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Wednesday, April 16 2014 @ 03:04 PM MST
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ANNUAL 1916 EASTER RISING REMEMBRANCE - SATURDAY, APRIL 19TH

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At the ICC this Saturday, April 19 at 10 am, the 2014 presentation of the 1916 Easter Rebellion Commemoration. 10,000 years of Irish history looking at the causes and outcomes of the 1916 Rising. A multi media presentation that includes live performances of 19 Irish tunes, Yeats' 1916 and much more! Featuring Michael Littwin, Colleen Collins-Moreno, Jerica Nicolaides, Celtica, and the incomparable Jane Merial Hilton, with Jim Daugherty as seanachie. If you've wondered about the story behind the Rising and behind all those "rebel" songs, you won't want to miss this! There is no admission fee, but donations happily accepted.Tea, Soda Bread and Cash Bar. A moving multi-media journey featuring live ballads, music, readings and poetry presented in historical context . Part 1 starts in ancient Ireland and is focused on the causes and events leading up to the 1916 Easter Monday Rising/Rebellion. Part 2 begins with a reading of Poblacht na H Eireann, the proclamation of the Irish Republic, follows the rising through Dublin and the rest of Ireland as it unfolded, and ends by examining the legacy of the Rising.

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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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UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE MCCLELLAND IRISH LIBRARY

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Saturday April 19 Book Signing with Robert K. O’Neill. 12:30pm – 2:00pm.
Just in time for your summer travels!
“Irish Libraries: Archives, Museums & Genealogical Centres: A Visitor's Guide, 3rd
An introduction to the treasure of printed and other resources available in Irish museums, libraries,
archives and genealogical centers.
Dr. O'Neill was the library consultant for the McClelland Irish Library. He recently retired as Burns
Librarian at Boston College after more than 26 years in that position. He now lives in Gilbert, Arizona.
Don’t miss this special event as we welcome Bob to his new Arizona home.
Immediately follows the popular Annual 1916 Easter Rising Remembrance at 10am.

March 27 – May 1     Irish-American Genealogy Class.  Thursday evenings.
A more in-depth six-week class on tracing your family history in various U.S. records back to the Irish immigrant.  Covers online and traditional research, and organizational techniques using census, land, naturalization and church records.  Led by local genealogist, Robert Wilbanks.  Cost: $80, $70 for members of the ICC/MIL.  McClelland Irish Library.  Open to the first 25 registrants.  Call: 602-864-2351 or email: info@azirishlibrary.org    

Sat. May 3      Children’s Storytime, 10:30am  A 45-minute program of stories, readings, music and crafts geared to children ages 3-9 but open to all family members.  Featured story TBA.  Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult or caregiver.  McClelland Irish Library Castle Keep. Call: 602-864-2351 or email: info@azirishlibrary.org

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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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THIRD ANNUAL JIMMY O'CONNOR MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

Saturday, April 26, 2014  (Corrected Date)
Peoria Pines Golf Club
7 AM Tee Time
Lunch after at the Pub, Raffles, Prizes
4 person teams, 2 man scramble
$65 per golfer
$100 Hole Sponsorships
$360 Galway Gold Sponsorship (4 Golfers and Hole Sponsorship)
All proceeds benefit the Irish Cultural Center
Contact Brian Tobin 602 997-7714, 602 803-1511
briantobin@q.com
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APRIL ARTIST DAVID BILLS

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From David Bills:

I grew up in Glendale Arizona
 Going to Grade School and High School in Glendale.

I have college background in Commercial Art (Glendale Community College)
 Mechanical Engineering ( University of Utah)
 Welding Technology ( Maricopia Tech NOW Gateway Community College)
 I have been in Scottish Bagpipe bands and was involved in the Phoenix Highland Games in 1967-1974 ( I was a Side Drummer ,  Tenor  Drummer , and Bass Drummer and dancer. I know the Highland Fling and the Sword Dance)

 Background in art.

 I have been making and selling art since 1966.
  Making sculptures and painting. I paint in acrylic, watercolor and oils.
  I made adds and displays for A.J. Bayless Grocery Stores from 1970-1974, in painted displays
  I have worked for the "Wallace and Ladmo Show" 1987-1989 making toys and doing prop artwork.
 I have painted landscapes and studied Great Briton and Ireland Buildings and History.
 This is an ongoing interest on my part.
  If any other information is needed I will happily answer any questions.
 e-mail davrbils@aol.com
  I currently live in Phoenix

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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