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Saint Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band.

The 2022 Parade was held on Saturday,

March 26, 2022, with great parade

weather, and an excellent broadcast

from the team at TV34.

9:00 AM
The Thornstick Mass will start the day, and be hosted in conjunction with the Elizabeth A.O.H. at St. Patrick's Church in Elizabeth.

12:00 Noon
The Reviewing Stand Festivities at Morris and Stuyvesant Avenues in Union begin. Enjoy the "Kid's Zone", fun for all ages on Stuyvesant Ave. (just off Morris Ave.)

1:00 PM Sharp
The Parade begins with the Marching units gathered on Morris Avenue and along Commerce and Jeanette Avenues. The parade route proceeds east along Morris Avenue to a turn at the Main Reviewing Stand at Stuyvesant Ave. and ends at Roosevelt Avenue.

The Midway Reviewing Stand at Morris and Caldwell Avenues has parade announcers with details of all of the participants, history and other information. It's a great place to watch the parade!

Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade

2022 General Chairwoman

Pam Joyce

Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade

2022 Grand Marshal

Michael McNany

Michael McNany

Michael O. McNany, the youngest of five, was born in Mt. Lebanon, PA. on April 1, 1966. He and his siblings, 3 brothers, Paul, Ed and Brian, and a sister, Rita, lived there until the family relocated back to New Jersey and settled in Springfield. Being raised in an Irish family, with roots in Co. Cork and Co. Monaghan, there were many holidays and occasions spent with aunts, uncles, cousins, where there was music, laughter and sharing of stories & traditions. Springfield is a town within Union County that became a great place where he would grow up, have a career, and a family; raising his beautiful daughter, Amy, that he is extremely proud of and who has been there to celebrate her dad's many accomplishments.

Mike attended St. James Roman Catholic School, graduating in 1980 and continued his education at Jonathan Dayton Regional High School, graduating there in 1984. Shortly after graduating high school, Mike worked as a warehouse manager and eventually became a branch manager for a local irrigation supply company. In August of 1988, Mike was appointed to the Springfield Police Department where he enjoyed a career of serving the Township of Springfield and his family and friends of the community. He began as a patrolman until he earned a promotion to Sergeant in 2008. While in this position, he was afforded the opportunity to further build and grow personally and professionally making friends within the town, local communities and the county. Mike was later promoted to Lieutenant of the Springfield Police Department in March of 2012, where he continued to become more involved in community programs. Throughout his career of 26 years, Mike has been recognized by his department as well as the P.B.A. Local 76 for several commendations which include life-saving awards. Mike retired as Lieutenant on November 1, 2014, after many years of a very rewarding and successful career working in his hometown, where he was and is highly regarded and respected. Currently he is employed by Canoe Brook Country Club as the Security Supervisor.

The Essex County Emerald Society is an organization which promotes and supports the culture and traditions of professional police officers and firefighters of Irish descent. It was these characteristics that interested Mike to join the Essex County Emerald Society - Chapter #1 in 1989. He proudly served as a member of the color guard for several years, getting to know the members, learning about the organization and building friendships. He was elected to the position of 2nd Vice President - Law Enforcement in 2013 and currently serves in this position. Wanting to be more involved within this organization, Mike joined the Essex County Emerald Society Pipe Band in 1997. Since then he has enjoyed playing both the snare and bass in the drum line for many parades throughout the state, in Ireland and especially the Union County St. Patrick's Day parade in which he has proudly marched in for over 20 years. As a result of his love of the Irish culture, pride in himself and fellow band members, he has been elected to the position of alternate Drum Major. Over the years Mike has been very involved in the organizing of band events, meetings, outings, and the scheduling and set-up of numerous fundraisers for both local charities and organizations on behalf of the pipe band and the society. Just last year, Mike was selected as the 2019 "Emerald of the Year" by his peers in the Essex Co. Emerald Society for his efforts.

Mike is also a member of the Msgr. Francis X. Coyle Council #5560 as a 3rd Degree Knight, the Summit BPOE #1246, The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, West Orange and The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Union County, which he received their 2019 Distinguished Service Award for Law Enforcement.

The desire to give back and help those he meets comes from lessons taught by his hard-working & loving mother, Ann Marie, as well as the actions of his great-grandparents. Through recent findings, Mike's great-grandmother, Mary Jane Denton of Cotts, Co. Wexford married Richard J Murphy of Summit, NJ and during the early part of the 1900's, the two of them owned and managed the Beechwood Hotel in Summit, NJ. Sponsoring many coming from Ireland and assisting them to get settled by employing them until they could begin their own journey to a new life in America.

Helping his friends and family along with giving back to his community is important to Mike and one of his many admirable traits. In 2015, Mike, along with his brother, Ed, and sister Rita, launched The McNany Charitable Foundation, Inc. and serves as the organization's Vice President. A small but passionate organization, they have been able to establish several scholarships for deserving graduating high school seniors and sponsor one of the Emerald Society Scholarships given out annually. This, along with donating to local First Responders for much needed equipment and supplies, is their way of continually "giving back." They have also been fortunate to help those in the community that have met tragedy due to unforeseen circumstances, while donating to other worthy causes throughout the state.

Mike is extremely proud of his Irish heritage and the values of family, community, service and generosity that come with it as he continues to support and promote the GRAND IRISH TRADITIONS!

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