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Thursday, March 05 2015 @ 12:58 AM MST
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ST. PATRICK EXHIBIT IN THE COTTAGE STARTING MARCH 6TH

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THE IRISH CURRACH TEAM OF PHOENIX NOW FORMING

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Currach 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
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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 padraigin66@gmail.com
New members always welcome.
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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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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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UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE ICC & MIL FOR 2015

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March 7th               Family Story Hour in the Norton Room of the McClelland Library
March 11th            Brehon Laws
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, ICC and Library open for Tours, Ceili in the evening 
live music with DeMairtCeol, Irish Food, Cash Bar, Readers Theatre, Irish Cultural Center Raffle!
March 28th            McClelland Library Book Discussion Group
April 4th                 Family Story Hour 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              McClelland Library Book Discussion Group
May 2nd                Family Story Hour in the Norton Room of the McClelland Library
June 13th             Annual Bloomin' Beerfest
October 10th        Annual Anam Cara Gala

For more information on Library events, please go to www.azirishlibrary.org

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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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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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BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: 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, 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 http://www.azirishlibrary.org/events/book-discussion-group/