2016 Grand Marshal - Kelly McGrath O'Doherty
Grand Marshal Announced
Kelly McGrath O'Doherty, has been selected by the Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee to be the 2016 Parade Grand Marshal. Kelly is granted this honor in recognition of promoting Irish culture in North Carolina. Mrs. O’Doherty started the Rose of Tralee International Festival North Carolina Centre and currently serves as the Director. Each year the North Carolina Rose Centre selects one dynamic young North Carolina woman of Irish birth or ancestry to participate in the famous Rose of Tralee International Festival held in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. The Festival is one of Ireland's largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 57 years in 2016. The heart of the Festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee, which brings young women of Irish decent together from around the world for a global celebration of Irish culture. The North Carolina Rose Centre is proud to support the Irish community and to be involved with the brightest and most amazing young Irish American women. Each year the Centre also gives the Mary O'Connor award, choosing a North Carolina woman in the community who helps promote the Irish community with "the truth in her eyes ever dawning".
Before moving to North Carolina in 1998, Kelly participated in the Rose of Tralee first as the New York Rose in 1993 and also as the Director of the New York Rose Centre in 1995. In addition to serving as the North Carolina Rose Centre Director, Kelly is also a Registered Nurse at WakeMed. She resides in Clayton with her husband David, a native of Dublin, Ireland and her two sons, Conor and Rory.