Saturday, March 10, 2018
The 2018 Parade will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018
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
Marie 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”.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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