Gary McKeown named Hudson’s
Irishman of the Year for 2018

HUDSON – The organizing committee of the 9th annual Hudson’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is proud to announce Gary McKeown has been named Irishman of the Year for 2018.

Mr. McKeown is a long-time Hudson resident, an active community volunteer and a proud members of the Shriners, who has taken on a leadership role with the organization, being elected Potentate of Karnak Shriners for 2018.

“I am very honoured to be Irishman of the Year,” McKeown said, explaining that it is especially meaningful since his father, Brian, was named Irishman of the Year in Montreal in 1995.

“I love the Hudson parade. It’s nice to have the small-town feel, but have the big boy events,” he added, referring to the list of events that are staged in Hudson in conjunction with the parade, like the Queen’s Selection Night and the Grand Marshal’s Roast and Toast.

“We are thrilled that Gary has accepted to be Irishman of the Year,” said parade director Jim Beauchamp. “He is a worthy recipient of the honour. He’s a great guy, an active and well-known member of our community who volunteers a lot of his time to many worthy causes.”

McKeown, who is the director of program management for Airbase Services, has been a Shriner since  2007, has been a member of the board of directors of the Hudson Yacht Club, is a Mason with the Hudson Lodge # 98 and sits on the board of governors of the Montreal Shriners Hospital.

In addition to being a prominent guest at this year’s parade on Saturday, March 17, Mr. McKeown will be honoured at the annual Irishman of the Year Banquet, which will be held at the newly renovated Auberge Willow Inn on Saturday, March 10.

Tickets for the Irishman of the Year Banquet are $35. Reservations can be made by calling the Auberge Willow Inn at 450-458-7006. The evening will feature an Irish-styled dinner, live music by Brian Gallagher, a performance by the Costello Celtic Dancers and the traditional Blessing of the Shillelagh.

Past Hudson Irishmen of the Year have included: Dennis Connelly (2010), Patrick O’Grady (2011), Frank Hicks (2012) Doug McCullum (2013), Tom Whelan (2014), Brian Penny (2015), Derek Johnson (2016) and Father Roland Demers (2017).

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WHO: Gary McKeown – Irishman of the Year

WHAT: Irishman of the Year Banquet

WHERE: Auberge Willon Inn, 208 Main Rd., Hudson, J0P 1H0, 450-458-7006

WHEN: Saturday, March 10, 6 p.m., Tickets: $35.

For more information, contact:

Scott Crowder: 514-726-5125

Jim Beauchamp: 514-691-2721

Brenda O’Farrell: 514-246-2981

Some of our past Irish Men of the Year

2017 – Father Roland Demers
2016 – Derek Johnson
2015 – Brian Penny
2014 – Tom Whalen
2013 – Doug McCullum
2012 – Frank Hicks
2011 – Pat O’Grady
2010 – Mr. Connolly