Mountcharles woman is Long Island Grand Marshal

A native of Mountcharles is the first ever female Grand Marshal of a St Patrick’s Parade on Long Island.

A native of Mountcharles is the first ever female Grand Marshal of a St Patrick’s Parade on Long Island.

Kathleen Alcock, who owns an Irish shop called Kathleen’s of Donegal, will lead the Rockville Center parade this Saturday.

It’s a fitting tribute as, for the last fifteen years, she’s given each and every other Grand Marshall an Irish sweater!

Sean O’Rourke, the parade committee’s president, says the 73 year old is very deserving of the honour. “Kathleen’s just a great Irish woman. She is a very hard working person, who cares a lot about her family, her church and the community.”

Kathleen emigrated in 1958, first to Pennsysvania in 1958 and then, in 1961, to New York. She returned to Donegal in 1965 and married in 1967. Kathleen, her husband Tommy and their sons Thomas and Patrick moved to American in 1987. Their daughter Kathleen remained in Ireland.

She’s delighted at being asked to be the parade’s Grand Marshal. “I never expected it. It’s an unbelievable thing and an honour that for the rest of my life will be very special and close to me.”