The Phoenix Irish Cultural Center’s new library was featured in The Arizona Republic last week. I attended the ground breaking last winter and saw the fast progress it has made when I was down there for the Saint Patrick’s Day parade.
Since I moved to Arizona in 2005, I have enjoyed visiting the center for special events and volunteering at their annual parade and festival. I was fortunate to attend former Irish President Mary McAleese’s reception there in December 2008. She is an amazing speaker; I also saw her speak at the Fairmont Hotel in Seattle in July 2005.
In 2006, I purchased a brick in the outdoor courtyard between the center and the gift shop to salute my father’s hometown and the family pub in County Cork. The large courtyard features an outline of Ireland’s shape and various counties, and the many personal bricks that have been purchased to support the center’s programs will eventually fill in the entire map shape that covers the courtyard.
I look forward to visiting the new library when it opens. Slainte!