The Special Organizations of
The Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
** Denotes Charter
Member of Parade Committee
Nugent, Sr. Association**
Years of Service in 2013
Joseph Nugent, Sr. Association is the oldest independent
Irish-American Association in the state of NJ. It was founded in 1933
by Joseph & Nora Nugent and a group of friends. The Association
is noted for its charitable endeavors and each year sponsors an 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, contact them at 732-594-1763
County Irish American Association**
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
For more information, contact Barbara Mahon, President (908)259-1951 or
Kitty Ford (908)245-1101
Ancient Order of Hibernians
Rahway "AOH" was founded in 1879; named in honor of
Reverend CJ Kane in 1918, and has met at St. Mary's Church in Rahway
ever since. the AOH is the oldest Irish American Fraternal
Organization. Its purpose is to promote Irish heritage and culture.
For more information, contact Paul Bulger, President at (908)276-0533
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, contact Joe Dugett at (908)351-1550
County Emerald Society**
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
sponsored Officials from Shannon, Ireland as well as the Shannon
and Firemen to participate in the Union County Parade
For more information, contact Jay
Rice at (908)486-1019
Sons of St. Patrick -- Union County
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
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
additional information, please contact Derek Guinane at 908-868-6764 or go to
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.
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
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
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
within the community. In 1992 we began to put a larger focus on the
by honoring a few graduating student athletes at an annual breakfast,
since opened that to all graduating students, and award them with a
scholarship. We have also made numerous charitable donations over the
the organization, including Project Children; Make a Wish Foundation,
for Hope Hospice and Union
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
a member, contact President, Marylou Lenahan, at (908) 377-2156.
County Police & Fire Pipes and Drums
Union County Police
& Fire Pipes and Drums band is comprised mainly of Police
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Band Manager Dennis Conners # (908) 230 - 7084. Visit our new web site,
Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH)**
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
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
Division. If you wish to become a member please visit the State
website www.NJLAOH.com for