Left to Right – Scholarship Chair Colleen Sargent Murphy, Mr. Shamrock Runner Up Jack Clyne, Grand Marshal Mary Ann Doonan, Miss Shamrock Mary Feeney and Miss Shamrock Runner Up Bridget Keary at a recent ceremony at the Gaelic American Club. Seamus Carolan is absent from photo due to a Prep hockey game.
The Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Committee announced the winners of the 2020 Mr. and Miss Shamrock Scholarship Program. They were selected among many applicants by a panel of judges of local educators. All winners are Fairfield residents, according to scholarship program organizer Colleen Sargent Murphy.
Miss Shamrock 2020 is Mary Feeney, a senior at Academy of Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall in Milford and the daughter of Caroline and James Feeney. Mr. Shamrock 2020 is Seamus Carolan, a senior at Fairfield College Preparatory School and son of Jim and Jen Carolan.
Miss Shamrock Mary Feeney has been Irish step dancing in the annual parade since she was seven years old with the Sheeaun Academy of Irish Dance. She is a camp counselor at the St. Patrick’s Gaelic Football Cul, a summer program teaching Irish football, which is like rugby, and hurling. She is a member of the Lauralton Hall Irish Club, captain of the cross country team and member of National Honor Society.
Mr. Shamrock Seamus Carolan has been to every parade since he was born as both of his grandfathers served as Grand Marshals. Seamus plays both Gaelic football and hurling and is a member of the Prep hockey and lacrosse teams. He is president of the Irish Cultural Club at Prep raising funds for needy children in Africa and volunteers for the Cardinal Shehan Center and Urban Impact in Bridgeport.
Miss Shamrock Runner Up is Bridget Keary of Lauralton Hall. She is the daughter of Amy and James Keary. Mr. Shamrock Runner-Up is Jack Clyne, a senior at Regis High School, a Jesuit school in Manhattan. He is the son of Annie and Joe Clyne.
The Mr. & Miss Shamrock Scholarship Contest is held annually at the Gaelic American Club, Fairfield. All high school seniors of Irish descent in the greater Bridgeport area are encouraged to submit an application to the Parade Committee. All candidates are interviewed by an independent panel of judges and winners are chosen based upon their knowledge of their Irish heritage, traditions, history, the meaning of St. Patrick’s Day, their involvement in their community, their interests and activities.
The winners receive a monetary scholarship award of $4,000 for future educational endeavors. Runners-up are awarded $2,000 and all will participate in all the events with Mr. and Miss Shamrock throughout the year. The winners will be introduced by the 2020 Grand Marshal Mary Ann Doonan at the Grand Marshal’s Ball on January 24, 2020 at Vazzano’s Four Seasons of Stratford.
Mr. & Miss Shamrock will participate in the Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade festivities including riding on the float during the parade in downtown Bridgeport on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. For more information visit, http://stpatricksdaybridgeport.com/
Miss Shamrock Scholarship Winners
2019Mary Ingram (Runner up: Kate Morton)
2018Maddie Mitchell (Runner up: Maggie Buckley)
2017Erin Welch (Runner up: Marisa Doyle)
2016Samantha Mitchell (Runner up: Caroline Ihlefeld)
2015Emily Devine (Runner up: Katherine O’Rourke)
2014Elizabeth Croker (Runner up: Colleen Chrzanowski)
2013Erin Puglia (Runner up: Elizabeth Croker)
2012Kiernan Black (Runner up: Ryann Leonard)
2011Mackenzie Dancho (Runner up: Kiernan Black)
2005Ryan Virginia Donahue
2004Mary Rose O’Sullivan
1992Jennifer Daly Carolan
1990Crissie Corcoran Henriques
1989Kelly Conlisk Murphy
1988Eileen Doonan Dancho
Mr. Shamrock Scholarship Winners
2019Brenden Devine (Runner Up: Michael Fickes)
2018Drew Newcomb (Runner up: Tim Forde)
2017Kevin Gallagher (Runner up: Brendan Black)
2016Adrian Coyle (Runner up: Tim Welch)
2015Ian McLevy (Runner up: Owen Mockler)
2014Daniel Donahue (Runner up: Daniel McInerney)
2013Liam Coyle (Runner up: Thomas Turner)
2012Brian Gavvin (Runner up: Liam Coyle)
2011Patrick McGuinness II (Runner up: Liam Coyle)
2007Christopher John Austin
2005Brian Joseph Kabel
2004Liam O’Connor Colum
The Mr. & Miss Shamrock Scholarship Contest is held annually. All high school seniors of Irish descent in the greater Bridgeport area are encouraged to submit an application to the committee. Applicants need to complete an application and be interviewed by an independent panel of judges. Winners are chosen based upon: their knowledge of their Irish heritage, traditions, history, the meaning of St. Patrick’s Day, their involvement in their community, their interests and activities.
The winners will each receive a monetary scholarship award for future educational endeavors. Runners-up will also be awarded a monetary scholarship and will participate in all the events with Mr. and Miss Shamrock throughout the year.
Mr. & Miss Shamrock will be an important part of the Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade Celebration and will be requested to attend events throughout the year. The highlight of course is participating in all the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, including riding on the float during the parade in downtown Bridgeport.
High School Seniors with an Irish background may apply for a $4,000 scholarship (Runner-ups will receive $2,000). Applications are on this website and in the Guidance Offices of local Public and Catholic High Schools.
The actual judging will be held at a time and date to be determined.
All applications must be submitted to Colleen Sargent Murphy ShamrockCT@yahoo.com by Sunday, January 10, 2021. You may reach Colleen by phone at 203-258-7041 if you have any further questions.
Click here to view photos from this year’s event.