Madigan Muses: Preparations
By Marilyn Madigan
Every January at the Irish American Club East Side and the West Side Irish American Club many individuals are preparing their Units for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Preparations for the Parade really start in the fall by the United Irish Societies of Cleveland, commonly known as the UIS.
The delegates of the UIS determine the Parade Theme and chose the Parade Honorees. The Theme of the 2020 Parade is IRELAND’S SCENIC COASTLINES. Congratulations to the 2020 Parade Honorees: Grand Marshal Tom Scanlon, Irish Mother Kathleen Mangan, Parade CoChairs Chris Cooper and Maureen Mohney.
The United Irish Societies have been sponsoring the St. Patrick’s Day Parade since 1958. The UIS consists of an Executive Director, Directors Emeritus, Deputy Directors and Delegates representing the more than thirty Irish organizations belonging to the UIS.
In this long history of the UIS, only three women have served as Executive Director: Deneen O’Reilly, Shannon Corcoran and Linda Carney. Two of these women have the honor of following the example of their fathers. Shannon and Linda have the privilege of serving in the same capacity of their Dads: Dan Corcoran and Bill Carney. This demonstrates how St. Patrick’s Day is truly an Irish family holiday.
During the months of January, February and March, visit the clubs; you will be amazed at the number of individuals participating, from the very young to those who have marched for decades. Our community is blessed by their commitment and dedication to honoring our heritage and our Patron Saint, St. Patrick. Come out to march or make your preparations to attend one or all of the celebrations leading up to the big day.
*Marilyn Madigan is a Registered Nurse recently retired from University Hospital. She is an amateur Historian and served as National Irish Historian 2014-2016 for the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, and is . currently serving as National Secretary.