2022 Essex County Commissioners “Salute to the Irish” virtual ceremony
(Newark, NJ) – On March 3, 2022, the Essex County Board of County Commissioners virtually held its 2022 “Salute to the Irish” Celebration. The yearly ceremony commemorates the heritage and traditions of the Irish community while recognizing the Parade Committees and honorees of the Newark, Nutley, and West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parades.
Commissioner At-Large Brendan Gill, who was the Grand Marshal of the 2014 Nutley St. Patrick’s Day Parade, began the program with opening remarks stating, “Unfortunately, last year’s ceremony was canceled due to the pandemic, but we are happy to be back to officially recognize three of Essex County’s St. Patrick’s Day Parades – Newark, Nutley and West Orange – as well as their Parade Committees, Chairs, Grand Marshals, Deputy Grand Marshals, and special honorees.”
Also in attendance were Commissioner President Wayne L. Richardson, Commissioner Vice President Carlos M. Pomares, Commissioner Patricia Sebold, and Essex County Clerk Christopher J. Durkin who offered greetings to the Board and the honorees.
The honorees in attendance from the 87th Annual Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will be held on Friday March 11th, were Grand Marshal – Jere E. Cole, Jr; and Deputy Grand Marshals – Eileen McGinley Hannaford and MaryAnn Hannon Kostecka. This year’s parade is dedicated to the late Mary Sweeney Hall.
The honorees in attendance from the 43rd Annual Nutley St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will be held on Saturday March 5th, were President of the Nutley Irish American Association – Karen O’Connor; Parade Chair – Deidre Hollywood; Grand Marshal – Dr. John V. Kelly, Jr.; Deputy Grand Marshal – Chase Hamilton; Member of the Year – John Wieners; Firefighter of the Year – Brian Salmon; and Parade Queen – Shayne Martin.
The honorees from the 69th Annual West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will be held on Sunday March 13th, were Parade Chair – Kevin Brennan; Grand Marshal – Mellen Dangler; and Deputy Grand Marshals – John DeMars, Patrick Giblin, Bobby Lamb and Robert Swenson.
Reverend Paul Donohue of St. Lucy’s Church in Newark delivered the opening and closing prayers, and the audience was captivated by video tributes including an Irish dance by the Gardiner Brothers, a rendition of the Irish National Anthem, “A Soldier’s Song”, and the Star-Spangled Banner performed by the late Captain James Mooney who was retired from the Newark Fire Department.
To view the event in its entirety, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S6yhI-hV7s
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For Additional Information – Contact:
Kyalo Mulumba, Public Information Officer
Essex County Board of County Commissioners
973-621-4452 (phone) 973-621-5695 (fax)