State Board Spring Meeting Announced

The NY State Board Spring Meeting will take place in East Durham on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Shamrock House beginning at 10:00 AM.

Officers are asked to bring 75 copies of their reports.

Shamrock House
Rte. 145
East Durham, NY 12423

Contact Info for Shamrock House East Durham

Additional information on weekend events and on the Mass at the Our Lady of Knock Shrine to follow.

James F. Hayes Annual Golf Outing

The James F. Hayes Annual Golf Outing will take place this year at The Sunny Hill Resort and Golf Course. The date of the event is Friday May 4, 2018. This event, which benefits the Austin V, Carew Scholarship Fund, is run in conjunction with the semi-annual board meetings which are held on Saturday May 5, 2018.

The cost is $80 per golfer. There will be a 8:30 am sign-in followed by shot gun start at Sunny Hill Resort & Golf Course. Fee includes: Continental Breakfast, Green Fee, Cart, Bar-8-Q at turn and Awards Dinner. Format for this event is a four person scramble, we encourage golfers of all levels to participate.

Hole sponsors are $100 each. Your personal sign will be prominently displayed on the course and at the awards dinner. The sign is yours to take home afterwards.

If you need any additional information or any questions, feel free to email Michael Byrne, NYAOH Sports Chair  at: or call 516-782-4762.

Download the registration form, tee sponsorship and information packet

No Stone Unturned – A Documentary on the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre

Rockland County Pearl River Division 3 will host a showing of the award winning documentary “No Stone Unturned”  an investigative documentary on the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre. We are honored to have relatives of the victims as well as their attorney with us to present the film, answer questions, and provide commentary.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2nd 7:30 pm


Investigative documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney—best known for 2008’s Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and at least a dozen others—turns his sights on the 1994 Loughinisland massacre, a cold case that remains an open wound in the Irish peace process. The families of the victims—who were murdered while watching the World Cup in their local pub—were promised justice, but 20 years later they still didn’t know who killed their loved ones. Gibney uncovers a web of secrecy, lies, and corruption that so often results when the powerful insist they are acting for the greater good.


Emma Rogan MLA. Life long campaigner for Loughinisland Justice Group. Emma was 8 years old when her father Adrian was murdered at the Heights Bar Loughinisland, and was 18 when the families gathered to campaign for Truth and Justice on the 10th Anniversary of the atrocity. Emma is now 30 years old and was co-opted in June 2017 as the MLA for South Down, representing Sinn Féin.

Clare Rogan. Emma’s mother and widow of Adrian. Clare has campaigned tirelessly in respect of her husbands murder, always believing that the State had covered up terrible crimes to prioritise their intelligence agenda. Clare has made presentations to Parliaments in Stormont, Dáil Éireann, Westminster, Brussels, Strasbourg and Washington DC and is a predominant narrator in the film No Stone Unturned.

Niall Murphy. Niall is a partner at KRW Law LLP, a leading human rights practice, based in Belfast. The practice is instructed by a significant number of clients engaged in legacy litigation relating to conflict related deaths and injuries, appearing for those bereaved as a result of atrocities such as Loughinisland, Loughgall, Claudy, Clonoe, Kingsmill, the Dublin-Monaghan and McGurks Bar Bombings, the Glenanne Gang series of killings, Ormeau Road Bookmakers, the 1974 Birmingham Pub Bombing amongst others. Niall is instructed on behalf of several families to act at the reopening of the ‘John Stalker / Shoot to Kill’ Inquests, relating to the murders of 6 unarmed men in 1982 by the RUC.

Niall is a Director of Belfast based NGO, Relatives for Justice and has made representations at the European Parliament in Brussels, to the EU Human Rights Commissioner in Strasbourg and also to the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva as well as having presented lectures to Universities in Washington, Pittsburgh, Jersey City, Fordham University New York and Harvard, Massachusetts .

Niall is a director of Brassneck Theatre Company, a Panel Member of the Human Rights Fund, an Honorary Chair of the Belfast International Homecoming and also sits on the Antrim GAA Human Resources Board. Niall is vice chairman of St Enda’s GAC and a founder and Governor of Gaelscoil Éanna.

Rockland County Emerald Ball

Each year the start of the St. Patrick’s Day season begins with the Rockland County Emerald Ball and once again, the Rockland County Men’s and Ladies’ Ancient Order of Hibernians invite you to support this special event. The Emerald Ball is a night to celebrate our Irish culture and traditions with great friends, food, music, and also serves as the primary fundraiser for the 56th Annual Rockland County AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s ball will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Pearl River Hilton at 7 p.m. As always, we will honor individuals who distinguish themselves through their actions and personify our motto of “Friendship, Unity & Christian Charity.” As such, we are proud to announce that our 2018 honorees are:

Hibernian of the Year: William Young
Businessperson of the Year: Neill Acer, Defiant Brewing Company
Parade Commander: Francis T. Duffy, USMC
Grand Marshal: Emmett Woods
Aide to the NYC Grand Marshal: James Russell

There are a variety of ways that you can support this year’s event including attending the Emerald Ball, sponsoring an ad in our journal, attending the Parade Day Breakfast, or making a direct donation. The cost to attend the Emerald Ball is $125 per person and the Parade Day Breakfast is $35 per person. Details for purchasing tickets and journal ads or making a direct donations can be found on the enclosed form as well as on our website at

We thank you in advance for supporting the 56th Annual Rockland County AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade!


John McGowan
Rockland County AOH President

Lillian Murphy
Rockland County LAOH President

 2018 Emerald Ball
February 24th at the Pearl River Hilton Cocktail Hour 7 p.m.–8 p.m., Dinner & Dancing 8 p.m.–12 a.m. with the Bainbridge Avenue Band

Parade Day Breakfast
March 18th, at the Pearl River Hilton, immediately following the Parade Mass

56th Annual Rockland County AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 18th, 1 p.m., Middletown Road to Central Avenue in Pearl River

Pearl River Hilton
500 Veterans Memorial Drive, Pearl River, NY 10965 845.735.9000 – Special room rates available, mention Rockland Co. AOH Emerald Ball

Souvenir Journal Sponsorship Information

NY Metropolitan Council – Winter Meeting

The next NY Metro Conference meeting is being held on Saturday February 3, 2018 starting promptly at 10:30 AM. We are requesting that all NYS AOH District Directors within the NY Metro Conference, please notify their County/Division Presidents that are within your District of this meeting, and the recent change of location. Please see below with the location and address for this meeting. This meeting is open to all active Brother Hibernians.

Our Brother Hibernians from New York County will be hosting this meeting, and this location is owned and operated by an active Brother Hibernian from NY County. This location was also chosen to try and accommodate many of our Brother Hibernians who reside on Long Island and Upstate NY, who might want to travel on the LIRR or Metro North. Please make every effort to attend this Bi-Annual Meeting. See links below for the  2018 LIRR/Metro North/ and MTA Train Schedules if you decide to travel via mass transit.


Stout Pub/Restaurant
60 East 41st Street
(Between Madison Ave & Park Ave)
New York, NY 10017
(This establishment is directly across the street from Grand Central Station)

Major Degree Planned for Albany

The John F. Kennedy, Division 1 Schenectady Major Degree Team will confer The Major Degree of our Order on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Albany, AOH Division 5 Hall located at 375 Ontario Street, Albany, NY.  Candidates should report at 11:00 am and no later than 12 Noon! Presentable attire is recommended.

Candidates should contact their Division Presidents to reserve a spot in their journey to the inner chamber of True Hibernianism. Division Presidents are asked to submit a list of participating candidates prior to January 24, 2018 by contacting Tim Weklar at (518) 487-8636 or emailing

Following the Degrees, food and refreshments will be served. With the high cost of food and all the planning involved for such an important occasion as this, we ask that you extend every possible courtesy in keeping us informed on your ability to participate.

Cost is $20.00 for candidates, $10.00 for observers.

View the event flyer here.

2018 March For Life – Washington, DC

Planning for the 2018 March For Life to be held in Washington, DC on Friday, January 19, 2018 is well underway.  The gathering will mark 45 years of Roe v. Wade in America – and sadly, the loss of nearly 60 million babies to abortion.

Last January’s March for Life  was a historic success including record participation, unprecedented media coverage and welcoming to the stage for the first time ever the Vice President of the United States of America! 

We need all New York Hibernians to be represented in Washington DC. We ask each Division to fund-raise, collect or donate something to send an AOH contingent to DC in 2018.

Please try whether through a joint effort of collecting funds to lease a bus for your group of Hibernians, or attending the march another way. A dedicated effort by our Members proves more enjoyable in the long run and attracts new people to help the Pro Life cause. Men, women and children all benefit from attending the March For Life. It is more imperative than ever to make our Pro Life voice heard in our culture. A culture of life is the empowered choice. The time is now to build on the momentum.

Will your District, County or any Division be organizing a bus to the March for Life? If so what are the plans so far? Please email your participation plans to Jack O’Brien, NY State Pro Life Chairman at

Albany Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Night

AOH Fr. Henry Tansey Division 5 will be holding their Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Night on Saturday, January 13, 2018.  The goal of this annual event is to spread awareness of the social injustices and abuses that take place every day in the north of Ireland. 

This year honoree will be Past New York State FFAI Chairman, Ciaran Geraghty who will receive the Fr. John Murphy Award. This prestigious award is an annual recognition presented to the individual(s) who have, and continue to advocate for public awareness related to social injustices in the north of Ireland. Brother Geraghty, through his work as New York State FFAI Chairman and his continued advocacy, exemplifies a dedication to the cause and to the AOH Motto of “Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.” His work to end the plight of Irish-Catholics in the north of Ireland is well-known. 

The special guest speaker for the event is Mark Thompson from Relatives for Justice (RFJ), a support group formed in the mid-1990s in Dungannon, County Tyrone.  RFJ was founded in April 1991 by bereaved families affected by the conflict in the north who came together to support each other. RFJ identifies and attempts to address the needs of those who have suffered loss and injury through one on one contact, self-help, group support, outreach, counselling, therapy, welfare and legal advocacy.

Mark Thompson is a founding member and CEO of RFJ who fulfills the group’s mission in providing a proactive and holistic approach to support families affected by conflict and human rights violations. His continuing work provides effective support for redressing human rights abuses and providing a wide range of services and support for those affected in Ireland. 

Please support this FFAI event. See the event flyer and journal ad form for more information or contact:

John Levendosky
FFAI Chairman
Albany AOH Fr. Henry Tansey Division 5

Bronx County AOH Annual Dinner Dance

You are cordially invited to the Bronx County AOH Annual Dinner Dance to be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Rory Dolan’s, 890 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.  This year’s event is dedicated to the Manchester Martyrs of 1867.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Vic Vogel, President, NYS Ancient Order of Hibernians
  • Gerard Fitzgerald, President, Uniformed Firefighters Association
  • Eileen Mannion Collum, Eileen’s Country Kitchen/The Heritage Bar & Restaurant
  • Bea Castiglia-Catullo, Founder, R.A.I.N. (Regional Aid for Interim Needs, Inc.)

Music by – The Kitty Kelly Band.  See the flyer below for more information.


Division #18 Peekskill Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Dance

A.O.H. Division 18 Peekskill cordially invites you to join their 2017 Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Dance on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 12:00 midnight. The event will take place at The Mansion at Colonial Terrace, 119 Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567.  For more information, see the flyer below.