Ceol Mór Bagpipe Band Competition and Festival

On Saturday, July 22nd, the Rockland County AOH is sponsoring a Ceol Mór Bagpipe Band Competition and Festival at the Rockland GAA fields in Orangeburg.

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Please join us for a fun filled day beginning at 9:00 AM with individual competitions, followed by band competitions at 12:30 PM by some of the best bands in North America. After the competitions, there will be a massed bands march, a NYPD vs. Rockland Gaelic Football match, and, as a finale, a concert by the Nine Mile Stone band.

The Rockland GAA will be showcasing their beautiful, newly opened clubhouse featuring a fully stocked bar and kitchen. Enjoy great food and refreshments throughout the day under their covered pavilion while being entertained by some of our young musicians from the Pearl River School of Irish Music.

We look forward to seeing you on July 22nd for a celebration of music, sports, and Irish culture with great friends and family from Rockland County and beyond! 

Dermot Moore


Albany County AOH Convention is a Success

(L-R) John McCarthy, Immediate Past County President, Liam McNabb, AOH National Director, Tim Weklar, Albany County President

The Albany County AOH Convention was held on June 8, 2017 at the Watervliet Hibernian Hall.  Timothy Weklar was elected Albany County President along with a slate of officers representing Albany Div. 5 and Watervliet Division 1.  National Director Liam McNabb installed the officers.

At the meeting, delegates were selected for the upcoming State Convention and outgoing County President John McCarthy was recognized for his successful term in office.

Historical Happenings for June 2017

They Happened in June

by Mike McCormack, AOH NYS Historian

June is a remarkable month in Irish History as so many things occurred in that month over the centuries.  For Example:

On June 1, 1866, a Fenian Army invaded Canada and captured Fort Erie with the intent of seizing all of Canada and trading it back to England for Ireland’s freedom.  They went on to beat a British force at Ridgeway before being stopped by the U.S. closing off the border behind them and cutting off their supply lines.  A trip to the Ridgeway battlefield might be a good idea during the coming New York State convention.

On June 3, 1974, patriot Michael Gaughan, on hunger strike in Parkhurst Prison for political prisoner status, died after force-feeding.  Six guards would restrain him at the top of the bed, stretch his neck over the metal rail, force a block between his teeth and force a feeding tube down his throat through a hole in the block. Michael’s brother described him noting: His throat had been badly cut by force feeding and his teeth loosened. His eyes were sunken, his cheeks hollow and his mouth was gaping open. He weighed about 84 lb.  He’d been force-fed 17 times at the end of his 64-day hunger strike. After he died at age 24, his family stated it was from food lodged in a lung punctured by the force-feeding tube.

On June 4, 1798, Lord Edward Fitzgerald, leader of the United Irishmen, died of wounds received during his capture. He was a Lord, brother of Ireland’s leading peer and tremendously popular with the common people. Since a public trial would be embarrassing and might start the rising they feared, the British decided that although his wounds were not serious, they would not be treated.  The bullets were left in his shoulder, and the wound infected.  Septicaemia spread through his body and tortured his mind.  Mad with fever, he shouted, Dear Ireland, I die for you, and My country, you will be free. Then, after 16 days of intense pain, Lord Edward Fitzgerald died of his wounds.

On June 5, 1646, Owen Roe O’Neill, a brilliant strategist who had returned from Spain to fight for Ireland, defeated the British at the Battle of Benburb.  It was the first major win for the Irish who lost only 300 men to Gen. Munro’s 3,000.

On June 20, 1764, Theobold Wolfe Tone was born to introduce a new Republican concept to Ireland that has been followed to this day.  His idea of  joining Catholics, Protestants and dissenters together to oppose the Crown for Ireland’s freedom became the basis for all the Republican movements from the Young Irelanders to Sinn Fein.

On June 21, 1877, a day remembered as Black Thursday, four members of the AOH accused of being members of an imaginary group called the Molly Maguires, were hanged in Mauch Chunk, PA.  A special gallows had been constructed so that all four lives would be ended at the exact same time.  In 1979, Jack Kehoe, reputed leader of the Mollies was posthumously pardoned and the Governor of PA recognized the group as part of the fledgling mine workers union of that historic period.  On June 21, 1997, 120 years later, a memorial Mass was attended by 100 descendants of those hanged and members of the AOH at the jail where they had been hanged.

On June 28, 1920, after hearing of British atrocities in Dublin, Irish soldiers in the British Army in India engaged in the legally prescribed manner of peaceful military protest. They laid down their arms and declared that they would fight for the Crown no more. They were immediately arrested and confined in brutal conditions.  Private James Daly, who was declared to be the instigator, was sentenced to death and became the last member of the British Army to be executed by firing squad.

On June 22, 1922, the Provisional government of the Irish Free State bombarded the Four Courts which had been seized by anti-treaty IRA forces.  Many count that as the start of the Irish Civil War in which more than 2,000 were killed before it ended in May, 1923 – less than one year later!

On June 29, 1848, leading members of the Young Ireland confederacy, who had been traveling Ireland organizing a rising, were surrounded in Ballingarry, Tipperary.  After a lengthy gun-battle they were defeated and the dreams of another rising died.  James Stephens and John O’Mahony escaped and fled to France while Michael Doheny fled to America.  They would all revisit the dream and later form the Fenian brotherhood.

These are only a few of the historic events we recognize in June.  There are also important births like Edmund Ignatius Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers (June 1, 1762); teacher and author Sinead DeValera (June 3, 1878); James Connolly, Irish Citizen Army leader and 1916 commander (June 5, 1868); Wm Butler Yeats (June 13, 1865); tenor John McCormack (June 14, 1884); and Charles Stewart Parnell (June 27, 1846) among others.  We also lost some great people like Matt Talbot, servant of God (June 6, 1925); Saint Colmcille (June 9, 597); Tenor Frank Patterson (June 10, 2000); Molly Malone, who died of a fever (June 10, 1886); and Journalist Veronica Guerin who was gunned down on a Dublin street (June 26, 1996).  Also, on June 16, 1904, James Joyce had his first date with the love of his live, Nora Barnacle.  It is the date he later memorialized as the day everything takes place in his masterpiece Ulysses and is remembered today as BLOOMSDAY!

These dates and many more which happened, not only in June, but on every day of the year are listed on the 2018 Calendar of Mens & Ladies Irish and Irish-American Historical Events available from Pete Durkee (518) 274-8448. The calendars also provide the opportunity to win more than $10,000 in prizes, so give Pete a call.

Orange County Observes Memorial Day

AOH members of Division 1 and Division 4 of Orange County, New York attended sunrise Memorial Day services at seven Cemetery and Monument locations in Goshen, New York. At each location a prayer was recited for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice followed by piper playing Amazing Grace and then a twenty-one gun salute by members of the American Legion. While visiting the Orange County Veterans Cemetery members paid their respects at the gravesite of 1st. Lt, Louis Allen who died in Iraq and is the namesake of the first AOH Junior Division in Orange County. A decade of the Rosary was said by members along with his parents who were in attendance.

NY State AOH/LAOH Biennial Convention

The 99th New York State AOH Biennial Convention and the 60th LAOH Biennial Convention will take place at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo, July 12 – 15th, 2017.  For additional information visit the official convention website at:


Thomas Lambert, AOH Convention Chair or 716-796-7687

Barry Griffith, Journal Chairman or 716-812-2487


2017 Celtic Cruise

Division #7 NY County – The 2017 Celtic Cruise

Evening dinner cruise aboard Spirit of NY Cruise Lines – Chelsea Pier to raise funds for the Emerald Isle Immigration Center

featuring live music by:

Celtic Cross
Mclean Avenue Band
Shay Mac Band

$125 in advance includes full open bar and buffet dinner

Boarding 6pm, sailing 6:45pm, returning 10pm
More info at

Celtic Charity is the fundraising arm of AOH Div. 7 in New York, NY.

AOH Junior Division Memorialize Namesake

The family of Lt. Louis Allen attended a dedication ceremony in honor of the namesake of the Lt. Louis Allen AOH Junior Division 1 in Monroe, New York.  President of the AOH Jr. Division, Declan DeBold received the memorial shadow box containing Lt. Louis Allen medals from AOH Division 1 Life member James Kelly.

The memorial plaque was placed on the memorial wall beside the Joseph Duelk Jr. Plaque whom AOH Division 1 is named after.

Niagara Falls Division Prepares for Convention

Niagara Falls Division 1 President Kevin O’Brien led a productive monthly meeting that focused on cultural events hosted at their beautiful Hibernian hall as well as to prepare members to attend the upcoming NYS AOH convention in nearby Buffalo.  A highlight of the meeting was a terrific report by Division Historian Bill Paterson who shared stories of the significant impact of many local Irish Americans through their heroism in military battles.

(Above) Division 1 President Kevin O’Brien, National Director Liam McNabb, Chaplain Fr. Joseph Hubert and State Director Tom O’Donnell.

Spring AOH/LAOH Meetings and Events a Success

The NY State Board spring meeting took place in East Durham on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Shamrock House.  The meeting was well attended with a standing room only crowd.

AOH members in attendance from across the state (below) heard state officer and committee chair reports on activities since the last board meeting. Reports on upcoming events included the Requiem Mass and Reburial of John Curry on May 13, 2017 and the upcoming 99th New York State AOH Biennial Convention and the 59th LAOH Biennial Convention which will take place at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo, July 12 – 15th, 2017.

Brother Hibernians from the host division for the East Durham meeting, Greene County Mass Rock Div. 2 (above), stand outside Lady of Knock Church in East Durham for our Order’s annual pilgrimage.  Jimmy Cuff (far right), Division President, was assisted by many Greene County Hibernians to welcome the AOH and LAOH for our annual State Board meeting.  The NYS AOH Board thanks them for their Irish hospitality.

The weekend events included “Karen’s Carnival” honoring LAOH New York State President and Sister Hibernian, Karen Keane, of LAOH Albany Division 1 who is ending her term as president.  The lively event was held at Gavin’s Country Inn following the state meeting. 

View the photo album slideshow of the weekend events here (Courtesy of John O’Connell –