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  • “To reclaim the true spirit of the day and to change the perception and experience of what St. Patrick’s Day can be, by providing family-friendly, alcohol free events celebrating the best of Irish music, dance and comedy.”




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About Us &
The Honorary Committee

The Honorary Committee


NOEL KILKENNY, Consul General of Ireland
MICHAEL GIBBONS, Grand Marshall, NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade, 2009
STANLEY GOLDSTEIN, Chairman, The American Friends of James Joyce
JAMES RICE, Chairman Emeritus, The Tara Circle
FIONNULA FLANAGAN, award-winning actress
DR. GARRET O’CONNOR, addiction psychiatrist
MALACHY McCOURT, writer and actor
WILLIAM COPE MOYERS, author and recovery specialist
JOHN V. CONNORTON, Jr., Irish American attorney
JOSH SAPAN, President & CEO, AMC Networks
ROBERT LINDSEY, Former President & CEO of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
SIS WENGER, President & CEO of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, (NACoA)
PAT TAYLOR, Executive Director, Faces & Voices of Recovery
TOM DOOLAN, Irish music specialist
BOB DONNELLY, NY music attorney
JERRY MOE, VP, Children's Program, Betty Ford Center

About Sober St. Patrick's Day®

Sober St. Patrick’s Day®was created by award-winning theater and television producer, William Spencer Reilly, who almost lost a member of his family to addiction nine years ago. He first proposed the idea to leaders in the recovery and Irish American communities, a pitch that led, a year later, to the 2012 inaugural party. Now an annual event, Sober St. Patrick’s Day®was held again on March 16, 2013; parade day in New York City.

Special thanks to Todd Whitmer, VP of Caron Treatment Centers (New York); Robert Lindsey, former President of NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence); Sis Wenger, President of NACoA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics); John T. Evans, Esq. of the William C. Dowling Jr. Foundation; Consul General of Ireland, Noel Kilkenny and Hanora O’Dea Kilkenny; Deputy Consul General of Ireland, Peter Ryan; Media Executive, Maura Kelly, and Ruth Riddick.

Please visit our Sponsors page for a complete listing of all participating organizations and individuals.

Executive Team

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William Spencer Reilly, Founder/Producer


New Yorker William Spencer Reilly is a television executive and special events producer. In his most recent position as EVP at Odyssey Networks and President & CEO of Lightworks Pictures, Bill Reilly won over 30 national television awards for his work as Executive Producer on Hallmark Channel Movies of the Week, several series, docudramas (among them, the Emmy nominated film, "PATRICK", on the life of Ireland's patron saint, featuring Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson), and other drama specials for the BBC such as "FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE" and "C.S. Lewis".

Prior to working in television, he had an extensive career in the Broadway theatre and in producing major Special Events in New York, running day‐to‐day operations of The American Theatre Wing, founders of the Antoinette Perry "TONY” Awards.

As Executive Director of Fordham University's Sesquicentennial Celebration, he produced 88 events for the university's year long celebration, including WAITIN’ IN THE WINGS®: The Night The Understudies Take Center Stage"‐ one of the most highly acclaimed events in Fordham's 150 year history.

In recognition of his work creating Sober St. Patrick’s Day® Mr. Reilly was presented with the Caron Community Special Recognition Award in June 2012.

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Maureen Donachie, Associate Producer


With nearly forty years experience in customer service, much of that in the hospitality industry, Maureen has a proven track record of excellence and success in client services. Maureen regularly organizes and hosts local céilithe and concerts for Craobh Úll Mór CCÉ in NYC, of which she is the Chair and PRO. In 2012, Maureen was honored as a Deputy Grand Marshal of the Queens County Parade.

Maureen has been involved in traditional Irish music and dance since the age of 5, as a World-Champion step-dancer, musician (although a late-bloomer!), set dancer, organizer and supporter. She has created, developed and maintained two extensive web calendars specifically for "Ceol Agus Rince" in the Eastern U.S. and the Central U.S. Her e-letter of events in the NY Tri-State area reaches nearly 1,000 people weekly, and the free publicity generated through the email daily updates reaches 500+ in the Tri-State area.
Maureen recently launched her own business, "Ceol Agus Rince Promotions!"

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Eileen Murphy, Press & Media Director


Experienced news and entertainment journalist, Eileen Murphy has spent her career shaping the way information is presented in newspapers, magazines and digital media. She has edited and designed special commemorative issues, led the production team that created the Irish Echo’s award-winning redesign 2006, and has developed corporate websites and social media campaigns. She specializes in created branding strategies and dynamic advertising campaigns for both local and international clients.

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Tom O'Leary, Board Member

President & CEO of PRMA, Inc

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Sis Wenger, Board Member

President & CEO of The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA)



"I really like the idea of having a special event on this holiday for Americans of Irish heritage [and those] who are in recovery from alcoholism, to celebrate our shared heritage in a safe and inclusive environment."- Noel Kilkenny, Consul General of Ireland, Sober St. Patrick's Day® 2012

Sober St. Patrick’s Day® is a registered trademark. Usage of this name without permission is prohibited by law. Click here or go to the "Other Cities" page on this website for instructions re possibly hosting your own event utilizing this name.