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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 

Brian Michael Archer

Brian Archer 

Brian Michael Archer traces his Irish roots and heritage to County Mayo on his mother's side and County Westmeath on his father's side and has visited Ireland on two occasions and plans to visit again many times.  Brian was born in Syracuse, New York and is the oldest of two children born to Patricia and William Archer of Batavia, New York.  He is a graduate of General Brown High School in Dexter, New York; he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from SUNY Potsdam in History and Education.&n bsp; Brian did his graduate work at SUNY Plattsburgh and earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies from SUNY Oswego.  He was a Social Studies Teacher for many years in Naples, New York.  For the past 15 years Brian has been a Principal in Beacon City School District.  He has been a Division 1 Monroe member for four years and has served the Division the past year proudly as Recording Secretary.  Brian enjoys helping out with Division 1 events and the city of Beacon community.  In his spare time Brian and his wife enjoy traveling.  He marched with Division 1 in last year's NYC Parade.  Brian is a member of The Immaculate Conception Rectory in Brownville, New York and St. Anastasia Church in Harriman, New York.



 
Father Donald Whalen - AOH Division 2 
 Sean Patrick Cummings 
 
 
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Sean Patrick Cummings traces his Irish heritage back on his father’s side to County Donegal and County Westmeath and has visited Ireland three times with his family. He was born in Newburgh, NY, and is the youngest of three children born to Kevin and Rose Cummings of New Windsor.
 
Sean is a graduate of the New Windsor School and a 2016 graduate of Newburgh Free Academy where he was a member of the Math Club and the NFA Varsity Wrestling Team. He is currently a senior in SUNY College of Brockport majoring in Information Systems and minoring in Military Science. Sean was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 28 in New Windsor and received his Eagle Scout rank in 2016. He is the youngest member of the Donald J. Whelan Division #2 in Cornwall, NY, and has been an active member since 2014. He received his AOH Major Degree in 2015 and is serving on the division board as Sentinel. Sean especially enjoys volunteering his time at charitable events such as the division’s Holiday Meals for the Needy program. This will be Sean’s fifth year marching as a member of the AOH in both the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade where he has been honored to carry the flag or AOH banner. Sean is a member of St. Thomas Church in Cornwall.
 
Sean is proud to serve as the AOH Division 2 Aide to the Grand Marshal--his father, Kevin R. Cummings.


Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan - AOH Division 4 
Eugene James Heppes

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Eugene James Heppes is the proud son of Catherine and J. Ronald Heppes. He is one of five brothers whose Irish heritage can be traced to his grandparents who hailed from the Counties Mayo and Sligo. He is happily married to his loving beautiful bride, Sharon, and they have three children, Connor, Sean and Caitlin. He has served in the community in many capacities starting in 1978 as a CYO Coach, Little League baseball and softball coach, youth mentor and is now the CYO Director for St. Patrick's in his hometown of Highland Mills. He is or has served on several community organizations local boards of Little League, St. Brendan's Gaelic Athletic Association, St. Patrick's Building and Grounds Committee and a mentor for the Boys and Girls Club Newburgh. He is an original member in good standing of the AOH Division 4.
 
Eugene is an Information Technology and Corporate Risk Governance Executive with over 30 years of success providing IT and Security strategies for multiple organizations. He earned his Master’s degree from the Wesley J. Howell School of Management at the Stevens Institute of Technology, BS from Nyack College, AAS Degree from Orange County Community College, and John S. Burke Catholic High School, 1977. 

Mary of the Gael - LAOH 5
  Kathleen Rooney-Metcalf
 
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Kathleen Rooney-Metcalf was born in Suffern, New York and raised in Stony Point. Her parents, Genevieve (nee Barnes) and James were both born and raised in the Bronx.  She was the fourth of five children, raised in a family that embraced their Irish heritage.  

Kathleen’s paternal grandfather was from Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, while her grandmother was from Killanena, County Clare. Her maternal great grandparents were from Clonmel, County Tipperary and Knocknagashel, County Kerry. 

Her family’s American story began in the tenements of Yorkville and the crowded neighborhoods of the Bronx.  The stories of Ireland, told in Yorkville eighty years ago, were still being shared during Kathleen’s childhood in Stony Point.

A graduate of North Rockland High School, Kathleen earned her B.S. from St. Thomas Aquinas College.  She was the Asst. Athletic Director, Sports Information Director and Women’s Softball Coach at Dominican College, before leaving to raise her children, Ty, Kiley and Sean.  She is currently the owner of High Point Promotions, a printing and custom apparel business.

Kathleen is a 10-year member of LAOH Division 5, Mary of the Gael.  Named Hibernian of the Year in 2011, she has been an active member since joining.  She is the chairperson of the Division’s Annual Breast Cancer fundraiser, Co-chaired the 10th Anniversary Dinner and is involved with the Junior Division.  Her daughter, Kiley is the Junior Division Vice President and also an accomplished Irish dancer.

Kathleen is a member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Highland Mills. She was very active in the CYO program, where she coached Kiley’s basketball team for 5 years.  In addition, Kathleen is involved with many school and community organizations.  She is a Coordinator of the MW Rec Basketball program and has coached in the Crusaders Travel Softball program.

Kathleen is honored to have been selected by her sisters to represent them as an Aide to the Grand Marshal in the 2020 Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade.


Mary of the Gael - LAOH 5  Junior Division
Rachel Mullahy
 
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Rachel Mullahy was born and raised in Monroe, New York. She is a senior at Monroe Woodbury High School & will graduate in June 2020.  Her plans are to study Psychology and pursue a career in Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology, after she graduates from college. Rachel has been an active member of the Mary of the Gael - Junior LAOH division 5, since 2015 and has maintained various positions. She served as Treasurer of the division from 2018-2019 and President from 2019-2020. 

Throughout high school, Rachel has remained widely involved in her school and community. She has been an assistant catechist at Sacred Heart Church, proud supporter & volunteer at the American Legion Post 488, and has played JV and Rec basketball.  She was also employed by Retro Fitness until it’s recent closing. 

Rachel is honored to represent the Junior LAOH Division as the Aide to the Grand Marshall, Kevin R. Cummings, for the 2020 Mid-Hudson Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. 


Our Lady of Lourdes Benevolent Association
J. Barry Kilcoyne 
 
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J. Barry Kilcoyne was born on April 11, 1965 in Ardee, County Louth, Republic of Ireland.  He is the son of proud parents, Kathleen O’Brien (a cousin of the famed musician Dermot O’Brien) and his devoted father and his mother’s loving husband, Jack Kilcoyne who hailed from County Silgo. Barry, who was  the middle of five children, showed at an early age, a zest for life. He graduated early from school and left Ireland on a Donnelly Visa for America. He immigrated in 1986 and began an apprenticeship in carpentry in New York City.

Barry embraced America and the Bronx where he made his homestead abroad. He was a member of Clann na nGael and enjoyed playing at the famed Gaelic Park in the Bronx for his County Louth team.  He also enjoyed playing soccer for his favorite “locals” J.P. Clarkes and The Heritage Bar. Barry is happily married to Kathleen McAree and they share three beautiful children: Sophie who is 12; Gavin who is 10 and Ryan who is 8 years old.  Kathleen’s parents hail from Cavan and Monaghan.

Barry has coached in the Washingtonville Soccer Club for his children, St. Brendan’s GAA Club and Knights of Columbus #5890.  He is honored to share this event with Kevin R. Cummings, our Grand Marshal. Barry is proud to be Irish and grateful to unite in dignity with all.


Irish Heritage Festival
Robert (Bobby) Thomas Heppes
 
 
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Robert (Bobby) Thomas Heppes youngest son of Joseph Ronald Heppes and Catherine Sarah (Sweeney) Heppes was born in Middletown, NY. Graduate of John S. Burke Catholic High School (1983) and of Paul Smiths College (1985).  Bobby's Irish roots run deep and he has taken pride in marching in the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Day parade as well as the NYC St. Patrick's Day parade for the past several years. Bobby is a charter member of the AOH Division 4 - Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan and has participated in several events. These events include being the chef at the inception of the Irish Heritage Festival and several other AOH events.

Robert is married to his beautiful bride Sherri of 29 years where they reside in Pine Bush. They have three amazing children, Sarah, Benjamin, and Brenna as well as two granddaughters, Isabella and Braelynn. Bobby is currently in his 24th year of teaching Culinary Arts at Orange-Ulster BOCES CTEC in Goshen, NY.  He also works part-time for the Town of Crawford in the parks and recs department for the past 14 years.

 


Greenwood Lake Gaelic Cultural Society
Christine Purdy

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Christine is a graduate of Berkeley College of Business and lives in Greenwood Lake with her husband and children. Her paternal Grandparents were from Newry, County Down and her maternal Grandparents were from Tipperary and County Longford.
 
As an active member of the Greenwood Lake Gaelic Cultural Society since 2009 and holding offices such as Corresponding Secretary and current Recording Secretary, Christine is thankful to the club for sharing its Irish traditions and culture, allowing her to continue her family’s Irish heritage and more importantly, can now pass onto her children.
 
Honored in 2014 as Celt of the Year, Christine would now like to thank the Parade Committee and is proud to serve as Aide to Grand Marshal Kevin R. Cummings.


St. Brendan's Gaelic Football Club 
Donna Buckley
 
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