Irish-American society names St. Patrick's Day parade grand marshal

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A descendant of a large Irish Catholic family will lead the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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Billy Herman of Augusta was named Grand Marshall of the 2013 St. Patrick's Day parade by the Irish-American Heritage Society. "I'm excited and honored," Herman said.
Billy Herman of Augusta was named Grand Marshall of the 2013 St. Patrick's Day parade by the Irish-American Heritage Society. "I'm excited and honored," Herman said.

Meg Mirshak
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Billy Herman was named parade grand marshal Fri­day at the Irish-American Heritage Society’s annual Grand Marshal’s Ball, which marked the start of the Irish-American season in Augusta.

The society will hold a parade March 16, the day before St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on a Sunday this year.

Also honored at the ball were the family of Bill Bambrick, named Irish Family of the Year, and Ann Leonard Ribock, named Irish Lady of the Year.

Herman and Ribock trace their family lineages several generations back to the Sheehan clan of County Cork, Ireland. Early members of the Sheehan family settled in Augusta in the mid- to late 1800s.

Herman attended Mount St. Joseph Academy, Boys Catholic High School and the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Peggy, attend St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church and have three children and five grandchildren.

“I was surprised and thrilled I was selected,” he said.

Herman has known every past grand marshal, who have been named since 1978, and was kin to several, he said.

Ribock’s mother, Ann Mark­walter Leonard, was named Irish Lady of the Year in 1987. Ribock’s father, Denny Leonard, was grand marshal of the 1981 parade.

A member of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, Ribock has five children and six grandchildren. She is married to John Ribock.

Bambrick and his wife, Deb­bie, have three children and four grandchildren who live in Augusta. He attends Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Bambrick is a past grand knight of the Knights of Co­lum­bus Patrick Walsh Coun­cil 677. The Augusta native owns Loblolly Bay Landscape Co.

“Both sides of my family are Irish,” Bambrick said. “The heritage goes way back.”

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jbartley 02/18/13 - 07:42 pm

A good choice!

CobaltGeorge 02/19/13 - 07:43 am
Just Beautiful

There's still proof that their are good humans in this falling nation that still believe in "God"

soapy_725 02/19/13 - 09:36 am
Ah the Irish. A tail of two peoples.

The Irish and Scots Irish Protestants who emigrated in the mid 1700's to the south and the Irish Catholics who emigrated to the north in the mid 1800's. One a culture of staunch individualism and the other of staunch collectivism. They battled each other in the War Between the States. But they both love their spirits. Ghosts and liquid.

soapy_725 02/19/13 - 09:37 am
An Irish Prayer

God grant that I may always be right, for thou knowest I am hard to turn. - - Anonymous

younameit 02/19/13 - 05:37 pm
Confusing Photo

Which one is Billy?

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