Staten Island AOH Holds 55th Annual Hibernian Ball

Staten Island AOH Holds 55th Annual Hibernian Ball

Father and Son together as Parade Grand Marshal and Aide to the Grand Marshal Jack King and son Sean King.

Over 300 Brother and Sister Hibernians, family and friends gathered at the LiGreci’s Staaten for the Richmond County AOH 55th Annual Hibernian Ball on Staten Island, NY on Saturday, February 23, 2019. This year’s honorees included Brother Jack King as the 2019 Grand Marshal of the 55th Staten Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, his Aides to the Grand Marshal, Brother Sean King (his son), Sister Eileen Hayes, Sister Cathy Brennan and Brother Neil “Connie O” O’Sullivan. Brother O’Neill was also honored to chosen as the Richmond County Aide to Dr. Brian J. O’Dwyer, Grand Marshal of the 258th New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

AOH Chaplain, Father Michael Martine, and Brother Kevin F. Mannion, Vice President of Saint Columcille Division No. 4.

During the evening, the Hibernian Ball committee chairman, Brother Martin Crimmins, AOH New York District No. 5 Director, announced the 2019 Miss Hibernia, Ms. Claire Harrington, and her court, Ms. Marie Cummings. Brother Crimmins crowned and sashed Ms. Harrington and Ms. Cummings, and all the guests of honor received their tricolor sashes for the parade. “It’s the first time a father and son are Grand Marshal and Aide to the Grand Marshal,” said Brother Crimmins. Last year, Brother Crimmins served as aide to Grand Marshal Ann Clark, as well as aide to the Grand Marshal of the Manhattan parade.

The attendees enjoyed a cocktail hour, complete dinner, live music dinner and an open bar at the beautiful Staten ballroom located at 697 Forest Avenue.

AOH New York State Board Re-affirms its Position on Abortion

Ancient Order of Hibernians New York State Board Position on Abortion

“All life is precious from Conception to Natural Death.”

 

This has always been our stance on all Life issues. We Respect Life and know that Life is a gift from God.

We pray, civilly protest and express this stance in our actions month after month, year after year and in support of Church teachings. We have never wavered or succumbed to political or socially accepted attitudes of the times.

Even when a culture of death seems to be accepted by many, we show love, and support Life in all stages.

Let it be known that, our position on Abortion (and all respect life issues) does not change or evolve.

We have consistently been steadfast.

The latest bill signed in New York does not change the stance we take on the subject. It never will.

 

Ancient Order of Hibernians – New York State Board

 

 

Division #16 in Mt. Kisco Supports Local Cancer and Hospice Centers

 

 

 On November 28, 2018 the A.O.H. Division 16 and Ladies A.O.H. Division 16 donated $4,523.00 to Hospice Care of Westchester/ Putnam Counties. The presentation was made at the annual “Tree of Life “ceremony held at the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco, NY. Hospice Care, a non-profit home health care agency provides home health services to patients with advanced illnesses.

On December 15, 2018 the A.O.H. and L.A.O.H. will present a donation of $4523.00 to Rosary Hill Cancer Center  located in Hawthorne, NY. Rosary Hill Home is run by the Dominican Sisters and provides hospice care for incurable cancer patients who are unable to afford care for themselves.

Since 1992 the A.O.H. has donated $248,250.14 to Hospice Care of Westchester /Putnam, Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne, NY and other organizations.  The fund raising drive was administered by Chairman Brian Jones.

The Division is grateful to the following parishes for their help-St. Patrick’s- Bedford, St. Francis of Assisi-Mount Kisco, and Holy Rosary-Hawthorne, St. Lawrence O’Toole-Brewster, St. Matthias-Bedford Hills,and St. Mary-Katonah, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton-Shrub Oak, Holy Innocents-Pleasantville, and St. John and St. Mary-Chappaqua.

Peekskill Division #18 Honors its Veterans

 

Division # 18 in Peekskill had a festive gathering where it awarded Hibernian Veterans pins and a certificate to its members. These veterans participated in World War II, Korea, Vietnam & the Gulf Wars. Awardees included the Division’s newest member Tim Murphy who received the Silver Star for valor in Vietnam. Division President Clive Cronin was assisted by Division #18 Officers, NYS District #4 Director Aidan O’Kelly-Lynch, NYS Commodore Barry Committee Chairman Brian Kelly and National Director Dan Dennehy.

 

Yonkers City Council First to Endorse McGuinness Principles

(rear) Yonkers City Council: Majority Leader Michael Sabatino, Corazon Pineda-Isaac, Shanae V. Williams, Council President Mike Khader, Minority Leader Mike Breen, Anthony J. Merante and John Rubbo. (front) Aidan O’Kelly- Lynch- NY State Director, Charlie McGuinness President Division 16 Mount Kisco, Andy Hayden- Division One, Robert Stauf – Past President Myles Scully Division One, Kevin Ellis- President Myles Scully Division One, Dan Dennehy- National Director, Jack McDonald – Division One, Mike Morley- Aisling Center Man of the Year, Peter Van Slyck- President Police Emerald Society of Westchester and Brian Duffy – President AOH Westchester County

 

     On Tuesday, September 25 Yonkers City Council became the first major city to unanimously adopt the McGuinness Principles.

     The impetus came from Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Myles Scully Division One Yonkers and its president Kevin Ellis. The council meeting was attended by officers and members from national, New York State and all of Westchester divisions, as well as LAOH members, officers of the United Irish Counties, Hudson Valley Irish Center, Police Emerald Society of Westchester County, The American Irish Association of Westchester and many Yonkers residents. AOH National Director Dan Dennehy and Division One past President Bob Stauf testified for the McGuinness Principles.

     An AOH press release stated that Dennehy testified as a proud son of Yonkers. He recognized that the City of Yonkers has long embraced the rights of all citizens, including its large Irish American community.

     The McGuinness Principles seeks the same for all in Ireland, by instilling a bill of rights, language equality, justice on legacy crimes and self-determination through a referendum on Irish unity.

     Stauf then testified that Yonkers was the first City Council to adopt the MacBride Principles and had issued the first proclamation that Gerry Adams received during his first visit to the U.S. Stauf thanked Councilman John Rubbo for proposing the resolution and Councilman Mike Breen and Council President Mike Khader for their enthusiastic support.

     Rubbo remarked that 20 years ago the Good Friday Agreement was ratified by more than 70 percent of the voters in the north of Ireland, yet much needs to be done so that McGuinness’ legacy may be fulfilled. He also recognized the AOH for keeping the issues of Ireland on their agenda.

     Khader said that he studied the McGuinness Principles and the need for these principles is not unique to the north of Ireland. “Truth, fairness, and an even playing field are principles we should all live by regardless of race, religion, color, creed or political party and that is why I am proudly supporting this resolution.”

     The McGuinness Principles were then adopted 7-0.

 

Yonkers City Council Agenda 9.25.18

Video Link to Yonkers City Council Meeting Proceeding

Watertown Division Disperses Charity Funds during Summer Season

The Msgr. James Ruddy Division #1 in Watertown, New York has stepped up its Charities and Missions program over the last year, and the Summer of 2018 will be remembered for several important donations and presentations that were made. The members of Division #1 presented donations and pledges of support to Habitat for Humanity, The Jefferson County SPCA, The Watertown Backpack Program and The Immaculate Heart Central School of Watertown.  The funds totaled over $2,500 and were raised via the many events and activities that Division #1 sponsors throughout the year.

 

Habitat for Humanity

(Pictured L/R) Dick Lawlee, Bill Flynn, Father Chris Looby, John DiSteffano (Habitat Director) President/District Director Sèan Hennessey, Treasurer Kevin Shaughnessy & Tom Shaughnessey.

 

Jefferson County SPCA

Pictured L/R: Richard Lawlee, Tom Shaughnessy, Team Owner Michael Schell, Team Manager Brandon Noble, SPCA Exec Director Heather Spizzano, District Director/Div President Sèan Hennessey, Father Chris Looby and Div Treasurer Kevin Shaughnessy.

 

Watertown Backpack Program

Pictured L/R: District Director/Div Pres Sèan Hennessey, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Stacey Eger, Richard Lawlee, Watertown School Superintendent Patricia LaBarr, Bill Flynn, Treasurer Kevin Shaughnessy, Tom Shaughnessy and Father Chris Looby.

 

Immaculate Heart Central School – Watertown,  New York

The Msgr James Ruddy Division of the AOH recently donated to Immaculate Heart Central School located in Watertown NY. Accepting Donation is Amanda McIlroy Class of 2009 from AOH Msgr James Ruddy Division member Bill Flynn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Memoriam: Michael Diamond of Division #17 Long Beach

 

Michael was a Past President of Division #17 Long Beach

 

 

Visiting: Friday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Funeral Mass: Saturday 10:00 AM St. Ignatius Martyr R. C. Church Long Beach, NY

Private Cremation

In Lieu of Flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Long Island Crisis Center 2740 Martin Ave. Bellmore , NY 11710
In Loving Memory of Jenea Diamond.

Irish Day will never be the same without you.
That big Smile and laugh will be missed forever.
Your Family and friends are heartbroken knowing you are gone.
But I know the Flower up above has called you home.
Rest in Peace, Rest my brother.

Hibernians Honor 9/11 Hero, Name New Division in Breezy

Hibernians Honor 9/11 Hero, Name New Division in Breezy


September 5, 2018


By Matthew O’Connor

 

     Fire Lieutenant Kevin C. Dowdell died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. He was one of 18 Ancient Order of Hibernians members from New York and New Jersey who lost their lives that tragic day.

     A devoted husband and father of two sons, Lt. Dowdell lived in Breezy Point and served at FDNY Rescue 4 in Woodside, considered one of the city’s most elite firehouses.

Brothers Patrick and James Dowdell hold a photo of their father, Fire Lieutenant Kevin C. Dowdell, who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. He was one of 18 Ancient Order of Hibernian members from New York and New Jersey who lost their lives that day. This year, a new AOH division opened in Lt. Dowdell’s name in Breezy Point. (Photos Matthew O’Connor)


     He took great pride in his job and was not considering retiring even though he had 20 years on the job and was eligible. He received many citations during his career with the New York City Fire Department. He received a medal for his rescue of a woman from a Queens diner after it had exploded and collapsed. He also went to Oklahoma City as a member of FEMA to help with the recovery of victims after the Murrah Federal Building was bombed in 1995.

     As the 17th anniversary of his death approached, male relatives and friends started a new Ancient Order of Hibernians division in his name in Breezy Point. The Irish Catholic fraternal organization seeks to promote friendship, unity and Christian charity among its members and the wider community.

     Established in February of this year, the Lieutenant Kevin C. Dowdell A.O.H. Division 4, already has over 50 members and continues to grow. Among the members are Lt. Dowdell’s sons James and Patrick. Almost all of the men belong to Blessed Trinity parish in Breezy. The group formed not only as a way to honor Lt. Dowdell and all of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, but also to continue the values of community and faith which the fallen firefighter held so dearly.

     “He always told us about the importance of community and he loved Breezy. He loved these people and always wanted to help and do as much as he could,” said James Dowdell, who was only 17 when his father perished.

     He decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and now serves as a firefighter in FDNY Rescue 2 Company in Crown Heights. He is proud to carry on the values his father shared with him.

     “He was a great man and father and we hope to continue to share his beliefs and values within the community. He meant the world to us and we will never forget him,” James said.

     For Patrick Dowdell, losing his father at age 18 was a defining moment in his life. It gave him the courage to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and serve his country in Afghanistan.

Joe Duggan, Patrick Lyons, Dave Carey, Patrick Dowdell, John Manning and James Dowdell are just some of the members of the new Lt. Kevin C. Dowdell A.O.H. Div. 4, at the Breezy Point Catholic Club.

     Patrick said the Breezy community was quick to respond when the new division was being formed in his father’s name because ‘He was loved here,” he said.
“He loved these people and he loved this town,” he said. “He did everything he could to help people and he meant the world to us. …
“So many years after the tragic events and still people come out to honor our father who was our hero. The division will be able to share the values of our father and continue the bonds of community as we work together.”

     John Manning is the New York State secretary for the Ancient Order of Hibernians and serves as president of the newly formed division.
“Lieutenant Kevin Dowdell was a great man that meant so much to so many people,” he said. “That day [Sept. 11], so many brave heroes were lost and they will never be forgotten. To be able to honor Kevin shows the impact he had on this town.”

     Manning said that the division started with 20 members and in just a few months, membership has more than doubled and continues to grow.
“These people want to be involved and want to continue to build a better community. We have come together to honor a hero and to continue sharing the values of friendship, community, and Christian values,” Manning said.

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In Memoriam: William Fitzgerald of Division #1 Ulster County

It saddens us to report the passing of our Brother Bill Fitzgerald. Bill was a gentle, kind man of God who always gave us his opinion and was dedicated to the AOH and our mission, Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. He will be missed. Bill is the father of our brother Mike Fitzgerald.  Please keep Bill and his family in your prayers.

All members of the Ulster County AOH Division 1 are requested to assemble at the Leahy Funeral Home, 27 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY, Tuesday August 28, at 6:30pm, for our service in honor of Brother Bill Fitzgerald.

William J. Fitzgerald, 79, of Connelly died Friday August 24, 2018 at HealthAlliance Hospital:Broadway Campus in Kingston. Born December 26, 1938 in Kingston; he is the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Dunn) Fitzgerald.  Mr. Fitzgerald graduated from Redemptorist Seminary, North East PA, and attended SUNY New Paltz Business Management and Accounting. He served our country in the United States Air Force. He was employed at Hercules Inc. Port Ewen NY as Development Lab Technician, Atlas Chemical Industries Valley Forge PA as Product Engineer, Colt Firearms Atglen, PA as Sales Engineer, Caldor Kingston NY, AT&T Basking Ridge NJ as Corporate Finance Manager and Business Process Designer. Bill retired from AT&T / Avaya Communication in 2001. In retirement Bill worked as a Real Estate Broker for Mary A. Bono Real Estate from 2003-2018.

A member of the Third Order of Franciscans and the Ancient Order of Hibernians; he served as the Honorary Mayor of the Day. Active in firematics; he was the Chairman of the Board for the South Rondout Fire District, Life Member, Captain of Fire Police and Chaplain for Hasbrouck Engine Co. #1 -Connelly Fire Department. Mr. Fitzgerald was a friend of Bill W for forty two years.
Surviving is his wife of fifty seven years Hannelore (Osterwald) Fitzgerald; four sons; Michael Fitzgerald and his wife Tonya, John Fitzgerald and his wife Darlene, Aaron Fitzgerald and his wife Sharrice, and Sean Fitzgerald, grandchildren; Michael, Margaret, Alexandria, Jenny, Casie, Aaron, Sydney, Aaliyah, Amirah, Hanne, Katherine and one great grandson Caleb, sisters; Madeline “Maggie” Rodden and her husband William, Patricia Fitzgerald Barnett. Beloved daughter in laws Ilona, Jennifer and Stacey, nieces and nephews; Kyle Barnett, Bruce Denise and Lisa Gille, William Rodden, III as well as a dear friend Helen Majestic also survive.

A sister; Mary Fitzgerald Gille died previously.

SERVICES

Visitation
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc.
27 Smith Avenue
Kingston, New York 12401

Mass of Christian Burial
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
209 Hoyt Street
Port Ewen, New York 12466

Interment
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
11:45 AM
St. Mary’s Cemetery
322 Foxhall Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401

 

Auburn Hibernians Celebrate “Irish Day” at the Ball Park

 

Auburn LAOH President Denise McNabb Sobus and Auburn AOH President Bob Oliver organized a successful “Irish Day at Falcon Park” on August 19th where 70 Hibernians and families enjoyed food and beverages while cheering for the Auburn Doubledays, the local New York Penn League baseball team. LAOH and AOH members wore green shirts to show their Irish pride as well as to promote both organizations at the park. A great time was had by all.