Dan Dennehy, AOH National Director and Westchester County AOH Organizer was on hand to present the “newly minted” official charter from the National Board Ancient Order of Hibernians to the officers and members of the Thomas Addis Emmet Division 17 of Westchester County.
Assisting in the presentation on May 7, 2018 was NYS Director Aidan O’Kelly-Lynch and in whose presence, dozens of new division members were sworn into the Order. In presenting the charter to President James McGlashin (above center), Brother Dennehy commented on how pleased he was to be in the company of such “fine, young Hibernians!”
Brother Dennehy extended congratulations to President James McGlashin and his officers and in particular to Division 17 Treasurer Clive Anderson, owner and president of Pelham Funeral Home who opens his company’s doors to give the divison a meeting space. Congratulations were also offered to Westchester County President Brian Hugh Duffy, National Organizer Tim McSweeney, NYS Organizer Kevin Cummings, NYS Treasurer John Manning and to all those who played a role in brining the new division to fruition.
Photos courtesy of Dan Dennehy
The NY State Board spring meeting weekend started early in East Durham on Friday, May 4, 2018 with the NYS AOH James F. Hayes Golf Classic and the Austin V. Carew Scholarship Fund event held at Sunny Hill Golf Course.
The spring meeting took place the next morning on at the Shamrock House. The meeting was well attended with a standing-room only crowd. AOH members in attendance from across the Empire State heard board officers and committee chairs report on activities that occurred since the last board meeting in the fall.
Reports included the success of the “Ireland’s 1918 Freedom Mandate” event which took place on April 24th at the New York State Capitol Building, the formation of two new divisions in Westchester and Queens and other reports on polictical education, immigration, charity and missions and district director reports.
Members were also introduced to the new Executive Director of the Irish American History Museum (IAHM) in Albany. Dr. Elizabeth Stack thanked the NY AOH membership for their unwavering support of the museum and its mission and spoke passionately about her own experiences as a immigrant.
On hand for the meeting were National Board officers: President Hon. James F. McKay III, Vice President Daniel O’Connell, Secretary Jere E. Cole, Jr., and Treasurer Sean Pender along with National Directors: Liam McNabb, Dan Dennehy, Denny Parks, and Bill Sullivan. Other national committee chairs were also in attendance.
During the meeting, members from the many divisons who submitted their annual Charity and Missions report were presented with certificates of recognition for all the charitable activities carried out by their brothers in their divisions.
President Vic Vogel announced a new initiative to have at least one Irish language Mass be said in each of the many NYAOH counties and districts. Upcoming events were discussed including the upcoming National AOH/LAOH Biennial Convention which will take place at the Galt House in Louisville, KY, July 11 – 14th, 2018. The 2019 NYS State Convention Chair, Liam McNabb released information for the NYS AOH/LAOH Convention which will be held in July 2019.
Saturday afternoon festivities included Father Henry Reid’s BBQ Fundraiser held at McGrath’s Edgewater Resort and LAOH fundraisers and Kentuckey Derby events held at Gavins. The weekend was capped off with a well attended Sunday Pilgramage Mass which was held at the Our Lady of Knock Shrine.
The AOH/LAOH National Convention will be held in Louisville, KY from Wednesday July 11, 2018 ending with the installation banquet on Saturday night, July 14, 2018. The convention will take place in The Galt House located in the heart of downtown Louisville and located on the Ohio River close to everything the city has to offer.
The hotel package cost $125.00 per night, per room. There is a flat fee of $10 per day for parking. The convention event package cost is $200 if reserved by June 1, 2018 and includes convention registration, Icebreaker, Irish Night, and Installation Banquet.
New York State AOH County and Division Presidents are asked to provide NYAOH Secretary John J. Manning with the names of members attending the convention so that they can be properly validated as delegates.
For reservations, registration and additional information, please visit the 2018 AOH/LAOH Nation Convention website.
I am pleased to announce our 2nd Annual Award to recognize the New York State AOH Division which best epitomizes this spirit of Charity. The award is created and presented in honor of Arnold “Arnie” Nagelhout long time NY State Board Member and Charities and Missions Director.
As part of our Motto, Charity is the heart of our Faith and Organization. As members of the New York State Ancient Order of Hibernians we’re called to assist our parish’s ministries and our community’s endeavors by performing the Corporal Works of Mercy (to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless, tend the sick, visit those in prison, bury the dead, and give alms to the poor). Pope Francis recently said, “I am grateful to the many volunteers who offer their service in soup kitchens, giving food to those who are alone, in need of help, out of work or homeless. These meal centers and other works of mercy — such as visiting the sick and the imprisoned are examples of charity in action that promote a culture of giving, since those involved are motivated by love for God and inspired by Gospel wisdom.”
These “Local” charitable activities are not being considered in lieu of our National AOH endeavors, but rather in addition to them. Both will be considered in the selection of the award recipient and both should be included in the application narrative.
Deadline for submitting nominations is July 1, 2018
When applying, a Division should submit a written narrative of their activities in the past submittal year (no more than 250 words). For the sake of this award, the year will be January 2017 through December 2017. They should also submit a copy of their Division’s New York State Charities and Missions Annual Report for the same time frame. All award submittals must be mailed in by no later than July 1st 2018. The Trophy will be awarded at the NYS State Convention or at the State Testimonial Dinner, depending on the year.
As we intend this award to be ever changing to meet the changes in society, judging criteria will be agreed upon by the five judge panel while maintaining a focus on charity as defined by the Catholic Church.
In addition to the award, the NY State Board will make a $500 donation to the charity of the recipients’ choice to a recognized charitable organization.
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It Happened in May
by Mike McCormack, AOH NY State Historian
On 16 May 1997, Brit Prime Minister, Tony Blair, visited Northern Ireland and gave the go ahead for exploratory contacts between government officials and Sinn Féin. Working alongside US Special Envoy George Mitchell, Martin McGuinness was one of the main architects of an agreement that would bring peace to Northern Ireland. A year later, in May 1998, on a visit to Dublin, members of our National Board, including Ed Wallace, George Clough, Dave Burke, Bob Collins and myself were invited to the State House for a discussion on that new agreement, which had just been reached the month earlier on Good Friday, 10 April. They requested the AOH to organize Irish-American support for the agreement that would come to be known as The Good Friday Agreement (GFA) for it called for an honorable end to 30 years of conflict in Northern Ireland. The month of May was also significant for it was ratified in a referendum on 10 May 1998, as members of Sinn Féin voted to accept that peace agreement, effectively acknowledging the north-south border. The agreement set up a power-sharing assembly to govern Northern Ireland by cross-community consent. It also called for a number of institutions between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. The agreement was made between the British and Irish governments and eight political parties or groupings from Northern Ireland; the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) was the only major political group in Northern Ireland to oppose the GFA.
The agreement recognized that Northern Ireland was part of the United Kingdom and would remain so until a majority of the people both of Northern Ireland and of the Republic of Ireland wished otherwise. Should that happen, then the British and Irish governments are under “a binding obligation” to implement that choice. The agreement also confirmed a commitment to “the mutual respect, the civil rights and the religious liberties of everyone in the community”. The multi-party agreement specifically recognized “the importance of respect, understanding and tolerance in relation to linguistic diversity”, especially in relation to the Irish language, Ulster Scots, and the languages of other ethnic minorities, “all of which are part of the cultural wealth of the island of Ireland”.
On 19 May 1998, SDLP leader John Hume and his Unionist counterpart, David Trimble, joined U2 on stage at a concert in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall to drum up support for a massive Yes vote in an upcoming referendum on the agreement. On 22 May, the Good Friday Agreement was overwhelmingly endorsed in two referendums: North (71%) and South (94%). On 24 May, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams signaled that the war was over and that the gun could finally be removed from Irish politics.
A date of May 2000 was set for total disarming of all paramilitary groups. This was not achieved leading the assembly to be suspended on a number of occasions as a consequence of unionist objections. A series of rounds of decommissioning by the IRA took place in October 2001, April 2002, October 2003 and in July 2005 the IRA finally announced the formal end of its campaign. Loyalist decommissioning did not immediately follow.
The deal proved difficult to implement and was amended by the St Andrew’s Agreement in 2006. Key elements of that agreement included the full acceptance of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) by Sinn Féin, restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly and a commitment by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to power-sharing with Irish republicans in the Northern Ireland Executive.
On 8 May 2007 the Rev Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness marked the end of almost four decades of conflict as they were formally appointed First Minister and Deputy First Minister. Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, British prime minister Tony Blair and other dignitaries, including former US president Bill Clinton and US Senator Ted Kennedy, witnessed the creation of a power-sharing government led by political polar opposites of the DUP and Sinn Féin. This was the first time that Northern Ireland was run by a government in which the main nationalist and unionist parties agreed to operate together.
In June 2009, the UVF announced it had completed decommissioning and the UDA said it had started to decommission its arsenal. However after the death of Ian Paisley a number of scandals regarding DUP leaders led to Party resignations and on 17 December 2015, Arlene Foster became leader of the DUP and served as First Minister with Martin McGuinness. Another round of DUP scandals led to McGuinness resigning as Deputy First Minister on 9 January 2017 in a protest over a DUP debacle in which businesses were given a financial incentive to burn resources needlessly and power-sharing collapsed. It has been 20 years since AOH leaders sat with Dublin politicians and promised to support the GFA. God knows, we are still trying.
The RISE Program (Rape, Intervention, Services & Education of Sullivan County) advocates for anyone who is or has been a victim of sexual abuse. Founded in 1987, RISE provides an array of services to victims of sexual abuse and offers prevention education. RISE also offers confidential individual, family or couples counseling as well as support groups, prevention education and professional training sessions. The program maintains a 24-hour crisis hotline number: 845-791-9595. Pictured are AOH Sullivan Brothers – Div. 1 members (President Bill Moloney, Member and Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell and Member Ed O’Malley whose wife Debbie chairs the event) participating in the fund raiser RISE Walk on April 26, 2018 and accepting an appreciation plaque for being a Bronze Sponsor of the event.
Hibernians from Suffolk to Buffalo, led by State Presidents Victor Vogel and Jacqueline Clute, were applauded in the New York State Senate and Assembly chambers and won State Legislative Resolutions honoring “Ireland’s 1918 Freedom Mandate”. The AOH and LAOH picked April 24th,the calendar day of the 1916 Rising, to honor the historic election where Ireland stunned Britain by voting for the Easter Rising and a free Irish parliament or Dail Eireann. The ceremonies in both state houses preceded a celebration at the Albany AOH Hall, where Senator Boyle presented a framed copy of the State Senate Resolution to the State Presidents. Click to view the event photo album.
Senator Boyle opened the state Senate session with the “Irish Freedom Mandate 1918” topping the agenda. The bill, already passed in both the Senate and Assembly, recounted the history of the 1918 Freedom Mandate, then went on to commend the AOH-LAOH for making sure this key chapter in Irish history was properly remembered in New York State.
Despite a last minute schedule change and early morning session, a strong AOH-LAOH delegation attended, led by both State Presidents, National Secretary Karen Keane, State Secretary John Manning, Hibernian Digest Editor John O’Connell, State Treasurer Regina Begley, Past Presidents Jim Burke, Tim McSweeney, Chip McLean,and FFAI Chairs Dolores Desch and Martin Galvin among other state and county officers.
Senator Boyle spoke of the import of the resolution and his pride in being a member of the AOH. Senator Martin Golden, then stood to speak about his own pride in Irish heritage, his wish for the reunification of Ireland and the major part in Irish history played by the “exiled children in America.” Senator Klein then talked about the Irish desire for freedom and hardships the Irish overcame, in common with the experiences of so many American immigrants to America. (Read a copy of the Resolution).
The Senators stood and applauded the AOH and LAOH for raising this important issue. The Senate then suspended and permitted the AOH-LAOH to come forward for photographs.
Nearly 100 AOH-LAOH members packed the gallery for the Assembly session that afternoon. State VP Tom Lambert, National Directors Dan Dennehy and Liam McNabb, LAOH State officers Joann Gunderson and Cathie Doherty among many others joined as Speaker Carl Heastie welcomed the delegation. Bronx County President Bob Nolan was designated by his cousin Assemblywoman Nolan to sit alongside her as a special representative for the AOH-LAOH.
Assembly Sponsor Cusick spoke about how the legislature honored the 100th anniversary of 1916, and should not forget that in 1918, Ireland voted popular support for the freedom proclaimed in 1916 and to have a free Irish parliament. Assemblywoman Nolan followed also spoke about the resolution.
Hibernians then went to the Albany AOH Hall for a celebration co-hosted by AOH Division 5 led by Ciaran Geraghty and John Levendosky and LAOH Division 1 led by Dolores Desch and Cathy Davis.
The highlight of this event was the formal presentation of a framed copy of the State Resolution by Senator Boyle to State Presidents Victor Vogel and Jacqueline Clute. State President Vogel noted that Senator Boyle was a member of the AOH and thanked him and all the Senators and Assembly members who voted for these important Irish resolutions and all the AOH-LAOH members who lobbied for their support.
An Aide to State Comptroller DiNapoli spoke about the Comptroller’s backing on the MacBride Principles and recently the McGuinness Principles.
National Director Liam McNabb praised the united effort from around the state which had gotten the votes to pass these Resolutions.
New York State AOH Freedom For All Ireland Chair Martin Galvin noted:
“The 1916 Rising and Proclamation were the beginning of freedom for 26 of Ireland’s 32 counties. This year we mark the centenary of the 1918 all-Ireland election where by electing 73 Sinn Fein candidates out of 105 pledged to a free Irish Parliament rather than a British parliament, the Irish shocked Britain and voted popular support for the Rising and freedom. Sadly we must remember that Britain’s response was to jail many of those elected, outlaw the Irish parliament and today six counties are still denied freedom for all Ireland.“
LAOH FFAI Chair Dolores Desch then concluded by speaking about the 1918 Irish election, where women were allowed to vote and Sinn Fein campaigned on a platform of national freedom as proclaimed in 1916. She called for support for initiatives such as the McGuinness Principles to finally see that freedom for all of Ireland.
Photos and photo album courtesy of John O’Connell of oconnellphotos.com
Orange County AOH Division 2 held a Veteran Pin Distribution Ceremony in their Irish Cultural Center in Cornwall, NY on Sunday, April 22, 2018. The event saw sixteen of the twenty-two division members who are military veterans receive their newly minted Ancient Order of Hibernians Veteran’s Service Pin. Two of the sixteen remain active duty military–Staff SGT Ray Theriot, serving at West Point was present to receive his pin. SGT Logan Cummings, US Army is stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri received his pin by proxy when it was presented in his absence to his mother, Rose Cummings.
The guest speaker for the event was Major Thomas M. Maguire, of the New York Air National Guard who eloquently linked The Motto of the Order–Friendship, Unity and Charity–to the ideals of military service. At the conclusion of his remarks, Major Maguire personally pinned each member who then introduced themselves to the audience by providing their name, military branch and rank. Members who were present represented the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, and served from World War II through the military actions in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. A special celebration followed the pinning ceremony to further honor the veteran members. Special thanks to Major Tom Maguire for spending the day with the division. Additional thanks to Mike O’Keefe (US Army) and his wife, Kathy for all the special arrangements and planning thus making the day a memorable and dignified event.