C.S. Lewis Lecture by Dr. Stephanie L. Derrick

Wed. June 26 at 7:00pm. (Doors open 6:30pm)

Join us at 7pm on June 26th for a lecture by Dr. Stephanie L. Derrick on C. S. Lewis, the Irish author most famous for his children’s series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The story of Lewis’s fame is one that takes us from his childhood in Edwardian Belfast, to the height of international conflict during the 1940s, and beyond. Half a century after his death, his imaginative stories and books of popular theology continue to find audiences today. Dr. Derrick is the author of The Fame of C. S. Lewis: A Controversialist’s Reception in Britain and America and has recently lectured at the National Library of Ireland.

The lecture has no admission cost, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Co-sponsored by the Arizona C. S. Lewis Society

Western US Premiere of Unquiet Graves

6:30 pm June 8th

The Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library are excited to announce the Western United States Premiere of Unquiet Graves the latest film written and directed by award-winning Belfast filmmaker Seán Murray.

Heartbreaking perspectives from the families of victims, chilling reconstructions, and a jawdropping interview with a whistleblower bring to the big screen the story of the Glenanne Gang and a sectarian killing spree that claimed the lives of over 120 innocent civilians during
the 1970s.

In painstaking detail, Murray details how members of the Northern Ireland police force and the largest British Army regiment, the Ulster Defense Regiment, was centrally involved in the murder of innocent people, the vast majority of them Catholic, in Counties Armagh and Tyrone and in the Irish Republic from 1972 – 1978. Among the victims of the Glenanne Gang are those murdered in the 1975 gun and bomb attack on the Miami Showband, now the subject of a major Netflix documentary, as well as 22-year-old Colm McCartney, a cousin of the late Nobel laureate, Seamus Heaney, for whom the famous poem ‘The Strand At Lough Beg’ was written.

Based on Anne Cadwallader’s book, Lethal Allies, and narrated by Oscar nominated actor Stephen Rae, this powerful film comes to Phoenix just weeks after the death of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry, a timely reminder of the complexities of Northern Ireland’s recent history and the fragility of its peace.

Doors open at 6:30PM and the film will be shown starting at 7PM. Immediately following the screening, Phoenix resident and Irish Times contributor Yvonne Watterson will facilitate a brief Q and A.

The film is free, but a cash donation is requested at the door.

There will be a cash bar and light refreshments available for purchase at the event.

Tartanic in Concert


Doors Open at 6:30pm

Dressed in kilts and sunglasses, Tartanic gives its audiences a barrage of sound from not one but two highland bagpipes, 2 percussionists, 2 smokin’ dancers, 8 drums, 6 drones, 18 notes, fast fingers, high comedy, flying bagpipes, taste-defying stunts, and scorching hot music played at over 120 beats per minute with driving speed and high-volume, all brought to you by 4 men without pants and 2 talented lassies!

Ticket Prices:
$20: Members of the Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Library
$25: Non-Members

PLEASE NOTE:  Tickets are available online until 5pm and for purchase at the door! Those who pre-purchase tickets may fill our available chairs! Due to the high demand for tickets and limited seating, if you are planning on purchasing tickets at the door, please bring a chair or blanket to sit on! We hope to see you there!