A Donegal woman will have the honourable role of being a Grand Marshal Aide this March 17th.
Irish-American Katie Barrett (nee Gallagher) has been selected as Aide to the Grand Marshal in the 257th New York St. Patrick’s day parade.
Ms Barrett has close Donegal roots, as she was reared in Gweedore before immigrating to New York in 2000. She will represent the United Irish Counties as Aide to Grand Marshal, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, and lead the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade up Fifth Avenue on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
Each year, 13 distinguished Irish-Americans are chosen to serve as Aides in recognition of their outstanding service to the Irish-American Community of New York.
Katie was selected as an Aide in acknowledgement of her years of service to the New York and Irish communities and contribution to Irish faith, culture and heritage.
Katie was born in Manchester to Denis and Sheila (nee Coll), before moving to Donegal with her family, including her younger siblings Sarah and Donnchadh.
She immigrated to New York to join her boyfriend Michael Barrett from Gweedore, and they were married in February 2004. The couple now live in Connecticut and have two children, 12-year-old Neil and 10-year-old Megan.
Katie, who works in healthcare, is a keen Gaeilgeoir and has served two separate terms as President of the Donegal Association of New York . She has served various offices of the United Irish Counties Assn. of New York, currently being the Immediate Past President.
Katie was the fourth woman, and first woman to represent her native Donegal as President of The United Irish Counties Association. She just ended her tenure as President of the UIC. She has received many honours for her work promoting Irish heritage among immigrants in America.
The Grand Marshal and Aides were honoured at a special ceremony on Sunday, February 25th.