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Wednesday, April 23 2014 @ 12:53 PM MST
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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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The Irish Foundation and ICC Academy Band Annual Spring Picnic will be held on Sunday, 6 April 2014, at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ, from 1-4 p.m.  The IFA will provide the roast chicken.  We ask that you bring a potluck dish to share.  To simplify this process, we have divided the attendee’s surname list as follows:

                                                A-C     appetizers

                                                D-L      side dishes

                                                M-O    salads

                                                P-Z      desserts

In order to insure that we have enough roast chicken, we ask that you make reservations on or before 3 April 2014.  For reservations, contact Anna at either 480-345-9517 or 602-524-0207 or email

•There will be a 50/50 raffle and a raffle auction.
•Food and hygiene items for the St. Vincent de Paul food bank will be collected at this event. 
•Musicians, bring your instruments as there will be open seisiuns.
•Please join us for an afternoon of music, laughter, and community

 Please join us for the release of the ICC Academy Band's 3rd CD.  Cds will be available for purchase at the potluck for $10 each.  Regular purchase price will be $15.

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Come enjoy a night of Music - Singing - Comedy
Celebrate St. Patrick's Night with a great night at the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix Family friendly. Full bar. This event will sell out! Only 200 seats. Please order your tickets NOW! Doors open 6pm for 7pm show.
Singing by:
Andy Cooney, Irish America’s Favorite Son, direct from his sold out performances at Carnegie Hall, teams up with Noel V. Ginnity for The Irish Cabaret. With his outstanding voice and dynamic stage presence, Andy Cooney is a favorite among American and Irish audiences. Andy is a musician, songwriter, vocalist, and true entertainer.
Music by:
The Guinness Folk Band, with dynamic musical director Bugs Moran on piano, the energetic Jimmy Kelly on drums, Matthew Fisher's magnificientg horns, flutes and whistles, and terrific Irish guitarist Colm Graham, brings traditional Irish instrumentals and accompaniment to the evening.
Comedy by:
Noel V. Ginnity has long been recognized as Ireland’s greatest comedian. Noel has starred in one of Dublin’s longest running cabarets for 35 years! His endless supply of funny stories, many based on uniquely Irish characters, continues to entertain both the Irish and visitors from all corners of the globe.
Tickets are $25.00  Pre-sale.  Call the ICC office at 602-258-0109

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library.  We will be open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.  Music with Darren Weston, Irish Beef Stew, Cash Bar, Tours of 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:    

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:

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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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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.
  I currently live in Phoenix

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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  so you can be added to the list.
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
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EventsOn Sunday, April 13, 2014, The Irish Cultural Center located at 1106 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004 in Margaret Hance Park will be presenting Bill Craig in Concert.
Bill Craig is an Irish entertainer based in Toronto, Canada. Bill has been performing for over 30 years and is an accomplished guitarist and vocalist, performing all over the world. Bill has resumed his solo career after a brief spell as a member of the Irish Rovers and delights audiences with his lively performances. He continues to release collections of songs that capture the spirit of the music and the heart of the listener.
"A man with the heart, voice and spirit to do justice to the songs."
-Valerie Rogers, mother of the late Stan Rogers
Bill works regularily, and has performed at venues across Canada, the United States, and in Europe. He has shared the stage at festivals with such performers as Eric Bogle, Andy Irvine, Dougie MacLean, Battlefield Band and Mary Black. In 1987, he performed at the Roskilde fest in Denmark with Van Morrison, Paul Brady and Moving Hearts. Bill has played the Glasgow festival three times, Skagen fest in Denmark twice and Canada's largest fest, Mariposa. In the U.S., Bill has played pubs and clubs in such cities as Buffalo, Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego and Washington, D.C. At various times he has performed live on PBS radio, including the Cleveland Poetry project, and live from Standing Rock U. (Kent State) He has also performed throughout Holland, Denmark and the U.K. for twenty years.
Bill Craig's performance is relaxed eclectic, thought provoking, goofy and entertaining. His casual attitude is designed to include, not exclude his audience, be it eight or eight hundred people. Bill puts all his energy into his songs and makes a point of having a good time on stage. This usually translates to his audience having a similar experience.
Admission is $10.00  Concert starts at 5:00 pm
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EventsIf 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
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EventsBack for a return engagement.  Full Set.  On Sunday, February 23, 2014, The Irish Cultural Center located at 1106 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004 will be presenting direct from Ireland "FULL SET" in concert.  Concert starts at 6:00 pm and admission is $15.00 advance sale, $15.00 for Members of the Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Irish Library and $20.00 at the door.
The finest in traditional irish music
All accomplished young musicians in their own right, FullSet create a stunning and unique sound that is full of energy and innovation, whilst all the time remaining true to their traditional roots. In recent years this young group has received much critical acclaim, even being compared to super groups such as Danú & Altan by respected Irish Music Magazine. FullSet are set to thrill audiences throughout the world.
FullSet released their debut album, Notes At Liberty in 2011. Having received critical acclaimfor this release, even being compared to supergroups such as Danú & Altan by respected IrishMusic Magazine. FullSet are set to thrill audiences throughout the world in the future.
With his smooth and free flowing style of fiddle playing, Michael Harrison creates a distinctive sound using original and colourful techniques. Six times All-Ireland champion Martino Vacca is known for his complete use of the uilleann pipes and employs his skills and mastery of this instrument in all pieces arranged by FullSet. Talented musician, Janine Redmond, on button accordion maintains a rich traditional style that is becoming ever so rare in traditional music today. Eamonn Moloney on bodhrán and Andy Meaney on guitar, effortlessly blend the music together with a sensitive yet driving accompaniment section. The emotive singing style of Teresa Horgan completes the ensemble and adds a whole other dimension to overall sound.
To date FullSet have performed at various festivals and venues across Europe including the Kann al Loar folk festival in Landerneau, Brittany, and also the Festival Interceltique de Lorient. During this time they have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in folk and world music including Moya Brennan, Fred Morrison, Lúnasa, Carlos Núnez, Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny and Beoga. 2013 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for FullSet with the release of their second album “Notes after Dark”.