Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Trophy Winners

The winner of Trophies for the 55th Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade have been announced:

Neil O’Sullivan Honor Guard Memorial Trophy – Color/Honor Guard – Paramus Police Department Honor Guard

Munno’s Italian Deli – Large Pipe Band, 1st Place – RC AOH Edward V. Larkin Memorial Pipe Band

In Memory of Piper Billy Kenney (Donated by the RCAOH Pipe Band) – Large Pipe Band, 2nd Place – Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County

Murty’s, In Memory of John O’Hara – Small Pipe Band, 1st Place – FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums

Connie and Breda O’Sullivan Memorial Trophy – Small Pipe Band, 2nd Place – FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums

In Memory of Mary Franklin – High School Band – Paramus Catholic Marching Paladins

Society of Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick – Irish School of Dance – Broesler School of Irish Dance

Bridget Tehan Kilgallen Memorial – Veteran Organizations – Color Guard and Members: American Legion Post 329

TF Noonan’s – Irish Cultures Organizations – Women of Irish Heritage

Luigi O’Grady’s Deli and Catering – Catholic Organization – Rockland County Knights of Columbus

Annie A. and James P. Russell Memorial – Elementary School – Saint Margaret’s School, Pearl River

Munno’s Italian Deli – Special Organizations – Buddy Ball

Thomas Argenti Memorial (Donated by the Fatigate Family – Government Agency’s – Rockland County Police Academy

Joe McKiernan Memorial – Irish Counties – Keyymen’s P&B Association of New York


Line of March for the 2017 Rockland St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Note that the parade steps off on Sunday 3/19 at 1:30PM fyom the Pfeizer Parking in Pearl River, NY lot  Rain or Shine (or Snow!).  The line of March for the 2017 Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade may be found here

2017 Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal Carmel Reilly

This year, our Grand Marshal for the 55th Rockland County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is Carmel Reilly. Carmel will follow in her father’s footsteps when she leads the line of march on March 19th, 2017, 43 years and 2 days after her dad. Talk about “Keeping The Tradition Alive!”

Carmel has been a proud member of the L.A.O.H. for the past fifteen years and has been involved in many activities pertaining to the A.O.H./L.A.O.H. throughout those years. Her pride in her Irish Heritage and her commitment to the A.O.H./L.A.O.H. and their causes have made her worthy to be Grand Marshal.

Carmel and her three sisters were raised in Blauvelt, the children of Matt and Moira Reilly. Matt and Moira have been Hibernians for most of their adult lives and incorporated this dedication to Irish Heritage into the everyday life of their family. Every Sunday the sound of Irish music from WFUV was heard throughout their home. Of course, this led to Irish stepdancing becoming a part of Carmel’s life, and so she danced in the first Feis held in Rockland County in 1974.

Carmel joined the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 3 in the fall of 2001 and immediately joined the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. She has remained an active member of both to this day.

Through the years Carmel has been involved in many projects for the Irish Community:

As Chairperson to a Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Committee, organized A Night At The Races which raised over $20,000 for the Rockland St. Patrick’s Day Parade. For the Ladies A.O.H. Carmel has served for over a dozen years as The Chairperson for both the Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day Dinners.

Carmel served as a member of the Rockland Feis Committee for several years and for two years was Co-Chairperson, along with Michael O’Sullivan, for the Feis Journal.

As mentioned before, Carmel has a strong love for her Irish Heritage and the homeland of her parents. Thus when the Committee was formed to commemorate the Heroes of 1916, she immediately joined and became an active member, organizing and participating in the following activities:

Organized a Night At The Races which provided the Committee with much needed start–up funds enabling them to get the Commemoration up and running.

Because of an interest in presenting the true story of the Women of 1916, Carmel joined a drill team of re-enactors representing the Cumann na mban. Along with the men from Clan na Gail, the team met every week, drilling for 1-2 hours at a time. They marched at the Calvary Cemetery on Easter Sunday and once again on April 24th leading the Parade for the Commemoration at the Rockland G.A.A. fields.

Carmel also assisted with the G.A.A. youngsters who were part of the Color Guard carrying the 32 Counties flags during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and again for the Commemoration. This was a proud time for Carmel as she was pleased to demonstrate what the Rockland Irish Community could do in commemorating the Heroes of 1916.

Carmel and her good friend John Lowry have also aided the G.A.A. in Fundraising by developing an eight week Pub Quiz.
On too many occasions to count, Carmel has been available to assist the Irish Community fundraising by sending email notices to hundreds of Supporters.

In need of help? Call Carmel and she will answer. Examples of her generosity and cooperation to worthy causes: Dancing Like the Stars fundraiser, help for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and the John O’Hara and John Kennedy Benefits.

And this past November 6th, Carmel completed the 26.2 miles of the New York City Marathon, after several years of having run numerous racing events for charity, such as the John Bellow 5K, the Dennis P. McHugh 5K, the Women’s Distance Festival, which benefits domestically abused women, the Nun Run (for the Sisters of St. Dominic), and the Mickey Sullivan Duathlon where she has to run and bike for Team KJ hoping to put an end to Huntington’s Disease.

Carmel resides in Pearl River, is a Dominican College Alumnus, and is employed as the Store Manager at Bergen Supply. She was recognized by the Rockland County A.O.H./L.A.O.H. in 2008 as Hibernian of the Year. In 2010 she was honored with their Distinguished Service Awards by Irish Northern Aid and Rockland G.A.A.

Rockland County Hibernian of the Year 2017 Thomas Zugibe:

Thomas Patrick Zugibe and his wife of 41 years, Peggy, are the parents of 4 grown children: Tara (Scott) Munson, Kristen (Robert) Kolka, Thomas and Mary and 4 grandchildren, Scott, Tyler, Noelle & Abigail. Tom is very proud of his Irish Heritage. He has always been a strong supporter of the A.O.H. and its many functions throughout the years, such as the Emerald Ball and its Journal, Division 1 Annual Dance and its Journal, and the Division 1 Annual Communion Breakfast. Through the years, It was a rare St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pearl River that Tom was not seen marching down the Avenue. When he realized he was qualified to join the A.O.H. through his Mom who was an O’Leary, Tom immediately joined Division 1. He would volunteer immediately for any activity that required his participation. It was for this reason that Division 1 invited Tom to be an honored speaker at its Annual Communion Breakfast several years ago. He and his wife are lifelong parishioners of St. Peter’s Church where Tom serves as a lector and Eucharistic Minister.

Thomas Zugibe was elected Rockland County District Attorney in 2007. He leads a staff of 30 prosecutors and two dozen criminal investigators. Since first taking office in 2008, Tom has transformed the District Attorney’s office through the development of aggressive investigative and prosecutorial initiatives while implementing major innovative prevention and diversionary programs with a strong emphasis on youth. Specialized teams of prosecutors, investigators and forensic auditors now focus on the investigation and prosecution of complex and/or large scale financial crimes such as embezzlements, welfare fraud, investment fraud, business fraud, insurance fraud, employment/compensation fraud, identity theft, tax evasion, organized crime and public corruption. At the same time, he has implemented innovative programs addressing substance abuse, behavioral health and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Tom has embraced Community Prosecution as a philosophical change in the functioning of the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office. He was invited to present his community prosecution model in September 2009 before a plenary session of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) Community Prosecution Conference held in Los Angeles and again in 2010 at the APA’s Community Prosecution Conference held in Washington D.C. where he received the APA’s Innovative Community Engagement (I.C.E.) Award, a national award recognizing individuals and prosecution offices that have demonstrated creative leadership in community prosecution. In 2011, the United States Department of Justice awarded a $500,000 grant to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to replicate Rockland’s Community Prosecution model in three initial U.S. cities.

More recently, Tom spearheaded an exciting new collaboration between his office, Rockland BOCES and the Rockland County Departments of Probation, Mental Health and Social Services entitled the Partnership for Safe Youth. This collaborative is now recognized as a groundbreaking initiative that enhances the effectiveness and productivity of services for youth and their families. Indeed, the Federal government recently awarded a $4 million grant to further the work of this initiative as a potential model to be replicated across the nation. This co-location center streamlines and coordinates the work of the individual agencies to identify at-risk youth and coordinate an effective response to address issues related to their safety.

Prior to his election, Tom Zugibe worked for two decades in private practice and served as the West Haverstraw Village Justice for a period of eighteen years. He resigned from that position to run for District Attorney. Between 1981 and 1987, Tom served as a prosecutor in the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office, where he was promoted to Executive Assistant District Attorney. His tenure in the District Attorney’s Office included directing the Narcotics Division and Major Offenses Division. During this period, Tom investigated and tried a vast array of both violent crimes and complex “white collar” cases.
District Attorney Zugibe began his legal career as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the New York State Deputy Attorney General for Medicaid Fraud Control.
Tom is a 1975 graduate of Manhattan College and received his Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 1979. He is admitted to the New York Bar and the Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Hibernian Businesswomen of the Year Kay O’Grady and Michelle O’Grady Worob.

This year, our Businesswoman of the Year is Kay O’Grady, from Luigi O’Grady’s. Kay shares this honor with her daughter Michelle O’Grady Worob.

2017 Businesswoman of the Year – Kay O’Grady:

Catherine (Kay) was born and raised in Graignamanagh, County Kilkenny. Kay was born to Bridget and John Lakes, and was the youngest of 10 children (four boys and six girls).

At the young age of 18, Kay moved to London to find work, and ended up meeting her match – John (Sean) O’Grady. They married in 1968, and moved to America to build a life and start a family. Kay and Sean settled in Orangetown in 1972, and raised their three children there – Darren, Michelle (Worob), and Siobhan.

Kay and Sean were charter members of the Rockland Irish American Cultural Center in Blauvelt, and they were active. Sean and other members performed many repairs and renovations at the Irish Center, and Kay was always an active participant, helping wherever she was needed.

Kay and Sean’s kids attended Nanuet public schools, and participated in Pearl River Little League and Orangetown Mighty Midgets. Kay volunteered her time as a coach for her daughters’ soccer teams as well, leading them to several undefeated seasons. She was also the founding member of the R.I.A.C.C. women’s softball team, and she started the R.I.A.C.C. bowling league at Pearl River Lanes.

Kay spent her life working in the food/bar industry, and jumped into business-ownership in 1993, when she bought the snack bar in Pearl River Lanes Bowling Alley. After a few years there, she took the plunge and bought a little deli in Pearl River – and so began Luigi O’Grady’s where she joined forces with her daughter, Michelle. Over the last two decades, their little deli has grown into one of the most successful deli and catering businesses in Rockland County.

Kay and Michelle have made it their number one priority to give back to the community that has given so much to them. They generously support local charities and fundraisers, and participate in community events year-round. The O’Grady family is well known for their generosity.

In 2009, Kay’s beloved husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and so began her next chapter – as devoted caregiver until his passing in 2013. During that time, Kay became involved in Alzheimer’s Association of Rockland County.

In order to give back, Kay and her children started Team O’Grady, a fundraising effort to raise money for the Rockland County chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Kay and her family have raised over $100,000 since 2011. Every year, Kay and Team O’Grady participate in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, where they remember Sean for the wonderful husband, father, and grandfather he was.

Last but not least, Kay’s proudest title is grandmother – to Madelyn (13) and Shayne (11).

2017 Businesswoman of the Year – Michelle O’Grady Worob: 

 Michelle was born and raised in Nanuet to Irish Born Parents, John (Sean) and Catherine (Kay) O’Grady. She is the middle of three children, with an older brother Darren and a younger sister Siobhan. She has been married to her husband, Jason, for over 16 years and they have two daughters, Madelyn (13) and Shayne (11). They reside in Pearl River. 

As a youth, Michelle was an active participant in Pearl River Little League and Orangetown Mighty Midgets, her daughters continue the tradition. When Michelle started Nanuet High School, she decided to put sports aside for her first job, Shoprite in Pearl River where she remained for almost 10 years. She attended Nanuet Senior High School and then went on to earn an Associate’s Degree from Rockland Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors from Pace University, where she majored in Business Management and Accounting. 

Michelle has co-owned Luigi O’Grady’s along with her Mother, Kay, for almost 20 years. During that time, Luigi O’Grady’s has become one of the most successful deli and catering businesses in Rockland County. Michelle and Kay have made it a priority to give back the community that has supported them in their success. The O’Grady family is known for their generosity they have supported countless community organizations and fundraisers. They go above and beyond and in addition to the financial assistance you will often see Michelle at the events volunteering her time. 

Michelle has been an integral member of the Pearl River Chamber of Commerce for over 15 years where she remains very active today. During her time as a member she has served on the Board of Directors, as Treasurer and as Vice President. She has also been very active on many of the committee’s. The work at the Pearl River Chamber of Commerce she is most proud of is the creation and continued success of the Pearl River Day Festival. The Pearl River Day Festival held every October draws thousands to Pearl River. 

A charity that has been become very important to Michelle is the Alzheimer’s Association of Rockland County. Michelle and her family lost their father to the disease in 2013 and have made it a priority to give back to the organization that helped them so much throughout their father’s illness. Throughout each year, they hold several fundraisers for the Alzheimer’s Association and have quickly become one top fundraising teams for Rockland County Raising over $100,000 to date.

Rockland County Aide to Grand Marshal NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Helen Kilgallen Murphy

Helen Kilgallen Murphy is the proud daughter of Thomas P. Kilgallen of Portavade, Sligo and the late Bridget Teahan Kilgallen of Lauragh, Kerry. She was born in Lenox Hill Hospital, along with her two brothers, Thomas and Paul. She has been married to her husband, Michael for 30 years.

She started marching in the Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade with St. Augustine’s Grammar School in 1963, and has continued to march annually since then, whether it was Rosary Academy High School, the Sligomen’s Association, the LAOH or as a member of the Parade Committee. She is Senator Schumer’s Permanent Aide, when he marches in the Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

She joined LAOH Division 3, Pearl River, NY in 2003 and is an active member. She was Recording Secretary 2010 – 2011 and is currently the Recording Secretary. Helen was a member of the winning LAOH Trivia Teams that helped raise monies for the Rockland County GAA.

As a member of LAOH Division 3, she has volunteered to assist with Dancing with the Stars, The Fashion Show, Dinners or whatever she can give her time to. In 2007, she was the LAOH Aide to Grand Marshall Mary O’Sullivan.

Since 2006, she has been a member of the Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, where she will do whatever is asked of her, such as marking the parking lot beforehand, or cleaning up the lot afterwards, making signs and assisting with the line of march in the parking lot.

Helen was a member and past president of the Irish Arts Forum in the mid 1980’s. She performed in a few productions, and assisted with the all aspects of the off stage productions.

Helen was instrumental in changing how the Department of Transportation of New York proceeds with projects that will impact communities. In the early 1990’s, she was asked to be a member of a new concept, Citizens Advisory Committee, that gave input and feedback towards planning and implementation of sustainable development and strategies. She was recognized by NYMTC and The Town of Orangetown for her efforts.

Helen presently is employed with Equinox Management Group as an Executive Assistant. Prior to that, she worked in her family’s business, The Peanut Grill Tavern, where her strong work ethic, sense of fairness and the ability to see the good in all, was instilled by her parents.

In trying to give back to the community, she did run for public office, although unsuccessful.

Helen’s Irish heritage is a source of pride and strength, and exemplifies her commitment to promoting Irish Culture.

2017 Rockland County St. Patrick’s Parade Commander: Lt. Michael Shannon, Orangetown Police Department.

Lieutenant Michael Shannon, the youngest of five children born to Nancy and Joseph Shannon, was raised with his two brothers and two sisters in the Palisades home where Michael and his own family continue to reside today. Michael and his wife, Jennifer, are proud parents of two wonderful sons, Jack, 17, and Nicholas, 14, who both attend Bergen Catholic High School.

Active with his family at Tappan’s Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and currently on its CYO board, Michael knew from back when he was attending grammar school there that he wanted a law enforcement career.
For over the past twenty years, Michael has marched with the Orangetown Police Honor Guard in the Rockland County Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade escorting the Grand Marshall and Parade Commander. As the 2017 Parade Commander, he looks forward to marching past his friends and family, assembled annually for the parade by their motor-home situated at Middletown and Blauvelt Roads. Michael is grateful to the parade committee and the Rockland County AOH for this great honor and to his family for their unwavering support.

The Shannon heritage has long valued cultural traditions and social gatherings. Michael’s late father himself grew up in a large family of six boys and three girls in Brooklyn. The Irish lineage of both of Michael’s paternal grandparents includes, from County Clare, the family of his great-grandmother Margaret Shehan (the spelling changed to Sheehan in America) and, from just further north in Galway, his great-grandparents, John and Belia Shannon. Michael’s grandparents, John and Margaret, who moved from Brooklyn when Michael’s father was a child, owned and operated Shannon’s Pavilion on Round Lake; what was once their home in Highland Mills is now the Black Forest Inn. Michael’s mother continues to lead family time together including at her own lake home upstate.

During his school years, Michael enjoyed football and baseball. After graduating from St. Joseph Regional High School, Michael attended Binghamton University, graduating with a B.S. in Applied Social Sciences and a minor in Criminal Justice. Michael entered the New York State Police Academy in Albany, New York in October 1990. In February 1992, he joined the Town of Orangetown Police Department where he looked forward to serving his community in which he lived.

Michael has served in various capacities ranging from patrol, community policing, traffic and commercial vehicle enforcement and the Rescue Entry and Counter Terrorism Team (REACT) for the county, where he is currently assigned to the Standards and Oversight Committee. He was promoted in 2008 to Patrol Sergeant on the midnight shift and in 2014 to Detective Sergeant, where he managed the Accreditation Program, Budgeting, Professional Standards and Inspection and Applicant Investigations. Patrol Lieutenant since June 2015, he currently supervises three patrol squads. He has served on the Palisades Swim Club board and on the Orangetown Police Benevolent Association as Vice-President and Secretary.

Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on Rain or Shine

Parade2015Please Note: In answer to many inquires, the Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held RAIN OR SHINE. The Rockland County Hibernians have marched each year for over fifty years irrespective of weather, it is the least we can do for our ancestors who did not let fire, sword, artificial famine, or prejudice deter them. It may be a little cold, but it was colder at Valley Forge, the Bulge and Incheon where so many Irish Americans fought for the freedoms we celebrate,

Please join us in celebrating our heritage and we will see you on the parade route.

2016 Parade Commander Detective Cyril P. Kerr

Cy ABorn in Queens, New York in 1965, Detective Cyril Kerr is the middle child born to Ellen and Eugene Kerr. Ellen hails from County Fermanagh and Eugene from County Monaghan. The family moved from NYC to Stony Point in 1967. During his school years Cyril enjoyed playing sports including Gaelic football, soccer, and baseball. Cyril graduated from North Rockland High School in 1983.

In 1986 Cyril began his 30 year career in law enforcement when he joined the ranks of the NYPD working patrol and in the Narcotics Unit. In 1991 Cyril was promoted to Detective and was assigned to the Joint Organized Crime Task Force working alongside the FBI. As the lead Detective in a 5 year investigation into organized crime, Cyril’s work resulted in the arrests of 20 mobsters including the upper echelon and the forfeiture of over 20 million dollars of assets. Throughout his tenure with the NYPD, Cyril received numerous awards and commendations including being instrumental in identifying and assisting in the capture of a killer of an undercover Narcotics Officer.

In 1997 Cyril continued his law enforcement service in Rockland County. He became an Executive member of the Rockland County Patrolman’s Benevolent Association in 1998 and was elected President in 2006. As President, Cyril was instrumental in the renovation and rededication of the Brinks Robbery Memorial Site in Nyack for its 25th anniversary and led the effort to have the site marked as a historic location. Cyril currently sits on the PBA’s Board of Directors for the Widow’s and Children’s Fund and the Welfare Fund.

Proud of his Irish heritage Cyril became active in the RC Police Emerald Society and has been a Board member since 1999 and is a past President. Cyril is also a proud member of AOH Division 1. Detective Kerr currently works in the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office assigned to the Special Investigations Unit where he investigates White Collar Crime and Fraud. Teaming up once again with the FBI, Cyril is also assigned to the Public Corruption Task Force investigating corruption and crimes against the government.

Cyril holds a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and is a Certified Fraud Examiner as well as a Certified Financial Crime Investigator. Cyril has had many partners in his career but his love, and “partner for life” is Diane and they are the proud parents of their son Christopher. Christopher is studying Mechanical Engineering at Northeastern University and is a drummer in the RC Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums Band.

2016 Hibernian Businesswoman of the Year Margie Mulvihill

MaggieBorn in New York, Margie is the oldest child of Mike Mulvihill from Moyvane, Co. Kerry and Peg Mulvihill (nee Holly) from Asdee, Co. Kerry.    Margie has two brothers, Mike and Willie, both FDNY lieutenants currently studying hard for the Captain’s test. She was introduced to the Irish music and dancing scene at an early age by her granduncle, popular dancing teacher Jerry Mulvihill, and her cousin, fiddle legend Martin Mulvihill. Perhaps more influential, though, were her mother’s stories and passionate singing of rebel songs that had been passed down through generations of Irish women, most notably Margie’s grandmother Mag Holly nee Long, a member of Cumann na mBan, that instilled in her both a deep love of all things Irish and an abiding love for the music. In those early days, she went to Ireland many times with family and fell in love with Ireland, developing an especially deep connection with Moyvane and its people.

Margie remained in Ireland and was there during the time of the Hunger Strikes, a painful time in Irish History she’ll never forget. It wasn’t long before she was running from session to session with other musicians from all over Ireland.   Margie and her old band mate Carmel Glendon eventually met up with Kerry singer Mary Courtney, and together they formed the group Morning Star. They played festivals and concerts all over the country and even provided music for Harold Prince’s play Grandchild of Kings, where they met many stars of stage and screen. Although she never thought Morning Star would last for more than a couple of years, the group remained together for twenty.

Margie is married to fiddler John Reynolds, who played with the great Michael “Jesse” Owens for many years and then with Morning Star for six. John can be counted on whenever there is a need in the community. The two feel blessed to be united in so many ways; their music and love have taken them in many directions. They have had the opportunity to play in many special places, from the Kerry Hall in Yonkers to the high seas with the fantastic Joanie Madden’s Folk’n Irish cruise to Medjugorje, where they were humbled to have had the opportunity to play with Andy Cooney on two occasions.

After Morning Star, Margie began sharing her love of music with local children. Her reputation as a great teacher grew quickly and developed in unexpected ways. She and her fellow teachers Rose Flanagan and Patty Furlong bring countless children to Ireland to compete at Fleadh Cheoils every year. Their under 12 ceili band won the All Ireland in 2012, a feat not achieved by an American ceili band in thirty years. This experience teaching led her to playing at céilithe, a source of joy she and John participate in frequently. They formed the ceili band The Pride of Moyvane, named after her Dad’s birthplace and the title of a reel penned by her music teacher, the late Martin Mulvihill. You can hear Margie’s and John’s musical influence in all of her students, but it is most clearly found in the playing of Margie’s daughters Erin (fiddle and whistle), the 2011 New York Rose of Tralee who has a degree in music from Limerick University and teaches fiddle, whistle and banjo; Bláithín (accordion wizard), a member of the band Girsa who has degrees in Political Science, History and High School Education; Neidín (singer/songwriter, whistle, banjo, guitar), a college senior; and their thirteen-year-old son, John Paul , who plays the fiddle, banjo, mandolin, whistle, piano and guitar.