Credit: nycstpatrickparade.org by Dominick Totino
Hilary Beirne, Chief Administrative Officer of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, will receive the New York City Council’s 2017 Thomas Manton Irish Person of the Year Award Thursday, March 23, 5:30 p.m. during the City Council’s Irish Heritage & Culture Celebration.
“Your dedication and pride in your Irish ancestry, as well as your innovative work as the Parade’s Chief Administrative Officer, have served as an inspiration to many both within and well beyond the Irish community,” City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said in announcing the award.
“This is a great honor for all Irish-Americans and for me personally. It is humbling to receive this honor named for the great Tom Manton, with whom I served on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Board of Directors,” Beirne said.
Beirne is an Irish-born American citizen, a science teacher in Westchester County, and a long-time leader of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world.
He grew up on the border of Roscommon and Leitrim Counties in Ireland. After earning a degree in agricultural sciences, he worked for various agricultural businesses in Ireland and Northern Ireland. He immigrated to America to become a teacher, and soon started working for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade with his uncle Frank Beirne. This led to a life-time of dedication to the parade. He is married with one son.
The award is named for the late Thomas Manton, a U.S. Representative and City Council member who was Grand Marshal of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1994 and who served on the Parade Board of Directors.
For further information about the Parade, please visit NYCStPAtricksParade.Org or contact the Parade office at PO Box 295 Woodlawn Station, Bronx,, NY 10470, Telephone 718-231-4400.