Growing in Tradition...
The Queen of the Detroit United Irish Societies (formerly known as the Maid of Erin) began in 1959. It is a scholarship competition for young women of Irish descent with the top prize including a trip to Ireland. This competition helps to educate the next generation about their Irish heritage, provide leadership opportunities, and empower young women in the Michigan community.
Meet Our Team
Sheila M Cassidy
As a young child, I can remember the importance of family. My Father immigrated from Co. Monaghan Ireland and my Mother’s parents from Co. Kerry Ireland and at 4 years of age, I began Irish Step Dancing. I have fond memories of my parents, my brother & myself going on that Sunday afternoon drive and dad singing Irish songs. School functions, family gatherings, and loading up the family station wagon traveling to Irish dance competitions on the weekends were routine. Through determination, hard work, and many hours of practice with my Mother, I accomplishment my goal, to compete in The Worlds Irish Dance Competition in Galway Ireland. This set the foundation to learning about my heritage and culture and making lasting friendships along the way.
As a means of promoting many things Irish, I currently am an Executive Board Member of the Detroit United Irish Societies, an Officer for the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Social Club and Chairlady of the Queen of the Detroit United Irish Societies and the Chairlady for the Irish Pallottine Fathers Annual Dinner Dance. I have been blessed to travel to Ireland yearly visiting family and friends. Through the efforts of the committee of the Queen of the Detroit United Irish Societies, I am proud to say Cork County Council has become Partner Sponsors with the Queen of the Detroit United Irish Societies.
As I have said many times, it takes a village.
Maggie A Donnelly
Maggie (2012 Maid of Erin)- since her time as Maid of Erin, Maggie went on to complete her BSN, currently working as a registered nurse at Children's Hospital of Michigan on the hematology/oncology unit. She is currently working towards her masters at Wayne State University to fulfill her goal of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner.
Maggie became interested in her Irish heritage early on, beginning lessons at the Tim O'Hare School of Irish Dance at the age of 3. Since then, her involvement has grown as both a former Maid of Erin and now a committee member of the QDUIS. Her favorite moment as Maid of Erin was crowning her sister (and fellow committee member) Kelley Donnelly.
Maureen is a first generation Irish American with strong roots in County Kerry (Up the Kingdom!) and County Donegal. She has been active in Irish functions her entire life and was thrilled to be crowned the Irish Ambassador of Detroit during the Detroit Riverfront Irish festival.
Maureen has been married to husband Sean for 25 years and has 3 sons to whom she has passed down many Irish customs, traditions and activities for the next generation to enjoy. She enjoys helping others as a nurse in the Emergency room and is thrilled to be helping promote the Queen of the United Irish Societies.
Kaitlin Mulcahy Nelson
Kaitlin (2014 Maid of Erin)- Kaitlin is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN class of 2016 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and Theatre with minors in Advertising and Public Relations. Since graduating, Kaitlin has worked with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival two years in a row. She began first as their Arts Administration Assistant and then as an actor in their 2017 Touring and Professional Company shows. She brought her passion back to the Metro-Detroit area also working as an Apprentice at the Tipping Point Theatre in Northville and is now a working actor in Chicago.
Kaitlin has always been involved in the Detroit Irish Community, being a part of the Mulcahy family, but she fell in love with her culture by starting Irish Dance at the Tim O’Hare School in Plymouth. With O’Hare, she reached the championship level and continued dancing in college with the Notre Dame/Saint Mary’s team even competing with their ceili team in Ireland. Kaitlin is excited to celebrate her culture and empower young women of Detroit through her position as a QDUIS committee member.