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James P. Fallon, the director of the Department of Research of Saint Michael’s Medical Center, has been named the Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade to be held on March 10 in Newark.

James P. Fallon, the director of the Department of Research of Saint Michael’s Medical Center, has been named the Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade to be held on March 10 in Newark.

Fallon, who has worked at Saint Michael’s since 1987, said he was honored to be elected by the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee to serve as Grand Marshal of the oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the state.

“My parents introduced me to all things Irish and I have been proud to support Irish-American culture in our community,” said Fallon, who was born in Newark, raised in Maplewood and currently lives in Bloomfield. Fallon traces his Irish roots to County Roscommon, Ireland.

Saint Michael’s CEO Alan Sickles, MD, said the hospital encourages employees to be active in the community.

“We know Jim in the hospital as an accomplished medical researcher and inspiring leader who puts our patients first,” Dr. Sickles said. “We are so proud that he is also an active leader in the community who has earned the respect and admiration of Irish-Americans in Essex County.”

Fallon received his bachelor’s degree from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., and a master’s degree from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minn. He has been published professionally, authoring articles on HIV and Hepatitis C.

Fallon was president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 9 in 2013 and ad book chairman of the NJ State AOH organization. He has held many offices within the Essex County Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh in West Orange and served as president in 2020.

He is a member of the West Orange Elks club and Tri-County Golf Club where he serves as handicap chairman.

In addition to Fallon, Margaret “Peggy” Ann Farrell Daingerfield, a retired nurse who serves as president-elect of the New Jersey State Nurses Association; Father Paul Donohue, the pastor of St. Lucy’s R.C. Church in Newark and Richard “Rick” Smith, a retired captain in the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, will serve as Deputy Grand Marshals.

“The Committee is thrilled to be led in our 88th Anniversary Parade by these outstanding individuals with strong ties to the organization,” said Susan H. Gartland, the chair of the parade. “We are especially excited to have three of the honorees who are natives of our great city and the fourth, the Pastor of the historically significant St Lucy’s Church”

The parade is scheduled for Friday, March 10, 2023. Grandstand ceremonies will begin sharply at noon at 100 Mulberry Street. The parade will step off at 1 p.m. and conclude at St. Patrick’s Pro Cathedral, 91 Washington St, Newark.