Plans moving forward for the 2022 St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Flint

GENESEE COUNTY — After canceling St. Patrick’s Day 2021 festivities because of the COVID-19 pandemic, plans are moving forward to celebrate the 2022 event with a full slate of activities, said Mike Donlan, president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Sullivan & O’Sullivan Division of Genesee County, sponsor of the event.

“We’ve scheduled all the traditional events culminating with a St. Patrick’s Day Mass and party,” said Donlan.

That 12:02 p.m. Mass is scheduled at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 706 Beach St. in downtown Flint, and will be followed by a celebration in the church field house. Also, on the agenda are a Miss Hibernia contest, a pre-St. Patrick’s Day party, a Pot-of-Gold road race and naming local Irish people for special recognition.

It begins with the Miss Hibernia contest with a Jan. 31 entry deadline. Girls must be of Irish descent, between the ages of 16 and 22 on March 17, single, never married and a resident of Genesee County or attending school in Genesee County.

Hibernian John Potbury, deputy chief assistant Genesee County Prosecutor, who heads the selection committee, said contestants will have a preliminary screening on Feb. 12 at Brick Street of Grand Blanc, 1223 E. Grand Blanc Rd., before a panel of judges selects Miss Hibernia at the pre-St. Patrick’s Day party at Dom Polski Hall, 3415 N. Linden Road.

The winner will receive a $1,500 cash scholarship, the first runner-up will be rewarded a $1,000 cash scholarship and the third-place finisher will receive a $500 cash scholarship. Persons with questions can call Potbury at 810-730-4446.

At the pre-St. Patrick’s Day party corn beef sandwiches and Irish stew are on the menu. It also is a coming out party for Matthew Conley, a Hibernian who is the 2022 grand marshal.

Owner of Maxim Commercial and Residential Roofing of Mundy Township, Conley lives in Fenton Township and is married to Betsy Conley. They have three children, Jack, 16; Murphy, 14; and Vivienne, 10.

Conley, who has deep Irish roots, is a 1994 graduate of Flint Powers Catholic High School who also attended Michigan State University. The Conleys are members of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Fenton.

In addition to the Mass and party with entertainment, leaders of the Hibernians are scheduled to travel to McFarlan Park in Flint after Mass to lay a wreath in memory of all military personnel who died in war.

The Pot of Gold four- mile road race will cap activities. The afternoon event begins and ends in downtown Flint.

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