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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 
Kevin Thomas
 
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Kevin Thomas was born at Saint Anthony's Hospital in Warwick, NY in 1965. Kevin's Irish roots can be traced back through his maternal grandmother who was born in Galway and her parents, who hail from Shrule in County Mayo.  His parents, Phil and Patricia were both from The Bronx, NY and moved to Orange County where they began building a home in Blooming Grove, NY in 1959. Once the house was completed in 1960 they moved in with their 2 young boys, a family that would eventually grow to four sons.  The house was located in the Worley Heights section of the Town of Blooming Grove where Kevin remembers it being a close knit community where neighbors watched out for one another and took care of each other's children, driving them to baseball practices and other school and community events.  Kevin couldn't be more proud of where he grew up and how his parents raised him. He credits being the man he is today with how he was raised, not just by his parents or his siblings but with the help of everyone in his Worley Heights community and he is extremely appreciative of just how many neighbors and friends helped him along the way.

Kevin beams with pride being one of the "Thomas Boys."  His three brothers, Mike, Tim and  Phil and their families are one huge family and they all remain very close. Kevin loves spending time with his brothers and his extended family. In addition, Kevin feels very blessed to have the most amazing friends and gives continual thanks to all of his family and friends for their unwavering support over his lifetime.

Kevin is a proud member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Joseph Duelk Jr., Division 1 located in Monroe N.Y. where he is honored to serve as a board member. Kevin holds the Order in high regard for all of the charity work carried out by his division and remains committed to helping the division grow its membership and its charitable activities. He takes to heart the Order's motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity!

Kevin is proud to have been selected to represent the Joseph Duelk Jr., AOH Division 1 as an aide to his fellow Division Brother, Thomas McCarthy, the 2023 Grand Marshal in the Mid-Hudson Saint Patrick’s Parade in Goshen, NY.


 
Father Donald Whalen - AOH Division 2 
James Loughran 
 
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James (Jim) Loughran was born in Brooklyn and lived at 906 Prospect Place in the house his Grandfather, James Loughran had parked the Pierce Arrow Limousine in front of and his Grandmother Annie O’Neil worked for wealthy brownstone residents.  James had been a stable boy, who immigrated from Ireland at age 15 after getting into trouble running with the IRA. James was unhappy with his parents (Jim's paternal great-grandparents) decision that he would be safer in America, so he was sent to live in New York. 

Jim's maternal grandparents, Patrick McMahon and Nora (Quinn), were from Cork and Mayo. They raised their 6 children in Brooklyn as well. Patrick was a “Rum Runner”, sailing his boat out to the supply ships and luckily he never got caught. He eventually piloted tug boats in Brooklyn Harbor and Nora took in boarders to help support the eight McMahons!

The Loughran family began to grow and James and Annie raised five boys in the home.  The youngest son, Aloysius Loughran (Jim's father), graduated from Manhattan College in 1936, right in the middle of the Great Depression, served in the military and deployed to Africa, and then Italy. Fortunately he came home in one piece and married Katherine McMahon in St. Gregory's Church in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. They soon found themselves raising their own five boys!  In 1959, when Jimmy was four years old, Aloysius moved the family to Beaver Dam Lake after a brief residence in Hillsdale, NJ. 

A Catholic education was a priority for the Loughrans and when John S. Burke Catholic School in Goshen opened, his parents sent Jim and his brother, Kevin there where they successfully graduated. Catholic school education was expensive with buying books, uniforms, and paying tuition.  Because money was short, Jim and his brother contributed their earnings from paper routes, and mowing grass. Having attended Burke, it guaranteed acceptance into any college. Unfortunately, even with the help of a Regents Scholarship, tuition at most of those colleges were out of reach for Jim's family.  Fortunately, Orange County Community College (OCCC) was an option and offered an excellent education. Jim still had to buy all the necessary books, a slide ruler, and college supplies which amounted to a week's salary!  Jim graduated and began his career driving a Pepsi delivery truck, and eventually bought a Coca Cola route.

Jim married Linda, and a house in Salisbury Mills and children, Patrick and Erin soon followed. In 1986 Jim opened up Loughran’s Irish Pub bringing his beloved Irish heritage to the community. Irish Night on Thursdays, featuring the Parting Glass playing all the Irish favorites became a weekly staple. Loughran's became a favorite spot for the "High Holy Day" celebrations surrounding St. Patrick's Day. Soon the pub's popularity required a heated tent to be erected, filled with a beer trailer, corned beef buffet and bagpipers. It was always a grand celebration at the "Hudson Valley's Happiest Irish Pub." Jim sold Loughran’s in December 2022 after 36 years and relates that retiring is not as easy as people think! He plans to fill his free time helping people who have cancer, and states that "God had me go through these troubled times for a reason!" 

Jim is honored to serve as the AOH Division 2 Aide to Thomas McCarthy, Grand Marshal of the 2023 Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade and hopes to "See you at the parade!" 



McGuinness - McDonald - AOH Division 3
James McLaughlin, M.D.

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Dr. James McLaughlin was raised along with his two sisters in the Kensington section of Brooklyn by his Donegal native parents.  His father hailed from Moville and his mother from Carrick.  From a young age his parents instilled in him a love of his Irish heritage, and a close relationship with his family in Ireland, spending many summers in Donegal working the farm and enjoying the beauty of Ireland.
 
He attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Grammar School, LaSalle Academy High School on the Lower East Side, St Joseph’s College in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.  He went on and attended SUNY Downstate Medical School, and spent 6 years at Montefiore Medical Center during his Internal Medicine Residency training and Cardiology Fellowship.
 
As a cardiologist, he is a partner at Crystal Run Healthcare having joined the group in 2005, and continues to see patients in the Middletown and Warwick offices and in all three hospitals in Orange County, NY.  Dr. McLaughlin is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Coronary CT Angiography.
 
He married his wife Roseann,  also a Brooklyn native, in 1993.  They have 5 children: Aidan, Daniel, Vincent, Natalie and Colin.  Dr. McLaughlin and his family reside in Warwick, NY.,  where he continue to be active in the Irish community, supporting charity events in NYC and locally.  He is a founding member of the Warwick AOH, Orange County Division 3 The McGuinness-McDonald Division. He serves as a Board of Trustees member for his high school Alma Mater -- La Salle Academy.
 
James is proud to have been selected to represent the Orange County Division 3 The McGuinness-McDonald Division #3 as an aide to Thomas McCarthy, 2023 Grand Marshal in the Mid-Hudson Saint Patrick’s Parade in Goshen, NY. 
 
 

 
Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan - AOH Division 4 
Kevin F. Cronin

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Kevin F. Cronin was born in Yorkville, Manhattan, New York City in 1953 to Cornelius J. Cronin, from Millstreet County Cork, and Patricia Maher, from Omaha, Nebraska. Patricia Maher’s family was from County Kilkenny. Kevin attended Mount Carmel Elementary School in Middletown, Burke Catholic High School in Goshen, SUNY Orange and graduated with his Bachelor's Degree from The University at Buffalo. Kevin worked for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad and Conrail Railroad Company. Kevin then became a Registered Nurse in 1981 and worked at Westchester County Medical Center and then at Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center where he retired after 32 years of service to New York State.
 
Kevin married the wonderful Paula Wood in 1984. Kevin met Paula in Nursing School at Orange County Community College; Paula is also a Registered Nurse. They have 5 children: Brendan, Kevin, Mary, Siobhan and Deirdre. They also have 3 adorable grandchildren: Liam, Nora and Eamon. Kevin joined the McQuoid Engine and Ladder Company Truck 3 in 1972 and he is a proud 50-year member. The McQuoids are celebrating their 150th Anniversary in 2023! Kevin is a founding member of the Father Hourihan AOH Division 4 in Middletown. Kevin is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Middletown, NY where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister.

Kevin is honored to have been selected to represent the Division # 4 AOH as an aide to the 2023 Grand Marshal Thomas McCarthy in the Mid-Hudson Saint Patrick’s Parade in Goshen, NY.


Our Lady of Knock - LAOH Division 2 
Brigid Ann Simoni

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Brigid Ann Simoni (nee McCallen) was born and raised in Omagh, County Tyrone.  Born to James and Agnes McCallen, she is one of six children, one of whom is her twin sister, Rose.  Brigid, known as Ann to family and friends, has two sons, Nicholas and Antonio, and is Oma to the love of her life, granddaughter Rosalie.  

Ann immigrated to the United States with her family in 1956, and settled in Yonkers, New York.  After graduating from Yonkers High School, Ann pursued a career in nursing and became a Licensed Practical Nurse.  After moving to Beacon, she continued to work as a nurse and at Grand Union Supermarket.  Ann currently lives in New Windsor and has been a parishioner of St. Marianne Cope Parish in Cornwall for many years.  She is proud to have become a U.S. citizen in 2013.  Ann shows her devotion to her community by working in home healthcare and volunteering at the Deacon Jack Seymour Pantry in Newburgh.  She has been a member of Our Lady of Knock LAOH Division 2 since January 2020.

Ann enjoys spending time immersed in her Irish culture by playing traditional Irish music on the tin whistle at the monthly Seisiúns at South Gate Tavern and attending many Irish festivals.  She makes frequent trips to her homeland to visit with her extended family and friends and will always cherish the memory of a recent tour of Ireland with Joanie Madden.   She loves taking pictures of friends and family wherever she goes, creating memories for all to enjoy.  Ann enjoys cooking and baking; her Irish Soda bread is excelled by none.

In her own words, “I am proud to have been chosen to represent the LAOH Division 2 as an Aide to Grand Marshal Thomas McCarthy in the 2023 Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade.” 

 

 
 
Mary of the Gael - LAOH Division 5
  Eileen Callaghan Gertzkis


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Eileen Mary Bridget Callaghan Gertzkis was born in Brooklyn and raised in Chester NY. The oldest child of Robert and Maureen Callaghan, she traces her Irish roots to County Laois. She and her husband Robert will celebrate 30 years of marriage shortly. They have both recently retired, Eileen from a long career in Corporate Travel. They have two cherished children. Ryan, who follows in his father’s footsteps, works for Central Hudson Utility and Maureen, who is an oncology nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Her love of all things Irish is evident when you meet Eileen. She has invested years instilling the Irish pride she feels into her kids (and husband), just as her parents did her. Among other things, they have participated in Irish dance, music and were both proud players with St. Brendan’s GFC. On any given day the entire family could be found at a feis, fleadh, session, tournament, or the pub.  The memories and friendships forged during those years are irreplaceable, precious and show no signs of slowing.

Eileen is a founding member of LAOH Division 5 Mary of the Gael and rarely misses a meeting or event. She served on the board for St. Brendan’s GFC and was a Team Mom for many years. Eileen has enjoyed becoming more involved with the MHSPC, just as her father was for many years. Eileen is a member of St. Anastasia parish in Harriman and a volunteer at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center and Lasagna Love.

Eileen could not be prouder to have been chosen by her sisters at Division 5 to represent them and march behind our Grand Marshal, Mr. Thomas McCarthy, a true gentleman with a wonderful, generous spirit. All the best and continued success to the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade!


Greenwood Lake Gaelic Cultural Society
Thomas B. Mulcahy

 
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Thomas B. Mulcahy was born and raised in Meelin, a little village beside Rockchapel County Cork. He went to Knockanbaan National school leaving school at 14 to go to work. He worked at a garage and began to learn the trade that would become his life’s work. He also traveled for one season to Felstead, England to work at the sugar beet factory, as did so many of his generation. At the age of 19, he emigrated to the United States coming to Greenwood Lake to join his three brothers, John, Pat, and Dennis. In 1980, he joined the New York Fire Department as a mechanic in Emergency Services.

Tom has been part of Project Children since its inception in 1975 working closely with his brothers Dennis and Pat. Tom was known for his work as head chaperone on the flights bring out the children. He was the emcee at numerous fundraisers for Project Children including many years at Yonkers Raceway. He was awarded the Project Children Emerald Award in Atlantic City in 1998. Tom has been a member of the Greenwood Lake Gaelic Cultural Society since its beginning. Tom was honored as the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Parade Grand Marshal in 2022 held in Greenwood Lake.

 
Tom is married to the former Nora Collins, a native of Queens. They raised their four children, Anne Marie, Kathleen, Geraldine, and Tommy in Valley Cottage, N.Y. and after he retired from the FDNY, they moved back to Greenwood Lake. They are very proud of their children and especially proud of their seven grandchildren, Liam, Maya, Ellie, Thomas (TJ), Claire, Danny, and Aiden.
 
Tom is happy to have been chosen to represent the Society as an Aide to Grand Marshal Thomas McCarthy in the 2023 Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade.
 

St. Brendan's Gaelic Football Club 
Barry Kilcoyne
 
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Barry Kilcoyne proudly hails from Ardee, County Louth. He is the middle of 5 children, brothers Brian and Patrick and sisters Catherina and Celine all who still reside in Ireland. Barry came to the United States in 1987 as a young man full of hope and promise. Barry proudly represented his county by playing Gaelic Football in New York. He embarked on a career in carpentry, which he still works as today. He came to the Bronx where he resided in the Bainbridge Avenue section of the Bronx, a past Irish thriving neighborhood. It was there that he met his wife, Kathleen McAree, whose mother Bridget White is from County Cavan, and father Patrick McAree from Monaghan. Barry and Kathleen have 3 beautiful children, Sophie, Gavin, and Ryan and he considers them his greatest blessing. His sons play for St. Brendan’s where Barry coaches both the U13 and U11 teams. Barry is a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and president of Our Lady of Lourdes Benevolent Association in Washingtonville. Barry serves as the head usher at his parish, St. Mary’s also in Washingtonville. He is honored to be serving as an aid to the Grand Marshal and proud to represent his Irish heritage.
 
Barry is honored to serve as the St. Brendan's Gaelic FC Aide to Thomas McCarthy, Grand Marshal of the 2023 Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade. 
 

Irish Heritage Festival
 Kathy Shine
 
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Kathy Shine is the oldest of four children born to Bridget and Maurice McKenna who immigrated to the USA in the late 1940’s.  Her parents hailed from Counties Derry and Fermanagh in Ulster County, N. Ireland and made their new home in St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in The Bronx.  Kathy attended the Parish grammar and high school where she met her future husband, Frank.  Kathy went on to become a Registered Nurse after graduating Queensborough College and began her nursing career in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers, NY.  

Kathy and Frank married in 1975 and went on to have four children, Erin, Gerard, Kieran, and Colleen.   The Shine’s left the good ol’ Bronx in 1984 and moved to greener pastures here in Orange County, NY and have never looked back.  They soon became involved in as many Irish groups and activities they could including; Irish step dancing for both daughters and working with the Irish Heritage Festival.  Kathy also served as Secretary on the Ladies AOH, St. Terese Division, in Middletown.   Kathy has always felt strongly about “keeping the traditions alive” and has encouraged her children to do the same with her 7 grandchildren.

Kathy recently retired after 26 years working as a psychiatric RN with Access Supports for Living.  Both she and Frank enjoy traveling whenever they can whether it be on land or sea!  They recently spent the month of September visiting 11 National Parks out west and are looking forward to making another trip to Ireland next year!  When not traveling, Kathy can be found at either the YMCA, the Goshen Senior Center or babysitting for their youngest grandchildren!

Kathy is proud to serve as an Aid to the Parade’s Grand Marshal Tom McCarthy and wishes everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 


 Mary of the Gael - LAOH 5  Junior Division
Shannan Rose Dillon
 
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Shannan (Shannie) Rose Dillon is the daughter of James and Kelly Dillon. She is the proud sister of Keira Anne Dillon who attends SUNY-Plattsburg and brother, Brogan Patrick Dillon. Shannan’s Great-grandmother was born in County Galway and her Great-grandfather was born in County Kerry Ireland. Her grandfather, Jim Varian, was a long-time member of AOH Division 1 along with Shannan’s Mom and Dad.

Currently, Shannie is a junior at Washingtonville H.S. where she has lettered in many sports and a recipient of many sports and academic honors. She was appointed Safe School Ambassador by her teachers and enjoys working after school at the Taft Elementary School Latch Key Program.

Shannan Rose is proud to be a third generation AOH member and serves as the Junior LAOH Division 5 Vice President. Shannan Rose is kind and fun loving. She always has something nice to say. She brings sunshine and smiles when she walks into a room. Shannan loves sports and animals and helps take care of her two dogs, Dudley and Jameson and one cat, Chester.
 
Shannan is proud to have been chosen by her sisters at LAOH Juniors-Division 5 to represent them and march behind our Grand Marshal, Mr. Thomas McCarthy. 
 

Our Lady of Lourdes Benevolent Association
Patrick Nieman
 
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Patrick Nieman was born on Staten Island, NY and attended P.S. 32 before moving up to Salisbury Mills where he finished his education in the Washingtonville School District.

Patrick married my wife Andria in 2009 and they currently live in Washingtonville with their four children, Emma, Caitlyn, William and Abigail. Patrick currently works as a caterer and his wife is a second grade teacher at Walden Elementary School.

Patrick is a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and is a Past Grand Knight of Our Lady of Lourdes Council #5890 in Washingtonville. He is also a Past Faithful Navigator of the Msgr. William Foley Fourth Degree Assembly #771 where he currently serves as a trustee.