NY State President Tim McSweeney was installed as the 2016 Grand Marshal of the 66th Annual Albany St. Patrick’s Parade at a banquet held in his honor on Saturday, February 20, 2016. The banquet was hosted by the members of Fr. Henry Tansey, Division 5 in their Albany hall and attended by members of the many organizations comprising the parade committee. Also in attendance were numerous past grand marshals who came out to honor Grand Marshal Tim McSweeney on his day. Tim was joined by members of the McSweeney clan including his wife, Kala and daughter Isabella who performed an Irish step dance to honor her proud father. Tim’s sisters Maura and Eileen and brother, Daniel were on hand for the festivities and reminisced with stories about “growing up with Timmy.”
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Joining President McSweeney in the honors as his aides were Brother Hibernians, Ciaran Geraghty, NYAOH FFAI Chairman who attended with his wife Jennifer and his daughter and Paul Collins, Parade Committee Legal Counsel and forty-year member of Division 5 who was seated at a table surrounded by family and friends. More than 180 Albany area Irish came out for the evening filled with music, food, dancing and merriment. Contingents from the state board, county and divisions from across the state rounded out the crowd. Acting as Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Brother Hibernian Liam McNabb, NY AOH Political Education Chair, whose commentary was both touching, and at times, comical with comments on Tim McSweeney’s singing and dancing abilities.
The evening included performances by the Farrell School of Irish Dance and music by the Tommy Flynn Band. Tim was further honored with a City Council of Albany proclamation proclaiming February 20, 2016 as Grand Marshal Tim “Timmy” McSweeney Day.
The Albany St. Patrick’s Parade is scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016.