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Eastchester School Librarian To Lead Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

Helene Murtha Dooley
Helene Murtha Dooley Photo Credit: Submitted

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Eastchester Irish American Social Club (EIASC) recently announced Helene Murtha Dooley, Eastchester resident and librarian in the Eastchester Union Free School District, will be the grand marshal for the club’s 12th Annual Eastchester St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 13, at 3 p.m.

The festival and Installation of the grand marshal and honorees, Kathy Doody and Christine Doody Doherty will take place Saturday evening at Lake Isle Park.

For parade and festival details, go to www.eastchesterirish.org.

Murtha Dooley’s family came to New York from Ireland in the late 1800s. They hailed from Cork and Roscommon Counties on her mother’s side, and Athlone in County Westmeath on her father’s side.

Born in Queens, she is the eldest of the four children of Arlene Charbonneau Murtha and the late Gilbert J Murtha III.

“St. Patrick’s Day is always a special day for my family, filled with traditional food, music and dance, so I am honored to be grand marshal and share my heritage with the Eastchester community,” said Murtha Dooley.

She is married to Eastchester Town Councilman Joe Dooley, and they have two children, Brian and Caroline. They joined EIASC in 2001 and Murtha Dooley is an active volunteer serving on committees for past parades and social events.

Murtha Dooley graduated from Fairfield University with a bachelor's degree in business management and began a banking career at JP Morgan. She pursued her education while working as a vice president at JP Morgan, earning a NYS teaching certificate, a master’s in library and Information science and doctorate in educational administration.

For the past 18 years, she has taught at all Eastchester’s public schools and currently works at the Eastchester Middle School/High School library.

At the EIASC Festival and Installation, Murtha Dooley, Doody and Doody Doherty will be presented with their parade sashes. Traditionally sold out, it is open to the public who are EIASC members, first-come, first-served.

Membership info for EIASC is at www.eastchesterirish.org. EIASC, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is a nonprofit organization founded in 1966 consisting of members from Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville and Crestwood.

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