Saturday, March 16, 2019
The 2019 Parade will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019
Thornstick Mass will start the day, and be hosted in conjunction with
the Elizabeth A.O.H. at St. Patrick's Church in Elizabeth.
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!
Please click here for the 2018 Line of March.
Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
2018 General Chairwoman
Kathleen M. Holmes
Matthews was born to Patrick J. Matthews of Shercock, County Cavan and
Grace (nee Sheridan) Matthews McDermott of Glen Cross (Rathmullan)
County Donegal. Kathleen's Step-father, John "Sean" McDermott was born
in Cavan Town, Co. Cavan. Kathleen is the fourth of five children,
Eileen, Patrick, Joseph and Thomas-Owen. She also and has three
step-siblings, Sean, Kevin & Mary. She is a life-long resident of
Union, with several family members living within blocks of each other.
Her love of family, heritage, culture and humor were definitely founded
in moments when the whole family got together for “seisiun”.
Kathleen married John J. Holmes in
October, 1991. John is also a first generation, Irish-American like
herself. John's father, James Holmes was born in Ballymachahola, County
Mayo and his mother, Margaret (nee Fahy) was born in New Quay, the
Burren, County Clare.
Kathleen and John have three sons,
James Patrick, Damian John and Rory Matthew who are their greatest
source of pride. They have followed in their parents footsteps and are
all active members of the Parade Committee.
Kathleen is a graduate of Katherine
Gibbs School of Montclair. She worked as a legal assistant for many
years in New York and Newark before leaving to raise her boys. While at
home with the boys, Kathleen attended real estate school and obtained
her New Jersey State License to sell residential real estate. She
continues to hold her license with Coldwell Banker.
Currently, Kathleen works for the
Township of Union in the Clerk's Office where she was recently promoted
to the Assistant Municipal Clerk of the Township. She attended Rutgers
Center for Continued Government Services and obtained her Registered
Municipal Clerk's Certification in October 2012. She is a very active
resident in the Township of Union. She was named General Chairman of
the Township of Union's Bicentennial Parade in 2008. She remains active
on several charitable committees, including one of her favorites, the
Taste of Union.
Kathleen has been very involved with
the Union County St. Patrick's day Parade Committee for many years
holding various positions including Corresponding Secretary and Vice
Chairperson, and she served as the 2011 Adjutant.
Kathleen is a very proud member of the
Irish American Society, John F. Cryan Association, the Giblin
Association, the Joseph Nugent, Sr. Association, the Daughters of
Ireland and the Columbiettes of Union. She is a parishioner at Holy
Spirit Church where she taught CCD for several years.
The 2018 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
is dedicated to
St. Patrick and all of the Saints of Ireland
|Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade |
2018 Grand Marshal
McPartlan was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn in 1958. He is the son of
John and Sally Ann McPartlan, who had four children - John, Mary Ann,
Terry and Dennis. John traces his roots through his father (John
McPartlan, Sr.) who was born in County Leitrim and came to the United
States in 1947. John's mother Sally Ann O'Connor was born in Brooklyn,
the daughter of William and Mary (Sheridan) O'Connor, each born and
raised from either side of Balinrobe in County Mayo who met here in New
York and married.
John attended St. Patrick's grammar
school and Bishop Ford High School in New York. In 1980, John graduated
from St. John's University. Also, in 1980 John moved to Bayonne, NJ
where he lived until 1995. After moving to Scotch Plains, John and his
family became parishioners of St. Helen's Church in Westfield, NJ. John
worked for Verizon Communications for 20 years in the areas of Customer
Relations, Government Affairs and Public Communications.
Along with his career at Verizon
Communications, John worked in the restaurant business in a small
Brooklyn neighborhood pub called Pipin's. In 1991, he purchased Pipin's
and continued as proprietor until 2004. In 2001, John expanded his
restaurant business by purchasing and building Molly Maguire's Irish
Pub and Restaurant in Clark, NJ, which opened just in time to celebrate
St. Patrick's Day in March 2002. To give his customers a truly
authentic Irish pub and restaurant experience, John imported all the
furniture and "bric-a-brac" from Ireland. Over the years, Molly's has
hosted a number of Irish bands and musicians, including an annual visit
from the infamous "Wolfe Tones" all the way from Ireland.
Molly's has become one of the best
central gathering spots for a bit of "good craic", a proper pint, great
music and fun for the Irish-American community in Union County. Many
Irish-American organizations have their regular meetings there,
including the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the Irish Business
Organization, The Daughters of Ireland and the St. Patrick's Day Parade
Committee. John also organizes and hosts an annual golf outing
benefitting The Union County St. Patrick's Day parade. In addition
Molly's has received numerous recognitions, such as being named the
Irish Business Association's 2009 recipient of their "Business of the
Year" award and the winner of the Irish Echo's Nationwide Hospitality
50 "2014 Irish Pub of the Year" award. Molly's over the years has
provided a tremendous amount of support to all the Irish-American
organizations and worthy, local not for profit charities, as well as
many town sporting teams and school activities.
John is a member and promoter of
numerous organizations in Union County, including the Union County St.
Patrick's Day Parade Committee, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the
Union County Irish Business Organization, and the Center for Hope
Hospice and the New Jersey Coalition of Autism Awareness. Through his
numerous efforts, John promotes Irish culture and heritage in Union
County. In 2007 he was proud to be honored as the "Irishman of the
Year" by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Union County.
John is married to his loving wife,
Karen, and resides in Scotch Plains. He also relishes spending time
with his son Jeffrey, his daughter Christie, his daughter in law Stacey
and his son in law Kevin - usually at NY Giant tailgates. He is very
proud of his family and Irish heritage and enjoys traveling throughout
Ireland, especially if it involves playing golf.