2023 Grand Marshal James P Fallon, MS
James P Fallon, MS, is the Director of the Department of Research at Saint Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, NJ. He began working at the hospital while in college and has worked there ever since. Interestingly, he was born at Saint Michael’s Medical Center. He was raised in Maplewood, New Jersey, and currently resides in Bloomfield. NJ
Jim can trace his roots to County Roscommon, Ireland. His paternal grandfather, James, was born and raised there and emigrated from Ireland to Newark, NJ in 1925. He would later meet his wife, Ann, at a Gaelic Organization fundraiser. They would marry in 1933, and they would have two children, James D and Helen A. Fallon. His Grandfather passed way in 1956, and his Grandmother passed in 1986.
Jim is the oldest son of James D. and Sally A. Fallon. His father was born and raised in Newark, and his mother born in Newark and raised in South Orange, NJ. The two met through Sally’s brother Bill. A second son was born in 1970 and named William. Jim’s Introduction to Irish culture came as a child from his parents and his cousins, the Fosters (Joan, Thomas, and Kathleen). Subsequently, Kathleen’s children, Tara and Julie, who were always competing in an Irish Feis, continued the tradition of promoting Irish culture.
Jim joined the Ancient Order of Hibernians in 2010. Robert Lynch, the proprietor of The Kilkenny Alehouse in Newark, NJ, also the Division 9 President in 2010, was recruiting members to join the organization. Jim jumped at the chance to be part of this outstanding organization and was sworn in as a member with Chris O’Hara, Michael Hargadon, and Daniel Cziernawski. In 2012, after receiving his Major Degree, he was elected Vice-President, was elected President in 2013, after Eamonn Ryan finished his term. Jim served three two-year terms and stepped down in June 2019 to give way for John Marrin to lead the organization as the new President. He has also served at Dinner Dance Chairman for Division 9 from 2012 to 2019 and as AD book chairman for the NJ AOH State Board Conventions.
In addition to being a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, he also is a member of The Essex Shillelagh Club since 2012, He is served as President from 2020 -2022, Vice-President 2019, and Corresponding Secretary from 2017 -2019. He also is a member of the West Orange Elks Lodge # 1590 and the Tri-County Golf Club which he serves as Handicap Chairman. Jim is also Handicap Chairman for Tri-County Golf Club, Author of 3 peer-reviewed articles on HIV and Hepatitis C.