Quinn Family Participation in Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Parade

Quinn Family Participation in St. Patrick’s Parade

Since 1928 up until now

The Quinn family has been actively involved in the United Irish Societies of Montreal since the very beginning. Patrick Quinn, born in 1893 in Glasgow, Scotland and having settled in Verdun, Quebec, was the founding treasurer from 1928 until his death in 1947. Many of us has followed in his footsteps. Below is a snapshot of the people from the family who have been involved, that I know of.

1946 GRAND MARSHAL

Patrick Quinn                                                                (1893-1947)

Charter member of the United Irish Societies and Treasurer until his death.

1988 GRAND MARSHAL

Francis J. Quinn                                (son of Patrick)    (1929-2008)

2015 CHIEF REVIEWING OFFICER

Elizabeth Quinn                                 (niece)

PRESIDENT               

Francis J. Quinn   (1965-1966)                   (son)                      (1929-2008)
Joseph Quinn       (1996-1997)                   (nephew)
Elizabeth Quinn   (2000-2001)                   (niece)
Kenneth Quinn     (2010-2011)         (grand nephew)

VICE PRESIDENT

Maurice D. Quinn (1983)                           (son)
Joseph Quinn       (1994-1995)                   (nephew)
Elizabeth Quinn   (1998-1999)                   (niece)

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Kenneth Quinn     (2008-2009)                   (grand nephew)

TREASURER

Patrick Quinn     (1928-1947)                                                (1893-1947)
Kenneth Quinn     (1998-2003)         (grand nephew)

RECORDING SECRETARY

In a Montreal Gazette article dated February 24, 1945 focusing on the details of the upcoming parade, mention is made that “Miss Helen Quinn of Saint Willibrord Parish, Verdun, was elected to the office of permanent recording secretary. Miss Quinn is the first woman to fill an executive office in the United Irish Societies.”

Helen Quinn Corcoran                      (daughter)             (1923-2008)
Rose Quinn          (2007- 2010)        (grand daughter)

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY

Elizabeth Quinn   (1996-1997)                   (niece)

VICE PRESIDENT – ORGANIZATION

Stephen M. Dowd   (1997-2002)         (grand nephew)    (1959-2002)
Kenneth Quinn     (2003-2007)         (grand nephew)

CHIEF DEPUTY MARSHAL

James (Buzzy) Quinn              (nephew)              (1931-2005)
Kenneth Quinn (acting – 2002) (grand nephew)

TICKET DISTRIBUTOR

Helen Quinn O’Hagan             (sister)                  (1899-1986)

This lady was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians for 55 years.   Verdun Chapter

SPECIAL EVENTS CHAIRPERSON

Barbara Quinn     (1986-1987) (grand niece)

CHRISTMAS BASKETS CHAIRPERSON

Elizabeth Quinn   (2006-2011)         (niece)

BANQUET COMMITTEE

Barbara Quinn     (1988) (grand niece)

RECEPTION COMMITTEE

Maurice D. Quinn                       (son)
Joseph Quinn       (1992-1993)         (nephew)
Stephen M. Dowd    (1994-1996)         (grand nephew)    (1959-2002)

TELEPHONE COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON

Rose Quinn          (2005- 2007)        (grand daughter)

WEBSITE MANAGEMENT CHAIRPERSON

Kenneth Quinn (2011- )          (grand nephew)

PAST PRESIDENTS’ ADVISORY COUNCIL

Francis J. Quinn                      (son)                     (1929-2008)
Kenneth Quinn     (2012 – )      (grand nephew)

SIMON MCDONAUGH HUMANITARIAN AWARD RECIPIENT

Joseph Quinn       (2005)         (nephew)

LIAM DALY HERITAGE AWARD RECIPIENT

Elizabeth Quinn   (2008)         (niece)

GOLD CARD MEMBERS (Life members)

Elizabeth Quinn   (2007)         (niece)
Francis J. Quinn                      (son)                     (1929-2008)
Kenneth Quinn     (2013)         (grand nephew)

TROPHIES WON

2005 – John Kenny Memorial Trophy for Most Authentic Irish Unit
2006 – John Kenny Memorial Trophy for Most Authentic Irish Unit

Stephen M. Dowd Memorial Trophy

Prior to 2003 parade this category was known as the Molson Trophy for Best Commercial Float. Following Stephen’s death, the United Irish Societies of Montreal purchased a new trophy and christened it the Stephen M. Dowd Memorial Trophy for Best Commercial Float. The inaugural recipient of this award was ING, then a major sponsor of the annual parade.

Quinn Family Trophy for Best Military Unit

In recognition of its active participation in the organization of the St. Patrick’s Parade since 1928, in 2003 the Quinn Family approached the United Irish Societies of Montreal for the purposes of donating a trophy to be used at its discretion. The United Irish Societies graciously accepted, christening the new trophy the Quinn Family Trophy for Best Military Unit. The inaugural recipient of this award was The Black Watch (RHR) of Canada.

QUINN FAMILY UNIT PARTICIPANTS

2005 – 2009

Stephen M. Dowd Memorial Scholarship Fund

Since its participation in the parade began, the Quinn Family has raised funds by asking its members to contribute funds toward the parade expenses of the group. The excess monies are then donated to the Stephen M. Dowd Memorial Scholarship Fund at Concordia University. Below are the results of the family’s contributions:

2005                                                                                        $563.00
2006                                                                                        $555.00
2007                                                                                        $530.00
2008                                                                                        $750.00
2009                                                                                      $1,135.00

Total                                                                                      $3,533.00

SELECTION EVENING

Since the mid to late 1980s Elizabeth Quinn has been instrumental in the success of the annual selection of the St. Patrick’s Parade Queen & Court. Once a popularity contest, this event is now a public speaking contest where a panel of distinguished judges selects the parade queen and princesses based on four different categories. In 2014, one of these judges was Jodi Jarvis, great grand niece of Patrick Quinn.

DEPUTY MARSHALS & MEMBERS

Laura Chambers-Quinn great granddaughter
Helen Quinn Corcoran   daughter                                  (1923-2008)
Stephen M. Dowd                   grand nephew                          (1959-2002)
Adam Hughes                great grand nephew
Helen Quinn O’Hagan   sister                                        (1899-1986)
Michael O’Sullivan        grand nephew
Barbara Quinn               grand niece
Donald Quinn                grand nephew
Douglas Quinn               grand nephew
Elizabeth Quinn             niece
Francis J. Quinn             son                                          (1929-2008)
George A. Quinn            son                                          (1918-1984)
Gerald Quinn                 nephew                                    (1924-1999)
James (Buzzy) Quinn     nephew                                    (1931-2005)
Joseph Quinn                 nephew
Kenneth Quinn              grand nephew
Maurice D. Quinn          son
Patrick Quinn                                                                (1893-1947)
Patrick D. Quinn            great grand nephew
Ronald Quinn                grand nephew                          (1955-2005)
Rose Quinn                    granddaughter
Shannon Quinn              grand niece
Shawn Quinn                 grandson
Margaret Quinn Whitaker   granddaughter
Matthew Zawada           great grand nephew
Timothy Zawada           great grand nephew

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9 thoughts on “Quinn Family Participation in Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Parade

  1. Thanks Ken for the superb job in continuing with this participation report,lets hope it will go on forever. How heart warming & touching it is to realize that so many of our family have followed in my father Patrick Quinn’s foot steps also continuing with the operations of the United Irish Societies of Montréal & our Irish Heritage.
    Thanks to all those who participated
    Maurice

  2. Hi Ken,
    Nice job, can you add my late brother Ronald, he was a member and was the first deputy marshall of the second generation in the 70’s, also mom was a long time member as well as teephone committie back before computers and had to call members for meeting reminders and events. This would have also been back in the early 70;s

  3. Wow! Awesome Legacy from so many of the Quinn Clan. Great web page Ken. I raise a Guinness on all of your behalf! Will try to keep it to one! lol from Cousin Kevin O’Shea on the Wet Coast.

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