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There’s a brand new Irish genealogy library in Phoenix, Arizona. The McClelland Irish Library (MIL), five years in the making, cost $5 million dollars and holds more than 6,000 books, journals and periodicals on the rich Irish genealogy. Along with reading rooms and computer research resources there’s an exiting ongoing exhibit of the Book of Kells.

Briefly, The Book of Kells ( Irish: Leabhar Cheanannais) is an illustrated manuscript, also known as the Book of Columba, is an illuminated manuscript of four New Testament Gospels written in Latin and created by Celtic monks in 800 AD or a little earlier. I wrote about the book of Kells in my blog post Iona Abbey one of the oldest and most important religious centers in Western Europe.

The three-story library resembles a traditional 12th century Norman castle from the Emerald Isle. It houses more than 5,000 books from Irish authors and poets, journals and periodicals, on Irish genealogy, literature and culture and aims to be recognized as a major Irish genealogical research center.

The MIL was founded by Norman McClelland, who has traced his own genealogy to Ireland and Scotland. The library is an affiliate of the Phoenix Public Library (PPL) and the collection can also be accessed through the Phoenix Public Library.

The open hours are:

October: 10am – 3pm Tuesday – Thursday

November: 10am – 3pm Tuesday – Saturday

Click on Irish Cultural Center to learn more about it.

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3 Comments on Brand new Irish genealogy library opens in Pheonix, Arizona

  1. Margie C. says:

    This is an interesting article. The lirary looks fascinating and with all that money spent on it it’s likely to be a terrific resource. The web site is impressive too.

  2. Sally Jardine says:

    This is an interesting post. It’s great to learn more about Irish resources. Perhaps they’ll eventually get them set for online research too. I know these things cost a lot of money but volunteers like they have at Family Search could go a long way.

  3. Terry Manchon says:

    It’s wonderful to see Arizona taking an interest in this. There is an amazing amout of Irish people in the great state. We tend to think of the Irish settling in the North East only.

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