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Saturday, May 30 2015 @ 01:12 PM MST
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2ND ANNUAL AZ CELTIC WOMEN ON MAY 30TH

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MUSIC LEGEND, ALFIE BOE, PERFORMS IN PHOENIX ON JUNE 4TH AND 5TH

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Due to illness, Colm Wilkinson will not be able to perform on June 4th and 5th. He is being replaced by Alfie Boe. The McClelland Library and Irish Cultural Center join together with The Phoenix Symphony to present the talented Tony Award winner. Alfie Boe will be performing live for the first time ever with our world-class Phoenix Symphony.

Don’t miss incredible English tenor and Tony Award-winner Alfie Boe, fresh off the success of his performance as Jean Valjean in the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary concert and the 2013 PBS special Alfie Boe: Storyteller at The Royal Albert Hall. Performing for the first time with The Phoenix Symphony, Alfie Boe comes to Symphony Hall with his diverse collection of classical, folk and Broadway hits from Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and more… leaving audiences around the world wanting more! See Alfie Boe live in Phoenix before he returns to Broadway as Jean Valjean this fall in Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Les Misérables at New York’s Imperial Theatre.


Thurs, June 4, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Symphony Hall
Friday, 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 phoenixsymphony.org or by calling 602-495-1999. 

VIP ticket packages are available starting at $250 including an exclusive meet and greet reception with Alfie Boe 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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FIRST FRIDAY IS JUNE 5TH - ART, MUSIC AND IRISH DRAMA

EventsOn Friday, June 5th, the Irish Cultural Center will have a special First Friday.  The Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies' Celtic Readers Theatre will be performing Lady Gregory's “Hyacinth Halvey”.  We will have music from local musician, Darron Weston.  Our artist for the summer will be Northern Ireland born Syd McShane.

On Friday, June 5 at 8:00 pm, the Celtic Reader’s Theater troupe will perform “Hyacinth Halvey” at the Irish Cultural Center. This play in one act was written by Lady Gregory. It will be performed in the courtyard outside the cottage. Admission is free, although donations to the ICC are always welcomed.
Lady Gregory was a leader in the Irish Theater Revival of the early 20th century. She was a contemporary and close friend of William Butler Yeats, a founder and supporter of the Abbey Theater and the Irish National Theater, a fluent speaker of Gaelic, and a collector of Irish tales and folklore. She published “Hyacinth Halsey” in a collection of 7 short plays in 1906. After a production by the National Theater, the Cambridge Review dubbed it a “boisterous comedy”.
Hyacinth Halsey is a young man (despite the name) who is about to arrive in the Irish village of Cloon. He is to take the job of “sub­sanitary inspector.”  His reputation has preceded him in the form of 3 pounds of glowing testimonials from the school master, the MP, the station master, his cousins: in fact, everyone in his former village. With such a glowing reputation, he is bound to enjoy every success and happiness in his new position — or is he? The young man soon suspects that his life will be “too closed in” with such a sterling character. Hilarity ensues as he tries in vain to wreck his own reputation.

"Sydney McShane was born on August 18, 1936, in his family home in Lurgan, Northern Ireland.  He is the son of an Irish weaver and the home was built by his grandfather.
At the age of  sixteen, Sydney had his first job as an apprentice in the Johnson and Allen Linen Factory, where he learned how to repair sewing machines.
He then went to America and served in the military. When he was honorable discharged from two years of service, Sydney attended Bible college In Rhode Island and married and became a minister. Six years after, he brought his wife and daughters to Phoenix Arizona where he found work as a painter and wall paper hanger.
He developed his love for painting and writing after he retired and his scenes come from childhood memories and the beautiful Arizona landscape."

Darron Weston is an exciting local musician who plays the 12-string acoustic guitar in a unique style and sings.  Darron plays folk, country, bluegrass and easy listening music from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.  He also plays some newer country music and a few Irish songs.  Darron plays each week on Tuesday and Wednesday at Hob Nobs and each First Friday at the Irish Cultural Center.  Feel free to visit Darron’s website at DarronTheGuitarGuy.com or his facebook at www.facebook.com/guitarguyDarron.
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9TH ANNUAL BLOOMIN' BEERFEST ON JUNE 13TH

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On Saturday, June 13, 2015, The Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Irish Library will be presenting:
THE 9TH ANNUAL BLOOMIN’ BEERFEST
A unique Bloomsday Celebration which commemorates Irish author James Joyce and his groundbreaking novel, Ulysses, with beer-tasting, wine & spirits and food also available, readings from the novel, live Irish music by Seanachie, SHEELA-na-Gig and the Irish Cultural Center Academy Band.
DATE: Saturday June 13, 2015, 7pm—11pm (Gates open at 6:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: The Irish Cultural Center
1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ, 85004
INFO LINE: 602-258-0109
WEBSITE:www.azirish.org
CONTACT: Mary Moriarty  mary.moriarty@azirish.org

Sales for this event will begin at midnight April 29, 2015 12:00 AM PST  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1559474

DESCRIPTION: The Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation presents The Ninth Annual Bloomin' Beerfest Saturday, June 13, 2015, 7:00 - 11:00 pm at the Irish Cultural Center in Downtown Phoenix.
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KEVIN BURKE IN CONCERT - SATURDAY, JUNE 20TH

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The Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library is proud to present Kevin Burke in concert on Saturday, June 20, 2015 starting at 8:00 pm.  The concert will be held in the Exhibit Room in the McClelland Library.  Tickets are $25.00 pre-sale (please call the ICC at 602-258-0109) and $30.00 at the door.  Seating is limited so please call for tickets ASAP.
Kevin will be doing a 90 minute fiddle workshop on Sunday, June 21st at 11:30am at the ICC.  Fee is $40.00.  Please call the ICC to reserve your spot.
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SECOND & THIRD FRIDAY CEILIS

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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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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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UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE ICC & MIL FOR 2015

EventsMay 30th        Arizona Celtic Women
June 13th       Annual Bloomin' Beerfest
June 20th       Kevin Burke Concert
October 10th    Annual Anam Cara Gala

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

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PHOENIX GAELS NEWS

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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 denis.b.kelly@intel.com.
Jason
If your interested in playing please drop me a email jasonryan31@hotmail.com  or contact me through our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEAbWrdB9XU 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!