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Mary Higgins Clark
Remarkable Grand Marshall
For Historic 250th St Patrick's Day Parade

 
 

Mary Higgins Clark

REMARKABLE GRAND MARSHAL
 FOR HISTORIC
 250th
St Partrick's Day
Parade

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Noel Kilkenny, Consul General of Ireland and  Mary Higgins Clark,

Noel Kilkenny, Consul General of Ireland and  Mary Higgins Clark, Grand Marshall for the Historic 250th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade

 

John Dunleavy, Chairman of the Parade

John Fitsimons, Evelyne Busheri

John Fitsimons, Evelyne Busheri

Diane Fitzsimons, Pat Murphy

Diane Fitzsimons, Pat Murphy

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Donna Lamont, Michael Cassin, Colin Lamont

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Major,Stephen Ryan, LTC  Robert Bateman

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Jean-Marc O'Brien

Niall O'Leary, Evelyne Busheri

Niall O'Leary, Evelyne Busheri

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Chris and Michael Cassin

Attracta Lyndon, David O'Sullivan
Attracta Lyndon, David O'Sullivan

Chris Cassin, The Grand Marshall, Michael Cassin

Chris Cassin, The Grand Marshall, Michael Cassin

Adrian Flannery, Patrica O'Callaghan

Adrian Flannery, Patrica O'Callaghan

 
 
 
NEW YORK, NY – Monday, November 8th 2010;
The New York City St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce the Grand Marshal for the Historic 250th New York City St Patrick’s Day Parade will be the world renowned writer and novelist
Mary Higgins Clark.
 
Mary Higgins Clark was born and raised in The Bronx. She traces her Irish ancestry to Frenchpark in County Roscommon and counties Sligo and Mayo.  During her career she has written twenty-nine novels, many short stories, movie scripts and co-authored five additional novels with her daughter. Ms Clark is active in Catholic affairs and has received twenty-one honorary doctorates and numerous honors from many organizations across the world recognizing her life long endeavors.
 
Mary Higgins Clark will lead the marchers up Fifth Avenue on Wednesday, March 17th, 2011 for the 250th consecutive St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. The Parade is the world’s oldest and largest civic parade and celebrates “The Faith of Ireland, Irish heritage and Culture”.
 
John Dunleavy, Chairman of the Parade, said “We are truly delighted Mary Higgins Clark has been unanimously selected as the 2011 Grand Marshal.  She is an outstanding Irish American who has devoted a huge amount of her energy and charisma to building enduring ties between Irish-America and the rest of the world.  We know that her selection will be a widely popular one.”
 
The New York City St Patrick’s Parade marched for the first time in 1762, fourteen Years before the Declaration of Independence was signed in Independence Hall, Philadelphia.  The Parade is regarded as the most popular of the all the Parades in New York City, and honors Saint Patrick - the patron Saint of the Archdiocese of New York and Ireland.  The New York Parade consists only of marchers and each year hosts some 250,000 marchers and two million spectators. The Parade has many outstanding marching bands, bagpipers in marching formations, high-school and college bands from throughout the United States and from all over the world.
 
The occasion is televised live to millions of households nationwide for four hours by host station WNBC Channel Four. The broadcast of the Parade is also webcast live via the internet through the Parade’s web site at NYCStPatricksParade.Org and WNBC Channel Four web site at www.wnbc.com
 
For additional information regarding the 2011 Grand Marshal and Parade events leading up to the Parade, contact Hilary Beirne at the Parade Office or visit the NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade web site at NYCStPatricksParade.Org.
 
 
Biography
Mary Higgins Clark
 
Mary Higgins Clark is the world renowned writer and novelist who was born and raised in The Bronx in New York City. Mary Higgins Clark traces her Irish roots to the West of Ireland. Her grandparents emigrated from Frenchpark in County Roscommon and Counties Sligo and Mayo around 1905.  During her career she wrote twenty-nine novels, and co-authored five additional novels with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark. Ms Clark is not only active in literary circles; she is also an active participant in Irish and Catholic affairs.
 
Mary Higgins Clark attended secretarial school after graduating high school and worked for three years in advertising. In 1949 she joined Pam American Airlines for one year as a stewardess. She married Warren Clark in 1950, a man she had known since she was sixteen. She started to write short stories soon thereafter and in 1956 she sold her first short story to Extension Magazine for $100.
     
Left a young widow with four children by the death of Warren in 1964, Mary Higgins Clark began to write radio scripts for a living. Her first suspense novel, Where Are the Children?, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1975 and became a bestseller. It is currently in its 75th edition and along with another of her novels; A Stranger Is Watching was made into a feature film.
 
Mary Higgins Clark entered Fordham University, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1979 with a B.A. in philosophy. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Fordham in 1998 and is a past trustee of Fordham and Providence College. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Hackensack College Medical Center.
 
Mary Higgins Clark is the number one bestselling fiction author in France, where she received the Grand Prix de Literature Policière in 1980 and The Literary Award at the 1998 Deauville Film Festival. In 2000, she was named by the French Minister of Culture "Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters."
 
 
She has received twenty-one honorary doctorates and many awards recognizing her lifelong endeavors. Honors; Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great - a papal honor, Dame of Malta and a Lady of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, The Graymoor Award from the Franciscan Friars in 1999, The Women of Achievement Award from the Federation of Women's Clubs in New Jersey, The Irish Woman of the Year Award(1992), The Gold Medal for Education by the National Arts Club (1993), The Gold Medal of Honor from the American-Irish Historical Society (1993), The Spirit of Achievement Award from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (1994), The National Arts Club's first Gold Medal in Education (1994), The Horatio Alger Award (1997), The Outstanding Mother of the Year Award (1998), The Bronx Legend Award (1999), The Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America (2000),. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2001), Reader’s Digest Author of the Year Award (2002), The Christopher Life Achievement Award (2003), The Ellis Island Family Heritage Award (2008), . The “First Lady of Mystery” award from the International Crime Writers (2008) and this year she has been chosen for Malice Domestic’s 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
In 1996, Mary Higgins Clark married John Conheeney, the retired Chairman and CEO of Merrill-Lynch Futures. They live in Saddle River, New Jersey. They have seventeen grandchildren.
           
 
 
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