By Jim Lombard:

The Knights of St. Patrick were formed in September, 1988 under the auspices of the late Neil Walsh. Neil was also responsible for painting the “Long Green Line” up 5th Avenue for the NYC St. Patricks’ Day parade. The Knight’s mission is to support the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade,  and to promote the awareness and study of Irish Culture.

Since inception, the Knights have contributed over $1.75 million to the NYC Parade and other major organizations like  the Irish Arts Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral,  and the Monsignor Jack Barry Scholarship Fund. The NYC Parade receives no government funding and is entirely dependent on private sector donations and organizations like the Knights to maintain the largest and greatest parade in the western world.

The officers and members of the Knights express their sincere thanks to the founding members who had the dedication, vision, and leadership to form this wonderful organization. We salute Barbara O’Neill and her late  husband Terry, Mary Anna Scanlon and her late husband Donald, Thomas W. Gleason Jr., Mike Gibbons, Bill Plunkett, John O’Connor, and deceased Formation Committee members Virgil Conway, Jim Moriarty, John Merriweather, Dan Kelly, and John Newe for their untiring efforts in the establishment  of the Knights.

This Knights of St. Patrick is a 501c3 organization and contributions are tax deductible. They are holding their 30th Anniversary Dinner at the Union League Club in Manhattan on October 18th. Cocktails begin at 6:30. To buy tickets or find out  how you can help please contact Jim Lombard at







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