The Irish-American Heritage Society named Augusta lawyer Patrick J. Rice its 2012 St. Patrick’s Day parade grand marshal. The Bernard J. Mulherin family is the Irish Family of the Year and the Irish Lady of the Year is Louise Franklin Sheehan. The announcement was made last week at the society’s annual Grand Marshal’s Ball, which marks the start of the Irish-American season in Augusta. The society will host a parade for the city on March 17.