Welcome to the Nutley Irish American Association...

The Nutley Irish American Alliance keeps the Irish heritage alive in Nutley, NJ. We sponsor the Saint Patrick's Day Parade and support scholarships for High School and Vocational School Graduates.

The mission of the Nutley Irish American Charitable Foundation is to: provide scholarships and educational endowments to local secondary school programs, make charitable donations through local community social service organizations, and support charitable organizations whose purposes are similar to the Foundation.


•  NIAA General Meeting

The next general membership meeting will be 05/20/2022 8:00PM. For those who do not feel comfortable attending in person,

you can join through Zoom below

Location: Nutley VFW Post 493

271 Washington St, Nutley NJ 07110

•  Relay For Life

This year’s Nutley Relay for Life will be held on Friday May 20th at Memorial Park (Intersection of Passaic Ave and Vreeland Ave) from 6:30pm - 10pm.

  Please consider joining our Nutley Irish Relay for Life Team or making a donation on our team page.  All money raised will go towards the

American Cancer Society, as we work to put an end to Cancer!  Please see our Team Captain, Ellen Bennett (Bennett.ellen1@gmail.com) for more

information, or visit our team page to join or make a donation:  http://main.acsevents.org/goto/NUTLEYIRISH 

•  Irish Festival

Save the date for the Nutley Irish Summer Picnic which will take place at the NJ Irish Festival at Monmouth Park Racetrack!  The event will be June 5th,

and the Nutley Irish will have our own picnic area.  More details regarding the day will follow!

•  Parade Day 2023

Our St. Patrick’s Day parade will be March 4, 2023  The Investiture Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church @ 10:00AM.  We will follow up with more

information on the mass.  We encourage everyone to make the time in the morning to attend.  This is one of the most beautiful masses you will go to

Step off for the parade will be 1:00pm.  If you are marching with the organization, we ask that you meet at noon at the parking lot of Holy Family

Church. We invite you all to pass along our parade invitation letter to any organization or group that you think might be interested in marching.  

We have attached the parade invite to this email for your convenience.

•  Nutley Irish 2022 Dignitaries

We are proud to announce our 2022 Nutley Saint Patrick's Day dignitaries.





Grand Marshal: John V. Kelly Jr., M.D. :

John V. Kelly Jr. was born in Jersey City at the Margaret Hague Hospital.  His father, John V. Kelly Sr. (Nutley Irish Parade Chairman 1979 to 2009

and Grand Marshal 1982) took a job at Nutley Savings in 1962 and moved his family to Nutley in 1964. John Jr. attended St. Mary’s Grammar School in

Nutley and Essex Catholic High School in Newark. After graduating Essex Catholic, John Jr. attended Steven’s Institute in Hoboken and graduated

Ross University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. 
Dr. Kelly opened his medical practice in Nutley in 1989 moving it to Bloomfield at the “Four Corners” in 1990. He has attending privileges at many area

hospitals but has concentrated his hospital practice to Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. He was President of the Medical Staff from 2013

through 2015 and remains on the Executive Committee to this day. He was President of Essex County Medical Society in 2015 and 2016.  
He married his high school sweetheart, Cynthia (nee De Jackmo, also from Nutley, in 1983 and have remained Nutley residents since. They have

six children, John III (Nutley Commissioner), Dr. Lauren Kelly Schiller, Elyse Kelly DeVault, Diandra Kelly (Nutley Irish Parade Queen 2015),

Alexa Kelly Crist and Christa Kelly Winter. Dr. Kelly and Cynthia are proud grandparents of 7 grandchildren, Lincoln, Anastasia, Jackson, Calvin,

Carter, Eliza and Aria.  


Deputy Grand Marshal: Chase Hamilton:

Chase was born and raised between Toms River and Kearny, NJ by his parents Victoria Bodziak and Michael Hamilton. Chase graduated from

Belleville High School where he was a member, and captain, of the Football and Wrestling Teams. From a young age, Chase showed a passionate 

interest in music. From Bagpipes to Black Sabbath, he loved it all. His love and passion for the bagpipes grew stronger everyday thanks to

his Uncles Mike, Sean, Joe and Kevin McGonigal. In 2006, Chase moved to Belleville and began formal  bagpipe lessons with Sean and

Joe McGonigal.  Some may argue that Chase’s debut on the bagpipes was the Kearny Parade at just 8 years old but in fact, his first parade playing

the bagpipes  was the 2007 Nutley St Patrick’s Day parade.

Member of the Year: Jack Wieners:

John, better known to family and friends as Jack, is truly honored to be representing the Nutley Irish American Alliance as the Member of the Year

for the 43rd Annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade. He extends his sincere gratitude to President Thomas McEnery, the Officers, and the

Board of Trustees for this privilege, and wishes congratulations to his fellow dignitaries.

Jack’s proud Irish-American heritage dates back to the 1860's when his maternal great-grandparents, John and Ann (Drew) Flynn, arrived in the

United States from County Cork,Ireland. Jack was one of six children born to their granddaughter, Irene and her husband John Wieners. Irene was a

registered nurse, and the backbone of the family. Irene worked overnights at Saint Mary's Hospital in Passaic to provide for the family while caring for

Jack’s father, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, during the day. It was through her integrity and sacrifice that all six children grew up to be


Parade Queen: Shayne Martin:

Shayne Martin is 25 years old and was born and raised in Nutley, NJ.She graduated from Nutley High School and attended Mississippi State University

where she studied environmental science. Shayne currently works as a manager at the Nutley Wine Shop.

Shayne’s great grandmother, Bridget Boylan, emigrated from Boyle and her great grandfather, John Mulvey, emigrated from Carrick on Shannon

both located in County Roscommon, Ireland.  John Mulvey was one of seven children and the only sibling that immigrated to the US. He served in

WW1 as a sharpshooter with The Fighting 69th, Rainbow Division, alongside Father Duffy.  After the war he worked in the NY County Clerk’s office as

chief clerk. Bridget and John married and had four children, including Shayne’s grandmother Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Mulvey. Betty married

Harold ‘Buddy’ Martin whose mother’s family, Lily, emigrated from Ireland via Boston.Buddy and Betty moved to Jersey City where Buddy served

as a Jersey City Police Officer, and they had six children. The family moved to Nutley in 1975. Shayne is the daughter of Michael Martin and

Lisa Danchak-Martin and has two sisters, Caroline and Kelly. Her family lives in Nutley. 

Firefighter of the Year: Brian Salmon:

Brian’s family immigrated from Tipperary, Ireland and settled in Belleville,NJ in 1885.  Brian was born and raised in Belleville, by his parents Philip and

Judy Salmon.  He is the second of three children and has two sisters, Jennifer and Lauren.  Brian graduated from Belleville High School, Class of 1992

and then went onto college where he attended Sacred Heart University and The University of Rhode Island.  He is now married to his wife, Courtney,

and they have two young sons, Brian, Jr. and Colin.


Brian comes from a long line of Civil Servants, dating back to the early 1900s.  Brian’s great grandfather, James Joseph Salmon, was a volunteer

firefighter in 1905 and became the first paid firefighter in the Belleville Fire Department in 1914.  Tragically, Captain James Joseph Salmon was killed

in the line of duty April 16, 1916.  Brian’s great uncle, Michael Flynn, was the Chief of Police in Belleville in the late 1920s.  Many more generations of

Salmons followed in their footsteps and served as police officers and firefighters for the Township of Belleville, including Brian’s father, Philip Salmon,

who served 25 years on the Belleville Police Department, retiring as a Captain in 1991.

•  Donations

The Nutley Family Service Bureau is in desperate need.  If you are able to, please consider donating food to their food pantry.  They are flooded with

people in need that are going through a tough time.  Please also keep in mind that the St. Mary's food pantry is currently and referring all of their

consumers to the Nutley Family Service Bureau.  The Nutley Irish will be making a donation of $500 to NFSB.



•  Nutley Irish Bench

The Nutley Irish has new addition to our park system in town. A bench was installed at at the Mudhole dedicated to our present and past members.

It located in the new beautiful ribbon section of the park, off of Chestnut St.

  • Our Parade Sponsors

Please keep our sponsors in mind when planning your night out or purchases. Not only do they support this event, but they also support

our other events through out the year.  Without their support events like this would not be possible. 

•  Nutley Irish Charitable Foundation

The Nutley Irish is thrilled to announce that we have started a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization called the Nutley Irish American Charitable

Foundation.  Donations made to this foundation are fully tax deductible and will be used for our philanthropic endeavors, such as or scholarship

fund and any donations that we make in the community.  The tax ID # of the foundation is 82-2683062.  Please keep our foundation in mind if

you are planning on your charitable giving's before 2021 is over.  Also if you donate to the foundation and your company matches gifts, please

keep that in mind as well.  If needed, we can provide the tax exempt letter.  Many companies look to their employee for suggestions for charitable

donations, and we now have the 501(c) 3 status to accept these!

 Food Pantry

The Nutley Irish will be running a food drive for the St. Mary's Food Pantry at the March meeting.  The food pantry is accepting any donations

that are given to them, but we asked for suggestions on what was needed.  Below is the list of items that they consider to be staples and are

always in need:

Pancake Mix

Instant Mashed Potatoes (16oz or smaller)


Saltines (16oz)

Cereal (11-16oz)


Marinara Sauce

Peanut Butter & Jelly (smaller jars)

Beef or chicken stew

If you would rather donate money to this instead of food, please feel free to donate to the Nutley Irish American Charitable Foundation.  We will be making a donation from the organization through the Foundation.





Interested in becoming a member of the Nutley Irish American Alliance ?

The Nutley Irish American Alliance holds our monthly meetings Every THIRD Thursday of the month at 8:00 p.m. at the VFW Post 493, 271 Washington Avenue.

Please provide us with an email address and we will add you to our monthly newsletter.

New members are encouraged to attend.

Membership Dues:

We are introducing an alternate format to pay dues. You may now use Paypal below. It is a secure online payment method. Paypal accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. We encourage all members to use this new feature as it will help with tracking of payments and offer a convenience for you, but it is not required.

Dues are $25/person/year or $15/person/year for seniors 62 and over.

We are currently offering a discount, via the website or regular mail, of $45 for a 2 year membership or $27 for a two year senior membership. 

1 Year Membership: $25.00

2 Year Membership: $45.00

1 Year Senior Membership: $15.00 (62 and older)

2 Year Senior Membership: $27.00 (62 and older)



2021-2022 Officers:

President - Karen O'Connor

Vice President - Anthony Wieners

Treasurer - Brenda Sherman

Corresponding Secretary - Deidre Hollywood

Recording Secretary - Judy McIntyre

Legal Counsel - Frank Costenbader


Ellen Bennett

Deidre Hollywood

Dan Kane

John Kruse

Shane McClafferty

Judy McIntyre

Colleen Nielsen

Karen O'Connor

Brenda Sherman

Steve Tucholski



Nutley St. Patrick's Day Parade

Save the Date: 

Saturday March 4 ,2023 at 1pm

Franklin Avenue - Nutley, NJ

The 43rd St.Patrick’s Day Parade will be on March 4, 2023. Preparations have officially begun!  Parade day will begin with an Investiture Mass at St. Mary’s Church at 10am.  Parade lineup will begin at 12pm at the Holy Family Parking Lot and Parade Step Off will begin promptly at 1pm.  If you would like to march in the parade but have a physical restriction that keeps you from marching, please contact us and we can arrange to have a car for you.


If you know a group or an organization that would like to march in the parade, please email:




Nutley Irish American Alliance

P.O. Box 22

Nutley, NJ 07110

Fax: 973-250-2350


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