Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities

Farewell Sean Prior

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. 

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Chandler, Arizona

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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. 

Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland

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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.

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The Student Ambassadors from the Sister Cities of Chandler and Tullamore, Ireland, spent time in both communities this summer. 

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