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Friday, July 25 2014 @ 11:20 AM MST
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SUMMER HOURS FOR THE ICC & MCCLELLAND LIBRARY

Public Opening Hours
Tours, Library and Genealogy
June 3 – August 14
10am – 3pm  Wednesday & Thursday
3pm – 8pm  Wednesday evenings (Library only)
Closed August 15 – September 1

Open for Scheduled Events, Classes, Meetings & Rentals
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THE 8TH ANNUAL BLOOMIN’ BEERFEST - JUNE 14TH

EventsOn Saturday, June 14, 2014, The Irish Cultural Center will be presenting:
THE 8TH ANNUAL BLOOMIN’ BEERFEST
A unique Bloomsday Celebration which commemorates Irish author James Joyce and his groundbreaking novel, Ulysses, with beer-tasting, wine & spirits and food also available, readings from the novel, live Irish music by The Brazen Heads and the Irish Cultural Center Academy Band.
DATE: Saturday June 14, 2014, 7pm—11pm (Gates open at 6:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: The Irish Cultural Center
1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ, 85004
INFO LINE: 602-258-0109
WEBSITE: www.azirish.org
CONTACT: Mary Moriarty  mary.moriarty@azirish.org

Sales for this event will begin at midnight May 23, 2014 12:00 PM PST

DESCRIPTION: The Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation presents The Eighth Annual Bloomin' Beerfest Saturday, June 14, 2014, 7:00 - 11:00 pm at the Irish Cultural Center in Downtown Phoenix.

WHAT IS BLOOMSDAY? The name "Bloomsday" derives from Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of James Joyce's novel, Ulysses. June 16th was the day in 1904 on which the events in Ulysses were set. In the novel, Bloom travels around Dublin meeting many fascinating characters while making full use of the city's pubs. Bloomsday is celebrated in Ireland and throughout the world by Irish people and Joyce fans alike.  This year's event features a wide array of specialty beers produced in Arizona and Ireland, as well as our full bar.  Irish music by The Irish Cultural Center Academy Band and The Brazen Heads. Readings from Ulysses will be performed throughout the evening by the ICC Academy Readers Theatre and the Ulysses Readers. Food will be available for purchase. 

TICKETS: BEER-TASTING ADMISSION:
$25 presale, or $35 at the gate. Presale tickets available May 23 - June 14 at 12 noon at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/708030

Price includes all Bloomsday activities plus 16 token tickets which can be used for beer and/or food. Also includes admission to McClelland Irish Library.  Members of the Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Irish Library will receive 4 additional tickets.
TEETOTALER’S ADMISSION:
$10 at the gate. Price includes all Bloomsday activities plus free soda or bottled water.
No alcohol can be purchased with this admission. Please purchase Teetotaler's tickets at the gate.
Children under 12 $1.00, but Ulysses is defi¬nitely geared to an adult audience with its bawdy themes and salty language, so admission to the Library Readings will be limited to guests 18 years and older.
NOTES:
Additional beer and food tickets can be purchased on site for $1 each.
The Roosevelt St Light Rail Station is just steps from the gate.  Please see www.valleymetro.org for schedule.Beer-tasting admission sales limited to 500 persons.
For further information, please call (602) 258-0109 or check www.azirish.org
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ACADEMY OF IRISH & CELTIC STUDIES TERM 2 2014 STARTS APRIL 7TH

Academy of Irish & Cultural StudiesThe Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies begins its second term of 2014 on April 7th  The cost for music, dance and language classes is $125.00 for the 10 week term.  (Minimum 3 person class).  Private lessons are available in 30 or 60 minute time slots. Private classes may be adjusted to fit your schedule. The cost for private lessons is $20.00 per 30 minute class and $40.00 per 60 minute class. For further information, please call Pat McCrossan at (602) 254-6094.  Tuition is pro-rated for late start.
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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ACADEMY OFFERS IRISH/CELTIC ART CLASSES THIS SUMMER

Academy of Irish & Cultural StudiesNoted artist Lynn Mascarelli has offered to teach an Irish/Celtic art course with the Academy, starting in July.  Lynn has been a featured artist many times at the Irish Cultural Center on the First Friday’s Art Walk, and has sold many of her pieces.  Lynn is a retired school teacher who embraces all things Irish.
Having studied, for a time, at Queen’s University, Belfast, Lynn knows quite a lot about the history of Ireland and its art culture, whether it be ancient or modern.
If this is a class you think might be beneficial to you or your kids please contact academy director Pat McCrossan at academy@azirish.org or call 602-864-2357. Or visit www.iccacademy.com for more information.
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CELTIC READERS THEATRE GROUP MONDAY NIGHTS

Academy of Irish & Cultural StudiesThe Academy of Irish and Celtic Studies
Presents the All New Drama & Readers Theatre With Pamela Sterling & Marisa Casey
If you love Celtic plays & poetry, we invite you to join us at a discovery meeting that marks the beginning of the Celtic Readers Theatre Group at the Irish Cultural Center Academy.
Started in January 2014.in the “Norton Room” downstairs in the library. 6:30 pm start
All people of all experience levels are welcome!
Leave your worries or fears of memorizing lines behind - that's why we call it Readers Theatre
Bring any ideas or favorite titles of things you would like to see or perform
Bring a friend - the more the merrier!
Or just bring yourself, your passion and your open mind
For more details and RSVP email or call:  iccacademy@q.com - - 602-864-2357. Or click here http://iccacademy.com/Drama___Readers_Theatre.html
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IRISH LANGUAGE CLASSES FOR CHILDREN, AGES 4-10, SATURDAYS, AT 12:00 P.M.

Academy of Irish & Cultural StudiesThe Academy of Irish and Celtic studies is starting a new Irish Language class for children ages 4 through 10 on Saturdays.  Class time begins at 12:00 p.m. and runs until 1:00 p.m. at the Irish Cultural Center.
Children will learn the fundamentals of Irish through game play and FUN!
CLASSES ARE $125 FOR A 10-WEEK TERM. 
Contact Vicki Champion at 623-680-1711, or you may sign up on line by going to:
http://iccacademy.com/SIGN_UP_FOR_CLASSES.html
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SECOND & THIRD FRIDAY CEILIS

EventsThe 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

EventsCurrach 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
A currach is a type of rowing boat that originates from Ireland's seafaring heritage and was traditionally made from animal skins stretched over a wooden frame. It is similar to the coracle that emerged from Wales. However, the coracle is considerably smaller than some of the larger currachs. It has traditionally been used both at sea and on inland waters.
The currach's design and construction is believed to be unique to the Irish and Scottish west coasts, allowing for variations in shape and size by region. It is sometimes referred to as a naomhóg in the counties of Kerry and Cork and in West Clare as a canoe.
The usage of the currach is thought to date back to at least around the year 500 when a Latin account of the voyage of St Brendan describes a similar vessel to the currach in it's modern form. Despite conjecture over the truth of the voyage, the implication is that the boat was based on one that was widely used at the time. Some accounts claim a much earlier presence of the currach – from 100 BC and accounts of that time speak of large ocean going sailing currachs roving the North Atlantic.
There are currently 7 Currach Racing clubs in the USA (NY, CT, WI, OH, PA, MA, MD). Phoenix will be the 8th.
The currachs will be demonstrated from time to time at the Tempe Town Lake Marina. This will give possible enthusiasts a chance to see, first hand, if they want to participate in the Irish Currach Team of Phoenix. Those who have an interest can actually row a currach with a member of the ICTP (time permitting).
We hope to make this team one of the programs within Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation offerings.
One of the 2 currachs will be launched at 4 pm on Thursday, November 7th, for our first scheduled demonstration. If you are interested in this please contact Paul Ahern at  paulahern@qwest.net  so you can be added to the list.
THE IRISH CURRACH TEAM OF PHOENIX
The group is being formed now. If you are interested in being part of this project please contact:
PAUL AHERN, Vice President
Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation
Contact Info:
T.    623-572-5828
M.   702-497-3655
E.    paulahern@qwest.net
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THE CELTIC CRAFTERS AT THE ICC

The Celtic Crafters at the ICC.   For dates and  further information call Patricia Prior at 480-242-3500 or iccpr@cox.net
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IRISH CULTURAL CENTER DOCENTS NEEDED

The Irish Cultural Center needs enthusiastic volunteers willing to share their knowledge of all things Irish with our visitors.  No previous Docent experience is required.  We will provide all the training that is necessary. 
Requirements:  Docents are needed for one 5-hour shift per week from 10 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. The Center is open Tuesday thru Saturday.
Duties:  Leading tours, providing information regarding the Irish Cultural Center, and answering phones.
If you are interested in becoming a Docent, please call Anna at 602-524-0207.