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A tradition marches on – Mount joins NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade

March 18, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Michael J. O’Keefe, executive director of Operations and Risk Management at Mount Saint Mary College (waving), served as Orange County Aide to the Grand Marshal of the 258th New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16.

Michael J. O’Keefe, executive director of Operations and Risk Management at Mount Saint Mary College (waving), served as Orange County Aide to the Grand Marshal of the 258th New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16.

Continuing a cherished tradition, dedicated Mount Saint Mary College faculty, staff, alumni, and their families hit the streets in the 258th New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16.
 
Mount marchers wore black slacks and green parade sashes emblazoned with “Mount Saint Mary College.”
 
This year’s parade was extra special for Mount Saint Mary College: Michael J. O’Keefe, executive director of Operations and Risk Management at the college, served as Orange County Aide to the Grand Marshal.
 
O’Keefe was nominated to serve as aide by the Orange County Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, one of the affiliated organizations of the parade. O’Keefe is active in the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Orange County, serving as financial secretary for both Division 2 (Cornwall) and the County Board.
 
He was one of 16 aides, with ten representing the five boroughs and surrounding counties, and six others selected from various organizations.
 
“To march in the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, and continue the tradition that began 14 years before the founding of America, is truly a humbling experience,” O’Keefe said.
 
O’Keefe traces his Irish heritage to Co. Cork, Cavan, and Antrim through both his paternal and maternal grandparents. In 2016 he was selected as one of The Irish Voice’s Education 100, along with his wife Kathleen, who is director of the Mount’s Career Center. They and their children, Kieran, Colin, and Clare, are parishioners of Holy Name of Mary-Assumption in Montgomery, N.Y. All three of O’Keefe’s children are Mount alumni.