The St. Patrick’s Parade in Montreal
March 19, 2017
Start time: 12pm - Corner of Fort & St. Catherine
Under the direction of The United Irish Societies of Montreal, Inc.
2017 PARADE ROUTE
QUEEN & COURT
Each year since 1956 the United Irish Societies of Montreal has organized a contest to select a queen and princesses for the annual parade. The event was originally called the Queen’s Pageant and held at the Sailor’s Club in Old Montreal. Today, the Selection Evening is a public speaking contest held at Plaza Centreville downtown.
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Simon McDonaugh Humanitarian Award
The Erin Sports Association was first formed in 1931 by a group of young, mostly Irish, boys who regularly called Richmond and Grand Trunk streets in Point St Charles their stomping grounds. Originally called the Erin Social Club, their first meeting was held in a backyard shed. Their goal was to form sports teams and join the local leagues as one group.
The purpose of the Erin Sports Association has evolved to promote social and sports activities among its members and within their community and to provide charitable assistance when and wherever possible. They do so in most cases anonymously.
They hold annual events such as a popular Children’s Christmas party, a summer Santa party at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and an annual BBQ in benefit of St Gabriel’s Parish. They assist the Manna Verdun food bank, the Verdun Minor Football Association, The Point Aces Football program and many other grassroots organizations in and outside the neighbourhood.
Over 30 years ago they assumed responsibility for the Irishman of the Year Breakfast. Anyone who has attended since would agree they have done so showing they are second to none when it comes to fundraising events. The Breakfast has allowed the Erin to give back over $500,000 to different organizations in the Verdun, Lasalle & Southwest boroughs of Montreal.
The Erin Sports Association is the embodiment of the values our community holds dear, community, children, families. We congratulate them on their ongoing work.
About Simon McDonaugh
The United Irish Societies lost a dear and valued member in 1992, when Simon McDonaugh passed away and, in 1993, an award was established for the community to remember Mr. McDonaugh’s dedication to his heritage and to the humanitarian acts committed during his life. Mr. McDonaugh’s association with the United Irish Societies and the St. Patrick’s Parade were long standing. From 1940 to 1979 he served the organization and the annual parade as its Chief Deputy Marshal. During those years he was the inspiration to the marshals and members for the successful implementation of the parades. For many years he took the responsibility, with his colleagues, to build the reviewing stands for dignitaries to review the parades. In later years, Mr. McDonaugh was presented with a Gold Card Membership in recognition of a lifetime of loyal and faithful service to the United Irish Societies and to the annual St. Patrick’s Parade. The memory of Mr. McDonaugh’s humanitarian lifestyle lives on through this award.
Liam Daly Heritage Award
Richard “Ricky” Clahane was born in Point Saint Charles in 1956. He attended many of the local community schools in Griffintown, The Point, Verdun and Lasalle. Married to the late Sharon O’Connell, together they have one daughter, Christa, who also performs in the entertainment field. Ricky is one of nine brothers and sisters of the well known Clahane family, parented by William and Geraldine Clahane.
Ricky was initially mentored and tutored at a very early age by his mother Geraldine. He was taught songs, lyrics, dance routines and cabaret skills which started him on his long entertainment career. He has performed at many parish concerts and cabarets over his career in support of many fundraisers. He has supported his sister Geraldine in performing for the Victoria Park School, now REACH School. In great demand, Ricky consistently accommodates requests he receives.
Ricky started his professional career at an early age when playing at well known Irish clubs such as the Hunters Horn, TC’s, and O’Leary’s Pub. He has committed his talents and time to the success of the many important community initiatives for the parishes of St. Gabriel’s and St. John Brebeuf. He has supported Royal Canadian Legion branches in the Point, Verdun, LaSalle, Greenfield Park and St. Hubert to also assist them in their initiatives. He has performed at many of the Erin Sports Association’s Irishman of the Year Breakfasts and post Breakfast parties as well as at many United Irish Societies dinner dances.
Additionally, Ricky has performed at many of the seniors residences in our communities such as the Father Dowd Home, St. Patrick’s Square, and the Good Shepherd Community Center. He continues this commitment to the seniors today in the City of Mississauga, where he resides. Ricky has played the role of Santa for many a needy family and child on Christmas Eve who were either sick or in need of a gift.
Ricky had a great bond with Mr. Liam Daly. At Liam’s invitation, Ricky performed regularly on the Irish Show during the St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas seasons. Ricky is an individual who exemplifies the vision for this award, which is to acknowledge a candidate who exemplifies love of his heritage and who promotes the Irish heritage through the arts.
The United Irish Societies is pleased to present the 2017 Liam Daly Heritage Award to Mr. Ricky Clahane.
About Liam Daly
A native son of Dublin, Ireland, Liam Daly, was proud of his Irish heritage. From the first day he arrived, through his talent, love and devotion, Liam volunteered his time to the continual presence of the Arts and the Irish Cultural in the City of Montreal Liam is missed by the Irish Community. As a tribute to him, the United Irish Societies of Montreal has created the Liam Daly Heritage Award which will be awarded to a worthy candidate who exemplifies Liam’s love of his heritage and promotes the Irish heritage through the arts.
The United Irish Societies of Montreal, with the help of advertisements, publishes a yearly souvenir program / yearbook that is distributed at the annual Awards Banquet.
In the souvenir program / yearbook we celebrate the events of the past year, culminating with the annual parade.
Below is a downloadable copy of the program / yearbook in PDF format. Please be sure to read through it and, where possible, be sure to do business with our advertisers. While you’re at it, please mention where you saw their advertisement.
If you would like a hard copy for your personal use, for customers to browse at your place of business, or are interested in supporting our organization with an advertisement, please contact Leigh-Ann Killin.
BEST HIGH SCHOOL UNIT
Lester B. Pearson
BEST AMATEUR FLOAT
St. Gabriel’s Parish
BEST MILITARY UNIT
Battery of Artillery
BEST MARCHING UNIT
Phillips & Campbell
BEST OUT OF
Flying Ducks Hockey Club
Bernadette Short School
of Irish Dance
William C. Hickey Memorial
MOST CREATIVE ENDEAVOUR
St. Patrick’s Society
Pipes & Drums of the
Black Watch (RHR)
Bishop Leonard Crowley
John Kenny Memorial
St. John Brebeuf Parish
St. Gabriel’s Parish
Bishop Neil E. Willard Memorial
Les Titans de Quebec
Bain Magique /
Stephen M. Dowd Memorial
Les Eclairs de Quebec
Brian McKeown Memorial
92.5 The Beat
BEST COLLEGE OR
Friends of McGill
Mouchie Goodleaf Productions
National Criminal Investigation Service
BEST OVERALL PARADE ENTRY
Pipes & Drums of the
Black Watch (RHR)
Simon McDonaugh Memorial Trophy