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Newsletter Volume 8, Issue 48


* BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND DIRECT FROM IRELAND GOITSE IN CONCERT SATURDAY, MARCH 2
* FIRST FRIDAY IS MARCH 1ST
* LIVE IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESIUN SUNDAY MARCH 3RD AT THE ICC
* DANU IN CONCERT MARCH 1ST AT SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
* SECOND & THIRD FRIDAY CEILIS
* ACADEMY OF IRISH & CELTIC STUDIES TERM 2 2013 STARTS APRIL 8TH
* THE CELTIC CRAFTERS AT THE ICC
* 30TH ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE & FAIRE, SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH
* IRISH GENEALOGY SEMINAR, MARCH 17TH & 18TH
* FRIENDS OF ST. PATRICK PRESENTS: THE LEGACY OF ST. PATRICK TOUR OF IRELAND OCTOBER 4-13 2013
* Anticipation of the Hance Park Master Plan RFQ builds at the Hance Park Conservancy
* TIME RUNNING OUT TO PURCHASE ENTRY STONES FOR THE MCCLELLAND IRISH LIBRARY
* ORDER YOUR CERTIFICATE OF IRISH HERITAGE AND HELP BENEFIT THE COLLEEN PROGRAMS
* IRISH FOUNDATION OF ARIZONA NEWS
* CHANDLER TULLAMORE SISTER CITIES NEWS
* ANNUAL MAYOR'S LUNCHEON SPONSORED BY: TUCSON-ROSCOMMON SISTER CITIES MARCH 15TH
* TARTANIC IN CONCERT THURSDAY, MARCH 21ST
* SAVE THE DATE MARCH 23RD & 24TH 49TH ANNUAL ARIZONA SCOTTISH GATHERING & HIGHLAND GAMES
* ALTAN AT THE MIM ON MARCH 17TH
* PHOENIX SISTER CITIES NEWS
* RUGBY IN THE WEST VALLEY, ALL AGES
* CHANDLER TULLAMORE DESERT FARE COOKBOOK ON SALE
* Arizona Emerald Society Pipes and Drums
* PHOENIX GAELS NEWS
* CONTRA DANCE MOVES TO FOURTH FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
* ICC DOCENTS NEEDED BY GLENDA WALKER
* ICLF BOARD MEETING MINUTES



BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND DIRECT FROM IRELAND GOITSE IN CONCERT SATURDAY, MARCH 2

On Saturday, March 2, 2013, The Irish Cultural Center located at 1106 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004 will be presenting direct from Ireland Goitse in concert.  This is a return engagement for this very talented band.  Concert will start at 7:00 pm and tickets are $25.00 at the door, $20.00 advanced sales and for members of the ICC/MIL.  Goitse (pronounced gwi-cha) is a Donegal Irish word meaning ‘come here’.  
GOITSE is a flourishing, highly talented five piece band fast making a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish traditional music. Their fast paced energetic playing has seen them enjoying a growing fan base through show stopping performances in Ireland, America, Finland, Denmark and even Africa.
The distinctive quality of their sound lies in the arrangement of well-known traditional tunes interspersed with their own compositions, which make each set entertaining and unique.  The band adds their own distinctive contribution to their cultural inheritance with ease and style. Even with hints of continental playing and modern rhythms there remains the overwhelming presence of Irishness.”They have a big musical imagination and are not afraid to tear at the edges of the trad envelope”.–Irish Music Magazine.
Goitse’s debut album which, was released in January 2010, has gained much praise from critics with Hotpress magazine assuring Irish traditional music lovers “They play with an easy assurance that should cause those fretting about the future of Irish trad to rest more easily at night. Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of wonderful music and fast paced fun with Goitse.”
"Transformed" is Goitse’s newly released second CD. It was produced and Mixed by Donal Lunny and Goitse arranged all tracks. The album has already gained praise from Journalists. “Transformed sees Goitse transfer from the periphery to the Big League” - Irish Music Magazine.
Áine Mc Geeney is a vibrant fiddle player along with being a recognised singer. She spent an extended spell touring with Michael Flately’s world famous dance show “Lord of the Dance”. Alongside her excellent performing skills Aine’s teaching abilities have been recognised, having taught alongside well known musicians such as Tommy People’s and Cathal Mc Connell.
Tadhg Ó Meachair, who hails from the capital of Ireland, has quickly gained recognition as being one of Irelands top young Piano and Piano Accordion players. The much sought after musician was a main feature in the recent television series by Donal Lunny for TG4, "Lorg Lunny". Tadhg is one of the more prolific composers in the band with his compositions fitting both the old and new tradition.
Colm Phelan, also from County Laois, enjoys a large fan base of Bodhrán enthusiasts. Back to back All Irelands and a World title, together with success as a céilí band drummer, have helped establish him as an expert tutor in this field. Colm has taught in France, Germany, Holland, Italy, at the international summer school Craiceann on Innis Oir and for the past few years he has been leading the advanced class at Junior Daveys Coleman Country Bodhran School.
Conal O’Kane from Philadelphia, is a multi instrumentalist who adds another dimension to the group with his Donegal/American influence. The American grew up learning fiddle and Banjo during summers in Buncranna before learning Guitar in Philadelphia. His particular interest in music theory shines through in his striking chord choices and punchy rhythms.
James Harvey hails from Mountrath in Co. Laois. His most recent accomplishment was completing a Bachelor of Arts in Irish Music and Dance receiving first class honours. He is now continuing his education in the Irish World Academy in the University of Limerick undertaking a Professional Diploma in Education. His banjo playing has always been at the highest level, winning gold medals at four All-Ireland Fleadh competitions in a row, this was a great achievement for someone only playing the banjo four years! He added a further three All- Ireland gold medals at the Fleadh competitions on the mandolin.
Goitse have gone from supporting acts and opening concerts for Beoga, Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill, Donal Luny Martin O Connor and Andy Irvine, The Alan Kelly Quartet, the trio of Cathal Hayden, Seamie O Dowd and Johnny Ringo Mc Donagh to performing concerts in the four provinces of Ireland, parts of Europe and even as far afield as Africa.
Irish Music with a Twist
*Goitse Forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick
University’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the quintet
have graduated with a musical maturity worthy of the greatest. They
hade made a name for themselves as one of the most sought after
bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish Traditional music, having won
feverish critical plaudits for their Dónal Lunny-produced second
album Transformed.
Their distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions
interspersed with well-known traditional tunes, which make each
set entertaining and unique. The gripping rhythm section sets a
breaktaking pace for the music while through the sweet, charismatic
voice of Áine Mc Geeney draw audiences into the music in a way
very few performers can achieve.
Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of wonderful
music and fast paced fun with Goitse.
*Goitse is an informal Gaelic Irish greeting meaning ‘come here’.
Goitse Praise:
“A Musical Maturity worthy of the Greatest” Philippe COUSIN, Le
Peuple Breton Magazine
“Transformed - Definitely a 2012 Top Ten Album” Alex Monaghan,
Folkworld Magazine
“Transformed see’s Goitse transfer from the periphery to the big league”.
John O Regan, Irish Music Magazine
“Seamless flawless and powerful, full of humuor and energy that the
members of Goitse are famous for” - Jack Baker, Irish
American news.
[They play] “… With the wisdom of musicians with many more road
miles beneath their belt.” Siobhan Long, Irish Times
“Simply Terrific” – Irish Post


FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST IS FIRST FRIDAY

Stephanie Howitt is an ardent talent, just stepping on to the Phoenix art scene. However, she is not new to the art world. Stephanie has showcased pieces of art in her home state of Washington as well as here in Phoenix. She attended the Art Institute of Seattle for a year and moved with her family to Phoenix sixteen years ago. She finished her degree at the Art Institute of Phoenix and has a degree in graphic design and illustration.
Although her artistic expertise is diverse, she gains the most pleasure from her detailed sketches. Like most artist with a passion for life, Stephanie’s inspiration can come from anywhere; her art screams character and captures her dedication. When she’s not sharing her artwork at First Friday, she is spending time with her husband Jon and their son, Evan, their masterpiece, living as normal a life as any artist can live.
For our $10.00 dinner of the month, Chef Donna Donahue will be serving Corned Beef and Cabbage.


LIVE IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC SEISIUN ON SUNDAY, MARCH 3RD

Live Irish Traditional Music Session
7pm Sunday March 3rd
at the Irish Cultural Center
…An impromptu musical experience of some of Phoenix best musicians
playing the sounds of Ireland.
A “Session” is different than a concert in that the musicians are playing for themselves instead of primarily playing for an audience.
Come down and join us for a few tunes, a few songs, a lot of jokes,
some stories and some beer and tea.


DANU IN CONCERT MARCH 1ST AT SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Celtic Greetings!  Just a note to let you know that our friends at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts are presenting Danú, live in concert!
Friday, March 1 @ 8pm
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Tickets available
$49 | $59 | $79
Buy Tickets
Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing-room-only concerts throughout Ireland feature passionate performances and a glorious mix of ancient and new music.
Plus!
Pre-show Talk with Danú's Benny McCarthy
Friday, March 1, 6 p.m.
FREE, call 480-874-4638 to RSVP.
An original member of Danú, box-player Benny McCarty talks about the history of Irish music.


SECOND & THIRD FRIDAY CEILIS WITH SET DANCING ON THIRD FRIDAYS

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.  We will be learning set dancing at our third Friday Ceilis. 
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.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL NOT BE A THIRD FRIDAY CEILI ON FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH OR A CEILI WORKSHOP ON SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH DUE TO THE ST. PATRICK'S DAY FAIRE.  PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S NIGHT CEILI ON SUNDAY, MARCH 17TH STARTING AT 6:00 PM WITH LIVE MUSIC BY DE MAIRT CEOL


ACADEMY OF IRISH & CELTIC STUDIES TERM 1 2013 STARTS JANUARY 8TH

The Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies begins its fourth term of 2012 on October 8th  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.

Classes offered:
5-String Banjo (Clawhammer)
5-String Banjo (Scruggs Style)
Accordion
Bagpipes
Banjo (Irish Tenor)
Bodhran
Ceili Dance
Fiddle
Guitar
Harp
Highland Dance
Irish Language
Irish Step Dancing
Mandolin
Music Theory
Piano/Keyboard
Pipe Band Drumming
Slow Seisiun
Ukulele NEW CLASS   NEW:  Steve Colby is offering Ukuele lessons.  The bigger Uke, (Baritone) is tuned like the first 4 strings of the guitar so can be used to teach smaller children basic guitar.
Welsh Language


THE CELTIC CRAFTERS AT THE ICC

The Celtic Crafters at the ICC will meet at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 9th at the ICC.   For dates and further information call Patricia Prior at 480-242-3500 or iccpr@cox.net


30TH ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE & FAIRE, SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH

30th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Faire
Saturday, March 16th 2013
This Year's Theme is “The Gathering 2013 Back to Our Roots and Traditions”
30th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire Saturday, March 16, 2013. Location for the Parade 3rd Street from Sheridan south to McDowell.  Starts at 10 am.  The Faire starts at 10 am at Hance Park West side of Central at the Irish Cultural Center. Admission $10.00 Adults 13 & older.  Kids 12 & under FREE. Senior (55 & over) and Military $8.00.  3 Stages of Irish Music and Dancers, Kids Area, Food and Beverages, Crafters.  Free Shuttle from 1850 North Central Avenue (West side of Central Ave & Palm Lane) to the Faire. TAKE THE LIGHT RAIL TO THE ROOSEVELT STREET STATION.  Free parking at the garage at 1850 North Central Ave.
The Phoenix St. Patrick's Day Parade began in 1984. It's purpose is to preserve and enhance the heritage and traditions of the Irish Culture as well as share that culture with the citizens of Arizona. The Parade has marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, police and fire vehicles, government dignitaries, floats, the 2013 Arizona Irish Colleen / Arizona Rose with her Court and a whole lot more.
This year's Grand Marshall is Bob Smith, President and CEO of Alliance Beverage, whose ancestors hailed from Counties Down, Cork and Galway.  The Irish Persons of the Year are Jack and Mary Moriarty, whose grandparents hailed from Counties Kerry, Donegal and Cork.   For further information call (602) 280-9221 or visit www.phxirish.org
HELP THE FRIENDS OF ST. PATRICK FEED THE HUNGRY
At the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire 2013, The Friends of Saint Patrick, Arizona Chapter, is honoring Saint Patrick’s legacy for compassion by sponsoring a food drive for Arizona’s needy.  For those of you attending only the Parade, collections will be made along the Parade route.  If you are attending both the Parade and Faire, there will be collection sites at the Faire entrances.  In exchange for your food donation at the Faire, you will receive a raffle ticket for the drawings that will be held hourly during the Faire.  Raffle tickets will only be given out at the Faire entrance.  Each raffle winner will receive $100.  Donated items will be delivered to St.Vincent de Paul.  The Friends of Saint Patrick Arizona Chapter is a non-denominational 501 (c) (3) non-profit established to honor Saint Patrick’s legacy.  The Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, is the only center in the world dedicated to Saint Patrick.  Website: http://www.saintpatrickcentre.com
For additional information, contact Glenda Walker at 602-277-1376


IRISH GENEALOGY SEMINAR, MARCH 17TH & 18TH

Irish Genealogy Seminar
What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than by making a start on your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestral quest?
Choose your day to come, both events are the same:
Sunday, March 17, 2013, 9:30am - 5pm
Monday, March 18, 2013, 9:30am - 5pm
Sign-in begins at 8:30am both days
Irish Cultural Center – McClelland Irish Library, 1106 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ
Tel: 602 864-2351 Email: Daniela.Moneta.MIL@gmail.com Website: http://azirishlibrary.org/
Fintan Mullan, Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation,
Belfast, Ireland.
Dr. Brian Trainor, former UHF Director and Chief Executive of the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland and former chairman of the Irish Manuscripts Commission.
Dr.Trainor and Mr. Mullan will present an interesting and informative seminar on Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy for beginners and advanced family historians:
 Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research
 The Ulster Plantation: Sources for 17th Century Families
 The Great Famine in Ireland and Emigration to North America, 1845–1856
 Sources Available for Research by County
 Solving Your ‘Brick-Walls’- Practical Internet Tutorial and Resolving Research Queries
See below for registration form.

Registration Fee: $30 for Irish Cultural Center members, or $35 for non-members,
Optional $10 for Lunch: Sandwich, chips, drink
Deadline for registration: 11 March 2013, or first 100 people for each seminar
All freeways lead to the downtown Phoenix
area. Exit from I-10 at 7th St. or 7th Ave.
(depending on the direction you are coming).
The McClelland Irish Library (a 4-story Norman
Castle, you can’t miss it!) is on N. Central Ave,
3 blocks south of McDowell Road, on west side
of N. Central (across from the Phoenix Public
Library), located in Margaret T. Hance Park.
Phoenix Light Rail (from Tempe, Mesa, and
north Phoenix) stops near the front of the
Library, exit on Roosevelt and walk north one
block.
Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Irish Library Memberships
$30 Senior (62 or older) & Student (valid student ID)
$40 Friend of Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Irish Library, $75 Family Membership
Membership benefits described on http://azirishlibrary.org/
(Please cut on dotted line, keep top portion, and mail lower portion in with your fee.)
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Registration Form for Irish Genealogy Seminar
Registration Fee: $30 for Irish Cultural Center members, $35 for non-members
Online registration starts Feb. 1st at http://azirishlibrary.org/ , or mail check payable to:
Irish Cultural Center Library
1106 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tel: 602 864-2351 Email: Daniela.Moneta.MIL@gmail.com
Deadline for registration: 11 March 2013, or first 100 people for each seminar
Select Event: Sunday, March 17th______________ Monday, March 18th______________
NAME_______________________________________________ E-MAIL _______________________________
ADDRESS____________________________________________CITY_________________ST.____ZIP________
PHONE: (HM/WK)________________________________ (CELL)______________________________________
Join now for discount NEW MEMBER’S FEE: FRIEND $40_______SENIOR $30_______FAMILY $75_______
MEMBER’S SEMINAR AMOUNT $30____________NON-MEMBER’S SEMINAR AMOUNT $35 _________
LUNCH $10______ Choose one: _______ Chicken Walnut Sandwich _______ Roast Beef Sandwich
_______ Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad _______ Crumbly Bleu Cheese Salad
TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED _______________________ CHECK # ________________________________
CREDIT CARD#_________________________ EXP. DATE______NAME ON CARD_____________________
You will receive registration confirmation by email.


FRIENDS OF PATRICK PRESENTS: THE LEGACY OF ST. PATRICK TOUR OF IRELAND OCTOBER 4-13 2013

The Friends of Saint Patrick Chapter has been bringing graduates to Ireland for many years, and now, for the first time, we have packaged this incredible behind-the-scenes experience for Adults. Visit legendary and hidden sites with the experts and be welcomed by leading political and historical figures.
Visit the legendary and hidden sites of Ireland with the experts and be welcomed by leading political and historical figures. Our trip will begin in Dublin with a welcome Dinner and a visit to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College before heading to County Down where we stay near Downpatrick in the luxurious Slieve Donard Resort. Spend time with Tim exploring Saint Patrick’s County, meeting local people including the Ulster Scots and the Magus Vikings and come to a local traditional folk session before going to Belfast for a behind the scenes tour of Stormont, C.S. Lewis, Belfast City Hall and the Titanic Centre. The tour will meet senior politicians who will talk about the peace process and Northern Ireland today before we have a very special private dinner in the Member’s Long Gallery at the Stormont Parliament. The following day we have a civic reception in Armagh before touring that famous Cathedral City. Next the tour heads through the west of Ireland to Galway where we explore the ‘City of the Tribes’ and hold a special reception with elected official Eamon O’Cuiv, member of the Irish Parliament and grandson of Eamon de Valera, the founder of the Irish Republic. Finally we head to Glendalough to explore the legacy of Saint Kevin and back to Dublin for a trip to the Guinness Storehouse and Farewell Supper.
Brochure and Reservation Form available at http://www.friendsofsaintpatrick.net/assets/c2-freinds-of-st-patrick-final-(2)-1.pdf
Per person price based on double occupancy: $1949*  Please call 414-405-1118  Please go to article on our home page for entire itinerary and more information.  Seeing the sights is just half the story – meeting the people makes the trip.


Anticipation of the Hance Park Master Plan RFQ builds at the Hance Park Conservancy

PHOENIX, Arizona 12 February 20
February 14th, the 101st anniversary of Arizona statehood, will mark an important new threshold for Hance Park, a public space in our city's heart that aspires to be a distinctive signature destination and world-class park. This Valentine's Day is the deadline for design teams from around the region and beyond to submit their qualifications to design a new master plan for Hance Park. They will be responding to the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department RFQ (Request For Qualifications http://phoenix.gov/parks/businesspks/pdfpkshancemstplan1.html).
Each design team's qualification portfolio will be evaluated by a panel of civic and professional leaders. They will select as many as five design teams for a Phoenix site visit and interview presentation. Following that interview the evaluation panel will recommend one design team to be placed under contract with the City of Phoenix to design the Hance Park master plan.
Hance Park’s 32 acre size and Central Ave location, a short distance from two light rail stations and amongst rich cultural assets of libraries, museums and arts district activities, makes Hance Park a compelling site for a new vision that invigorates the City's commitment to providing a quality of life in its urban core. The Hance Park RFQ generated master plan will give focus to this urban imperative and serve as a framework and catalyst for ongoing public and private partnership efforts in Hence Park and the surrounding urban fabric.
Neighboring stakeholders have long been concerned about the wellbeing of Hance Park, a park asset particularly challenged during the severe economic downturn. Responding to the advocacy work of the Roosevelt Action Association, the Hance Park Conservancy and citizen visioning sessions, the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department refocused on Hance Park in 2011 by appointing the Hance Park Master Plan Steering Committee. While the Committee's work identified key desirable park features and programming opportunities, their primary recommendation was to use a RFQ process to attract a first class design team to complete an inspiring and phase-able direction for reinvigorating Hance Park. This recommendation was approved in joint vote of the Parks and Recreation Board and the City Council Parks Subcommittee in the spring of 2012.
The Hance Park Conservancy will continue to advocate for a more vital Hance Park as we understand and celebrate the fact that great cities have great parks, and great parks make great cities! 
For further information contact:
Louise Roman
Hance Park Conservancy Marketing Chair
louise@louiseroman.com
602-820-7380


TIME RUNNING OUT TO PURCHASE ENTRY STONES FOR THE MCCLELLAND IRISH LIBRARY

The McClelland Irish Library at the Irish Cultural Center is complete!  What an exciting day this is for the Irish community of Phoenix as well as the community at large.
We still have a few engraved stones left to purchase to complete the entry way into the Library.  Make sure you go down in history by claiming your historical space on the steps of the McClelland Irish Library.  The stones are 1' square and are available for $500 each. They make the perfect gift to acknowledge and honor loved ones, past and present.
Simply download the  attached form to order your engraved stone today or visit this link https://secure.qgiv.com/for/icclesc/  Don’t miss being a significant part of Arizona’s Irish history!! Thank you in advance for your support and generosity!  For more info contact, Bridget Costello – 480-217-1806 bridget@emeraldconsulting1.com
The McClelland Irish Library is dedicated to preserving the Irish and Celtic cultures. The library will feature an extensive collection of Irish and Celtic books, manuscripts, paintings and photographs spanning from the classics to modern writers. Our hope is that the library will educate, inspire and connect you and other visitors to this rich heritage. The McClelland Irish Library will also be the leading Irish genealogical research center in the country with tools and resources to discover your heritage


ORDER YOUR CERTIFICATE OF IRISH HERITAGE AND HELP BENEFIT THE COLLEEN PROGRAMS
 

The Certificate of Irish Heritage makes a wonderful personalized gift for your family.  Anyone of Irish descent and born outside of Ireland is eligible.
Buy one Certificate for €40.
New E-Gift Card 

The Certificate of Irish Heritage e-gift card is a unique gift that can be e-mailed instantly to your loved ones. It costs €45 and entitles you to one unframed Certificate and includes shipping worldwide. All you need is:
•    Name of the Recipient
•    Gift message eg:’Happy Birthday Jane, Love from the O Reillys in New York'.
•    Your e-mail address
E-gift cards can be e-mailed immediately making it an easy but thoughtful gift.  The recipient can redeem the e-gift card on-line, once they have their ancestor’s details.   A unique gift for those proud of their Irish Heritage that will be passed onto future generations
Background to Certificate of Irish Heritage
The Certificate of Irish Heritage is an initiative by the Irish people, to connect the Irish worldwide back to their roots. Anyone born overseas with an Irish ancestor is eligible. It provides official recognition by the Irish Government to individuals with an ancestral link to Ireland and who are proud of their Irish heritage. The Irish government recognises the enormous contribution made by Irish emigrants to communities around the world, creating opportunities for themselves and future generations.
It is a beautiful document in a choice of three designs that comes framed or unframed. Each Certificate is personalised, showing the name of the recipient and their ancestor’s details (name, place & year of birth). The Certificate costs €40 plus €5 shipping worldwide. .
The Certificate is the perfect gift for that special family occasion such as birthdays, christenings, retirements, anniversaries, graduations etc. that will last for generations to come.
PLEASE ORDER THROUGH OUR WEBSITE SO OUR NONPROFIT RECEIVES COMMISSION.
Click "Certificate" link on home page at www.azcolleen.org


IRISH FOUNDATION OF ARIZONA NEWS

MARCH MEETING
The Irish Foundation of Arizona will meet on Wednesday, 6 March 2013, at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ.  We have moved our Board meeting to 6:30 p.m.  An episode of "New Tricks.” will begin at 7:00 p.m.  We hope to see you there.

REMINDER
It is time to renew our IFA memberships, they expire on 31 Dec 12.  


CHANDLER TULLAMORE SISTER CITIES NEWS

PUB QUIZ - THINK QUICK!
Pub Quiz Sun, Mar 10.
Coach & Willie's, Downtown Chandler
Back by popular demand, Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities will hold its second Pub Quiz on Sunday, March 10th beginning at 6:00pm. Our Business Sponsor, Coach & Willie's is hosting the Pub Quiz, and is located at the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Boston Street in Historic Downtown Chandler. All the rage in Ireland, join members and friends of the Chandler Irish for an evening filled with fun - and test your knowledge of current events - high culture to pop culture, half Irish and half Arizona questions.   If you're a trivia novice just looking for a good place to get a cold one and great food, or a trivia expert looking for a challenge - then register, come on by and pull up a chair!   Private room with cash bar and menu access - featuring Tullamore Dew, naturally; no cell phones allowed; tables of 4 come with your own team - come solo - or join up with new friends!  Did we say "prizes?"  Proceeds from the Pub Quiz will assist Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities, a non-profit, in underwriting our Pioneer Student Ambassador Exchange for students who will travel to Tullamore this summer.   Entry fee is $15; registration and more info online at www.chandlerirish.org.   Contact Ellen Harrington, President, chan.to.tull@gmail.com or (480) 600-8509.

Upcoming 2013 Events for Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities:
Sat., March 16 - St. Patrick's Parade - come march with us!
Tues., March 20 - Chick Fil A fundraiser - details to follow - benefitting Pioneer Student Ambassadors
Sat., March 23 - Great American BBQ - visit our Pickle Booth!
Fri., April 19 - 2013 Art & Author Showcase Reception at Vision Gallery
Sun., April 21 - Irish Connection PUB QUIZ!!!
Tues., May 7 - Irish Connection Social
Sun., May 11 - Stranger Danger Clinic at Chandler Mixed Martial Arts
Tues., Sept.24 - Irish Connection Social
Sat., Nov. 16 - Southwest Tea
Sat., Dec TBA - Chandler Parade of Lights
Tues., Dec. 10 - Irish Connection Holiday Social


ANNUAL MAYOR'S LUNCHEON SPONSORED BY: TUCSON-ROSCOMMON SISTER CITIES MARCH 15TH

The Annual Mayor’s Luncheon Sponsored by: Tucson-Roscommon Sister Cities will be held:
Date: Friday, March 15th, 2013
Time: 11 am
Location: Pastiche; 3025 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719
11:00am Meet and Greet
12:00pm Lunch
12:15pm Entertainment and Speakers
RSVP: Call Amee Evans (520)955-2684
Cost: $30 for nonmembers
$25 for members


TARTANIC IN CONCERT THURSDAY, MARCH 21ST

On Thursday, March 21st, 2013 "First Day Of Spring", The Irish Cultural Center located at 1106 North Central Avenue , Phoenix , AZ 85004 will be presenting Tartanic in concert. Concert starts at 7:30 pm and admission is $10.00. Our full cash bar will be available.  There will be limited seating inside the Great Hall so please call the ICC to reserve your tickets 602-258-0109 or email at mary@azirish.org.
Since late 2001, Tartanic has gained a following in TX, MI, IL, WI, WV, KS, IA, KY, OK, LA, MO, GA, AR, AZ, NV, and a bit of Northern and Southern CA . Dressed in kilts and sunglasses, Tartanic gives its audiences a barrage of sound from not one but TWO Highland Bagpipes, 2 percussionists, 2 smokin' dancers, 8 drums, 6 drones, 18 notes, fast fingers, high comedy, flying bagpipes, taste-defying stunts and scorching hot music played at over 120 beats per minute with driving speed and high-volume, all brought to you by 4 men without pants and 2 talented lasses.
The future looks very bright for Tartanic, with two new albums unveiled in 2011, their 9th release to date. The 8th, Unfaire out now.
New expressions in dance, tribal, swing and even hip-hop fusions of Great Highland bagpipes and world percussion flow through solid engineering to bring an audio landscape full of uncharted terrain. Tartanic sails strongly with the wind at their back, and the music always at high tide.  Even the strict laws of the fire department cannot hold Tartanic at bay as they take live performance to heart and create a high-energy pulse at 120 beats per minute and beyond. Celtic music from Scotland , Ireland , Brittany and original contemporary compositions is melded with rhythms from around the world and propelled into the musical world of the future. Mixing the time-honored traditions of the Great Highland bagpipes with a bevy of drums featuring world percussion from Arabia, Africa and America , Tartanic produces a musical fusion which is nothing short of explosive.  After more than half a decade, Tartanic remains new and on the edge. With over 30 years of performance between them, Tartanic fills a much needed niche in progressive celtic music, taking tunes out of the session and into the sensational with their unique brand of insturmentation, humor and theatrics. The live show is not just music ... heads nod with a tribal drive ... techno-rave beats weave in the roar of double reeds and a kick-bass bodhran. The resulting interactive spectacle is the "Tartanic experience."


SAVE THE DATE MARCH 23RD & 24TH 49TH ANNUAL ARIZONA SCOTTISH GATHERING & HIGHLAND GAMES

ARIZONA SCOTS CELEBRATE 49 YEARS IN THE VALLEY!
Glenmorangie Arizona Scottish Highland Games & Gathering

PLAN TO GO!
WHEN: Saturday & Sunday ~ March 23 & 24, 2013
Gates open from 9a-5p both days
Celebrate Opening Ceremonies on Saturday at noon!

WHERE: Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix, NE Corner of Indian School and Central

PARKING & TRANSPORTATION
$5 parking available at 4041 N. Central with FREE shuttle to Games
Metro Light Rail option @ Central & Indian School - www.ValleyMetro.org

TICKETS
Adults:  $15 * Seniors (60 and over):  $10 * Military: $10 * Children $5 (6-15) * 5 & under FREE
Add a second day to any ticket for only $5
Available online www.ArizonaScots.com

PLUS!  SPECIAL GLENMO GAMES KICK-OFF EVENT
Westin Kierland Bagpipe Jam & Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Tasting
WHEN: Friday, March 22, 2013 * 7pm-10pm
WHERE: Westin Kierland, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ  85254

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS!
· SAME LOW TICKET PRICES AS LAST YEAR!
· Pub Stage (literally, the entertainment stage is inside a pub tent!)
· Bigger Glenmo Lounge with live entertainment!
· Wicked Tinkers are back!
· ASU’s Medieval Studies ~ classes in the Scottish Education Tent:  Bill and Betty Hannah Theater!
· And so much more!

NEW THIS YEAR!  SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT!
Celtica Pipes Rock! 
After Party!
WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Door:  7pm, Show: 8pm
WHERE: Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ  852003
TICKETS $20

Enjoy the day at the Highland Games Saturday March 23rd and then join us for an after party with Celtica Pipes Rock!  With their unique sound of blazing bagpipes, mighty drums and the power of a rock band, CELTICA takes all audiences by storm - from Highland Games to town festivals - and from bankers to punk rockers.  In addition to their high-energy music and fire juggling, flamethrowers on their instruments guarantee an exciting show: an event that‘s sure to please all the senses.


On Saturday & Sunday, March 23 & 24th the Arizona Scottish community and about 20,000 of their closest friends from all corners of the world will gather at Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix to celebrate their culture.

The Glenmorangie Scottish Highland Games is comprised of many things:  world-class athletic competitions, Highland dance, reenactment presentations, educational seminars, clans, food, live music, bag-pipe & drum bands from all over the globe and lots of fun for the wee lads & lasses.

Have you ever seen a big burley man in a kilt toss a telephone-pole-like caber?  The tradition of the athletic competition goes back to the days when rival clans or kings would meet. Competitions were organized to keep down the brawling and “street fighting”, to impress one’s rivals with displays of strength and skill and to gain honor and prestige.  The Games came to America with the immigrants but today, the competition is between individuals and not clans. Others believe that they are the tests that were required of squires and other recruits before they were sent to battle.  Many of the various athletic strength and skill requirements are the same as those that were required to successfully win a battle against a fortified position, whether it was a Roman night camp or a walled city.

Did you know that the origination of pipe bands comprised of pipers, side drummers, bass drummers and occasionally a tenor drummer occurred sometime after the battle of Waterloo in 1815?  Historically, the components of competition among the members of a Pipe Band have fallen into four categories.  These competitions are the solo competitions for pipers and drummers, the pipe band competition and the competition for the drum majors.  Over the years and for a variety of reasons modifications and local changes have been made to these basic segments but the fundamental categories have remained with little alteration since the early 1900’s.  They are Solo Piping, Solo Drumming, Drum Major and Pipe Bands.  Or how about, that right along with the ancient stories of daring warriors and master pipers you will find dance as a crucial part of celebrations and ceremonies of the Highlands?  Nothing can compare with the graceful power of a Highland dancer recalling a glorious victory.  Highland dancing is of military origin, some dances such as the Highland fling, dating back to the time of the Roman occupation of ancient Caledonia.  Once considered an athletic event, these solo dances of the Highland men were so vigorous that one had to be in top physical shape to perform them.  Most competitors today are female, but the remaining Scottish regiments are still represented by male dancers who continue to perform the traditional dances.

You can even research your family roots at the Games and learn about the significance of a family tartan.  “Tartan” is cloth:  most kilts are made of tartan.  The tartan is one of the two great symbols of Scotland, along with the bagpipes.  Each clan has a tartan, sometimes more than one member can be identified by the tartan they wear. In addition to clan and family tartans there are also tartans for districts and special organizations.  At the Games you will see the official tartan of the United States Marine Corps along with the Arizona State tartan.  The “Arizona State Tartan” was officially recognized in December, 1995 by a proclamation by the Governor.  Colors in the Arizona tartan are green, tan, white, red, black, yellow, and azure, all significant to the state’s history.  Many Arizona citizens were involved in creating this newest symbol of our State with the common goal of celebrating a part of our Scottish heritage.

While you are attending the Glenmorangie Highland Games this year, make it a point to visit the Clan tents.  You will have no problem finding them.  Look for brightly colored flags, tartans and banners flying.  You’ll be as welcome as you can be and you will find many gracious and interested folks who will be more than happy to help you with any questions you might have!  The Scots and their descendants are extremely proud of their long and colorful history.  If you have any Scottish ancestors you will almost certainly find your family name among the list in one of the Clan tents.

The Wee Ones area this year features a bungy jump, inflatable bounce castle, water activity, arts & crafts, Rugby clinics, and a full-size siege catapult/target practice!
 
This year’s entertainment committee proudly presents one big pub stage (literally, it’s set up like a pub) featuring two popular bands:  Wicked Tinkers and Angus & DidgeriDrew of Brother. 

Prepare yourself for a wild ride with Wicked Tinkers! Pioneers of the growing Tribal Celtic movement, the Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistible tribal drums as a professional touring band since 1995. With the addition, several years back, of the mesmerizing drone of the Australian didgeridoo and Bronze Age Irish horn, the magic was complete. Sit back and be transported to an earlier time in Scotland and Ireland, when battle cries filled the air and strange, unheard-of creatures roamed the night. Or better yet, get on your feet and let your body move to ancient rhythms and forgotten sounds.

Don't think this is dry, dusty music for museum shelves – Wicked Tinkers merge the best of modern, almost rock-and-roll energy with the hypnotic, insistent grooves of their Gaelic ancestors. Rare is the bystander who comes away without feeling a surprising, sometimes bewildering connection to long-forgotten primal emotions ... half-memories of ages past and experiences nameless yet somehow familiar. Wicked Tinkers creates music to set your jaw, put a fire in your belly, a glint in your eye and a dance in your feet.

Angus and DidgeriDrew:  Brother ~ the duo is known for their hypnotic sounds together, both of them playing several different instruments during a show. Mesmerizing beats blend with didgeridoos, looped guitars and astral keyboards, inspiring listeners to dance and sing. Bagpipes, whistles and vocals weave captivating melodies in the Brother tradition, staying with audiences long after a show.
 
Another “big” part of the entertainment lineup this year is Christopher Yates!  Our favorite red-headed stilt-walking, juggling, magical Scotsman extraordinaire is back again!   He’ll be roaming about ~ just look for the “crowd” and he’ll be right in the center!

Visit with our friends from the British Car Clubs, reenactment groups and Scottish Country dancers who will demonstrate and perform throughout the weekend!

Come hungry!  In the mood for some haggis?  Fish & chips?  Shepherd’s Pie?  Find all of that (and more) in the food court!  Thirsty?  Refreshingly icy cold Kiltlifter brew abounds at the Four Peaks Kiltifter beer truck.  Friendly servers can’t wait to pour you a cold one!  Lower ticket price means you have more to spend on gifts and souvenirs!  There will be 40 vendors selling an array of Scottish merchandise!

And you can’t have a Scottish Games without … well…Scotch!  And not just any Scotch ~ but our favorite Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch has once again partnered with The Caledonian Society making this their fourth year as title sponsor.  There’s no better way to celebrate Scotland than to do it with people who love Scottish heritage and know how to have some fun with good music, good food and good drink (with drink being the operative word!)”  Look for the Glenmorangie Scotch Education tent where the official Scotch Ambassador will educate and be available for scheduled tastings throughout the day.  

Tickets for the Games and Celtica Concert available online www.ArizonaScots.com.  For more info you may also call the Scots Hotline (480) 788-6694.

The Caledonian Society of Arizona
Arizona’s Fellowship for all interested in Scottish Culture & Heritage
PO Box 5853 * Scottsdale, AZ  85261
The Caledonian Society of Arizona is a 501(c)3 Organization.


ALTAN AT THE MIM ON MARCH 17TH

“The hottest group in the Celtic realm these days.”—Boston Globe
Altan is an Irish folk and traditional music group that was formed in County Donegal in 1987. Led by the world-renowned fiddler and vocalist Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Altan emerged during the 1990s as one of Ireland’s premier traditional musical groups. From the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard-hitting reels and jigs, Altan has moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle and has since sold millions of records worldwide. Throughout, there has been the unwavering commitment of the band to bring the beauty of traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers, to contemporary audiences in a way that brings out all its qualities and destroys none. No other Irish traditional band in the last dozen years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan.
Sunday, March 17 | 6:00 p.m.  Tickets: $32.50–$42.50  Sunday, March 17 | 8:00 p.m.  Tickets: $32.50–$42.50   For more information go to the Musical Instrument Museum at http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/altan
Circle of Friends donors who give $500+ annually are eligible for 10% off concert tickets. Call 480.478.6000 for more information.


PHOENIX SISTER CITIES NEWS

Phoenix Sister Cities, administered by the City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department International Relations Division, offers internships during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Applicants should be college students with interests in non-profit agencies, event planning, international business, communications, cultural diversity, economics, art, tourism, web design, government, and public relations. Available internships include: Assistant to the Executive Director/ Deputy Director, Website and Newsletter Editor, Assistant to the Youth and Education Programs Manager. Interns may be eligible for stipends and/or credit depending on college policy and number of hours worked. Go to: https://www.phoenixsistercities.org/index.php/program-categories-10/youth-education/internship-program for more details.
Required documents for 2013 Summer Semester Internship application:
Summer 2013 Application Form
Resume and List of References
Cover Letter
Please mail or email your completed application by March 22, 2013 at 5pm to:
City of Phoenix
CEDD International Relations
200 West Washington St. - 20th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
or
International.relations-1@phoenix.gov

Phoenix Sister Cities International Competition for Writers with Disabilities
For an Application go to:http://www.phoenixsistercities.org/index.php/program-categories-10/disability-awareness
2013 Competition Fact Sheet
Eligibility    Persons 19 years of age and older with a disability residing in the City of Phoenix or one of Phoenix’s nine sister cities: Calgary, Canada; Catania, Italy; Chengdu, China; Ennis, Ireland; Grenoble, France; Hermosillo, Mexico; Himeji, Japan; Prague, Czech Republic; Ramat-Gan, Israel; and Taipei, Taiwan.
Type of Writing    Poems of 32 lines or less written in English.
Theme    Hope Sees the Invisible and Achieves the Impossible
Entry Fee    $15 per entrant for residents of Phoenix. No fee for residents of any one of Phoenix’s nine sister cities.
Submittal Requirements/ Judging    •    Poems are requested to be submitted by e-mail as Word or Adobe files or other formats if accommodation is requested. E-mail to mjtrunzo@mindspring.com
•    Poems must be submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address and phone number.
•    The name must be on the poem itself.
•    Style is open.
•    Subject matter is open, but must be consistent with the theme.
•    Entries not conforming to contest rules will be disqualified; entry fees will not be returned.
•    A panel of judges will evaluate entries based on theme interpretation, composition and originality.
Due Date    May 3rd, 2013
Prizes    1st -$500, 2nd-$300, 3rd- $150. Trophies will be provided to the winners and a certificate of participation
will be provided to all entries.
Publication    Poems will be published on Phoenix Sister Cities Website and made available internationally.
Awards Event    Friday June 14th, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
For More Information    Contact: Mary Jane Trunzo at mjtrunzo@mindspring.com or call 602-224-0202.


RUGBY IN THE WEST VALLEY, ALL AGES

Coldwater Athletic Club is seeking players and coaches for its two high school teams, West Valley Rugby and Dysart Rugby. If you are new to rugby, we will teach you the game. If you think you know rugby, come dazzle us. West Valley Rugby is open to anyone outside of Dysart USD. West Valley practices 4-6pm Mondays and Wednesdays at Friendship Park in Avondale (12325 W McDowell). Dysart Rugby is open to anyone in Dysart USD. Dysart practices 4-6pm Mondays and Wednesdays at Dysart HS.
Coldwater Athletic Club is also expanding and is developing U14, U11, and U8 co-ed non-contact rugby and is seeking players and coaches.
For more information, please contact Coach Huntington at 623-826-2784, coach.william.huntington@gmail.com and find us on Facebook: West Valley Rugby Football Club
Coldwater Athletic Club is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth athletics in the west valley of metropolitan Phoenix.
William Stacy Huntington
Glendale, Arizona


CHANDLER TULLAMORE DESERT FARE COOKBOOK ON SALE

We are pleased to announce the release of our "Desert Fare Cookbook" - a wonderful gift suggestion for family and friends - and one for yourself  Students from Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler and Sacred Heart School in Tullamore, Ireland have created a cross-cultural cookbook as part of a Sister Cities relationship between Chandler, AZ and Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland.  Make popular Irish dishes from recipes straight from the Emerald Isle along with Southwestern flavored family favorites from Chandler!  Chandler's rich history is reflected in the culinary contributions and stories from our residents, both present and past.  Tullamore students photographed their authentic dishes and supplied a history of Tullamore.  Over 100 recipes have been published - definitely a cookbook of diverse culinary delights!
The Cookbooks are priced at $20, with a discounted price for 6 or more.  Orders are accepted on our website, www.chandlerirish.org, either paid with a credit card or by downloading a form and mail the payment.  The form is also attached.  The book(s) will be promptly shipped directly to you.  Our cookbook will also be available at designated locations in Chandler and at any of our events.
The mission of the Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities group is to cultivate and maintain a strong reciprocal relationship between the cities of Chandler, AZ and Tullamore, Ireland; to encourage cultural understanding, community involvement, and economic development.  Our collaborative cookbook represents the first of our student-based activities.
For further information, please contact Chairperson and Board Member, Jill Johnson, at chandler.tullamore@gmail.com, or President, Ellen Harrington, at (480) 600-8509, or chan.to.tull@gmail.com.
So, on behalf of the Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities, thank you for considering purchasing this Cookbook, and we hope you will enjoy the history and tastes of Chandler and Tullamore!
ellen

ARIZONA EMERALD SOCIETY PIPES AND DRUMS

“The bagpipe is much used by the Irish: to its sound this unconquered fierce and warlike people march their armies and encourage each other to deeds of valor. With it they also accompany the dead to the grave making such sorrowful sounds as to invite, nay to compel the bystander to weep.”
Vincenzo Galilei – 1581
A group of like minded individuals from the Arizona Law Enforcement Emerald Society and the Phoenix Fire Fighters Emerald Society are interested in forming a joint Police and Fire Emerald Society pipe and drum band.  Band membership will be open to all active, associate, and honorary members of the societies.  The Band’s mission will be to support fraternity and brotherhood between the Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters Emerald Societies, to support all community police and fire departments throughout the valley, to support the activities of the Phoenix Irish Cultural Center, and to support our community as a whole. The Band will be a non-competition band, wear the Irish solid green kilt, and play predominately Irish pipe tunes.
To learn more about this exciting opportunity please contact Ed Collins, 480-216-7748, or email edcollins@live.com


PHOENIX GAELS NEWS

If you know anybody especially those born in Ireland who want to play either Hurling or Gaelic Football with the Gaels this year its important we have them all registered so Please notify Denis at denis.b.kelly@intel.com.
Jason
If your interested in playing please drop me a email jasonryan31@hotmail.com  or contact me through our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=53110445534.

For those of you interested in learning or dusting off the cobwebs we will have a few pre-league sessions at Palo Verde Park in Mesa, I will forward details to those that are interested. They will begin just after Christmas.  If you still know people interested its not too late to join.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEAbWrdB9XU just an overview of Gaelic Football

Some added Details.
League fee is $40 per person please bring it to your first game or give it to me beforehand.
All Participants must sign a waiver before playing for insurance purposes.
jason ryan
480 754 9943
www.phoenixgaels.com

The Phoenix Gaels' mission is to actively participate in one of Ireland's most popular sports while promoting Irish heritage and culture throughout Arizona. We are committed to providing an opportunity to learn about and play one of Ireland's oldest Sport. We commit to providing an opportunity to meet new people and for the team and their families to gather, socialize and develop strong friendships. Who can join the Phoenix Gaels? Anyone and everyone! Roughly 50% of our team is made up of Irish-born players. The other 50% come from many different cultural and geographical backgrounds.

2012 Membership

Business Membership Option 1
$500 – Which includes Business will be advertised on www.phoenixgaels.com  with link to your business and be entered in a draw to win tickets to for the 2011 All-Ireland finals in Ireland, tickets will be delivered directly to anyone in Ireland if necessary.
Option 2
$250 - Which includes Business will be advertised on www.phoenixgaels.com   with link to your business.
General Membership
$ 75 Family Membership
$ 50 Single Membership

Name ___________________________

Address   _____________________________________________________________________________

Phone No. _______________________  Email  __________________________________________

Webpage _________________________________________

Make checks payable to Phoenix Gaels and send them to Jason Ryan, 1238 W. Seashore Dr, Gilbert,  AZ 85233


CONTRA DANCE MOVES TO FOURTH FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

Phoenix Friends of Old Time Music are now called Phoenix Traditional Music and Dance and they host the fourth Friday,  7:30 - 10:00 pm Contra dance at the Center.  All figures will be taught during the evening; no formal workshop. Non-dancing children must be attended by their parents at all times. Snacks are potluck provided by the participants; water fountain available.  Please bring your soft soled non scuffing dance shoes!  For more information join them on the web at http://www.PHXtmd.org.

Contra Dancing is a form of American folk dance in which the dancers form a set of two parallel lines that run the length of the hall. Each dance consists of a sequence of moves that ends with couples having progressed one position up or down the set. As the sequence is repeated, a couple will eventually dance with every other couple in the set. Is Contra Dancing Similar To Square Dancing?  Many of the basic moves in Contra Dancing are similar to those in square dancing (swings, promenades, dos-à-dos, allemandes). A square dance set comprises only four couples whereas only the length of the hall limits the number of couples in a Contra Dance set. To join the set, all you need is a partner. If you have danced squares, you will enjoy Contras immediately.
Why Should I Contra Dance?
Contra Dances have a relaxed, family-like atmosphere where the emphasis is on dancing, a welcome relief to noisy and smoky dance halls. Contra Dancing is excellent exercise that you can take at your own pace. Above all, Contra Dancers form a community of friendly, active people that welcome new dancers, be they youngsters or seniors. Most dancers range from 25 to 60 years old, although children as young as seven can participate.
What If I Have Never Danced Before?
In Contra Dancing, your feet are never asked to do more than walk to the music. The caller teaches each dance before the music starts. The caller continues to prompt the dancers as needed. Both beginning and experienced dancers happily share the same set.
What Is The Music Like?
For many dancers, the live music is the great attraction. Traditional jigs, reels, and hornpipes from the Scots-Irish tradition on both sides of the Atlantic form the basic repertoire. The fiddle is often the lead instrument.
Is Contra Dancing Similar To Square Dancing?
Many of the basic moves in Contra Dancing are similar to those in square dancing (swings, promenades, dos-à-dos, allemandes). If you have danced squares, you will enjoy Contras.
What If I Don't Have A Partner?
No problem. Many people come to a Contra Dance alone. Dancers are encouraged to dance with many different partners throughout the evening.
Do I Need To Wear Special Clothes?
No. Contra Dancers tend to dress informally. Most people dress for comfort and in anticipation of vigorous exercise. Ladies prefer loose, light dresses or skirts; men wear lightweight slacks, jeans, or even shorts. Be sure to wear soft-soled, comfortable shoes.

An Introduction To English Country Dancing
This 4-session series is a unique opportunity to learn the basics of English Country Dancing. Join caller Peg Hesley 10am–noon on Saturday mornings starting October 1, 2011 at the Irish Cultural Center at 1106 N. Central Avenue, 85004. $20 paid in advance or $7 per session. To register contact Peg at 602.564.6620 or peghesley@cox.net Note: To learn more about English Country Dancing go to: http://www.peghesley.com/Peg_Hesley/English_Country_Dance.html
Phoenix Friends of Old Time Music are now called Phoenix Traditional Music and Dance and they host the fourth Friday, 7:30 - 10:00 pm Contra dance at the Center.
If you’ve never heard of English Country Dancing, you're in good company, because many people are unfamiliar with it. But if you've watched Pride and Prejudice on TV, or Sense and Sensibility or Emma at the movies, you have indeed seen it. But fear not - English Country Dancing (ECD) is not the obscure relic you might think it to be! While this traditional form of dance has been around for several hundred years, it's still thriving today. There is English Country Dancing all over the United States.
Why Do People Love ECD
For many, it's the music - hauntingly beautiful tunes that

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