Three new Brother Hibernians were initiated into the Order at the March 12th meeting of St. Columcille Division #4 Richmond County. The candidates were sworn into the Order by President Thomas F. Gray, and the ceremony was witnessed by Brother Martin Crimmins, District 5 Director.
The candidates included Brother Patrick McGrath, Brother Denis Geraghty, and Brother Frank Dukes, a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Brother McGrath (center in photograph), aged 22, is a New York City law enforcement officer, and advised that he was proud to join the AOH. Brother McGrath also stated that he was looking forward to inviting his father, a New York State court clerk, into joining the Order.
The newly-initiated Brothers were presented with copies of a short history of the AOH, and the meaning of the AOH Emblem by Brother Denis P. McGowan, Richmond County Board Recording Secretary (I have provided copies of these for you as well).
The Division meeting was attended by almost 50 Brothers, and meets every second Monday at the Staten Island Elks Lodge No. 841 at 8:00 pm. The Division was established on April 3, 1970 by Brother Philip McCusker and Brother William J. Bartnett, and currently has over 190 members. The Division is very involved with the Staten Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, the Staten Ireland Irish Fair, the Columcille Irish Cultural Center and the AOH CuChulainn Celtic Warrior Major Degree Team.