Carmel Quinn Ballymurphy Massacre Appeal

October 28, 2018

Saying “the ‘Ballymurphy Massacre’ families need American help in their 47-year battle for justice”, Carmel Quinn, a sister of one of 11 victims John Laverty, will begin a five state American tour as the Inquest opens in Belfast. The tour follows attacks by 150 Tory MPs and British Prime Minister Theresa May aimed at discrediting investigations of British forces for ‘Troubles’ killings in the north of Ireland. A founding member of the ‘Ballymurphy Massacre’ Campaign and member of Relatives for Justice, Carmel Quinn will ask for American help at public events and Congressional meetings in a tour organized by the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Relatives for Justice, but now assisted by a growing list of Irish-American groups.

AT STAKE

Since August 1971 the Ballymurphy families have said that 11 people, including Catholic Priest Fr. Hugh Mullan, and mother of 8 children Joan Connolly were murdered over a three-day period. The British whitewashed these murders by smearing the victims. These families want their loved ones exonerated by an Inquest with eyewitnesses and cross-examination of anyone claiming these killings were justified. They have met with repeated delays, jibes about “innocent victims” from DUP head Arlene Foster, and the deliberate cutoff of Inquest funding.

Last week 150 MPs called for an end of former British troopers being “hounded and pursued” by murder investigations, and Theresa May praised the ‘heroism’ of British crown forces who “upheld the law.” While not specifically referring to Ballymurphy, such claims may impact an Inquest considering whether British forces upheld the rule of law by 11 murders.

AOH Freedom for All Ireland Chair Martin Galvin added:

“The Ballymurphy Massacre is a fundamental test of Britain’s ability to give legacy justice. If victims cannot get justice where 11 people, including a Catholic priest and mother of 8 children were killed by British troops, how can we expect justice in any killings or collusion murders where British forces were involved? AOH National Vice-President Danny O’Connell and National Secretary Jere Cole recently promised the Ballymurphy families that America would stand behind them in their battle for justice. We are committed to keep that pledge”.

SCHEDULE

  • Ms. Quinn’s first public address will take place in Philadelphia on Sunday, November 11th at the FOP Lodge 5 Ballroom, 11630 Caroline Road, Philadelphia, beginning at 3pm.organized by Gerry McHale and Pearse Kerr (267-767-7854).
  • On Monday, November 12th, she will speak in New Jersey at the Bayshore Catholic Center 12 Rt. 36, Middletown at 7PM, organized by Sean Pender, Malachy McAllister and Rich O’Brien (vp@njaoh.com).
  • On Tuesday, November 13th, Ms. Quinn will be at the Suffolk County AOH Division 2 Hall, 27 Locust Avenue, Babylon, at 8pm, hosted by New York State AOH President Victor Vogel and County President Jerry Belmont (jnlcbel@verizon.net).
  • Ms. Quinn will travel to Washington DC for a series of key Congressional briefings on Wednesday, 14th and Thursday 15th before returning to New York City for an event at O’Lunneys, 145 West 45th Street Thursday, November 15th. She will speak in Albany on Friday, November 16th at the AOH Hall, 375 Ontario Avenue, Albany where the prestigious Fr. Murphy award will be presented.
  •  The Midwest will host her Saturday, November 17th, at the Cleveland West Side Irish-American Club, 8559 Jennings Road Olmstead Turnpike, organized by Danny O’Connell, Marilyn Madigan and Roger Weist (216-235-1551).
  • Carmel Quinn will be honored alongside Congressman Joseph Crowley and The Irish Echo Editor, Ray O’Hanlon at Rory Dolan’s, on Sunday, November 18th by Bronx County AOH at 3pm, hosted by Bob Nolan  (347-880-1403).

Please contact me at MGALVINESQ@AOL.COM

Slan
Martin Galvin
(718) 665-1800

State Board Meeting and President’s Testimonial Dinner Concluded

The Fall State Board Semi-annual Meeting and State President’s Testimonial Dinner took place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Melville Marriott in Melville, Suffolk County–home county of New York AOH State President Vic Vogel.  The meeting was well attended as were the other events of the day including the evening celebration of the Mass by Father Henry Reid, AOH State Chaplain. The President’s Testimonial Dinner immediately followed on Saturday night and included presentations, proclamations and performances by the Roisin Dubh Pipes and Drums and worldclass Irish step dancers.

(View a photo album of the day’s events courtesy of John O’Connell)

During the morning meeting, AOH members from across the state heard reports from the Executive Board Members and District Directors. Committee chairs also delivered reports on Right to Life, Buy Irish, Website and Social Media, Publicity, Empire Hibernian Newsletter, Special Projects, Freedom for All Ireland, Charity and Missions, Veteran’s Affairs,  NYS Scholarship, Sports, Catholic Action, Historian and the Organizer’s report.

 Attending the events were the top four National Board Officers: President Judge Jim McKay, Vice President Danny O’Connell, Secretary Jere Cole and Treasurer Sean Pender. Joining the National Executive Board were four National Directors including New York’s own Liam McNabb and Dan Dennehy who attended along with other National Board officers and many National and State Past Presidents. Camaraderie with the LAOH was evident with the attendance of LAOH National Vice President Karen Keane and LAOH State President Jackie Clute who were joined by many Sister Hibernians in wishing outgoing NYAOH President Vic Vogel the best as his term concludes in July 2019.

Fr. Henry Reid Receives National Life Membership

Father Henry Reid, NY State Chaplain for the Ancient Order of Hibernians has been awarded National Life Membership. Father Reid received his Life Member medallion at the Suffolk County AOH Board meeting held on October 17, 2018 at Division 9’s John Hennessy Hall in Mt. Sinai, NY. 

In attendance was NY AOH State President and National Life Member Vic Vogel, National Life Member Walter Butler, NYS AOH Secretary John Manning, Suffolk County AOH President Jerry Belmont, along with other NYS Board officers, Suffolk County Board and division officers and members.

Father Reid was ordained in 2006 at the age of 37 for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y. He is currently the Pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Patchogue, NY. Congratulations Father Reid!

Photo provided by Jeff Nisler

Historical Happenings for November 2018

The November Ending That Became A Beginning

by Mike McCormack, AOH NY State Historian

Theobold Wolfe Tone and French Fleet in Lough Swilley, County Donegal, Ireland

Inspired by the American Revolution, the United Irishmen, made up of Protestants and Catholics, rose in May, 1798 to free Ireland from England. On 21 June, France was at war with England and sent a force to aid the Irish. On 8 September, General Cornwallis met the Irish and their French allies at Ballinamuck, County Longford. Hopelessly outnumbered by a British army of 30,000, French General Humbert surrendered his 850 troops and 1000 Irish supporters. The French were repatriated back to France while the Irish were slaughtered to a man. Humbert was dismissed to a position in the French colony at New Orleans. Meanwhile, the southern part of the Rising had already been defeated at Vinegar Hill in Wexford on 21 June. Then, on 5 October, Lord Nelson defeated Bonaparte’s fleet in Egypt and Ulster Loyalists celebrated that France must now abandon all military ventures in Ireland. However, on October 12, Theobold Wolfe Tone, leader of the United Irishmen, arrived off Lough Swilly with a fleet of French reinforcements in yet another attempt to jump start the revolution. They ran directly into a waiting British fleet. After a 6-hour battle, the French fleet was destroyed and Tone was captured. On 16 October, James Napper Tandy, arrived with yet another fleet of 270 French reinforcements, and landed on Rutland in Donegal where he learned that Humbert had surrendered and Tone had been taken. He wisely returned to his ship and sailed back to the continent. The four and a half month conflict had ended – or had it?

As Tone was taken to Dublin in chains, he declared, “For the cause which I have embraced, I am prouder to wear these chains than if I were decorated with the Star and Garter of England.” At his court-martial on 10 November, he said, “I have sacrificed all in life; courted poverty; left a beloved wife unprotected and children whom I adore fatherless. After such sacrifice in the cause of justice and freedom – it is no great effort to add the sacrifice of my life.”  Wolfe Tone made that sacrifice on 19 November, 1798. He was buried in Bodenstown, in the grave which Ireland cherishes as a precious possession and which future revolutionary leader Padraic Pearse called ‘the holiest place in Ireland’.

The end of the rising was followed by a brutal pattern of vengeful death and destruction. The streets of Ireland were mobbed with widows and orphans of those who had fallen in battle as Catholic homes were burned to the ground. The violence continued into 1799 with disturbances in Galway, a rising in Clare, and shootings and church burnings in Wexford and Wicklow. Unemployed British yeomen took to robbery and no one prosecuted them as long as their victims were Catholics. A wave of emigration, reaching 50,000, headed for the slums of Glasgow and Liverpool where many fell victim to successive typhus epidemics and their children went to labor in the mills and mines of England. Political prisoners sent to the penal colonies in Australia and the Indies fared even worse as many died on the voyage. Others were pressed into service in the British Navy and Army and spent their lives on foreign battlefields. Those who remained in Ireland fared no better.

As winter came and Atlantic gales lashed the coast, Irish families who’d lost all they possessed huddled together in caves and bogholes as famine followed in the wake of revolution.  The remaining rank and file of the United Irish organization were pursued and eliminated. There was so much anger over British vengeance that Robert Emmet, brother of United Irishman, Thomas Addis Emmet, led another rising five years later, although it too failed miserably. Now with the military threat removed, the British showed their true colors. They demanded a union of Ireland with England, dissolving the Irish parliament completely, even though that parliament had limited ability.  Further, there would be no more talk of concession to Catholics. Author Seumas MacManus wrote: “people were coaxed, threatened, and bribed into signing petitions in favor of Union; under promise of pardon, felons in the jails signed; everyone holding a government job had not only to sign, but was compelled to make his relatives sign.”  British Historian Lecky noted that, “though defeated session after session, the Act of Union would always be reintroduced, and that support for it would hereafter be considered the main test by which all claims to government favor would be determined.”  Finally it passed and the grimmest joke of all, according to MacManus, was that the millions paid for bribes and favors was added to Ireland’s national debt – thus was Ireland made to pay for the razor with which her own throat was cut!

Ireland remained a depressed country for another generation until Daniel O’Connell raised the cry for Catholic emancipation once more, creating an audience for the voice of Thomas Davis and the Young Irelanders who revived the doctrines of Wolfe Tone who was finally recognized as the Father of Modern Irish Republicanism. As Tone’s spirit of nationalism began to beat in Irish hearts once more, a poem by Davis appeared in the April 1843 edition of the nationalist newspaper, The Nation.   It was called the ‘Memory of the Dead’, and it read:

“Who fears to speak of ‘98?  Who blushes at the name?
When cowards mock the patriot’s fate, who hangs his head for shame?
He’s all a knave, or half a slave who slights his country thus;
But true men, like you men, will fill your glass with us.

And the November 1798 death of Wolfe Tone did not end the message, but only caused it to silently smolder until it burst forth in a new beginning – a beginning that has yet to end! 

AOH New York State Board Awarded Marching Trophy

The AOH New York State Board is proud to have been named the Best AOH Marching Unit for the 2018 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Congratulations to our Brothers of the AOH Orange County Board who took 2nd Place Best AOH Marching Unit and AOH Myles Scully, Division #1 Yonkers who took 3rd Place Best AOH Marching Unit.

Thanks to all participants for making a great show on 5th Ave. this year!  We look forward to seeing and marching with you again on 5th Avenue on Saturday,March 16, 2019.

2019 NYS Hibernian Biennial Convention

Save the date!

The 2019 Biennial Hibernian Convention will be held Wednesday, July 10, 2019 through Saturday, July 13, 2019. The location is the Hilton Albany (formerly the Crowne Plaza) on State and Chapel Streets in Downtown Albany. Keep up to date on all the convention news by visiting the 2019 Biennial Convention website.

Hilton Albany
40 Lodge Street
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 
(518) 462-6611

Room rate: $149.00/night plus taxes; Available July 7 – 16, 2019. Free Wi-Fi access in common areas.

Self-Parking: ​Discounted to $7.00/day.

Hospitality space is very limited. Please consider combining with other candidates from your area.

NYAOH State Annual Bowling Tournament

The New York AOH State Annual Bowling Tournament will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018. The tournament will be held at the Farmingdale Bowling Lanes, 999 Compton St, Farmingdale, NY 11735.

Download registration, sponsorship forms and flyer here.

We will be running a two-person team competition. Registration will start at 3 pm

The bowling competition will start at 4 pm sharp. A buffet dinner and presentations will follow at Hibernian Hall, 85 Grand Ave, Massapequa, NY 11758. The cost of the event is $35 per bowler. This includes 3 rounds of bowling, bowling shoes, complimentary sodas at the bowling hall, and admission to the reception at Hibernian Hall.

You do not have to be an experienced bowler or Hibernian member to participate. If you cannot bowl and wish to come to the reception only, it is $20 per person (starting at 7 pm) This is designed to be a fun, social event. This event is open to both ladies and men. Mixed teams are welcome.

We are also looking for sponsors. Entertainment and beverage sponsors are $200, gold sponsors are $100, and silver sponsors are $50. All sponsors will be recognized.

Checks can be mailed to me or with a positive commitment you can pay on the day. Please reserve your spot by responding before November 26, 2018 so we may accommodate all participants.

Reasonably priced local lodging can be arranged for guests who would like to stay the night. Please see attached contract and flyer for further information.

Looking forward to a fun filled evening. Thanks in advance for your support.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call (516) 782-4762 or email to mikenyaohsports@gmail.com. Please forward to all interested parties.

Mike Byrne
New York State Sports Chairman

Freedom For All Ireland Report – October 2018

by Martin Galvin
NYAOH FFAI Chair

A chairde:

               FFAI ISSUES UPDATE

A – Bradley admits sent to rule with no clue about north – Karen Bradley, picked by Prime Minister Theresa May to administer British rule in the six counties, said she had no understanding of the north when picked for the post. Bradley made her frank  admissions to House magazine, a weekly parliamentary magazine giving Westminster MPs puff piece interviews. Bradley confessed she had did not understand basic facts of the north’s politics, elections and deep-rooted issues saying it was all “a very different world from the world I come from.” She said:

“I didn’t understand things like when elections are fought in Northern Ireland people who are nationalists don’t vote for unionist parties and vice-versa… Unionist parties fight the elections in unionist communities and nationalists in nationalist communities… I was slightly scared of Northern Ireland because of my impression and images from 20 years ago…

I freely admit that when I started this job, I didn’t understand some of the deep-seated and deep-rooted issues.”

Bradley age 48, never visited the six counties until going to preside as British Secretary. Elected to Westminster in 2010, she learned little from debates, discussions of new laws, or party briefings and conferences in eight years. Like most British secretaries, she apparently views the north as a place to audition for some other post she would rather have in some other place she would rather be.

Bradley will judge the Legacy Consultation. Having admitted  she had no understanding how elections are fought in the north,  she seems to have no understanding of how British troops fought there by shooting down civilians in places like Ballymurphy.

B – No deal Brexit and hard border disaster threatened –Due to exit the European Union on March 29,2019, Britain has offered no acceptable deal with the EU to avoid a disastrous hard border across Ireland. The biggest obstacle is Theresa May’s dependence on 10 DUP votes at Westminster. The Irish, British and EU want to avoid a hard border across the island. Without a deal, the six counties becomes an external EU border, requiring customs, immigration and tariff controls. There are 300 border crossings.  The EU and Ireland have offered to permit the north to remain in the EU customs union. Customs, immigration controls etc could then begin in the Irish sea, meaning at entry points into England, Scotland or Wales. This would be beneficial for the north. However the DUP fears preferential regulations for the north as a slippery slope towards a united Ireland. They say they will topple Theresa May and veto any deal in which they are not exactly the same as England, Scotland and Wales. The EU will not offer permanent customs union preferences to Britain. Theresa May is now caught with Tory hardliners, led by Boris Johnson, calling for a hard Brexit and the DUP’s “blood red lines” against preferential arrangements for the north. French President Emmanuel Macron summed up the EU’s reaction to May’s latest proposals saying “Brexit is the choice of the British people, pushed by those who predicted easy solutions… Those people are liars.”    

– AOH Leaders meet Ballymurphy Massacre Campaign Families

Saying they came “to pledge American support for Ballymurphy in its battle for truth and justice,” National AOH Vice-President Danny O’Connell, and National Secretary Jere Cole met Ballymurphy Massacre families on Sunday September 23rd. The AOH leaders were escorted by family members to the murder scenes and given a moving account of each killing. The fact-finding visit was also attended by Relatives for Justice. Danny O’Connell said:

“Both Jerry Cole and I have visited Ballymurphy before and were familiar with the events, but hearing the deep pain in the voices of family members as they spoke of the murders of their loved ones, while standing in the spots where these murders were committed, was deeply moving. Eleven innocent people including a priest and mother of 8 were murdered. Their families are entitled to truth about the killings of their loved ones”.

D – “Hooded Men” court fight on torture-The “Hooded Men” vowed to win their legal fight to brand Britain guilty of torture in British Courts, even as the European Court of Human Rights declined to review its 1978 judgment holding Britain guilty of inhuman and degrading treatment. The torture case goes back to August 9,1971,and the start of Internment. Men picked up without charge were used as human guinea pigs and subjected to sensory deprivation torture techniques. They were hooded, made to stand in strained positions for hours, deprived of sleep, water and food, alternated with beatings and threats. Some were made to run gauntlets etc. Ireland took a case on their behalf. The European Commission ruled that the British were guilty of torture. The European Court modified the finding to guilty of inhuman and degrading treatment. English tabloids ran headlines “Britain Not Guilty!” omitting that they had been convicted of inhuman treatment.RTE Irish television in June 2014, did a program ‘The Torture Files’ which uncovered proof Britain lied to the European Court and withheld files that Britain approved the torture techniques at the highest level of government. Ireland attempted to have the torture ruling reinstated based on this evidence but the European judges said it was too late. The men are already pursuing a separate legal case in the Belfast High Court and have won legal rulings that Britain subjected them to torture. That case is expected to end with Britain in the dock of its own Supreme Court in London.    

BALLYMUPHY MASSACRE TOUR CALL TO ACTION

Carmel Quinn, whose brother John Laverty was a Ballymurphy Massacre victim, is coming to America to the AOH. She will speak on Sunday November 11th at a Philadelphia FFAI event organized by Gerry McHale, and Pearse Kerr; Monday in New Jersey organized by Sean Pender and Malachy McAllister; Babylon AOH Hall on Tuesday; going to Washington DC on the 14th-15th with event by Jim McLaughlin returning Thursday night 15th for event at O’Lunneys in Manhattan; Friday in Albany organized by John Levendosky and Dolores Desch. National VP Danny O’Connell will bring Carmel Quinn to Cleveland Ohio on Saturday before she is honored Sunday in the Bronx together with Congressman Joe Crowley and ECHO Editor Ray O’Hanlon. More events may be announced.

 CONGRESSIONAL CALL TO ACTION

Last April sixteen Members of Congress joined a  breakthrough bipartisan letter sponsored by the AOH to the British Ambassador about legacy truth.

Both the British Ambassador and colonial British Secretary Karen Bradley had to reply. FFAI is calling upon AOH members across the country to contact your local Senators and Congressmen, and ask will they make time to hear Carmel Quinn in Washington D.C. on November 14th or 15th. 

CHRISTMAS APPEAL

The Christmas Appeal mailing will arrive shortly. The need is obvious. Today Britain still denies truth and justice to the families of victims murdered by the crown or loyalist agents in places like Ballymurphy. Brexit threatens catastrophe .They even refuse an Irish Language Act. Instead of opening the door to national freedom, Britain and the DUP want to nail that door shut. America can make a difference, but only if the AOH and LAOH, as the  voice of the Irish in America, lead the way. Our donations to carefully chosen charities through monies raised by the FFAI Annual Christmas Appeal, alongside our political and educational campaigns, are a cornerstone of our FFAI initiative.

This year our National Officers have begun new FFAI education and information programs about British injustices in the six counties. They are implementing many of your ideas to enhance the Appeal. Our National Officers are asking for a commitment from everyone to participate and support FFAI with a donation or fundraising event. Please donate and help the AOH and LAOH make the difference.  Help make Freedom for all Ireland, not an aspiration or endeavor but the reality for those Irish people still denied it!

FFAI MONTHLY BULLETIN

The monthly FFAI Bulletin is now available on the New York State and National AOH web site by clicking Reports and FFAI. We want to give you monthly updates on key events in the north with short analysis and explanation.

REMEMBERING IRISH PATRIOTS WITH PRIDE

Ruan O’Donnell, of Limerick University gave the Hibernian Lecture at Notre Dame: “America and the Irish Revolution 1916-22”.Professor O’Donnell says that our work for FFAI is part of a long history  and without America no part of Ireland would be free! You can see this great Hibernian Lecture by going to the National AOH web site and clicking on it.

Please contact me at MGALVINESQ@AOL.COM.                              

Slan
Martin Galvin

Albany Freedom for All Ireland Night

You are invited to the Albany LAOH and AOH 2018 Freedom for All Ireland Night on Friday, November 16, 2018. This year we will be honoring:

Martin Galvin, National and State AOH FFAI Chairman 
Recipient of the 2018 Father Murphy Award

Our special guest of the evening will be:

Carmel Quinn
Relatives for Justice – Belfast

Doors open at 6pm – Event starts at 7pm – Price $30.00 which includes Dinner. There will be raffles and door prizes.

The event will take place at:

Albany Hibernian Hall
375 Ontario Street
Albany NY 12208

For more information contact: Dolores Desch – laohdolores@yahoo.com or John Levendosky at j.levendosky@gmail.com

Download the event flyer  |   Download the journal ad contract

Freedom For All Ireland (FFAI) is a National AOH/LAOH initiative that promotes One Island, One Ireland with peace, justice and equality for all. All proceeds raised by this event are donated to over a dozen worthy charities/causes throughout the North of Ireland.

Board Meeting and Testimonial Dinner

The NY State Board Fall Meeting will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Melville, NY beginning at 10:00 AM.  Officers and committee chairs are asked to bring 75 copies of their semi-annual reports.

Location:
Melville Marriott 
1350 Walt Whitman Road

Melville, NY 11747

(www.melvillemarriott.com)
(map/directions)

Contact:
The Melville Marriott at 631-423-1600 for information and room reservations.

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State President’s Testimonial Dinner

Join us at the Testimonial Dinner honoring Vic Vogel, President, New York State AOH on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Melville Marriott, 1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747 (www.melvillemarriott.com). The awarding of the 2018 NYS AOH Burns-Hayes Award to William “Bill” Powers of the AOH Thomas Carroll Division, Buffalo, New York will also take place as part of the evening’s festivities.

The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a celebratory Mass followed by the dinner beginning at 7:00 p.m. Music will be by “Great River Junction.” Dinner tickets are $125 and include choice of Entrée’, Salad, Dessert and include a three hour open bar.

Follow the links for Dinner Registration Forms and Journal Ad Contacts.

Hotel Rooms are available Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd at $139/Night @ AOH Rate (does not include taxes).  Please use code: Ancient Order of Hibernians. The Reservation Number: 631-423-1600.  Book your group rate for NYS Ancient Order of Hibernians.

For more information, please contact Walter Butler, Event Chair at wbutler547@aol.com or at 631-384-3971