Katherine Huck Fernie Howard, the talented artist and web designer who designed this web site and served as its technical web master died suddenly on March 8, 2013, at the age of 41. She will be dearly missed.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Read More →
Taryn Eideanna Marie Howells, 14, of Tucson has been selected as one of two 2013 Arizona Irish Lasses, eligible to compete to be named 2013 Rose of Tralee. The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland’s largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 54 years in 2013. The heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee which brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to County Kerry, Ireland for a global celebration of Irish culture. The festival also includes street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and our internationally renowned Rose Parade.
Monday, February 18, 2013 Read More →
We have been contacted by a new Irish Government-sponsored programme called Ireland Reaching Out seeking to connect people of Irish heritage abroad with their place of origin in Ireland and know this will be of interest to you.
By joining any of the 2,500+ parish communities online, direct genealogical assistance is available from local people in the area who also volunteer to meet any of you who make a return visit. This is a free service run by local parish volunteers and Ireland XO is a not-for-profit charity.
Above all, Ireland XO builds on the paper trail of the records that may only get people so far, by providing that final link of local knowledge. Ireland XO link directly to people from the communities of their ancestors and use their knowledge to perhaps finally discover that elusive headstone, or the spot where the ancestral home once stood, or to even seek out some long-lost cousins.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Read More →
Tucson Irish Community is now on Twitter. Follow us at @IrishCommunity. We will post our new events and news on our Twitter feed.
Saturday, April 7, 2012 Read More →
The tecchnical problems that caused the web site articles and photos to be unavailable have now been fixed. All of the parade and festival photos are now viewable and downloadable for noncommercial purposes.
Sunday, March 18, 2012 Read More →
Here are the winners from the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade:
Grand Marshal’s Choice: Family of Mike Haggerty
Best Musical: Tir Conaill Academy of Irish Dance
Best Parade Theme: McArdle Clan Shenanigans
Most Humorous: Mashed Potato Queens
Best Commercial Float: Truly Nolen
Saturday, March 17, 2012 Read More →
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).
Thursday, March 15, 2012 Read More →
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 www.LiveTrad.com. 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 →
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
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 →
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
Saturday, March 12, 2011 Read More →
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 →
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 www.folklorebook.com 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
We have joined IrishAbroad.com, social networking for Irish people abroad and in Ireland. IrishAbroad.com 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 http://groups.irishabroad.com/group/tucsonirishcommunity/ and feel...
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 Read More →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →