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Monday, January 26 2015 @ 01:19 AM MST
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Arizona is looking for the Best Smiling Irishman
St. Patrick’s Day "season" is fast approaching! Please mark your calendars with the following event for The Second Annual SMILING IRISHMAN CONTEST
Saturday, February 21, 2015  7:00 pm  Doors open at 6:00 pm
It’s all for ‘Glory and Story’ as the Irish Cultural Center hosts and benefits from the 3rd Annual Arizona Smiling Irishman Contest. This friendly competition started by the United Phoenix Firefighters Emerald Society will certainly be entertaining as the Celtic Community unites to put their best men on stage to support the Irish Cultural Center and the great work it does in Arizona.
Contestant Requirements: You do not have to be Irish but you must be male and 21 years old or older. You must compete in all four events listed below.
Blind-folded Irish Whiskey Tasting Contest.
An Irish Trivia Contest
An Irish Talent Contest
“Why I should be The 3rd Smiling Irishman”
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EventsBeverly Fizzell is our artist for February. 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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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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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!
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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: