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Common Emerald Damselfly female, Tregaron, Wales 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.


dedicate this article to the memory of the recent passing of good Mary Gilchrist, facilitator extraordinaire of our Welsh League at the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix, Arizona. We suffer her loss... may she rest with God. Though Cymru is notably a mining nation, emeralds do not exist in its hills but there is something quite precious regardless and this, a lovely bejeweled and winged creature from the dragonfly family existing in parts of Wales. It is the emerald damselfly. Lush vegetation on lakeshores and edges of ponds provides safe habitats for this medium-sized insect that interestingly, perches with wings half-open along the length of its body. They are generally quite busy from the end of June to September throughout Wales, the UK, and Ireland. There are several types and all, truly beautiful. The male emerald damselflies are metallic green with powder-blue eyes. The tip of the abdomen, blue, as is the thorax and abdomen. The metallic green female is more stylish with pale beige stripes on the thorax. The scarce emerald damselfly (its actual name) is a much rarer species and looks very similar. Since 2009, the willow emerald damselfly has grown considerably in numbers. It is to be noted the Wales Wildlife Trusts manage many endangered wetland nature reserves benefiting all wildlife, including the damselflies. One such reserve is Dowrog Common, a tract of wet and dry heath with countless pools and a fen where there are 250 species of flowering plants including the Lesser Butterfly Orchid. Near the upper River Alun, there are swamps of Reedmace, Water Horsetail, Marsh Cinquefoil and Bogbean surrounding the pool. On the Common, wildfowl and birds of prey with interesting names like the Short-eared Owl and Merlin, winter here with Whooper Swans, Teal, and Wigeon. These wetlands protect, as well as provide breeding for Grasshopper and Sedge Warblers, and the Reed Bunting. It would seem that Wales is quite diverse in the ponds and heath, as a small but shining green Emerald Damselfly perches and flits his way through the marsh with his mate.



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ANCESTRY Exploring your Genealogy Over Here, McClelland Library ............ 14 SCOTS Bucket List: Exploring your Genealogy Over There ................. 20

ARTS Spectacular! National Library of Ireland ...................................... 12 BOOK: Screamer ......................................... 12

CULTURE Anam Cara Emerald Anniversary Gala Honorees: Tommy Montgomery and Jan Murphy .......................................... 8 SPECIAL INSERT 20-Year Anniversary of ICC & McClelland Library .......... 15-18 Sean Prior’s Celebration of Life...... 21,23 Celtic Caterer: Braised Venison in Guinness & Port..................................... 26 Keltic Kitchen: Kerrygold’s Dubliner Cheese Dip.................................................... 26

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his is the 20th anniversary of the Irish Cultural Center. How quickly time has passed. Though Jack and I are ten years new to the Valley of the Sun, the Irish Community, its many friends, and activities at the Center have become an important part of our life. The grounds of the Center feature an inspirational memorial which honors those who perished and those who immigrated during the “Great Hunger” in Ireland. There is a Great Hall, which opened its doors in 1998, a visitor’s center which opened in 2002 is in a replica of an 1850s Irish cottage. In 2012, the McClelland Irish Library welcomed the public and is part of the Phoenix Public Library system. The gifted architect and designer of the entire Center is Paul Ahern. In the entrance of the Great Hall there is a prominent plaque honoring the visionary founders of the Center. When we decided to make our move to Phoenix, we knew we had three of our adult children and their families to greet us. But the loveliest surprise was finding an Irish community that is flourishing here! Because we have a family cottage in West Cork, Ireland and a travel business which specializes in travel to Ireland, we volunteered to have a booth at the Fall Irish Festival in 2009. Shortly thereafter, we were invited to a breakfast meeting of ERIN, Executive Resources for Irish Networking, which began in 1987. Among the founders were Sean Lee, Sean and Patricia Prior, Joan Hassett, Kay and John Kilkenny, and Bob Graham. The founders wanted to help promote the businesses of its Irish community members. Today it is a thriving affiliate of the Center and is now called Irish Network Arizona. This lively group meets the second Friday of each month to promote their businesses and share with friends. It is part of the national organization, INUSA, which promotes business, culture and philanthropy in its 19 chapters. One of the greatest assets of the McClelland Irish Library is its ability—through the use of social media, technology, and remarkable volunteers—to assist visitors in tracing their Irish and Celtic roots. That has been a blessing for us in building our business, Sullivan’s Travels. Through our travel profession, we have assisted travelers to Ireland to find their Irish ancestors. When our clients begin their search in Ireland, we make sure that they take all written documentation with them. If there is a local genealogy centre for the ancestral family county in Ireland, we encourage them to make contact before they arrive. We also encourage visitors to talk to friendly locals. They have a wealth of information

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and are always willing to share. A walk in the local churchyard, seeing the headstones, can be an enlightening experience. The local pubs can be a great source of information. In some cases, the Office of the Registrar can provide a copy of a relative’s birth certificate. Local parish priests have been helpful with baptismal records. This past August, we had two sets of clients, although unable to self-drive, successfully tracing their family roots by train, bus, and local drivers.

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The Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library host their Anam Cara (“Soul Friend”) Awards Gala each year to recognize accomplished individuals who have exhibited outstanding community service and support of the Irish/Celtic culture. This year’s Gala celebrates the 20th (emerald) Anniversary of the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation (ICLF), their parent organization.

Thomas Montgomery was born in The Bronx, New York to parents, Thomas and Eileen. Tom Sr. emigrated to NYC from Co Clare and Eileen from Co. Mayo in 1969. Tom was raised in the thriving Irish community of NYC and its suburbs, with summers at their family home in Quilty, County Clare. After a few years of university in Boston and then Limerick City, he graduated with a B.A from SUNY Purchase College, shortly before making the move to Arizona in 2002. He has a young son who happens to be a proud little Irishman named Conor who is 9 years old. Working in the bar restaurant business since the age of 16, he harassed local publican Seamus McCaffery for a job upon his arrival in the Valley. Seamus eventually gave in and Tommy, as he is known here, started work at Rosie McCaffery’s. There he was introduced to the Irish community in Phoenix and thankfully got his start in a new town. Close to 18 years later, Tommy is a co-owner of Tim Finnegan’s Irish Pub and the Kettle Black Kitchen and Pub. Since his arrival, he has also earned a master’s degree in education from Arizona State University. An avid reader and self-declared historian, he supports the Irish Community in any way possible. He is an Irish music aficionado known to sing a few ballads on occasion. Tommy visits the old country and is immensely proud of his bonds with family and friends across the pond. He is unequivocally humbled by this honor and looks forward in the years to come to serve as a true friend of the Irish Community.

Tommy and son Conor outside Doolin in County Clare


Jan Murphy

Jan Murphy moved to Phoenix from Minnesota in 2006 and accidentally “discovered” the Irish Cultural Center on March 14, 2009. She was bored and flipping TV channels when she saw Mary Moriarty smiling at a reporter and inviting everyone to join in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire. Mary also mentioned that the ICC was offering a group tour to Ireland and Jan joined the trip. She enjoyed two glorious weeks running around the Irish countryside with Mary, Sharon Caruso, Tim and Mary Haines, and Diana Larowe. What a spectacular group to introduce Jan to the Irish community in Phoenix! Mary invited Jan to stop by “to see about volunteering” for the Autumn Celebration at the ICC and Jan unexpectedly became the coordinator of all the volunteers at that event and then continued in that role for the following eight years. Because she had taught high school math and English for 34 years, she was prepared for the challenge of crowd control and multi-tasking. Jan planned many events and encouraged the participation of hundreds of volunteers. She enjoyed serving on the Board of Trustees for several years and coordinated the Core Council activities for three years. Among her lasting memories are the Halloween costume contests, the snow machine sending flakes over Christmas at the Castle, and moving the Port-A-Johns across the parking lot before an event. Active in many clubs and organizations, Jan edits publications for the Sun City Players Community Theater and sometimes acts in productions. She often drives her 30-foot Class C RV around the Southwest but uses airplanes for her frequent international travels. She taught in Kimberley, South Africa, for a year through the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program in 2004. ICC activities have allowed Jan to meet and work with many interesting individuals over the years and some are now her soul friends. She helped organize many Anam Cara Galas and is profoundly touched to be an honoree this year. Her two sons and their wives and two granddaughters will celebrate with her while Jan’s paternal great-grandparents from County Armagh are smiling down on her.




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Ben Bulben in the background County Sligo, Ireland


hat’s in a name? In 1937, Article 4 of the Constitution of Ireland, gave the Irish state its two official names, Éire in Irish and Ireland in English. Though eventually resolved, its naming was the subject of much dispute between the British government and the new country-state, officially recognized in 1949 as the Republic of Ireland. Though the harp, shamrock, and claddagh are often used to symbolize Ireland, the image of Ireland as a gem, an emerald, is immortalized in its jewelry and in a poem by Dr. William Drennan of Belfast in which he was the first referring to Ireland as “the Emerald Isle” in print. How fitting it is, at such a time when we are celebrating our Emerald Gala on October 19, as part of the 20 years since the Irish Cultural & Learning Foundation’s inception in Phoenix, Arizona. Ireland indeed is the Emerald Isle. We can see this in clear images taken by NASA’s Aqua satellite, in which Ireland shines through in all its beauty, made lush by warm ocean currents and the North Atlantic Drift touched by the Gulf Stream as it flows north. It is the good doctor, William Drennan who would transform all this green into a poem, “When Erin Rose”. After his studies in Scotland, Drennan, a medical innovator in the fight against smallpox and other diseases, he returned and built his practice in Belfast. But there was another side to the man, when in the 1780s, his skills in writing,


prompted pamphlets and a number of political works in support of Catholic freedoms and civil rights. He was even arrested; later let go and would cofound with his brother-in-law, Sam McTier, a Brotherhood, as he called it. The Society of United Irishmen, to achieve, as he passionately wrote: “... real independence to Ireland and republicanism its particular purpose.” In the poem’s fifth stanza, Drennan mourns Ireland’s suffering: Alas! for poor Erin that some are still seen, Who would dye the grass red from their hatred to green; Yet, oh! when you’re up, and they’re down, let them live, Then yield them that mercy which they would not give. Arm of Erin, be strong! but be gentle as brave; And uplifted to strike, be still ready to save; Let no feeling of vengeance presume to defile The cause of, or men of, the Emerald Isle. I am indebted to friend, photographer Tim Murphy, for his stunning portrayal of a green Ireland. Undeniably, Ireland is all that: precious to us, a gem to be treasured, the Emerald Isle. Read the entire poem and more on Library Ireland’s website. There is also on this page a most poignant video on the Irish Famine which we will be privileged to showcase in remembrance at the Center on November 3: https://www.libraryireland.com/CIL/DrennanErin.php

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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outh of the Liffey, nestled between Trinity College, Merrion Square and St. Stephen’s Green, and backing up to Leinster House (the Oreachtas, or House of Parliament) in Dublin sits the iconic National Library of Ireland. Completed in 1890, this ornate building is repository to the Irish Nation’s literature, ancient and modern documents, maps, photo collections, art, newspapers of Ireland, and a first-class genealogical database. It sits beside its architectural twin, the National Museum, both designed by Sir Thomas Newenham Deane. The exterior of the building reminds me ever so much of a tiered wedding cake, decorated with angels and garlands, accented here and there with stained glass windows, not depicting saints and sinners however, but great Irish writers. Upon entering to use the Reading Room for

research (free to everyone), be sure to take notice of the mosaic floors in the rotunda and the beautiful marble staircase. All of the building materials used were of Irish origin. The grandeur of the Reading Room is breathtaking, with a high, domed ceiling accented with numerous oval windows and an oval window at the top, illuminating the interior with diffuse lighting throughout the day. The soft green-tomint ceilings give a sense of quiet and calm. The room is quite silent given how many people are there at any given time. There are rows of tables where one can check out whatever documents are needed for research. The documents are requested at a central desk, and a librarian will fetch the material and bring it to your table. When I researched there, I had to hand over my ID. There are old-style green lamps at each table, but I found myself mostly using my mobile phone’s flashlight to give me enough light to read. Because it is a

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repository of the nation’s history, the library is for research only, and not for lending. By far and away, the most visited spot in the library, so I believe, are the Genealogy Rooms, where tourists flock to research their Irish roots. If you are taking a genealogy tour to Ireland, be sure to book a genealogist in advance (through the library) who can guide you through the tons of information they have there. They store the largest collection of parish records (and other data), dating back centuries. You can still enlist the help of genealogists in the library without an appointment, but securing an appointment is ideal. [You can also visit the Irish Family History Centre on Custom House Quay, which also provides genealogists to help you with your research.] Every month the library features different cultural events and displays for the public. A short trip north takes you inside the National Museum, for a nominal fee.

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The museum displays artifacts from the ancient to the present. Allow yourself at least a day to visit the museum. There is a small café in the library and, of course, all the good eating you can possibly want right there in central Dublin. Go to www.desertshamrock.com home page and download NLI’s Family History Research 2018 booklet as you explore your own genealogy. How does a gal named Carmelita Lee 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!

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Miles receiving a certificate of appreciation from the Irish Cultural & Learning Foundation for his volunteer genealogy services. (lft to rt) Jim Daugherty, Miles Davenport, Caroline Woodiel (McClelland Library), and Paul Ahern



enealogy has become one of the fastest-growing worldwide industries of the past 20 years. Millions of people are discovering the fascination of delving into the lives of their ancestors. In the U.S., much of that research is focused on the history of the Irish immigrants who crossed the Atlantic to establish a new life. Since October 2012, a well-stocked genealogy section has been available at the McClelland Library as part of the Irish Cultural Center for Arizonans who want to study their Irish forebears who journeyed to the Southwest. It has become one of the most popular features of the building and attracts genealogists, both professional and amateur. Miles Davenport, a genealogist for more than 20 years, has been volunteering at the center since 2013. He said that while most people are associated with east coast cities such as Boston and Philadelphia, there were a surprising number who made it as far west as Arizona. “I don’t know the numbers but there’s a very large Arizona Irish population. I’ve heard that since I walked in the door here. They came here originally for the mines— copper mining, gold, and all the rest—and they gradually morphed into other occupations.” Miles said the vision for the genealogy room was that

of ICC founder Norman McClelland. “When he put the library together and got people to fund it, one of his goals was that Irish people would come here and study their family history. He himself published four books, with the help of others of course. His goal was that everybody should have the chance to do that. We haven’t quite accomplished that yet but we’re working on it. We have a class in November on how to write up your family history.” “Norman also wanted to dedicate it to his sister, and he wanted to bring the Irish Community together because he was so interested in it himself. So, I think that was the foundation for this place. “When we first started operating here, the Boston Library, which is of huge Irish interest because of all the immigrants, donated more than 7,000 books. I spent two summers logging in books. That was a great start to our printed collection. “We have nine subscription bases we use, most of which are focused on Ireland. It’s like ancestry.com, Findmypast, and all those other websites. For most of those, you have to be in the library to use because we have to pay for them. Otherwise, there’s probably another 30 or 40 sites we promote that people can use here or from home.” Miles said finding old Irish relatives can be difficult because so many records were destroyed but

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revealed he had been able to trace families back to the 14th and 15th centuries. “A lot of Irish records were destroyed but a lot survived. Once you go before 1850, it gets harder. Unfortunately, the censuses were destroyed, and the only ones left are 1901 and 1911. There are church records and they go back quite far, but it just depends on the parish. Some parishes go back to the late 1700s. So, if you are lucky and if your folks were from the right parish, we can find them.” Most people who visit the genealogy room spend a couple of hours there, he shared. Some will come back and spend days at a time. There are always volunteers on hand to sit down and help people. Anybody can visit the genealogy library and pay $5 a day, but if you’re a member there’s no charge. Membership fees are $40 a year; if you are a student or over 62, the annual fee is $30.


Maternal grandparents from Co. Kerry, paternal from Co. Clare

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20-Year Anniversary 1999-2019

When visitors from around the world visit the Irish Cultural Center (ICC) and McClelland Library they are simply amazed at the lovely facilities. It is important to acknowledge and honor the thousands of people who poured their hearts and souls (and money) into this incredible vision of a home away from home for the Irish abroad. They marvel at An Gorta Mór (The Great Hunger) Memorial, the Traditional Irish Cottage, An Halla Mór (The Great Hall), the Heritage Clos (courtyard) and the McClelland Library. 2019 marks the 20th Anniversary of An Gorta Mór and the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation (ICLF), the non-profit organization that governs and supports the entire campus.

The Irish in Arizona are documented back to Hugo O’Conor, Commandant Inspector General of the Interior Provinces of New Spain and Founder of the Presidio San Agustin de Tucson August 20, 1775 (future City of Tucson). Irish clubs and social activities were common in the early years. These expanded in 1983 to create a “Clubhouse on Central” where they could go after the St. Patrick’s Day parade each year. Phoenix City Councilman Howard Adams led the effort to secure bond dollars and form a sister city relationship with Ennis, Ireland in the mid-1980s. The 1988 Phoenix Bond Election, which authorized the issuance of more than $1 billion in bonds, was one of the largest general-purpose municipal bond elections ever. It included the Mountain Preserve, Civic Plaza, Airport, City Hall, Science Center, Art Museum, the Japanese Garden, and the Irish Cultural Center. In 1997, local businessman Bill O’Brien gathered the Irish groups together with Ken Clark of the Parks Foundation, who called meetings at City Hall, and along with Howard Adams and local Architect Paul Ahern, they forged the dream into a master plan. And what a clubhouse it has become! It stands as an example of a successful public-private partnership and a point of great pride for the entire community.

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Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation Milestones • Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Library

1994 1988


The 1988 Phoenix Bond Election

Book of Kells Display: Phoenix Public Library on loan from the Sean Lee family.

In July, Ennis, Ireland was chosen as a Phoenix sister city.

Ken Clark, President of the City of Phoenix Parks Foundation, directed $500,000 in bond dollars and is memorialized with the Ken Clark Bench.

1997 6/27 Irish Leadership Coalition (ILC) founded by Ken Clark and Bill O’Brien with 31 leaders of Irish groups.

2003 2002 3/17 Dedication of An Halla Mohr (The Great Hall), burial of time capsule, dedication of the Ken Clark Bench, and ribbon cutting by the Howard Adams family. 6/14 Claddagh Dinner Benefit at Phoenix Public Library honoring Maureen O’Maher, publisher of The Desert Shamrock.

Regular events started: Monthly Ceili led by Jim and Anne Daugherty, Academy classes, 1916 Easter Rebellion Commemoration led by Jim Daugherty 4/10 Phoenix City Council approved 10-year operating agreement. 9/26 Fiesta de los San Patricios

2004 3/21 Dedication of the Irish Cottage.

2014 2010


40-year Operating Agreement for the Library signed with the City until 2050.

1/22 Official groundbreaking and document signing for Library.

Boston College Burns Library donation of 5000 books.

10/31 Visit by Amb. Michael Collins, Consul General Gerry Staunton, and First Secretary John Dardis to kick off the Library Paving Stone campaign.

John McCain, Anam Cara Awardee.

2012 9/29 Dedication of the McClelland Library with Ambs. Michael Collins (Ireland), and Amon Hinckley (Mexico).

2013 Sandra Day O’Connor Exhibition.

11/8 Dublin City University (DCU)/Arizona State University (ASU) Higher Education Partnership event with Irish Amb. Anne Anderson.

1998 4/18 Irish Leadership Coalition meeting for general public to walk the site proposed for the ICC.



9/28 Founding Trustees luncheon: Bill O’Brien locked the doors until $114,500 was pledged!

The Irish Cultural & Learning Foundation (ICLF) received non-profit 501(c) 3 tax exempt status.

Dedication of cornerstone at ICC.

10/2 Irish Cultural and Learning Center Prospectus published by the Irish Leadership Coalition outlining the mission, vision, and program with initial site drawings.

9/25 An Gorta Mor Hunger Memorial Dedication on the future site of the ICC.

9/16 First Annual Phoenix Irish Festival at Heritage Square. 12/21 First Annual Winter Solstice Celebration.

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4/13 Visit by Former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, with Bill O’Brien, and hosted by former Ambassador and Anam Cara awardee Barbara Barrett.

4/10 Visit by John Bruton, Irish Ambassador of the European Union to the US and former Taoiseach.

3/2 The Brian P. Burns Exhibition of Irish Paintings at the Phoenix Art Museum and black tie benefit for the Library.

The First Annual Anam Cara Gala. 12/14 Visit by President of Ireland Mary McAleese to mark the site for the future Irish Library. 11/11 Annie Moore Memorial, supported by the ICLF, was dedicated at Calvary Cemetery, New York City.

2016 2015 10/10 Dedication of Remembering the Easter Rising: Historical Context and Cultural Legacy exhibition, funded by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.

June 35-year contract extension signed with the City of Phoenix for the ICC until 2050. 12/8 Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad in Dublin, Ireland, presented by Michael D. Higgins, the President of the Republic of Ireland to Norman McClelland in the Charitable Work’s category.

2019 International Commemoration of the Great Famine.

An Gorta Mór, The Great Hunger Memorial, est. 1999 This monument was the first structure built on the ICC site in 1999 and was developed by the Irish Famine Monument Committee who raised $12,000. Maureen Maguire, a well-known local artist, designed the memorial as well as the stained glass windows in the Great Hall. The design of the monument was based on the Celtic dolmen, a portal tomb rock structure. The arch reflects a Celtic passageway, symbolizing entry from the old world to the new, from despair to hope, from oppression to freedom and the Irish spirit that never dies.

The memorial structure is in direct alignment with the December 21 Winter Solstice setting sun, similar to Newgrange and other Irish megalithic sites. This led to the Annual Solstice Celebration that continues to this day and was led for twenty years by the late Sean Prior. It is marked by a ceremony honoring those members of the Irish community who have passed in the previous year, an ancient druidic reenactment, traditional music, food and dance, and a film about the passage tomb at Newgrange.

Seamus King, a master stonemason from Co. Galway did the stonework and also designed the large fireplace in the Great Hall. The original rock structure that would cover the top of the monument was replaced by a larger rock from a local quarry and the original rock was then used for the Ken Clarke memorial bench.

The Great Hunger in Ireland from 1845 to 1850 took one and a half million lives from starvation and disease. What started as a crop failure, soon escalated into one of the greatest social catastrophes of the 19th Century in Europe. Nearly half of Ireland’s population died or emigrated to other lands. The Memorial honors the memory of those who perished as well as the millions of Irish men and women forced to emigrate and begin new lives. The contribution of these immigrants and their descendants profoundly affected American society and the Irish in Arizona.

The Great Hunger Monument Committee 1998-1999


Peggy Cassidy, Jim Dixon, Thomas Farley, Astrid Henson, Seamus King, Sean and Janet Lee, Pat Mulqueen, Jimmy O’Connor, Maureen O’Mahar, Sean Prior, Dave and Susan Tierney, Glenda Walker


The 2019 International Commemoration of the Great Irish Famine Phoenix, Arizona, November 3rd, 2019

Josepha Madigan T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, announced that the 2019 Commemoration will take place in Phoenix on November 3rd, 2019. The Government of Ireland will be represented at the Commemoration by Patrick O’Donovan T.D., Minister of State for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform. Minister O’Donovan is a native of Co. Limerick and was a member of Limerick County Council before being elected to the Irish Parliament (Dáil). He has previously served as Minister of State for Tourism and Sport. The Consul General of Ireland for Western United States Robert O’Driscoll will also be in attendance. Patrick O’Donovan

The Famine Commemoration was first established in 2008 and the annual national commemoration revolves between the four provinces of Ireland. An international event also takes place annually to commemorate the Great Irish Famine and there have been ten international commemorations to date. Following the Commemoration, there will be a community Open House at the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library. The Great Famine Voices Roadshow from Dublin will be recording family stories about coming from Ireland to America during the Great Famine. For more information visit: www.azirish.org

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hadn’t given it too much thought the night my son informed me that he put his name forward for a Sister Cities Youth Ambassador programme in school.

SURPRISE! In fact, I wasn’t really listening at the time as like many parents on a weeknight; I was busy and my reply was, “Well done you.” About two weeks later, however, Tadigh O’ Sullivan (Principal of Colaiste Choilm) rang me to say that Mikey’s name was being put into a hat with names of four other boys who had expressed interest in the Sister Cities programme. I still didn’t give it too much thought as my children’s names never get pulled out of hats, boxes, or anything else for that matter. Imagine my surprise when his name did get pulled and we attended a meeting to find out more information. In doing a little research, I learned about the modern concept of town twinning and how it dates back to WWII. It was originally intended to foster friendship among different cultures post war. I also learned that Tullamore has been twinned with Chandler, Arizona for the past ten years. Camilla Cullen is a member of the Tullamore Sister Cities board and coordinates the Student Ambassadors in Tullamore. She is responsible for contacting the local schools looking for pupils to be involved in the Sister Cities exchange with pupils from Chandler, Arizona. Along with our son, Mikey Gaffey, it was at this first meeting with Camilla that we met the other pupils

involved: Aisling Gallagher, Sacred Heart School, and Emma Lynam, Killina School, and their parents.

WHIRLWIND OF FUN AND EXPERIENCES Camilla led the three pupils boarding a plane to Arizona on June 9 to embark on what was to be a trip of a lifetime for all involved. They were welcomed with open arms by their Arizona host families, by city officials, and treated like royalty. It provided them with an opportunity to grow as individuals, to learn leadership skills, to learn about other cultures, to make connections and lifelong friendships. They spent two weeks in Arizona and then one week at home before welcoming their friends from Chandler on July 1. The three ambassadors from Chandler—Mike Fuller, Sadie DeShon and Emily Sammon—arrived to a much greener, wetter landscape than they are used to! A great deal of time had been spent establishing the itinerary of events for the Irish leg of the exchange programme. Aisling, Emma, and Mikey organized and finalized the schedule, which included tours of and trips to Charleville Castle, Tullamore Dew, Lough Boora, Birr Castle, Galway by train, Cliffs of Moher, Guinness Brewery, Kilmainham Gaol, Croke Park Sky Walk, Durrow High Cross, Viking Cruise on the Shannon River, and Bay Sports. The itinerary also included a trip to Dail Eireann and a formal welcome by the Seanad thanks to former TD and former member of the Seanad, Dr. Pat Gallagher.

NEW OUTLOOKS If anyone had asked me three months ago would I get involved in something like this as a parent, it would

have been an outright “No.” For this reason, I am glad that I wasn’t really listening when my son said he was putting his name forward that first night. I was led into it somewhat blindly, but I am now so grateful that I was involved. It has been such a wonderful experience for my son but also for us as a family. My husband, Liam, and I met some of the nicest people (Pat, Bernie, Sylvia, Kieron, Camilla, Dave, and Dawn), and made some great connections (Tara and Dave Fuller). We got to see parts of our great town, county, and country as tourists: a total, different perspective. It was a “coming together” of people of all ages, from different walks of life, cultures, and countries. It was a community effort that laid a great foundation for all of us to build upon. I am proud to say I was involved and would encourage any pupils with an interest in learning about other cultures, travel, and more importantly, learning about themselves to keep an eye out for information about this initiative through the local secondary schools. On behalf of the parents and pupils, I would like to thank the committee involved with the “Sister Cities Student Programme” for this opportunity, but I would like to give a special intention to Camilla Cullen for all of her work. I pay tribute to Dawn Odil and Ellen Harrington from Chandler, Arizona for their huge effort in raising the profile of Tullamore throughout Chandler and beyond. “’Til we meet again.” Note from CTSC Chair, Ellen Harrington: Geraldine and Liam Gaffey are parents of Tullamore Youth Ambassador, Mikey Gaffey, and host parent of Chandler Youth Ambassador, Michael Fuller. We are excited to have this perspective from our Host Parents! Please see our website for updates for the 2020 Student Ambassador Program! www.chandlerirish.org

CTSC Exchange Students at Chandler Police Department



Sister Cities Tullamore & Chandler team up well



Exploring Your Genealogy Over There


BY BOB WALLACE raveling across “the pond” from North America to Scotland on a handful of occasions has taught us a thing or two about ourselves. Get over there a day early for whatever plans we may have for a specific vacation, and frequently stay over a few days afterward for personal time. For the first instance, going over a day early, that gives us a wee bit of time to accommodate our system to the change of time, typically eight hours from home in Arizona to Scotland. For the after period, look into areas of interest in Scotland for us. One of those areas of personal interest for my wife and I is where our ancestors came from. Both lines for my wife, Lois, came from the western Highlands. If our research results are close to accurate, her maternal line, the Fletcher family, may have lived near Loch Awe and Glen Orchy; her paternal line, McDaniel, appears to come from Keppoch, southeast of Eilean Donan Castle. On my side, the maternal line, le Matier, was in North America nearly 200 years before the Wallace line from Aberdeenshire crossed the ocean about 1841 to Ontario, Canada. Looking at areas where the several

families come from means planning travel time to allow us to visit each locale. My wife’s ancestors come from well west of Glasgow, mine from Aberdeenshire and Paisley. Of the two regions to visit to give you an example, Aberdeenshire will require travel time from the Glasgow side but is in relatively close proximity if we start out in Edinburgh. Beginning in Edinburgh for a visit to Aberdeenshire, however, means lengthy travel time to get back to the western portion of Scotland to get near Paisley, then on to the western Highlands. Whichever destination, we’re looking at more than just paper records to look at; we want to find the locations, preferably with cemeteries and headstones. Once a visitor gets beyond the age of 70, another complication comes into play, that being the visitor restriction on renting a car to get around. (One way to get around that restriction is to find a younger relative to travel with us; one willing to drive on the wrong side of the road for a few days. A bonus will come if they know how to navigate single-track roads!) Get out the rail timetables and find routes that will get us close to where we want to go, then find times that agree with our idea of travel time on a given day, or find a driver




Register House

and vehicle to get us around to our several destinations. To make this work for you requires doing some genealogy homework before leaving on your trip. Scotland is a relatively small country, but all roads are not “A” roads or motorways. Looking for records in your family line? Great resources include Register House and New Register House in Edinburgh. Scottish Genealogy Society, 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh. Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow. In addition, many areas have their own genealogy resources, one of those being the Aberdeen

Are they speaking English? 1. Ah dinnae ken. Translation: I don’t know. “What’s the score between Aberdeen and Celtic?” “Ah dinnae ken, the pub didn’t have a telly.” Lois with Alexander Wallace from Clan Wallace in ruins of Cambuskenneth Abbey

Located off the Royal Mil e in Edinburgh to hang out with the locals



cotland—land of tartan, tweed, and whisky—may have English as its official language, but any traveler from the United States would attest to the challenging Scottish accent and unique phrases. Learn these ten phrases before you embark on a Scotland adventure and you’ll “keep the heid” (stay calm).


2. I’m getting the messages. Translation: I’m getting groceries. “I’m getting the messages at Tesco!”

6. Lang may yer lum reek. Translation: Long may your chimney smoke [good luck]. “Samantha is moving to Rome for a year to a study abroad.” “Ah, lang may yer lum reek!” 7. Haste Ye Back. Translation: Return soon. “Haste Ye Back. I’m almost out of petrol and I need to get home.”

3. Whit’s fur ye’ll no go past ye. Translation: What’s meant to happen will happen. 8. Dinnae fash yersel. “I was going to buy tickets to the Edinburgh Translation: Don’t worry. Book Festival and now they’ve sold out!” “Eh, it’s okay Susan, whit’s fur ye’ll no go past ye.” “Dinnae fash yersel; there’ll be more haggis in the morning.” 4. Yer bum’s oot the windae 9. Yer oot yer face. Translation: You’re talking nonsense. Translation: You’re very drunk. “It’s gonna be 30 Celsius in Edinburgh “Irish whiskey is better than Scotch? Yer must tomorrow!” be oot yer face.” “Yer bum’s oot the windae, Dave!” 10. Haud your wheest. 5. Black as the Earl of Hell’s Translation: Be quiet. Waistcoat. “Haud your wheest; I’m trying to hear the Translation: Pitch black. “I was driving near Loch Ness at 22:00 last night; bagpipes!” it was black as the Earl of Hell’s Waistcoat!”

and North East Scotland Family History Society, 164 King Street, Aberdeen. Bob Wallace is a Council member and past president of Clan Wallace Society. He and his wife, Lois, have traveled to Scotland many times. Since joining the Clan, Bob has become highly interested in Scotland’s First Wars of Scottish Independence, in particular the history associated with Sir William Wallace and King Robert I, the Bruce. Bob is Chief Research Assistant for Authentic Celtic Travels. Lois’s travel business. They now reside in Phoenix.

Ah yes, the Scottish will make you laugh with their traditional Gaelic language and mix of Old Scot. Not only do they have their quaint sayings, there are also very different accents. Glasgow, Aberdeen, and Edinburgh, plus many small regions in between, will have very different ways of pronouncing words and speech patterns. Stay calm; it all gets sorted out. When they hear (from your accent) that you are an American, they will make an effort to speak so you can understand. The only time Bob and I have never understood someone was in a pub in Aberdeen. The bloke was having a great time talking to the American tourists. He was not quite “oot yer face” but very close. We soon realized we were never going to drink enough to understand him. So, we just nodded in agreement! Lois Wallace is the owner of Authentic Celtic Travels, based in Phoenix, AZ. Not only is her heritage Scottish and Irish, she married into Clan Wallace. Her business focus is on all Celtic nations. She has extensive knowledge of Scotland, having traveled there numerous times individually and leading groups.



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(l to r) Brendan, Sean, Patricia, Adele, Dara and her husband DeWitt Gibson (2010)

Married August 30, 1974 in Ireland


y father, Sean Thomas Prior, was born April 23, 1941 in Ballyconnell, Ireland in County Cavan. His parents were Kathleen and Thomas Prior. Sean was a middle-ish child of 4 sisters and 4 brothers. He would tell me stories of growing up in a small town and his eyes set on coming to the States. At the age of 15, he moved out of the family house and made his way to England where he worked odd jobs as a bartender and in a butcher shop. Which is why is turkey carving skills were above the rest. Sean was a very proud Irish man who loved his heritage and where he came from. This is something that was very apparent throughout his life. After a few years in England, he saved up enough money to get over to America, first settling in Connecticut. He found himself in dead-end jobs. So, he decided it was time to join the United States Air Force in 1965 and received his citizenship. Sean was stationed at Luke Air Base, here in Arizona, which became a major turning point in his life. He served his four years, received Vietnam Veteran status, and left the service. He then turned his sights on getting an education. Dad graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business. Sean loved being a part of something. Dad had found himself joining various social groups. One of those groups, in particular, was very special:

The Irish Social Club. ‘ In this group was a young lady by the name of Patricia Colfer. Sean and Patricia dated for a few years, and decided to marry August 30, 1974. Through the love that Sean and Patricia shared, they had three children, Dara, Adele, and myself (Brendan). Over the years, we had many great memories as a family. I remember one trip to the Grand Canyon. My dad decided it would be funny to jump off a small ledge to another just a foot below, scaring everyone but having a good laugh. Dad settled into a great career with the City of Tempe as a city planner. He retired in 2003. Because he worked for Tempe, we had to live in Tempe. This is where we made home. My dad loved to continue learning. He was always buying books to read, which he loved. Sometimes he loved them sooo much, that he would forget what he owned, and buy the books a second or third time. Knowing his history, and where we came from was important for him to WWW.DESERTSHAMROCK.COM




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his is the fourth in a series chronicling Arizona Photographer Tim H. Murphy’s travels through Ireland and Northern Ireland in the summer of 2018. After enjoying our first Irish “home” in Sligo, we headed to our other “home” in Lahinch in County Clare. We have been visiting Lahinch since the early 90s, drawn by the world-ranked Lahinch Golf Club.



Located just an hour from Shannon Airport on Clare’s Atlantic coast, Lahinch has it all! For starters, this wee village sports a championship links course that proudly hosted the 2019 Irish Open. Lahinch is also a long-popular seaside resort town, surfing mecca, and a great base to explore County Clare. The bustling village of Lahinch has great pubs, restaurants and shops and a beautiful beach known as the Strand. All in view, captured from the 7th hole of the Championship Course (Image 1). Over the past 20 years, surfing has joined golf as a major draw at Lahinch. Surfers from around the world are attracted to the waves near the Cliffs of Moher (Image 2). Just south of Lahinch lies the town of Kilkee, known for its stunning scenery at the start of Loop Head Drive. Though not the most famous cliffs in Clare, Kilkee Cliffs have some significant advantages. Lacking the massive crowds of Moher and long walks to the edge, Kilkee is much more accessible. Kilkee Cliffs do not lack for that “wow power” (Image 3). Keep heading south from Kilkee on the scenic drive for the best views. At the end of Loop Head peninsula lies a majestic lighthouse. First built in 1854, Loop Head Lighthouse marks the western most point





in Clare and sits at the mouth of the River Shannon. I made the most of an incredible day with a scenic shot (Image 4). One of my favorite photo shoots in Ireland is at medieval churches and abbeys. During our two weeks in Clare, I visited Ennis Friary, Clare Abbey, Noughavel Church, Kilfenora Cathedral, and Kilnaboy Church. I could do an entire article on just these medieval churches! But it was Dysert O’Dea Monastery near Corofin that really grabbed my attention. Known for the Romanesque arch over the church door, it showcases one of the most striking stone carvings in Ireland. The arch dates to the 13th century and features twelve human and seven animal heads (Image 5). In the heart of Clare’s Burren lies Poulnabrone Dolmen. The dolmen, or portal tomb, dates to the Neolithic period, some 6,000 years ago. The dolmen was fascinating to see but the star of the day was Joe Clancy, who looks


after the site for the Office of Public Works. The loquacious Mr. Clancy gave me a briefing on the delicate ecosystem of the Burren, the age of the dolmen and the limestone rocks, why cows in the Burren are so large, the transformation of the Irish economy, the transformation of the Irish palate, the effect of the smoking ban and drunk driving laws on Irish pub culture, his mother in Ballyvaughn and how well she is doing after triple bypass surgery, and several other topics all in one breath! A great Clare man and Irish ambassador (Image 6). On the drive from Poulnabrone to our base at Lahinch, I passed Leamanah Castle. Time for a photo (Image 7), but I didn’t venture inside…Leamanah is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of Red Mary aka Mary MacMahon! We are closing in on the end of our 2018 Irish adventure. In the next issue, stories of our road trip to Dingle and Cork will be highlighted.

Enjoying a field in Ireland

teach and instill in our family. Sean loved studying genealogy. He recently did a 23&me test…And surprise! He was from Irish decent. With his love for genealogy, Sean loved to share his knowledge with others. I once was talking to a bar manager at a restaurant. We talked about the Irish Cultural Center and I told him my name. He asked if I was related to Sean Prior; I said I was his son. He then mentioned to me about how much he respected my father. He said how my dad taught him more in ten minutes about his Irish heritage than what his family had ever known. He loved the time he spent at the Cultural Center. He loved being a part of the Irish Community. He took a lot of pride every year in the Winter Solstice and the presentations that he would put together. My dad loved his news. This would spark great conversations between us, from different conspiracies to daily news, which I know he would love to get into. I remember every day growing up, he would come home from work and the news would immediately go on. He would sit in his chair and we would all need to keep quiet. It was his time to unwind from the work day. Near the end of his career, my father and mother purchased a cabin up in Payson. His second favorite thing to do was to go to the cabin and relax. Up there he had over 20 hummingbird

feeders. Ever since I was a small child, I remember him having a hummingbird feeder. They have always been one of his favorite animals. He loved picking apples from his trees, and talking about how the different wildlife ate all the apples too. He really just enjoyed his time there. Now more importantly, his favorite way to pass his time was to spend time with his grandchildren. He had four: Connor, Garrett, Ansley, and Keira. From speaking “GooGoo GaaGaa”, to taking them fishing, Sean loved the time spent them. The smiles that these kids would put on his face was the GREATEST! He had a smile that was one of the best of all time. I believe that he was the inspiration for the term “the Smiling Irishman”. Not to forget his giggle. His giggle was contagious and would cause you to giggle and smile . I am honored to be the son of Sean Prior. I look at him as a great story of an immigrant coming to the States. Working hard to move up in social/economic status, everything that he did was to make a life better for himself and his family. Thank you for the years of laughter and smiles. Thank you for being a great co-worker, Community member, friend, grandfather, and father, and lastly a great husband to my mother. You will be missed. I love you dad! [1941-2019]




Sean Prior’s Celebration of Life, continued from page 21




Rebellion and the Epic of Celtic America

Welsh buccaneer Captain Henry Morgan before Panama, 1671


William Lampart



wo outstanding figures illustrate the role played by Celtic culture in the Americas during the 1600s: the Welsh privateer Henry Morgan, corsair and lieutenant-governor of Jamaica; and the Jesuit-educated Irish chronicler and champion of the indigenous peoples of Mexico, William Lampart (or Guillén de Lampart, as he is known to Mexican historians). The 17th century in Celtic America is the time in which Irish and Welsh figures take center stage, emerging from their history as indentured servants and/ or slaves. That situation continued, as seen from the thousands of Irish civilians deported to England’s West Indian colonies following Cromwell’s military bombardments of the Irish stronghold of Drogheda in September 1649. In addition, the confiscation of Welsh peasant lands increased Welsh trans-Atlantic immigration. Simultaneously with those tragic events, and partially because of them, certain Irish and Welsh individuals began to undermine the frameworks of imperial power in the Americas. In the Old World a century earlier, the female naval commander from Connaught, Captain Grace O’Malley,


alternately defied, fought, and negotiated with Spanish, English, and French sovereigns. Grace’s strength, and her political unpredictability, reappeared in Lampart and Morgan. William Lampart is revered as a precursor to Latin American independence, which he compared with Ireland’s need for emancipation. He relentlessly condemned Spanish imperial abuses of the indigenous peoples, and publicly opposed the European/African slave trade. Captain Morgan’s reputation is more checkered: British and Spanish chronicles describe him as a murderer and cheat… while Black communities descended from liberated slaves near Panama City (site of one of Morgan’s most famed attacks in 1670), as well as the nearby Kuna Indian people, retain oral traditions of Henry Morgan as a savior of the poor and the marginalized. Lampart, a native of Ireland’s County Wexford, arrived in Mexico in 1640 claiming to be the illegitimate son of King Phillip III. This was a ruse he employed to gain legitimacy for the explosive concepts that he would introduce, namely: that colonial Mexico (known after the Spanish Conquest as New Spain) should separate from Spain’s Empire and reform its society, with Native and Black peoples

enjoying the same rights, and economic status, as white Europeans. Lampart’s calls for social equality, while consonant with the pro-indigenous philosophy of the Jesuits who had educated him (and given him the use of the Royal Spanish Libraries in El Escorial), conflicted with colonial authorities. The Spanish Inquisition, shocked by Lampart’s support for religious tolerance between faiths, executed him for his “subversive” beliefs in 1659 in Mexico City. He was burned alive. Nonetheless, his social vision continued to resonate. Henry Morgan had fled agricultural poverty in Llanrhymny, Wales to apprentice himself to the British navy, beginning his New World journey as an indentured serviceman. He served his time in Jamaica, first enslaved on a plantation and later supervising one, before becoming one of the Americas’ most infamous corsairs. Morgan’s attacks on English and Spanish shipping, as well as his notorious raid on Panama City, brought him to the attention of Britain’s king, Charles II. In 1674, Morgan, after being imprisoned in Britain, returned to the Caribbean’s Port Royal with a royal pardon, and appointment as Jamaica’s lieutenant governor. Morgan employed peoples of all religions in his (often illicit) enterprises, actually

conferring the control of his estates to his wife. While we can’t praise his rectitude, we can laud his tolerance, unusual for that time. The prominence of Morgan and Lampart marked a transition in Celtic America from secondary player to protagonist. Subsequently, in the 1700s, on the Atlantic Coast, the most beloved (and despised) maritime captain would be the Irishwoman Anne Bonney. But that is another century… PHOTO NOTES: Author of the written work was Captain Charles Johnson; no illustrator is named for the engraving, 1742 2 Partial view of Guillén de Lampart “Young Captain” painted by Peter Paul Rubens, 1620. From the Inquisition Museum, Mexico City 1

Sharonah Fredrick, PhD, 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 multi-lingual; 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.





In front of a vintage 1909 firetruck, some INAZ members and folks from their sponsored charity, the Phoenix Dream Center with Superheroes, who walked the 2019 St. Patrick’s Parade. Rose Buchanan and her daughter, Mary Kallemeyn, in center back.

Rose Buchanan, her mother missed

the Titanic!


ary (Buchanan) Kallemeyn, Membership Chair of the Irish Network Arizona, has quite a story to share. Her grandfather, Josef Kerr, from County Armagh had moved into a boarding room at the home of Charlotte Mulligan in Belfast to work in the shipyards there. They married and had three girls, including Anna, Mary’s grandmother. Josef emigrated to Indianapolis, IN a year ahead of plans for Charlotte and the children to join him. Anna was not more than 12 years old with her mom, Charlotte, and younger sisters when they headed for America. Their tickets had been purchased for the Titanic, but a family illness caused them to exchange passage to another liner. As Irish traveling in the 3rd Class hold, they missed catastrophe and sure death. The family considers the women very brave to continue their emigration from Ireland on the White Star Line’s “Cedric” in October 1912 out of Belfast, just four months after the Titanic’s sinking. Anna grew up in the States and married Fred Haunss (German 1st generation) and had her children in the U.S. Anna’s daughter, Roselyn “Rose” Kerr-Haunss married

Jack Buchanan. Rose and her husband moved to Arizona in 1970; Jack passed away in 2012. Widowed, Rose celebrated her 92nd birthday this year. A recurring wish has been to watch the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade. For the second year, the Irish Network Arizona (INAZ) procession included a vintage 1909 firetruck. Deeming it too noisy to ride in the cab with the horn and to high a step up to get in, the petite Rose was invited to ride in The Desert Shamrock’s vehicle, with INAZ President, Editor Ann Niemann. Windows rolled down and moon roof open playing lively Irish CD, she had the time of her life as Ann would slowly crisscross Third Street to share Rose’s story with those lined up along the route. There were lots of well-wishers, with several taking photos with her, and one pausing to videotape Rose’s own account. A highlight was hearing her name over the sound system as they approached the announcer’s stand. Fox 10-TV’s Ron Hoon, parade emcee and of Irish descent himself, stepped into the street to interview Rose. When asked how she accounts for such a long life, Rose didn’t miss a beat in responding, “Well, I am Irish!”

Fox 10-TV’s Ron Hoon steps into the parade route to interview Rose

Anna Kerr-Haunss with Rose, the older girl on the left







Braised Venison in Guinness & Port

Serves 4 to 6



few weeks ago, I did a demonstration of this exact dish at the Minnesota Irish Festival in St. Paul. Though we had a difficult time getting any venison, we substituted elk. (Thank you very much for those donating the meat!) Elk is a wee bit tougher than venison, so we used a multi-prong meat tenderizer or “Jakarta”. This device sends dozens of little knife points into the meat, thus cutting the various fibers and tendons. This really allows the meat to soak up the marinade. A great tip for our elk hunters in Flagstaff, AZ region! This recipe comes straight from the Clan Carmichael Estate in Lanarkshire in Scotland. Venison is a meat that is best served rare to medium rare. Temperatures exceeding medium will dry the meat, giving it a very gamey flavor. To cook shoulder or haunch cuts, the meat should be treated similarly to lamb by very slow roasting at low temperatures.


Step 1. Combine in a bowl the Guinness, Port, Bay leaves, Thyme, and Dill; place the Venison in it, cover and place in the refrigerator to marinate overnight. Step 2. Drain the meat but reserve the marinade, allow meat to dry on cooking sheet. Step 3. In a stew pot, add half the butter and oil and slowly add the meat allowing for the meat to brazen. When all meat is brown, remove from and set aside. Step 4. Add in remaining oil and butter to stew pot. When fat is melted and foams, add in Mushrooms, Onion, and Garlic. Allow vegetables to brown; then return meat to pot. Step 5. Add in Flour to soak up juices. Then over medium heat, slowly add the marinade allowing it to thicken: season with white pepper and salt to taste. Continue to simmer for 20-30 minutes depending on altitude. (longer at higher altitudes). Using a meat thermometer, make sure the meat is between 145° F - 155° F. Do not overcook. Best served with Wild Rice or with roasted Potatoes.



ia daoibh a chaired! (Hello friends!)  For many Americans, the fall is a time when the weather begins to cool and Sundays are filled with football, or “American football” as it is known by the rest of the world. Friends gather in pubs and homes to watch the National Football League’s various teams face off, while most likely enjoying a few drinks and food. One of my favorite snacks to enjoy while watching a good game is pub cheese. Pub cheese may sound Irish but the popular dip originated in the United States during the 1940’s. Even if you are not an American football fan, pub cheese can be shared at any gathering. The recipe below includes traditional pub cheese ingredients, but with an Irish twist. I decided to use one of my favorite cheeses, Kerrygold’s Dubliner, as well as some Harp lager. The Irish ingredients complement the smoky paprika and Worcestershire sauce, yielding a dip that will have everyone coming back for seconds. You are going to love this dip! Enjoy, friends!

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

Yields 24 servings INGREDIENTS: 14 oz. Irish-imported cheddar cheese 4 oz. cream cheese ½ c. Irish beer of your choice 1 medium sized garlic clove 2 t. Dijon mustard 1 t. Worcestershire sauce ½ c. mayonnaise 1 t. paprika (I prefer smoked) DIRECTIONS: 1. Cube cheese and blend in food processor. Combine until cheese pieces are small and crumbly. 2. Add remaining ingredients: cream cheese, beer, garlic, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise, and paprika. Scrape down sides of food processor to ensure all ingredients are incorporated and blend until smooth and creamy. 3. Remove from food processor; ready to serve or store for later use. Serve with raw veggies, crackers, and/or chips. Note: Any type or beer or cheese may be used but light or lager-style beers usually taste best.


Chef McBride is an award-winning Chef and Author of 6 Celtic cookbooks, as well as having created 10 historically based Celtic Seasonings and 5 Celtic Teas. You can also catch his performances by subscribing to “Celtic Caterer Channel” on YouTube. Go to www. celticcaterer.com to order any of his Celtic books or products.

1 ½ lbs. Venison Shoulder cut in 1-inch cubes 2 Bay leaves 1 cup Guinness ½ cup Port ½ cup Onions, chopped ¼ cup Mushrooms, sliced 2 Tbs. Olive Oil 2 Tbs. Butter 1 Tbs. Flour 1 Clove Garlic, chopped 1 tsp. Thyme ½ tsp. Dill ¼ tsp. White Pepper Salt to taste

Kerrygold’s Dubliner Cheese Dip



Celtic Pubs & Eateries

If you're looking for some Craic, look no further!

Greater Phoenix The Dubliner Irish Pub & Restaurant

O’Connor’s Pub

Fibber Magees Pub Irish Restaurant & Bar

Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub

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

1989 W. Elliot Road, Chandler, AZ 85224 (SE corner of Elliot & Dobson Road) 480-722-9434, www.fibbermageespub.com Open 11am-2am, 7 days a week Authentic Pub featuring Irish & American menu favorites. Daily Food and Drink Specials. All Day Happy Hour, 7 Days a week. Pub Quiz, Live Entertainment & 2-time Guinness Perfect Pint Champion! See ad page 13

Gallagher’s Sports Grill

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

H.B. Hanratty’s Pub

537 E. Camelback Rd Phoenix, AZ 85012 (east of Central Avenue downtown); 602 274-3067 Fri-Sat 3pm-2am, Sun 3pm-Midnight, Mon-Thurs 4pm-Midnight Bar snacks, darts, billiards, pinball. Great neighborhood hang-out.

The Harp Irish Pub

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

The Irish Wolfhound Restaurant & Pub

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

The Kettle Black Kitchen & Pub

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

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

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

Rúla Bula Irish Pub and Restaurant

401 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281 (between University and Rio Salado Parkway) 480-929-9500; www.rulabula.com Downtown Tempe, old world pub serving traditional and contemporary pub fare. Draft craft beer, premium whiskies and specialty cocktails. Daily Happy Hour. Live Music weekends. See ad page 9

Séamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub

18 W. Monroe Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003 (adjacent to historic Hotel San Carlos) 602-253-6081; www.seamusmccaffreys.com Downtown Phoenix’ Original Irish Pub & Restaurant. Est.-1991. Corned beef & cabbage, Irish stew, fish & chips, full menu, weekend brunch, AZ’s largest whiskey menu, 10 on tap, open late. See ad page 11

Skeptical Chymist Irish Restaurant & Bar 15689 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (off AZ-101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.) 480-609-8677, www.skepticalchymist.com Open 11am-2am, 7 days a week Scottsdale’s only authentic Irish Pub featuring a menu of both classic and modern cuisine, 29 draft beers, 50+ Irish Whiskeys, daily food and drink specials, happy hour 7 days a week, Pub Quiz and live entertainment! See ad page 13

Tim Finnegan’s Irish Restaurant & Bar

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

New customers are looking for you! WWW.DESERTSHAMROCK.COM






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

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




The Arizona Colleen and Rose of Tralee Selection, Arizona Irish Lass and Little Miss Shamrock programs select young ladies of Irish descent to participate as spokespersons at area events. Prize packages for each competition. The Colleen wins a trip to Ireland and $1,000 scholarship. For details, visit www.azcolleen.org or contact Ciara Archer, Chair, 480-358-7504, info@azcolleen.org.

ARIZONA LAW ENFORCEMENT EMERALD SOCIETY (ALEES) ALEES was incorporated in 2004 to promote and celebrate accomplishments of Irish-Americans in law enforcement. Its members, families and friends support ALEES Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) created in 2012 to provide financial assistance to the families of injured and fallen brothers and sisters in Arizona law enforcement. If interested in becoming a member or volunteering, contact us at azemeraldsociety.org.

THE CALEDONIAN SOCIETY OF ARIZONA Our mission is to promote Scottish culture through art, education, and athletics. Each year we grant scholarships to aspiring and professional Highland athletes, musicians, dancers and/or any other individuals or organizations whose mission, project or program promotes Scottish heritage. We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month for drinks, entertainment and Scottish fun! Everyone welcome! ArizonaScots.com.

DAUGHTERS OF SCOTIA DESERT THISTLE LODGE #260 Formed in 2005 to promote Scottish heritage. Ladies of ancestry, married to a Scot or born in Scotland may join. We hold monthly meetings, tea socials, a teahouse at the AZ Highland Games and attend Scottish events. We support Highland dance competition and other charities. Contact: Tammy Gonzales at dos260recsec@gmail.com, 623-707-5032.

FRIENDS OF SAINT PATRICK CENTRE – AZ CHAPTER The nonprofit organization was formed in 2011 to promote positive relationships between Arizona and Northern Ireland. Through education, cultural exchanges and charitable events, the Chapter nurtures St. Patrick’s legacy. Meetings held quarterly at the ICC. Contact: Laddie Shane, 480-773-9054.

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






This bagpipe and drum school is dedicated to excellence in bagpiping as well as camaraderie and fun. All levels of students are welcome! Instructors are brought from Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the U.S. Contact: Eric Poleski, Administrator, ericpoleski@cox.net, 702-270-8974 home, 702340-8859 cell, 928-556-3161, www.nachs.info

LAS VEGAS CELTIC GATHERING & HIGHLAND GAMES LAS VEGAS CELTIC SOCIETY On April 13th and 14th, 2019 in Floyd Lamb Park, the non-profit Las Vegas Celtic Society hosts the Las Vegas Highland Games, a massive festival featuring Celtic music, dancing, food and retail vendors. Enjoy Scottish heavy Athletic events, as well as sanctioned Highland Dance and Bagpipe & Drum Competitions. LasVegasCelticSociety.org

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

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

PHOENIX ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & FAIRE COMMITTEE 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. www.stpatricksdayphoenix.org

RIORDAN MANSION STATE HISTORIC PARK Built in 1904 for two Irish brothers, Riordan Mansion is an architectural treasure offering a glimpse into the lives of Flagstaff’s early Irish settlers. The “fairy ring” seen on the outdoor self-guided tour hints at the Irish tradition of providing fairies an outdoor dancing space, preventing mischief inside. For admission rates and hours call 928-779-4395.


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

TUCSON ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL Celebrating our 32nd year on March 17, 2019! The parade starts at 11am and winds through downtown Tucson ending up with a great festival at Armory Park from 10am until 6pm. Serving Guinness and Harp! Great food, Irish music and dance, a Kids’ Corner, face painting and much more! Established 1987. www.tucsonstpatricksday.com

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

SCOTTSDALE SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION Lisa White, President; JoAnn Garner and Craig Miller, Killarney Committee Chairs 7525 Camelback #102, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-945-0384; info@scottsdalesistercities.com

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


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

CELTIC STEPS ARIZONA/NEW MEXICO Christopher McGrory, ADCRG Rosemary Browne-McGrory, TCRG Classes in Tempe, Tucson and Albuquerque 520-991-3605; christopher.mcgrory@gmail.com www.tucsonirishdance.com



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


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


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

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

MICHAEL PATRICK GALLAGHER SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE MPGirishdance@yahoo.com Michael Patrick, TCRG, ADCRG, Ann Paitel, TCRG www.mpgirishdance.com

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

www.IrishRunAz.com www.FieldWorksEvents.com www.FieldWorksEvents.com MARCH 13TH 2020 KILT RUN

6pm START • Glendale, AZ

MARCH 14TH 2019



7am START • Glendale, AZ

Hey, it’s only 1K (that's 5/8 of a mile)! Kilt provided with registration. Help us break World Record for Largest Kilt Run and raise money for cancer. Take on the challenge by committing to run/walk Friday AND Saturday, which means more swag!

Features Arizona’s largest Irish-themed Half Marathon, 8k, and 4k!


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All participants receive a 10th Anniversary Jacket, Finisher’s Medal, Guinness at the finish line.

4 80.60 9.3978

Suitable for runners/walkers. Pets and Strollers welcome. Live music by Trotters Wake. Info: 480.609.3978








OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2019 [All events are in Arizona USA unless otherwise noted]


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

See stories and ads pages 3, 15-18, 31


Second Friday of the Month • 7am–8:30am Doors open 6:30 am for networking; breakfast promptly 7am ICC Great Hall See ad page 7 Oct 11 Rone Dolph from The Rone Dolph Show Business Principle: How to Overcome Doubt Nov 8 Showcasing Celtic Gen-Y’ers: Kayla Gray, Callan Gist, Laddie Shane Special invite to ages 22-37 Be our Guest! RSVP info@irishnetworkarizona.com

GUINNESS SOCIAL CLUB MONTHLY MEETUP Sunday, Oct 20, 4pm Kettle Black Sunday, Dec15, 4pm Fibber Magees Pub Join us for this free social event (pay for your own beer). Details at www.GuinnessSocialClub.com RSVP on www.Eventbrite.com


Saturday, Nov 2 • 10:30am–Noon Filled with stories, discussions, and crafts. Introduces parents and children to Irish authors and traditions. Fun and interactive. Stuck and Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato ICC in Castle Keep; FREE www.azirish.org/iclf-programs/ story-time


Saturday, Nov 2 • 10:30am–12:30pm Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Chandler Online $22, $18 Members, $10 ages 11 & under

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See ad page 9

Saturday, Nov 9 • 10:30am–1pm Discover and Publish Your Family History Admission: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members Info and purchase tickets: www.azirish.org



Wednesday and Thursday, October 2 & 3 Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Ireland, Hosted in part by Scottsdale-Killarney Sister Cities AZ Contact: JoAnn Garner, joanngarner038@gmail.com Info: CounihanSean@gmail.com


NOW through December 7 Presented by Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Admission: $10 adults; $8 seniors/students; $5 ICC Members; $5 children (12 yrs. and under) www.azirish.org/irish-in-latin-america


Fridays, Oct 4, Nov 1 • 7pm First Friday celebrations include food, a cash bar, exhibitions, songs, and readings. Join us for themed entertainment for this fun monthly event. Irish Cultural Center Great Hall; FREE www.azirish.org/firstfridays


Fridays, Oct 18, Nov 15 • 7:30pm Beginners’ Lesson 6:30pm Family oriented Irish social dances. Taught by Jim & Anne Daugherty with live music in the Great Hall! Cash bar Admission: $6; one child under 12 free with each paid adult www.azirish.org/iclf-programs/ceili-dancing


Term 4: 10 weeks Sept 9 - Nov 16 Register online: IRISH MUSIC IRISH LANGUAGE IRISH AND SCOTTISH DANCE SPECIAL OFFERINGS Info: www.azirish.org/education-and-classes/academy-classes


Saturdays, Oct 12, Nov 16 • 1:30pm–3pm Learn history and how to make a perfect pot of tea! ICC Cottage - Advance Reservations Only Members: $22.50, Non-Members $25 per person Register: www.azirish.org/project/irish-tea-ceremony


NOW through October 20 Fri-Sat • 7:30pm; Sundays • 2:00pm Theatre Artists Studio Live Stage Production, Scottsdale Tickets: $25. Student, Senior, Group discounts available thestudiophx.org or call 602-765-0120

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FAMILY STORY HOUR Saturday, Oct 5 • 10:30am–Noon Filled with stories, discussions, and crafts. Introduces parents and children to Irish authors and traditions. Fun and interactive. The Sleeping Giant and The Pooka Party ICC in Castle Keep; FREE www.azirish.org/iclf-programs/story-time


Wednesday, Oct 9 • 11am–1:30pm 19th Century Irish Genealogy Research Admission: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members Info and purchase tickets: www.azirish.org


Saturday, October 19 FUNDRAISER Dinner, Silent Auction, Live Music, Entertainment including special guest Patrick Mahoney, performer and recording artist. Patrick studied singing in Dublin at the prestigious Bel Canto School of Singing, where the teachings are centered on expression and telling the story. Proceeds help to support the current services and new initiatives of the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library. ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY Current Members $125; Non-Members $150 www.azirish.org/anam-cara

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Saturday, Oct 26 • 10:30am–12:30pm The group seeks to engage members of our community with the tradition and excellence of all forms of Irish Literature. Molly Keane, Good Behaviour (novel--1981) ICC FREE

33RD ANNUAL TUCSON CELTIC FESTIVAL AND SCOTTISH MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Fri-Sat-Sun, November 1-3 Rillito Raceway Park, 4501 N. First Avenue Prices vary; see website for details www.TucsonCelticFestival.org

2019 INT’L COMMEMORATION OF THE GREAT IRISH FAMINE Fri-Sat-Sun, November 1-3 Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Library

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Sunday, Dec 8 • 2pm–3pm Civic Center Public Library, Scottsdale Join the dynamic Begged and Borrowed duo of Shannon Schumann (Irish harp, flute and whistles) and Rick Boyle (bouzouki and guitar) for an afternoon interweaving traditional Celtic Holiday music and favorite holiday tunes with a flair!


Saturday, Dec 14 • 6pm–10pm This magical family-friendly event features live performances, wonderful food, fun games, photos with Santa, storytime with Mrs. Claus, the affiliate Christmas Tree contest, a cash bar, and holiday cheer! Live trees for sale FUNDRAISER Irish Cultural Center

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Tuesday, Dec 21 • at sunset Celebrate the solstice with poetry, music, and crafts. The Grove of the Rising Phoenix will be performing a Druid ritual. Irish Cultural Center

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2019 International Commemoration of the

Great Irish Famine

NOVEMBER 1 • 6PM – 10PM First Friday featuring live music and a Pub Quiz. Our exhibit, The Irish in Latin America, will be FREE to all visitors.


NOVEMBER 2 • 10AM – 3PM A very special Family Story Hour at 10:30am featuring the book Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato. All guests who bring a non-perishable food item with them for donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank will receive a FREE ICC & Library tour! Our exhibit, The Irish in Latin America, will be FREE to all visitors. NOVEMBER 3 • 10AM – 1PM International Famine Commemoration Day 10am Mass - 11am Commemoration Ceremony Noon Meet and Greet

Due to high demand and limited seating, RSVPs will be required to attend. Please watch our social media accounts, website, and newsletter for notice on when they will become available.

1pm Family-Friendly Event – Open to the Public

Parking information and map: www.azirish.org/specialevents Questions? Email: famine@azirish.org See story and details on page 18.

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

Christmas AT THE Castle


Fifth annual family-friendly event features live performances, wonderful food, fun games, photos with Santa, storytime with Mrs. Claus, the affiliate Christmas Tree contest, a cash bar, and holiday cheer! ENJOY A HOT COCOA BAR, COOKIE DECORATING, HOLIDAY CRAFTS, AND FACE PAINTING!

Tickets available online and at the door. Adults $10, Kids ages 11-16 $5, Children 10 & under FREE. Live trees for sale.

Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library • 1106 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix 85004


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The Desert Shamrock October-November 2019 e-Magazine  

The Emerald Celebration edition features the 20-Year Anniversary of the Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Library, Exploring Genealogy Here...

The Desert Shamrock October-November 2019 e-Magazine  

The Emerald Celebration edition features the 20-Year Anniversary of the Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Library, Exploring Genealogy Here...

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