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Thursday, December 18 2014 @ 12:25 PM MST

Irish Foundation & Academy 6th. annual Christmas party, Sunday Dec 14th. 1:00 PM - 4:00

The Heritage Pledge Drive.

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Academy of Irish & Cultural StudiesEVERYONE IS INVITED TO: The Irish Foundation of Arizona along with The Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies will hold their 6th. annual Christmas party at the Irish Cultural Center 1106 N. Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85004
Sunday Dec 14th from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. For further details call Anna O'Hara at 480-345-9517 or 602-524-0207 or Email:

The IFA will provide rolls, meat and cheese trays, and sliced turkey wraps. We ask that you bring a potluck dish to share. To simplify this process, we have divided the attendee’s surname list as follows:
A-C appetizers
D-L side dishes
M-O desserts
P-Z salads
In order to insure that we have enough rolls, meat and cheese trays, and wraps, we ask that you make reservations on or before 11 December 14. For reservations, contact Anna at either 480-345-9517 or 602-524-0207 or email
The Academy Band will be performing!!!

There will be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Food items for the St. Vincent de Paul food bank will be collected at this event. Please bring non-perishable food items, personal hygiene items, or baby diapers for donation. These donations or cash donations of $5.00 or more will enter your name into a drawing for a free 2015 family IFA membership.

Musicians, bring your instruments as there will be open seisiuns.
Please join us for an afternoon of music, laughter, and community!

Remember: this is the kick-off for our annual membership drive and renewal. Membership is $20.00 per family.

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Gift ShopFor all your Irish goods go to "Mully's Touch of Ireland" 7054 E. 5th. Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Phone 480-941-4198 Email:
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Academy of Irish & Cultural StudiesThe 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: Visit the academy website at

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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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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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  so you can be added to the list.
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
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The Celtic Crafters at the ICC. For dates and further information call Patricia Prior at 480-242-3500 or
New members always welcome.
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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 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.
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The Irish Cultural Center  Facebook page now has 400 members.  We use the Facebook page to report or repost the newsletters, events and things of Celtic interest, this includes Scottish and Welsh happenings, that I find out about  to the members. For those interested you can find the Facebook page by going to and doing a search for “Irish Cultural Center Phoenix AZ” or if you're so inclined.
There is a separate Facebook page with 160 members for the musical side of our culture at “AZ Irish Music”  or that is used to announce where they will be playing or new CDs they may be coming out, this was originally started by our good friend the late George O'Brien.  The ICC would sincerely like to thank Ed Cunningham and Jim Daugherty for updating our Facebook page.
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The Caledonian Society of Arizona is proud to present another fun Scottish themed event on June 9th, Monday 6pm-9pm.
This time we're holding a "Learn to Curl" evening and hosting a friendly Curling competition, the "1st Annual Caledonian Society of AZ Bonspiel".
This event takes the place of our regularly scheduled June 12 meeting at the ICC.  There will be no meeting on June 12 at the ICC.
Players are invited to enter the competition. There will be five teams of four players. All those interested in joining a team or presenting a full team - please contact John Clinkenbeard at  
For those of you just wishing to participate as spectators there is plenty of room (and a bar) where you can root for your team and learn about a fascinating Scottish sport.  Join us!
Monday, June 9
The Coyotes Curling Club
2202 W Medtronic Way
Tempe, Arizona, 85281
CSA Members - $10
Non-CSA Members $15
Spectating Only?  FREE!
There will be a brief Curling 101 Workshop by our own Caledonian Society experts Don & Pearl Finch
The winning team will receive the very first Caledonian Society of Arizona Curling Award.
Come have some fun with us and we'll see you soon!
Mark Clark, CSA President
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Sarah Hines, a 27 year old young professional working at the Arizona State Senate. She is an active member of CROFT, a reenactment group that exhibits the way of life during the Renaissance. She has been a representative in Ireland for the Friends of St. Patrick Center in Down Patrick, Ireland. She is an avid volunteer with her church and friends. She loves dancing. She is very excited to represent Arizona this year as the 2014 Arizona Colleen & Arizona Rose!
Sarah will be heading to Portlaoise, Ireland on May 26th to compete in the Regionals for 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival.