Conall McGonagle, a Galway native and managing director and COO/CFO of the U.S. offices of a major European bank, has been named CFO and treasurer of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade by a vote of the Parade Board of Directors.
McGonagle, who came to the U.S. nine years ago, lives on Roosevelt Island in New York City with his wife, Roisin, and their three children.
He is a board member of the Association of Chartered Accountants in the U.S., the Home Institute Board Representative for Chartered Accountants Ireland in the U.S. and the president of the New York Chapter.
McGonagle studied international business with French at the National University of Ireland, Galway and graduated in 2000. He completed a master of accounting degree in the Smurfit Business School in Dublin in 2001.
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McGonagle is a member Digital Irish, a network of Irish start-ups in New York. He marches in the parade with the St. Patrick’s Day Foundation and runs the New York marathon for Fred's Team, supporting cancer research.
In other parade news, the newly elected parade board chairman, Sean Lane, commended and thanked the Knights of St. Patrick for their 30 years of support for the parade, support which totals more than $1.5 million. The Knights mark their 30th anniversary this year.
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“On behalf of the parade Board of Directors and all Irish Americans, I congratulate the dedicated members of the Knights of St. Patrick on celebrating 30 years of strong support for the parade,” Lane said in a statement.
“In that time, the Knights have donated over $1.5 million to us. We are very thankful for their generosity.”
“The Knights of St. Patrick were formed in October 1988. The mission was to help the St. Patrick’s Day Parade financially and it’s still the primary reason for their existence,” said Knights Chairman Gene McCarthy.
“We are proud to play our part in supporting the largest and greatest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world.”
The Knights count many prominent people in the Irish American community among their current membership, including four former parade grand marshals: John Lahey, Francis X. Comerford, Tommy Smyth and Michael J. Gibbons.
Best of luck in the new role, Conall!