Monday, February 18, 2008

Queen of the parade

NEW HAVEN — Briana Conway of Hamden, right, is the 2008 Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen. Conway, who is studying Allied Health at the University of Connecticut, hopes to graduate in 2010 and plans to go into nursing. Her parents, Thomas and Eileen Conway, members of the New Haven Gaelic Football and Hurling Club, sponsored her in a competition held on Feb. 16. Conway works at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange.

Chosen as honor attendant is Laura Brayfield, left, daughter of William and Claire Brayfield of Haddam. She is the granddaughter of Vincent and Claire Cleary, also members of the NHF&H Club. Brayfield is a senior at Haddam-Killingworth High School, where she is captain of her school volleyball and golf teams. She works at the Higganum Pharmacy as an associate and as a banquet server at The Riverhouse. She plans to study business management in college.

Both will represent the four clubs that comprise the Associated Irish Societies, the NHF&H Club, the Knights of St. Patrick, the West Haven Irish-American Club, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, at events throughout the year. Their first major appearances will be at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Ball on March 7 at Yale Commons, followed by their all-important starring roles as Parade Queen and Honor Attendant in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New Haven starting at 1:00 p.m. March 9.

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