Right in the center of bustling, modern Phoenix rises a complex of stone structures reminiscent of medieval times.
Pass through the gates and you realize you’re somewhere magical.
The Irish Cultural Center is many things: a monument to a people devastated by famine; a place where Irish-Americans can research their roots; an academy where you can learn to play harp or bodhran, speak Gaelic, or dance Irish and Scottish dances; home to a rare facsimile of the Book of Kells; a library housing collections of Irish literature and history. It is also where the Phoenix International Folk Dancers meet every Tuesday night, in the building pictured below.
By far the largest building is the McClelland Library.
The Visitor’s Center looks like a quaint Irish cottage. It also contains a gift shop.
Though the buildings look hundreds of years old, they were constructed after 2000.
And here is a monument commemorating the deaths of 1,500,000 people during the Great Hunger of 1845-1850:
For more information about the Irish Cultural Center, see their website.