Honorees

2018 Honorees

Grand Marshal - Sheila Murphy Crawford

Irish Mother of the Year - Joan (Hartnett) Reali

Inside Co-Chair - Noreen Halley

Outside Co-Chair - Linda Burke



2018 Honorees

Sheila Murphy Crawford
2018 Grand Marshal


Sheila Murphy was born to Ollie and Betty Murphy in Cleveland, Ohio. She was the youngest of four children including her brother, Ollie, and her two sisters, Joan and Maureen. With grandparents from County Cork and West Meath, she grew up in a loving Irish-American family where the importance of service to others was stressed. Christ the King was the family parish and grade school on the east side, then she attended Regina High School, the University of Dayton (B.S. degree in Education) and Cleveland State University for a Master’s degree in English. She married her best friend, Bob Crawford in 1981; after 36 years of marriage, they are still best friends.

Sheila taught English at Brush High School for 32 years and coached the majorette corps for 20 years. She coached several sports teams and choreographed numerous musicals for the high school Music Department and community theater groups. Sheila was honored as Teacher of the Year in 1973.

After being certified as an Irish dance teacher and adjudicator by An Coimmisiun in Ireland, she founded the Murphy Irish Arts Center in 1978. Then she established the Murphy Irish Arts Association as a 501c3 non-profit organization to support Irish Cultural activities. The Murphy Irish Dancers are known for bringing Irish culture to the community through their highly skilled dancers and exciting unique choreography and costuming. She has proudly led the Murphy Irish Dancers in 39 consecutive St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Cleveland. In 2015, the Senior Dance Drama Team won the 1st place World Championship title in Montreal. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Murphy Irish Arts Center.

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Sheila served five terms as President of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and then with her sister Joan was Co-Director of the Ohio Degree Team for ten years. In 1993 she was honored as Hibernian of the Year.

Her parents were very active in the Irish Cultural Garden. In 1993 Sheila became the Director of the Irish Cultural Garden. She has volunteered over 40 years in the Cultural Gardens, spearheaded a restoration of the Irish Cultural Garden, served as Vice-President of the Cultural Gardens Federation for over 12 years, Chairman of the Design & Preservation Committee for 5 years, and President of the Federation for 5 years. She chaired the One World Day celebration the past 2 years which brought 20 thousand visitors to the gardens and the 100th Anniversary celebrations of the Cultural Gardens in 2016.

Sheila grew up in the West Side Irish American Club on Madison Avenue. She was elected Queen Deirdre in 1969 and taught ceili dance lessons for the Cleveland Gaelic Society. She joined the Irish American Club, East Side 40 years ago and taught ceili lessons there for over 20 years. Sheila has attended every Cleveland Feis since the beginning in 1957; first as a competitor and then as a teacher and adjudicator. In 2015 she was inducted into the North American Feis Commission’s Hall of Fame for her life long dedication and service to the Irish community and the world of Irish Dance. She was nominated by the Greater Cleveland Feis Society.

Serving a secretary for the United Irish Societies in the 70’s, she currently represents the Murphy Irish Arts Association as a delegate.

In recognition of her service, Sheila has received many honors: St. John Vianney Church honored her for her cultural contributions to the Irish Community of Cleveland in 2005; in 2008, the Irish American Archives Society “Walks of Life” award; in 2011, she was elected “Honorary Co-Chair” of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (LAOH); in 2015, Irish Echo Newspaper – Irish Woman of Influence Award in New York (Mayo Society); in 2018, Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Irish American Club, East Side).  She is the 3rd woman in the 176 year history of the parade to receive this honor; and in April, she will be inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame  (Cleveland People.com)

Service, especially in the Irish Community, was part of the family tradition. Her mother, Bernadette Sheehan Murphy, was Irish Mother of the Year in 1970; her dad, Oliver Murphy was Grand Marshal in 1981; and her sister, Joan Murphy Cavanaugh, was Irish Mother of the year in 2007.

Joan (Hartnett) Reali
2018 Irish Mother of the Year


Joan Reali hails from Lehid, in the parish of Tuosist, outside the town of Kenmare in County Kerry, Ireland.  Joan came to the United States at the age of 17, after her father had leased out their family farm in County Kerry, in order to fulfill his dream of returning to the States where he had lived as a young man.  Joan is the youngest of the six children of Michael and Mary Ellen Hartnett.

Joan married Raymond Reali in 1966 and they are the proud parents of three lovely daughters, Maureen, Colleen and Darleen.  All three of her daughters were championship Irish dancers with the Tessie Burke School of Irish Dance.  In addition, her daughters marched in the St. Patrick’s Day parade as children with the West Side Irish American Club.   Maureen and Darleen make their home in Ireland, along with four of Joan’s grandchildren.  Colleen lives here in Northeast Ohio and is married to Cleveland Police Homicide Detective David Shapiro. Colleen and David have a daughter who Joan adores and devotes much of her time to.

Joan worked for the Pioneer Savings Bank in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood in Cleveland for 50 years.  She started as a teller and rose to the rank of Vice President by the time she retired.  After her retirement, she ran her daughter’s campaign for common pleas court judge.

Joan and her family resided in the Westpark neighborhood in Cleveland and attended St. Mark School and Church for 45 years.  Recently, the family has relocated to Westlake and belong to Holy Trinity, St. Bernadette and St. Raphael parishes.

Joan is and has been an active member of the following organizations:
  1. The West Side Irish American Club (60 years)
  2. Our Lady of the Rosary Division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
  3. The Cleveland Gaelic Society (served as treasurer and a delegate to UIS for over 30 years and was instrumental in the creation of the Mother’s Day Mass)
  4. Irish Palatine Father’s Mission (served as its treasurer and hosted Fr. James B. Carroll during his time here) 
  5. Project Children (Joan and her family hosted a child from Northern Ireland in the summer of 1986)
  6. Irish Famine Memorial Committee (founding member and worked on the creation and placement of the memorial stone adjacent to the Cuyahoga River)
  7. Associated Irish American Clubs (founding member)
  8. Fr. O’Donnell’s Little Brothers and Sisters of the Eucharist (treasurer and committee member)
  9. Westside Catholic Shelter “Women Helping Women” (committee member on the annual fundraiser for the women’s shelter)
  10. The Women’s Board of the Beck Center for the Arts (committee member on several fundraisers to promote theatre and dance)
  11. St. Augustine Church and Hunger Center (served on the committee and as treasurer for several fundraisers)
  12. Friend of the Matt Talbot Inn
  13. The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association (friend and supporter)
  14. Cleveland Ceili Club
  15. St Luke’s School (committee member and fundraiser)
  16. Irish American Charitable Foundation (delegate and member of the committee whose mission is to support and provide start-up funds to promote the sustained growth of cultural and educational activities of Irish American organizations in Northeast Ohio) 
Joan has devoted her years in the States to both charitable causes and Irish cultural events in the Cleveland area, all while working full-time and raising a family.  Joan is a dedicated volunteer and a tireless advocate for all things Irish and Irish-American in North East Ohio.

Noreen Halley
2018 Inside Co-Chair


Noreen Halley is the seventh of ten children of the late Patricia and John Campbell.  Noreen and her husband, Chris, are married 25 years, are lifelong residents of Cleveland, and members of Our Lady of Angels Parish.

Noreen’s involvement with the Irish-American community began at birth.  She grew up listening to personal histories of her father’s life in Ballycroy, County Mayo; her mother’s in Cleveland in Immaculate Conception Parish; and her grandparents’ in Ireland and emigration to the United States.  The home was filled with joyous Irish music and dance, the family rosary, and conversation covering a multitude of topics and nations, particularly Ireland and the United States. 

Noreen graduated from Holy Cross School and Villa Angela Academy.  She received her BSBA from John Carroll University in 1998 and completed her Master’s Degree at Cleveland State University in December 2017.  Noreen worked at Lincoln Electric and Cole Vision before joining Progressive in 2006 as an IT Quality Assurance Analyst.

Noreen is a member of the United Irish Societies representing the Greater Cleveland Feis Society since 2007.  She enthusiastically supports the UIS and relishes her role in helping marshal the parade.  She has played a crucial role in recruiting marshals and organizing the 3rd Division.  She realizes that the parade not only celebrates the Irish-American community, but also enhances relationships with individuals, various groups in the area, and the City of Cleveland. She encourages others to support these efforts.

Noreen’s love of Irish dance started in the home but was enhanced during her years dancing for Murphy Irish Arts.  After she left dancing Noreen wanted to share her love of Irish dance and music and started to volunteer at the Cleveland Feis as a stage monitor.  She was elected officer-at- large in 2008 and vice-president in 2012.  She shares her time and abilities to help organize the Cleveland Feis and has also organized the program book for numerous years.

Attending events on both sides of town, Noreen is a member of the West Side Irish-American Club and the Irish-American Club-East Side, as well as being a member of Irish Northern Aid, the Mayo Society, and the Ladies’ Ancient Order of Hibernians Our Lady of the Rosary Division.

Whether complex or simple, each project undertaken by Noreen is accepted graciously and enthusiastically, and each is analyzed thoroughly and enhanced by her application and sharing of skills.

Linda Burke
2018 Outside Co-Chair


Linda Burke is the mother of 3 children: Bridget, Patrick and Casey. She is the grandmother of 4: Jaylon, Erin, Liam and Owen.  She has been married to Jim Burke for 17 years, having met him when she was the membership secretary at the Irish American Club East Side.  Linda also has 1 sister – Karen. Linda and her family have always been involved members of the Cleveland Irish Community – her late mother-in-law, Julia Burke, was honored as the 1993 Irish Mother of the Year and her sister-in-law, Sister Maureen Burke, was the 1998 Outside Co-Chair.

Linda graduated from Cleveland State University in 1969 – she was in the first graduating class that started as freshman at Cleveland State. After graduating, she taught 2nd grade for 33 years in the Mentor Public School System. She went on to teach for 2 years at Christ the King Elementary School before it closed.

Having joined the Irish American Club East Side in 1984, Linda became an active member immediately and served on various committees. She was a member of the float committee and every year provides an eloquent write up about their float for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Linda was responsible for forming the group called MAGIC and also running an Irish Whiskey Tour.  Having served for many terms as the Membership Secretary, she has also served as Treasurer and Vice president, and then served as President in 2013/2014. In 2009, she was honored as Member of the Year. Currently she serves as the Entertainment Chairperson, where she has been instrumental in giving several bands their first change at playing in the Cleveland area.

In addition to her involvement with the Irish American Club East Side, Linda is a member of the West Side Irish American Club.  She has interests in everything Irish. To that end, she got involved in taking Gaelic language lessons at PJ McIntyre’s; served as the representative for the Padraic Pearse Center to the United Irish Societies of Greater Cleveland for 14 years; creates the Crossword Puzzles for the Ohio Irish American News; volunteers at the Ohio Celtic Festival where she is in charge of the Whiskey Tastings; is co-owner of the CLE Pop-up Pub.

When not involved in her volunteer activities, Linda enjoys spending time with her family, hearing good Irish music and visiting Ireland.  She is planning her 29th trip to Ireland in May.



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. Corcoran*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Patricia Hollywood
    • Outside Co-Chair - Fr. Bob Begin
    • Inside Co-Chair - Maire O'Leary Manning
  • 2016
    • Grand Marshal - Jack Coyne
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Bridget McIntyre
    • Outside Co-Chair - Teresa Reilly Kowalski
    • Inside Co-Chair - John Myers
  • 2017
    • Grand Marshal - Roger S. Weist
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Angela Murphy
    • Outside Co-Chair - John Patrick Lackey
    • Inside Co-Chair - Margaret Lynch
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