Friday, November 28, 2014

Thursday, 13 November 2014 12:39

2014 Ennis 5K Fun Run & Walk


The Phoenix Sister Cities' Ennis Committee held their annual 5K Fun Run & Walk on Saturday November 8, 2014. We had a great turnout and a fun race. Go raibh mile maith agut (Thank you) to everyone who came out to support the Ennis Committee and Phoenix Sister Cities!

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Senator John McCain Among Honorees for Anam Cara Awards in Phoenix on
Friday, October 17

The Phoenix-based Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Irish Library award three distinguished business and civic leaders with highest community service honor.

Who: Persons of Irish or Celtic descent, or anyone who wants to be Irish, are welcome to join the celebration dinner to honor three accomplished individuals during the annual Anam Cara “Soul Friend” Awards Gala, hosted by the nonprofit Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation in downtown Phoenix. Ticket are available for advance or event day purchase. Guests will be welcomed by an official Pipe band, enjoy a grand Irish feast, Irish music and dancers; all in the authentic surrounds of the Irish Cultural Center and castle that holds the McClelland Irish Library.

What: “Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity,” said the great Irish poet, Sean O’Casey. The annual Anam Cara Awards are celebrated to recognize individuals of Irish or Celtic heritage that have lived their life with outstanding service to their community. The 2014 slate of accomplished honorees include:

Senator John McCain, Senior United States Senator from Arizona
Janice Ryan Bryson, Historian and Author of Irish Arizona
John Harnett, Founder and President of the Irish Technology Leadership Group, Silicone Valley

Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation Board of Trustee President, Jim Daugherty, is proud to recognize these outstanding individuals for their contributions to the mission of Celtic cultures on a regional and global scale. “I am ecstatic that we are honoring this esteemed group of leaders that have made such a meaningful contribution to our mission, which can be summarized in Gaelic as ‘caithfimid as gaelige a roint,’ we must pass the Irish on,” said Daugherty.
Tickets are available by calling 602-258-0109 or visiting Awards Gala dinner tickets are available for $125 per person and benefit the local Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation. Media interviews are available with Anam Cara Award recipients.
When: Friday, October 17 at 6 pm
Where: Irish Cultural Center
1106 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004

About the Irish Cultural Center
The nonprofit Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Irish Library provide educational and cultural programming through classes, festivals, exhibits and special events. The history, music, art, dance, literature, drama, crafts, language, travel, sports, genealogy and traditions of the Emerald Isle and other Celtic cultures are presented year-round by the Academy of Irish and Celtic studies housed at the Irish Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix.

(The Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Irish Library, The Heart Of The Celtic Community, are Divisions of the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation a 501 (c) (3) Not For Profit Corporation, and are owned and maintained by the City Of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.)

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You are invited to a very special season of events at the McClelland Irish Library:

A James Joyce "Dubliners" Centenary Celebration

McClelland Irish Library's Inaugural Lecture and Film Series
James Joyce is one of the foremost Irish authors and considered by many as the greatest 20th century novelist. As one of the world's most well known authors, Joyce's "Dubliners" is considered the quintessential example of the short story genre.  The Centennial of "Dubliners" publication in 1914 is being celebrated by literary enthusiasts world-wide. Join us this fall at the McClelland Irish Library, the heart of the celebration in the Western United States.

Fall Events Commemorating The Publication of Dubliners:

September 24, 2014:  Lecture by Adrienne Leavy, PhD- "James Joyce's Dubliners: Still Engaging Readers & Writers 100 Years After Publication.   7pm-8pm   Join us for an illuminating evening full of insight into James Joyce's infamous classic.

October 11, 2014: Book Discussion- The first 14 stories of "Dubliners." 10:30am-12:30pm  Led by two of the library's very own experts in Irish literature, our book discussions engage and inspire you to look at literature and Irish authors in a new light.

October 22, 2014: Independent Film Showing- "The Dubliners" by local film maker Travis Miller of Running Wild Films.  Travis takes the classic "Dubliners" short stories and sets them in modern day Arizona utilizing local talent and filming locations.  7pm-9pm Special Live Presentation by the Academy of Irish and Celtic Studies Celtic Readers Theatre Group as well!

November 8, 2014: Book Discussion & Film- The final discussion and film will focus on the last story in "Dubliners," The Dead. 10:30am-12:30pm The Dead, the most infamous short story in "Dubliners" has day all of its own.  Led by two of the library's very own experts in Irish literature, our book discussions engage and inspire you to look at literature and Irish authors in a new light.

Pricing for Events:
Lecture Sept. 24: Free to members, $5 donation at the door. No advance registration.

Book discussions: Free

Film Showing: $7.50 general public; $5 members, seniors, students w/ID. Registration will be available in advance online. 




Family Story Time Sat, Oct. 4th

10:30am- 12:30pm

Stories, music, crafts and other activities!

Fun for ages 3 yrs to 9 yrs

All family members & ages welcome!

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Call: 602-864-2351

Irish Genealogy Class
Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm
starting October 2nd 

Robert M. Wilbanks IV, a professional genealogist, historian, and instructor, will be teaching a class on Irish Genealogy at the McClelland Library. Robert’s class is designed to teach you how to research your ancestor(s) in Ireland using various Irish records and resources including: census records, taxation and emigration documents, church records, and military records.  The classes will be held at the library on Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm starting October 2nd.  

Registration will be available starting September 12th at

For questions please call 602-864-2351 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Monday, 15 September 2014 09:02

Ennis Committee Membership Drive



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Friday, 29 August 2014 14:54

Phoenix Sister Cities 5k

For registration form, click here. 

When: November 8, 2014

Time: race begins at 8 a.m., check-in begins at 7 a.m.

Where: 5802 E. Indian School Road. Phoenix, AZ

If you have any questions, please contact us at602.534.3751

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Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00

Ennis 5K Run 2013

This 5K Run was held on November 9, 2013 at Arizona Falls in Phoenix.  Over 100 runners and walkers attended this year’s event with 7 booths including Prague, Grenoble, DAC, YAEP and over 20 volunteers who made it

possible.  A special thanks to Arizona Federal Credit Union which was our Race Day Sponsor - the largest sponsor to date!   The day was fun with over 40 awards given out in 5 year age increments to runners as well as drawings for free prizes which included, Tea Time Teas, 30-day membership to The Village, Teeth Whitening by Dr. Woodrow, Road IDs, and a Leidan Mitchell gift basket.

Submitted by: Gwen Schaecher





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Friday, 15 November 2013 16:46

2013 5K Run


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Phoenix City Councilman Michael Johnson led a historic delegation visit to Ennis, Ireland to commemorate over 25 years of sister city relations.  The March 13 – 22, 2013 visit to Ennis featured the participation of St. Mary’s High School Band. Accompanying the delegation was Executive Director Paula West and Phoenix Sister Cities Ennis Committee Chair Mary Hill Connor.


The visit was kicked off with a business and tourism forum coordinated by the Ennis Chamber of Commerce which attracted a large audience of business and tourism representatives.  Councilman Michael Johnson gave a presentation on the downtown development of Phoenix and introduced a short tourism promotion video that was well received.


An opening 25th anniversary reception and dinner was held at the Waterpark House and was hosted by Ennis Mayor Peter Considine and Ennis Town Councillor Mary Howard.  In his remarks, Councilman Johnson stressed the vital contributions made by the Irish community in Phoenix and thanked our Ennis friends for the warm reception and their continued friendship and support.  Both Councilman Johnson and Mayor Considine made a point of acknowledging the participation of the St. Mary’s High School Band and its director Carol Melis.


The St. Mary’s High School Band performed at numerous locations during the visit, but the most memorable performance was the band’s participation in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Marching through the winding streets of Ennis was a thrilling experience as the entire town turned out to observe the parade.  People lined the narrow streets as many as six rows deep and cheered the band’s participation.  A poignant moment came as the band passed the reviewing stand and were warmly greeted by the town’s leaders and an applauding Councilman Michael Johnson!

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