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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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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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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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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Bobby O on the Move from Newsday

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The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York has announced two appointments.

Robert Ottaviano, of Glen Head, has been re-elected as a director. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the Glenwood Hook and Ladder, Engine & Hose Co.

Read more at Newsday

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Communion Breakfast

Mass and  Communion Breakfast at St. Rocco’s, Sunday, June 2, Mass 7:30 AM, breakfast to follow at the parish hall, $15.00 per person.

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Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013

The Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on St. Patrick’s Day this year!! To learn all about the parade, please visit the parade website at www.glencoveirishparade.org.

Glen Cove, NY  February 25, 2013 – St.. Patrick’s Day in Glen Cove this year will be even more special than usual for two great reasons.  The first is that Glen Cove gets a rare chance to hold its St. Patrick’s Day Parade on St. Patrick’s Day itself, since the Manhattan parade is held on Saturday when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday.  The second is that this year’s Parade will be the 25th Annual parade since its inception 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 Sea Cliff resident Daniel J. Lane.  He will be accompanied by Aides Robert and Pamela Panzenbeck, Lisa Forgione and Joseph McDonald.

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 backbone 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 about the parade, please visit www.glencoveirishparade.org or call 516-782-7494.

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New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Division 8 will line up at 12:50 pm at 46th street between 5th and 6th. Please note the parade is on March 16th this year, since the New York Parade does not march on a Sunday.

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