It is with great sadness that we share the announcement of the passing of our dear Sean Prior on Sunday, February 24. A native of County Cavan, Sean has been a fixture in the Arizona Irish community for many years, including founding member, with his wife Patricia Prior, of the original Irish networking group, E.R.I.N., and Founding Member of the Irish Cultural Center. They are also Founding Members of our own Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities since the beginning in 2007. Their 3 children - Dara Gibson, Adele Struble and Brendan Prior danced with Thomas Bracken's School of Irish Dance - the connection to Chandler and Tullamore.
Please join us is sending prayers for Patricia and her family - and that God give them the grace and strength for the days ahead.
Service will be held at Queen of Heaven, 1562 E. Baseline Road, Mesa 85204 on Monday, March 4 at 10:00am followed by a Celebration of Life at Phoenix Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85004 at 12:00pm.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Irish Cultural Center.
Chandler is located in the East Valley, in the southeast part of the Greater Phoenix area. It was named for a veterinarian, Dr. A. J. Chandler, who settled in the area in 1891. The town of Chandler began in 1912, with the opening of the Hotel San Marcos in 1913. In 1920 the Town of Chandler incorporated, with Dr. Chandler as its first Mayor. The City of Chandler has worked diligently to make the downtown area a dining and entertainment destination, and their efforts are paying off as boutique shops, art spaces and eclectic cafes have steadily increased their presence. The downtown storefronts have been restored to a modern version of their original turn-of-the-century look, and the plaza has been redesigned and named after the City's founder. The Center for the Arts, new parks, restaurants and retail centers mark an exciting future for the City.
Located in the Midlands of Ireland, Tullamore boasts a unique geographic location. The Slieve Bloom Mountains lie to the south, while north of the town are the Arden Hills, a gravel ridge which is a product of the Ice Age. The boglands, for which this part of County Offaly is known, lie to the east and west. Beyond the boglands on the easter side lies Croghan Hill, an extinct volcano. The River Shannon flows to the southwest of the town, while the town itself is divided by the Tullamore River.
The capital town of Offaly and the powerhouse of the Country, Tullamore has a population of 250,000 serving a 30-mile radious. Tullamore is the administrative capital of County Offaly, and is linked with the main cities through excellent road, rail and telecommunication networks.
The Student Ambassadors from the Sister Cities of Chandler and Tullamore, Ireland, spent time in both communities this summer.
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