Division #9 NY County Hosts Memorial Mass for Martin McGuinness at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Capacity attendance at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Month’s Mind Mass in memory of the late Martin McGuinness


The AOH Division #9 New York County sponsored a “Month’s Mind” Memorial Mass for the late Martin McGuiness at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on May 24th, 2017.  The mass drew many Irish American Community leaders, as well as current and past Political Leaders from both sides of the Atlantic.

The Reverend Monsignor Robert Ritchie, Pastor of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, was the principal celebrant of the mass, which included readings by AOH National Director Sean Pender, and Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald.  Former Special Envoy Senator George Mitchell delivered the eulogy.

(Photos by John O’Connell)

Main Altar at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City


Former Special Envoy Senator George Mitchell delivers eulogy for Martin McGuiness at St. Patrick’s Cathedral




Albany Division #5 Hosts Manchester Martyrs Lecture Series

John Levendosky Albany Div 5 FFAI Chair, Albany City Councilman Joseph Igoe Albany Div 5, Ciaran Geraghty NYS AOH FFAI Chair, Professor Ruan O’Donnell Limerick University, Albany County Legislator Raymond Joyce Albany Div 5 and Patrick Miller Monroe Div 7


On April 20 2017, Albany LAOH Division #1, Albany AOH Division #5 and the Irish American Heritage Museum co-sponsored a commemorative lecture by Dr. Ruan O’Donnell.

The evening started with presentation of resolution/proclamations from Albany County Legislator Raymond Joyce and Albany City Council Member Joseph Igoe to commemorate the Manchester Martyrs. Ray and Joe are both AOH Division #5 members.

New York State Assemblyman and Staten Island Brothers Michael Cusick was unable to attend the Albany event but sent a Proclamation in support of of the Manchester Martyrs commemoration.



State Board Announces College Scholarship Program for 2017



Each year, the New York State Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians awards a scholarship for college study. The amount of the award depends on the number of qualified candidates, as well as the availability of the funds. The typical scholarship award is $750 per year for four years—a total of $ 3,000. This scholarship is intended for 2017 high school graduates who will be matriculating freshman in college in September 2017.



1. The parent or guardian of the recipient must be a Major Degree member in good standing of any AOH or LAOH Division in New York State.
2. The parent or guardian must maintain membership in their respective division of the AOH or LAOH for the term of the scholarship.
3. Each year, the recipient must provide evidence of satisfactory academic performance during the term of the scholarship by submitting to the Scholarship Chairman a transcript of grades received from the previous academic year.


1. A positive recommendation by your parish priest.
2. Results of the SAT Math and SAT Verbal test scores.
3. AOH Scholarship Test Results. This is a test of the applicant’s knowledge of Irish History. This test will consist of multiple choice questions and an essay whose emphasis will be on Irish History. The test will be supervised by the Division President or a member chosen by the Division President.
4. No member can supervise the giving of the exam if they have a child that is applying for the scholarship.

• The completed application
• A copy of the highest SAT Math score and highest SAT Verbal score
• Student Transcript
• A positive recommendation from the parish priest
A copy of the AOH membership card of the applicant, parent, or guardian. This verifies membership and the Major Degree date.

Send by June 4th, 2017 to the chairman of the State Scholarship Committee:
James Russell
219 North Middletown Road,
Unit E
Pearl River, N.Y. 10965

Do you have any questions? E-mail russe340@aol.com


Download the Scholarship Application-2017 Here



Bishop O’Hara is Guest Speaker at Yonkers Division Communion Breakfast

Pictured are Westchester County President Aidan O’Kelly Lynch, Past NYS President Charles Chip McLean, Division #1 President Kevin Ellis, Bishop John O’Hara, Division #1 Treasurer Mike Morley, NYS District 4 Director Tom Bierne, Breakfast Committee Chairman Brendan Murphy


The Myles Scully Division #1 of Yonkers hosted its Annual Communion Breakfast at St. Joseph’s Seminary this past weekend. Over 175 people were in attendance to hear guest speaker Bishop John O’Hara, who is the Vicar of Southern Manhattan and Staten Island.

Hibernian procession at the conclusion of Mass in the Chapel at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers


The Hibernians were welcomed back to the Dunwoodie by Seminary Rector Msgr. Peter Vaccari and Dean of Seminarians Fr. Nicholas Zientarski, who co-celebrated the mass with Bishop O’Hara. As per custom, the seminary agreed to once again allow The McSweeney Chalice to be used in the celebration of the Mass.

Bishop John O’Hara speaking at the Yonkers Communion Breakfast


Division #1 also presented Peter Van Slyck with the James G. McGinty Hibernian of the Year Award. Peter is a long time member of Division #1, and has played a vital role in helping the Division achieve success over the past decade. Peter is a Yonkers Police Officer and currently serves as the President of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester County.

Peter Van Slyck with his wife Margaret. Peter was awarded the James McGinty Hibernian of the Year Award for 2017.


Division #1 also was able to present the seminary with a $1,000 pledge in support of vocations. Division #1 also presented Bishop O’Hara with a $500 donation in support of Trinity House Retreat Center in Westchester.


Over 175 people attended the event this year








Queens County Board Hosts Major Degree Ceremony


Pictured in the photo: New York State Vice President Victor J. Vogel, New York State Treasurer & Queens County President John J. Manning, New York State District 5 Director Walter Cooper, and Kings County President Steve Kiernan.

On Sunday February 26, 2017, The John F. Kennedy Division 1 Schenectady Major Degree Team conferred the Major Degrees of the Order. This event was hosted by the Officers and Members of Queens County, NY. In attendance were 80 Brother Hibernians participating as degree team members, candidates, and observers. Forty-one candidates from surrounding counties were inducted into our Order.

Hibernians Join in Welcoming Norwegian Airlines to Stewart Airport

Airline to Offer Discount Flights to Dublin, Belfast and Shannon beginning July 1, 2017

From L to R: OC Legislator James O’Donnell, NY State AOH Organizer Keith Reynolds, OC Executive Steve Neuhaus, Lars Sande SVP Norwegian Air, Michael Torelli Port Authority, NY State Assemblymen Karl Brabenec.


Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians from Orange, Rockland and Sullivan County attended a press conference announcing new low cost flights to Ireland from Stewart International Airport beginning July 1st.  The members of the AOH were welcomed by Michael Torelli of the Port Authority of New York.

Hibernians from Orange, Rockland and Sullivan were in attendance.


Norwegian Airlines will offer non-stop service on its Boeing 737-MAX Jets to Dublin, Belfast and Shannon for as low as $69.00 each way.  Tickets went on sale that morning and over 2,500 tickets were already purchased at the conclusion of the event.

AOH New York State Organizer Keith Reynolds with Unateresa Gormley and Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus

It is expected to attract thousands of travelers to Ireland who are looking for affordable travel to Europe.  It was also announced the there will be bus service between The Port Authority bus terminal in NYC and Stewart for around $18.00.

“Our new, non-stop service will enable tens of thousands of new travelers to fly between the continents much more comfortably and affordably,” said Norwegian Air Founder Bjørn Kjos.


For more information, you can visit Norwegian Airlines online at:




Division #1 in Auburn Holds Officer Installation Ceremony



On an unseasonably balmy January night in Auburn, State President Tim McSweeney installed officers the John F. Kennedy Division #1 of Cayuga County. President McSweeney was assisted by State Secretary Tom Lambert, State District #3 Director Tim Kirwan, National Director Liam McNabb. They were joined by many honored guests including Past State Presidents Jim Burke and Mike McNabb, Past National President Ed Wallace and the legendary National Secretary Emeritus Tom McNabb. Bob Oliver took the helm as Division President and Denise Sodus was installed as the Ladies Division President.

Syracuse Division Marches for Life and Installs Division Officers


Members of the Commodore John Barry Division #2 take part in the Syracuse March for Life


On January 20th, members of the Commodore John Barry Division #2 of Syracuse participated in the Annual Syracuse Pro-Life March. They were joined by National Director Liam McNabb, New York State President Tim McSweeney, New York State Secretary Tom Lambert and New York State District #3 Director Tim Kirwan. After the march, a rally was held outside the office of the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.


Division #2 Syracuse Officers were Installed for 2017


On January 21 Jim Eggoff was installed as President of the Commodore John Barry Division #2 of Syracuse. State President Tim McSweeney conducted the Ceremony and was assisted by National Director Liam McNabb, New York State Secretary Tom Lambert and New York State District #3 Director Tim Kirwan.

Bronx Divisions #5 and #7 Officers Installed at County Christmas Gathering


AOH Bronx County President Bob Nolan conducts Officer Installation Ceremony for Divisions #5 and #7.


The AOH Bronx County Board held its Annual Christmas Party and Division Officer Installation Ceremony on Wednesday, December 14 at the American Legion-Charles Bajart Post on McLean Avenue in Yonkers, NY.

Bronx County President Bob Nolan presided over the event , where officers from both Division #5 and Division #7 of the Bronx were installed.  President Nolan noted that the AOH is currently experiencing renewed interest and growth in the County.


Stephen Groarke, John Cummins, Frank McKenna, and Chris Butler


National and State officers in attendance included National Director Dan Dennehy, NYS Treasurer John Manning, and NYS District #4 Director Tom Beirne.


Tommy Beirne (NYS District #4 Director)), John Manning (NYS Treasurer), Father Brian McCarthy (Bronx County Chaplain), Tim O’Donoghue (President – Division #7), Bob Nolan (President – Bronx County Board), Martin Galvin (President, Division #5), and Dan Dennehy (National Director).


Martin Galvin was installed as President of Division #5 and Tim O’Donoghue was installed as President of Division #7.



Rochester Division #7 Officers Installed by State President


Rochester Division #7 Division Officers Installed for 2017


NYS President Tim McSweeney presided over the Officer Installation Ceremony for the Colonel Patrick O’Rourke Division #7 of Rochester this past weekend.  President McSweeney was assisted by other State Officers including New York State Secretary Tom Lambert and New York State Treasurer John Manning.  AOH National Director Liam McNabb was also in attendance.



Jim O’Riley takes over the gavel as President of the Rochester Division as President.  The LAOH Rochester Division also had their respective Officers installed at the ceremony, with Division President Gail Shalvoy being formally installed by Maura McSweeney who is the Vice President of the LAOH JFK Division #1 of Albany.