On March 15, 2000  Ms. Kelly Jo Kennedy was crowned Ms. Shamrock for the 2000 season. 

Kelly Jo Kennedy - Miss Shamrock 2000!MISS SHAMROCK 2000 Kelly Jo Kennedy!

One of the following Miss Shamrock Princesses will be chosen for Miss Shamrock 2000 on
Wednesday, March 15
at the Worst Irish Tenor Contest to be held at

Each Princess deserves to be congratulated and recognized as they each have put in a lot of time and energy helping the Association raise money through the sales of buttons.

Pegeen O’Connell,  Kelly Jo Kennedy, Jill Hayes,  Michelle Finley, Julia Magler, Annette Bartles, Sarah McCue,  Kelly McGoon, and Laura Dinyer.

Kelly Jo Kennedy
Miss Shamrock 2000

  Kelly Jo, a native of Coon Rapids, was selected as Miss Shamrock 2000 Wednesday March 15 at Mancini's Char House.  After being out and about in the Saint Paul community for the past six weeks, she calls Saint Paul home.  Her father Casey and her mother Val are very proud parents and are excited and happy that she has obtained this honor.
  Casey, a man of many words was unable to speak, but her mother Val said
, "We are very proud that our daughter is Miss Shamrock.  We are excited and happy!  We are amazed that it has happened to her!  It is like a fairy tale!  It is hard to believe that this is happening."
  Kelly works as a General Ledger Accountant at Northwestern Travel and is looking forward to returning back to school to obtain her CPA.
  The 21-year old hails from a large Irish Catholic family from NE Minneapolis.  The 50 + clan often gets together to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and their favorite past time Karaoke!  Since they have their own system and Kelly is a seasoned singer, they often gather to sing and enjoy one another.

  Her favorite memory was
"The barbeque and bus ride that Brian Keenan had for us one night during button blitzing and everyone getting acquainted was a great time!"
  In the next year, she will have many opportunities to pursue her heritage as she, "Mr. Pat", Chip Michel and members of the St. Patrick's Association represent the Irish community in many civic events.  "I look forward to meeting great people, having fun and meeting the Saint Paul community."

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Charles (Chip) Michel
 Mr.Pat 2000

Charles J. (Chip) Michel is a lifelong Twin Cities business and community leader. Chip is the grandson of Marie O’Connell and Joseph T. O’Neill and the son, one of nine children, of Dolly O’Neill and Charles Michel. Like his parents and grandparents, Chip has resided in St. Paul all his life. After graduation from the University of St. Thomas, Chip served in the US Army as a Communications Officer. After his military service, Chip joined his father, Chuck, at the Michel Sales Company as a salesman. Now President and CEO of the company, Chip employs 83 families. Chip, serving on many boards, for St. Gregory’s his church, and his community, does find time for fishing and golf. He resides at his St. Paul home with his wife Mary and their children, Bridget and Charles III.

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The JudgeKathleen Gearin
Distinguished Irish Woman 2000

Judge Gearin has been a District Court Judge since January 1987. Her activities on the bench include National Association of Women Judges/Women Judges Fund for Justice Board of Directors. She is currently presiding as President of the Minnesota District Judges Association and is a member of the Project Reconnect Advisory Board. The St. Patrick’s Association is honored in having Judge Gearin as our Distinguished Irishwoman of 2000

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KMSP Channel 9 / Good Day Minnesota
Grand Marshal's

Please join our Celebrity Grand Marshal's from KMSP Channel 9 / Good Day Minnesota morning show in celebrating our Parade.

Mike Tsolina, Alix Kendall, Tim Sherno and Robin Wolfram

Chris Karr

Please join Chris Karr from Minnesotas Favorite Country Music K102 in helping us kick off the 2000 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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