2020 Honorees

Grand Marshal - Thomas J. Scanlon

Irish Mother of the Year - Kathleen Mangan

Inside Co-Chair - Maureen Mohney

Outside Co-Chair - Christopher Cooper

Thomas J. Scanlon
2020 Grand Marshal

Thomas J. Scanlon was born on Cleveland's West Side on March 25, 1938 to Thomas J. and Marie (Grady) Scanlon and, like many Clevelanders, traces his roots to County Mayo.  His Scanlon family has been in Cleveland since the 1870s, where they lived in the old “Irishtown Bend” area and Tremont.  A stained-glass window in St. Augustine Church still bears his family’s name.  Tom is married to Anita Scanlon; they have four daughters and many grandchildren.  His sister is a Notre Dame nun.

Tom lives in Westlake and is a member of St. Bernadette Parish.

Tom received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from John Carroll University in 1959.  He then graduated from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, cum laude in 1963 and was an editor of the Cleveland Marshall Law Review.

Tom was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1963; the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in 1964; U.S. Tax Court in 1975; U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1976; U.S. Claims Court in 1978; and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987.

Tom is an accomplished lawyer with his primary practice areas including business law, real estate law, condominium law, taxation, probate, estate planning, trial and appellate law.

Tom’s many civic and charitable affiliations reflect his Irish heritage such as leadership roles and memberships in;

  • The Irish American Law Society of Cleveland (board member, past president and founding member);
  • Irish American Archives Society (board member and officer);
  • Irish-American Charitable Foundation (board member);
  • The Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland (board member and officer).

Tom Scanlon has been affiliated with non-Irish organizations as well such as:

  • West Side Ecumenical Ministry (past board member and president);
  • Centers for Families and Children;
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, Northern Ohio Chapter (past board member and president);
  • Cleveland Pops Orchestra (past board member and president);
  • Gordon Square Arts District (past board member);
  • Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (past board member);
  • Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association (past board member and president);
  • University Hospitals of Cleveland Leadership Council (trustee and secretary).

Tom has been honored by many organizations for his leadership and efforts, including:

  • The Irish American Archives Society, Walks of Life Award, 2004;
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association, Alumnus of the Year, 2007 and a later induction into the CM Law Hall of Fame;
  • Pillar Award for Philanthropic Activities and Support, 2009;
  • Selected nationally as part of the Irish Legal 100 since 2009;
  • Cleveland International Hall of Fame, 2014;
  • ORT Jurisprudence Award, 2017.

In our Cleveland Irish community Tom has been instrumental in projects such as the Johnny Kilbane Sculpture located in Battery Park, The Cleveland Public Theatre W.B. Yeats Project; the presentation of Irish artist Brian Maguire and bringing the Irish Sopranos to Cleveland.  Tom has also supported just about every Irish organization and endeavor in Cleveland for many years, whether it is giving his time and expertise, sponsoring a table or taking a program ad, Tom has been there for all of us.

Tom has done remarkable work to promote the Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  For over 35 years he and his law firm have sponsored a dignitary from Ireland to participate in the Parade.  Dignitaries have included Irish judges, renowned barristers, government ministers, members of the Irish Parliament and the Lord Mayor of Dublin.  He has helped to make the Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade well known and respected in business, law and government all over Ireland.

Tom was also instrumental in the planning, organizing and publishing of The Day We Celebrate, the commemorative book detailing the 175-year history of the Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  That project would not have happened without his steady hand and participation.

Kathleen Mangan
2020 Irish Mother of the Year

Kathleen is the oldest of 10 children born to Katie (nee O'Malley) and Peter Mulchrone from Buckagh, Newport, Co. Mayo, Ireland.  In 1961, at the age of 16, Kathleen immigrated to Cleveland and came to stay with her Aunt Bridget and Uncle Jim O'Boyle.  Far away from her home in Newport, Kathleen bravely embarked on her new life as a domestic for a family in Shaker Heights, Ohio.  Here she met friends and enjoyed learning about life in America.

The West Side Irish American Club (WSIA) was an important center of socialization and comfort for the young Irish of Cleveland.  Kathleen met her future husband, John "Con" Mangan (Dooagh, Achill, Co. Mayo) at the WSIA on Madison Avenue.  They married in 1966 at St. Rose Church.  Kathleen and Con are the proud parents of two sons: Michael (Sue) and John (Katie).  They are blessed with six grandchildren: Katie, Michael, Declan, Allie, Jack and Conor.

Preserving Irish culture and family life has always been important to Kathleen and Con.  Before she was widowed in 2004, Kathleen and Con travelled back to Ireland both as a couple and with their sons on many occasions.  One memorable journey involved the Achill-Cleveland twinning ceremony in 2003.  Both Kathleen and Con served on the committee to organize the event.  After Con's death, Kathleen continued to travel back to Ireland with her family.  She even had the opportunity to share her love and knowledge of Ireland with each of her six grandchildren during one very special holiday.

Kathleen worked for 33 years at Baldwin-Wallace University in the ID office.  After her retirement in 2012, Kathleen was able to broaden her involvement with the WSIA.  She is always ready to lend a hand in one of the many volunteer committees that are the heartbeat of the WSIA.  Kathleen has helped with the Claddagh Ball, Friday fish fries, annual clambake, weekly cleaning crew and countless other events at the WSIA.  In 2015, she was honored as the WSIA Woman of the Year.

Kathleen is a great supporter of all the Irish events in Cleveland, including the Mayo Society, Famine Mass and Irish Cultural Festival.  Furthermore, Kathleen has donated countless hours to charitable organizations.  Kathleen and Con both contributed their time and talent to Fr. McNulty's St. Augustine benefit.  More recently, Kathleen has devoted her time as a committee member for Fr. O'Donnell's annual benefit.

Kathleen has dedicated her life to her family and many Irish organizations.  Above all, Kathleen values faith, family and heritage.  Proudly, she shares her knowledge and love for Irish culture with all who know her.  With humility and selflessness, Kathleen serves her culture and family.  Kathleen is truly a beloved Irish Mother of the Year.

Maureen Mohney
2020 Inside Co-Chair

Maureen Mohney is the daughter of Patricia (nee Gill); significant other of Jimmy Campbell; has four siblings, Michael (Becky), Kathy (Bryan), Neil and Colleen (Mark); and five nieces and nephews, Erin, Sean, Patrick, Brian and Shannon.  Maureen is a lifelong resident of Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood and is a graduate of Our Lady of Angels, St. Joseph Academy and John Carroll University.

Maureen has been employed by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland for 25 years!  She started at the Diocese while in high school, worked her way through college and accepted a full time position after graduation.  Most of Maureen’s career has been spent in the Information Technology Department.

Maureen has been involved and active in the Irish community for many years, attending various events all over town.  Maureen is a long time member of the Irish American Club – East Side, the West Side Irish American Club, Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Our Lady of the Rosary Division and St. Pat’s-St. Jarlath’s Gaelic Football Club, where many lasting friendships have been formed.

Maureen joined St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club as a player in 2001 and held several board positions over the years.  In the years when Cleveland was unable to field a ladies team, Maureen and a few of the “Cleveland contingent” joined Detroit St. Anne’s to continue playing competitively and she was a key player in bringing home the first Ladies Gaelic Football National Championship to the Midwest Division in 2010!  In 2019, the St. Pat’s-St. Jarlath’s Gaelic Football Club officially resurrected the Cleveland Ladies team; where Maureen was chosen as team captain and honored as the 2019 Ladies Player of the Year.

Maureen joined the United Irish Societies in 2002 as a delegate for St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club.  In 2016, Maureen was invited to become a Deputy Director and is currently serving as Recording Secretary, handles fundraising related to Guarantor Sashes and maintains the IT needs of the Committee.

Maureen was previously honored by the United Irish Societies as Queen Deirdre in 2002; and the recipient of the Thomas McManamon Executive Directors Cup in 2017.  Maureen is very proud to represent the United Irish Societies as the 2020 Inside Co-Chair.

Christopher Cooper
2020 Outside Co-Chair

Christopher Cooper is a third generation Irish-American whose family members emigrated from Counties Mayo, Meath, Galway, Wexford and Cork.  He is the fourth of five children born to the late Robert and Anna Mae (nee Kane) Cooper.  Chris and his wife Kathleen (nee Campbell) are the proud parents of seven children and grandparents of 10.  Their children are Eileen Reed, Kathleen, Margaret Cavelli, Christopher Jr., Mary Clare Piascik, Michael and Patricia.  They are the grandparents of Catherine, Megan, Mary, Julia, John and Bernadette Reed; Annabella, Fiona and Vincent Cavelli; and Thomas Piascik.

Chris attended St. Anselm Grade School and graduated from St. Joseph High School.  He was a self-employed remodeler and then became a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.  Later, he worked as a supervisor and manager and was appointed Postmaster of Novelty, OH in 2009.

Chris enjoys celebrating his heritage and sharing his skills in a variety of areas, encouraging family and friends to join in the projects too!  He has volunteered for the Greater Cleveland Feis Society for 20 years.  He first served four years as 1st Vice President and then 12 years as President from 2006-2018.  He was active in the Murphy Irish Arts Association and was recognized as Volunteer of the Year in 1999.  He then served four years as President for the Association.

A member of the Irish American Club – East Side, Chris can be seen enjoying traditional Irish social dances with his family.  He assisted with the Club’s Children Christmas Shows for over 10 years and is a committed volunteer on the clean-up days at the Irish Cultural Gardens.

Parish and school are also important to Chris.  For eight years, he was on the committee for the Holy Cross Parish fundraiser, Life on the Lake, serving as the chairperson for four years.  Chris and his family are members of Ss. Robert and William Parish in Euclid.  He is also active at the parish – he volunteers at the Ss. Robert and William Parish festival, plants and maintains the church flowerbeds and is also an usher.

In the community, Chris has been a trustee for the Shore Haven Club for over twenty years, serving as president for 15 years.  He helps maintain the club grounds and does needed repairs.  He also organizes events throughout the year to enhance and support his neighborhood.  He has also volunteered with the Euclid Lyric Guild, organizing fundraisers and presenting shows.

Closer to home, Chris and his family enjoy living in Euclid and celebrating their Irish heritage.  It is common for them to push back the furniture and dance in the living room.  If an accordion is handy, the music is live, but Irish CDs are always close at hand.

Chris is well deserving of this honor as he demonstrates his love of faith, family and culture every day of the year.

Past Honorees

  • 1958
    • Grand Marshal - John J. O'Malley*
  • 1959
    • Grand Marshal - Patrick J. O'Malley*
  • 1960
    • Grand Marshal - John T. English*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Raymond J. Reilly*
    • Outside Co-Chair - William F. Chambers*
  • 1961
    • Grand Marshal - William J. Cannon*
    • Inside Co-Chair - William T. Monroe
    • Outside Co-Chair - James P. Conway*
  • 1962
    • Grand Marshal - Thomas E. McDonald*
    • Inside Co-Chair - James M. Lynch*
    • Outside Co-Chair - James J. Lynch*
  • 1963
    • Grand Marshal - Patrick T. Lynch*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Celia Carney*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Joseph P. Rochford*
    • Outside Co-Chair - James T. Kilbane*
  • 1964
    • Grand Marshal - Michael McGlynn*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Margaret Spellacy*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Martin J. Cooney*
    • Outside Co-Chair - William F. Sweeney
  • 1965
    • Grand Marshal - Arthur McChrystal*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Agnes Chambers*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Augustine Boland*
    • Outside Co-Chair - James T. Breslin*
  • 1966
    • Grand Marshal - James T. Kilbane*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Margaret Browne*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Mary V. McNeeley*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Ignatius E. McIntyre*
  • 1967
    • Grand Marshal - James M. Lynch*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Catherine Kline*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Mary E. Reynolds*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Daniel L. Berry*
  • 1968
    • Grand Marshal - John E. Ryan*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Bridget Boland*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Eamon D'Arcy*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Thomas J. Barrett, MD*
  • 1969
    • Grand Marshal - Thomas Scott*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Elizabeth Kenny*
    • Inside Co-Chair - James E. Murray*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Hon. Michael A. Sweeney*
  • 1970
    • Grand Marshal - James J. Boland*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Bernadette Murphy*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Thomas Byrne*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Thomas Coughlin*
  • 1971
    • Grand Marshal - Michael B. Comer*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Anna Esther Kilbane*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Mary B. Cook
    • Outside Co-Chair - Thomas F. Campbell, PhD*
  • 1972
    • Grand Marshal - Patrick T. Duffy*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Beatrice Lynch*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Patrick J. O'Malley*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Canon Liam J. Kitt*
  • 1973
    • Grand Marshal - Hon. George J. McMonagle*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary Reynolds*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Patrick W. O'Malley*
    • Outside Co-Chair - James B. Mooney
  • 1974
    • Grand Marshal - John P. McNea*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Anna Sweeney*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Ralph Connor*
    • Outside Co-Chair - James W. McGorray*
  • 1975
    • Grand Marshal - Patrick J. Byrnes*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Anna Rita Kilbane*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Oliver E. Murphy*
    • Outside Co-Chair - William J. Kiernan*
  • 1976
    • Grand Marshal - James M. Carney*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Delia McIntyre*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Edward J. Campbell*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Patrick J. Gallagher*
  • 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*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Maura Dowdall
    • Outside Co-Chair - John J. Gill
  • 1979
    • Grand Marshal - Bryan Kilbane (In Memoriam)*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Loretta Prendergast*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Margaret Mylett
    • Outside Co-Chair - James P. Reynolds*
  • 1980
    • Grand Marshal - Oliver E. Murphy*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary Howard O'Malley*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Thomas J. Reynolds*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Hon. Ann McManamon
  • 1981
    • Grand Marshal - Canon Liam J. Kitt*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Nora Hastings*
    • Inside Co-Chair - John Coyne*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Hon. John V. Corrigan*
  • 1982
    • Grand Marshal - Martin L. McLaughlin*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Beatrice McIntyre*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Michael G. Lavelle*
    • Outside Co-Chair - John P. Coyne
  • 1983
    • Grand Marshal - Michael McGarry*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Anne Grey*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Edmund P. Byrne*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Terrence Joyce*
  • 1984
    • Grand Marshal - John T. Patton Sr.*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary Terese Hurley*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Deneen C. O'Reilly
    • Outside Co-Chair - Leo P. D'Arcy
  • 1985
    • Grand Marshal - John O'Neill*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Ursula Lynch*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Patrick T. Murphy
    • Outside Co-Chair - John O'Brien
  • 1986
    • Grand Marshal - Michael Roddy*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary O'Neill*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Eileen A. Reynolds
    • Outside Co-Chair - Kevin W. Reynolds
  • 1987
    • Grand Marshal - Thomas McCaffrey*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Hanna Byrnes*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Daniel M. Corcoran*
    • Outside Co-Chair - John F. McGarry
  • 1988
    • Grand Marshal - Owen R. Quinn*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Bridget Birney*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Walter J. McNally
    • Outside Co-Chair - Richard A. Walton
  • 1989
    • Grand Marshal - Hon. Gerald T. McFaul
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Angela Kerrigan*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Stephen L. Mulloy*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Roger S. Weist*
  • 1990
    • Grand Marshal - James P. Reynolds*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Noreen Garriga
    • Inside Co-Chair - Margaret A. Lackey
    • Outside Co-Chair - Sean Anthony Boland*
  • 1991
    • Grand Marshal - John B. Quinn*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Kathleen Cooney*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Peter B. Hannon
    • Outside Co-Chair - Thomas O'Neill*
  • 1992
    • Grand Marshal - Terry Joyce*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Bette Berry
    • Inside Co-Chair - Robert E. Hearns*
    • Outside Co-Chair - John Togher*
  • 1993
    • Grand Marshal - Alphonsus O'Leary
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Julia Burke*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Thomas J. Ross*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Helen C. Malloy
  • 1994
    • Grand Marshal - Thomas Byrne*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Nora Jordan*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Marilyn Madigan
    • Outside Co-Chair - John J. Hennessy*
  • 1995
    • Grand Marshal - Edward Campbell*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Pauline Gallagher*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Rita Lally
    • Outside Co-Chair - Paul Gallagher*
  • 1996
    • Grand Marshal - Thomas Ross*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Eileen Hennessy*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Toby Haffey*
    • Outside Co-Chair - John Campbell*
  • 1997
    • Grand Marshal - Joseph Boland*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary Celine O'Leary
    • Inside Co-Chair - James Kilbane
    • Outside Co-Chair - Dennis Dunn*
  • 1998
    • Grand Marshal - Patrick T. Kilbane*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mae Moore Keenan*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Bonnie K. McNally
    • Outside Co-Chair - Sr. Maureen Burke SND
  • 1999
    • Grand Marshal - Raymond "Rip" Reilly*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary Kilbane*
    • Inside Co-Chair - John J. Togher
    • Outside Co-Chair - Fr. J. Brendan McNulty
  • 2000
    • Grand Marshal - William Chambers*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Nora Carr*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Linda Carney
    • Outside Co-Chair - James McGuirk
  • 2001
    • Grand Marshal - Lonnie McCauley*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Sara McLaughlin
    • Inside Co-Chair - Bridie Joyce
    • Outside Co-Chair - Bridget Boland*
  • 2002
    • Grand Marshal - Frank Sheehan*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary Hastings-McCluskey
    • Inside Co-Chair - Tom Kilbane
    • Outside Co-Chair - Pat Dowd
  • 2003
    • Grand Marshal - Eamonn D'Arcy*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary O'Donnell Hayes*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Rasa M. Chambers
    • Outside Co-Chair - Harry Simon*
  • 2004
    • Grand Marshal - James Patrick Caffrey*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Anne O'Donnell Mulloy*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Frank Hoban*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Nell Buckley
  • 2005
    • Grand Marshal - Helen Malloy
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Patricia Campbell*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Linda Hannon
    • Outside Co-Chair - Kevin McGinty*
  • 2006
    • Grand Marshal - Bill Carney*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Joan Cavanaugh*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Ed Morrow*
    • Outside Co-Chair - Gerald Quinn
  • 2007
    • Grand Marshal - Stephen L. Mulloy*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Mary Ellen Boland
    • Inside Co-Chair - Mary Alice Fitzgerald
    • Outside Co-Chair - Kathy Whitford
  • 2008
    • Grand Marshal - John Campbell*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Kathleen Hough
    • Inside Co-Chair - Michael Keenan
    • Outside Co-Chair - Norine Hastings
  • 2009
    • Grand Marshal - Tom Reynolds*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Shirley Chambers
    • Inside Co-Chair - Maire Leffel
    • Outside Co-Chair - Fr. James P. O'Donnell
  • 2010
    • Grand Marshal - John Hayes*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Bonnie McNally
    • Inside Co-Chair - Shannon Corcoran
    • Outside Co-Chair - Fr. Thomas Johns
  • 2011
    • Grand Marshal - Gerry Quinn
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Kathleen Lackey Sheehan
    • Inside Co-Chair - Sheila Murphy Crawford
    • Outside Co-Chair - Fr. Thomas Mahoney
  • 2012
    • Grand Marshal - Walter J. "Mickey" McNally
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Vera Casey
    • Inside Co-Chair - Una O'Leary Escolas
    • Outside Co-Chair - William G. Chambers
  • 2013
    • Grand Marshal - Kevin McGinty*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Una Ellis*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Timothy Leahy
    • Outside Co-Chair - Daniel B. Chambers
  • 2014
    • Grand Marshal  - Andy Dever
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Bridie Joyce
    • Inside Co-Chair -  John O'Brien Jr.
    • Outside Co-Chair - Mark Owens
  • 2015
    • Grand Marshal - Daniel M. Corcoran*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Patricia Hollywood
    • Inside Co-Chair - Maire O'Leary Manning
    • Outside Co-Chair - Fr. Bob Begin
  • 2016
    • Grand Marshal - Jack Coyne
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Bridget McIntyre
    • Inside Co-Chair - John Myers
    • Outside Co-Chair - Teresa Reilly Kowalski
  • 2017
    • Grand Marshal - Roger S. Weist*
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Angela Murphy*
    • Inside Co-Chair - Margaret Lynch
    • Outside Co-Chair - John Patrick Lackey
  • 2018
    • Grand Marshal - Sheila Murphy Crawford
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Joan (Hartnett) Reali
    • Inside Co-Chair - Noreen Halley
    • Outside Co-Chair - Linda Burke
  • 2019
    • Grand Marshal - William "Bill" Homan
    • Irish Mother of the Year - Eileen Kilroy
    • Inside Co-Chair - Patti Maher Hanrahan
    • Outside Co-Chair - Sr. Corita Ambro
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