Father Paddy, 2019 Morris Parade Grand Marshal, sings for Limerick, his Lady

Grand Marshal Fr. Patrick 'Paddy' O' Donovan at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Grand Marshal Fr. Patrick 'Paddy' O' Donovan at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
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Father Patrick “Paddy” O’Donovan brings many qualifications to his role as Grand Marshal of the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade — including a fine voice.

He demonstrated this at Friday’s Grand Marshal Reception at the Madison Hotel, leading a sing-along of Limerick You’re a Lady, in honor of last year’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, won by… Limerick, in the county of his birth. (Song starts at 8:19 in the video.)

Father Paddy sings at his Grand Marshal Reception. Video by Bill Lescohier for MorristownGreen.com:

Father Paddy, pastor of Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel Church in Cedar Knolls, will lead the parade in Morristown at noon on Saturday, March 9.  The colorful celebration is presented by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and the Irish American Association of North Jersey.

During his remarks on Friday, Father Paddy spoke warmly about immigration.

Saint “Patrick was an immigrant to Ireland… I too am proud to be an immigrant,” said the priest, who came to America in 1972 from Bruff, the hometown of President Kennedy’s great-grandfather, John Fitzgerald.

Slideshow photos by Bill Lescohier. Click / hover over image for captions:

Grand Marshal Fr. Patrick 'Paddy' O' Donovan at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Hegarty Irish Dancers at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Past Grand Marshals at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Willie Lynch's Irish Band at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The Rory O'Moore band at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The Rory O'Moore band at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Jeff Rawding helps Father Paddy don his Grand Marshal sash at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Father Paddy tries Grand Marshal sash on for size, at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty and First Lady Mary Dougherty with Father Kevin Kilgore, at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Father Paddy is recognized by Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Tom Hyland, center, is flanked by Amy Bucco and her husband, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Step dancers at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Msgr. John Hart of Assumption Church addresses the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Karen Hegarty addresses the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Past Grand Marshal Desmond Lloyd, right, is greeted at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The Connolly Family at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The Catizones at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Sunny and Brian O'Toole at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Father Paddy welcome at the 2019 Grand Marshal Reception. Photo by Bill Lescohier
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Father Paddy’s career has taken him from St. Joseph’s Parish in Newton to St. Patrick in Chatham, chaplaincies at Drew and Fairleigh Dickinson universities, the Church of Christ the King in New Vernon, and now, Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel.

“They all made me a better priest and a better person,” he said, expressing special thanks to his late father, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1959.

“Like many immigrants today, my dad spent most of his life working abroad, and sending his money home to put bread on the table,” Father Paddy recounted.

The reception featured step-dancing by the Wick-Hegarty School of Irish Dance, and music by Willie Lynch’s Irish Band. Here is the group in action:

‘Come In,’ performed by Willie Lynch’s Irish Band. Video by Bill Lescohier for MorristownGreen.com.

If you come to Saturday’s parade, make sure to wave at MorristownGreen.com’s parade, proudly marching in the First Division.

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