Keeping the Tradition Alive since 1955

It was during the 1950s that the movement for Emerald Societies took hold with the formation of the NYPD Emerald Society (March 16, 1953), NYCD Emerald Society (November 17, 1955), and FDNY Emerald Society (March 17, 1956). The Emerald movement led to the formation of Emerald Societies in New York and across the country.

The NYCD Emerald Society was organized on November 17, 1955, by our 1st President, James Mulvey, and is the second oldest Emerald Society.

Since our beginning in 1955, our main goals have been to teach and preserve the Irish Culture, promote our ancestors’ contributions, recognize Irish Americans’ accomplishments in Law Enforcement, and promote educational advancement for our families through scholarships.

Our membership comprises active/retired uniformed members of service (UMOS) and civilian members of the Correction Department of New York City who are of Irish Lineage or have an “Irish Spirit.”

We are currently in our 68th year of “Keeping the Tradition Alive.”



The Grand Council of United Emerald Societies 
(Charter Member)

National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies
(Charter Member)

New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

The affiliated Organization since 1955*
*The following NYCD legacy organizations were affiliated with the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade before 1955: The Friendly Sons and The Catholic Guild.

In addition, the New York City Correction Department was created in 1895 and has participated in the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade since the City’s Consolidation of the 5 Boroughs in 1895.

The Emerald Society is proud that four of our Past presidents have been honored to serve as the Aide to the Grand Marshal of the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade John P. Clark (1974), Brian J. Sharkey (1998), Thomas Farrell (2019), and Bernard Cassidy Jr.(2019).

Timothy N. Cowen, President
James Mulvey, 1st President
1895-2022 127 years

The Emerald Society meets on the first Tuesday of the month

2023 Events

January 11, 2023

GCUES Irishman of the Year Dinner

January 27, 2023

Irish Echo Law and Order Award Dinner

January 24, 2023

NYPD Emerald Society Dinner

January 26, 2023

NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal and Reception

March 4, 2023

CO David J. Leahy 8th grade Scholarship Exam

March 17, 2023

NYC St. Patricks Day Parade

After Parade Party

April 17, 2023

Cigar Night

July 8, 2023

Fishing Trip

October 13, 2023

68th Annual Scholarship Dinner-Dance

December 9, 2023

Christmas Party-Old Timers Reunion

2023 Membership Meetings

January 3, 2023

February 7, 2023

March 7, 2023

April 4, 2022

May 2, 2023

June 6, 2023

No meeting in July

August 1, 2023

September 4, 2023

October 3, 2023

November 7, 2023

December 5, 2023



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NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization EIN:85-3661787

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