Catholic education scholarships awarded
The Carbondale Trinity Club, which is a joint venture of the Ancient Order Of Hibernians, Msgr. Wm. Farrell, Division 2 and the Columbia Hose Company No. 5, has awarded their Annual Scholarships to two LaSalle Academy Students who will be furthering their Catholic Education at Holy Cross High School. The winners of this years each received a $500 scholarship, are Thaddeus Farrell and Rachel Moffitt. Both were selected because of their academic excellence and their community involvement. Rachel is the daughter of Michael and Kristen Moffitt and Thaddeus is the son of Eric and Christine Farrell.
Melbourne celebrates St. Patrick
Thousands lined the streets of downtown Melbourne, Florida, on March 16 for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. St. Patrick himself joined traditional bagpipers, as well as a host of Irish-themed floats and marching bands playing traditional Irish songs.
AOH Brother Ed Reilly turned to his right as the bagpipes and drums heralded the start of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. As Chairman and Master of Ceremonies, Ed was both a chief planner and the Hibernian who introduced each marching unit as they passed the reviewing stand. More than 70 contingents joined the line of march and were enthusiastically greeted by the spectators.
At least 9,000 residents from Melbourne the area lined the route with an additional 1,600 marchers. People representing various Irish counties marched proudly honoring their ancestry, a program successfully initiated by Ed Reilly four years ago.
A record number of local police, fire, military and civic organizations were among the seventy units participating in the parade. It was particularly heartening to note how many floats entered the parade, complete with imagery honoring Ireland and its people.
Four bands and related musical accompaniment reinforced the theme of the day. St. Patrick made his appearance and was well received by all. The reviewing stand received our Grand Marshal, John McClory, the Coleen Queen, municipal leaders and other local government and military officials. Divisional President Frank Corcoran publicly recognized Mr. McClory, who has been one of the key planners and organizers of past Brevard County two parades, ceremonies and special events. John has deservedly won the reputation of being the “can do /will do” member of our division and we were proud to honor him as this year’s Grand Marshal.
The morning started with a Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, which some of the Committee identified as the basis for outstanding weather and a record turnout. During the Mass there was a procession of items symbolic of our Irish Heritage. These items included a stature of St. Patrick, the Celtic Cross, Shamrocks, Irish Penal Rosary and the Irish Harp. As each of these items was brought down the church aisle, AOH State President Greg Seán Canning read a brief passage describing the significance of each object.