HOLYOKE ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

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2020 Grand Colleen Moira Catherine McDermott

Moira Catherine McDermott is the daughter of Todd and Karyn (Reis) McDermott of South Hadley. She has one brother, Matthew McDermott. Her Irish ancestry comes from her paternal great grandfather, Kenneth McDermott. Moira us currently a senior at South Hadley High School where she is a National Merit Semifinalist and has received the Superintendent’s Award in addition to the Dartmouth Book Award. Outside of school Moira tutors at the Homework House and organized a Spanish-learning afterschool program at the local elementary school. She is also on the varsity swim and soccer teams at South Hadley High School. In the future Moira plans to study Mathematics at a four year college or university and pursue a career as a college professor.

2020 Colleen Finalists

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Emily is the daughter of Martin and Karen (Bourque) Couture of South Hadley. She has one twin brother, Andrew Couture. Her great, great grandmother was born in Dublin, Ireland and immigrated to the United States as a child. Emily currently is a senior at South Hadley High School where she maintains a 4.0 GPA and has received numerous honors and awards including the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and Magna Cum Laude in the National Latin Exam. In addition to her school work, Emily is active as the Vice President of South Hadley High’s Best Buddies chapter, on the school council and is on the National Honors Society. She also enjoys music and theatre and performs in the drama troupe, acapella group, marching band, and choir at her high school. In the future Emily plans to attend a four year college or university and pursue a career in theatre and entertainment.

Trish is the daughter of Mark and Katherine (Smith) Haradon of Holyoke. She has one sister, Amelia Haradon, and two labs named Allie and Joey. On her paternal side her family hails from County Mayo and County Kerry and on her maternal side her family hails from County Westmeath. Trish is currently a Sophomore at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she is on the Dean’s list. She enjoys hunting, rock climbing, gardening, hiking, and singing for a band she is in. In the future Trish plans to graduate with a double major in Psychology and Legal Studies and pursue Arbitration or a JD in hopes of defending those who are underrepresented in Holyoke.

Natalie is the daughter of Jeffery Patrick and Mary Lynn (Mackiewicz) Mayko of Holyoke. She has one sister, Kayla Marie Mayko. Natalie’s paternal great, great grandfather was born and raised in County Cavan and her great, great grandmother was born and raised in County Cork. On her maternal side her family hails from East County Cork, North Tipperary, and North Munster County. Natalie graduated from Holyoke High School in 2015 and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Westfield State University in 2018 where she graduated Cum Laude. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Education-School Counseling and School Adjustment Counseling from Springfield College and anticipates graduating this May. While in high school Natalie was a member of the National Honor Society, President of the Business Club and Business Manager of the school yearbook. In her spare time Natalie loves to teach dance and choreographs dance pieces for the Festival of Trees and volunteer at the Annual Charity Gala for Artistic Dance Conservatory. In the future Natalie plans to graduate with her master’s degree in Education with dual licenses in School Counseling PreK-12th Grade and School Adjustment Counseling PreK-12th Grade. After graduation she hopes to return to Holyoke and work in the public schools while also continuing to teach dance and performing with the Eclipse Dance Company.

Moira is the daughter of Todd and Karyn (Reis) McDermott of South Hadley. She has one brother, Matthew McDermott. Her Irish ancestry comes from her paternal great grandfather, Kenneth McDermott. Moira us currently a senior at South Hadley High School where she is a National Merit Semifinalist and has received the Superintendent’s Award in addition to the Dartmouth Book Award. Outside of school Moira tutors at the Homework House and organized a Spanish-learning afterschool program at the local elementary school. She is also on the varsity swim and soccer teams at South Hadley High School. In the future Moira plans to study Mathematics at a four year college or university and pursue a career as a college professor.

Haley is the daughter of Mark and Elizabeth (Kellogg) Dusseault of South Hadley. She has one sister, Alyssa Dusseault. Her maternal great grandparents, Anna Nugent and Thomas Mahoney, hailed from Dublin and her paternal great grandparents, Anna O’Leary Breen and Thomas Breen hailed from County Cork. Haley is currently a Sophomore at Holyoke Community College where she is completing an associate’s degree in Foundations of Health Sciences. She is certified as a CNA and has volunteered at the Three County Fair in the Baby Barnyard since 2016. In the future, Haley is planning to attend the nursing program at Elms College in the fall to obtain her Bachelors in Science of Nursing. She hopes to one day pursue the career of a Nurse Practitioner.

2020 Miss Congeniality Emily Couture

In addition to being on the Colleen’s Court, Emily was selected by her peers to be Miss Congeniality!  Emily is the daughter of Martin and Karen (Bourque) Couture of South Hadley. She has one twin brother, Andrew Couture. Her great, great grandmother was born in Dublin, Ireland and immigrated to the United States as a child. Emily currently is a senior at South Hadley High School where she maintains a 4.0 GPA and has received numerous honors and awards including the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and Magna Cum Laude in the National Latin Exam. In addition to her school work, Emily is active as the Vice President of South Hadley High’s Best Buddies chapter, on the school council and is on the National Honors Society. She also enjoys music and theatre and performs in the drama troupe, acapella group, marching band, and choir at her high school. In the future Emily plans to attend a four year college or university and pursue a career in theatre and entertainment.

Past Colleens

1955 Kathleen T. O’Sullivan
1956 Mary Monaghan
1957 Maureen Murphy
1958 Geraldine Lawler
1959 Anne Burke
1960 Sheila McCormick*
1961 Susan V. Hobert*
1962 Francine Dillon
1963 Joan M. Riley
1964 Kathleen Kennedy*
1965 Mary Ellen McGinty*
1966 Margaret Shevlin
1967 Janet Kelly
1968 Una Petcen
1969 Deborah Kennedy
1970 Kathleen E. Welsh
1971 Anne Marie O’Brien*
1972 Nancy Rainville

1973 Sherry Lee McFadden
1974 Mary Ann Croke
1975 Martha M. Donohue
1976 Ann Marie Abel
1977 Patricia M. Dean
1978 Katherine M. Quirk
1979 Corinne Baker
1980 Patricia A. Long
1981 Ann P. Dean
1982 Patricia O’Connor
1983 Karen M. Barrett
1984 Alyssa V. Fitzpatrick
1985 Maureen Simonds
1986 Kerry Ann Moriarty
1987 Theresa M. Clark
1988 Ruth Ellen Allyn
1989 Anne Marie O’Connell
1990 Mary Deleva

1991 Christine T. Brill
1992 Candice McKenzie
1993 Heather Bresnahan
1994 Kara Elizabeth Shanahan*
1995 Marikate Moriarty
1996 Shaena A. Smalley
1997 Mary Kate Cartier
1998 Kimberly Lyn Willis
1999 Abby Gordon Woods
2000 Abbey Louise McLaughlin
2001 Elizabeth Ann Cartier
2002 Kathleen C. Joyce
2003 Mary Kate Moynihan
2004 Sheila Maureen Murphy
2005 Carolyn Patricia McLain
2006 Katy Beth Brunelle
2007 Kim Erin Elliott

2008 Ashley M. Reidy
2009 Ashley R. Tucker
2010 Rosalyn C. Chesky
2011 Meaghan Leahy
2012 Brianna M. Fitz
2013 Brieanna M. Gresh
2014 Sheila S. Fallon
2015 Allyson Craven
2016 Meghan N. Ryan
2017 Margaret Walsh
2018 Madelynne Kelleher
2019 Lauren Dulude
2020 Moira C. McDermott

*Denotes Deceased

Ireland Parish Bracelets

The Grand Colleen Committee is currently selling these beautiful Ireland Parish bracelets! The bracelet and charm are representative of the Irish community here in Holyoke and Western MA and it comes in silver! The bracelets are $20 each and the profits go towards helping the Grand Colleen Committee’s continuing efforts to provide a wonderful experience for the Colleens each and every year! They are available at Highland Gift and Card, Holyoke Medical Center, and Carey’s Flowers. Or please feel free to contact Kelsey Lecca at kelseylecca@gmail.com.

Apply

Applications are now being accepted until December 28, 2022.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Female
  • Single (never been married or never had a child)
  • No less than 17 years old by March 17, 2023, and a senior in high school; nor more than 24 years old by March 17, 2023 (age extended for 2023 contest year only due to COVID-19)
  • Resident of Holyoke or South Hadley, MA
  • Must claim Irish ancestry
  • Completion of application

All applicants are to attend an orientation on January 1, 2023, at 1:00 pm at the Delaney House.

The pageant rehearsal will be on the evening of January 5, 2023, and the formal pageant will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023, where five finalists will be selected.

These five finalists will be honored at The Coronation Ball on Saturday, February 18, 2023, where one will be selected as Grand Colleen. The Grand Colleen will receive numerous gifts from local donors, a scholarship, or a trip for two to Ireland presented by the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke. All of the Colleens are expected to attend and will have their tickets comped for the 2023 events held by the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke.

Note: Immediate family members of the Grand Colleen Pageant Subcommittee of The St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke are ineligible to apply.

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