2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Ring of Honor Chosen

Tom Walsh, second from left, and Sarah Walsh, far right, will march in the parade

Tom Walsh, second from left, and Sarah Walsh, far right, will march in the parade

The Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association has announced its 2014 Ring of Honor. Traditionally, the president of the organization—this year, Bob Gessler–chooses the Ring of Honor, who march in the parade which will be on Sunday, March 16.

This year’s Ring includes:

Rev. Edward Brady, pastor, St. Anne’s RC Church, chaplain for the Irish Memorial and several other Irish organizations

Father Ed Brady

Father Ed Brady

Susan Campbell, executive director of Ronald McDonald House, founded by Grand Marshal Jim Murray 40 years ago

Ed and Emily Gallagher. The late Ed Gallagher was a longtime member of the executive committee of the St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association

Alana Barry-McCloskey, marketing coordinator for the Irish American Business Chamber and Network board member of Irish Network-Philadelphia

Kevin McCloskey, wounded Afghanistan War vet from Mayfair

Dr. James Murphy, founder of Villanova University’s Irish Studies Program

Mark O’Connor, owner of the Irish Pub and co-founder of the Tour-de-Shore charity

Kathy Orr, meteorologist at CBS3 and co-host of the station’s parade coverage for many years

CBS3 meteorologist Kathy Orr

CBS3 meteorologist Kathy Orr

Becky Puchalski- Member LAOH 61- tireless worker for the homeless, those in need and vets

Joe Shay Stivala, writer for The Philadelphia Record

Tom and Sarah Walsh. He’s manager of the Commodore Barry Club and both are involved in the Irish Center senior luncheons, GAA Games, and a number of other Irish groups.

Author: Denise Foley

Denise is one of the founding editors of irishphiladelphia.com and a veteran magazine and newspaper writer and editor.

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