Welcome to the virtual home of The Grand Council of United Emerald Societies.

Reorganized in 1975, the Grand Council has a membership of over 20,000 members and serves as the umbrella group of 24 Affiliated Emerald Societies.

The membership of our Affiliated Emerald Societies serves in front-line professions such as Law Enforcement, Fire Service, EMS, Education, Waste Management, Mass Transit, and Public Utilities. 

The Grand Council has Affiliates in the State of New York located in New York City, New York Metropolitan area (Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, and Westchester counties), New York Hudson Valley Region (Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, and Putnam counties), State of New Jersey, State of Massachusetts and the Washington D.C. Area.

The Grand Council usually meets on the first Wednesday of the month at a different location in NYC, Westchester, and Long Island. The Grand Council does not meet in July and August.

The Grand Council’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, (7:30 pm start) at MANOR OKTOBERFEST of Forest Hills 73-11 Yellowstone Blvd, Forest Hills, NY 11708.




Ní neart go cur le chéile

There’s no strength without unity

President Pete Whalen and 2022 Irishman of the Year Edward Grayson

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Ancient Order of Hibernians


Third Annual Big Irish Campfire 2022

Emerald Societies represent best of Irish wherever green is worn

The third annual Irish Echo “Big Irish Campfire” forum and luncheon will take place on Friday, August 19, 2022, at Iona University, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801. The Grand Council of United Emerald Societies is one of the Campfire partners.

The Speakers are from major sectors including Business, Labor, Pandemic Lessons from the Great Hunger, Theatre, Arts, Politics, Literature, Sport, Heritage Museums, Irish Centers, Irish American Community Organizations, Film, Start-Ups, Travel & Tourism, Media, College Partnerships, Irish Studies, Philanthropy, and Irish Peace Process. 

There will be presentations of Campfire Cara Medals to representatives of top Irish American Organizations across the USA, Panels, Awards Luncheon,and a Celebration of the Black and the Green.

Be part of The Big Irish Campfire showcase, spotlighting Irish American organizations across the US, which will give the most comprehensive picture of the scale and scope of our community. This showcase will be a permanent online celebration of Irish America and will also appear in the print and digital versions of the Irish Echo. 

Keynote Speaker:

Seamus Carey, President, Iona University

Special Guest from Ireland (LIVE VIRTUAL): 

Gerry Adams

The Spirit of Ireland Award  

Theresa Tobin, Chief of Interagency Operations, NYPD

The Campfire starts at 9 am, and the luncheon starts at 1 pm.

You can join in person or virtually for the Campfire or attend the Luncheon

Please click the button below for more information, program, and purchase in-person or virtual tickets.

September 9, 2022 Fundraiser

Pipes and Drums PESW

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Death Notification

With much sadness, the GCUES reports the death of James Joseph Lubey (July 2, 2022), beloved husband of Kathleen Murphy Lubey, President of SCPOES and member of the GCUES Board of Directors. Please keep James and his family in your prayers. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam/”May his soul be on God’s right hand. Click for Wake and Funeral information.


A Blue and Emerald Walkout

Glenn Lynch, Brian J. Sharkey, Peter F. Whalen, Bob Scott

Big Irish Campfire 2022

The third annual Irish Echo “Big Irish Campfire” will take place on Thursday, August 18, and Friday, August 19, 2022, at Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801. The Grand Council is proud to be a sponsor of the Big Irish Campfire. Join us and explore the future of Irish America. Click the Picture to learn more.

Congratulations Pete Whalen

Irish Night at CitiField


President Peter F. Whalen remarks and introduction of the Honorable Edward Grayson, Commissioner, Department of Sanitation, City of New York, 2022 GCUES Irishman of the Year and Aide to Grand Marshal James Callahan. The GCUES Dinner, Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at Antun’s of Queens Village.
Honorable Edward Grayson, Commissioner, Department of Sanitation, City of New York, 2022 GCUES Irishman of the Year and Aide to Grand Marshal James Callahan.

Great night at the NC PES dinner last night at Cresthollow Country Club. Great Job by President Sean Rourke and 1st VP Timmy Rizzuto. Congratulations to all the Honorees.

Robert F. Algar

Past President, GCUES

Past President, SCPOES

Charter member, SCPOES

1991 GCUES Aide to the Grand Marshal of the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

2001 SCPOES Man of the Year.

Bob was a New York State Police Trooper from 1960 and retired in 1983, as a Senior Investigator. In 1984 he joined the New York State Guard, attaining the rank of Brigadier General and retiring in 2002.

Robert F. Algar obituary

GCUES President Peter Whalen welcomed guest speaker Francis McLoughlin, Chairman of the Bayside Saint Patrick’s Day Parade to the May 4, 2022 meeting at The Wicked Monk. Chairman McLoughlin invited the GCUES to participate in the 2023 Bayside Parade.

Suffolk Social Meeting

Suffolk Social meeting

2022 Parades List page

@scpdemerald @scpdpipesanddrums 2022 Saint Patrick’s Day Kick off party Thursday, February 24, 2021, 6 pm-10 pm @nappertandys.smithtown

Queens County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Dinner

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Congratulations to all the Honorees, especially the honorees from our affiliated organizations.

FDNY Rapid Response on Jan 9th Saved Lives

2020 GCUES Man of the Year FDNY Battalion Chief Eddie Boles

NYPD Emerald Society

57th Annual Winter Weekend