Honorees

2016 Honorees


Grand Marshal - Jack Coyne

Irish Mother - Bridget McIntyre
Parade Co Chairs - John Myers

Parade Co Chair - Teresa Reilly Kowalski


2016 Honorees

Jack Coyne

2016 Grand Marshall


Jack and Mary Coyne have been very active members of the Cleveland Irish Community for many years. 

Jack became involved with the Irish while a member of the Benedictine High School Band, which led the parade in 1948.  He started Irish Dancing at the old Irish American Club at 118th Street where he met his wife Mary O’Rourke.  Jack and Mary are the proud parents of six children.

Keeping with the theme of the 2016 Parade, “Jack was the President of the Local Chapter of the Irish National Caucus (Irish American Lobby Group formed to counterbalance British influence in the United States Congress and Government) at a time when Northern Ireland was engulfed in violence”.

Jack was also the Cleveland Director of “Project Children” and American Northern Ireland Partnership dedicated to showing Protestant and Catholic children they have nothing to fear from each other and much to gain. Jack and Mary personally handled all of the obstacles to bring over 300 children to Cleveland for a wonderful summer.

Jack was a founding member of the Irish Famine Committee. The Committee built the Famine Monument, planted a time capsule, and was dedicated on September 16, 2000. Jack also became a founding member and President for four years of the Irish American Political Action Committee (IPAC). IPAC raised money to support local and national Irish American political candidates. The IPAC evolved into The Irish American Charitable Foundation (IACF) of which Jack serves as Treasurer.

 
The Hibernians congratulate Jack Coyne as the 2016 Grand Marshall and all his wonderful accomplishments.
                                               


 Bridget McIntyre

2016 Irish Mother of the Year


Bridget McIntyre was born in Cashel, Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland.  She is the daughter of the late Mary and Michael English. Searching for opportunity, Bridget moved to Cleveland at the age of 19 where she lived with her Aunt Ann and Uncle Tony McGinty and family.

Bridget remained active with her Irish heritage by becoming a member of the West Side Irish American Club.  She loved to dance and was proud to be a member of the Ladies Drill Team.  It was at the WSIA Bridget met her husband Tommy McIntyre.  They were married in 1971 and had children Tom, Mary, Margaret, and Erin.  Tommy died tragically when Bridget was three months pregnant with their youngest daughter Erin.

Bridget endured strong in her faith and raised her four children while working full time and as an active member of the Irish Community.  She is very proud of her children currently involved in their Irish Heritage both civically and culturally.  Her children and grandchildren followed in her footsteps marching down the avenue with the West Side Irish American Club. 

Bridget loves to be present for all the activities that involve her family especially her children, grandchildren, and the Irish Community.  She is often heard saying: “Well why not, you only go around once” Truly, capturing the beautiful, loving spirit of Bridget McIntyre.




John Myers

2016 Inside Co-Chair

John is an experienced attorney with an impressive work resume.  More importantly, he has a long and distinguished career working not only for the Irish Organizations in North East Ohio but also for organizations that help Irish in all 32 counties.  John worked with activists on the MacBride Principles Campaign in the 1980s and 1990s; advocating for American Corporations to implement these basic principles of justice to help end discrimination against the Nationalist Community in the six counties.  As an attorney John wrote several ordinances related to the MacBride Principles and Fair Employment enabling North East Ohio communities to lead the way with New York City and Boston. The legislation/resolutions John wrote were shared with other Irish American activists and became a blueprint for MacBride legislation throughout the Country.

John became an active member of the AOH and INA; working on a state and national front on humanitarian projects benefiting families in Ireland as well as local projects.  He was invited and attended the Sinn Fein Ard Feis to vote in favor of the Good Friday Agreement. More recently John has become driven to make an impact with regard to Irish Immigration reform.  He is networking with leaders in the United Sates and is the chair of the Immigration Committee for the OHIO AOH State Board.  He is also a National Board Member of the Irish American Democrats and works tirelessly to highlight Irish and Irish American issued educating party leaders.
John and all his activities are supported by his lovely wife Mary and daughters Tess and Joanna.

 Teresa Reilly Kowalski

2016 Outside Co-Chair


Teresa’s pride in her Irish Heritage began as the eldest of Jack and Patricia Riley’s seven children whose roots stem from Ballynacargy, Westmeath and Glenbeigh, County Kerry. Unfortunately, Teresa’s mother was called home to God at an early age but our Lord blessed her family with a wonderful stepmother Kathleen and brother Eric Evans.

Teresa married the love of her life, Dan Kowalski and together raised two wonderful children, Steven and Melanie.  Dan and family have supported Teresa in both her work and community services.

Teresa has been a very active member of the LAOH for the past fifteen years, most recently serving in the Catholic Action Office for the State of Ohio.  She has also served as Cleveland’s Our Lady of the Rosary Division’s President, Secretary, Catholic Action Representative and Historian and a member of the LOAH Ohio Degree Team.

Teresa is always willing to help with LAOH projects.  She has organized successful basket raffles for St. Brigid’s Day and is often seen selling Lucky 7 tickets at the AOH/LAOH reverse raffle.  She braved the Brown’s games for five years as a volunteer with Tenable Security for one of the biggest LAOH fundraisers.

Teresa is a lifetime member of the Greater Cleveland Feis Society.  She served as its President for six years.  Prior to serving as president, she served ten years as Vice President.  She was also an eighteen-year delegate of the United Irish Society as the FEIS representative.  Additionally, Teresa represented the Cleveland Feis Society to the Northern American Feis Commission serving for a number of years as the Midwest Regional Representative and as Convention Secretary.

Teresa’s has a passion for gardening and has been an enthusiastic volunteer maintaining the Irish Cultural Garden. She supports her parish, St. Patrick’s West Park as part of the garden committee that beautifies and maintains the grounds. Teresa serves on Cuyahoga County Master Gardener Advisory Council.  Teresa and a fellow gardener founded a community garden in her hometown of Rocky River.  Teresa organizes their food distribution from this garden along with her gardening activities.

Teresa and Dan are staunch supporters of the LAOH, the Feis Society, the Gardens and various Irish Organizations. 


Past Honorees

  • 1958
    • Grand Marshal - John J. O'Malley*
  • 1959
    • Grand Marshal - Patrick J. O'Malley*
  • 1960
    • Grand Marshal - John T. English*
    • Outside Co-Chair - William F. Chambers*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Raymond J. Reilly*
  • 1961
    • Grand Marshal - William J. Cannon*
    • Outside Co-Chair - James P. Conway*
    • Inside Co-Chair - William T. Monroe
  • 1962
    • Grand Marshal - Thomas E. McDonald*
    • Outside Co-Chair - James J. Lynch*
    • Inside Co-Chair - James M. Lynch*
  • 1963
    • Grand Marshal - Patrick T. Lynch*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Celia Carney*
    • Outside Co-Chair - James T. Kilbane*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Joseph P. Rochford*
  • 1964
    • Grand Marshal - Michael McGlynn*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Margaret Spellacy*
    • Outside Co-Chair - William F. Sweeney
    • Inside Co-Chair - Martin J. Cooney*
  • 1965
    • Grand Marshal - Arthur McChrystal*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Agnes Chambers*
    • Outside Co-Chair - James T. Breslin*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Augustine Boland*
  • 1966
    • Grand Marshal - James T. Kilbane*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Margaret Browne*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Ignatius E. McIntyre*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Mary V. McNeeley*
  • 1967
    • Grand Marshal - James M. Lynch*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Catherine Kline*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Daniel L. Berry*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Mary E. Reynolds*
  • 1968
    • Grand Marshal - John E. Ryan*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Bridget Boland*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Thomas J. Barrett, MD*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Eamon D'Arcy*
  • 1969
    • Grand Marshal - Thomas Scott*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Elizabeth Kenny*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Hon. Michael A. Sweeney*
    • Inside Co-Chair - James E. Murray*
  • 1970
    • Grand Marshal - James J. Boland*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Bernadette Murphy*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Thomas Coughlin*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Thomas Byrne*
  • 1971
    • Grand Marshal - Michael B. Comer*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Anna Esther Kilbane*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Thomas F. Campbell, PhD*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Mary B. Cook
  • 1972
    • Grand Marshal - Patrick T. Duffy*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Beatrice Lynch*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Canon Liam J. Kitt
    • Inside Co-Chair - Patrick J. O'Malley*
  • 1973
    • Grand Marshal - Hon. George J. McMonagle*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary Reynolds*
    • Outside Co-Chair - James B. Mooney
    • Inside Co-Chair - Patrick W. O'Malley*
  • 1974
    • Grand Marshal - John P. McNea*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Anna Sweeney*
    • Outside Co-Chair - James W. McGorray*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Ralph Connor*
  • 1975
    • Grand Marshal - Patrick J. Byrnes*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Anna Rita Kilbane*
    • Outside Co-Chair - William J. Kiernan*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Oliver E. Murphy*
  • 1976
    • Grand Marshal - James M. Carney*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Delia McIntyre*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Patrick J. Gallagher*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Edward J. Campbell*
  • 1977
    • Grand Marshal - Thomas F. McManamon Sr.
    • Outside Co-Chair - Peter D. Corrigan, MD*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Frank M. Sheehan*
  • 1978
    • Grand Marshal - Patrick J. McGeever*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Delia Gibbons*
    • Outside Co-Chair - John J. Gill
    • Inside Co-Chair - Maura Dowdall
  • 1979
    • Grand Marshal - Bryan Kilbane (In Memoriam)*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Loretta Prendergast*
    • Outside Co-Chair - James P. Reynolds*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Margaret Mylett
  • 1980
    • Grand Marshal - Oliver E. Murphy*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary Howard O'Malley*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Hon. Ann McManamon
    • Inside Co-Chair - Thomas J. Reynolds
  • 1981
    • Grand Marshal - Canon Liam J. Kitt
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Nora Hastings*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Hon. John V. Corrigan*
    • Inside Co-Chair - John Coyne*
  • 1982
    • Grand Marshal - Martin L. McLaughlin*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Beatrice McIntyre*
    • Outside Co-Chair - John P. Coyne
    • Inside Co-Chair - Michael G. Lavelle*
  • 1983
    • Grand Marshal - Michael McGarry*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Anne Grey*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Terrence Joyce*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Edmund P. Byrne*
  • 1984
    • Grand Marshal - John T. Patton Sr.*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary Terese Hurley
    • Outside Co-Chair - Leo P. D'Arcy
    • Inside Co-Chair - Deneen C. O'Reilly
  • 1985
    • Grand Marshal - John O'Neill*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Ursula Lynch*
    • Outside Co-Chair - John O'Brien
    • Inside Co-Chair - Patrick T. Murphy
  • 1986
    • Grand Marshal - Michael Roddy*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary O'Neill*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Kevin W. Reynolds
    • Inside Co-Chair - Eileen A. Reynolds
  • 1987
    • Grand Marshal - Thomas McCaffrey*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Hanna Byrnes*
    • Outside Co-Chair - John F. McGarry
    • Inside Co-Chair - Daniel M. Corcoran
  • 1988
    • Grand Marshal - Owen R. Quinn*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Bridget Birney*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Richard A. Walton
    • Inside Co-Chair - Walter J. McNally
  • 1989
    • Grand Marshal - Hon. Gerald T. McFaul
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Angela Kerrigan*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Roger S. Weist
    • Inside Co-Chair - Stephen L.. Mulloy*
  • 1990
    • Grand Marshal - James P. Reynolds*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Noreen Garriga
    • Outside Co-Chair - Sean Anthony Boland*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Margaret A. Lackey
  • 1991
    • Grand Marshal - John B. Quinn*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Kathleen Cooney*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Thomas O'Neill*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Peter B. Hannon
  • 1992
    • Grand Marshal - Terry Joyce*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Bette Berry
    • Outside Co-Chair - John Togher
    • Inside Co-Chair - Robert E. Hearns*
  • 1993
    • Grand Marshal - Alphonsus O'Leary
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Julia Burke*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Helen C. Malloy
    • Inside Co-Chair - Thomas J. Ross*
  • 1994
    • Grand Marshal - Thomas Byrne*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Nora Jordan
    • Outside Co-Chair - John J. Hennessy*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Marilyn Madigan
  • 1995
    • Grand Marshal - Edward Campbell*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Pauline Gallagher*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Paul Gallagher*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Rita Lally
  • 1996
    • Grand Marshal - Thomas Ross*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Eileen Hennessy*
    • Outside Co-Chair - John Campbell*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Toby Haffey*
  • 1997
    • Grand Marshal - Joseph Boland*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary Celine O'Leary
    • Outside Co-Chair - Dennis Dunn*
    • Inside Co-Chair - James Kilbane
  • 1998
    • Grand Marshal - Patrick T. Kilbane
    • Irish Mother of the Year - May Moore Keenan
    • Outside Co-Chair - Sr. Maureen Burke SND
    • Inside Co-Chair - Bonnie K. McNally
  • 1999
    • Grand Marshal - Raymond "Rip" Reilly*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary Kilbane
    • Outside Co-Chair - Fr. J. Brendan McNulty
    • Inside Co-Chair - John Togher
  • 2000
    • Grand Marshal - William Chambers*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Nora Carr*
    • Outside Co-Chair - James McGuirk
    • Inside Co-Chair - Linda Carney
  • 2001
    • Grand Marshal - Lonnie McCauley*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Sara McLaughlin
    • Outside Co-Chair - Bridget Boland*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Bridie Joyce
  • 2002
    • Grand Marshal - Frank Sheehan*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary Hastings-McCluskey
    • Outside Co-Chair - Pat Dowd
    • Inside Co-Chair - Tom Kilbane
  • 2003
    • Grand Marshal - Eamonn D'Arcy*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary O'Donnell Hayes
    • Outside Co-Chair - Harry Simon*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Rasa M. Chambers
  • 2004
    • Grand Marshal - James Patrick Caffrey*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Anne O'Donnell Mulloy
    • Outside Co-Chair - Nell Buckley
    • Inside Co-Chair - Frank Hoban
  • 2005
    • Grand Marshal - Helen Malloy
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Patricia Campbell*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Kevin McGinty
    • Inside Co-Chair - Linda Hannon
  • 2006
    • Grand Marshal - Bill Carney
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Joan Cavanaugh*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Gerald Quinn
    • Inside Co-Chair - Ed Morrow
  • 2007
    • Grand Marshal - Stephen L. Mulloy*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary Ellen Boland
    • Outside Co-Chair - Kathy Whitford
    • Inside Co-Chair - Mary Alice Fitzgerald
  • 2008
    • Grand Marshal - John Campbell*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Kathleen Hough
    • Outside Co-Chair - Norine Hastings
    • Inside Co-Chair - Michael Keenan
  • 2009
    • Grand Marshal - Tom Reynolds
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Shirley Chambers
    • Outside Co-Chair - Fr. James P. O'Donnell
    • Inside Co-Chair - Maire Leffel
  • 2010
    • Grand Marshal - John Hayes*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Bonnie McNally
    • Outside Co-Chair - Fr. Thomas Johns
    • Inside Co-Chair - Shannon Corcoran
  • 2011
    • Grand Marshal - Gerry Quinn
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Kathleen Lackey Sheehan
    • Outside Co-Chair - Fr. Thomas Mahoney
    • Inside Co-Chair - Sheila Murphy Crawford
  • 2012
    • Grand Marshal - Walter J. "Mickey" McNally
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Vera Casey
    • Outside Co-Chair - William G. Chambers
    • Inside Co-Chair - Una O'Leary Escolas
  • 2013
    • Grand Marshal - Kevin McGinty
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Una Ellis
    • Outside Co-Chair - Daniel B. Chambers
    • Inside Co-Chair - Timothy Leahy
  • 2014
    • Grand Marshal  - Andy Dever
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Bridie Joyce
    • Outside Co-Chair - Mark Owens
    • Inside Co-Chair -  John O'Brien Jr
  • 2015
    • Grand Marshal  - Daniel M. Cocoran
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Patricia Hollywood
    • Outside Co-Chair - Fr. Bob Begin
    • Inside Co-Chair -  Maire O'Leary Manning