HOLYOKE ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2023
The Grand Marshal of the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade is the highest local honor given to a person of Irish ancestry and either a resident of the city of Holyoke or a member of the Parade Committee. He/she has distinguished themselves as a loyal person to the Parade Committee, their career, their family, and to their Irish ancestry.
2020 Grand Marshal: John J. Driscoll
The 69th Grand Marshal of the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade is attorney John J. Driscoll.
A graduate of Holyoke High School, Boston College and Boston College Law School, Jay is Partner at the Law Offices of Resnic, Beauregard, Waite and Driscoll in Holyoke.
A life-long resident of Holyoke, Jay has spent the last 40-plus years honorably serving his community. A long-time member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 1, Jay is also its Past President, long-time Chair of the annual St. Patrick’s Family Communion Breakfast and was honored as “Hibernian Man of the Year” in 2011.
Jay has strong ties to local business and civic organization having served on the Boards, and in leadership positions, of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, where he was recognized as the Chamber’s “Business Person of the Year” in 2008, and the Holyoke Community College Board of Trustees, where he was a 2015 recipient of the “Distinguished Service Award”. He currently serves as Board Chair of the Holyoke Community College Foundation.
In 2018, Jay was the recipient of the “William G. Dwight Distinguished Service Award for Continued Community Service”, presented by the Holyoke Rotary Club and the family of William G. Dwight.
Jay also supports the important work of organizations like Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. He has run the Falmouth Road Race as part of the Dana Farber running team and has completed the Pan Mass Challenge nine times – personally raising over $100,000 for cancer research.
Married to Eileen (Healy) for over forty years, they are proud parents to Nora, John and Kathleen and are doting grandparents to Lucy and Owen Spaulding and Connie and Erin McMahon. Jay is incredibly proud that his children have carried on his commitment to service, including as active members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. His son, John, is also a long-time member of the Parade Committee and serves as the Parade’s Town Crier.
“I am thrilled and humbled to be selected as Grand Marshal for the 2020 Parade” Jay said. “The Parade Committee is one of Holyoke’s great civic and cultural organizations and to be recognized by them is truly an honor. I will do everything I can to help make this year’s Parade and accompanying festivities as successful as they can be, including guaranteeing a sunny, 60-degree day – because that’s what my father delivered sixty years ago as the 1960 Grand Marshal. I’m incredibly proud to follow in my father’s footsteps and march in the Parade with my own family.”
1952 Thomas Rohan*
1953 Atty. John S. Begley*
1954 Daniel J. O’Connell*
1955 Rep. Emmett J. Cauley*
1956 Elmer J. Harrington, M.D.*
1957 William P. Sullivan*
1958 William R. Peck*
1959 Hon. William E. Nolan*
1960 John J. Driscoll, M.D.*
1961 Michael H. Moran*
1962 Hon. Maurice A. Donahue*
1963 Eugene O’Neill*
1964 Jeremiah J. Lawler*
1965 Joseph F. Lynch, D.M.D.*
1966 Atty. Joseph J. Kelley*
1967 Thomas W. Padden*
1968 William J. Dean*
1969 James F. Millane*
1970 Francis R. King*
1971 William G. Rogers*
1972 David M. Bartley
1973 Timothy J. Sullivan*
1974 Dr. George E. Frost*
1975 William W. Mahoney*
1976 Richard J. Murphy*
1977 Francis J. Baker*
1978 Edward F. Sheehy*
1979 Judge John F. Moriarty*
1980 James J. Shea*
1981 Edward F. Nugent*
1982 Rev. Maurice B. Martin*
1983 John T. Hickey*
1984 James “Barry” Farrell*
1985 James E. O’Leary*
1986 Most Rev. Leo E. O’Neil, D.D.*
1987 Anne H. McHugh*
1988 Bernard M. Lavelle, Jr.
1989 Thomas J. Donahue*
1990 James K. Kelly*
1991 Patrick B. Bresnahan, III
1992 Edward B. (Pop) Coughlin*
1993 Atty. Maurice J. Ferriter
1994 Robert J. Rohan*
1995 Charles W. “Bill” Dinn*
1996 Dr. Francis M. Baker*
1997 Dr. John E. McHugh*
1998 Daniel E. Tierney*
1999 Francis M. Kane
2000 Rev. Francis X. Sullivan*
2001 Most Rev. Joseph F. Maguire*
2002 James A. Curran
2003 Atty. Peter F. Brady
2004 Joseph V. Gosselin, Jr.
2005 Russell J. McNiff, Sr.
2006 Frederick L. Sullivan, Esq.
2007 Alan F. Cathro
2008 Judge Ann M. Gibbons*
2009 Christine Padden Zajac
2010 Joseph M. McGiverin
2011 Gerald D. Healy
2012 Barry J. Farrell
2013 Brian Q. Corridan
2014 Roger P. Donoghue
2015 Raymond H. Feyre
2016 Patricia C. Devine
2017 Sr. Jane Morrissey
2018 David “Archie” Donoghue
2019 Roger J. Reidy
* Denotes Deceased
John F. Kennedy National Award
The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Award is presented annually to an American of Irish descent who has distinguished themselves in their chosen field.
2020 John F. Kennedy National Award Recipient: David Glidden
David W. Glidden is President and CEO of Liberty Bank, joining the organization in March 2019 with more than thirty years of banking experience and community involvement. David is also a member of Liberty Bank’s Board of Directors and President and CEO of the Liberty Bank Charitable Foundation.
Established in 1825, Liberty Bank is one of the oldest and largest mutual banks in the country. With more than $7 billion in assets, Liberty has 60 banking offices across Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. As a full-service financial institution, Liberty offers consumer and commercial banking, cash management, home mortgages, business loans, insurance and investment services. Liberty maintains a longstanding commitment to superior personal service and unparalleled community involvement.
Three Decades in Banking
David’s extensive industry leadership spans more than three decades. It is why he has become a well-known and familiar leader in the banking industry and philanthropy on the national, regional and statewide levels.
Before joining Liberty Bank, David held the position of Regional President with TD Bank for Northern New England and Upstate New York where he managed all banking operations throughout the region. This included overseeing retail banking, corporate lending, commercial and consumer lending, small business, wealth management, government and investment banking, and specialty banking operations. He was also a longtime board member of the TD Bank Charitable Foundation.
David began his banking career at Shawmut Bank’s Commercial Lending Division in Boston, Massachusetts.
During his banking career, he has served on numerous national, regional and statewide boards and committees. David continues to be an active industry leader and advocate today.
In addition to his involvement with the Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York State banking associations, he is involved with the American Bankers Association and organizations such as BDC Capital of New England, Inc., serving on their Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He also been involved with the Turnaround Management Association and Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.
David’s involvement extends far beyond his professional roles in banking. His passion for volunteering and his commitment to philanthropy and the community has earned him various accolades.
David and his family’s primary devotion is their work with the American Cancer Society. In January 2020, David was elected Chairman of the American Cancer Society’s Southern and Western New England Area Board of Directors. Over more than 25 years of his involvement with the American Cancer Society, he has raised millions of dollars that have been dedicated to cancer research as well as cancer patients and family services.
David received the Society’s highest national volunteer recognition award for lifetime achievement – the 2017 St. George National Award – in recognition of his outstanding service in support of their mission. He also accepted the Society’s Omar T. Pace M.D. Recognition Award in 2002. In addition, David was Treasurer of the Society’s New England Board of Directors whose capital campaign raised $35 million to build “Hope Lodges” in Boston, Massachusetts and Burlington, Vermont that provide free, safe, comfortable and convenient lodging for patients and their families who need to travel away from home to get the cancer treatment they need.
David, a National Delegate for the Society and Treasurer/Trustee of the SIS Charitable Fund, was honored with the American Cancer Society’s Excalibur Award in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
In 2020, David received the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke’s coveted JFK National Award, which is presented annually to an American of Irish descent who has distinguished themselves in their chosen field.
The Boy Scouts of America recently presented David with a 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Charter Oak District. The Scout’s Western Massachusetts Council awarded him the 2010 Distinguished Citizen Award and the 2009 Distinguished Citizens Campaign Chair for the Scout’s Western Massachusetts Council.
He also received the National Conference for Community and Justice’s (NCCJ) Human Relations Award in 2021 and was the Middlesex United Way’s 2022 Tocqueville Society Philanthropy Award recipient that recognizes a person who inspires philanthropy throughout Middlesex County, Connecticut.
A graduate of Providence College, David attended The National School of Banking in Fairfield, Connecticut and The Ivey School of Executive Management in Toronto, Ontario. He is originally from Holyoke, Massachusetts and currently resides in Glastonbury, Connecticut with his wife Michelle. They have two daughters: Rosemarie, a graduate of Providence College, works for Slalom Consulting in Boston, and Elizabeth, also a Providence College graduate, is finishing her MBA in accounting, pursuing her CPA and has been hired by PwC in their Atlanta, Georgia office.
1958 John F. Kennedy – United States Senator, President of the United States
1959 Most Rev. Jeremiah J. Minnehan, D.D. – Auxiliary Bishop of Boston
1960 Hon. John F. Collins – Mayor, City of Boston
1961 Most Rev. Christopher J. Weldon, D.D. – Bishop of the Springfield (MA) Diocese
1962 Robert B. Consedine – Journalist/Author
1963 William D. Gargan – Actor
1964 James B. Donovan – Attorney, International Negotiator
1965 James J. Shea, Sr. – President, Milton Bradley Company
1966 Hon. Edward M. Kennedy – United States Senator
1967 Tommy Loughran – Champion Light Heavyweight Boxer
1968 Lawrence O’Brien – U.S. Postmaster General Commissioner NBA
1969 Cardinal Richard Cushing – Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Boston
1970 Hon. John N. Dempsey – Governor of Connecticut
1971 Pat O’Brien – Actor
1972 Major General Timothy J. Dacey, Jr. – USAF, Chief of Staff, Strategic Air Command
1973 Hon. John W. McCormack – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
1974 James Bishop – Author, Syndicated Columnist
1975 Hon. Thomas Paul Salmon – Governor of Vermont
1976 Edward Bennett Williams – Attorney
1977 Jimmy Breslin – Author, Investigative Journalist
1978 Hon. Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
1979 Dan Devine – Football Coach, Notre Dame University
1980 Arthur J. Rooney – Owner, Pittsburgh, Steelers Professional Football
1981 William A. Nolen, M.D., – Surgeon/Author
1982 Maureen O’Hara – Actress
1983 Most Rev. Joseph F. Maguire – Bishop of the Springfield (MA) Diocese
1984 Hon. Edward P. Boland – Member of Congress of the United States
1985 Frank McGuire – NCAA Basketball Coach
1986 William A. O’Neill – Governor of Connecticut
1987 Dennis Day – Singer, radio and television personality
1988 Thomas J. Flatley – Business Executive Philanthropist
1989 Neil Sheehan – Journalist, Reporter, Pulitzer Prize Author
1990 Most Rev. Leo E. O’Neill – Coadjutor Bishop of Manchester, NH
1991 Carmel Quinn – Singer/Entertainer
1992 Tom Clancy – Author
1993 Sister Mary Rose McGeady, D.C. – President, Covenant House, New York City
1994 Raymond L. Flynn – U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican
1995 Eoin McKiernan – Founder, Irish American Cultural Institute
1996 Robert L. Stack – Actor
1997 John J. Sweeney – President, AFL-CIO
1998 Gen. Richard I. Neal – Assistant Commandant, United States Marine Corp
1999 Steven McDonald and Patricia Ann Norris-McDonald – Detective, New York Police Department, Inspirational and motivational speaker
2000 Hon. Richard E. Neal – Member of Congress of the United States
2001 John V. Shea – Actor, riter, director
2002 Rev. Daniel P. Coughlin – Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives
2003 William J. Flynn – Chairman of the Board, Mutual of New York Life Insurance Company
2004 Catherine G. “Cady” Coleman – NASA Astronaut
2005 Tom O’Brien – Football Coach, Boston College
2006 Thomas J. Ridge – Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
2007 Dan Shaughnessy – Author/Sports Reporter, Boston Globe
2008 Francis X. Healy – Baseball player, Sports Broadcaster Executive
2009 Joseph Loughrey – Vice Chairman, Cummins, Inc.
2010 Hon. Daniel M. Rooney – U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland
2011 David McCullough – Author, Pulitzer Prize Winner
2012 Kevin O’Hara – Author
2013 Doris Kearns Goodwin – Author
2014 Dick and Rick Hoyt – Team Hoyt, Marathon, Triathlon and Ironman competitors
2015 John M. Maguire – President and Chief Executive Officer of Friendly’s Ice Cream, LLC
2016 “Irish” Micky Ward – Retired Junior Welterweight Professional Boxer
2017 Ann Dowd – Award winning actress
2018 Arthur “Archie” Roberts – Retired cardiac surgeon and former collegiate and professional football player
2019 T.J. Jagodowski – Comedian, actor, and improvisational performer
The Citizenship Award is presented to a person or organization that may be of non-Irish descent that has made substantial contributions to the Parade and/or the Parade Committee.
2020 Citizenship Award Winner: Eileen Curran
Eileen Curran is a Holyoke native and the third of four daughters of Daniel P. Curran and AnneMarie LaPlante. She is a graduate of Holyoke High School and Fitchburg State College where she studied Communications/Media.
Eileen spent her early career close to home working as a news producer at WWLP TV 22 and then as a news anchor and reporter at WGGB TV 40.
In 1996, she left her hometown for a tv reporter job in a top 10 market — Boston. Her first job there was as a news anchor and reporter for the new 10:00pm news at WFXT. She was then hired as a news anchor and reporter at WBZ where she spent 11 years covering high profile stories including the 2004 Democratic National Convention, the September 11 attacks and the death of Senator Ted Kennedy.
Eileen also worked as a news reporter at NECN. Eileen has 10 Emmy nominations for her writing, reporting and producing.
Eileen is the Director of Public Relations for Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston and is married to Boston sportscaster Bob Halloran. She has 3 stepsons, Sean, Daniel, and Liam and a daughter Grace. Eileen is a volunteer with the Saint Rock Haiti Foundation and the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange.
1966 Leo J. Simard*
1967 Michael X. Andrews*
1968 Samuel Resnic*
1969 Robert E. Barrett*
1970 Robert K. Steiger*
1971 Fernando “Pat” Paradis*
1972 William Dwight*
1973 Eugene P. Tamburi*
1974 Wayne Alderman*
1975 Edna Williams*
1976 Louis J. Ryback*
1977 Lawrence A. Graham*
1978 Frank H. Cataldo*
1979 R. Robert Grenier
1980 Robert H. Bourassa*
1981 Jack and Charlie Kramer*
1982 Donald N. Lafrennie*
1983 Frank A. Banks
1984 Benjamin H. Marcus
1985 Nicholas Cosmos*
1986 Leo W. Simard*
1987 John V. Czelusniak*
1988 William Dwight, Jr.*
1989 Warren A. Rhoades*
1990 Congressman Silvio O’Conte*
1991 William L. Putnam*
1992 Shriners of the Melha Temple
1993 Oscar* and Christopher Bail
1994 Michael A. Zwirko
1995 Holyoke Gas & Electric Department
1996 Congressman John Olver
1997 Joseph D. LoBello
1998 Peter Picknelly, Sr.*
1999 Holyoke Department of Public Works Employees
2000 Dr. Harold R. Ratchford*
2001 Sr. Joan A. Ryziewicz
2002 John E. Kane
2003 Michael Corduff, Lawrence Perreault and Peter Rosskothen
2004 David G. Healey
2005 Michael J. Burke
2006 Hank J. Porten
2007 Sheriff Michael J. Ashe, Jr.
2008 Holyoke Police, Auxiliary Police and Fire Departments
2009 Tommy Leonard*
2010 Barbara C. Bernard
2011 Thomas P. Moriarty, Jr.*
2012 Massachusetts State Police, Troop B
2013 Douglas A. Bowen
2014 Bob Cameron
2015 Dan Kane
2016 Dinn Bros. Inc., the “Trophy People”
2017 Irma Perez Gourde
2018 Paul Hogan
2019 Joe Weisse
* Denotes Deceased
The Ambassador Award is presented to a person who has worked to promote the relationship between the people of the Republic of Ireland and the people of the United States.
2020 Ambassador Award Winner: Martin J. Walsh
Martin J. Walsh was sworn in as the 29th Secretary of Labor on March 23, 2021. A lifelong champion of equity and fairness, and a proud product of the City of Boston, Secretary Walsh leads the U.S. Department of Labor with a strong connection to working people, and a commitment to creating an economy that works for all.
In 1997, he was elected to serve as a State Representative for one of the most diverse districts in Massachusetts. There, he focused on creating good jobs, protecting workers’ rights, expanding mental health treatment, and investing in public transit. Following his time as a State Representative, Secretary Walsh spent the last seven years as the 54th Mayor of the City of Boston. While mayor, he led the creation of close to 140,000 jobs and helped secure a statewide $15/hour minimum wage, paid sick leave, and paid parental leave. He established Universal, high-quality Pre-Kindergarten for all children, and free community college for low-income students.
As Mayor of Boston, Secretary Walsh also made his mark as a labor leader. After following his father into Laborers Local 223 in Boston, he rose to head the Building and Construction Trades Council from 2011 to 2013. He worked with business and community leaders to promote high-quality development, and he created a program called Building Pathways that has become a model for increasing diversity in the workplace and providing good career opportunities for women and people of color.
Secretary Walsh was a national leader in the response to COVID-19, getting PPE to first responders and nursing homes; funding emergency child care for healthcare and frontline workers; halting evictions and providing rental relief; and setting up multiple funds to help small businesses survive. His work early in the pandemic to pause construction and establish safety requirements has been lauded as a model by both unions and employers alike.
The son of Irish-speaking immigrants and as mayor of an international city, he said “there was a historic relationship between the city and Ireland.” The Ambassador Award is a recognition and honor earned by Secretary Walsh’s work building strong relations between Boston and all of Ireland while serving as mayor of Boston. Since his youth, he has often visited Rosmuc in Connemara, the source of his deep Irish roots. In 2014 he formally committed Boston to a sister city relationship with Belfast. This has resulted in outcomes such as the Cinemagic program, which saw 15 young people from Northern Ireland produce a short film about life inside the Boston Public Schools. Secretary Walsh has been a powerful advocate for Irish-American business relations and navigation of a resolution of Brexit that preserves peace and prosperity.
Secretary Walsh is the recipient of numerous recognitions and honors in Ireland, including in 2018 Galway City’s “Freedom of The City Award” and honored as a “Freeman of County Galway”, bestowed upon visiting dignitaries, celebrities and valued members of the community.
Born and raised in the neighborhood of Dorchester by immigrant parents, Secretary Walsh is driven to ensure our nation’s economy works for everyone. As a child, Secretary Walsh survived Burkitt lymphoma and is a proud member of the recovery community who has worked to expand addiction treatment throughout his career. While working full-time as a legislator, he returned to school to earn a degree in Political Science at Boston College.
1992 Eoin McKiernan*
1993 William M. Bulger
1994 Claire O’Gara Grimes
1995 William J. Flynn
1996 George R. Ditomassi
1997 Niall O’Dowd
1998 Tommy Makem*
1999 Congressman Richard E. Neal
2000 Congressman Peter T. King
2001 Professor Thomas F. Moriarty
2002 John McDermott
2003 Frank McCourt*
2004 Brian P. Burns and Robert K. O’Neill, Ph.D.
2005 Vincent G. Dowling*
2006 David Kelly*
2007 Kathleen M. O’Toole
2008 Charlotte Moore & Ciarán O’Reilly
2009 Patricia Harty
2010 Dr. John Lahey
2011 Loretta Brennan Glucksman
2012 Adrian Flannelly & Aine Sheridan
2013 Christine Kinealy
2014 The Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project
2015 Jean Butler
2016 Mary C. Kelly, Ph.D.
2017 Turlough McConnell
2018 Mary Pat Kelly
2019 Dr. Christopher Fox
* Denotes Deceased
Thomas F. Rohan Award
The Thomas F. Rohan Award recipient shall be a long-standing member of the Parade Committee who has made significant contributions to the overall success of the Parade and/or this Association. In 1957, the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke established an award to honor its first Grand Marshal, Thomas F. Rohan.
2020 Thomas F. Rohan Award Winner: Brynn Gillis
Brynn is a second-generation Parade Committee member who grew up watching her father work tirelessly for the Committee, year after year. She joined the Committee in 2010, knowing it was her time to start giving back to the organization that had provided her so many wonderful memories throughout her life. Being a member of the Parade Committee has allowed her to work side-by-side with her father, aunt and sister where they enjoy working together to ensure that Parade traditions live on.
This recognition is special to Brynn, for she is the fourth recipient of her family to be honored with the Thomas F. Rohan Award – over the past 32 years, her father, aunt and sister have all been recognized. During her tenure, she has been Chair of the Ambassador’s Breakfast, Golf Tournament, Social Greeters, and Award’s Reception. In addition, Brynn has served as a member of the Marketing, Tartan, and Half-Way Bar Crawl’s sub committees. Brynn was delighted to serve as Co-Chair of the Award’s Reception with her Auntie Mary on more than one occasion. Currently, she is the Co-Chair of the Music Committee and serves on the Board of Directors. Brynn loves working Road Race morning and then running the route and getting to see all the spectators enjoying the start of Holyoke’s homecoming weekend.
Born and raised in Holyoke, Brynn is the daughter of Raymond and Susan (Barnett) Feyre. She is a graduate of Holyoke High School and Clark University where she received her BA in Government. While a student at Clark, Brynn was a four-year member of the Women’s soccer team. She has been a Juvenile Probation Officer with the Trial Court of Massachusetts for the past 14 years, serving and supporting families in Holyoke, Westfield and Southwick. Advocating for children has always been her passion and she enjoys the everyday challenges within her professional career.
Brynn is a long-time member of the Board of Directors for the Holyoke Youth Soccer League, and enjoys coaching her daughter, nieces and nephew’s teams. She continues to play soccer with local leagues and she loves every moment of being on the field.
Brynn is married to Chris Gillis, a Holyoke native and President of Gillis Insurance Agency in Holyoke. They are proud parents to two adorable children, Kendall Susan (6) and James Raymond (4).
1957 Col. Andrew B. Mangum*
1958 Vincent G. Brown*
1959 Michael H. Moran*
1960 Daniel Reynolds*
1961 John F. Kennedy*
1962 James F. Millane*
1963 Thomas W. Padden*
1964 William F. O’Brien*
1965 Arthur F. Barrett*
1966 Timothy J. Sullivan*
1967 Francis X. Tierney*
1968 Edward B. Coughlin*
1969 Michael McIntyre*
1970 James P. Hobert*
1971 James A. Curran
1972 Francis M. Kane
1973 Leo F. Hickson*
1974 John T. Tierney*
1975 Dr. John E. McHugh*
1976 Matthew Doherty*
1977 Dr. William J. Dean, Jr.
1978 William H. Burns*
1979 James E. O’Leary*
1980 George W. Counter
1981 Michael F. Tierney
1982 Richard J. Walker*
1983 Edward J. Welch*
1984 John Mansfield
1985 David B. Donoghue
1986 Thomas P. McGarry*
1987 Donald J. Moynihan
1988 Raymond H. Feyre
1989 Joseph V. Gosselin, Jr.*
1990 Alan F. Cathro
1991 Dr. Robert J. O’Brien
1992 Atty. Peter F. Brady
1993 Lawrence M. Griffin
1994 Robert C. Dawson*
1995 Joseph Paul, Jr.
1996 Mary M. Lynch
1997 James J. Tierney*
1998 Edward J. Sears*
1999 David “DJ” O’Connor
2000 Delfo Barabani*
2001 Patricia C. Devine
2002 Patrick B. Bresnahan, III
2003 John (Jack) Leary, Jr.
2004 Roger P. Donoghue*
2005 Kathleen M. Lynch
2006 Richard J. Dupuis
2007 Thomas G. Griffin
2008 Barry J. Farrell
2009 Russell J. McNiff, Jr.
2010 John T. O’Neill*
2011 Jane Coughlin Chevalier
2012 Mark O’Brien*
2013 Barbara La Flamme
2014 Kenneth A. Collins
2015 John E. Henry
2016 Marc Joyce
2017 Joseph F. Griffin III
2018 Hayley M. Dunn
2019 Ann Lowe
* Denotes Deceased
George E. O’Connell Award
The George E. O’Connell Award recipient shall be a long-standing member of the Parade Committee who has made significant contributions to the fund-raising efforts of the Parade and/or this Association.
2020 George E. O’Connell Award Winner: Brian Donoghue
Brian was born in Holyoke and is a graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School and Wheaton College. He works as a Senior Sales Representative for ASICS America. Brian has been working in the running industry for more than 15 years and volunteers his time to many races in the area.
Brian grew up watching the Road Race with his family and participated in it for the first time in 1995. He continued to run in the race each year until taking on the Race Director role in 2013. He started working with the Road Race Committee in 2005 and joined the St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee as the co-chair of the Race Committee in 2012. Brian also co-created the Halfway to St Patrick’s Day 5K in 2014, a successful race that continues to this day.
Brian’s community involvement and pride in his Irish heritage is rooted in long-standing family tradition, beginning with Daniel J. Driscoll and Daniel J. Reynolds who were founding members of the Parade Committee. Brian’s grandfather, Roger, received the honor of Grand Marshal in 2014 as well as his father, Archie, in 2018.
Brian and his wife Emily live in Easthampton with their 3 boys: Jack, Colin, and Noah.
1963 James Landers*
1964 William G. Rogers*
1965 William F. Padden*
1966 Atty. Maurice J. Ferriter
1967 Gerald T. Bynan*
1968 Daniel J. McMahon*
1969 Bernard M. Lavelle
1970 Dr. Francis M. Baker*
1971 John K. Bowler*
1972 James R. Murphy*
1973 Dr. John J. Driscoll*
1974 Patrick B. Bresnahan, III
1975 Russell J. McNIff, Sr.
1976 Edward J. Sears*
1977 Roger P. Donoghue
1978 James F. Millane*
1979 Daniel E. Tierney*
1980 Paul L. Lunney
1981 George E. Griffin
1982 Philip F. Flanagan*
1983 Marc E. Joyce
1984 Thomas J. Shea*
1985 Daniel J. Reynolds*
1986 Robert J. Rohan*
1987 Raymond C. Burke
1988 David W. Griffin
1989 Joseph F. Griffin, III
1990 Ernest J. Ross, Jr.*
1991 John T. O’Neill*
1992 Terence M. Bresnahan
1993 Michael O. Larkin
1994 Atty. John J. Ferriter
1995 Atty. Frederick L. Sullivan
1996 Jack O’Neill*
1997 David B. Donoghue
1998 Patricia McNiff
1999 Christine Mills Larkin
2000 Mark A. Pijar
2001 Joseph V. Gosselin, Jr.*
2002 Michael F. Tierney
2003 Edward J. Cauley
2004 Fred King
2005 William E. Dinn
2006 Roger Reidy
2007 Kenneth A. Collins
2008 Stephen J. McGirr
2009 Kateri B. Walsh
2010 Marion F. Tierney*
2011 Kathryn M. Dulchinos
2012 Kara Shanahan*
2013 James Leahy
2014 C. Frederick Glidden*
2015 Sheila M. Moreau
2016 Jim Wildman
2017 Kimberly Izquierdo
2018 William Quesnel
2019 Jenn Cooper
* Denotes Deceased
Daniel J. Gallivan Award
The Daniel J. Gallivan Award recipient shall be a long-standing member of this Association who, while not a resident of the City of Holyoke, has made significant contributions to the overall success of the Parade and/or our Association. (Daniel Gallivan was from South Hadley and was a longtime member of the St Patrick’s Committee.)
2020 Daniel J. Gallivan Award Winner: John Beaulieu
For many years, John Raymond Beaulieu has been and continues to be a dedicated member of the community. He has served as youth director for the Knights of Columbus Council 4044, President of the Chicopee Comp Friends of Football Booster Club, member of the Pioneer Valley USO and Westover Galaxy Council, President of the Chicopee St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee in 2009 and 2016, member of the Knights of Columbus 4044 and the Bishop Joseph F. McGuire Assembly 4th Degree.
In 2013, when he was Operations Manager at Interstate Towing, he received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). This award was in recognition of the company’s support of employees who continue to serve in the military.
In 2015, Beaulieu received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Chicopee Rotary Foundation.
In 2017, Beaulieu was inducted to the Chicopee Athletics Hall of Fame for his long-time contribution to Comp Booster Clubs and activist for youth and high school sports and received the Jack Woods Award which recognizes and individual for actively working for ten or more years on the Chicopee St. Patrick Parade Committee.
In 2019, Beaulieu’s most exceptional pride was his role as the Assistant Coach for the Chicopee High and Comprehensive High School’s Unified Basketball Team. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.
Beaulieu resides in Chicopee with his wife Patty and also works for the City of Chicopee. He has three children: Miranda, Shane, and Ryan and two beautiful granddaughters, Everly and Harper. He was humbled and honored when informed that he received the 2020 Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade Gallivan Award.
“When you surround yourself with good people, good things will happen,” he said.
1972 Patrick H. Dowd
1973 Thomas J. Shea*
1974 William J. Conway*
1975 Thomas M. Kennedy, Jr.*
1976 Phillip L. Sullivan
1977 Francis J. Rice*
1978 Henry B. Carey*
1979 Delfo Barabani*
1980 Alan F. Cathro
1981 Peter H. Lappin
1982 Mark F. O’Brien
1983 James M. Curran*
1984 John F. Johnson*
1985 William J. Egan
1986 Gerald D. Healy
1987 Brian Q. Corridan
1988 Paul G. Caron*
1989 William J. Sullivan
1990 Donald R. Delano
1991 Jack O’Neill*
1992 Rev. Francis X. Sullivan
1993 Michael P. Flynn
1994 William F. Brutnell*
1995 Daniel C. Gallagher*
1996 Kenneth A. Collins
1997 Michael M. Gordon
1998 James A. McVey
1999 Jack O’Brien*
2000 Senator Michael R. Knapik
2001 James L. O’Connor
2002 Kathryn M. Dulchinos
2003 Michael O. Larkin
2004 Kathleen M. Krisak
2005 Brian F. Moriarty
2006 Peter J. Stewart*
2007 Maurice J. Granfield, Jr.*
2008 Joyce Chretien
2009 Michael T. Ahearn
2010 Jacqueline L. Reardon
2011 Rita G. Moore
2012 Suzanne Poulin
2013 Mary Jane Mathers
2014 Karen Casey
2015 Peter T. Krisak
2016 Susan Doran
2017 Timothy Patrick Burns
2018 David Griffin, Sr.
2019 Joe Morrison
* Denotes Deceased
2022 Float Award Winners
Dr. Elmer J. Harrington Memorial Award
SLUTE TO SACRAFICE
Springfield Elks #61
BEST COLLEEN FLOAT
Daniel E. Tierney Memorial Award
IT TAKES A VILLIAGE, West Springfield
FIRST PRIZE – IRISH THEME
William C. Lunney Memorial Award
CASTLE AT THE MOUTH OF THE RATTY, Agawam
SECOND PRIZE – IRISH THEME
John T. Sheehan Memorial Award
ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN, Holyoke
THIRD PRIZE – IRISH THEME
Shaun Ferriter Memorial Award
KELLY’S POT OF GOLD, Chicopee, Polish National CU
FIRST PRIZE – PATRIOTIC THEME
William “Buck” Ford Memorial Award
HAPPY DAYS, Chicopee
SECOND PRIZE – PATRIOTIC THEME
Henry P. Dowd Memorial Award
FLAGS OF HONOR, South Hadley
THIRD PRIZE – PATRIOTIC THEME
Vincent Brown Memorial Award
HONORING OUR VETERANS, Holyoke Rows
FIRST PRIZE – OPEN THEME
John E. Dowd Memorial Award
TAKE NOTHING BUT MEMORIES, LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS
Westfield Sons of Erin
SECOND PRIZE – OPEN THEME
John T. Sheehan Memorial Award
AMAZON DELIVERY STATION
THIRD PRIZE – OPEN THEME
Mary Sheehan Memorial Award
RAINBOW AFTER THE STORM, Springfield
FIRST PRIZE – RELIGIOUS THEME
John K. Bowler Memorial Award
THE WINDOWS- THE STORY OF OUR FAITH AND FOUNDATION
Westfield, OUR LADEY OF BLESSED SACRAMENT
SECOND PRIZE – RELIGIOUS THEME
Lila Courtney Memorial Award
WHERE ALL ARE WELCOME, IT’S OUR 50TH YEAR, Jericho
THIRD PRIZE – RELIGIOUS THEME
IN MEMORY OF PAST MEMBERS
THE CELI COTTAGE, Hadley
2022 Music/Marching Award Winners
Kinvara Literary Society Presents- MOST OUTSTANDING UNIT IN THE LINE OF MARCH:
Tian Guo- Greater New York
In Memory of Heather McMahon-BEST MARCHING CONTINGENT:
Brooklyn United Drumline-Brooklyn, NY
Westfield Parade Committee Presents-BEST BRASS BAND:
Fusion Drum Corp-Morris County, NJ
The Farrell Family Presents-BEST STRING BAND:
Aqua String Band-Philadelphia, PA
Presented by Dave & Craig-BEST STRING BAND CAPTAIN:
Franlinger String Band-Philadelphia, PA
In Memory of John J. Mansfirled, Jr.-BEST DRUM & BUGLE CORPS:
Kathryn & George Dulchinos Presents-BEST DRUM & BUGLE FLAG CORPS:
St. Peter’s Drum Corps.-Torrington, CT
In Memory of Mary Feyre-BEST PIPE BAND:
Holyoke Caledonian Pipe Band-Holyoke, MA
William H. Burns Memorial Award-BEST HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND:
West Springfield High School-West Springfield, MA
In Memory of Sara Mutch-BEST HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND FLAG CORPS:
Narragansett Regional High School-Baldwinville, MA
Presented by Kathleen Krisak-BEST HIGH SCHOOL MAJORETTE:
Agawam High School-Agawam, MA
In Memory of Shaun Ferriter-BEST BAND MAJOR:
Springfield Kiltie Band-Springfield, MA
Mass Surgical Supply Presents-BEST FIFE & DRUM:
Mattatuck Drum Band-Waterbury, CT