After months of preparation, the Hibernian Digest has entered the digital age. The new Digital Digest will be linked through our national website www.AOH.com and will include an ever expanding archive of articles from past print editions. In addition to the print articles, the site has been designed to offer expanded space for more content not currently able to make it into the printed edition mailed to all members. The Digital Digest will also include a large expansion of pictures associated with articles submitted by members. Keith Carney, editor of the Digest commented, We have numerous pictures submitted by members that only make it to the cutting room floor because of limited space. But pictures tell great stories of the life and times of our Order and it the Digital edition now provides us with the perfect mechanism to bring them to the membership through the Internet.
Carney named New York brother Joe McDonald as the new online editor. Joe joined the AOH back in 2007 and has vast experience in website creation and management. He is currently the Vice President of the Mike Moran Division 8 in Glen Cove, NY and the Webmaster of Nassau County. Joe also serves on the Nassau County Hibernian Feis committee, designing and running the festival’s website. Joe, 40, comes to the Hibernian Digest with seven years of experience in the sports media. He currently serves as Assistant Editor of Mets Inside Pitch Magazine, Assistant Online Editor of Baseball Digest, and publishes his own sports website NYSportsDay.com, covering the New York Mets, New York Rangers, and the US Tennis Open himself. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and also the United States Tennis Writers Association. In 2006, Joe opened up his own web design firm Damocles Designs, where he specializes in site design and search engine optimization. With all the changes to the media over the past seven years, I am very happy to help bring the Hibernian Digest online, McDonald said. I hope this website will help spread the motto of ‘Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity’ to a greater audience. Joe currently lives in West Hempstead, NY with his wife Liz and 20 month-old daughter Jamie Ann. He also has a six year-old son Joseph Patrick.
The digital Digest will include electronic advertising controlled by the national board and it is hoped that it will be able to begin generating revenue in the next few months once the site gains some popularity. The site will also include a comprehensive archive of previously printed Digests in the popular Adobe Acrobat .pdf format.