Emerald a Chara/Dear Emerald,

The next meeting of the Grand Council is Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at 7:30 pm at JC Fogartys 60 Kraft Avenue Bronxville, NY. Please make a note of the date and location.

Our guest speaker is Brian McCabe (NYPD ES), former Chairman American Irish Historical Society.

Take advantage of this opportunity to get the latest update on the American Irish Historical Society's reorganization and revitalization from former Chairman Brian McCabe.

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2023 Irishman of the Year

Patrick J. Lynch, NYPD ES

GCUES Aide to Grand Marshal

Kevin J. Conway

On March 17, 2023, the Grand Council was bursting with pride as our Aide to the Grand Marshal, Paddy Lynch, proudly donned his NYPD Class "A" uniform to march up 5th avenue with his fellow aides and the esteemed Grand Marshal Michael J. Conway.

Paddy's special moment was not only a celebration of his Irish Heritage but a tribute to all the brave men and women of law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve.

The Grand Council was honored to have Paddy Lynch represent our core values and beliefs, and we stand with our men and women in blue. We will not stand for any attempt to restart the defunding of our police over the safety and well-being of all citizens.

Fr, Brendan Fitzgerald

GCUES Chaplain

Fr Brendan Fitzgerald,

Grand Marshal, Yonkers Parade

On a beautiful Saturday, March 18, 2023, Emerald green marched up McClean Avenue with Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald as the 2023 Grand Marshal of the Yonkers Saint Patrick's Day Parade!

ConEd ES President John Ryan was honored to be chosen as one of the Grand Marshal's most trusted and proud aides.

There was a great showing of our affiliated organizations with contingents from the WCPES, WCCOES, ConEd ES, DSNY ES, FDNY ES, and NYPD ES.

It was a day filled with joy and happiness as everyone celebrated Irish culture and the spirit of St. Patrick's Day.

This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of it!

Congratulations, Father Brendan!

Donna McGuire,


Aide to Grand Marshal, Brooklyn Parade

Congratulations to our Trustee and President of NYCDOE ES, Donna McGuire, for a great job representing the GCUES as an Aide in the Brooklyn Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

We are also thrilled to announce that Donna has been selected by the School Administrators Association of New York State and the National Association of Elementary School Principals as the 2023 Assistant Principal of the Year!

This is an incredible honor for Donna; we are so proud of her achievement.

Donna has dedicated her career to improving students' educational experiences: this honor is a testament to her hard work and dedication. We are excited to celebrate this incredible accomplishment with her!

James O'Leary- ConEd ES

Aide to Grand Marshal, Bayside Parade

Congratulation to our 2nd Vice President James O'Leary the 1st GCUES Aide in the 2023 Bayside Saint Patrick's Day Parade!

We are proud of James' hard work and dedication to our organization, and the Con Edison Emerald Society.

Paul Mannix (FDNY ES), Karyn McCormack (NYPD ES), Peter VanSlyck WCPES, and Mark Edwards (ConEd ES), Aides to Grand Marshal Kevin Conway.

Ryan Doherty (MTAPD ES) Grand Marshal, Glen Cove Saint Patrick's Day Parade

President Chris O'Connor and the MTAPD ES for participating in their first two parades.

The many Emerald faces and parades

ALEES- Saint Patrick's Day Parade Phoenix, Arizona

Suffolk County Police Emerald Society pipes and drums band performs live on FOX Square | Fox News Video

Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean speaks with Michael Becker of the SCPD Emerald Society pipes and drums band ahead of the 2023 NYC St. Patrick's Day parade.

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US Congressman aims to make St. Patrick's Day a federal holiday

A Republican Congressman, Rep Bill Fitzpatrick has introduced a bill to make St. Patrick's Day a federal holiday in the United States.

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As long as there's a Black Mountain above West Belfast, there'll be an Andersonstown News

PRESIDENT Michael D. Higgins said it best in his Gaeilge letter of congratulations to the Andersonstown News on reaching the half-century milestone: newspapers are the cornerstone of our democracy and vital building blocks of community. They also, as the President observes, are guardians of civil rights.

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2023 Membership update

Currently, we have 27 affiliated organizations.

Law Enforcement-16

Fire Service- 4 

Mass Transit- 2 

Public Utilities-2


Waste Management-1


This year we welcomed the AZLEES into our fold as our 27th affiliated organization. In 2022 we welcomed back ESFLEA and brought in the newly formed MTAPD ES.

On March 16, 2023, Larry Coyne and his core group of like-minded Irish-Americans launched the Hunterdon County Emerald Society, setting off a new era of the Emerald movement in New Jersey. After months of hard work and dedication, the GCUES is proud of Larry and his group. With the launch of the Hunterdon County Emerald Society, we look forward to them affiliating with the Grand Council.

A handful of organizations still need to pay their 2023 affiliation fee of $100; any of our former affiliated and new organizations are welcome to join us. Please go to the affiliation management page button below to start the process.

We look forward to the opportunities for growth that the rest of 2023 will bring.

Affiliation Mangement Page


The Grand Council is committed to connecting affiliated organizations and encouraging them to support each other's events with reciprocal agreements of like-kind donations.

To make sure you get the best possible promotion for your event, please email the flyer and any pertinent information to at least two to three months in advance.

Let's come together to make each emerald event a success!

ALEES- Fighting 69th Irish Whiskey Night 4-15-23


Buy tickets for Cigar Night

HVPES -10th Anniversary Dinner 4-28-23

Hudson Valley Police Emerald Society 10th Anniversary installation dinner

Friday, April 28, 2023, 6 pm, Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY.

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DSNY ES -85th Anniversary Dinner 4-28-23

NCLEES Elections-May 14, 2023

The National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies Inc (NCLEES) was organized in 1995 by Brooklyn, NY native Patrick J. O’Brien (PES WashDC), its first president.

The main objective of the NCLEES is to unite all public safety Emerald Societies to develop fraternalism amongst its members, Preserve the Irish culture, promote the contributions of our ancestors, and recognize the accomplishments of Irish Americans in Law Enforcement and other public safety professions. 

**This is for informational purposes only for our eleven affiliated organizations that are current National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES) members **

At their annual NCLEES May Conference, the Election of Officers will be held on May 14, 2023, in Washington, DC.

Good Luck to all the candidates!



Robert J. Kearns, ​

Jersey City Police Emerald Society



First Vice President

Sean M. McCarthy, ​

Boston Police Emerald Society *



Second Vice President

Andrew Hale,​​

Emerald Society of Missouri

Edward Sullivan​,

Police Emerald Society of the Washington DC Area *


Third Vice President

Joseph A. Smith,

​Greater Pittsburgh Police Emerald Society

Erin Ring, ​​

Arizona Law Enforcement Emerald Society*


Executive Director

William Tinker​

New Haven Police Emerald Society

Michael Pitcher​,

Police Emerald Society of Nassau County*




John Rowley, ​​

Emerald Society of New Jersey Essex County



Recording Secretary

Cynthia Schultz​,

Jersey City Police Emerald Society



Financial Secretary

Mark Matthews​,

Metro Atlanta Police Emerald Society


Kevin Nieves,

​​Police Emerald Society of the Washington DC Area*


Sergeant at Arms

Brian Patrick Burke​,

San Francisco Bay Area Law Enforcement Emerald Society


*GCUES affiliated organization

Employment Resources Updates

Exciting news! In addition to the ones below, we have additional employment opportunities for you to explore; you can visit our employment resources page for the latest job postings.

If your agency, union, or trade has any employment announcements, please don't hesitate to email them to

Take advantage of your chance to find the perfect job for a friend or a family member - take a look today!

Application deadline 4/19/23

New Hampshire State Police Trooper I Recruitment

A candidate must have at least one of the following: Education: Associate's degree or 60 credit hours from a recognized college, university, or technical institute with a significant study preferably in criminal justice or the equivalent. Experience: No experience required. Or Education: High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent.

The next test is June 3, 2023.

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Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

Obituary of Dennis Gallagher | NYPD ES VP of Retired Members

Dennis P. Gallagher, 71, Retired NYPD Captain passed away from a 9/11 cancer on March 29, 2023. Dennis is survived by his wife Frances O'Leary, his sons Patrick and Michael, grandsons Odin and Finn as well as his brothers John, Patrick and James, along with 9 nieces and nephews and 5 grandnieces and nephews.

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Making the Emeralds Great Again

(Patrick McParland, President FDNY ES © 2022)

The Grand Council

PO Box 124, Woodlawn Station

Bronx, NY 10470

Ní neart go cur le chéile 

There’s no strength without unity

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