The Honorary Grand marshals for 2008 are Father Brendan Darcy
, Sheriff Leo McGuire, David Finucane and Mike Rafferty.
Father Brendan Darcy, born in Galway City, came to the United States in 1958.
entered the Society of African Missions (SMA) Seminary in Massachusetts, and also studied at the Catholic University, Washington D.C.
, Boston College
and Duquesne University
Following ordination in 1967 Fr. Darcy
spent 16 years in Liberia, West Africa, and became Regional Superior of SMA Liberia.
Returning to the United States he trained young men and women for missionary service with SMA in Africa.
This involved him in Irish communities in Washington D.C. and Boston, helping newly arrived Irish as well as attending the needs of those who had been here many years.
is presently the Local Superior of the SMA
provincial headquarters in Tenafly, New Jersey, and the Vice Provincial of the American Province of the SMA
Sheriff Leo McGuire, Sheriff of Bergen County
, began his
career in law enforcement in the army.
He enlisted in 1978, at the age of 18, and served as a member of the Military Police Corps.
Returning home he
was sworn in as a police officer with the Ridgefield Park Police
For more than two decades he
served the citizens of Ridgefield Park, accruing 80 letters for meritorious service in the line of duty.