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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. John McCabe


  • Born Sean Ross Abbey, Roscrea Co. Tipperary July 30, 1949

  • Arrived to America at age 4, adopted by the McCabe family in Monroe

  • Education

        St. Columba School, Chester

        John S Burke, Goshen

        Orange County Community College

  • Married Jeanne Forsyth from Kearny, NJ October 1975

        John- son

        Kristen- daughter

  • Worked Orange & Rockland Utilities & NRG Energy for 35 years electrician & instrumentation in power generating division. Now retired

  • Past Fire Chief and member of the Salisbury Mills Fire Department for 48 years

  • Former member and secretary of Orange County Fire Advisory Board

  • Committee member building  Orange County Fire Training Center

  • Battalion 5 Chief’s Association member and recording secretary

  • Orange Fire Chief’s Assn. & Orange County Volunteer Firemen Assn. member

  • Member since 1995 AOH Div. #1 Monroe, JDJ board member

Father Donald Whalen - AOH Division 2 
 Mr. Christopher Sherwood


Christopher was born to John and Mary Sherwood the oldest of four siblings and raised in Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. It was here where his interest in Irish history first peaked—learning songs of Ireland and reading about its history. He was a member of the school glee club performing Irish songs for the Parish each year around St. Patrick’s Day. Chris graduated St. John's elementary school and Cardinal Hayes High School. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Mercy College and a Master in Public Administration degree from John Jay College.

Ancestral history has the family leaving County Dublin, arriving in the United States during the early 1800's.

He is married to his wonderful wife, Marjorie Morgan of Cornwall New York since 2013. They reside in New Windsor, NY. They have enjoyed a number of trips to Ireland, driving around the country seeing its many sights and are planning to travel there again this year.

Chris is the father of three girls, Theresa, Margaret and Dorothy, who have given him seven wonderful grandchildren.

Retired from the Town of Haverstraw Police Department after twenty-two years of service he took on the challenge of running the Basic School for Police at the Rockland County Police Academy for seventeen years. Chris is a Past President of the New York State Law Enforcement Training Directors.

Chris continues to pass on his law enforcement knowledge as an Associate Professor at Orange County Community College in the Criminal Justice department.

He is a life member of the Hudson Valley Regional Police Pipes and Drums. He is also an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus (Council 5890) and a past Faithful Navigator of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree Msgr. Foley Assembly in Washingtonville, NY.

Chris is currently serving as the Vice President of the AOH-DJW Corporation—the governing board of the AOH Division 2 Irish Cultural Center in Cornwall.

Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan -AOH Division 4 
Mr. Brian T. Strommer

Brian traces his Irish roots to counties Sligo, Mayo, and Down. He was born in Goshen, New York in July 1963 to Gerard F. Strommer and Ann L. Strommer nee Sweeney.
Upon graduating from Washingtonville High school in 1981, Brian enlisted in the United States Navy. Brian served his country for over 22 years in the USN from May 1982 until his retirement in August 2004. Brian enjoyed a successful career in the US Navy, traveling the world, receiving dozens of citations and commendations, as well as dozens of medals while serving over 13 years at sea on a variety of combatant ships. He retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in 2004.

Prior to retirement, Brian returned to Washingtonville, New York and married Sharon Hinchey in February 2001. They settled in Washingtonville and have four children, Brandy Leigh, Brian Thomas II, Owen Michael, and Keira Ann.
Upon retirement, Brian began a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he continues to work today.

Mary of the Gael - LAOH 5
Ms. Eileen McAllister Walsh


Eileen Monica (nee McAllister) Walsh was born and raised in the Bronx, in the Kingsbridge Heights section.  Her parents, Monica (nee Faughnan) and Edmund, emigrated to the United States from Ireland, met at the Jaeger House and married in 1964.  Monica traces her Irish roots to Mohill, County Leitrim and Edmund to Ballynahinch, County Down.  Eileen is the oldest of four children.  She has two brothers, John and Brian, and one sister, Rose. 

Eileen’s early education took place at Our Lady of Angels, and she attended high school at St. Barnabas in Woodlawn.  At an early age, Eileen’s father encouraged her to consider nursing as a profession, and today she is a certified pediatric nurse at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and has been a nurse for 25 years.  Educated at SUNY-New Paltz, she holds a BSN and certifications in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation. 

Eileen married Thomas Walsh in 1997, and they are the proud parents of three daughters, Lauren, Jenna and Ciara.  Tom, a 33 year employee of Con Edison serving in the Energy Services Division in the Bronx, retired in 2014 and now works as a portfolio manager.  Eileen and Tom moved to Orange County in 1998, and reside near Walton Lake in Monroe Township. 

Eileen’s daughters are all prominently involved in the the Irish community and culture.  All the girls have been involved as members of the LAOH 5 Junior Division.  Lauren served as President of the Juniors in 2015/16, and is a World Medalist in Irish Dance.  She currently attends the University of Delaware where she studies accounting.  Jenna is the Vice President of the Juniors and attends Immaculate Heart Academy.  Ciara is the Historian for the Juniors and has played in St. Brendan’s Gaelic Football Club.  She is a middle school student at Monroe-Woodbury. 

Eileen is a founding member of Orange County LAOH Division 5, Mary of the Gael.  She has been an active member of the division, serving as Sentinel and coordinating Junior Division activities with her three daughters since the foundation of the Junior Division in 2012. 

Eileen is a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Monroe, NY and volunteered as a Catechist there for 10 years. 

Eileen strongly embraces her Irish Catholic heritage, and is very humbled and appreciative to have been selected by her LAOH 5 sisters to represent them as an Aide to the Grand Marshal in the 2018 Mid-Hudson Saint Patrick's Parade. 

Mary of the Gael - LAOH 5  Junior Division 
  Ms. Maeve Degan
Maeve Minogue Degan was born and raised in Orange County, NY. She attends Goshen Senior High School and will graduate in June 2018 and plans to pursue her college studies in architecture. Maeve has been a member of the Mary of the Gael - LAOH Junior Division 5 in Monroe since 2014. She served as Vice President of the Division in 2015 through 2016 and Division President from 2016 through 2017.

Both her parents and her brother have been members of the AOH and LAOH. She has marched in the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade as part of the LAOH and as a Girl Scout. While in school, Maeve has enjoyed studying chemistry and physics. Maeve has been in chamber and orchestra since the 4th grade, playing the violin. She was an All County finalist for violin in her freshman year - 5th chair, 1st violin. With her classmates, and musicians she was awarded the NYSSMA gold award for orchestra. In addition, she has been on the Varsity Lacrosse team since her sophomore year. She is currently a student intern at MJS Engineering in Goshen, NY.

Knights of Columbus Council 5890 
Mr. Kevin Strommer


Kevin M. Strommer born July 21, 1963 in the Goshen hospital, on Greenwich ave one of two identical twins to Ann L. (2017 Aide at large to the Mid Hudson St. Patrick's parade) and Gerard F. Strommer Sr.  A second generation Irish American by way of Mayo/Sligo, and third generation by way of county Down. 
--Married to Maryanne Lucey Strommer, a first generation Irish/American woman by way of Galway/Boherbue.
-- A Blooming Grove native
-- An Orange county resident his whole life, save six years serving onboard a Nuclear powered submarine and a submarine tender.
--After achieving a lifelong desire to become a member of the NYSP, I experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury in a motor vehicle accident which resulted in accepting a disability retirement.
As one door closes, a new door opens and new purposes are realized.   Step father to Sebastian Buccellato aged 15, father to Davan aged 8, Gerard F  III aged 5, and Katharineann aged 4.  Being Mr MOM to these children has become my vocation and one I proud and honored to perform.    
--5 year Past Grand Knight for Council 5890 of Knights of Columbus in Washingtonville, NY.

Irish Heritage Festival
Mr. David Morse
David is a son of the Grand Marshal, Maureen Morse and lives in the Town of Greenville, NY. He has been married to his wife Cynthia Ewanciw-Morse for 30 years and they have two daughters, Lyndsy who is a Communications Manager for Via Mobility in Boulder, CO and Kiana, who is an Environmental Engineer for Arcadis Design & Consultancy in Syracuse, NY. David has been a member been a member of the Irish Heritage Festival of Orange County for over 20 years.

David has been a member of Minisink Valley Kiwanis since 2004; he is a distinguished past President 2008-2009. He has chaired the clubs community service, Service Leadership Program, public relations and website committees and spent 10 years on the board of directors. David was recognized by his club with the “Leadership Society Award” in 2008. He was instrumental in chartering two “K-Kids Clubs” (Elementary School) in 2008-2009. David is currently working on his 14th year of club perfect attendance. David has represented his club as a delegate at the District (State) and International level. David is a super-distinguished past Lt. Governor of the Hudson River West Division NY District of Kiwanis. He has chaired the Membership and Service Leadership Program committees at the Division level and is a certified “Cub Leadership Education” trainer; training the division’s leadership teams the past seven years. He has held several District positions including executive assistant to the Governor, District Convention Chair, Kiwanis Committee Representative and District Membership Chair.
David is a Sr. Project Manager for a CCI Construction Inc. in Middletown, NY and has over 35 years of commercial construction experience.


Greenwood Lake Gaelic Cultural Society
Mr. Floyd T. DeAngelo 


My background is as follows: I graduated from Fairfield University with a degree in Psychology. I am a veteran having served in the United States Army in Korea in 1968 and 1969 as an aide to Lt General Robert Friedman, Chief of Staff, United Nations Command Korea.

My previous experience has included major brokerage consulting and corporate human resources management with a couple of major corporations. I was a member of the PDR roundtable committee and the committee to draft the local law dealing with the distribution of PDR funds.

I have been a Councilman in the Town of Warwick since 2005. I have been a member of the Village of Greenwood Lake Zoning Board of Appeals for the past nineteen years. I was a member of the Board of Directors of the Monroe Chester Sportsmen Club for twenty five years. My wife and I have been active members of the Greenwood Lake Gaelic Cultural Society for seventeen years and were honored to be chosen as the Celts of the Year in 2012.

St. Brendan's Gaelic Football Club
Mr. Aiden Mahoney

Aiden Mahoney was born on July 10, 1977 in Skibbereen, Co. Cork to Luke Mahoney, Skibbereen, Co. Cork and Helena McDonagh Mahoney of Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo. As a child, Aiden moved to Bandon Co. Cork where he attended St. Patrick's Primary School and Hamilton High School. He played hurling and Gaelic Football for St. Brogan's GAA in Bandon, where he won the West Cork and County Cork medals. At the age of 14, Aiden and his family moved to Yonkers, NY where he attended Mount Saint Michael Academy. Aiden continued to play Gaelic football with St. Barnabus GAA in the Bronx winning u16 and u 21 Championships. He also played on the New York U18 all star team who competed in Ireland.

Aiden is married to Joanne Walsh Mahoney and they live in Campbell Hall, NY with their three children: 16 year-old Aiden, 13 year-old Jack, and Kiera who is 4. Aiden is in his 14th year working for the Town of Clarkstown Highway Department as a motor equipment operator.

Aiden is the current president of St Brendan's GAA and has been for the past two years. He has been involved with coaching in the club since 2009. In 2017 Aiden was part of the management team for the first ever New York U14 hurling team to compete in Ireland—the team included his son Jack and three other St. Brendan's hurlers who made the New York team. This fall season St Brendan's won their division in Gaelic football in Gaelic Park in the Bronx in U10, U14 and U16. The U12s also reached the final. The club has grown tremendously over the past two years and continues to look forward to many great years of Gaelic Football and hurling in Orange County.

Mid-Hudson Saint Patrick Parade Committee Aide at Large
 Mr. James 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. 

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