United Irish Counties Aide to the Grand Marshal
A native of Mullinahone, County Tipperary, Martin Dunne is the third of five children born to “Jacksie” and Mary Dunne. He received his early education at Poulacapple N.S. and later at the Christian Brothers School in Callan, County Kilkenny. Martin arrived in the United States in 1958, and soon became involved in Irish organizations. In 1962, Uncle Sam called, and Martin served two years in the Army. He resumed his participation in Irish organizations upon his return to civilian life. Martin Dunne is a member of the Tipperary N. & B. Association of New York and served in many capacities in the organization, including two terms as President. He has represented the Association as a delegate to the United Irish Counties for more than thirty years, and is currently a trustee of the Association. Martin chaired the UICA’s feis in 1980 and 1981. Martin is active in the Ancient Order of Hibernians and was a member of Division 29, in New York County; he was President of the New York County Board for two years. Martin Dunne actively participates in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade and served as secretary for twenty years under the chairmanship of Judge James J. Comerford. In his spare time, Martin can be found playing golf at The Links at Union Vale in Duchess County. He is a member of The Links, as well as serving as president of the Emerald Golf Society of New York, which he joined in 1978. Martin, has two daughters: Siobhan, who resides in Jackson Heights, New York, and Catherine Mary, who lives in County Cork, Ireland.