James Walsh

2019 Grand Marshal

James (Jazzer) Walsh was born and raised in Mahanoy Plane, PA. He is the son of James and Sarah (Devitt) Walsh. His paternal grandfather came from Lawerencetown, County Galway, Ireland. Jim is married to the love of his life, Patricia (nee Bevan) for 55 years. They are the proud parents of their daughter Kim who is married to John McCormick and their son Jim who is married to Beth Scozzafava. They are the loving grandparents of Grainne, Tiarnan, Deidre, Jimmy and Emily.

Jim worked in his father’s grocery store after graduation from High School. He then joined the U.S. army in 1960 and trained in Fort Dix, N.J. and Fort Benning, GA. He was assigned to the 3rd Infantry in Bamberg, Germany, where he spent two years. He attained the rank of SP4 (Specialist 4th Class). He completed his service in 1967.

Jim came to New Jersey in 1963. He worked for Johns Manville for 17 years, Egan Machinery for 3 years, and Verizon for 25 years. He attended Somerset County Tech for 4 years where he earned his certification for electricity and HVAC trades.

Jim has been a member of the AOH (St. Patrick’s Division) from its early days and he has participated in many of its functions. He served on the Executive Board, Thanksgiving food drive and ran the AOH picnic for 3 years when the picnic had 500 to 600 in attendance. He received the “Outstanding Service Award” in 2003. He is a life member of the American Legion and the Manville-Hillsborough Elks Lodge 2119. He was a member of Christ the King parish for many years where his was one of the first Eucharistic Ministers. Jim ran the church car raffle for 3 years. He was a Hillsborough little league coach for years. He is now a member of Mary Mother of God Catholic Church in Hillsborough, NJ.

Jim is now retired and he loves spending time with family and friends and following the Giants and the Mets!!!

Finbarr Kirby

2018 Grand Marshal

Finbarr Kirby was born and raised in Cork City, Ireland. He is the second oldest of six boys. Finbarr is married to Anne (nee McCarthy), where they have just celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary. They are the proud parents of four boys; Derek and his wife Mary, Alan and his wife Cindy, Barry and his fiancé Lisa, and Paul. They are also the loving grandparents of Megan, Michael, and Jenna.

Finbarr received his formal education at Turners Cross from the Presentation Brothers and continued his higher education at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT). Finbarr then undertook a 5 year apprenticeship for Steam-Fitting and Engineering. This led him to work for various companies throughout Ireland, England, Wales, The Bahamas, and the United States. For a couple of years, Finbarr also experienced life on the Atlantic Ocean while working on Off-Shore Rigs off the coast of Ireland.

In 1989, Finbarr and Anne applied and were granted the opportunity to live in the United States. They made a life changing decision and left Ireland to start a new life in America with their four boys. They arrived and settled in Manville, NJ where Finbarr & Anne currently reside.

During his first years in America, Finbarr attended activities sponsored by various Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Divisions. Finbarr then joined his local Division, Saint Patrick Division 1 of Somerset County. Finbarr has been a proud and active member for over 25 years. During his membership, he served on the Executive Board for 8 years which included a two year term as Division President. He also was the chairman of the Dinner Dance Committee which had attendances exceeding 400. Finbarr has represented his Division at countless New Jersey State Conventions, and at National Conventions in New Orleans, Saint Louis, and Atlantic City.

Finbarr and his family are supporters and active members of the AOH & Ladies Ancient of Hibernians (LAOH). Finbarr is still active assisting in the Annual Family Picnic, Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, and will also be representing his Division at the AOH National Convention in Louisville later this year. Finbarr’s sons are “Keeping the Tradition Alive” as members and supporters of their local AOH Division, Saint Patrick Division 1, Somerset County, NJ.

Finbarr is a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville and also a member of the Somerville Elks Lodge #1068. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, traveling, and enjoys spending time with family & friends.

Past Grand Marshals

’92 Pat Shovlin
’93 Barney Sloan
’94 P. Joe Mulrooney
’95 Dennis Smith
’96 Bill Cooper Sr.
’97 Joe Simmons
’98 Jack O’Connor
’99 Neil Mahoney
’00 Jim Dowden
’01 Bob Canavan
’02 Tom O’Leary
’03 Mike Berry
’04 Pat Kelly

’05 Rev. Dan Herlihy
’06 Brian Gallagher
’07 Jim Butler
’08 Frank Toolan
’09 Larry Doyle
’10 Mary Kelly
’11 Patrick Mannion
’12 Kevin Donovan
’13 Monsignor Seamus Brennan
’14 Tom Burns
’15 Brendan Nally
16 Willie Lynch
17  John McCullagh