St. Patrick’s Day Events
NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade – The New York City 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Monday, March 17. Grand Marshal, Jack Ahern.
The Pearl River St. Patrick’s Parade will be held on Sunday, March 23.
The Bayonne N.J. St. Patrick’s Parade will be held on Sunday, March 23.
Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade – The 39th Annual Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held Sunday, March 16 at 1pm. Parade from 15th Street & Prospect Park West. Grand Marshal: Reverend James K. Cunningham, Pastor, Holy Name Church. Pre-Parade Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 245 Prospet Park W. at 9:00AM. Celebrant, Most Rev. Paul R. Sanchez, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn After Parade Party with live music by Frank Keegan at Holy Name’s School Hall. Adm. $30. Further information at (718) 499-9482 or www.brooklynstpatricksparade.com
Newark NJ St. Patrick’s Parade will be held on Friday afternoon, March 14 at 1:00pm in Downtown Newark. See www.NewarkParade.com
West Orange NJ St. Patrick’s Day Parade – The 63rd West Orange, New Jersey, St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2014 will be held Sunday, March 16. Step-off 12:15pm from Main Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue. Grand Marshal, Jere E. Cole. Deputy Grand Marshals, Gail McGeady, Kelly Reilly and Francis Schott, Jr.
Sleepy Hollow Grand Marshal – Paul Clarke of Sleepy Hollow, NY will be the Grand Marshal of the 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade to be held on Sunday, March 16. This year’s parade will be dedicated to the United Irish Counties. On March 16, at 10:00am, Mass will be celebrated at The Church of the Transfiguration, South Broadway, Tarrytown. Parade begins promptly at 1:30pm at Main Street in Tarrytown. Further information please call 914-693-0192 or 914-631-4306.
New Haven St. Patrick’s Celebration – Milford resident Martin Hardiman will receive the Cornelius Driscoll Award for outstanding public service from the New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Ball Committee on March 8 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven. The Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Parade will be held on Sunday, March 16. Details at (203) 915-5979.
Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Parade – Sunday, March 23rd 1:30pm Grand Marshal – Kevin J. Plunkett, Deputy County Executive http://soundshoreparade.com/
Post parade party – Molly Spillane’s Pub 211 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck
Greenwich St. Patrick’s Parade – The 40th Greenwich St. Patrick’s Parade will be held on Sunday, March 23 beginning at 2pm. Grand Marshal is William (Bill) Gallagher.
Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Parade – The 16th Annual Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Parade will be held Sunday, March 16 beginning at Noon at the corner of Lafayette and East Tremont Aves. Throggs Neck, Bronx. Mass will be celebrated at 9 AM at St. Benedict’s Church, Otis Avenue, followed by a complimentary breakfast in Father Albert Hall. Grand Marshals, Denis and Noreen Donoghue and honored clergy member Mother Alice McGowan will lead the line of March. Over 20 bands will participate.
Mayo St. Patrick’s Celebration – The Co. Mayo Society of New York will hold their 135th Annual St. Patrick’s Ball on Saturday, March 15 at Antun’s, 96-43 Springfield Blvd., Queens Village, NY. Honoring Mayo Man of the Year 2014, Jimmy Feeney, Fairfield, Ct. and Mayo Woman of the Year 2014, Mary Murphy, Woodlawn, Bronx, NY. Cocktails 7-8pm followed by dinner and dancing. Music by Billy Keenan’s Primetime Showband. Details at (516) 221-4834 or (917) 282-5538.
Annual Donegal Assoc. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – The Donegal Association’s 118th St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance will take place on Saturday, March 15th 2014 at The Astoria Manor 25-22 Astoria Boulevard, Astoria, NY 11102. Special Guest: Mullaghduff Fife and Drum Band. Dedication Award will be announced on the night. Journal deadline is Friday, Feb. 28. The cocktail hour will begin at 7.00pm with dinner and dancing from 8.00pm until 12.00am. Music by the popular “Rumor Has It”. Tickets are $85.00 per person – Table of Ten is $850.00. Reservations Rosina Gallagher 718.224.3067. See website www.donegalny.org
St. Patrick’s Parades in CT
Norwich, March 9 at 1:00 PM;
Hartford (Glastonbury), March 15 at 11 AM;
Milford, March 15;
New London, March 16, 1PM;
New Haven, March 16;
Mystic, March 23, 1:00 PM.
Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade on McLean Avenue – Two great St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Yonkers have become one –Yonkers/McLean Avenue Merchants Association. The Parade will be held on Saturday, March 22 at 1PM following 11AM Mass in St. Barnabas High School Chapel on McLean Ave. Grand Marshal, Rev. Thomas Collins, President of Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains. Information, please call Larry (914) 968-0302 or Deirdre (201) 679-1450.
The Druids – Woodlawn/Wakefield Irish AOH Div. 5 presents Ireland’s #1 Rebel Band, The Druids, on Friday, March 14 at 10:00pm at Rory Dolan’s, 890 McLean Ave., Yonkers, NY. For tickets, $15, please call (914) 512-7056.
St. Patrick’s Concert at Empire City Casino – Empire City Casino in Yonkers will celebrate the St. Patrick’s season with an Irish concert featuring Black 47 and Shilelagh Law on Sunday, March 16, 2-6pm at the Casino, 810 Yonkers Ave., Yonkers, NY. See www.EMPIRECITYCASINO.COM
Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Oranges will hold its 113th Anniversary Dinner on Thursday, March 13 at the Mayfair Farms Restaurant, 481 Eagle Rock Ave., West Orange, NJ. Michael D. Byrne, president of Pilgrim Strategies, LLC and General Chairman of the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will be honored as the organization’s “Young Irishman of the Year” and William B. McGuire, Esq, will be its Guest Speaker. Cocktails at 6:30pm. Reservations please call (973) 422-2974.
Eastchester Irish American Social Club (EIASC) will hold its 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 16 starting at 3:00pm at Immaculate Conception Church, Tuckahoe and heads north on Rte 22. Grand Marshals are: Tom Huvane and Jim Hendry. Honoree: Fr. Eric Raaser, pastor of the Churches of Immaculate Conception & Assumption, Tuckahoe. Further details at email@example.com
Bergen County St. Patrick’s Parade – The 33rd Annual Bergen County St. Patrick’s Parade will be held Sunday, March 16. Flag raising ceremony 1PM at Roy Brown Middle School. Parade starts at 2PM at Washington Ave., Bergenfield, NJ. Details at (201) 784-5547.
The Glen Cove Hibernians will host the 26th Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 23 at 1:00pm.
Co. Leitrim Society St. Patrick’s Dance – The Co. Leitrim Society of New York 119th Anniversary St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance will be held Friday, March 14 at 8pm at Antun’s of Queens Village, 96-43 Springfield Blvd., Queens Village, NY. Guest of Honor, Fiona Smyth, native of Glenfarne. Distinguished Service Award, Eileen Healy native of Carrick-on-Shannon. Music by Billy Keenan’s Primetime Showband. For tickets please call (917) 655-1493 or (914) 963-8729.
Sober St. Patrick’s Day – The Third Annual Sober St. Patrick’s Day will this year be held at a new and larger venue – Cathedral High School, 350 East 56th St., (at First Ave.), New York, NY., with world class musicians, singers, dancers and fun for the whole family. Featuring Tulla Pipe Band (Co. Clare), All-Star Ceili Band, John Whelan, Brian Conway, Brendan Dolan, Ivan Goff, Brendan Fahey, UCD Choral Scholars (Dublin), Sing-Along with Cathy Maguire, Donny Golden School of Irish Dance and lots more, also Children’s Program (downstairs). This event sold out in advance in 2012 and 2013. Early purchase of tickets is advised. For tickets go to www.SoberStPatricksDay.org
The Waterford Hurling Club of New York will hold a St. Patrick’s Dance & Celebration on Sunday, March 16 at Gaelic Park Casino, 240th St. & Broadway, Bronx, NY. Cocktails at 5pm followed by dinner and dancing. Music by Tara Gold. Further information please call (914) 325-0921.
The New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade is billed as the longest and oldest parade in America, it pre-dates the signing of the Declaration of Independence by fourteen years. But, in recent weeks, the parade has been billed as an exclusive event that will not allow gay marchers. Those of us who actually do participate in the parade (personally I’ve marched for over 30 years) know that the allegations by the current Mayor and mainstream media just are not true. It’s not a day for political statements or further division.
There is no ban on gays or anyone else in the NYC Parade.
There is a rich history for the NYC Parade that began fourteen years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The parade started Downtown with a group of Irish Militia walking a few blocks to a local Inn, and a tradition was born. To this day, the Fighting 69th lead the marchers up 5th Avenue which is a nod to the early beginnings of where the parade started. Over the years other St. Patrick’s Day parades popped up in other cities around the world, but the NYC Parade continues to stand on its own, there are no floats, not costumes of cartoonish representation, no feel of carnival. It is a dignified parade meant to show your pride in where you come from. A day to remember the sacrifice our forefathers made in order for our society to prevail.
In addition to the schools, para-military, military and local AOH’s that march, all 32 counties are represented by an organization and a banner, you don’t have to be a member of these organizations to march. All they ask is that you follow the parade rules (http://nycstpatricksparade.org/parade-information.html) and show your Irish pride. No one cares or even asks your sexual orientation, because on March 17th, it doesn’t matter, it’s about being Irish or Irish American.
We as a society continue to find reasons to set ourselves apart from each other. What the parade committee is trying to achieve is a day where all that matters is that you are proud of where you come from, it’s that simple.
Reader from Queens
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Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Draw:
Leinster GAA Hurling Champ 2014 Quarter-Finals: Wexford v Qualifier Group Winners; Galway v Qualifier Group Runners-Up; Kilkenny v Offaly.
Leinster Hurling Champ 2014 Semi-Finals: Dublin v Wex/Group Winners; Galway/ Qualifier Group Runners-Up v Kilkenny/Offaly.
Qualifier Group: Laois, Antrim, Carlow, Westmeath, London.
Munster GAA Hurling Championship Draw:
Munster GAA Hurling Championship Quarter-Final: Waterford v Cork
Munster GAA Hurling Championship Semi-Finals: Tipperary v Limerick; Clare v Waterford/Cork
Munster GAA Football Championship Draw:
Munster GAA Football Championship Quarter-Finals: Tipperary v Limerick; Clare v Waterford.
Munster GAA Football Championship Semi-Finals: Cork v Tipperary/Limerick; Kerry v Clare/Waterford.
Connacht GAA Football Championship Draw:
Preliminary Round: New York v Mayo
Quarter-Finals: London v Galway; Roscommon v Leitrim
Semi-Finals: London/Galway v Sligo; New York/Mayo v Roscommon/Leitrim
Ulster GAA Football Championship Draw:
Preliminary Round: Tyrone v Down
Quarter-Finals: Tyrone/Down v Monaghan; Fermanagh v Antrim; Derry v Donegal; Armagh v Cavan
Leinster GAA Football Championship Draw:
Round 1: Wicklow v Laois; Longford v Offaly; Westmeath v Louth
Quarter-Finals: Wicklow/Laois v Dublin; Longford/Offaly v Wexford; Westmeath/Louth v Kildare; Carlow v Meath
Senate on the brink
A few days from now, voters in Ireland, though not Irish voters outside the Republic, will be asked to cast votes on whether or not the Irish Senate, Seanad Éireann will continue to exist.
This is no small question in a democracy where, it is to be assumed, parliamentary chambers are established at the outset with serious purpose in mind.
As it turned out, and though it bore a name that would bring to mind the United States Senate in Washington, D.C., the 60-seat Irish Senate, has not exactly blazed a trail across the political heavens since it came into being, initially as a legislative body of the Irish Free State in 1922, and later as one for the Irish Republic based on a revised model written into the 1937 Constitution.
Unlike Dáil Éireann, the Senate is not directly elected, but rather consists of members sitting in various panels who are chosen by various methods. Its powers are much weaker than those of the Dáil, and it can only delay laws with which it disagrees, rather than block them by means of veto.
There have been calls for reform, and efforts to actually reform the Senate for virtually as long as it has existed.
The current government, in its 2011 general election manifesto, promised a referendum in which the government would advocate abolition of the Senate.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been to the fore in advocating the required majority “yes” vote that would result in the Senate passing into history.
Labour, led by Eamon Gilmore, has been more muted in its advocacy.
Sinn Féin, somewhat late in the day, decided to back abolition while Fianna Fáil, much diminished since the general election, stands alone as the primary force advocating a “no vote” with retention and reform.
If the vote goes in proportion to the position of the main political parties then, the Seanad will ride off into the sunset.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has attempted to formally debate the issue with Mr. Kenny, but, as this went to press, the Taoiseach had thus far demurred.
There is little doubt that there is a lot of scope for reform.
Martin has argued for a revamped Senate directly elected by voters and one in which there would be minority representation for various groups, including emigrants.
As a plum for voters, meanwhile, the Fine Gael/Labour government has outlined a series of Dáil reforms that would come into being after the Seanad is abolished.
It’s difficult not to argue that the Dáil has been in need of reform anyway, regardless of whether or not it has to sit in a bicameral legislature alongside an “upper house.”
Fine Gael has additionally placed a strong emphasis on the economics surrounding the Senate’s abolition or survival.
An end to the Senate would mean, for one thing, fewer paid politicians and all told, so the government argument goes, the Irish taxpayer would save €20 million annually if the Oireachtas became unicameral.
In a hard economic time, this is no small bore argument.
Still, the right kind of reform could include cost cutting. And it’s this idea, “the right kind of reform,” that makes us hesitate as opposed to simply rowing in behind the Irish government on this one.
The fact that Irish citizens overseas still have no voting rights in referenda dealing with the very political essence of the Republic they were born into, such as this referendum, is another cause for hesitation.
Seanad Éireann as it was, and as it is, might be an imperfect institution in need of a radical makeover, but it’s puzzling as to why government leaders haven’t spent a little more time crafting a vision for such a makeover.
Voters are being asked a simple question in the referendum with a yes or no answer. If the Senate survives it is difficult not to imagine that it will be overhauled. But if it doesn’t we will never know what form any change would have taken.
As it now stands, the Senate could be scrapped on October 4 without the Irish people ever experiencing a reformed model that could potentially bring benefit to the political life of the Irish in Ireland, and indeed the much vaunted diaspora.
So the choice on referendum day is indeed a simple one. But is it overly simplistic?
By Irish Echo Staff
Boston’s next mayor will be Irish American, that much is certain
But whether it’s State Representative Marty Walsh or City Councilor John Connolly will be up to voters who will go to the polls in the mayoral general election on November 5.
Walsh and Connolly came tops of a record-sized field of candidates in Tuesday’s primary vote.
Walsh edged Connolly by 1,400 votes so the final sprint for City Hall looks like being a very close one.
The winner will succeed outgoing mayor of twenty years, Thomas Menino.
By Ray O’Hanlon firstname.lastname@example.org
The gathering naval force in the eastern Mediterranean has an Irish name in its line of ships.
The USS Barry, named after Commodore John Barry, father and first flag officer of the United States Navy, is one of five Arleigh Burke class destroyers in the force that could launch a strike against Bashar Assad’s Syria in a matter of days. The Barry, designated DDG-52, is a guided missile destroyer that was commissioned in 1992 and named after Wexford-born Commodore John Barry (1745-1803). In its years of service, the Barry has received many awards, including the Battenberg Cup for the years 1994, 1996, and 1998. The ship has also been awarded the navy’s Battle E award four times, and received the Golden Anchor and Silver Anchor Awards. In 2004, the Barry was awarded the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy for being the most improved ship in the Atlantic Fleet. Commodore John Barry was initially an officer in the Continental Navy during the Revolutionary War. He was the first captain of a U.S. warship commissioned for service under the Continental flag. After the war, Barry became America’s first commissioned naval officer, at the rank of Commodore, receiving his commission from President George Washington in 1797. Down the years Barry was widely seen as the “father” of the United States Navy, but his historical position was made fully official when President George W. Bush confirmed him as “first flag officer.”
In recent years the Ancient Order of Hibernians has been working to complete the “Barry Gate” memorial at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.