Support those Who Have Supported Us
We are all trying to adjust to the new reality of life with the Coronavirus COVID-19. While we have all been impacted, few have been hit harder then our friends and neighbors in the service industry. These small businesses have always been there for us and have supported every worthy cause (try and get a donation from one of the on-line retailers). They are the backbone of our community. We owe them our support to get through this trying time. The restaurants below are offering takeout menus with curbside pickup and some with delivery. If you can, take a break from cabin fever and give yourself and the family a treat while supporting a small business; the food will taste great and you will help our community. We realized that the situation is changing daily and have provided the Facebook links where available so you can check the current menus and hours of operation.
Note: We would also like to acknowledge the support of some service businesses who have supported us but are currently not open. Noonan’s, Murty’s and Southbound are using the time to perform renovations so they can come back better than ever; when they reopen we will add them here. Louie’s on the Avenue has indicated they have suspended operations, we look forward to their return. Characters Bar & Grill is also currently closed, but for the best of reasons; they are currently providing catering to the staff of a new Coronavirus testing facility, well done!
It is with profound regret that the Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee announces that we must cancel this year’s Rockland St. Patrick’s Day parade due to concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
This has not been an easy decision, but the health and safety of the community must always be the overriding priority. However, the impact of canceling the parade should not be trivialized. Our first thoughts are to our well-deserving honorees who, after years of quiet service were getting the public recognition they so justly deserved. We are concerned about the economic impact on our community; for many small businesses, parade day is analogous to “Black Friday” and sustains them through leaner times throughout the year. These businesses are not just pubs and restaurants, but supermarkets, caterers, party goods stores, etc.. Many non-profit cultural organizations such as traditional musicians, pipe bands, and Irish dance schools rely on funds raised at St. Patrick’s Day performances to help them keep the tradition alive. There are the countless hours that volunteers have spent organizing the parade, which begins the week after the prior year’s parade. Finally, for many families this is a day of gathering, celebrating, and reminiscing on where they came from and the lost opportunity to create those memories cannot be replaced.
It has been both distressing and disappointing to see comments on social media advocating for the cancellation of the parade as if it were of no more significance than a child’s play-date. For those who question why it has taken this long to reach a decision to cancel the parade, we are reminded of the famous quote of Louie Armstrong “If you have to ask the question, you’ll never understand the answer.”
One of our greatest sorrows is the lost opportunity to pay just recognition to the accomplishments that Irish American men and women have made to our community, accomplishments that are so often overlooked. This year’s parade was dedicated to Thomas and Danial Foley, brothers who grew up in Rockland and were killed during 9/11; Tommy on the day and Dan only a few weeks ago due to 9/11 related cancer contracted while searching for his brother’s body. In the absence of St. Patrick’s day parade coverage, we would ask for our public leaders and the media to consider publicly reflecting on the contributions of Irish Americans to our nation.
We ask the intercession of St. Patrick to deliver our communities safely from this illness.
2020 Parade Honorees
Frank McDonagh is the proud son of Frank McDonagh, Sr. of Claremorris, County Mayo and Catherine Healy McDonagh of New York. Frank’s family history seemed to predestine him to become an active member … [Read More...] about 2020 Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshal Frank McDonagh
A native of Queens, N.Y. Lillian grew up in the Irish dominated neighborhood of Woodside, Queens. Her parents, Tom Cunnane hails from Kilgarrif, Knock, Co. Mayo and her mother Mary Cunnane (Nee: … [Read More...] about 2020 Rockland Aide to the Grand Marshal NYC Lillian Murphy
Twenty-seven years ago Sergeant Deirdre Smith-Withers entered a career in law enforcement, the roots of which have spanned generations and an ocean. For her, it was a calling rather than a career … [Read More...] about 2020 Parade Commander Sergeant Deirdre Smith-Withers
Edmund Hartnett served 27 years with the NYPD, retiring at the rank of Deputy Chief. He served in numerous patrol commands as well as the Applicant Processing Division and Bronx and Manhattan South … [Read More...] about 2020 Hibernian Businessman of the Year Edmund Hartnett
Fergal is the youngest child of Joseph and Maureen Hayes (nee O’Connell) and together with his siblings Miriam McCormick (nee Hayes), and his brother Adrian Hayes (of Pearl River) spent his youthful … [Read More...] about 2020 Rockland County Hibernian of the Year Fergal Hayes
Special Thanks to Legislators Tyer, Carey, and McGowan condemning the promotion of prejudice targeting Irish Americans for profit. Currently, there is a position condemning Amazon's sale of a "F*ck St. Patrick's Day Shirt … [Read More...] about Rockland Passes Resolution on Offensive Merchandise Targeting Irish Americans
The New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade committee has announced its annual scholarship competition. This is a unique opportunity as the competition offers 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place award for both a College Level Scholarship and a High School Level … [Read More...] about NYC Parade Scholarship Opportunities