Tallon Memorial Gaelic Sports Tournament

The 9th Annual Firefighter Sean Tallon Memorial Gaelic Sports Tournament will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017, 10:45 AM at Gaelic Park in the Bronx. The tournament is conducted under the jurisdiction and direction of The New York Gaelic Athletic Association Minor Board. The tournament will host over 30 youth teams competing in Gaelic Football and Hurling. The teams that will be participating will come from the 5 Boroughs of New York City, as well as teams from Westchester, Rockland, New Jersey, and Connecticut. It is expected that overall there will be over 250 youths participating in the tournament. There will be 3 Football Divisions and 1 Hurling Division, with a trophy/cup presented to each Division Champion. All participating players will receive an AOH Tournament Medal.

The tournament is possible due to a tremendous collective effort from various AOH County Boards and Divisions from The Greater New York City area. This year, the tournament is co-sponsored by The GAA Minor Board, The AOH Bronx County Board, The AOH New York County Board, The AOH Queens County Board, The AOH Westchester County Board, AOH Division #18 of Peekskill, and The AOH Myles Scully Division #1 of Yonkers, NY.

The Tournament is dedicated to the memory and legacy of FDNY Firefighter Sean Patrick Tallon, a native of Yonkers, NY who lost his life responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. For more information on Sean Tallon, you can visit his memorial webpage at: http://www.fdnytenhouse.com/911/details/sean_p_tallon.htm

NY State Fall Meeting Announced

The NY State Board Fall Meeting will take place in Pearl River on Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10:00 am at the Pearl River AOH Hibernian House, 28 Railroad Ave., Pearl River, NY 10965. 

The Holiday Inn in Orangeburg, New York has set aside rooms for this event. Reservations can be made by calling (845) 359-7000. Please mention the Ancient Order of Hibernians when making your reservations. The rate of $109.00 is available for Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th

Officers are asked to bring 75 copies of their reports.

Click here for information regarding the Rambling House Event on Friday evening, November 3rd, at Hibernian House in Pearl River.


Special Screening “How to Defuse a Bomb”

A special screening of the internationally acclaimed film “How to Defuse a Bomb” The Project Children Story will be shown on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 2:00pm in the Hudson Hall Auditorium at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, N.Y.

“How to Defuse a Bomb” is the extraordinary untold story of how an NYPD bomb disposal expert played a key role in helping defuse the decades old “Troubles” in Northern Ireland. Question and answer period to follow with Project Children founder Denis Mulcahy. See the flyer below for more information and how to RSVP.

Questions about Project Children?
Email: info@projectchildren.com
Visit the Project Children Chapter webpage:

Annual Jack Burns Memorial Golf Tournament

This Event Has Been Cancelled

Schenectady AOH Division 1 is hosting the 21st Annual Jack Burns Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The fundraiser will be held at Briar Creek Golf Course, 2347 Pangburn Road, Princetown, NY 12056. The cost is $75.00 per person. A delicious meal will follow at the Schenectady Hall.  See flyer for additional contact information.

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Annual Right To Life Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The Annual Right To Life Mass celebrated in St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 10:15 AM. As in previous years, the Hibernians will assemble at the North side of the Cathedral, process in together and be seated in reserved seats up front with The Sisters of Life.  An informal breakfast will be held following the Mass.  See the flyer for more information or contact Tom Beirne.

Tom Beirne
Chairman of Catholic Action,  NY State Board
National Chairman, Hibernian Hunger
Ancient Order of Hibernians

9th Annual Hudson Valley Irish Festival

You are invited to the Ninth Annual Hudson Valley Irish Festival on September 30, 2017 on the banks of the beautiful Hudson River. The finest Irish music, artists, dancers, pipers and crafts are on display in the Peekskill Riverfront Green Park, Peekskill, New York, NY 10566.

For more information visit their website at: http://www.hudsonvalleyirishfest.com/ or their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/HVIrishFest/

45th Annual Nassau County AOH Feis

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) is sponsoring their 45th Annual Nassau County Feis on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach, Long Island. “Feis” is an Irish word for a festival celebrating many aspects of Irish culture. In recent years that term has become increasingly associated with indoor events limited to Irish stepdancing competitions.

The Nassau County Feis retains the rare distinction of being a full Feis, in the traditional meaning of of that term, in that it showcases not only Irish stepdancing competitions (over 500 dancers are expected this year), but also a full menu of Gaelic bagpiping, traditional Irish music and song, Irish language activities, games, sports… and even baking!

Significantly, Long Island’s annual Feis also retains an important characteristic once shared by all Feiseanna (plural for Feis): all the activities take place outdoors, on the shores, no less, of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Residents of communities on Ireland’s Atlantic coast are sometimes heard to boast that they live in “the next parish to America”; what with the evocative activities and dramatic setting, attendees at Feis might be forgiven for feeling that they are visiting New York’s “next parish to Ireland”!

Highlights of the day include:

Irish Stepdancing: The Feis features a full range of competitions and demonstrations of traditional Irish stepdancing. The dancers perform intricate steps, often arrayed in dazzlingly colorful outfits, dancing jigs, reels, hornpipes and set dances.

Gaelic Bagpiping: Both individual pipers and drummers, as well as full pipe bands, compete in a number of levels of competition. The pipers play the “píob mhor”, the “big pipes” familiar to lovers of Gaelic music around the world, shared by people of both Irish and Scottish heritage and all those who share their love of this stirring music. The pipe bands join in a parade around the Feis grounds at midday and an unforgettable musical spectacle takes place before the close of the Feis, when all the musicians join together in a thunderous performance of the “massed bands”.

Traditional Irish Music and Song: Individual musicians demonstrate their talents and compete for prizes on a number of instruments, including the fiddle, tin whistle, flute, accordion, all forms of bagpipes, drums and keyboards, or any other instrument of their choice. Singers do the same, and judges have been known to award extra points for songs sung in the Irish language.

Irish Language Activities: This year the famed Gerry Tobin Irish Language School, “Scoil Ghaeilge Gheróid Tóbín ”, will be returning to the Feis to assist with Irish language activities. A tent will be erected where visitors may drop in for “ceol agus craic” (music and fun) a “cupán tae” (a cup of tea), listen to conversation and recitation “as Gaeilge” (in the Irish language) and even learn a “cúpla focail” (a few words), in the Irish language.

Irish Art: The work of artists showing various Irish and Celtic themes will be displayed throughout the day and a panels of judges will award prizes.

Soda Bread Contest: This is one of the most hotly-contested events of the day is the day. There are as many styles of Irish soda bread as there are bakers, and spectators are free to taste the entries and make their own decisions once the judges are finished.

The Feis features vendors selling Irish goods and food is available. Visitors are free to bring their own picnic baskets, food and drink (no grills, please), chairs, tents and blankets. A Catholic Mass is celebrated at noon and a dance band will be playing throughout the afternoon. There is ample parking and lots of space to spread out. Tickets of $10 each and are obtained at the gate; children under 12 enter for free. Please join us and enjoy a great taste of Irish culture on the shores of Long Island. You’ll be guaranteed a “céad míle fáilte (“a hundred thousand welcomes”) when you do!

For more information call or text Robert P. Lynch at 516-782-7494, email: anpiobaire@aol.com.

Commodore John Barry Day

Official Holiday of The Order – September 13th

Born in County Wexford in 1745, little is known of his early life. His father was a poor Catholic tenant farmer who was evicted by his landlord, forcing the family to relocate to Rosslare. There Barry’s uncle was a captain of a fishing skiff, apparently imparting to young Barry a love of the sea. Barry signed on as a cabin boy at an early age and must have shown great aptitude as a seaman; he obtained his first command, The Barbadoes out of Philadelphia, at the age of 21. He quickly earned an impressive reputation as a ship’s master and was soon sought out by the leading merchants of Philadelphia. As captain of The Black Prince, Barry set the record for the fastest day of sailing ever recorded in the 18th century.

When war with England appeared imminent in 1775, Barry immediately offered his services to the fledgling congress. He was given the important task of outfitting merchantmen as the first Continental Navy Ships and readying them for sea. Among those converted was his own Black Prince, rechristened Alfred. It was aboard the Alfred that a Lt. John Paul Jones would be the first to hoist the flag of the new nation aboard a ship of the Continental Navy.

 Barry’s efforts at creating the first ships of the Continental Navy were soon rewarded with his own command, the Lexington, which was the first in a series of successful commands he was to hold during the Revolution. Space does not permit a full account of all of Barry’s service during the revolution, but in summary:

  • Barry was the first to capture a British war vessel on the high seas
  • Barry captured the most ships (prizes) of any captain during the revolution.
  • When deprived of a ship when the capture of Philadelphia seemed imminent, Barry formed a regiment of sailors and marines and fought at the battles of Trenton and Princeton
  • Barry captured two British ships after himself being severely wounded
  • Barry fought the last naval action of the Revolution

Barry’s most famous naval encounter, and the one that most truly shows his character, was while commanding the Alliance where he fought the two British Sloops Atlanta and Trepassy. During the battle, Barry received several wounds and was taken below deck for treatment. Barry’s second in command soon appeared before him to tell him that the ship was severely damaged and asking permission to strike the colors. A furious Barry replied, “No Sir, the thunder! If this ship cannot be fought without me, I will be brought on deck; to your duty, Sir.” At that point the battle dramatically turned, and both British ships surrendered. The British Commander was brought to the wounded Barry and presented him his sword. Barry received it and then immediately returned it; “I return it to you, Sir. You have merited it, and your King ought to give you a better ship. Here is my cabin, at your service. Use it as your own.”

After the Revolution, Barry would become the first commissioned officer of the United States Navy. It would be under his direction that the great frigates of the United States including the USS Constitution would be built. Under his tutelage, the great naval heroes who checked the most powerful navy in the world in the War of 1812 would be trained. Barry was also well known for his charity, supporting funds for the care of widows and orphans of sailors and a leading member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

Barry would die in 1803 from the complications of Asthma. Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence gave his eulogy and fittingly summed up Barry’s life and service: “He fought often and once bled in the cause of freedom, but his habits of War did not lessen in him the peaceful virtues which adorn private life.”

 The paternity of the US Navy is often hotly debated. In fact, the U.S. Navy explicitly states that no one man can be the Father of the US Navy, this may be the only battle the Navy has ever shied from. The case of Barry and Jones both have merit, but if a father is someone who stands by and cares for their “child” until it is self sufficient, then certainly Barry has the better claim. Irrespective of titles, we must ensure that the patriotism and devotion of John Barry to his country is never eclipsed.

Originally published by:
 February 18, 2012

16th Annual Hooley on the Hudson

Once again this year the Ancient Order of Hibernians Fr. Con Colbert Woulfe Ulster County Division 1 and the City of Kingston are pleased to co-sponsor the Hooley on the Hudson.  This year’s festival will be held on Sunday, September 3, 2017.  This free admission event will be held from 11:30 AM until 9:00 PM at T. R. Gallo Park at the Rondout Marina in Kingston NY. Read more…