Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Twenty Ninth Annual Glen Cove Saint Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on Sunday, March 19, 2017.  The parade is the premier St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Long Island.  Grand Marshals of this year’s parade are Julie Albin and Christopher Albin, who will be accompanied by Aides to the Grand Marshal Sophie McCabe and Fred Hill.

The Parade has taken place annually since 1989.  It has grown to be the largest annual parade in Glen Cove and a joyous celebration that is eagerly awaited each Spring by all residents of the North Shore and the entire Long Island community.

The Parade begins to form up at 12 noon in the area of the Finley Middle School on Forest Avenue.  It steps off at 1 pm, following the usual route through downtown Glen Cove to St. Patrick’s Church.  There is very ample parking in the municipal garages and at the end of the parade route.  Shuttle buses will run between the parking areas and the formation area.

This year’s parade is followed by a family-friendly post-parade party at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, at the end of the parade route.

The heart of the parade, as always, will be its exciting mix of marching groups, including many bands of Irish pipers and other marching bands.  Further color will be added to the festivities by vintage cars, costumed performers, face painters, fire and police units and much more.  The parade is a true community celebration of the coming of Spring with many of our areas’ ethnic organizations, often in costume, taking part.  Come, join the fun!

For more information, please visit the parade website at www.gcirishparade.org or call 516-782-7494.

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Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade

2017 Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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An Appreciation of Det. Steven McDonald

Steven McDonald reviewing the 1990 Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade, accompanied by Jack Irwin, Mike Moran and Dominick Kiernan.

Nearly three decades ago, I marched in the Second Annual Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which took place on the bitterly cold Sunday afternoon of March 4, 1990, but the hearts of the marchers and spectators were warmed that day by the chance to honor a true American Irish hero, Police Officer Steven McDonald.

A resident of Malverne, Long Island, McDonald was permanently paralyzed as the result of a vicious shooting while questioning three thieves in Central Park.  His injuries left him confined to a wheel chair and constantly attached to a respirator in order to sustain his life.  At the time of the shooting, Steven’s wife, Patti was expecting their son, Conor, who is now a Detective with the NYPD.

The Honorary Grand Marshal that year was Irish republican activist and political prisoner Joe Doherty, who was in the middle of a nine year long battle to avoid deportation. Joe was strongly supported by Detective McDonald and many members and friends of the Irish American community. This writer has heard all manner of speeches and presentations on Irish issues on both sides of the Atlantic, but the most powerful and heartfelt I recall was a wonderful address given by Steven McDonald at a rally in support of Joe held at Foley Square in Manhattan.  Steven is a fixture to this day at many Irish American events and commemorations.

Newspaper accounts of the 1990 Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Glen Cove Mayor Don DeRiggi with Steven McDonald and Glen Cove Police Officers Pat Wright and Steve Vetrone.

Remaining with the NYPD and eventually being promoted to the rank of Detective, McDonald has become a beloved icon, especially among his fellow Irish Catholic New Yorkers, because of his tireless preaching of the Christian message of peace and forgiveness, which he even extended to the assailant who so grievously wounded him.

Steven McDonald and Mychal Judge on one of their peace missions to Ireland.

Steven announced his forgiveness of his attacker at at Conor’s Baptism.  As he explains:  “I wanted to free myself of all the negative, destructive emotions that this act of violence awoke in me – the anger, the bitterness, the hatred. I needed to free myself of those so I could be free to love my wife and our child and those around us.”

When asked why he forgave, Steven answers:  “I often tell people that the only thing worse than a bullet in my spine would have been to nurture revenge in my heart. Such an attitude would have extended my tragic injury into my soul, hurting my wife, son, and others even more. It is bad enough that the physical effects are permanent, but at least I can choose to prevent spiritual injury.

Another of our local heroes, the beloved Fr. Mychal Judge, the first recorded fatality at the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center, became Steven’s spiritual adviser and a fast friend of the McDonald family.  Steven and Mychal led three peace missions to Ireland to bolster the peace process in its early days and Steven continues to preach peace and reconciliation there and elsewhere.

Pope John Paul II praying with Patti McDonald and Fr. Mychal Judge in Rome.

Patti and Steven McDonald entering St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, March 4, 1990

Steven has been tireless in repeating his message of hope, especially at the hundreds of schools he has visited, and to young police officers he meets with and encourages on a regular basis.  A few days before Christmas, he held a televised meeting with officers at at an NYPD station house and repeated his message of peace, reconciliation and suicide prevention.  He mentioned that when he was hot thirty years early, doctors had not expected him to live more than five years.

Steven McDonald leading the Second Annual Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 4, 1990.

In his talk, Steven attributed his survival to the skill of his doctors and his eschewal of hatred.  Conor stood by his side and echoed him, stating that hate would otherwise “have have eaten him alive” and that he would have been long dead had that happened. Steven finished by stating, “We will give you everything. I hope I have demonstrated that.”

Before the same Christmas season had ended, Steven was felled by a massive coronary.  He died soon thereafter, on January 10, 2017.

 

Steven McDonald, Gerry Adams and Rita O’Hare at Calvary Cemetery, Queens, in September, 2015 for the O’Donovan Rossa Commemoration.

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Post-Parade Party March 19, 2017

There will be a family-friendly post-Parade Party right at the end of the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade route, at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall.

The party features non-stop Irish music and a performance by the massed pipe bands performing in the Parade.

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

St. Patrick’s Parish Hall

$15 Donation:  Corned Beef Dinner – Cash Bar

Ticket Reservations:

  • Ann Kelly:  516-314-6210
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Hooley/Sash Presentation Ceremony Feb 18

shamrock-clip-art-15Join the fun at the:

 Sponsored by the Glen Cove Hibernians

      SATURDAY, February 18, 2017

 7:00 – 10:00 P.M.

St. Rocco Parish Hall
18 3rd St., Glen Cove, NY 11542

Donation: $15.00

Bring your own sharing dish

Bring your own Beverage

Bring a “Party Piece*” to share (or just come and listen!)

For information:

 Ann Kelly: 516-671-4518
Robert Lynch: 516-782-7494


“Hooley” is a fun word for a very lively, informal Irish house party.  It’s a tradition that dates back in Ireland and Irish America to the days before recorded entertainment, before radio and TV.  It still lingers among people who understand how much fun it can be for friends and family to entertain each other.

The party centers around the idea of the “party piece”.  A lot of people come to the party prepared with at least one party piece of entertainment – a song or a tune on an instrument, a stepdance, a poem, a recitation, or a joke or story to tell – for the enjoyment of everyone at the party.

Anyone can take a turn, or join in with someone else, or just listen.  It’s a great way to get to know your friends and neighbors.

A hooley might break out spontaneously anytime friends are gathered at a neighbor’s house, usually in the kitchen, where everyone can share the food and drink brought along by the guests.

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2017 Grand Marshals and Aides Named

The Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade has named Julie Albin and Chris Albin as Grand Marshals of the 2017 Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which takes place on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 1 pm.  They will be accompanied by Aides to the Grand Marshal Sophie McCabe and Fred Hill.  The Marshals and Aides will be installed at an Irish Hoolely to be held at St. Rocco Hall on February 18, 2017, 7 – 10 p.m.

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Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017

The Glen Cove Hibernians are sponsoring the Twenty Ninth Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 19, 2017.  The parade is the premier St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Long Island and a cultural event celebrating the contributions of the Irish people to our society.  Grand Marshals of this year’s parade are Julie Albin and Christopher Albin, who will be accompanied by Aides to the Grand Marshal Sophie McCabe and Fred Hill.

The Parade has taken place annually since 1989.  It has grown to be the largest annual parade in Glen Cove and a joyous celebration that is eagerly awaited each Spring by all residents of the North Shore and the entire Irish community of Long Island.

The Parade begins to form up at 12 noon in the area of the Finley Middle School on Forest Avenue.  It steps off at 1pm, following the usual route through downtown Glen Cove to St. Patrick’s Church.  There is very ample parking in the municipal garages and at the end of the parade route.

The heart of the parade, as always, will be its exciting mix of marching groups, including many bands of Irish pipers and other marching bands.  Further color will be added to the festivities by vintage cars, costumed performers, face painters, fire and police units and much more.  The parade is a true community celebration of the coming of Spring with many of our areas’ ethnic organizations, often in costume, taking part.  Come, join the fun!

For more information, please visit the parade website at www.glencoveirishparade.org or call 516-782-7494.

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EMERGENCY ALERT: Save Hibernian from Deportation!

ALERT!!!

From:  Dan Dennehy, AOH National Immigration Chairman

Telephone: (914)588-2710

Email: Dandennehy@hotmail.com

Immediate Action Required

Malachy McAllister (second from right) will not face this crisis alone!!

Brother & Sister Hibernians and All Friends of the Irish Peace Process and Unity:

Malachy McAllister, a Brother Hibernian from New Jersey  AOH Division 1, fled Ireland with his young family after receiving death threats from Loyalist death squads.  The McAllisters were embraced by the Irish American community, which rallied strongly to their cause and fought successfully for two decades to keep Malachy from being deported.

Malachy , became a beloved and respected member of our community, enduring the premature death of his wife, raising his young family, becoming a productive businessman and employer and being acknowledged as a key promoter of the Irish Peace Process which has done so much to end the war which had victimized him and his family.

In recognition of his standing in this, his adopted new country, the Glen Cove Hibernians named Malachy as Aide to the Grand Marshal of the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2001;  he marched alongside Grand Marshal Patrick Lynch, President of the NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.  Through the efforts of the community  and the support of many public figures such as Mr. Lynch, numerous Senators, Members of Congress, countless public officials of all stripes, Malachy received stays of deportation on a yearly basis year after year.  He, his family and the Irish community had every reason that he would be allowed to stay in this country until he received notice on March 25, 2016 that he is to be deported later this month, on April 25.

Malachy McAllister has become a valued and valuable member of American society;  he and his family must not be victimized by this heartless travesty of justice.

Hibernians mobilizing to help brother member Malachy McAllister

Hibernians mobilizing to help brother member Malachy McAllister

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1) PLEASE call your member of the House of Representatives TODAY.
The number for the House Congressional Switchboard is (202) 225-3121.

2) Give your zip code when requested and ask to speak to your Congressman’s Office.

3) When directed to that Office, ask to speak to the Legislation Officer or Immigration Liaison your Representative.

4) If they aren’t available, ask to leave a message stating: “I would like to hear from the Congressman, the Chief of Staff or the Representative’s Immigration person as soon as possible. Ask then for an email address in order to forward Congressman Crowley’s letter.

5) If they are available, tell them that (a) You support Congressman Joe Crowley’s request that ICE exercise its discretion (as it has done previously) by taking quick action to suspend the deportation order against Mr. McAllister as he is no threat to this country. (b) Ask your Congressman to contact Congressman Crowley and sign onto this letter!”

6) If your Representative indicates to you their support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, THANK THEM! If your Representative indicates opposition, ask them to reconsider that position and thank them for their time.

7) Please call or email me immediately after you have made contact, so that we may follow up on your efforts.   Brothers and Sisters this issue is now crucial and requires immediate action on the part of every Hibernian.
I will be happy to provide you with any supporting information that you require.  Thanks in advance for all your efforts and yours In Our Motto,

Dan Dennehy, Immigration Chair

 

Talking Points for Malachy McAllister Case:

  • Imminent deportation – Order issued on 3/25/2016 to report for deportation on 4/25/2016, so urgent action is required.
  • Malachy been granted Deferred Action Status by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since 2006, indicating that there are no national security or public safety concerns that would warrant Mr. McAllister’s deportation and that DHS has found compelling factors in his case for exercising its discretion to allow him to remain in the United States.
  • Case history:
    • Wife and three children granted asylum by Immigration Judge Henry Dogin in 2000 based on severe persecution suffered in Northern Ireland, including an attack on the family home in Belfast in which Loyalist gunmen fired 26 shots into the house while the McAllister children were inside. Mr. McAllister was denied asylum due to conviction in Northern Ireland in 1983 for participating in armed resistance to British rule. His participation was in the context of the severe persecution he suffered at the hands of the British military and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), the militarized police force of Northern Ireland, and of a political struggle against British rule in Ireland.
    • Mr. McAllister appealed his denial to the Board of Immigration Appeals, which upheld the decision in 2003.
    • The case was appealed to the Third Circuit, which upheld the denial of asylum in 2006.
    • An Adjustment of Status application has been filed for Mr. McAllister based on an approved I-130 petition for immigrant status on behalf of Mr. McAllister filed by his U.S. citizen son, Gary McAllister. In order for this application to be considered, DHS must join a motion requesting the Board of Immigration Appeals to reopen the removal proceedings and remand the case to the Immigration Judge for consideration of the Adjustment of Status.
    • Substantial new evidence has come to light since the Third Circuit decision, confirming British government involvement in the attack on Mr. McAllister’s home.  The DaSilva report on the investigation into the murder of lawyer Pat Finucane, issued in 2012, contains evidence on a number of other individuals who were targeted by loyalists in collusion with government forces, including Mr. McAllister (identified as “T/12” in the report).
    • Investigations in Northern Ireland into the attack on the McAllister house are ongoing. Mr. McAllister was just informed that his case is the subject of a active criminal investigation by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). He also has a pending complaint before the Historical Investigations Unit (HIU, formerly the Historical Enquires Team). These investigations could create a dangerous situation for Mr. McAllister if he was returned to Northern Ireland, and the continual reminders of the attack would create added psychological trauma.
    • Since the Third Circuit decision, Congress has passed legislation, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2008, allowing for a waiver of the “terrorist activity” grounds of inadmissibility that render Mr. McAllister removable from the United States. Under the law, the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), with which Mr. McAllister was involved, is not considered a “terrorist” group. It is notable that the group that targeted him, the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), is on the State Department’s Terrorist Watch List (a Tier II group under the CAA), indicating that they are still considered a danger.
    • Third Circuit Judge Maryanne Trump-Barry, in a concurring opinion, expressed regret that the law did not provide them with an avenue for Mr. McAllister to remain in the United States. This discretionary waiver could provide such an avenue for relief. At the very least, it expresses a policy change recognizing that the “terrorism” exclusion laws should not be absolute.
    • There are numerous positive factors that weigh in favor of allowing Mr. McAllister to remain in the United States. Essentially, he is a model resident of this country:
    • Mr. McAllister has a four-year-old U.S. citizen son, as well as a 39 year old U.S. citizen son, and 5 U.S. citizen grandchildren.
    • He has not been arrested or convicted of any crime since arriving in the U.S., and his conviction in Northern Ireland was over 30 years ago.
    • He owns two businesses and employs at least 14 U.S. workers.
    • He has numerous community ties and strong support from Irish American Organizations.
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St. Pat’s Day Supper at St. Boniface

In addition to a corned beef dinner, and other food, the party will feature live traditional Irish music, pipers and stepdancers, this year we’re going to have a special sing-along which everyone can join in on, and we’ll also be teaching some easy to learn Irish group dances which everybody can learn! Flyer St. Patrick's Day

The St. Patrick’s Day Supper at St. Boniface Martyr Parish in Sea Cliff, Long Island, is one of the oldest events at that Parish.  It’s a custom which has roots dating to the founding of the Parish at the end of the 19th Century. 

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Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2014

Traditional Irish Pipers marching in the Glen Cove St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Traditional Irish Pipers marching in the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The 26th Annual Glen Cove St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 1 p.m.

The Parade has taken place annually since 1989.  It has grown to be the largest annual parade in Glen Cove and a joyous celebration that is eagerly awaited each Spring by all residents of the North Shore and the entire Irish community of Long Island.

The 26th Annual Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

St. Patrick’s Day in Glen Cove this year will be even more special than usual because it will mark the  25th Anniversary of the Parade, which was first held in 1989.  During that time the Parade, always a dazzling event, has grown to be the premier St. Patrick’s Day celebration on the North Shore and the largest annual parade in Glen Cove.

This year’s Grand Marshal is renowned Irish activist and Long Island community journalist, John O’Connell, who will be accompanied by Aides to the Grand Marshal Anne Kelly, Ryan Doherty, Mike Byrne and Mary Jo Walsh.

The Parade begins to form up at 12 noon in the area of the Finley Middle School on Forest Avenue.  It steps off at 1pm, following the usual route through downtown Glen Cove to St. Patrick’s Church.  There is very ample parking in the municipal garages and at the end of the parade route.

The heart of the parade, as always, will be its exciting mix of marching groups, including many bands of Irish pipers and other marching bands.  Further color will be added to the festivities by vintage cars, costumed performers, face painters, fire and police units and much more.  The parade is a true community celebration of the coming of Spring with many of our areas’ ethnic organizations, often in costume, taking part.  Come, join the fun!

For more information, please visit the parade website at www.glencoveirishparade.org or call 516-782-7494.

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