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Welcome to The Irish Cultural Center
Sunday, January 25 2015 @ 05:11 AM MST
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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. Docents
are needed for one 5-hour shift each week from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Center is open
Tuesday thru Saturday.
Duties: Leading tours of the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Irish Library and
providing information regarding the Irish Cultural Center. If you are interested in
becoming a Docent, please call Anna at 602-524-0207.
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WRITER'S WORKSHOP WITH JAN WHALEN

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IRISH WISH LIST... CAN ANYONE HELP?

We could use a USED Flat Screen Color TV 35-50".  In good working order. To be used in the Cottage for video tours.
Please call Mary 602-258-0109
Thank you!
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THE COWGIRL WHO BECAME A JUSTICE: SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR

The SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR EXHIBITION is now here!
 
WHO: The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor 
Exhibition Examines the Intersection and Divergence of Ranch Life and Bench Life.
WHAT: An interactive exhibition for all ages that demonstrates how a cowgirl from a ranch in Arizona became the first female to serve on a Supreme Court.
WHERE: McClelland Irish Library at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85004-1817
WHEN: September 2, 2014 through May 23, 2015
SUPPORT: Donors interested in sponsoring the exhibition, which will include scholarships for school field trips, may do so by visiting: azirishlibrary.org. Deadline for recognition of support in the first printed program is August 22nd, but donations will be accepted throughout the nine months that the exhibition is open.
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Sandra Day O’Connor Visits Exhibit on Her Life and Legacy

 

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Ret.) Sandra Day O'Connor tours the exhibit The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor led by Head Librarian Chas Moore and retired Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor in the McClelland Library at the Irish Cultural Center on January 13, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Photos by Patricia Sahertian

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UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE ICC & MIL FOR 2015

Events

January 24th         Genealogy Workshop with Miles Davenport
January 31st          Library Book Club
January 31st          Celtic and Native American Legends
February 7th          Story Time in the Norton Room of the McClelland Library
February 21st        3rd Annual Smilin' Irishman
February 28th        Library Book Club
March 7th              Story Time in the Norton Room of the McClelland Library
March 14th            32nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire
March 17th            St. Patrick's Day at the ICC - Music with Darron Weston in the afternoon, Ceili in the evening 
live music   with DeMairtCeol, Irish Food, Cash Bar,  Readers Theatre
March 28th            Library Book Club
April 4th                Story Time in the Norton Room of the McClelland Library
April 4th                Annual Easter Rising Remembrance
April 11th              Fifth Annual Jimmy O'Connor Memorial Gofl Tournament at Peoria Pines Golf course
April 11th              2nd Annual AZ Celtic Woman
April 25th              Library Book Club
May 2nd               Story Time in the Norton Room of the McClelland Library
June 13th             Annual Bloomin' Beerfest
October 10th        Annual Anam Cara Gala

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ICC ON FACEBOOK

The Irish Cultural Center  Facebook page now has over 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 Facebook.com and doing a search for “Irish Cultural Center Phoenix AZ” or https://www.facebook.com/groups/365254884335/ 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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/247019138674060/ 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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FIFTH ANNUAL JIMMY O'CONNOR MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

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TWO GENEALOGY WORKSHOPS PRESENTED BY MILES DAVENPORT ON JANUARY 24TH

EventsTwo Genealogy Workshops presented by Miles Davenport will be held on January 24th, 2014 in the Irish Cultural Center's Great Hall. 
 
10:00am - 12:00pm:  Getting Started with Irish Genealogy Research
 
"The workshop will acquaint participants with the basic genealogical process along with goal-setting, research source selection and documentation requirements. The class will highlight the methods and numerous resources available for discovering Irish ancestry at the McClelland Irish Library. An actual research project will be used to trace the ancestry of an American-born Irish descendant back through three generations to locate the family’s ancestral homeland in Ireland. The session will conclude with a discussion of resources and tools that are useful for genealogical research."

1:00pm-3:00pm:  19th Century Irish Genealogy Research: What’s Available and How to Use It
 
An in-depth look at how to use the Irish records first introduced in the “Getting Started With Irish Research” workshop to find your ancestors in Ireland in the 1800’s.

Registration for both sessions will be online and available on www.azirishlibrary.org
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BOOK DISCUSSIONS:HEROES & MYTHS IN IRISH LITERATURE

Zeus, Achilles, and The Iliad are familiar to most of us, together with contemporary epic quests, such as The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.  Fewer of us are familiar with the epic heroes and myths of Celtic Ireland.  This spring the literary discussions will explore these roots of Irish culture, from The Book of Invasions to W.B. Yeats plays about Cuchulain, the great Irish hero.
 
We begin with the familiar-- James Joyce’s youthful portrait of Stephen Daedalus (A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man)—and then transition to Irish folk beliefs in Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa.  The later discussions will focus more directly on the mythology in The Tain, the great Irish epic, and on Yeats’s imaginative handling of the myths in his Cuchulain plays.  Enhancing our exploration of Irish myths and heroes will be a public lecture on themes in Irish mythology.

Book discussions are from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, January 31: James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)
Saturday, February 28: Brian Friel, Dancing at Lughnasa (play and film)
Saturday, March 28: The Tain (trans. by Thomas Kinsella)
Saturday, April 25: The Cuchulain plays of W.B. Yeats:  At the Hawk’s Well, On Baile’s Strand, and The Death of Cuchulain
Public Lecture (7:00 PM): Thursday, April 9 “Themes in Irish Mythology” a lecture by Dr. Gregory Castle

For more information please visit www.azirishlibrary.org