On Oct. 8, the St. Patrick’s Day Foundation honored Fordham University for its performance in the 2019 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which the foundation supports. It marked the fourth consecutive year that Fordham has won first place among universities participating in the parade.

Shannon Quinn, FCRH ’10, GABELLI ’18, associate director of alumni relations for NYC programming, accepted the award on the University’s behalf during a ceremony at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus.

More than 500 students, alumni, family, and friends marched up Fifth Avenue and past St. Patrick’s Cathedral on March 16.

Many of the Fordham marchers had gathered for breakfast at the Yale Club earlier that morning, where they heard Cathal Pratt, a Fordham doctoral candidate in English, relate the long history of the University’s Irish studies program. Founded in 1925 by Irish nationalist Joseph Campbell, it may very well be the oldest such program in the world.

Pratt emphasized how Campbell reminded Fordham of its Irish heritage, an immigrant past filled with both challenges and compassion that Fordham celebrates to this day.


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