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Welcome to The Irish Cultural Center
Friday, January 30 2015 @ 09:56 AM MST
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WELCOME TO THE IRISH CULTURAL CENTER AND MCCLELLAND LIBRARY

McClelland Irish Library                        The Irish Cultural Center Academy Website



 

      Photo Mike Baxter                                                                             Photo Bob Rink

HOURS for the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library
Public Walk-In Hours
(Tours, Library, Exhibits & Genealogy)
10am – 3pm  Tuesday - Saturday
3pm – 8pm  Wednesday Evenings
(Library, Exhibits & Genealogy only,
no tours)
Open other times for Scheduled Events, Classes, Meetings & Rentals
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INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST AND IRISH TENOR, COLM WILKINSON, PERFORMING FEBRUARY 27-28



The McClelland Library and Irish Cultural Center join together with The Phoenix Symphony to present the most acclaimed musical theater performer of our time.  Best known for originating the role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables in both London and New York, Irish Tenor Colm Wilkinson makes his Arizona debut performing live with The Phoenix Symphony.  Recognized as one of the “Five Greatest Singers Ever” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Wilkinson brings his powerful and heartfelt voice to the Mesa Arts Center singing Broadway ballads and popular music favorites from The Phantom of the Opera, Man of La Mancha, Les Misérables, and more.

Wilkinson’s versions of both "The Music of the Night" from Phantom and "Bring Him Home" from Les Misérables are applauded throughout the world and leave audiences breathless. Don’t miss this magical two-night-only special engagement with Colm Wilkinson.


February 27, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Mesa Arts Center
February 28, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Mesa Arts Center



The Irish Cultural & Learning Foundation benefits from this first of its kind collaboration with The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona’s most preeminent performing arts organization.  Robust ticket sales and sponsor fundraising translate into a percentage of sales back to our nonprofit.  Please plan to support and attend this extraordinary event.

Tickets begin as low as $29 and can be purchased at phoenixsymphony.org or by calling 602-495-1999. 

VIP ticket packages are available starting at $250 including an exclusive meet and greet reception with Colm Wilkinson following the 2/28/15 concert.  Please contact ICLF Board of Trustee member, Blythe Sweeney, at 602-793-8811 to reserve your VIP seats now!
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BECOME A PERMANENT PART OF THE IRISH CULTURAL CENTER BY PURCHASING AN ENGRAVED BRICK IN OUR HERITAGE CLOS

Your donation of $100.00 for a brick helps the Irish Cultural Center continue it's endeavors of spreading Irish and Celtic culture with the Valley of the Sun through it's many programs and events.  Each brick has 2 lines and 14 spaces per line.  We will then place it in the County of your choice.  This is a great way to honor your loved ones past and present!  Please contact the ICC at 602-258-0109 for information and orders.
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ACADEMY OF IRISH & CELTICS STUDIES TERM 1 2015 STARTS JANUARY 5TH

Academy of Irish & Cultural Studies


The Academy of Irish and Celtic Studies begins its first term of 2015 on January 5th. The cost for dance or language classes is $125.00 for the 10 week term (minimum 3 person class).  The cost for Reader's Theater/Drama is $100 (Minimum 6 person class). Music lessons are all private lessons and are available in 30 or 60 minute time slots. Private classes may be adjusted to fit your schedule. The cost for private lessons is $200.00 per ten-weeks of 30 minute classes.  60 minute private classes are available at $400 for the ten-weeks.  Tuition may be pro-rated for late starters. NOTE: Private tuition is available in all subjects. A number of scholarships may also be available.
If a teacher has two students at the same level, that teacher may decide to have both in the same class for an hour as long as both students and teacher are in agreement with the arrangement.

For further information, please call Pat McCrossan at the Academy office (602) 864 2357 or main number at 602-258-0109 Email: academy@azirish.org  Visit the academy website at www.iccacademy.com

The 3rd Saturday of most months, we offer Ceili dance lessons. This is a 2 hour dance-intensive workshop, geared towards both beginning and advanced dancers of all ages. Cost is $16.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12. Call Mary at 602-258-0109. RSVP requested.

 
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CELTIC AND NATIVE AMERICAN LEGENDS

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THIRD ANNUAL SMILIN' IRISHMAN - FEBRUARY 21ST

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Arizona is looking for the Best Smiling Irishman
St. Patrick’s Day "season" is fast approaching! Please mark your calendars with the following event for The Second Annual SMILING IRISHMAN CONTEST
Saturday, February 21, 2015  7:00 pm  Doors open at 6:00 pm
It’s all for ‘Glory and Story’ as the Irish Cultural Center hosts and benefits from the 3rd Annual Arizona Smiling Irishman Contest. This friendly competition started by the United Phoenix Firefighters Emerald Society will certainly be entertaining as the Celtic Community unites to put their best men on stage to support the Irish Cultural Center and the great work it does in Arizona.
Contestant Requirements: You do not have to be Irish but you must be male and 21 years old or older. You must compete in all four events listed below.
Blind-folded Irish Whiskey Tasting Contest.
An Irish Trivia Contest
An Irish Talent Contest
“Why I should be The 3rd Smiling Irishman”
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FEBRUARY ARTIST OF THE MONTH - BEVERLY FIZZELL

EventsBeverly Fizzell is our artist for February. She has exhibited her work at the ICC in the past and has some new pieces to display. She is a fabric artist, her work is done entirely by hand and the subjects are from her amazing imagination Pieces take from six months to two years to complete. She says a sewing machine is a power tool and she doesn't go there. Stop in and check out her new work,
which includes among others - Fly Me To The Moon and an unusual underwater piece - Shipwreck - which is complete with mermaids. She will be at the Irish Cultural Center on First Friday to discuss her work.
Beverly said: "When I put this 42 inch fabric pizza on the table in Fibber McGee's restaurant, a young dude took one look at it and said that's one bad ass pizza,  will you marry me!  That means good, right?" 

    
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SECOND & THIRD FRIDAY CEILIS

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The Center will be presenting Ceilis on the second and third Friday of the month. Enjoy Irish social dancing in a relaxed atmosphere with live music and dance lessons.
Admission is $6.00 with children under 12 Free (2 with each paid admission) Ceilis start at 7:00 pm.  Ceili dance workshops at the Center are on the third Saturday of most months from 1:00-3:00 PM. These are two hour dance intensive for beginning and advanced dancers. Beginners will focus on basic footwork and simpler Ceili dances (Fairy Reel, Siege of Ennis, etc). Advanced dancers will learn more difficult figure dances (Cross Reel, Trip To The Cottage, etc). If you are an experienced Ceili go-er or if you have never danced before, this is the class for you! Make new friends and learn how to dazzle the spectators at the next ICC Ceili. Admission is $16.00 for adults and kids under 12 $2.00 RSVP required (602) 258-0109.
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THE IRISH CURRACH TEAM OF PHOENIX NOW FORMING

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Currach Team Phoenix is looking for rowers! No rowing experience is necessary. We have just started offering opportunities to row the Teams’ two 18’ authentic three-seat currachs. If you are interested, contact me and I will add your email to the Currach Team Phoenix list.  You will then receive an automated invitation to choose rowing slots on Saturdays and Thursdays. 
Members of Currach Team Phoenix will have the choice of competitive rowing, recreational rowing, planning and promoting events, learning about the history and culture of the Irish currach, constructing a currach, and helping with the administration of the group.Thank you for your interest in this new ICC program.  Paul
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CRAFTER IN THE COTTAGE

Celtic art gifts from our crafters will be available for purchase in the ICC Cottage starting Wednesday, Jan. 28, 29 and 31 from noon until three just in time for out-of-town visitors for the Super Bowl on none other than Saint Brigid’s Day, Feb. 1. Come see us through February and March on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well. Think Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and special occasions, festive Saint Patrick’s Day! See you soon in the Cottage, Lynn M. at llyndragon@me.com.