Denotes Charter Member of Parade Committee
Joseph Nugent, Sr. Association **
Celebrating our 86th Year of Service
The Joseph Nugent, Sr. Association is the oldest independent
Irish-American Association in the state of NJ. It was founded in 1933
by Joseph and Nora Nugent and a group of friends. The Association is
noted for its charitable endeavors such as an annual Irish
picnic for the benefit of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It has also made
contributions to the Center for Hope Hospice and the Deborah Hospital.
They work continuously to "Keep the Tradition Alive".
For more information, please contact them at (732) 535-2212.
Union County Irish American Association **
The Union County Irish American Association was founded in 1982 to
promote Irish Culture, foster interest in Irish history & heritage
in the Union County area and to support charitable programs especially
those that benefit Irish-American efforts. Past contributions have
benefited Project Children, Center for Hope Hospice, P.O.W./M.I.A., Fr.
McTagus Shelter, and Pat Driscol Memorial Scholarship.
For more information, please contact:
Barbara Mahon, President, at (908)259-1951 or
Kitty Ford at (908) 245-1101.
Ancient Order of Hibernians **
Founded in 1982, Thornsticks' primary purpose is that of propagating
pride in one's Irish ancestry, pledging always to contribute to
strengthening the bonds of friendship as well as respect and
understanding between America & Ireland. A proud lot, the
Thornsticks are passionately proud of their Irish culture and customs;
this done without publicity, fanfare or personal reward.
For more information, please contact
Joe Dugett at (908) 351-1550.
Union County Emerald Society **
A small group of active and retired Irish American Law enforcement
Officers and Firefighters organized the Union County Emerald Society in
1981. It was the second such organization chartered in the state of New
Jersey. The organization's membership has grown to several hundred. The
mission of the Emeralds is to preserve and promote our Irish heritage
through the good works of our members. The Emeralds have participated
in every Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade, and have eagerly
provided personnel and support to the parade organization.
Since the first Parade the Emerald Society has sponsored Officials from
Shannon, Ireland as well as the Shannon Airport Police and Firemen to
participate in the Union County Parade.
For more information, please contact
Bill Singer at (908) 276-8766.
Friendly Sons of St. Patrick - Union County
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick began in Philadelphia in 1771 in the
midst of the foundations of our country. Earliest members include many
influential patriots who were devoted to the cause of liberty. Among
the honorary members of the first meeting were John Dickenson, Robert
Morris, who later signed the Declaration of Independence, and General
George Washington. The first president was General Stephen Moylan, who
was a private secretary to General George Washington. Thomas Jefferson
and Benjamin Franklin frequented meetings of The Friendly Sons of St.
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Union County was first organized in
1962, with Joseph Higgins as the first president. The organization was
later incorporated in the fall of 2005. More than 45 years later, the
Friendly Sons of St. Patrick continues to provide scholarships to young
men of Irish ancestry and support to worthy charitable organizations.
For additional information, please contact
Derek Guinane at
or go to www.FriendlySonsofStPatrick.org.
The Parish Community of St. Helen - Westfield
Founded in 1968 by Msgr. Thomas Meaney, the Roman Catholic Parish
Community of St. Helen has expanded in the past decades to become a
family oriented Parish of over 3,500 registered families. Msgr. Meaney
was succeeded by Msgr. James Burke and Msgr. William Harms and the
Parish is presently led by Father Michael Saporito.
United in prayer and nourished and sustained by the Eucharist, we
realize that it is our calling to use our God-given gifts of time,
talent and treasure to benefit all our family, as well as anyone with
need, both local community and elsewhere.
Our loving and selfless Pastoral Associate, Marilyn Ryan, was
thrilled to be selected Grand Marshal of the 2002 Union County St.
Patrick's Day Parade. Her Chief of Staff, Dennis Cogan, aided her
through the year. The whole community supported her completely and has
continued their support by becoming an Organizing Member of the Parade
Committee with several members of the Parish on the Board of Directors.
You may visit our web site at www.SaintHelen.org,
or contact Gerard Barton at (908) 233-7525.
Irish American Society of Union **
The Irish American Society of Union was founded in 1991 by a group of
Union Township residents with a desire to foster and promote Irish
heritage and traditions within the community. In 1992 we began to put a
larger focus on the area youth by honoring a few graduating student
athletes at an annual breakfast, we have since opened that to all
graduating students, and award them with a scholarship. We have also
made numerous charitable donations over the life of the organization,
including Project Children; Make a Wish Foundation, Center for Hope
Hospice and Union Township’s Police Departments annual Toys for Tots
program. We are one of the founding organizations of the Union County
St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and are proud to still be the host community
since the parades inception.
For more information, or to become a member, please contact
Marylou Lenahan, President, at (908) 377-2156.
Union County Police & Fire Pipes and Drums
The Union County Police & Fire Pipes and Drums band is comprised
mainly of Police Officers and Firefighters from Union County, New
Jersey. We officially became a band in October 2001, but there were
many hours of practice that began in April of that same year.
Our founder Ed Donnelly became the bands first Pipe Major. Our Drum
Major is Bob Munnings. Our Pipe Sergeant is Don Kozlowski; Drum
Sergeant is Brian Burke. The Band Manager is Dennis Conners and the
Treasurer is Jimmy Hannon. At present the band has over 30 members,
including 3 sets of fathers and sons. The band is comprised of
beginning, intermediate and experienced pipers and drummers.
Our bagpipe instructor is John Martin Bradley, a very talented Piper
with over 20 years experience. John appeared in the movie "Dead Poets
Society", heads the NYC Bagpipe Academy and plays with the Irish rock
group Gael Force.
Our drum instructor is Andy White, author of the instructional book
"Roll Control". Andy was a studio drummer for the Beatles, Tom Jones
and Burt Bacharach.
The Band's kilt is the MacNaughton dress plaid and contains the colors
representing our members; Red for the Firefighters, Blue for the Police
Officers and Green for Ireland.
Our uniform is military in style signified by the beret with the badge
of the member's department, white spats, longhaired sporran, and
uniform shirts, almost identical to those worn on duty by Police
Officers and Firefighters.
For more information, please contact
Dennis Conners, Band Manager, at
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH)**
The LAOH was originally founded as the Daughters of Erin in 1894. The
organization has divisions in 30 states and Washington DC. Our motto is
Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. Our patron Saint is Saint
Division #4, Elizabeth, of the LAOH was formed in 1907. Members of the
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Division proudly celebrated their Centennial
in September, 2007. Current division members include National and State
officers and the Elizabeth division is very active on the state and
national Hibernian scene. There have been many State and National Board
officers from the Elizabeth division over their 100 year history.
We welcome all women who are practicing Roman Catholics, and who are
Irish by birth or descent, or who are the wife of a member of the
Ancient Order of Hibernians, or the mother of a member of a Junior
If you wish to become a member, please visit www.NJLAOH.com.
John F. Cryan Association **
The Cryan Association was founded in 1960 with the goal of assisting
Irish American community and those in need. It's mission goes on today
supported by the Cryan family and friends. The organization is a
founding member of the Union County Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Committee, it's standard bearer, Joseph Cryan, served as the first
Saint Columcille United Gaelic
Saint Columcille United Gaelic, Inc. a New Jersey-based cultural and
educational organization that provides musical instruction on bagpipes
and drums. In addition to supporting a wide variety of Gaelic and
Celtic activities and events, the organization primarily sponsors three
award-winning pipe bands, the Saint Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band,
the Sean McGonigal Memorial Pipe Band and the Columcille School of
Pipes and Drums. Saint Columcille has participated in every Union
County Saint Patrick's Day Parade since its inception.
Celebrating 70 Years in 2019
Columbian Club of Union
Knights of Columbus
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Union County Daughters of Ireland
Union County Daughters of Ireland was founded in April 2017. We offer an
opportunity for women who live or work in Union County, NJ to network and
socialize with other women. We create friendships and host various community
events throughout the year that allow us to give back to young Irish women
through college scholarships. We meet the 2nd Thursday of the month at
Molly Maguire's in Clark at 7:30PM.
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