Molly McQuade, Madeline Ross, Sara Rooke, Kathleen Clark and
2015 Colleen Molly Sullivan(seated).
The Paul G. Caron Award is presented each year in memory of the founder of the Springfield Colleen Contest to a past or present Committee member or someone who has contributed greatly to the Greater Springfield Irish Community, helping to assure that all of its efforts and events are successful. The Committee gives this award in memory each year.
This year’s recipient is Springfield Police Sergeant, Dave Kane.
Dave was born at Providence Hospital in Holyoke but grew up on Sherbrooke Street in Springfield. Dave is the son of David and Donna Kane from Springfield who trace their roots back to County Dublin and County Monahan.
Dave attended Our Lady of Hope School, Cathedral High School and graduated from Western New England College, now University. He has been with the Springfield Police Department for 18 years, serving as sergeant for the past 9 years as a Commanding Officer for the Student Support Unit.
Dave is a member of the Holyoke Caledonian Pipe Band where he plays bagpipes. He is very much in demand for his talent at funerals, weddings and, of course, at the Springfield St. Patrick’s Parade Mass, Marching to City Hall and the Flag Raising at City Hall.
Dave is married to his wife Amy; they are the proud parents of two children, Elizabeth 11 and Aiden 9.
The Mary B. Troy Appreciation Award in given to a person or business that is not a member of the Springfield St. Patrick’s Parade Committee but has given outstanding service to the Springfield St. Patrick’s Parade Committee as well as the City of Springfield.
Robert Kushner is the recipient the Mary B. Troy Appreciation Award as an acknowledgement of his very generous support of the Springfield St. Patrick’s Parade Committee over the past several years.
Bob is the owner of West Springfield based U-Name-It Self Storage, and as such, has given the Parade Committee heated indoor storage space for its parade float and related materials, a savings of thousands of dollars in storage costs.
Bob is a lifelong Springfield resident, and currently resides in the lower Sumner Avenue area. He also is a well-known local Realtor, and is owner of Kushner Realty.Again, we would like to thank Bob for his generous support of the Committee and the Greater Springfield Irish Community.
The John and Agnes Burke Award is presented annually in memory of both John and Agnes Burke for their lifelong commitment and support to their Irish heritage and this year we feel we have picked a couple who are also proud of their Irish heritage and has shown outstanding service to the Irish Community, the City of Springfield and the John Boyle O’Reilly Club; Henry and Maureen O’Connell
Henry is the son of the late Henry W. Sr. and Nonnie Killeen from Ledyard St. Hungry Hill. Maureen is daughter of late James J. and Rita Kennedy Shea from Cedar St. Six Corners. Henry’s Irish roots include the Killeen’s from Co. Mayo and O’Connell’s from Co. Cork. Maureen’s parents were the Shea’s from Aragalen, Castlegregory and the Kennedys from Inch, Annascaul both from Co. Kerry.
Henry and Maureen agree, “Growing up in Irish environment gave us the background to live and learn our Irish heritage. The sharing of the love and faith by our Irish parents taught us the meaning of family life and these values would remain in our hearts. Our Irish roots were told in stories around the kitchen table and were learned history from the songs played and sung by the McNulty family and Connie Foley”. Henry and Maureen are proud to be of Irish decent and have traveled to Co. Galway and Co. Kerry to visit their homesteads. Henry has been a member of St. Patrick’s Parade Committee since 1997. He has served on the Board of Directors, has been a chairperson, a member of the Mass delegation, the Colleen Preliminaries and Float committees. He is a life long member of John Boyle O’Reilly Club and a Korean army veteran. He is retired from the City of Springfield. His sisters’ are Kathleen Moakler and Marie Kelleher and his brothers are the late Donald and William O’Connell.
Maureen is a member of the Committee since 1972. She has served as Recording Secretary and Public Relations liaison along with working with the Colleen Preliminaries. She enjoys meeting young ladies and encouraging them. She is a retired Paraprofessional with 37 years of service with the City of Springfield and also is a member of the John Boyle O’Reilly Club. She is the sister of Eileen M. Shea, SSJ and the late John J. Shea. Maureen and Henry have been married for 55 years and are graduates of Cathedral Grammar and High school. They are both members of the Sacred Heart choir. They are the parents of 3 children Jim, Peg and Maureen Ann and they have 4 grandchildren, Brendan, Shea, Megan and Josh.