2020 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 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

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(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): 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): Megan Burke, Morgan Daley, Elizabeth Beirne, Sierra O’Keefe, Ellen Foley, Teresa Bohan

Past Parade Queens and Honor Attendants

Year Parade Queen Honor Attendant Year Miss Ireland Miss Irish American
2019 Taylor Besciglia Claire Bohan 1975 Jamie O’Donovan Sheila Keehan
2018 Bridget Judd Maureen Heeran 1974 Bridie Smyth Nora O’Keefe
2017 Abigail O’Keefe Catherine Dignan 1973 Edna Farrell Eileen Shields
2016 Kaitlyn Cullagh Caitlin Shea Clark 1972 Helen Kellegher Linda Beers
2015 Margaret Heeran Siobhan Dacey 1971 Mary Joyce Irene Devlin
2014 Alexis Wheway Morgan Hildebrandt 1970 Catherine Cullagh Bonnie McNolty
2013 Fiona Stewart Kate Thompson 1969 Pam White Catherine Thompson
2012 Carolyn Shea Kate Thompson 1968 Elizabeth Smyth Elizabeth Dalton
2011 Kristina Conroy Carolyn Shea 1967 Ruby Ashenhurst Mary Flynn
2010 Lindsey Stamp Kristina  Conroy 1966 Maureen Canning Rita Manning
2009 Katie Morris Brittney Lipsett 1965 Grace Tighe Patricia Collins
2008 Briana Conway Laura Brayfield 1964 Marglin Reardon Margaret Farrell
2007 Erin Collins Courtney Lundgren 1963 Patricia Foley Katherine Hanrahan
2006 Maura Monahan Briana Conway 1962 Mary McArdle Eileen Sullivan
2005 Melinda Enright Jillian Mackey 1961 Mary Foley Nancy Griswold
2004 Moriah Conlan Meghan Wilson 1960 Mary Sheehan Patricia Griffiths
2003 Cathleen Steinau Siobhan Straub 1959 Mary Theresa Corry Patricia O’Connor
2002 Caitlin Monahan Melinda Enright 1958 Susan Smith Mary Manning
2001 Sinead Stewart Caitlin Monahan 1957 Mary McArdle Maureen Hanrahan
2000 Barbara Stratton Sheila Smyth 1956 Mary McCarty Maureen Earl
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