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Mid-Hudson St. Patrick Parade Committee

Aides to Grand Marshal

Congratulations to those selected by their organizations to represent them as Aides to the Grand Marshal

Joseph Duelk Jr. - AOH Division 1

Mr. Thomas P. Keahon Sr.




Tom traces his Irish roots back to Limerick, Ireland.

He is one of six children born to John and Rita Keahon, raised in Nanuet, New York.

Education included eight years in St. Margaret’s elementary school in Pearl River, NY and another four years at Nanuet High School.

Tom currently resides in Chester, NY, with his lovely wife Galina. He has lived in Chester for thirty five years where he raised three sons, Thomas Jr., Joseph, and Stephen. He is now blessed with several grand children that are the light of his life.

Tom has been an active member of the AOH Div. 1 in Monroe, NY for the past five years and his filled the role of Financial Secretary for the Division for the past three years.

Tom has been employed by Dunkin Brands for over thirty eight years and is currently an operations manager for Dunkin Brands in the NY market.






Father Donald Whalen - AOH Division 2 

Mr. Kevin Allen




Kevin Allen traces his Irish heritage back to County Cork. He is one of three children born to Martin and Rose(Brennan) Allen in the borough of Brooklyn, NY. Educated at St.Ephrem's Elementary School and McKee Vocational and Technical High School. Kevin continued his college education at NY Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice. Kevin worked with the IBEW Local# 3 until 1965 when he served n the US Army. Upon completion of his military service Kevin joined the New York City Police Department until his retirement. He moved to a new career as a Facility Manager at the IBM Sterling Forest data center complex. Kevin has been a member of the Donald J. Whelan AOH Division#2 since 1990 and is currently a board member of AOH-DJW, Corporation. Kevin is happily arried to his wife Margaret Mary for forty-six years, has five ons and eighteen wonderful grand children.



Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan -AOH Division 4
Mr. John Blaine
 John was born in Cornwall, NY. He has earned his Major Degree with AOH Division 4 and enjoys learning about Irish history. John is a 40 year member of Highland Engine Co. # 1 in Cornwall and is a former trustee and parade marshal. He retired after teaching Culinary Arts for 30 years at Orange/Ulster BOCES. Four times John received Who's Who among America's Teachers honors. John is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. He resides in Goshen, NY with his wife Gail and two daughters Victoria and Madison.




 St. Therese - LAOH Division 4

Mrs. Catherine Sweeney Heppes

Catherine Sweeney Heppes is honored to have been chosen to be the Aide for the LAOH Div. 4.  She was born in the The Bronx the second of seven children born to Mary Grifferty Sweeney from Swinford, County Mayo and John Charles Sweeney from Dromore West, County Sligo. Catherine grew up in a traditional Irish home where her Catholic faith was not only learned but lived on a daily basis.  She graduated from St. Angela Merici parish school in 1950. St. Angela Merici is also the parish where she received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation and Marriage. Catherine married J. Ronald Heppes on June 16, 1956. Ron was the Grand Marshal in 2011. They celebrated 60 years of marriage this past June surrounded by family and friends.

Catherine and Ronald have five sons, Joseph, John, Eugene, Paul and Robert. They have thirteen grandchildren: Arielle, John Patrick, Laura, Grace, Connor, Sean, Caitlin, Clare, Kate, Ben, Brenna, Sarah and Isabella; and are blessed with five wonderful daughters-in-law: Sharon, Francine, Sharon, Deborah and Sherri.  After her sons were grown, Catherine returned to school and in 5 ½ years earned an AA from OCCC ‘84; BA from Mt. St. Mary ’86, and an MA from Fordham University ’87— all with high honors.

She began her Catechetical Ministry in 1971 at Mt. Carmel Parish as a Catechist, then the secretary for Religious Education program and then became the Coordinator of the program until 1982. After leaving Mt. Carmel. she returned to school.  After completing her degrees, she became the Director of Religious Education for the Catholic Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity at the United States Military Academy, West Point. Counted among her duties in addition to the Religious Education,  Sacrament and  Catechist Formation programs for the parish, she was the Catechumenate Director for the RCIA—this process enabled her to walk the journey of faith with those wishing to be baptized and those wanting to complete their initiation into the Catholic Church.  She received many awards during her ministry at Holy Trinity. Counted among her awards is the prestigious National Association of Parish Coordinators/Directors of Religious Education Excellence Award in 1994. A description of the reason she was chosen for this Award was published in Today’s Parish Magazine in the November/December 1993 Issue.

Catherine has always been interested in her Irish heritage. As a young girl, she marched with the Sligo ladies for many years in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and then she marched with her High School, St. Vincent Ferrer.   She was very involved with the Irish Heritage Festival from the very beginning. She also was a charter member for LAOH Div. 4 and has received three degrees.  Having immediate family in Ireland has afforded her the opportunity to travel to Ireland many times beginning in 1981. One of the highlights of her first trip, which was a gift from her five sons for her 25th wedding anniversary, was having the opportunity to stay in her father’s home, which is almost 300 years old.  Staying in this beautiful home gave her a great appreciation of who she is regarding her Irish heritage and had a great sense of knowing first hand where her Irish roots began. Today, staying in touch with her Irish family has been made much easier because of modern technology, which is so different than when her mother and father emigrated to America. She is very proud of her Irish heritage which was handed down to her from her beloved parents.




 Mary of the Gael ~ LAOH Division 5

Mrs.  Ann Marie (Ruane) Mulholland


Ann Marie (Ruane) Mulholland was born in New York City and raised in Rockland County, NY. She married her high school sweetheart Doug and recently celebrated their 33rd anniversary. Residents of Orange County since 1986, they have three adult daughters, Debra, Mary and Katie. They are also the proud grandparents of 10-year old Nicholas. Ann Marie is a graduate of Dominican College and is a NYS Certified General Real Estate appraiser, employed by Beckmann Appraisals since 1991.

Ann Marie’s father, Michael Ruane was a first-generation Irish American.  Her grandparents, Michael & Delia (Leach) Ruane immigrated to America in the 1930’s.  Ann Marie’s mother, Ann, also has Irish roots stemming from the County Tyrone and/or Belfast areas.  Family research has revealed that one of Ann Marie’s first direct ancestors from Ireland, Michael M. Ward, arrived in America in about 1847.  He subsequently settled into the Moodna Creek area of Orange County NY (now known as New Windsor) with his wife Elizabeth (Hudson) Ward, working as a cotton finisher in one of the local factories. 

Ann Marie is a founding member of Orange County LAOH Div. 5, Mary of the Gael which received its charter in 2009.  She has been an active member of the division, serving as Newspaper Editor, Chairperson of the Nominating and By Laws committees, Irish Historian and is currently the Financial Secretary. In 2013, Ann Marie was elected to the Orange County Board as Irish Historian, a position she still currently holds.  

In April 2013, Ann Marie & Doug became the proud parents of the New York Rose of Tralee! Their youngest daughter Katie, sponsored by Monroe’s AOH & LAOH, was honored to be selected as the 2013 New York Rose, traveling to Ireland to represent the tri-state region in the International Rose of Tralee Selection. This incredible experience led Ann Marie to become an active board member of the New York Rose Center.  She coordinated efforts to host 54 International Roses and Escorts from all over the world and arranged a bus tour from NYC for them to march in the Mid-Hudson Parade with Katie, stopping along the way for a historic tour of the DeWint House and brunch at the ‘76 House, American’s Oldest Tavern located in Tappan, NY. 

In 2015, Ann Marie helped with the formation of the Irish American Young Leaders, “IAYL" a networking and mentoring program whose mission is to provide students and young professionals the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills by participating in local community service events and organizational involvements.

 Ann Marie is very proud of her Irish heritage, extremely humbled that her LAOH Sisters selected her to represent them as an Aide to the Grand Marshal in the Mid-Hudson Saint Patrick's Parade and grateful to be part of these wonderful organizations that seek to promote Irish culture and community spirit. 


Mary of the Gael - LAOH 5  Junior Division
  Miss. Saoirse Moloney 


Saoirse was born and raised in Washingtonville, NY. She attends Washingtonville Senior High School and will graduate in June of 2017. She plans to attend college in New York to pursue a major in legal studies. Saoirse has been a member of AOH Jr. Division 5 in Monroe since 2010, was Vice President of the Division in 2014-15 and President 2015-16. Both of her sisters and her parents have been members of AOH division 5. She has marched in the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s day parade for the past seven years, as well as the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade. Within her school she is the Vice President of her school’s yearbook committee, on the appeals committee, a part of the costume crew for Masque & Mime, Liaison for the community garden and Director of Special Events for the Community Service Club. In addition, she has been on the Varsity golf team since her freshman year. She currently works at Court Consultation Services - a capital mitigation company.



Middletown Irish-American Society
 The Irish American Society will not have an aide this year.




Irish Heritage Festival
Mrs. Maureen Morse


Maureen McGovern Morse was born and raised in Troy, NY, the oldest of two children of James McGovern and May Kathleen Coggins McGovern.  Her deceased sister, Eileen Anna McGovern Izzo lived in Troy.  Maureen married Frederick J. Morse on June 12, 1960 in St. Augustine's Church, Troy.  They are the parents of two sons, David and Michael.  David and his wife, Cynthia Ewanciw Morse live in Greenville, NY.  Michael and his wife, Dr. Nancy Webb, live in Camden, Maine.  They are the proud grandparents three.  They are David and Cynthia's two daughters, Lyndsy of Lakewood, Colorado and Kiana of Syracuse, NY. Their grandson, Colin, lives in Camden, Maine with his parents, and will attend Southern New Hampshire College in Durham.

 Maureen attended St. Patrick's School and Catholic Central High School, Troy, AIB-The American Institute of Banking and holds a Certificate of Irish Studies from Tara Circle, Yonkers, NY. 

She is a charter member of the Irish Heritage Festival of Orange County and LAOH Division 4, Middletown and the current Irish Historian.  Maureen has been a delegate to the MHSPPC for the IHF and/or LAOH 4 for more than twenty years.  Presently, she is the Historian of the MHSPPC and LAOH County Board Freedom for All Ireland Chair.



Greenwood Lake Gaelic Cultural Society

Kathleen McAteer Dulgerian 



Greenwood Lake Gaelic Cultural Society


Kathleen McAteer Dulgerian, nicknamed Lina, is a member of the Greenwood Lake Gaelic Cultural Society who serves on the Executive Board as a Trustee for the past three years. She lives in Greenwood Lake, New York with her husband Brian Dulgerian. Brian and Lina have four children; Denise, Corky, Matt and Holly Rae. Lina is the fourth oldest of the McAteer clan from Greenwood Lake. She was born in the Bronx and moved to Sterling Forest in 1969 with her parents Walter and Patsy McAteer, and their thirteen children. Lina works in the Village of Monroe Justice Court as the Senior Court Clerk. She volunteers as a Catechist, a Eucharistic Minister and a Lector at Holy Rosary Church in beautiful Greenwood Lake.




  St. Brendan's Gaelic Football Club 

 Mr.  James D. O’Donnell



             James D. O’Donnell was born and raised in the Bronx and moved to Orange County in 1975.

He is currently retired and spends most of his time doing volunteer work and serving on various Boards.

1.            Vice Chair of the Newburgh Armory Unity Center

2.            President – Elect of the Goshen Rotary

3.            Board member of Safe Homes of Orange County

4.            Board member of the Kaplan Family Foundation

Mr. O’Donnell had a distinguished law enforcement career beginning in 1974 as a New York State Trooper.  He subsequently advanced through the ranks of the New York State Police serving as Captain in charge of the state wide Violent Felony Warrant Squad and Major in charge of all State Police operations in New York City. In 1993, he returned to Orange County as Troop Commander of Troop F in Middletown.  In 1995, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel in charge of all Uniform Trooper patrol operations.

Throughout his career, Mr. O’Donnell has been recognized frequently for his outstanding service. He established the Troop "F" DARE Program and the "Trooper on Patrol" Program.

He also established the annual statewide community day in each Troop. As well as the annual "member" and "civilian of the year" awards programs.

Upon retiring from the New York State Police in 1997 he returned to his roots at Gaelic Park, Bronx, New York where he oversaw major renovations in 1998.

In February of 1999 Governor George Pataki appointed Mr. O’Donnell as Chief of Police of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department. In his role as Chief, Mr. O’Donnell initiated an aggressive reengineering of the former Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad Police Departments into the new MTA Police Department. 

To ensure protection of MTA facilities and infrastructure against the threat of terrorism Chief O’Donnell improved planning for emergency preparedness. Chief O’Donnell secured assignment of his Deputy Chief to the International Association of Chief of Police Terrorism Committee and a Detective to the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force.  Both of these assignments were proven to be critical after the World Trade Center Bombing on September 11, 2001.   Chief O’Donnell oversaw the MTA’s evacuation of New York City on that day and the police response during the months after the attack.

James D. O’Donnell joined Orange County Government in 2004 to serve as the Director of Operations for the County Executive’s Office.  In 2005, Orange County Executive Edward Diana nominated Mr. O’Donnell to the position of Deputy County Executive, and was confirmed by the Orange County Legislature. Mr. O’Donnell served the citizens of Orange County as Deputy County Executive until 2013.   

Mr. O’Donnell was in charge of Economic Development for Orange County.  Mr. O’Donnell served as the Executive Director of the Foreign Trade Zone as well as Executive Director of the Orange County Industrial Development Agency where he created and retained thousands of jobs.

As Deputy County Executive, Mr. O’Donnell instituted a Lean Six Sigma Program saving the County over $2 million to date. He instituted management training for senior management positions in the County. He oversaw the daily operations and activities of 35 County Departments and Divisions. He created the “Team Orange” identity for our 3000 employees who work hard daily for our over 375,000 citizens. He put his law enforcement background to work during the Emergency Operations of Hurricane’s Lee and Irene and Super-Storm Sandy.

Mr. O’Donnell graduated from Tolentine High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dominican College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and has attended the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as graduate level study at the University of Alabama. 

Mr. O’Donnell is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 1, Orange County and enjoys a proud Irish Heritage. Mr. O’Donnell is the son of John Kerry and Helen O’Donnell.  His father served in 1970 as the Grand Marshall to the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.  John Kerry and Helen O’Donnell were the proprietors of Gaelic Park for over 60 years.

Mr. O’Donnell is a member of the Knights of Columbus in St. John’s Church in Goshen.  He has been married to his lovely wife Margaret for 43 years. They have eight children: Christy, Joanne, Jamie, Maggie, Michael, Molly, Ellen, and John Kerry.  They have six grandchildren: Hudson, Luke, James, Cailyn, Keira and Maya.



Mid-Hudson Saint Patrick Parade Committee Aide at Large
A person selected by the Parade Committee
who has supported the parade
the Irish Community in Orange County
Mrs Ann Strommer 



Loyal Supporter of
Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Parade