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Irish Travel Consultant, Korean War Vet to Represent New Britain in 47th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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New Britain’s Irish community will honor New Britain natives, a longtime Irish travel consultant and a Korean War veteran, when this year’s annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off on Saturday, March 10th at 11:15 am. They will join more than 5,000 marchers to celebrate Irish culture and honor Irish-Americans who have made Central Connecticut their home for the past three centuries.

Organized by the Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Committee, this year’s parade features nine municipal contingents. New Britain, marching eighth in the line-up, will honor Dennis Morrell as its 2018 Town Marshal, and Robert Clinch as its Town Honoree.

“Dennis and Bob represent the heart and soul of New Britain’s Irish community,” said local committee chairperson Suzanne Parlow. “Dennis has connected generations of Irish-Americans to their roots as a New Britain-based Certified Travel Consultant, and Bob is a loving Irish family man who has admirably served his country, state and native city.”

About Dennis Morrell

Deeply rooted in the city’s Irish community, Dennis specializes in travel to Ireland as a Certified Travel Counselor for the Perkin Travel Corporation of New Britain. His family’s lineage can be traced back to Fermanagh, Mayo and Donegal. A longtime member and leader within the Ancient Order of Hibernians (1989-2000), he was a founding member of the New Britain Contingent of the Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade (2013-2015). Since 2014, he has been an annual parade judge. He helped establish an annual Irish Heritage display at the New Britain Public Library, and was among the first group to fly Aer Lingus from Hartford to Dublin in 2016. A present member of the New Britain Downtown District, Dennis is known for instilling his endless Irish-American spirit in his friends, family and the many thousands of travelers he has inspired and connected to their homeland.

About Robert Clinch

New Britain native Robert Clinch has served his country, his state and his city with pride for many years. A United States Air Force veteran (1951-55), he was stationed in Guam and fought in the Korean War. He finished his local education with the GI bill at Teacher’s College (CCSU). For the State of CT, he served as a correctional officer at the Connecticut School for Boys and for many years worked at the Department of Motor Vehicles, before retiring in 1989. His Service to the City of New Britain began as a police officer (1957-1959), but he was well-known as Chief Hearing Officer on the Parking Ticket Appeals Board for 20 years. He is a current member of the Ordinance Appeals Board. For many years, Robert has participated in the Veteran’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and many local parades as a Korean War Veteran. Married to Joyce Clinch, he has been involved in many city activities and takes great pride in his family’s Irish and German heritage.

Local Fundraiser March 8

Dennis and Bob will be honored by family, friends and guests at a fundraising event on March 8th at Roma’s Restaurant, 382 Allen Street, New Britain, from 6-9:00 p.m. Suggested donation is $15.00 at the door. The public is invited to attend. Live music by well-known Celtic musician Danny Ringrose.

Since 2014, the City of New Britain has organized a full parade contingent and honored the following residents and groups:

2014: Suzanne Stewart Parlow, Marshal; NBPD Officer Brett Morgan, Honoree

2015: Irish City Native Ray Greene, Marshal; NBHS Golden Hurricanes Marching Band, Honoree

2016: AOH Member Carol Reed, Marshal; Former Mayor William J. McNamara, Honoree

2017: Community volunteer Joan Kelly-Coyle, Marshal; AOH member Neil Foster, Honoree

Any New Britain business, community group or establishment representing Irish heritage that wishes to participate in or donate to the parade is asked to contact local parade committee chairperson Suzanne Parlow at suzpar63@gmail.com or 860-729-6712.

The Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s day Parade will be broadcast live on Fox 61, and follow its customary route, starting at the State Capitol and proceeding along:

Capitol Avenue to Main Street
Left on Main Street to Asylum Avenue
Left on Asylum Avenue to Ford Street
Ending at the Memorial Arch in Bushnell Park

For more parade details, visit www.irishamericanparade.com.