Connaughton and his family have been the owners of the Riverdale Steak House for over 30 years. He is a member of the St. Margaret of Cortona Parish and proud father of five children.
Connaughton has for years been to the fore of the GAA in New York and is an honorary lifetime president of the New York Ladies Board.
Linda Murphy and her family are Silver Beach residents. She is a St. Frances de Chantal parish member and volunteers at Jeanne Jugan Residence, run by the Little Sisters of the Poor. Murphy, a mother of two sons, is the founder of the Lt. Raymond E. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund, which gives educational grants annually in memory of her husband, FDNY Lt. Raymond Murphy, who perished on September 11, 2001. Mrs. Fr. Robert Dunn has been the chaplain of Jeanne Jugan Residence in Throggs Neck since July, 2007. He is also involved in youth ministry.
"Our 2010 grand marshals and honored clergy member represent community service, spiritual dedication and Bronx Irish spirit, and we are very proud to have them lead the 2010 Throggs Neck St. Patrick's Day Parade," the committee stated.
The parade organizers are also bestowing posthumous honors on a number of honorary grand marshals. They are Marion Bollerman, Jack Callahan, Donald Collins, Jack Devaney, Ed Geiderman, Joan Heaney, Marge Hickey, Kerri Hogan, Ann Keegan, Thomas and Mary Kelly, Barbara Kopyless, Sean Madigan, Kathy Marshall, Terence Monahan, James Quinn, Patricia Rossi, John Scott, Lorraine Sweeney, and Rosemary Van Bomel.
After Mass at St. Benedict Church on Otis Avenue, the line of march for the parade will assemble at 11 a.m. at the corner of East Tremont and Lafayette avenues. The parade steps off at noon and the reviewing stand will be at East Tremont at Harding avenues.
For more information on the parade, and the parade journal, call (347)231-6993 or check the parade website at www.tnsaintpatricksdayparade.blogspot.com.