2017 Colleen Finalists
From Left to Right: Lauren O' Neil of Springfield, Hannah Tarpey of Wilbraham, Maggie Rosemond of Springfield, Jillian Murphy of East Longmeadow,
and Lily O'Connor of East Longmeadow.
2017 Springfield Parade Marshal
The Springfield St. Patrick’s Parade Marshal is someone who has distinguished himself or herself in their chosen profession and who has contributed greatly to the Irish community of Springfield.
Ed Casey grew up in the Memorial Square Neighborhood and is a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Parish in Springfield. He is the son of the late Ed [the piper] Casey and Mary Mahoney Casey. His paternal great- grandparents came from the Kilorglin area of County Kerry. His maternal grandmother, Mary Carney Mahoney, was born on the Great Blasket and lived in Dunquin, County Kerry before emigrating to Western Mass. His grandfather, P. J. Mahoney, was born in Glengarriff, County Cork. Ed still has many relatives in the Glengarriff and Bantry areas. Ed’s grandparents and parents were very proud of their Irish heritage and instilled the same in him, his siblings, and his children. Ed is a member of the John Boyle O’Reilly Club and the Knights of Columbus.
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. This award winner has shown outstanding service to the Irish Community and the City of Springfield.
Patrick Sullivan has worked for the City of Springfield for the past twenty-nine years and is currently the Executive Director of Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Management, which includes the departments of Park Maintenance, Facilities Management, Forestry, Horticulture, and Recreation. He has direct responsibility of managing over 5.0 million square feet of municipal and school buildings city-wide and the city’s parks totaling over 2,500 acres of open space. He has served on Mayor’s Cabinet of Public Services since 1996. He has been instrumental in over $35 million in park restoration projects during his tenure with the city.
Patrick administered the largest ESCO municipal contract in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts resulting in a long-term savings in excess of $20 million. He has worked closely with Mayor Domenic Sarno in securing over $400 million for school repairs and new school construction. He was also recently recognized by the EPA for his work in improving the overall environment in the City of Springfield. Patrick has spearheaded organic land care on the city’s athletic fields and improved the energy efficiency of school and municipal buildings by 23 percent.
This past year, Patrick had the opportunity to coordinate the construction of the 1916 Gardens of Remembrance on behalf of Mayor Domenic Sarno and Congressman Neal. This Garden will be one of his career highlights as it truly brought forward the spirit of our community and ensured Ireland’s history of independence can be shared with everyone who visits this garden. Patrick is proud to call the City of Springfield home where he resides with his wife, Nancy (O’Connor) Sullivan, and their four children, Robert, Meghan, MaryKate, and Molly. He is inspired every day by the residents and good people of this great city.
2017 Mary B. Troy Appreciation Award Winner
Northern Tree Service
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.
Northern Tree Service stepped up to the plate in 2016 to pull the Springfield Colleen float. It was with out hesitation in answering our call of need when Paul, Tess, Phil, and Kathy Cambo expressed they would be willing to assist. The simply responded “What size truck do you need and what is the date of the parade and we will be there.” And sure enough they were there.
Northern Tree has generously donated to the city of Springfield. They built the first artificial turf field at Central High School, donated to a variety of Springfield Projects and most recently were the First Corporate donor to the 1916 Gardens of Remembrance in Forest Park. It was due to their generosity that so many assisted with this historic recognition for our City of Springfield. Northern Tree is a company that will always be willing to assist if asked and it is with this that they are our 2017 Appreciation Award winner.
2017 Paul G. Caron Award Winner
Suzanne O' Sullivan Keenan
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 Community.