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