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Scecina alumni, staff honored at Indianapolis St. Patrick's Day Celebration

From left, Sister Sheila Hackett (seated), Father Joe Moriarty, Kevin Charles Murray '71, Kathy (Naughton) Forestal '74 and Marion County Sheriff Kerry Forestal '74.

Scecina was well represented at the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Kevin Barry Division #3, Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. 

Scecina senior Patrick Lyons was awarded a scholarship; Scecina librarian Sister Shelia Hackett was honored as the Lady Hibernians’ 2019 Woman of the Year and will ride in Indianapolis’ St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 15; and Kevin Charles Murray, Class of 1971, was honored as the 2019 Irish Citizen of the Year and will be grand marshal of the Indy St. Patrick’s Day parade. Joseph ’15 and Eamon Hegarty '16 played in the pipes corp for the celebration, with Eamon singing both the American and Irish national anthems. John Hegarty, Scecina vice president of community initiatives, was ticket chairman for the event. 

Father Joe Moriarty (left) gave a blessing to fellow Scecina alumnus Kevin Charles Murray, 2019 Irish Citizen of the Year, before the St. Patrick's Day Celebration Mass on March 10.

The March 10 celebration started with the Very Rev. Joe Moriarty, Scecina Class of 1985, celebrating the Irish Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Downtown Indianapolis. 

The attendees then paraded to the Indiana Roof Ballroom for the breakfast and program, emceed by David Ruhmkorff ‘76

As Irish Citizen of the Year, Murray, a local attorney, will be the grand marshal of the Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day parade, an event he co-founded in 1981 with Jack ’58 and Michael Moriarty ‘68

The duties of the Irish Citizen of the Year include Greening the Indianapolis Canal on March 14 and serving as the Parade Grand Marshal and official starter of the Shamrock Run Walk on March 16. The events are hosted by The Athletic Club Foundation. The parade starts at 11:30 a.m. March 15 in Downtown Indianapolis. 

Murray also has written books, including “Indiana Shanachie: A Hoosier's Tales of Ireland” and “The 1st Fighting Irish: The 35th Indiana Volunteer Infantry: Hoosier Hibernians in the War for the Union.” 

Murray is general counsel for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, headed by Sheriff Kerry Forestal ’74, who also attended the celebration. 

Patrick (left) was awarded the Hibernian Kehoe Scholarship. Patrick, a St. Michael Catholic Church parishioner, is a member of the Kevin Barry Division. He has played Crusader football four years, earning All-Conference, All-City (twice), All-State, and AP All-State honors and is a District 7 All Star. He plans to attend Ball State University and play football. 

Sister Sheila also was the 2017 Hibernian Presidents Award recipient from the AOH, Kevin Barry Division. Sister Sheila was born and raised in South Tipperary, Ireland. Her father, Patrick, and his two brothers fought for Irish independence. 

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