Jim Boyle is excited to serve as a trustee of the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library. A fourth generation Arizonan, his Irish roots originate from Co. Donegal with the Boyles and the Beara Peninsula in County Cork and Kerry from his Mahony relatives.
His family has been involved in farming and ranching in Arizona for well over a century, and he currently co-owns and manages his family’s dairy farm in Casa Grande. Jim also serves as Vice-President of the United Dairymen of Arizona, our state’s only dairy cooperative. UDA markets its member-owner’s milk to local bottlers, cheese, yogurt and cream plants and makes a variety of powdered dairy products for the export market.
A proud alumni of the University of Notre Dame, Jim also attained a PhD in Irish medieval archaeology from New York University. He spent a significant part of the early 2000s living in Dublin while completing his research and maintains his connection with the Irish archaeology community in the US, UK and Ireland.
Jim is married to Alexandra Matthews Boyle, whose family from Drogheda and Kells are frequent visitors to sunny Arizona. They have three children, the oldest of which will be following in her parents footsteps at Notre Dame in the Fall, while the other two continue their education at St Mary Basha Elementary School and Seton Catholic High School in Chandler.