Mary Holt More is a descendent of General Joseph Holt, a leader of the 1798 Irish Rebellion in County Wicklow, and a cousin of Sean MacDiarmada of the 1916 Irish Uprising. Her parents, Ann O’Rourke of County Leitrim, and father Charles A. Holt Sr. of County Wicklow, Ireland were Irish patriots who pursued the cause of Irish freedom.
Moore was born in the Bronx, NY and is a graduate of Hunter College where she founded the Hunter College Gaelic Society, and received her M.S. Degree from the College of New Rochelle. She was Vice-Chairperson of the Tri-State Chapter of the Irish American Solidarity Day Committee and cultural chair of the Irish American National Unity Conference, a member of the Emerald Society of the Board of Education in New York City, the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the County Leitrim& County Wicklow Societies. She has served as the President of the Bronx Gaelic League and Council of Gaelic Societies of New York. She was the second woman to be honored as the Grand Marshal of the New York City St. Patrick’s Parade.
Mary is married to Thomas A. Moore (retired Deputy Chief FDNY), and together they have passed down their love of Irish history and culture to their eight children and 21 grandchildren.