News and history of Living Legend Pat Troy

Last update: March 23, 9:45PM

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It is with great sadness that we report on the passing of Pat Troy, early in the morning of Thursday, March 22, 2018, just days after serving as Grand Marshal of the 2018 Saint Patrick's Day Parade.
His family and friends mourn the loss of our favorite Living Legend.

Read about his passing at the following links:
Alexandria Times
Arlington Catholic Herald
The Basilica of Saint Mary
Irish Central
NBC4 Washington
Offaly Express
WTOP News
Zebra


On March 2, Pat and Bernadette Troy were officially installed as the Grand Marshals of the 2018 Alexandria Saint Patrick's Day Parade, the Parade Pat founded in the early 1980s. Click here to see all the photos from the 2018 Parade.

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On May 2, 2017, Pat received the Irish Spirit Award at the first-ever Irish Heritage Night, before the Nationals-Diamondbacks game at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. He is shown here on the stadium's giant video monitor.

(with Pat is his wife Bernadette and his son Patrick)

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Bernadette and Pat Troy with
Her Excellency, Ambassador Anne Anderson

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Pat and Bernadette Troy are granted an audience with
His Holiness Pope Francis
at the Vatican on September 11, 2013.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey
with Pat and Bernadette in the Pentagon - August 4, 2015.

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Pat lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at
at Arlington National Cemetery - March 26, 2011

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Pat's autobiography is now available for purchase through Amazon! Click the cover below to order your copy.


Watch an old Christmas episode of The Irish Show with Pat Troy and Ed O'Brien. Included is an interview with now-Ambassador Anne Anderson, who was then First Secretary of the Irish Embassy. Also included is music by Seamus Kennedy and Brendan Sheridan, a story by John Barry, and a performance by the O'Neill-James School of Irish Dancing.

Watch Pat perform "The Unicorn Song" for the final time as owner of Ireland's Own:

Pat's signature at the restaurant was his "Tribute to America," a favorite of the restaurant regulars, and he gave recognition of those individuals and groups who make America great. Watch him give his Tribute for the last time as the owner of the restaurant.

Thank you to all the customers and friends who stopped by over the past 33 years!

President Reagan's visit

Relive the excitement of when President Ronald Reagan visited Ireland's Own on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 1988.


Watch Pat Troy interview screen legend Maureen O'Hara on his radio show:


What's My Line

Did you know Pat Troy was once on the game show "What's My Line"? Watch Pat's episode below, originally broadcast on July 28, 1963.


Read all about the history of one of Pat's favorite historical Alexandrians,
Colonel John Fitzgerald.


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