Irish Eye’s on Cincinnati

The Official Call has gone out for the 95th Biennial National Convention and all eye’s now look to Cincinnati for the upcoming gathering in July.  The opening Mass will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7th at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral.  The Convention will convene for business at the Millennium Hotel Cincinnati on Thursday July 8, 2010 with a joint AOH/LAOH meeting at 9:00 a.m.  States, Counties and Divisions are reminded that delegates and alternates are to be submitted to the National Secretary no later than twenty days prior to the Convention and all delegates must show their paid-up travel/membership card. Visitors and guests providing proper identification shall be entitled to receive guest badges.  Any proposed changes to the Constitution should have been provided within 60 days of the Convention.

Members who registered for Convention packages can select the events they attend based upon the level they purchase.  The most attractive priced package is the all inclusive one to attend all events. Wednesday night’s Ice Breaker is casual attire and will feature music by Roger Drawdy & the Firestarters. Thursday evening is dinner on your own with Entertainment night to include Irish Dancers, the Irish Play “Blood”, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Glee Club, Emerald Society Pipes & Drums and finishes the evening with an Irish Band at the Mainstay Bar. Friday’s Irish Night will be Jacket and tie for men, dress/pant suit for women with music by The Hooligans.  The Installation Banquet on Saturday night is formal attire (black tie optional) with music by Pete Wagner’s Band. Members that do not sign up for packages may have access to the hospitality area and Thursday’s Entertainment night for a $25 fee.  Hospitality suites will be closed during set hours while other organized activities are scheduled.  Members can still register for the Convention online at

The Convention will include general business sessions each day that will feature reports from the chairs of committees and from the national Board officers.  Constitutional changes will be considered and resolutions will be brought forth throughout the business sessions.  A Major Degree will be offered on Friday afternoon to those attending and all are encouraged to participate.  Several important guests will be in attendance and addressing the assembly, these include Martin McGuiness, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, will address the joint session at the convention; Siobhan Dennehey our John F. Kennedy recipient; Jimbo Crossan, AOH National President Board of Erin; Victor Boyle, AOH National President in Canada; Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States, Michael Collins; Niall Burgess, Irish Consul General of Ireland in New York and Martin Ruane, Irish Counsel General in Chicago.

The election of officers is scheduled for Saturday, July 10th from 10:00 a.m. until noon with the Installation Mass for elected officers in the AOH and LOAH scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains followed by the Installation banquet that evening.  The candidates running at this time include the executive officers (all running for re-election) of Seamus Boyle (PA) for President, Brendan Moore (NY) for Vice President, Tom McNabb (NY) for Secretary and Jim McKay (LA) for Treasurer.  Joe Dougherty (NC), former National Director and NC State Organizer has announced that he will run for Secretary. Six directors will be elected with three incumbents running for re-election that include Dan O’Connell (OH) who also serves as the chair of Immigration, Keith Carney (DC) who serves as the National Digest editor, and Chris Norris (PA) who serves as Organizer. Announced candidates for Nation Director are Jere Cole (NJ) current NJ State President, Mike O’Connor (MT) former National Director and former MT State President, Matt Nelligan (NY) current Pro-Life Chair and former NY State President and Bob Mott (SC) Life Member and former National Director.

For those venturing out to tour Cincinnati will find the city center full of galleries, museums, restaurants, sports venues and shopping that had added an extra element to Cincinnati tourism. At the Great American Ball Park visitors can enjoy a baseball game, football game or any other number of events such as ballet or the orchestra. Another big attraction in the city is the Cincinnati Aquarium, or Newport Aquarium as it’s also known, is full of fun things to do for the whole family. There are more than 70 exhibits and 14 galleries including “Surrounded by Sharks,” “Kroger Kingdom of Penguins,” “Bizarre and Beautiful,” and “Amazon Flooded Forest.” The biggest feature of the Cincinnati Aquarium is the five seamless tunnels that are 200 feet in total and allow visitors to see an assortment of underwater life up close. Cincinnati tourism abounds at the aquarium which can be visited 365 days a year from 10 am to 6 pm. The Cincinnati Art Museum is one of the oldest museums in the United States and features an unrivaled collection of more than 60,000 pieces that measure over the last 6,000 years. Some of the collections featured at the museum include Far Eastern art, American and European painting and sculpture, costume and textiles, arts of Africa, photographs, prints, drawings, watercolors and more. The Cincinnati Art Museum is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and it’s closed on Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free and tickets to special exhibitions can be purchased through the museum.