2011 Grand Marshal Andrew Stafford

Born on November 9th 1962 to Andrew and Anastasia Stafford Quitchery, Wellington Bridge, Co. Wexford, Andrew Gerard Stafford is the third youngest of nine siblings. He was educated at Ballymitty National School and Ramsgrange Community School. Leaving school at 15 years old, Andrew went to work for a local hotel, as a trainee barman, where he continued to work for three years.   In the early eighties, Andrew joined his two younger brothers at Letts Mussel Factory in Wexford town, where the three worked until the factory incurred substantial layoffs in the mid- eighties.  Being one of thousands of what was known as “the brain drain of Ireland’s 80s,” Andrew decided to emigrate.

On April 24th 1988, Andrew along with his then girlfriend Pauline Moran, set foot for the first time, on American soil, at JFK Airport.  With the help and generosity of their schoolmate and friend, they settled in Oyster Bay. Andrew started work in the landscaping field and 22 years later, he continues to do so, starting his own lawn care business in 2010. He is a parishioner of St. Domnic and has been involved with his church through the years, volunteering at such events as the St. Rocco’s Festival and Carnival.

Anyone who knows Andrew will tell you he is a sports fanatic. His interest in sports started at a very young age when he fondly remembers been allowed to stay up  with his dad, into the wee hours of the morning,  to listen on the transistor radio, to the World Heavy Weight Boxing Championships, broadcast from around the world.  Through his school years, Andrew participated in all the local sports and at the age of nineteen he joined his local handball club, at its inception in 1982. Handball quickly became his favorite sport and he soon started competing in novice grade tournaments at local and county level.  He had conquered the 60×30 County novices Doubles, County Team of Four and moved up a grade to capture the County Junior singles titles, prior to immigrating to the United States.  While back in Ireland in 1990, he started training again and before moving back to the U.S. he had captured the 60×30 County Intermediate doubles title.  Andrew was also very involved with his local club at committee level, carrying the offices of Treasurer and PRO respectively. He also spent a number of years as club trainer for the local boys and girls.

Andrew was a member of the St. Patrick’s Blood Drive Committee for many years. He is currently a member of the Matinecock Rod& Gun Club.

Andrew joined Mike Moran Division 8 of The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Glen Cove in 1996. He made his Major Degree in 1997 and through the years with division 8, he held the offices of Marshal, Vice President on three different occasions and President. He chaired several events over the years, most notably the Division’s Christmas party, Fox Navigation trip to the Irish Hunger Memorial in Manhattan and the division’s annual boat trip to the Statue of Liberty.  He also served as Treasurer of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and was the chairman from 2001 to 2010. At present he holds the office of Charities and Missions within the division.

Andrew currently lives in Locust Valley with his wife Pauline and daughters Aisling and Caoimhe.