Friday, March 4, 2016

Parade 2016


 Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Thursday, March 17, 2016  

 Assembly Time:  We will assemble again this year at 48 West 48th Street, at 3:20 p.m. to more accurately reflect the time we may actually start marching. We are positioned in the line of march after County Carlow and ahead of County Wicklow.

 The 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising: The centennial of the Easter Rising is being marked by the appointment of Senator George J. Mitchell as the Parade’s Grand Marshal. Senator Mitchell successfully brokered the Good Friday Agreement, gaining another major step in Ireland’s centuries-long quest for independence and freedom.

 Laois Grand Marshal:  Congratulations to Cormac McEvoy, this year’s Grand Marshal for the Laois Association. Cormac has been marching in the parade for about thirty years, along with his parents Judy and Larry and his three brothers, Rory, Shane, and Hugh. He has often helped the Laois members carry their banner and flags, and together with his wife, Stephanie, he launched and maintained the Laois Blog, with its galleries of annual parade photos, on our website, He and Stephanie now bring their children, Moira, Eamonn, and Aisling to march up the avenue with County Laois. Cormac often travels to Laois and Ireland to meet up with his extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncle, and cousins. He says he gained a lot of inspiration from these travels, as well as from trips to Japan, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Italy, where he and Stephanie studied art for a semester in Florence.  He graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), earning two degrees in illustration and toy design. Cormac currently works as an award-winning toy designer for Alex Brands in Little Falls, New Jersey. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked one of his designs second in its top ten educational toys of the year,

Laois Visitors:  We extend a sincere “Céad Mile Fáilte” to Laois County Council representatives John Moran, Leas Cathaoirleach, and Chief Executive John Mulholland and his wife Bridget who are flying in from Ireland to join us on the avenue for this historic occasion. 

Mike Dunphy, President, (973) 886-6097,
Larry McEvoy, Vice President,  (917) 833-3218,

 Dress Code:  The St. Patrick’s Day Committee has requested that we adhere to the following dress code: no sneakers, jeans, or inappropriate dress and head gear.  

 Bill McEvoy:  We once again salute our senior Laois statesman, Bill McEvoy, who was a founding member and activist of Ceoltas Ceoltori na hEireann in the U.S. and Canada, and who now, at the ripe age of 93, assures us he will join us on Fifth Avenue on this historic St Patrick’s Day. Moreover, last October Bill journeyed to Abbeyleix to represent our Association at the celebrations for the 100thanniversary of Laois’s great win over Cork in the 1915 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship at Croke Park. Please see Bill’s report of the event and the launching of a book for the occasion compiled by Teddy Fennelly, former Managing Editor of the Leinster Express, on our NY Laois Association Blog (below). We would also like to congratulate Bill and his wife, Lily, on their 66th wedding anniversary which they celebrated last month. Never known as one to throw in the towel, Bill is still writing, organizing, traveling, enjoying his nine children, 25 grandchildren, and almost 15 great-grandchildren, and naturally, playing in his own band.

 Tom Phelan:   Congratulation to Mountmellick native Tom Phelan on publishing his sixth novel, Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told, during 2015. This July, he’ll see his acclaimed novel of Ireland in World War I, The Canal Bridge, released in paperback by Arcade Publishing. At the same time Tom is working on his memoirs, Working for JohnJoe, selections of which appear from time to time in the Irish Echo; “Dad Wasn’t a Dev Fan” was published last June and “To School with Uncle Jack and Red” a couple of weeks ago. Tom’s novels are available in hard copy and as ebooks. For more information, see and Tom’s wife, Patricia Phelan, edits the award-winning Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum ( and works as a professional genealogist specializing in Irish and U.S. family history.  She has written a couple of articles on genealogy for the Irish Echo, including “Fact and Fiction in Family History” (Feb. 21, ‘06). She can be contacted at

 Web and Blog sites   Laois Blog: for previous years’ photo galleries etc.   NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade website:

 See You on the Avenue ... Le Chonaigh De

Wednesday, March 2, 2016