughout the UK and eventually around the world. If you’re interested in trying a traditional Cornish pasty without actually getting your hands dirty in the kitchen, check out one of the multiple Cornish Pasty Co. restaurants. With locations throughout the Valley, they offer both traditional and vegetarian pasties, along with an impressive beer list. I’ve frequented the original Cornish Pasty Co. location for over a decade and I’ve never been disappointed with their delicious handheld pies.

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Ingredients Pastry


• 3¾ cups flour • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 cup (8 oz/2 sticks) cold butter, diced (or 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup good quality lard) • ½ cup ice water

• 12 ounces raw beef skirt steak or chuck steak, cut into 1/3-inch pieces • 2 cups 1/3-inch diced yellow or white onion (about 7.5 oz) • 2 cups peeled, 1/3-inch diced red or Yukon Gold potatoes (about 11 ounces) • 2 cups 1/3-inch diced carrots (about 8 ounces) • 1 teaspoon salt Pastry Egg Wash • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 1 large egg and 2 Tablespoons milk, beaten • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

Directions 1. Prepare “pasty” dough by pulsing flour and salt in a food processor. Next add cubed butter and pulse until butter is blended into small pea-sized pieces. Slowly add ice cold water and pulse until a soft dough forms; it’s possible you won’t need to use all of the water. Be careful not to overmix the dough. 2. Pat dough into a disk shape and wrap up in a sheet of plastic wrap. Refrigerate dough until firm and cold, or prepare the night before. 3. When ready to cook your pasties, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 4. In a large bowl, combine chopped beef, carrots, onions, potatoes, salt and pepper, olive oil, thyme and rosemary. Set aside. 5. Remove refrigerated pasty dough from plastic wrap and cut into six pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of dough into a nine-inch round. 6. Place about 2/3 cup of meat and veggie filling in the center of the pasty. You can bring the edges of the pasty up and crimp both sides together down the middle, or you can fold the dough over and seal the edges together with a fork. I personally enjoy the chewy crimped middle version over the forked edges. 7. Brush egg wash over pasties before placing on a parchment paper lined baking tray. Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. 8. Replace pasties from the oven and serve hot with mustard, ketchup or brown gravy.

Serves 6 If you would like to prepare a vegetarian pasty instead, you can substitute butternut squash for the meat or any variety of seasonal vegetables. The fresh thyme and rosemary really make these pasties stand out from other more traditional recipes. I don’t recommend substituting dried herbs.

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

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Celebration November 1, 2015 Irish Cultural Center, Phoenix 1







1. Bill O'Brien Memorial Exhibit 2. Justin and Anne O'Brien; Photo by Roni Ziemba 3. Bill's horse, Sunup 4. Bill's brother, son Justin center, and nephews 5. Presentation of the flag by the U.S. Navy with Sean Lee 6. O'Brien Family 7. Reception in the Great Hall 8. Hector Corona, co-founder with Bill of Los San Patricios PHOTOS BY ANN NIEMANN

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Matthew Jacobs and Sarah O'Brien, granddaughter of Bill O'Brien, were married at the Irish Cultural Center on October 3, 2015.

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David and Lynda O'Hanlon Livingston wedding with traditional Celtic Handfasting at the Tucson Celtic Festival on November 7, 2015.

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1. Bethany Tso, Event CoChair, with Welsh League of Arizona tree, decorated by Lynn Herdman Mascarelli. 2. Judy Anthony as Holly. 3. Vicki Champion, Event Chair, with son Jonah Woodside. 4. Mrs. Claus

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Part 12

from Left Lane Maureen Insurance, Shopping, Tolls By Maureen Sullivan CTC County Cork, Ireland


ay the road rise to greet you! These are some details you should know about driving in Ireland before crossing the Atlantic.

Car Insurance Visa & Amex generally do not cover car insurance rentals in Ireland, Italy and Israel, due to accidents. Credit card companies may say they cover insurance, but most reputable auto rental companies will debit your credit card, anywhere from 1,500 to 3,000 Euros. They want to protect themselves in case you have an accident. The auto rental company wants to know they will be paid for damage immediately and will not have to wait for the insurance guaranteed by the credit card company. Be sure to check with your individual credit card company, as well as the auto rental company you are using to make sure that you will not be charged. Most folks do not have several thousand dollars on their credit cards that can be debited to cover accident damage that hasn’t happened. We only use a car rental company (the primary one is Dan Dooley Car Rentals), which includes super collision damage waiver insurance, and also includes the country taxes which are paid in U.S. Dollars a month before travel.

Travel and Health Insurance We recommend travel insurance to all our clients. If there are circumstances such as illness for yourselves or family members, car accidents before departure, weather conditions such as hurricanes, hijacking, job loss, baggage delay, flooding and natural disasters at home or work place, you would be covered and reimbursed, if you have to cancel. These policies cover trip delays, missed connections, medical issues such as emergency medical evacuation,

Jack’s parents were born in County Cork, Ireland, settling in Chicago in the 1920s.

accidental death and many other issues to be considered when traveling. If you take travel insurance within 13 days of first deposit, pre-existing conditions are covered. The doctors and hospitals in Ireland will not accept health insurance per your U.S. health insurance plan. The Irish health care will accept a travel insurance policy as your primary insurance. When you get home, the travel insurance company you have chosen will check your domestic health plan to see if your plan will recover some of the cost.

The VAT (Value Added Tax; Sales Tax) Most purchases are subject to VAT up to 21%, a sum that is included in the sale price. However, visitors from outside the European Union (EU) can reclaim the VAT and get the tax back prior to departure, for purchases taken out of the country. There is a new way to re-

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cord your purchases with the Horizon Card. As you shop, your purchases are recorded on the Horizon Card. If a store is not set up with the Horizon Card, they will give you a voucher. At the airport (Dublin or Shannon) right after the Duty Free Shops, you will see the CASHBACK /FEXCO office, where you can turn in the Horizon Card or vouchers. You can also process your refund online, up to 3 months after returning. But, make sure that you process your tax back or the tax amount will be added to your credit card upon your return home.

Another Thought On the M50 around Dublin’s Fair City, there is a 3.10 Euro “e flow” pass toll (no toll booth) which must be paid. The license plate number is recorded, and as you pass through the toll, it will be register. At a gas station in any local town where they sell the “e-flow” pass, you can pay the toll for today and prepay your return trip to Dublin Airport. The tolls must be paid by 8:00 p.m. the following day. If you do not pay the tolls, they will bill the car rental company with an attorney fee and the car rental company will charge your credit card. All other tolls are paid in Euro at a toll booth. Enjoy Ireland!!

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Irish Pirates and the Birth of the Modern World From Red-haired Female Warriors to the First Multicultural Society

By Sharonah Fredrick, PhD

Irish and one English, incarnated the spirit of these new-born multicultural societies of the New World. significant Irish presence in the Americas Anne Bonny, Irish from the area of Cork, had reduring the Early Modern period/Age of belled against her prosperous, and slave owning, faEmpire (1492-1812) and ever afterward, has ther. They had settled in South Carolina, and Anne’s challenged previous attitudes that relegated Celtic father wanted to see her married off to someone of culture to a backwater. It was in the water-specifically, the upper classes. Instead, Anne fled her comfortable the warm seas of the Caribbean, and later the colder plantation life, and took up with pirates, first in the ones of the Andean Pacific-where the Irish presence port of Nassau and then, of inevitably, in the Carcontributed to some of the first multicultural commuibbean. Jamaican storytelling marks Anne as one of nities in Early Modern history. In Jamaica’s interior, in the first women to wear “fish-net” stockings, which the Blue Mountains, Irish slaves, indentured servshe angrily made out of the fish-cord on ship. She ants, and corsairs often joined maroon communities: did this as a protest, folklorists say, against the old settlements founded by escaped Africans. Irish outlaws superstition that rumored it was bad luck to have a found more in common with fugitive slaves than with woman aboard a ship. She made her leggings from their imperial masters. ship’s riggings, and fought as hard, and sometimes Right: Howard Pyle, Ireland’s presence was harder, than any man. “weaker” than that of England Book of Pirates, 1921 Anne’s comrade in arms was an Englishwoman, (an older oil painting or Spain in the New World, Mary Reade. As ferocious a fighter as Anne, Mary sold in 1905, Delaware specifically in the Imperial Art Museum) had no place in polite British colonial society. She meeting point of the Caribwas not of the right class, and her options for mobean. The Irish had no embility were limited. When Anne pire. They were colonized Bonny and her lover, Captain by the British crown, at the Calico Jack, took the ship that same time that the Spanish Mary sailed on while disguised and Portuguese crowns were as a man, they gave the crew dividing up most of the the choice to “turn pirate” with Southern Hemisphere and them, or go their own way. Mary Mesoamerica. Placing the elected to stay, and it was many Irish on the margins created months before either Anne or solidarity between them and Calico Jack discovered that Mary many of the groups that had been married, widowed, and were colonized during the fought as a soldier in Holland. Age of Empire. Irish womWhen Anne’s ship, The Kingston, Above: Anne Bonny and Mary Read convicted of en and children were often was impounded by Governor Piracy Nov. 28, 1720 at a Court of Vice Admiralty bartered on slave ships, Barnett in the name of the Engheld at St. Jago de la Vega in Jamaica; Author together with Africans and lish king, only Anne, Mary, and Engraved by Benjamin Cole (1695–1766) Caribbean Native peoples one escaped male slave fought power. But those women besuch as the Taino and the Barnett’s cannons. The men, Calico Jack included, hid longed to an elite. What of the Lucayo. Then, they were from the onslaught in the ships’ cabins, drinking rum. women, and the Irish women, sent to sugar plantations LOLESROMERO.ARTSTATION.COM Anne Bonny repudiated Jack at his hanging. Danwho did not? Some of them bePortrait of Anne Bonny by Loles Romero throughout the Caribbean iel Defoe wrote in 1724 that she told him that “had came pirates of the Caribbean, and and Brazil. Linguists have he fought like a man, he would not have died like a beyond, into Peru’s pirate port of Callao. They preyed noted a heavy Irish influence in the varied accents of dog.” It seems that on the battlefield, neither gender on Spanish voyager ships, returning from expeditions the Caribbean islands, particularly in Trinidad and nor ethnic origin determines bravery. of conquest in the South Sea. Once Jamaica passed Tobago. To this day, certain Maya Indians of HonWIKIMEDIA COMMONS [PUBLIC DOMAIN]


duras identify themselves as “caracoles”: those Maya who like the native snail (caracol), have a red exterior (the hair) and a darker interior (the skin). They are the descendants of Irish refugees who, fleeing English rule and later Spanish imperial exploitation, found a home among the embattled Maya. Being an outlier has its advantages. And women were automatic outliers (as they still are in many instances). Some women, of royal origin, did wield

from Spanish rule to the British, (1655), Irish pirates, male and female, preyed on English ships which used Jamaica as a base for wood and freshwater. However, Irish pirates showed no aversion to English crews which they took. Generally, those exceedingly poor British subjects identified with Irish outlaws more than with the British crown. In the early 1700s, as the borders of the undiscovered world were steadily shrinking, two women, one

Sharonah Fredrick is Assistant Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) at ASU. She has a PhD in Latin American Colonial Literature; MA in Renaissance History; and BA in Cultural Anthropology. She’s multilingual; attended Yeats Summer School and Merryman Literature Summer School in Ireland, as well as doing independent study in the Donegal Gaeltacht, and summer courses at Trinity College, Dublin.

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An Amazing Woman


With an ever-present desire to f a story were compete in air ractold of a young es, Corrigan came colleen leaving back to Cleveland Owenduff, County in 1948, hoping Mayo, Ireland in to compete in the the 1920s, traveNational Kendall ling to the U.S. to Trophy Air Race. work as a maid and However, needing nanny in the homes financial support of prominent to compete, she families, learning appealed to the to fly, becoming Corrigans of Clevea John Robert land. According Powers Model in to a newspaper New York, buying report of the time, her own plane, prominent attorney becoming only the Bill Corrigan told second woman in her, “Don’t worry the U.S. to earn a about a thing. We commercial pilot’s Corrigans stick license, you’d say together. There are that was great stuff enough of us in this for a novel. And town to take care you’d be right… of you.” And they only it’s a true story. did! Flying an AT-6 The young, spirited military trainer, and determined much like the one colleen was Nancy she had trained Corrigan. military cadets Nicknamed by with; she fulfilled some as Right-Way her long-cherished PHOTO BY KYLE BUCKEL, HUSBAND OF ASHLEY SPEAKER, 2012 OHIO ROSE. Corrigan, in 2014 dream. She went Left top & bottom: Nancy Corrigan. Right top: Bernadette Masterson at International Women’s Air and Space her life and work on to compete and Museum. Right bottom: 2015 Ohio Rose, Kaytee Szente, at the Museum’s fundraiser were in an exhibit in finished fifth in the Masterson, “and unbeknownst to anyone, Corrigan Cleveland’s Internarace. Remarkably, a video of her in the 1948 Kendall was taking flying lessons. The first anyone learned of tional Women’s Air and Space Museum (www.iwasm. Trophy Air Race could be viewed at the Museum. it was when the Plain Dealer ran a story on her.” Her org), which is housed in a wing of Burke Lakefront While in Cleveland, Masterson visited the Irish employer at the time said, “She must’ve been doing Airport. It featured photos of her and items docuCultural Gardens on Martin Luther King Boulevard. menting her aviation career. As reported in the Plain it in her time off.” Masterson said Corrigan broke Admiring the beauty and serenity of it, and taking Dealer, Museum Board President Connie Luhta said a world record by flying solo at the age of nineteen. note of the Irish writers memorialized there, she “In New York she saved her modeling money to gain Corrigan’s legacy was to “inspire young girls to do thought it a perfect venue for another memorializaevery possible qualification that was available in her whatever they wanted. That’s what we’re all about. tion–one for Nancy Corrigan. Perhaps it will come day.” This is just one of more than 6,000 women whose to pass. When World War 2 broke out, Corrigan atstories are here.” Corrigan went on to fly over 600,000 miles in In Cleveland to film the induction ceremony was tempted to join the WASPs (Women Air Force Sera commercial flight career that only ended with vice Pilot) but because she didn’t have an American a TV film crew from GMarsh TV, one of Ireland’s her Florida retirement in the 1960s. She passed on passport yet, she was denied. “She decided a good top regional production companies. Based near peacefully at the age of 69, while sitting on her front way around that would be to get even more qualifiCrossmolina in Co. Mayo, they’ve built their name porch. cations,” said Masterson. “She proceeded to Tulsa, producing distinctive television with a rural edge. Oklahoma where she was able to get an Instructor Their story of Nancy Corrigan aired in Ireland on John Sullivan, an internationallyRating. Afterwards she was qualified to teach Air published writer, resides in Northfield January 6, 2015 on TG4. It is in Gaelic, with EngCadets at Stephens College in Missouri, the same Village, Ohio. Some of his publishing lish subtitles. credits include Irish America cadets who would later fly in combat. She assisted in Accompanying GMarsh TV was one of CorrigMagazine, Irish Echo Newspaper, and creating the Aeronautical Department while she was an’s cousins, Achill-born Bernadette Masterson, a Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine. there.” current Dublin resident. “While she worked,” said

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Finding Myself My Experience as the 2015 Arizona Friends of Saint Patrick Young Ambassador By Ciara Archer

dedicated to Patrick’s legacy and is conveniently located to what is suspected to be his final resting he Friends of Saint Patrick Young Amplace. So much I did not know about Patrick bassador program in Northern Ireland (and probably still don’t) but the Centre is a came at just the right time. great place to start. The Saint Patrick Centre has I was just graduthe enormous responsibility ating from college, of educating and upholding had just lost my Patrick’s legacy and mission grandmother, and was of peace. He, in so many searching for myself ways, is a uniting factor for and for some underthe Irish people. standing of the world. Following a beautiful Little did I know I and informative day at the would gain insight, Centre, we began our work understanding, and assignments. some closure all in One of the benefits of one trip. being a Young Ambassador is When I left for that you are given the opporNorthern Ireland in tunity to work in a Northern July, I had no idea Irish establishment and learn what waited for me on about their business and work the other side of the culture. Some of our previous pond. My predecesambassadors have worked in sors tried to prep me; arts groups, in cultural groups I tried to do as much like the Ulster-Scots, in hosresearch as I could, pitals, and even in the Saint With NI Parliament Member Ritchie but some things you Patrick Centre itself. have to experience for yourself. Having come from a journalistic and public As I de-boarded the plane, I was greeted by relations background, I was placed at the Down a tall, lanky man with an unfamiliar accent. His Recorder, a local weekly newspaper that has been “r’s” were harsher than that of my relatives’ and in Co. Down since 1836 (15 years before The he had more energy than my jet-lagged body New York Times was officially established). Here, knew what to do with. This was Dr. Tim CampI learned about the local people as an outside bell, the Director of the Saint Patrick Centre and observer and then wrote about their lives for all organizer of the Young Ambassador Program, and our soon-to-be tour guide, therapist, histori- to see. I had some six or seven articles published, including two with my by-line. One of these was an, comedian, and friend. a feature on the Young Ambassador program, We greeted the other Young Ambassadors – which was reprinted in The Desert Shamrock all exhausted and excited – and took off from two issues ago. I was fortunate enough to spend a Dublin to Crawfordsburn, Northern Ireland. week with these journalists, and learned so much When we arrived at our housing accommoabout Northern Ireland’s media landscape and dations, we were greeted by an American flag–a how these journalists cover their local news. perfect salutation on the 4th of July–and the My second week was less structured; it was quaintest collection of country cottages you’d a holiday there (the 12th of July) so many ever seen. This would be our home-away-frombusinesses were closed Monday and Tuesday. home for the next two weeks. We took this time to tour Northern Ireland’s Fast-forward through an exhausting and adbreathtaking sites like Giant’s Causeway and the venturous night in Belfast, and we enter into our Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (sidenote – not a third day of the trip and our formal introduction fan). These adventures bonded us Young Amto the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, bassadors together in an incredibly special way. County Down. The only museum 100 percent


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Young people from across North America came together to learn about peace, prosperity, and cultural appreciation; how lucky we were. How lucky I am to call all of these people friends. After our excursions, I had one more work placement with Member of Parliament Margaret Ritchie. For one day, I worked in her constituency office, did research, wrote a press release, and learned a little about the governmental system of Northern Ireland. Our last evening in Northern Ireland brought the rain (I think the sky was crying just knowing we were leaving). Surrounded by five incredible, educated, enlightened and thoughtful individuals, my heart broke a little bit knowing this For more info on adventure was my journey, visit nearly over. http://ciaraarcher. To be honest, I found that at times I forgot where I was. Life goes on no matter where you are: people go to work, cook dinner, spend time with family, repeat. I had to remind myself to look around me, into the world as a small piece of the giant puzzle looking for where to fit in. This experience as the Young Ambassador has brought me one step closer to the never-ending journey of finding myself; of learning about the world and all of the fantastic treasures it has to offer. And it has brought me even more pride in my beautiful state of Arizona and the Irish community we have here. Thank you so much for this opportunity. If you are between the ages of 20-25 and are interested in applying to be next year’s Friends of Saint Patrick Young Ambassador for Arizona, visit to learn more.

26, 2016 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Tim Finnegan’s Irish Restaurant and Bar 9201 N. 29th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85051 Service Partners :

Legends of Celtic Exploration in the Ancient Americas: Saints, Princes, & Red-Haired Gods Presented by Dr. Sharonah Fredrick Assistant Director, ACMRS

Book Drive & Charity Benefit Saturday, January 30 • 7pm-10pm at ICC Food, music, dancing, books, and more! $10 admission bring 2 books, get in for $5

Saturday, May 7, 2016 7:00-9:00pm Irish Cultural Center 1106 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tickets $10 at the door Open to the public Elaine Monaghan Price 602-396-6913

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WALES...CYMRU Dydd Santes Dwynwen/ Saint Dwynwen’s Day By Lynn Herdman Mascarelli


n January 25, the Welsh celebrate their saint and patron of love as we, in Ireland and the States, observe Saint Valentine’s Day on February 14. The good woman’s story comes out of the oral tradition of a number of Celtic folktales. One such narrative has it that Dwynwen fell in love with Maelon Dafodrill who shared the same feelings but they would never be together. Her father would simply not allow the union and, overwrought, she prayed she have no love for him in her heart. And lo! An angel visited her with a potion to take from her any memory of love she may have had for Maelon; he sadly turned into a block of ice. God would allow Dwynwen three wishes: that Maelon be thawed, that God fulfill the hopes and dreams of true lovers and finally, that she herself should never marry. A more historical rendition of the holy one’s life finds Dwynwen living on the isle of Anglesey. She is believed to have been a daughter of 5th Century King Brychan Brycheiniog. Her mother may have been Rigrawst, one of the king’s consorts who is said to have had twenty of his children and among those, some became saints. She is honored in Porthddwyn and LLanddwny, Wales and the Church of Sen Adhwynn in Advent, Cornwall. When not permitted to marry, she retreated to the solitude of Llanddwny Island off the west coast of Anglesey to remain a hermitess-nun until she died in about AD 460. Of particular interest is her church on the small is now in ruins but was an important shrine in medieval times. After the Reformation, devotions were banned there and it fell into disuse from neglect and the frequent sandstorms pounding the shores. In the 19th Century, the Anglican Church restored devotions there and in 1879, an aging Queen Victoria in the sixtieth year of her reign had a plain cross of 14 feet raised in memory of the saint. Near the ruins, the Honorable F. G. Wynn of Glynllivon, of the third Lord Newborough erected a Celtic Cross in 1903. The site is now part of a nature reserve. The present-day observance of Saint Dwynwen’s Day grew out of a revival in the sixties through the efforts of a university student, Vera Williams in Bangor; she commissioned designs for St Dwynwen's Day cards to create a “Welsh Valentine’s Day”. In 2003 the Welsh Language Board (Bwrdd yr Iaith Gymraeg) joined with Tesco, a UK grocery chain, to give out 50,000 cards in all its Welsh stores but one had a special heart which meant a prize for the happy recipient. By 2004, the celebration of 25 January as a festival for Welsh lovers was well established though it is

not officially observed in the liturgies of the Catholic or Anglican Churches at this time...but she is the patron saint of

sick animals. In a wonderful old writing filled with sketches and illustrations, the site of Saint Dwynwen’s Church is described: From the present ruins of the cruciform church of Llanddwyn we may fairly assume that at one time it must have been a fine building, and [the] Buck [brothers’] view of it from 1742 confirms this assumption: Lying in a hollow in the centre of the island, it is situated in as sheltered a spot as the nature of the ground would permit, the rising ground largely protecting it from the force of the western gales, while the highly inclined schistous rocks, rising like walls, afford it shelter on the north and south: the spot is singularly romantic and lonely, and no better site could have been selected if the object was to

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Top left: The ruins of Dwynwen's church on the isle of Anglesey. Top right: Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus – Happy Valentine's Day from North Wales. Left: St. Saint Dwynwen Holy Card / Prayer Card, Catholic Art. Available at stores.ebay. com/portraitsofsaints

impress worshippers with awe and reverence by means of wild surroundings and a retirement from the world, for solitude is the keynote of Llanddwyn. For author's bio and photo, go to page 12

January 2016 1-3 15 17 23

Zoppé-An Italian Family Circus Times Vary Black Violin 7:30pm TIMBER! A Production of Cirque Alfonse! 7pm Deana Martin - Honoring Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra 7:30pm 29 Moscow Festival Ballet presents Don Quixote 7:30pm 30 Fiesta Mexico-Americana with Los Lobos 7:30pm

February 2016

6 The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra 12 Tap Factory 14 The Summit – The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 20 Frankie Avalon 21 Lee Ann Womack 27 Steppin’ Out LIVE with Ben Vereen & Trio

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March 2016

4 The Second City Fully Loaded 7:30pm 5 Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show 7:30pm 8-13 Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding Times Vary 7:30pm 18 Rita Rudner 25 Flamenco Kings starring Los Vivancos 7:30pm

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1 The von Trapps


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Music Review H By Gary Woodside

appy New Year! I always love the idea of a fresh start every year and all the exciting possibilities that lie before us. Like many, I can't believe that 2015 came and went so quickly. Farewell 2015, it feels like we hardly knew ya; now I'm gonna try and review ya. While many new releases didn't cross my desk for review, that doesn't mean that it was an uneventful year in Celtic music, especially for myself. Not only did I get a chance to play a few shows with my partner in crime, Sarah Noble, with our Celtic duo ár Turas, but we had a great “field trip” to the 33rd Annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival. I believe that I have seen more shows this year than any before. The Festival was quite impressive. It definitely lived up to the stories. With national, international, and local musical artists covering 5 stages over 3 days, there was plenty to try and fit in for the music fan. I was able to catch sets by Carbon Leaf, Seven Nations, Runa, Ennis, Rory Makem, Frances Black, Cherish the Ladies, The High Kings, and Cleveland's own Mary's Lane. Mapping and planning our days like mad musical scientists, we were able to see everyone at least once and fit in as much bonus time as possible with our favorites. Rocking sets by Carbon Leaf and Seven Nations had the big tent jumping and to my pleasant surprise, so did Mary's Lane. I was very impressed by these locals. More traditional sets by Runa and Ennis entertained on the middle stage. Frances Black and

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The High Kings wowed the crowds at the Gazebo stage. There was no disappointment to be found at his festival. On Day One, a crisis did arise but was luckily averted. Unable to find Irish whiskey for purchase, I began to panic. Some helpful locals happily pointed me in the right direction and saved the day.

Musical Instruments Museum Other musical highlights this year were two performances at the MIM; one by Irish-American stalwarts Solas, reunited with long time vocalist Karen Casey; and the other by former Great Big Sea vocalist/guitarist Alan Doyle. A great intimate setting in an amazing sounding theater. Solas was at the top of their game. Performing many favorites and selections from their current release and previously reviewed “Shamrock City,” and Casey's solo album. The crowed, filled with many familiar faces, roared its approval and appreciation. Doyle was no less electrifying as he delivered Celtic inspired rock and humor from St. John's, Newfoundland. Tracks from his current releases, as well as some Great Big Sea classics had toes tapping and hands clapping.

Young Dubliners The most recent treat was with one of my personal favs. The band that opened me to the concept of Irish Rock. The Young Dubliners not only put on a high energy show at the Crescent Ballroom, but also played a surprise gig at little ole Rosie McCaffrey's pub doing an opening set for locals favorites, The Brazen Heads. A great evening that will not be forgotten.

Locals It wasn't all good times this year at the pubs. With time, all things often change. We witnessed the final


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performances of longtime valley pub heroes, the Keltic Cowboys. I saw a ton of great shows from these guys, but all is not lost. Ex-frontman, Frank Mackey can be seen around town performing with former O'Carroll's Gate/Biffos frontman, Brian O'Carroll. In other sad news, our own local legend and former Clare Voyant, Shay Veno, recently left Phoenix and O'Connor's Pub to spread his brand of cheeky folky-ness to other unsuspecting victims. With St. Patrick's Day practically right around the corner and the upcoming second release from the Arizona Celtic Women project, there is definitely no rest for the wicked Celts anytime soon. Please feel free to email me at with any comments, suggestions, or to submit music for review. A musician/songwriter for 20+ years, Gary has a small recording studio and experience in recording, mixing, mastering, etc. With an extensive collection of recorded music, 10,600 of all styles and genres, he has a special fondness for Celtic music with his da’s ancestry from Ayrshire, Scotland and his mom’s from Moylough, County Galway, Ireland.

January – February 2016



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


ALEES was incorporated in 2004 to promote and celebrate accomplishments of Irish-Americans in law enforcement. Its members, families and friends support ALEES Foundation, a 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


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!


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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Irish Network Phoenix is under the umbrella of the national IrishNetwork USA organization integrating the IrishNetworks that exist in various cities across the United States. It allows members of the networks to connectwith their peers and to develop relationships that will foster success in their business, economic, cultural andsports ventures. Come to a monthly breakfast or lunch to explore membership; www.facebook. com/IrishNetworkPhoenix;


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


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,; 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,, 928-556-3161,


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


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


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


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

January – February 2016


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.

Colleen Kelly Beaman, Chair 520-743-7979, 1670 N Country Club, Tucson, AZ 85716; and Facebook



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


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


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

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

CELTIC DANCE SCHOOLS Classes in Chandler, 480-699-2455, Thomas Bracken, ADCRG. | Alexis Hodel, TCRG,

MAGUIRE ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCE Classes in Phoenix, Tucson, Dallas, and Houston (520) 319-0204. Darren Maguire, TCRG, ADCRG


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





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

SALEM, NH PHOENIX 603-898-5130602-944-5400 FAX 603-898-5113 FAX 602-944-3154



P.O. Box 1768 10611 N. 11th St. Salem, NH 03079 Phoenix, AZ 85020

Electrical, Mechanical, Plastics, Metals, and Contract Mfg. Joe Lewis Cell 617-510-9260 Joe Jr. 603-365-1301

Thomas P. Murphy, CPA 21639 N. 12th Avenue, Suite 203 • Phoenix, Arizona 85027 (623) 581-0375 • Fax (623) 581-9242 Grandfather Murphy born in County Westmeath and Grandmother in County Longford, Ireland

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JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2016 [All events are in Arizona USA unless otherwise noted]


PUBLIC WALK-IN HOURS (TOURS, LIBRARY & GENEALOGY) Tuesday-Saturday ▪ 10am – 3pm Wednesday Evenings (Library only) ▪ 3pm – 8pm Frances McClelland Genealogy Centre available these hours; Open Other Hours for Scheduled Classes, Meetings & Events 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85004 See ad page 11


(IRISH SOCIAL DANCING) All ages; instructor & live music; $6; cash bar Fridays ▪ 7pm – 9pm • Jan 15, Feb 19, Mar 18



Saturday, January 9 • 10:30am to Noon FREE Irish Cultural Center, Norton Room Creating “News” Brainstorming, Research, Securing Permissions, Sidebar Ideas, Guidelines for Submitting RSVP:, 602-568-3455 See page 3 for details


Sunday, January 10 • 1:30pm – 4pm Adults $5; Children FREE ICC, Purchase at the Door Contact:


REMEMBERING THE EASTER RISING: HISTORICAL CONTEXT AND CULTURAL LEGACY Now through June (see ad page 13 for hours) An Interactive Museum EXHIBIT | McClelland Library Co-Sponsored by Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Consulate Office of San Francisco. Cost: $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 members, and $5 kids ages 5-17. Contact/Info: 602-864-2351;

Thursday, January 21 • 7pm FREE • See ad p25; click on "Discovery" See ad back cover


Saturday, January 23 • 10:30am to 12:30 pm Cost: $15 members/$20 nonmembers Contact/Info: 602-864-2351;

Saturday, January 30 • 10:30am – 12:30pm Co-Sponsored by Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Consulate Office of San Francisco This month discussing W. B. Yeats, Selected poetry and Cathleen ni Houlihan (play) Irish Cultural Center; FREE Contact/Info: 602-864-2351;


Saturday, January 30 Omni Resort, Tucson Celtic Music, Cocktail Hour, Silent Auction, Poetry & More See ad page 15


Saturday, January 30 • 7pm – 10pm • ICC Food, music, dancing, books, and more! Friends of Saint Patrick - Arizona Chapter $10; Bring 2 books, get in for $5 See ad page 27


Tuesday, February 2 • 7pm Co-Sponsored by Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Consulate Office of San Francisco $5 Donation requested at the door Contact/Info: 602-864-2351;




November 2015 – March 2016 Scottsdale Public Art, Scottsdale Waterfront—FREE


Now through April 24 Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) $7 Adults, $5 Students;


Sat, Feb 6 • 10:30am to Noon Stories and crafts for entire family. Irish Cultural Center; FREE. Contact: 602-864-2351;


Saturday, January 23 • 6pm Phoenix Country Club, Downtown Presented by Caledonian Society of Arizona Dinner, Entertainment, Social Scottish Dancing Tickets:$75.00 pp at event/2468005 Info: Victoria Phegley, 602-526-2313 See article page 14


Thursday, January 7 • 6:30pm FREE Scottsdale Performing Arts Center. Join John Good (Sioni Dda), head of the Welsh League of Arizona.; click “Discover” See ad back cover


Saturday, January 23 • 6pm – 10pm Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub, Phx Poetry, Music, and Haggis Cost: Whatever Food Ordered Raffle; Proceeds to Leukemia Foundation See ad page 15

Thursday Evenings Starting Feb 11 • 6:30-8:30pm Cost: $70 members/$80 nonmembers Contact/Info: 602-864-2351;


Sunday, January 24 • 7pm Light & Life Free Methodist Church, 2797 Willow Creek Rd., Prescott Concert - door opens at 6:30pm Tickets at door only: Adults: $20; College students: $10; Under 19 FREE Info: (928) 771-1218;

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Saturday, February 20 • 6pm Dinner, 7pm Program Phoenix Lodge; Tickets $40 Tickets will be available at and at ICC See ad page 9

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Saturday, February 20 • 10:30am – 12:30pm Cost: $15 members/$20 nonmembers Contact/Info: 602-864-2351;


Hosted by Phx-Ennis Sister Cities Friday, February 26 • 7:30pm – 9:30pm Tim Finnegan’s Irish Pub, Phx Contact/Info: See ad page 27

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Saturday, February 27 • 10:30am – 12:30pm Co-Sponsored by Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Consulate Office of San Francisco This month discussing Sean O’Casey, The Plough and the Stars (play) Irish Cultural Center; FREE Contact/Info: 602-864-2351;


Saturday, February 27 • ICC


Saturday, March 12 • 7:17am start Live Music, Fun for the Entire Family; 480-609-3978 See ad page 30

...continued from page 19 Friends of St. Patrick Center – AZ Chapter raised about $800 at the Potato Fundraiser. Proceeds for the Young Ambassador Program, and for improvements with ICC St. Patrick Exhibit in the Cottage.

Luke Patrick Linares born 11/15/2015 at 2:52am weighing 8lb 3oz and 21.5 inches long. Proud parents are Fernando and 2014 Southern CA Rose Katie (Bergman) Linares.


Saturday, March 12 Parade on 3rd Street, Downtown Phoenix Faire at ICC and Margaret Hance Park, Phx




“The most Authentic in the Valley" Thursday, March 17 • ICC

THE OLD BLIND DOGS FROM SCOTLAND Thursday, March 24 • 7 pm Light & Life Free Methodist Church

100-YEAR EASTER RISING CELEBRATION Multi-Media Presentation Saturday, March 26 • ICC


Joel Zolondek, Photography Exhibitor at ICC November 2015

2014 Young Ambassador Audrey Sullivan in A Christmas Carol at Hale Theatre

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

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Explore U.K. + Ireland The 2015-16 Discovery Series offers an authentic exploration of the United Kingdom and Ireland, including performances, talks, films and more.

Direct From Ireland

Celtic Nights: Spirit of Freedom

Thursday, January 28, 7:30 p.m. 100 years of Irish independence told through ancient folklore, lyrical melodies and fiery step dancing.


Friday, February 19, 8 p.m. One of the hottest dance tickets around, London’s all-male dance troupe perform two new works: The Murmuring by Alexander Whitley and Mesmerics by Christopher Wheeldon.

Cherish the Ladies: Irish Homecoming

Thursday, March 17, 7:30 p.m. A St. Patrick’s Day concert with the allwomen traditional Irish band blending virtuoso instrumentals, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing.

National Theater of Scotland’s

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart Created by David Greig, Writer, and Wils Wilson, Director April 19–24 An incredibly inventive and entertaining piece of anarchic theater, live music and strange goings-on. This event is an interactive theater experience with limited seating onstage in a pub setting.


Learn more about United Kingdom and Ireland through lectures, tastings and other special events. Songs and Tales of Wales

The Luck of the Irish

Thursday, January 7, 6:30 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Library

What’s So Irish About Irish Social Dancing?


Thursday, January 21, 7 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

The History of the Cornish Pasty

Isle of Saints and Scholars Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Library 100th Anniversary

The 1916 Easter Rising

Sunday, February 7, 3 p.m. Cornish Pasty Co

Monday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Library

The Beatles


From Liverpool to Abbey Road Sunday, January 24, 2 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Library

A Festival of Native Cultures From the United Kingdom, Ireland and Arizona Sunday, April 3, Noon – 4 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Civic Center Park

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Desert Shamrock January-February 2016 e-Magazine  

This issue has Irish pirates, Arizona's Rose of Tralee, Scotland's bard Robert Burns, Friends of St. Patrick Young Ambassador and more! The...

Desert Shamrock January-February 2016 e-Magazine  

This issue has Irish pirates, Arizona's Rose of Tralee, Scotland's bard Robert Burns, Friends of St. Patrick Young Ambassador and more! The...