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The Launch of the Ireland Reaching Out Diaspora Project by An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny, TD

The Ireland XO project is based on a simple idea; instead of waiting for Irish-Americans and their global counterparts to come to Ireland to trace their roots, we go the other way. Working through voluntary effort at a townland, village and parish level, we identify who left, and trace them and their descendants worldwide, proactively engaging with them and inviting them to become part of an extended “virtual” community with their place of origin.

In this way, the entire Irish Diaspora of 70 million can be systematically reunified online and invited back to engage with their ancestral parish for the benefit of all. The project held an inaugural “Week of Welcomes” in June 2011, inviting back members of the Irish Diaspora from the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand to their parishes of origin in South-East Galway, mobilising over 500 community volunteers in the process.

The initiative has been praised for its innovative use of technology, community volunteerism, and professional organisation, and received substantial coverage in national and international press including RTE, BBC and the New York Times. The project now has over 200 parishes involved nationwide. The Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) project won the special award at the national for “Pride of Place” Awards in Nov 2011 and in February 2012, was voted the “Best Community” initiative nationally by the Local Authorities Members Awards (LAMA).

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Thursday, March 15, 2012 Read More

Online Academy of Irish Music

The Online Academy of Irish Music is officially set to launch on Friday, April the 29th. The launch will be broadcast live over the Internet from Gus O’Connor’s pub in Doolin, Co. Clare from 10pm and can be viewed on the website It will feature a traditional Irish music session hosted by some of OAIM’s tutors as well as local musicians Eoin O’Neill and Yvonne Casey. Enthusiasts of traditional Irish music from around the world are invited to tune in, tune up and join the session online from the comfort of their own homes.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Read More

2011 St. Patrick's Day Parade Winners

See the pictures of this year’s parade winners.

Grand Marshals’s Choice:
1st place: Staff of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
2nd place: United States Submarine Veterans- Tucson Base
3rd place: Tucson Fire Pipe and Drums

Most Humorous:
1st place: McArdle Clan
2nd place: Mashed Potato Queens
3rd place: Fighting Irish with the Mc ZsaZsa’s

Best Parade Theme:
1st place: Tucson Fire Department
2nd place: Southwest Ambulance
3rd place: Tucson Police Department

Best Commercial Float:
1st place: ...

Saturday, March 12, 2011 Read More

2011 St. Patrick's Day Parade entries and lineup

1401A- St. Patrick’s Day Parade Banner
1402A- The United States Air Force Honor Guard
1403A- Tucson Fire Pipe and Drums
1404A- Grand Marshal- Dr. Peter Rhee, followed by UMC staff-
1405A- Southwest Ambulance
1406A- Honorary Grand Marshal- Father Kino
1407A- Kino Heritage Society
1408A- Tucson Lightning Rugby Club
1409A- St. Patrick’s Day Parade President- John “Flano” Flanagan
1410A – City Council Member Regina Romero
1410.5 -City Council Member Shirley Scott
1411A- ...

Saturday, March 12, 2011 Read More

New Irish Band, Scatter the Dust, in Tucson

Sharon Goldwasser on fiddle, Eric Wilson on uilleann pipes, and Frank Daley on guitar, cittern, and bodhrán, have formed a new Irish traditional instrumental band, Scatter the Dust.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Read More

In The Ould Ago, Illustrated Irish Folklore Book

After collecting folklore by tape recorder and pencil for 40 years Johnny McKeagney has published an illustrated book of Irish folklore last October. Sadly, he died on December 1st, only 5 weeks after he published his life’s work, though not before he saw his contribution recognized by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.

“In The Ould Ago,” which means a long time ago, features 200 pages of intricate hand drawn illustrations of Irish history, lore, stories, townlands, myth, legend and heritage. This hard back A3 publication will shortly be on display in a dozen university libraries in North America including Harvard, Notre Dame, the Library of Congress. and UCLA.

Go to to see some sample illustrations, view a television program made about Johnny McKeagney. and purchase a copy of the book.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Read More

2010 St. Patrick's Day Parade Winners

The following parade entries won awards in the following categories for 2010:

Best Musical: Hugh O’Connor Memorial Pipe Band

Best Commercial: Hotel Congress

Best Theme: McArdel Clan

Most Humerous: Mashed Potato Queens

See the winners’ pictures here.

Sunday, March 14, 2010 Read More

Overview of Tucson's rich Celtic roots

Joan O’Dwyer and Whitney Morton have an article in the Tucson Sentinel (an online newspaper) on Tucson’s Irish roots, bringing it up to date to reveal the secret of who is behind the green shamrock which appears in the middle of the night at the intersection of Stone and Pennington. To read the article, click here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010 Read More

2009 Parade Winners

Here are the 2009 parade winners:

Most Humerous: Tucson Police Department Monkey Bike (2nd place, Sabbar Shriners; 3rd place Tucson Roller Derby)

Best Theme: Mashed Potato Queens (2nd place, 501 Legion of Dune Sea Garrison; 3rd place, Irish Heritage Foundation)

Best Family: McArdle Clan (2nd place Bagnall Family; 3rd place Naughtons)

Best Float: Irish American Gaelic Society (2nd place, Society for Creative Anachronism; 3rd place Valley of the Moon)

Sunday, March 15, 2009 Read More

Irish Abroad

We have joined, social networking for Irish people abroad and in Ireland. is an online community with over 240,000 members worldwide. The site is for Irish expats, descendants and any person wishing to travel to Ireland, providing news and information, community and friendship. (I am not very social-networking saavy, but I believe it is a bit like Facebook and similar sites.) See our TIC group page at and feel...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 Read More

Tucson Irish Heritage Foundation established

It has been a dream of many groups and individuals in Tucson to establish an Irish Heritage Center. Phoenix has its Irish Cultural Center, and Tucson is now one step closer to establishing its own center. A 501©(3) non-profit corporation, Tucson Irish Heritage Foundation, Inc., has been created and is grateful for any tax-deductible donations, which can be sent to the group at PO Box 41563, Tucson, AZ 85717-1563.

Friday, October 17, 2008 Read More

New CCÉ branch in Arizona

The new Four Peaks Irish Arts is Arizona’s branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Pronounced COAL-tis KYOL-tory AIR-in, CCÉ is the largest group in the world dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of Irish music, dance, language, song, and culture. Loosely translated, it means “gathering of Irish musicians.” It is especially interested in passing on these traditions to our youth.

Founded in Dublin in 1951, CCÉ now has more...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 Read More

2008 St. Patrick's Day Parade Winners

It was a chilly and sometimes rainy day for the parade and festival, but the crowd had a good time. Here are the parade winners (see their pictures here):
Best of Parade: Seven Pipers Scottish Society Pipe & Drum Band, second place, Tir Conaill Academy of Irish Dance
Best Float: McArdle Clan, second place, St. Augustine High School
Most Humorous: Mashed Potato Queens, second place, Society of Perpetual Indulgence
Best Theme (St. Patrick...

Sunday, March 16, 2008 Read More

New Irish Store is Open

Tucson has a new Celtic oriented shop, located in downtown Tucson, offering items of Irish, Scottish, and Welsh origins. The grand opening was November 24th. The store is located at 222 E Congress St. It is across the street from the Ronstadt Bus Terminal, next to the Marble store.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 Read More

Tir Conaill Dancers on Tucson 12

The Tir Conaill Academy of Irish Dance will be featured this month on a segment of the program REC365 on Tucson 12 on Cox Cable (Comcast 75). The program will start Monday Sept. 10 and air daily at various times through October 8th. REC365 airs Thursdays & Saturdays @ 8pm. For a complete schedule of times and video on demand log on to

Friday, September 7, 2007 Read More

We're back

Well, you may have wondered where the web site went. Our web host’s server was hacked, and we were just able to get back up. The technical webmaster (“OpalCat”) is taking steps to prevent this from happening again, especially since all of the many sites she hosts were down for several weeks.

Saturday, August 11, 2007 Read More

Slow House Seisiun Changes

Starting in September, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7 pm there will a Ceoiltais (Traditional Irish tune-seisiun) at a private home in the Wilmot/Grant area. For further information call 722-9485.

Saturday, August 11, 2007 Read More

New Irish Dance Competition

Irish Stepdancers of Tucson and Tir Conaill Academy of Irish Dance will be holding their inaugural Irish stepdance competition, Old Pueblo Feis, September 8th at the Tucson Convention Center. This provides a nice fall bookend to the May feis, Feile Rince Tucson, put on by The Celtic Academy of Tucson and The Maguire Academy of Irish Dance. If you have never seen stepdance competitions, this is a great time...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 Read More

Darren Maguire Obtains ADCRG

Darren Maguire, who retired as lead dancer of Riverdance to start The Maguire Academy of Irish Dance in Tucson last summer, has added another feather to his cap. In addition to having obtained his TCRG, the certification required to teach competitive Irish dance under the rules of the Dublin, Ireland-based An Coímísíun le Ríncí Gaelacha, he has now been awarded the ADCRG certification, which qualifies him to adjudicate at Irish dance competitions....

Friday, March 16, 2007 Read More

Learn Irish Music

Come play in a “ceoiltais” (traditional Irish tune-learning night).

Monday, December 11, 2006 Read More

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