2017 Parade Queen and Honor Attendant

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Selection, sponsored by the New Haven Gaelic Football & Hurling Club in East Haven, was held on February 11, 2017.

The 2017 Parade Queen is Abigail O’Keefe.  The 2017 Honor Attendant is Catherine Dignan.

Abigail O’Keefe, 2017 Parade Queen
Abigail is the daughter of John and Margaret O’Keefe. Her ancestors hail from County Cork, Donegal and Clare. She will graduate in December from Southern Connecticut State University with a degree in journalism.  She is currently employed as an Administrative Assistant and Social Media Manager for Paragon Trust LLC.  Abigail’s personal ambition is to one day move to New York City, work in music journalism, and write at least one book. Her interests include music, writing, reading, photography, psychology, the beach, big cities, adventures, and a good cup of tea!  Her father is a member of the New Haven Gaelic Football & Hurling Club.

Catherine Dignan, 2017 Honor Attendant
Catherine is the daughter of Brian and Juliann Dignan. Her ancestors are from County Roscommon and Kerry.  She is currently a student at Naugatuck Valley Community College pursuing a career in music education.  She is also employed as a Direct Support Professional through Arc of Meriden and Wallingford.  Catherine’s personal ambition is to instill self confidence in teenagers and young adults through music.  Her interests include knitting, sewing,  and organic farming. She enjoys playing guitar and performing at local art centers. Catherine is a member of the New Haven Gaelic Football & Hurling Club.

2017 Parade Queen and Honor Attendant Selection

The Queen and the Honor Attendant were selected at a Queen’s Competition sponsored by the New Haven Gaelic Football & Hurling Club on Saturday, February 11 at the Irish American Community Center.   Seven contestants represented the four Irish Societies in the night’s festivities.

Their first official appearance will be at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Ball on Friday, February 23 at Anthony’s Ocean View Restaurant.  They will be featured in the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 12  in New Haven and appear throughout the year at many Irish community events.

Seated: 2017 St.Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Abigail O’Keefe, 2017 Honor Attendant, Catherine Dignan;
Honor Court (Standing L to R):   Caitlin Shea Clark, Taylor Besciglia. Bridget Judd, Kristen Dean, and Claire Bohan

2017 Queen Competion contestants, with some of the graduates of the Taras and Claddaghs.

Past Parade Queens and Honor Attendants

Year Parade Queen Honor Attendant
2016 Kaitlyn Cullagh Caitlin Shea Clark
2015 Margaret Heeran Siobhan Dacey
2014 Alexis Wheway Morgan Hildebrandt
2013 Fiona Stewart Kate Thompson
2012 Carolyn Shea Kate Thompson
2011 Kristina Conroy Carolyn Shea
2010 Lindsey Stamp Kristina  Conroy
2009 Katie Morris Brittney Lipsett
2008 Briana Conway Laura Brayfield
2007 Erin Collins Courtney Lundgren
2006 Maura Monahan Briana Conway
2005 Melinda Enright Jillian Mackey
2004 Moriah Conlan Meghan Wilson
2003 Cathleen Steinau Siobhan Straub
2002 Caitlin Monahan Melinda Enright
2001 Sinead Stewart Caitlin Monahan
2000 Barbara Stratton Sheila Smyth
1999 Patricia Lilllis Elizabeth Murphy
1998 Catherine Hopkins Kara Roxbee
1997 Karen Freed Tracy Henderson
1996 Laura Garrity Karen Freed
1995 Karyn Gallagher Laura Garrity
1994 Bernadette Smyth Lisa Peckingham
1993 Doreen Keogh Karyn Gallagher
1992 Mary-Kathy Cullagh Karyn Gallagher
1991 Katherine McGowan Patricia O’Shea
1990 Josephine Craig Katherine McGowan
1989 Geraldine Lillis Irene Horgan
1988 Diane Graham Eileen Conway
1987 Fionnuala Mackey Mary Clarke
1986 Darcy Smith Karen Sullivan
1985 Susan O’Connor Lauren Montgomery
1984 Linda Gill Lauren Montgomery
1983 Aileen Lawless Maureen McDermott
1982 Kerry Lawless Mary Ann Gannon
1981 Valerie Spagnle Maureen O’Reilly
1980 Margo Mackey Mary Lynch
1979 Patty Roxbee Margo Mackey
1978 Claire Barrett Irene Wheeler
1977 Katie O’Keefe Eileen McNolty
1976 Rosemary Hartigan Kathie Roxbee
Year Miss Ireland Miss Irish American
1975 Jamie O’Donovan Sheila Keehan
1974 Bridie Smyth Nora O’Keefe
1973 Edna Farrell Eileen Shields
1972 Helen Kellegher Linda Beers
1971 Mary Joyce Irene Devlin
1970 Catherine Cullagh Bonnie McNolty
1969 Pam White Catherine Thompson
1968 Elizabeth Smyth Elizabeth Dalton
1967 Ruby Ashenhurst Mary Flynn
1966 Maureen Canning Rita Manning
1965 Grace Tighe Patricia Collins
1964 Marglin Reardon Margaret Farrell
1963 Patricia Foley Katherine Hanrahan
1962 Mary McArdle Eileen Sullivan
1961 Mary Foley Nancy Griswold
1960 Mary Sheehan Patricia Griffiths
1959 Mary Theresa Corry Patricia O’Connor
1958 Susan Smith Mary Manning
1957 Mary McArdle Maureen Hanrahan
1956 Mary McCarty Maureen Earl