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Welcome to The Irish Cultural Center
Wednesday, May 04 2016 @ 11:42 PM MST
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WELCOME TO THE IRISH CULTURAL CENTER AND MCCLELLAND LIBRARY

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McClelland Irish Library



 
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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

Admission to the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library is free except for Special Events

Fees for complex-wide guided tours and exhibits

Adults, General Public – $5 tour, $10 exhibit,
Seniors & Students – $3 tour, $8 exhibit,
Children 6-17 – $3 tour, $5 exhibit,
Members – $3 tour, $5 exhibit,

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CINCO DE M'IRISH FIRST FRIDAY, MAY 6TH - 6:30PM UNTIL LATE

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Keeping the Cinco de Mayo celebrations going! Featuring Open Beta and Traditional Song Circle. Cash Bar. Wonderful Irish/Mexican Fusion food served by Michael of Guapo Food Inc.
Our Featured Artist is Paula Cullison. 

New York City born, long-time Phoenix resident, Paula Cullison has a passion for international travel.  An independent traveler, she has visited over 30 countries.  Upon graduating from college, she worked in Switzerland on an AIESEC traineeship, and has attended several international conferences
through her involvement with the United Nations Association.
 

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FRIDAY, MAY 6TH "TRIUMPH OF A NATION" BOOK RELEASE AND AWARDS CEREMONY

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All are welcome! Free admission! RSVP 602-258-0109 or info@azirish.org

Friday May 6th, "Triumph of a Nation" Book release and Awards Ceremony. 
4.00pm - 6.00pm, immediately prior to First Friday in the Great Hall.

Release of "The Irish American Tradition" 3rd edition; by Mr Carl Beaulieu, M.A., of Quebec, Canada.
"The Irish American Tradition" is a 400 page large format, glossy hardcover book which recognizes and celebrates the achievements of Irish immigrants since the earliest days of settlement.
Wine, refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
The Order of St Patrick Awards will also be bestowed to Outstanding Irish Americans for their excellence in leadership, management, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Harpist Mary Raunikar will perform Celtic songs for this event.
Feel free to stay and enjoy all the music and entertainment at First Friday afterwards. Dinner will also be available.

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SEACHTAIN NA GAEILGE, AZ MAY 2016

Academy of Irish & Cultural Studies

“Seachtain na Gaeilge” Kicks Off May 16 at the Irish Cultural Center

Click for online registration form.

(Phoenix, Ariz.) On May 16, Fulbright Scholar Éilis Nic Aodhagáin [“Āy-lish” Keegan] kicks off her return to the U.S. from Dublin by teaching Irish language immersion classes at the Irish Cultural Center (ICC).

“In Ireland, Seachtain na Gaeilge means the Week of Irish or Irish Week,” said Keegan. “It’s celebrated in various ways leading up to St. Patrick’s Day." The ICC celebration starts a wee bit later than it did in the old sod.

Keegan holds an MA in Modern Irish and a BA in International Irish and Spanish from University College Dublin, where she is a language and literature tutor. She also teaches at Gaelchultúr language school and spent a year in Montana teaching and collecting Irish oral histories on her Fulbright scholarship.

“I was at the University of Montana for two semesters,” Keegan said. “They have a really strong Irish Cities program.” Nearly 11% of Arizonans are of Irish descent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Options to attend Seachtain na Gaeilge (SnaG) at the ICC are weeknights from May 16 through 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 or Sunday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“If you can’t come every day, you won’t be left feeling like you won’t know what’s going on,” continued Keegan. “I’m going to pick a theme every day, like family or hobbies, holiday, travel…that sort of thing.

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A SAD PASSING - JOHN NORTON III


The Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library sends condolences to the family of John Norton, who passed away on April 17th.  The Norton Room in the McClelland Library is named after John and his wife Doris.
John R. Norton III, 87, a third generation Arizonan, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016, surrounded by his family. John was born April 10, 1929 at St. Joseph's Hospital to Earlene and John R. Norton, Jr.
Raised in Phoenix, he graduated from North High, attended Stanford for one year and graduated in 1950 from the U of A with a B.S. in Agriculture. While attending the U of A, he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and Captain of the U of A Rodeo Team, where he roped calves, rode bulls, steer wrestled and lassoed the heart of the U of A Citrus Queen, Doris Schaefer. They married and after serving our country as a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Air Force, moved to Blythe, CA. There he founded the J.R. Norton Company, a diverse agricultural and cattle ranching operation with production in both California and Arizona.
In 1972, with the size of the family increased by children: Michael, John and Melanie, they returned to Phoenix. Business interests lead him to serve on and or Chair many Boards, such as Ready Pac Produce, Western Growers Association, United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association, to name a few.  
In 1980, President-elect Ronald Reagan selected him for his transition team. In 1985, John went to Washington, D.C. as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture.
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UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE IRISH CULTURAL CENTER AND MCCLELLAND LIBRARY FOR 2016

Now until December 2016 The 1916 Commemoration Exhibit in the McClelland Library

April 4th, 2016  Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies Term 2 Starts

May 16th - May 22nd, 2016  Seachtain Gaelige AZ
May 22nd, 2016 AZ Celtic Women
June 11th, 2016  Annual Bloomin’ Beerfest
Nov 6th, 2016 
Legends of Celtic Exploration in the Ancient Americas Lecture

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ACADEMY OF IRISH AND CELTIC STUDIES TERM 2 2016 STARTS APRIL 4, 2016

Academy of Irish & Cultural Studies For further information, please call Elaine Monaghan Price at 602-258-0109 Email: elaine.monaghan-price@azirish.org
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THIRD FRIDAY CEILIS ONLY

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The Center will be presenting Ceilis on the third Friday of the month only. 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. 

Starting with the Third Friday Ceili in August we will be having a "Beginners/Orientation session" starting at 6:30 and going until 7:15 when the Ceili will officially start. We will be including the basic steps, and the basic movements, "such as round the house", "advance and retire" and "Wheels, stars and hands across", and pertinent terminology during the Orientation session. Our hope is to give new folk a chance to get comfortable with the dancing, and then have to do much less instruction during the Ceili itself. In turn we hope to be able to increase the number of dances we can do during the Ceili. All, including experienced dancers, first-timers and everyone in between, are welcome at the Orientation sessions.

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).

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3RD ANNUAL AZ CELTIC WOMEN - SUNDAY, MAY 22ND

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FRIENDS OF THE ST. PATRICK'S CENTRE AZ CHAPTER SEND OFF PARTY FOR YOUNG AMBASSADOR