Each year the St. Patrick’s Association invites Irish women 21-and-over to join the sisterhood of Shamrock Princesses, and run to be Miss Shamrock, our Queen of Green and our annual Association representative. Miss Shamrock is an ambassador and representative of St. Paul’s Irish community and culture. She is someone who is excited to experience all that means to be Irish and shares it with those around her.
For six weeks leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, the Shamrock Princesses fundraise, sell commemorative buttons, volunteer in the community, and spread Irish cheer throughout the Twin Cities all while promoting our mission! From this pool of princesses, the Association votes and chooses our Miss Shamrock based on a variety of criteria. The princesses and Miss Shamrock spend the remainder of the year visiting area parades and festivals promoting our parade and inspiring Irish women and future Shamrock Princesses to give back to their community and celebrate their heritage.
2022 Miss Shamrock: Christine Hanley
Christine was born and raised in various Saint Paul suburbs. She attended Winona State University and majored in Cell and Molecular Biology. She is currently serving in the Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer and attending graduate school at Northwestern Health Sciences University pursuing her Doctorate in Chiropractic. She has a 10-year-old son named Landon, two dogs, and a cat. She enjoys playing trivia with friends at local (and not-so-local) Irish pubs, attempting to learn Irish dancing, and spending time at local parks. Christine is enthusiastic about her Irish heritage and building genuine connections with people through shared experiences.
“I am proud to be Irish because it means that I don’t simply rely on luck. I come from a community that isn’t afraid to work to get what they need, a people that persevere through even the darkest times with joy in their hearts because they know there is a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end — a family who is able to celebrate the good in spite of the bad. I firmly believe that after the havoc the pandemic has played in the lives of many over the past couple of years, the city of St. Paul needs the Irish spirit now more than ever and I want to give it to them – they deserve it. Let them have Craic!” -Christine Hanley, Miss Shamrock 2022