The Irish-American Heritage Society named Augusta lawyer Pat Rice its 2012 St. Patrick’s Day parade grand marshal. The Bernard J. Mulherin family is the Irish Family of the Year and the Irish Lady of the Year is Louise Franklin Sheehan.
The announcement was made last week at the society’s annual Grand Marshal’s Ball, which marks the start of the Irish-American season in Augusta. The society will host a parade for the city on March 17.
Rice, a lifelong Augustan and member of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, is a law partner for Hull Barrett. He has four children and nine grandchildren.
He graduated from Aquinas High School in 1959 and Springhill College in 1963 before attending the University of Georgia Law School.
Bernard J. Mulherin, a senior judge for the Augusta Judicial Circuit, helped form the Irish-American society in 1977. He served as president of the society for the 1979-1980 year. The family includes his wife, Barbara, four surviving children, four sons- and daughters-in-law and 11 grandchildren.
The Irish Lady of the Year is also a native Augustan. Sheehan attended Mount St. Joseph Academy and graduated from Aquinas High School. She is a member of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church.