Saturday Sept 28th 7-10pm
An Halla Mor, Irish Cultural Center

Suggested Donation $10 to support CTSC and ICLF

Drop in to Listen, Play and/or Sing with our special guests
from Tullamore, Ireland: Saidhbhe Cullen & Sarah Mahon

Saidhbhe Cullen has recently completed her master’s in human resource management in DCU Business School. This comes after attaining a double Music and Psychology degree from UCC. Her work as Music Director for Coláiste Lurgan has put her talents and skills on the map. Her body of work includes covers of Despacito, Cake by the Ocean, Halleluiah and multiple other popular songs. Her work for Lurgan allows her to utilise the national language of Ireland, promoting it on a music platform. Giving back is important to Saidhbhe as she hosted a charity event in aid of Down Syndrome Offaly in December 2017 among other events before this. Her participation in multiple choirs over the years mirrors her warm and
fun personality. These choirs included, Le Chéile chamber choir, UCC Singers, UCC choral society and the Sacred Heart School choir. Exercise is also important to Saidhbhe’s daily routine, completing the Women’s mini marathon in June 2018. She is a well-rounded individual who lives with passion, hard work and fun.

Sarah Mahon has a degree in Music and Psychology from University College Cork in 2013 and began teaching piano part-time during this period. With a strong love for teaching and helping others, Sarah continues to teach her young students part-time after six years. As part of teaching them how to play the piano, she prepares them in completing their grades. Sarah has also recently completed a masters in the study of Character Animation with the online school Animation Mentor and has been working full-time in animation since April. Art is a huge part of Sarah’s life and she spends a lot of her spare time completing pet portraits and working on her animation skills. She is a bubbly and talented individual; her ambition and zest for life is contagious.

First Friday

Join us for our First Fridays Celebration in the Great Hall on Friday, September 6, 2019!

Admission is FREE! Join the First Friday fun on October 4th at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central, just north of Roosevelt. We’ll be hosting a fun evening for all ages in the Great Hall.  Everyone is welcome! From around 6:00 until 9:30 pm, drop in with your family and your friends and check out the vibrant scene.  Come with a crowd or come alone, but be sure to check out the First Friday!

Our featured artist is Paula Cullison who will be showing her “Journey Through the Emerald Isle”. New York City born, long-time Phoenix resident, Paula Cullison has a passion for international travel. An independent traveler, she has visited over 50 countries. Upon graduating from college, she worked in Switzerland on an AIESEC traineeship, and has attended several international conferences through her involvement with the United Nations Association. Paula’s numerous published international travel articles and her book, Daughters of the American Dream, are available on her website: Paula’s photography exhibits which reflect her love of international travel: Have Passport – Will Travel Journey through the Emerald Isle To Cuba with Love A South American Adventure. They have been viewed and enjoyed by over 100,000. Paula has given numerous presentations on traveling and travel writing. She encourages other to experience the joys of travel.

Two of her works (Old Irish Sailor – Galway Bay and Mother & Child – Peru) were selected for the 7th annual International Arts Festival in Ras Al Khaimah – United Arab Emirates (Feb 2019) Paula’s photograph of the Bachelor Inn – Dublin was selected for Irish Cultural Center calendar – March 2020  Paula is a member of the Sonoran Arts League; Founder / President of the Arizona Women’s Partnership, Inc, an all-volunteer philanthropic non-profit (; and Past President of the United Nations Association of Phoenix.

For more details: 602-863-9744

Join the First Friday fun on October 4th at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central, just north of Roosevelt

A Splendid Time Is Guaranteed For All! First Friday celebrations include a cash bar and exhibitions

International Famine Commemoration

November 3rd, 2019

Josepha Madigan T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, has announced that the 2019 Commemoration will take place in Phoenix on November 3rd , 2019.

The Famine Commemoration was first established in 2008 following an Irish Government decision to commemorate the Great Irish Famine with an annual national famine memorial day. The annual national commemoration revolves between the four provinces of Ireland. An international event also takes place annually to commemorate the Great Irish Famine.

2019 also marks the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the An Gorta Mór, The Great Hunger Memorial at the Irish Cultural Center/McClelland Library. This monument, designed by Phoenix artist Maureen McGuire, was the first structure built on ICC site in 1999. The arch reflects a Celtic passageway, symbolizing entry from the old world to the new, from despair to hope, from oppression to freedom. Seamus King did the marble/stone work, and Sean Prior composed the poem.

Schedule of Commemoration Events:

November 1st: 6PM – 10PM  First Friday featuring music and a Pub Quiz.  Our Exhibit “The Irish in Latin American” will be FREE to all visitors.

November 2nd:  10AM – 3PM A very special Family Story Hour at 10:30 AM featuring the book “Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato.”  All guests who bring a non-perishable food item with them for donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank will receive a FREE tour! Our Exhibit “The Irish in Latin American” will be FREE to all visitors.

November 3rd: 10AM – 1PM: International Famine Commemoration Ceremony at the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library
10AM: Mass
11AM: Commemoration Ceremony
12PM: Meet and Greet
1PM: Family-Friendly public event at the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library. We will provide more details on this event in the near future.

Due to high demand and limited seating, RSVPs will be required to attend the Commemoration Ceremony activities from 10AM – 1PM. We will start taking RSVPs as we get closer to the date.  Please watch our social media accounts, website, and newsletter for notice on when they will become available.

if you have any queries about the International Famine Commemoration event please email

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!