Pauline A. Turley – Aide at Large to the Grand Marshal
Pauline Ann Turley was born in Newry, Co. Down, the fifth of seven children born to Teresa (nee Walls) and Patrick Leo Turley. Pauline graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in Drama and Theater Studies from Trinity College, Dublin and emigrated from Ireland to New York at the age of 23.
In 1998, Pauline was appointed Executive Director of the Irish Arts Center in New York, a position she held until April 2006 when she was appointed Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors. Founded in 1972, the Irish Arts Center is a multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to promoting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America of the 21st Century.
In 2008 Pauline was selected as one of Irish America Magazine’s Top 100 Irish Americans, the Irish Echo Newspaper’s Top 40 Under 40, and one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Irish America by the Irish Voice Newspaper. In 2009 Pauline was one of the youngest ever recipients of the Michael Smurfit Leadership Award, presented by the Irish Chamber of Commerce USA, and she was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2009 for her work in preserving and promoting Irish culture in the U.S.
In 2016 Pauline was recognized as one of the Top 50 Power women in Irish America by Irish America Magazine. In 2016, Pauline married Charles Garland.