Dave Flannery a native of Clerihan was announced as this years Grand Marshal for the St. Patrickâ€™s Day Parade to be held on Sunday March 10, 2013 in the town of Eastchester, New York. This celebration now in its 9th year has become a tradition and a source of pride and enjoyment for Eastchester and its surrounding area residents. It is the second biggest St Patricks parade in New York and is traditionally held the Sunday before St Patricks day.
Born one of nine children in Clonmel Ireland, Dave Flannery immigrated to the United States in 1985 after attending Technical College in County Cork. Members of The Eastchester Irish American Social Club (EIASC) since 2001, Dave and his wife, Annmarie, have three boys, Jack, Jimmy and David. Flannery helped spearhead the initial St. Patrickâ€™s Day Parade in 2004: He explained, â€œI was seeing an influx of Irish people, and I wanted to demonstrate our presence here.â€ Aside from being the clubâ€™s current treasurer and overseer of parade finances, Flannery is also a contractor and owns a hardware store in the Bronx. A tireless volunteer, Dave is an assistant scout master for Boy Scout Troop 353 in Eastchester. For his aides, Flannery has chosen his 15-year-old son, Jack Flannery, and long-time friend, Tom Cascione as his aides.
Dave was born and raised in Clerihan to Tom and Eileen Flannery, he attended Clerihan national school, the Technical Institute Clonmel, and later study engineering in Cork Institute of Technology, he applied his engineering skills with Nicolas Burke engineering in Clonmel before immigrating to the USA in May 1985 when he was made redundant. Dave is one in a million who left our shores in search of work and fulfillment and has set up home in Eastchester New York where he earns a living and spends most of his spare time volunteering in various organisations. His selection as Grand Marshall for Eastchesterâ€™s St Patricks Day Parade is testament to the work, dedication and free time Dave has given since he became a resident in Eastchester.