2023 PARADE QUEEN AND HONOR ATTENDANT
Sierra O'Keefe, 2023 Parade Queen
Sierra Grace O’Keefe is the daughter of Shawn and Laurie O’Keefe. She lives in Milford and her ancestors hail from County Galway. She is a 2022 Graduate of Assumption University. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Currently, she is a Doctor of Optometry candidate at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with plans to graduate in 2026. Sierra’s personal ambition is to open an optometry practice. Once acquired, she wishes to use her doctorate to treat those in need both locally and globally while empowering patients to be active members in their healthcare journey. When not studying, her interests include community service, and being an active member of her school’s Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity as well as the American Academy for Optometry. Sierra also enjoys crocheting, cooking, golf and spending time with loved ones. Her parents are members of the West Haven Irish American Club.
Tessa Mackey, 2023 Honor Attendant
Tessa Mackey is the daughter of Wendy Mackey and the late John Joe Mackey. She lives in Guilford and her ancestors hail from County Kilkenny and County Cork. Tessa is a 2020 graduate of Brown University with Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and English. She is currently employed by
Airbase as a Sales Development Representative. Tessa is in the midst of transitioning her career to teaching high school English, which ties into her personal ambition of building a career around helping and encouraging others. Her interests include playing Gaelic football and hockey. She also enjoys singing, baking, storytelling and reading historical fiction novels. Tessa is a member of the New Haven Gaelic Football & Hurling Club.
2022 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 9, 2020.
The 2020 Parade Queen is Morgan Daley. The 2020 Honor Attendant is Megan Burke.
Morgan Daley, 2020-2022 Parade Queen
Morgan is the daughter of Mark and Nancy Daley. She lives in Hamden and her ancestors hail from Waterville, Co. Kerry. Morgan is a 2018 graduate of Quinnipiac University and is currently attending Quinnipiac University School of Law, she plans to graduate in 2021. She is employed by the New Haven Lawn Club as a server and currently interns with the Balzano and Tropiano Law Firm. Morgan’s personal ambition is to be the voice for her future clients and to represent them to the best of her ability. She would like to continue to spread her motto of believing in justice, not judgment. Morgan’s personal interests include hiking, soccer and spending time with loved ones as well as volunteering. She also strives to learn as much as possible every day. Morgan’s parents are members of the New Haven Gaelic Football & Hurling Club.
Megan Burke, 2020 Honor Attendant
Megan is the daughter of Peter and Lynda Burke. She lives in Hamden and her ancestors hail from Tullamore, County Offaly. She is currently studying Biology at Southern Connecticut State University. She is employed by the Town of Greenwich Ferry Service as a Senior Deckhand and at Freskos as a server. Megan’s personal ambition is to work with marine life as well as find more efficient ways to protect and reduce pollution in the ocean while also giving back to her community. Her interests include animals and being on the water. She also enjoys baking and being with family and friends. Megan’s parents are members of the New Haven Gaelic Football & Hurling Club.
Their first official appearance will be at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Ball on Saturday, March 7th, at Anthony’s Ocean View Restaurant. They were featured in the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 15, in New Haven, and will appear throughout the year at many Irish community events.
(l to r): Morgan Daley, Teresa Bohan, Ellen Foley, 2019 Parade Queen Taylor Besciglia, 2019 Honor Attendant Claire Bohan, Megan Burke, Sierra O’Keefe, Elizabeth Beirne
(l to r): Elizabeth Beirne, Teresa Bohan, Ellen Foley, 2020 Honor Attendant Megan Burke, (seated) 2020 Parade Queen Morgan Daley, Sierra O’Keefe, 2019 Honor Attendant Claire Bohan, 2019 Parade Queen Taylor Besciglia
(l to r): Teresa Bohan, Ellen Foley, Elizabeth Beirne, (seated) 2020 Parade Queen Morgan Daley, 2019 Parade Queen Taylor Besciglia, 2020 Honor Attendant Megan Burke
(l to r): Megan Burke, Morgan Daley, Elizabeth Beirne, Sierra O’Keefe, Ellen Foley, Teresa Bohan
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