2021 NYS Biennial Convention in Syracuse

Save the Dates: Wednesday July 7th – Saturday July 10th, 2021.

2021 NYS Convention Committee Updates

Your 2021 NYS Convention Committee, anticipating that by July we will all be able to meet in Syracuse, continues working on our biennial get together.

You can book your hotel rooms on the conventions website, https://nys2021syr.com . The convention rate of $135 per night, plus tax and fees, if booked by June 21, 2021, is available from July 2-16, 2021.

We hope to have all package details and purchase availability on the website by month’s end. Please see additional information in the back of the March 2021 Empire State Hibernian.

The convention is scheduled for Wednesday July 7th – Saturday July 10th, 2021. It is to be held at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, New York 13202 (Formerly the Hotel Syracuse).

Let us all pray that the difficulties we have been facing these past months will resolve in a way that allows us to come together, safely, in the unity and fellowship that typifies our Order.

Bob Bunce
2021 NYS Convention Committee

Updated 2/19/21

The 2021 James F. Hayes Annual Golf Outing

Beautiful Sunny Hill Resort and Golf Course

On behalf of myself and the James F. Hayes Golf Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all AOH and LAOH counties, divisions, and individuals who supported the Golf Classic and the Austin V. Carew Scholarship in the past. We depend on all of you to make this event a success. The Tee-off time is 9:00 am. We encourage golfers of all levels. You do not have to be a Hibernian to participate. If you cannot make the outing, a donation of any amount would certainly be appreciated.

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 April 30, 2021. This event is run in conjunction with the semi-annual board meetings which are held on Saturday May 1, 2021 and our Annual Mass on Sunday May 2nd at Our Lady of Knock Shrine Church.

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

Please see attached flyer for all the information including hotel reservations for AOH group. The rates are very reasonable, and a fun weekend is guaranteed.

If you need any additional information or any questions, feel free to email me at: mikenyaohsports@gmail.com or call 516-782-4762.

In Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity,

Mike Byrne
NYS Sports Chairman

The 2021 NY AOH Scholarship Competition

The deadline for submission of the 2021 NYS AOH Scholarship application has now passed –  February 26, 2021. The Scholarship Chair will be in touch with all applicants. Study materials can be found below.

Attached is the application for the 2021 scholarship that will be awarded by NYS AOH Board. The award is $3000. All high school seniors who are members, and children or grandchildren of a member belonging to a NYS AOH division are eligible to apply. Applicants should include any AOH family participation (please leave names out) and any other information that they feel makes them deserving of this scholarship. The applicant or his or her sponsoring family member need not have obtained their Major Degree but it is strongly suggested and is factored into the score. All applications will be judged by our scholarship committee, so applicants are urged to complete every section as instructed. Applicants must use a 12-point font when completing the application. No handwritten applications will be accepted.

An important reminder when completing the application: DO NOT try to fill this form out in the browser!
To fill in a form electronically:
1) Save a copy to your device.
2) Open it with the an Adobe Reader program.
3) Fill in all the fields as necessary and save it.
4) Attach the saved copy and email it to dermotomoore@gmail.com 

All applications must be received by Midnight, Friday, February 26th, 2021.  You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. If you do not, please reach out to me at my cell # below. No late applications will be considered.

The second part of the scholarship process will involve the completion of a multiple choice exam. The committee will reach out to the applicants after Easter to set up dates and times to administer the exams.

All of the questions on this multiple choice test will be taken from study materials that the Scholarship Committee has supplied.

The winner is encouraged to attend the NYS Board spring meeting in East Durham, NY on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 with at least one family member to accept the award.

Please share this email with your fellow officers and division membership.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS, PLEASE CONTACT ME.

Good luck and best regards,

Dermot O’Connor Moore

2021 Scholarship Application  |  2021 Scholarship Study Materials

National March For Life

The organizers have the  March for Life scheduled in Washington on Friday, January 29, 2021.  I ask the members to look into arranging travel to go to Washington DC. None of us can predict what covid-19 restrictions, if any, may be on the busses. By January, we may only be asked to maintain the social distancing rules.  Please check with the Bus Captains you used in previous years. Many people will still travel by car/carpool as well.   The National Board will be sending an e-Blast with their plans for the March For Life.

For more information contact Pro Life Chair, Jack O’Brien.

 

Aifreann Gaeilge/Irish Language Mass

All Irish Martyrs AOH Division 20 will be hosting an Irish Language Mass celebrated by Fr. Andrew O’Connor, Pastor of St. Mary’s in Manhattan at Notre Dame Parish, 45 Mayfair Rd, New Hyde Park, NY 11040 on Saturday, Nov. 7th at 1:00 pm. After Mass the repast will take place at the Knight of Columbus Hall in Mineola, 86 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY 11501.

2020 NYS AOH Fall State Board Meeting

Due to the continuing Public Health Emergency the State Board Meeting will be held both in person with a maximum attendance of 50 and virtually.

NYS Officers will have preference for in person attendance. All in person attendees will be required to wear masks and social distance. They will also be subject to temperature screening and health questionnaire.

The Dinner honoring the NYS AOH and LAOH Presidents is postponed until Spring 2021.

The Semi-Annual New York State Board Meeting mandated by Article II, Section 3 of the A.O.H. N.Y.S. By-Laws will convene as follows:

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Shamrock House and Virtual
             Route 145 East Durham, NY

The agenda of the meeting will be as follows: Officers Reports, Committee Reports, Special Committee Reports, Old Business, New Business, and Good of the Order.

Officers should email a copy of their report (either in the body of the email or a Word or PDF attachment) to AOH NYS Secretary Thomas M. O’Donnell no later than October 25, 2020. Reports will be electronically distributed, it is not necessary to print any copies.

You will receive information on connecting to the meeting once arrangements are finalized.

National Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Virtual Event

Hibernians Host Live Virtual Release of
“Plastic Justice Report”

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, National Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Chairman Martin Galvin has announced that the Hibernians will be hosting a virtual release of the “Plastic Justice Report” prepared by Relatives for Justice, Belfast. The report will be broadcast on YouTube on Saturday, October 24 at 4 pm Local time in Ireland, 11 am Eastern U.S. Per FFAI Chairman Galvin:
 
“Plastic Justice is a special report on how British state forces used plastic bullets to kill 17 innocent Irish people with impunity, will get a transatlantic launch on Saturday, October 24. In Belfast, joining Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson will be relatives of the victims:  Frances Meehan,(sister of Michael Donnelly) and Mark Kelly (brother of Carol Ann Kelly). America’s oldest and largest Irish organization, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, will co-host the launch on a virtual webinar broadcast, with Hibernians across the United States joining live, led by National Presidents Danny O’Connell and Karen Keane. The transatlantic launch will begin at 4 pm in Ireland / 11 am Eastern United States.

View Live at:
www.youtube.com/AncientOrderOfHibernians
Saturday October 24, 2020
4PM Ireland Time – 11AM EDT (New York)

 
“Plastic Justice” is a key chapter in the story of British repression. This groundbreaking report will highlight Britain’s political and legal strategies to deny truth and real justice to victims’ families, such as treating victims as criminals or rioters to justify murders and intimidate witnesses. Crucial documents and files continue to be systematically withheld. Inquests or legacy investigations that could shed light on these murders are arbitrarily denied. Not one British trooper or Royal Ulster Constabulary member has ever found guilty for any of these 17 killings, even where victims were children. Both Frances Meehan and Mark Kelly will speak about their personal experiences, fighting for justice.

The report and speakers are also expected to highlight how deadly plastic bullets were used to intimidate public demonstrations of political support on issues like the Blanket Protest and Hunger Strikes of 1980 and 1981 or Internment Day protests.

The AOH and LAOH feel privileged to be invited to be a part of this launch. Britain’s broken promises on issues like legacy justice and Brexit have sparked a growing call by Irish America that the United States must be actively engaged if we are to see Britain move on legacy issues, including ‘Plastic Justice.’ There is an increasing demand to hear speakers from Ireland on these issues. Health restrictions may block us from bringing speakers to America, but new technologies mean this transatlantic launch will be joined by Hibernians and Irish Americans across the United States.

I was present during one of the killings covered by this report, that of John Downes on August 12, 1984, and have personally witnessed the continuing cover-up or “plastic justice” meted out to the Downes family; I know this launch will be a moving and important event.

FFAI Chairman Martin Galvin

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE ON YOUTUBE

 

2020 NYS AOH/LAOH President’s Testimonial Dinner


Due to the continuing Public Health Emergency the NYS AOH/LAOH President’s Testimonial Dinner will be postponed until Spring 2021. Date and location to be determined.

Being honored at the dinner are:

Thomas A. Lambert
 President, New York State AOH

Marybeth Durkee
President, New York State LAOH
and


Past National AOH President Brendan Moore
2020 Burns Hayes Award Recipient

 

Download the commemorative journal contract if your county, division or individual members wish to recognize our honorees. 
 
Fall meeting and  spring accommodations are available at:
 
Gavin’s Country Inn                                   Shamrock House
118 Golden Hill Road                                2388 Route 145
Cornwallville, NY 12418                            East Durham, NY 12423
518-634-2582                                            518-634-2897 or 347-241-6489 
 
 
 
 
 

Bronx County AOH Irish Language Mass

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, joined by Gaelic Societies, Irish community groups and parishioners in the strongly Irish Woodlawn-McLean area will host their annual Irish language Mass on Saturday, September 12th, at 2 pm. This year’s Irish Mass, celebrated by Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald, will be available live across the country and Ireland on the St. Barnabas Parish Facebook page. Dedicated to those who kept Irish language and culture alive, the Irish Mass takes on added meaning this year for an Irish community overcoming COVID in the spirit our ancestors overcame being denied Catholic Church and Mass by British Penal Laws.

NATIONAL

 The Bronx AOH began hosting an Irish language Mass, as part of a New York State AOH initiative, proposed by past New York State President Vic Vogel. This year under AOH National President Danny O’Connell, Hibernians across the country are being encouraged to view the service on the St. Barnabas Facebook page www.facebook.com/stbarnabascatholicchurch. Irish-English translations of the liturgy were prepared, so that anyone can follow the prayers in English as they hear the Mass said in Irish – download the Mass Booklet here. A special Irish musical program will feature the Dawn Doherty School of Irish Music, and include Sean Ruane.

The AOH sponsored event flyer uses the symbol of a Mass Rock, celebrating the spirit of ancestors who overcame British Penal Laws to hear Mass said in Irish, as an example to those who are keeping Irish language and tradition alive today despite COVID.

Bronx County AOH President, and National Freedom for all Ireland Chair Martin Galvin noted:

“The Irish language is an important and indestructible part of our Irish heritage. Measures to wipe out the Irish language began even before penal laws to wipe out the Catholic religion in Ireland. Ireland’s cherished landmarks include Mass Rocks, where Gaelic speakers risked death or imprisonment simply to worship. COVID has given these Mass Rocks an added symbolism, for those prevented from attending Church by the health crisis.

” As an organization formed to promote Irish ideals, culture, history and national freedom, we can think of no more fitting way for AOH members to honor Irish heritage than an Irish Mass embodying all of these themes.”

“There has been a great response from AOH leaders nationally, Gaelic clubs, Woodlawn Irish community groups, musicians and individuals who would just like to hear the Mass said in the language of our ancestors. We are grateful to St. Barnabas and Fr. Fitzgerald for hosting the Mass and making it available nationally via the parish Facebook page.”

The Mass will be held in the St. Barnabas Main Church,409 East 241st Street near the Bronx River Parkway, Deegan Expressway or Metro-North Railroad, on Saturday September 12th at pm. It will go out live on the St. Barnabas Facebook Page. Safe seating restrictions and face masks will be required from those attending in person.

Submitted by Martin Galvin, Bronx County AOH President