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Fordham Takes First-Place Honors for St. Patrick’s Day Parade


For the third year in a row, Fordham has taken first place among universities for its performance in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

On Oct. 22, members of the St. Patrick Day Foundation presented Fordham with the first-place plaque at the McNally Amphitheatre on the Lincoln Center campus. Accepting the award on the University’s behalf was Shannon Quinn, FCRH ’10, GABELLI ’18, associate director of alumni relations, NYC programming. Other universities were also honored at the ceremony.

Shannon Hirrel accepts plaque from Sean Lane of the St. Patrick's Day Foundation

Shannon Quinn of Fordham accepts the first-place award from Sean Lane, chairman of the St. Patrick’s Day Board of Directors and vice chair of the St. Patrick’s Day Foundation

More than 500 Rams marched up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan for the parade this March. About half of them gathered for brunch at the Yale Club earlier that day, where Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, spoke with pride about Irish immigrants who risked so much to achieve the American dream.

He said that St. Patrick’s Day is a day for “savoring everything our ancestors did to leave Ireland and come to a place filled with uncertain promise.” Those that left their troubled country, he said, would have never dreamed of the successes their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren would eventually realize.




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