Sligo native Pat McGettrick has been chosen, along with Rosie Donaghey, as grand marshal of this year’s St. Patrick’s Throggs Neck Bronx St. Patrick’s Day parade. McGettrick attended National School in Killavil and then Ballymote Technical College. He immigrated to the U.S. in the early seventies and his first neighborhood in the United States was Washington Heights, where his parents had also moved. He joined the construction industry and is now a project superintendent with Shawmut Design and Construction, a Boston company with an office in New York. McGettrick has been a proud member of Local 79 for many years. Pat and his wife Marie, also from Co. Sligo, live in the Pelham Bay/Throggs Neck section of the Bronx. They are members of the Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Pelham Bay and are both active members of the Sligo Association, the Chippewa Democratic Club, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH). McGettrick has served the Sligo Association of New York, having been both the president and vice president for four years each. He was also instrumental, with current Irish Parliament Member John Perry for Sligo and Leitrim, in getting a national monument erected in Ballymote, Ireland for the Fighting 69th Regiment and its founder, Brigadier General Michael Corcoran, an American Civil War Hero and native of Ballymote who immigrated to the U.S. from Sligo in 1846. The monument was unveiled in Ballymote in August of 2006 by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. McGettrick is active in local politics and is a committed member of the community and is always ready to lend a helping hand whenever he can. He has received proclamations from the New York City Council, and from the City of Yonkers, and he has also been honored by the Chippewa Democratic Club, the Co. Sligo football club and the Ancient Order of Hibernians County Board. The parade is set for Sunday, March 15. Line of march assembly takes place at the corner of East Tremont and Lafayette Avenues at 11 a.m. The parade begins at noon.
Little known tale of generous Turkish aid to the Irish during the Great Hunger