The St. Patrick’s Parade in Montreal was March 18, 2018

Under the direction of The United Irish Societies of Montreal, Inc.

2018 Grand Marshal
Elizabeth Quinn

Elizabeth Quinn

2018 Chief Reviewing Officer Ronald (Ronnie) James

RONALD JAMES

2018 QUEEN & COURT

Each year since 1956 the United Irish Societies of Montreal has organized a contest to select a queen and princesses for the annual parade. The event was originally called the Queen’s Pageant and held at the Sailor’s Club in Old Montreal. Today, the Selection Evening is a public speaking contest held downtown.

Kathleen Brown-Vandecruys
Darragh Kilkenny-Mondoux

Darragh Kilkenny-Mondoux
2018 PRINCESS

Olivia OKeeffe

Olivia O’Keeffe
2018 PRINCESS

Taylor Pogue

Taylor Pogue
2018 PRINCESS

Lauren Tracey

Lauren Tracey
2018 PRINCESS

2018 winners

BEST HIGH SCHOOL UNIT

Lester B. Pearson
School Board

SPONSORED BY
Bernier Family

BEST AMATEUR
FLOAT

Ottawa St. Patrick’s
Parade Group

SPONSORED BY
J.P. Feron

BEST MILITARY
UNIT

Veterans for
Canadians

SPONSORED BY
Quinn Family

BEST MARCHING
UNIT

RCMP
RCMP

SPONSORED BY
Phillips & Campbell

BEST OUT OF
TOWN UNIT

Ottawa Caledonian
Pipes and Drums
 

SPONSORED BY
J.McMullen Memorial

BEST CELTIC
DANCING UNIT

Bernadette Short School
of Irish Dance

SPONSORED BY
William C. Hickey Memorial

MOST CREATIVE ENDEAVOUR

Bain Magique /
Bathfitter
 

SPONSORED BY
CBC

BEST SISTER
SOCIETY

Erin Sports
Association
 

SPONSORED BY
Past Presidents’

BEST PIPE
BAND

Pipes & Drums of the
Black Watch (RHR)

SPONSORED BY
Bishop Leonard Crowley

MOST AUTHENTIC
IRISH UNIT

St. Patrick’s Society
of Montreal

SPONSORED BY
John Kenny Memorial

MOST ORIGINAL
PARISH UNIT

St. Gabriel’s
Parish

SPONSORED BY
Bishop Neil E. Willard Memorial

MOST CREATIVE
YOUTH UNIT

Les Titans
de Quebec

SPONSORED BY
Karnak Temple

BEST COMMERCIAL
FLOAT

McKibbin’s
Irish Pub

SPONSORED BY
Stephen M. Dowd Memorial

BEST
BAND

Top Hat
Orchestra

SPONSORED BY
Brian McKeown Memorial

BEST CULTURAL
COMMUNITY UNIT

Ecole Socrates
Demosthene

SPONSORED BY
92.5 The Beat

BEST COLLEGE OR
UNIVERSITY UNIT

McMaster University
Marching Band

SPONSORED BY
Friends of McGill

BEST ANIMAL
ENTRY

SPCA
Rescue

SPONSORED BY
Mouchie Goodleaf Productions

BEST MUNICIPAL
ENTRY

Borough of
Verdun

SPONSORED BY
CJAD

BEST MEDIA
ENTRY

CJAD/ CTV
TSN 690

SPONSORED BY
National Criminal Investigation Service

BEST OVERALL PARADE ENTRY

Ottawa St. Patrick’s
Parade Group

SPONSORED BY
Simon McDonaugh Memorial Trophy

The United Irish Societies of Montreal, with the help of advertisements, publishes a yearly souvenir program / yearbook distributed at the annual Awards Banquet.

In the souvenir program / yearbook we celebrate the events of the past year, culminating with the annual parade.

Below is a downloadable copy of the program / yearbook in PDF format. Please be sure to read through it and, where possible, be sure to do business with our advertisers. Please be sure to mention where you saw their advertisement.

If you would like a hard copy for your personal use, for customers to browse at your place of business, or are interested in supporting our organization with an advertisement, please contact Leigh-Ann Killin.

2018 UIS parade program
2018 UIS parade program

We need your support!

The UIS is a proud non-profit organization run strictly by volunteers.  Every effort is made to raise funds, but donations are encouraged and greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your support and generosity!

Simon McDonaugh Humanitarian Award

SIMON MCDONAUGH HUMANITARIAN AWARD RECIPIENTS:
CINDY BRAY AND GERRY TIBBO

Cindy Bray was born to Albert Bray and Viola Pine. One of nine children, she attended Sarsfield School and then Saint Gabriel’s.

Gerry was born to Juliette and Gerald Tibbo. One of six children, Gerry also attended Sarsfield School prior to his family briefly living in LaSalle.   They returned to Point St. Charles, and he attended James Lyng High School.

Lifelong friends, Cindy and Gerry were married in St. Gabriel’s Church in 1985. Together, they have three children: Todd, Victoria, and Ashley.

Cindy and Gerry have long been church volunteers.

She volunteered her cooking skills for the resident priests and seminarians, and together, along with Terry Clahane and Darleen Marchand, they catered various church events.  They ran the Parish’s bingo evenings, flea markets, helped with the children’s liturgy, and numerous other activities. They continue to help with the Parish’s Christmas basket program, Lenten lunches, and two annual fundraising breakfasts in support of the children celebrating their first communions, and who are being confirmed.

Cindy sang in the St. Gabriel’s choir, performing in cabaret and Christmas shows. Gerry, also a member, sang duets with Lisa Forget for concerts and weddings.

Cindy and Gerry both volunteered their time toward the Point St. Charles Aces youth football organization. For many years, Cindy worked at the canteen on game days, and Gerry coached and served as vice president for over twenty years.

In 2012, Gerry was inducted into the Point St. Charles Hall of Recognition. Also in 2012, both Cindy and Gerry received the Parish Volunteer of the Year Award, presented annually at the Gary Clahane Golf Tournament.
The United Irish Societies of Montreal is pleased to present the 2018 Simon McDonaugh Humanitarian Award to Cindy Bray and Gerry Tibbo for dedication to their community.

About Simon McDonaugh

The United Irish Societies lost a dear and valued member in 1992, when Simon McDonaugh passed away. An award was established in 1993 for the community to remember Mr. McDonaugh’s dedication to his heritage and to the humanitarian acts performed during his life. Mr. McDonaugh’s association with the United Irish Societies and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade were longstanding: from 1940 to 1979 he served the organization and the annual parade as its Chief Deputy Marshal. During those years, he was an inspiration to the marshals and society members due to the successful execution of the parades. For many years, he and his colleagues were responsible for building the reviewing stands for dignitaries to review the parades. In later years, Mr. McDonaugh was presented with a Gold Card Membership in recognition of a lifetime of loyal and faithful service to the United Irish Societies and to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The memory of Mr. McDonaugh’s humanitarian lifestyle lives on through this award.

Liam Daly Heritage Award

Born in Wales, Alan Jones became interested in Irish traditional music in the late 1960s, after first hearing it played in local folk music clubs and then hearing the great travelling Irish Uilleann piper Finbar Furey on BBC radio. Following numerous years of persistent searching, he eventually obtained his own set of Irish pipes and has since spent his life learning about the instrument and its practitioners. Alan has been a longtime member of Na Piobairi Uilleann (the Irish Pipers’ Association) and has travelled extensively in pursuit of his passion for Irish traditional music and culture.

Alan, an engineer by profession, emigrated to Canada in 1979, and it was not very long afterward that he was being interviewed and performing on Liam Daly’s Montreal Irish TV show. While pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Concordia University he undertook numerous Irish Studies courses, further expanding his knowledge of Irish history, geography, culture and music.

As an avid supporter of things Irish, Alan frequently performs at various events, in concerts and at festivals etc., playing and promoting the Irish pipes and Irish traditional music. He has marched in St. Patrick’s parades playing bagpipes, has piped for the Irish community’s annual march to the Irish Memorial site at the Victoria Bridge in Montreal, has performed at the Grosse Ile Memorial site 150th anniversary for Parks Canada, played his Uilleann pipes for Cine Gael’s 1916 Uprising 100th anniversary vintage silent movie showing, and performed the theme music for the acclaimed film Love and Savagery, which was filmed in Ireland and Newfoundland, and directed by John Smith, produced by Kevin Tierney, and featured Alan Hawco as one of the principal actors. He has performed on behalf of Concordia University in promoting the Irish Studies department with mayors and ministers at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. In 2004, Alan was the invited Uilleann piper who performed with renowned Irish flute player and ethnomusicologist Desi Wilkinson, in a special concert called “Ireland on the St. Lawrence” – which traced the strong musical roots between Irish and Quebec (French Canadian) traditional music.

For his commitment to Irish traditional music and Irish culture, the United Irish Societies of Montreal is pleased to present the 2018 Liam Daly Heritage Award to Alan Jones.

About Liam Daly

A native son of Dublin, Ireland, Liam Daly, was proud of his Irish heritage. From the first day he arrived, through his talent, love and devotion, Liam volunteered his time to the continual presence of the Arts and the Irish Cultural in the City of Montreal Liam is missed by the Irish Community. As a tribute to him, the United Irish Societies of Montreal has created the Liam Daly Heritage Award which will be awarded to a worthy candidate who exemplifies Liam’s love of his heritage and promotes the Irish heritage through the arts.