Tuesday, September 30, 2014


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 6:30-8:30pm 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 www.azirishlibrary.org

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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Tuesday, 16 April 2013 11:07

2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade


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On Saturday, November 10, the 5K Run and Family Walk occurred, benefiting the nine Phoenix Sister Cities City Committees, the Disabilities Awareness Program and the Youth Ambassador Exchange Program (YAEP), as well as St. Mary's High School Band, which will be traveling to Ennis, Ireland, to play in their St. Patrick's Day Parade. The Disabilities Awareness Program creates intercommunity programs to bring awareness of people with disabilities and coordinates an annual international artist competition for people with disabilities. The Youth Ambassador Exchange Program provides funds for annual cultural exchanges for high school students between Phoenix and its sister cities.

Participants supported meaningful global programs by specifying which committee they would to receive the benefit of their registration for the 5K Run. Awards were given to the top three male and female finishers of the 5K Run in five year-age increments.

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