AOH National Treasurer Sean Pender, New York LAOH FFAI Chair Dolores Desch, Woodlawn AOH “Man of the Year” Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald, and former New York Assemblyman John Dearie, whose political forums made Presidential candidates open the door to Irish agenda issues like visa censorship, will be honored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians on Sunday, October 21st. “Spirit of 1916 Awards” will be presented by Division 5, Woodlawn at the Rambling House Party Room, located on Katonah Avenue at East 236th Street, Bronx, New York from 3pm to 7pm.
In announcing the honorees, Division 5 President Martin Galvin noted:
“Sean Pender is not only the current National Treasurer but also a former Freedom-for-all-Ireland Chair of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He is being honored for his leadership in the Malachy McAllister campaign and on all AOH campaigns arising from British rule and injustice in the north of Ireland.
“Dolores Desch is the New York State LAOH Freedom-for-all-Ireland Chair. She is being honored for her leadership role in Albany and throughout the state, raising awareness in the LAOH of the issues in the north of Ireland and participating in organizing the IRISH FREEDOM MANDATE Centennial Commemoration in the NYS legislature. She is the first LAOH member to be presented with this award.
“Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald, will be presented with the ‘John Egan Award’ as Division 5 Man of the Year. Since becoming pastor of St. Barnabas Parish and Division 5 Chaplain, Fr. Fitzgerald has made a tremendous contribution to the AOH, Woodlawn Irish community and St. Barnabas, most recently in making “Gaelic Mass Day” a heralded success. He is being recognized as the Division member who has done the most to make Division 5 a growing Irish force.
“A special award is being presented to John Dearie for his decade long battle to make American political candidates address Irish Agenda issues like visa censorship against Sinn Fein, a Special Envoy and the MacBride Principles. His efforts in 1992 made the north of Ireland an American campaign issue which opened the door to Sinn Fein visas, the appointment of Special Envoy Mitchell and dramatic change in the north.
“This year’s honorees will receive Spirit of 1916 Awards as an added honor to them and to honor the ideals and heroic sacrifices of the Easter Rising which led to freedom for 26 of Ireland’s 32 counties.”
In addition to the awards presentations, Division 5 will award grants for the promotion of Irish charities, Gaelic games, Irish culture in the Woodlawn area.
The AOH is the largest Irish-American organization and is committed to Freedom-for-all-Ireland, Immigration reform and the promotion of Irish culture, arts and history. Division 5, located in the heavily Irish area of Woodlawn-Wakefield is the fastest growing Division in the Bronx.
The event will take place on Sunday October 21st from 3pm to 7pm at the Rambling House located at Katonah Avenue and East 236th Street. Music will be provided by Gerard and Susan Corbett. A ticket at $30 includes a free buffet. For tickets or information call 718-994-1410.