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Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade Names Grand Marshal and Aides

The Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has named Andrew Stafford grand marshal and James Burke and Carol McTigue aides for its 23rd annual march to take place on March 20.

Stafford, the former parade chairman and longtime member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, was a unanimous choice by the committee.

“It’s an honor to be picked as grand marshal,” Stafford said. “After running the parade for so long, it will be so nice to be grand marshal.”

Stafford, 48, was born in County Wexford, Ireland, and emigrated to the United States and settled in on the North Shore in 1988. He has been a member of the Mike Moran Division 8 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians since 1996, serving as president, vice president and marshal during his tenure. He was chairman of the Parade Committee from 2001-2010. Andrew currently runs a landscaping business in Locust Valley and lives with his wife, Pauline, and daughters Aisling and Caoimhe in Locust Valley.

Burke, 70, is currently the New York State Secretary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He has been a member of the Michael J. Hogan Division 15 in Massapequa since 1986 and has served as president of the Division, Nassau County Board president, New York State District director, New York State organizer and New York State treasurer before his current position. A U.S. Marine veteran, he served as commandant of the Marine Corps League in Massapequa. He was an account executive for Noranpac for 20 years. He lives in Massapequa with his wife, Patricia, and has four grown children and nine grandchildren.   

McTigue (nee Brink) is currently the New York State Secretary of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. She joined the Catherine McCauley division of the LAOH in Lynbrook in 1986 and has served as president of the Division, Nassau County president, Nassau County Feis secretary, New York State Irish historian, New York State Charities and Missions chairperson and New York State treasurer before her current position. Carol worked for 20 years as a student loan officer at Jamaica Saving Bank and taught religion at Our Lady of Peace parish in Lynbrook, currently running the RCIA program. For years she was heavily involved with the Boy Scouts, receiving the Silver Beaver Award from that organization. She lives in Lynbrook with her husband, Theodore, has six grown boys, has been a foster parent, and has two granddaughters.

About the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Founded in 1989 by the Mike Moran Division 8 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the parade is in its 23rd year, celebrating Irish culture on the North Shore. Over the years, the parade has had politicians, celebrities and Irish dignitaries serve as Grand Marshal. It is currently put on as a joint effort of the Mike Moran Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the St. Dymphna Division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.  

About the Mike Moran Division 8 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians: Now in its 60th year, the Mike Moran Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians serves to promote Irish culture, history, music, traditions and charitable giving. Membership is open to all men age 16 and over, who are of Irish birth or heritage, and are practicing Catholics. For more information, please visit their website at www.glencoveirish.org or contact Division president Joe McDonald at 522-0741 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About the St. Dymphna Division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians: Founded in 2002, the St. Dymphna Division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians serves to promote Irish culture, history, music, traditions and charitable giving. Membership is open to women age 16 and over, who are of Irish birth or heritage, and are practicing Catholics. For more information please contact them online at www.glencoveirish.org or contact Division President Lisa Forgione at 759-9481 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .