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Sunday, March 29 2015 @ 09:22 PM MST
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On Saturday, April 4, 2015, The Irish Cultural Center located at 1106 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004 will be presenting:
Ireland: The 1916 Easter Monday Rising, A Historical Perspective.: Causes and Outcomes.

An annual work of love. Presented by Jane Hilton, Shay Veno, Michael Littwin, Coleen Van Slyke and Jim Daugherty
Easter Saturday, April 4, 2015 starting at 10:00 am
Admission: Free, donations of course accepted. Tea, Soda Bread and Cash Bar

A moving multimedia 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.

For further information, please call (602) 258-0109
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EventsBeverly Fizzell is our artist for February and March. She has exhibited her work at the ICC in the past and has some new pieces to display. She is a fabric artist, her work is done entirely by hand and the subjects are from her amazing imagination Pieces take from six months to two years to complete. She says a sewing machine is a power tool and she doesn't go there. Stop in and check out her new work,
which includes among others - Fly Me To The Moon and an unusual underwater piece - Shipwreck - which is complete with mermaids. She will be at the Irish Cultural Center on First Friday to discuss her work.
Beverly said: "When I put this 42 inch fabric pizza on the table in Fibber McGee's restaurant, a young dude took one look at it and said that's one bad ass pizza,  will you marry me!  That means good, right?" 

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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.
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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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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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

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The McClelland Library and Irish Cultural Center join together with The Phoenix Symphony to present the most acclaimed musical theater performer of our time.  Best known for originating the role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables in both London and New York, Irish Tenor Colm Wilkinson makes his Arizona debut performing live with The Phoenix Symphony.  Recognized as one of the “Five Greatest Singers Ever” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Wilkinson brings his powerful and heartfelt voice to the Mesa Arts Center singing Broadway ballads and popular music favorites from The Phantom of the Opera, Man of La Mancha, Les Misérables, and more.

Wilkinson’s versions of both "The Music of the Night" from Phantom and "Bring Him Home" from Les Misérables are applauded throughout the world and leave audiences breathless. Don’t miss this magical two-night-only special engagement with Colm Wilkinson.

June 4, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Symphony Hall
June 5, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Symphony Hall

The Irish Cultural & Learning Foundation benefits from this first of its kind collaboration with The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona’s most preeminent performing arts organization.  Robust ticket sales and sponsor fundraising translate into a percentage of sales back to our nonprofit.  Please plan to support and attend this extraordinary event.

Tickets begin as low as $29 and can be purchased at or by calling 602-495-1999. 

VIP ticket packages are available starting at $250 including an exclusive meet and greet reception with Colm Wilkinson following the 6/5/15 concert.  Please contact ICLF Board of Trustee member, Blythe Sweeney, at 602-793-8811 to reserve your VIP seats now!
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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
If your interested in playing please drop me a email  or contact me through our facebook page!/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. just an overview of Gaelic Football
Gaelic football combines the suspense of soccer, the skills and scoring of basketball, and the speed of the fastest sports in the world in a free-flowing action-packed sport. It originated in Ireland centuries ago, but it's taking off in North America. Try it!