2021 NYS Convention to be Held in Syracuse

Despite the uncertainty of what Covid or safety restrictions we may be facing this summer, the 2021 NYS AOH/LAOH Convention Committee has been hard at work on this important biennial event.

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).

The convention website, www.nys2021syr.com, is a work in progress; information will be added as it becomes available. The link to reserve rooms is active and you may book now until 6/21/21 at the convention rate of $135 per night.

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 

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

AOH-LAOH 2020 Convention Goes Virtual

Dear Brother and Sister Hibernians:

Today, [June 2, 2020] we have the unfortunate responsibility to notify all members of the AOH and LAOH that the 2020 national convention will move to a virtual convention due to COVID-19. The health and safety of our membership is the reason for this change. Details of both the AOH and the LAOH virtual convention will follow as plans are finalized.

Please DO NOT contact the Rosen Centre Hotel to cancel your reservations. All reservations will be automatically canceled and you will receive a cancellation confirmation email. If by some chance you do not receive a cancellation confirmation by the end of next week, you may contact the hotel as a follow-up.

The AOH and LAOH National Boards and membership wish to thank the local convention committee and the Rosen Centre hotel staff for their great work preparing for this convention. It is our hope that we can be in Orlando in 2024 to complete what we began four years ago.

Please do not contact the Convention committee. Refunds for packages will begin to process immediately. If you do not receive information on your refund by the end of next week you may contact the convention committee directly.

The challenge presented to us today includes opportunities for continued success of both the AOH and LAOH. We anticipate participation from delegates virtually who would otherwise not be able to participate in the 2020 AOH LAOH national convention. We look forward to a successful and historic convention as we go virtual for the first time.

Thank you,

James F. McKay, AOH National President and Carol Sheyer, LAOH National President

Call to Semi-Annual Spring (Virtual) Meeting

The attached Call to Virtual Meeting was sent via US Mail on April 2, 2020 by our Worthy NYS Secretary, Tom O’Donnell to all State Board Officers, County Board Presidents and Division Presidents. The virtual meeting will be held on MAY 2, 2020. Contact information will be forthcoming. We never rescheduled the State Board Meeting to June 6, 2020, only the LAOH did that. If that date holds (uncertain at best in this pandemic environment), it did not appear that the hotels would have had sufficient rooms available for both the AOH and the LAOH. If anyone has additional questions, please feel free to contact me at 716-796-7687 or at Tomlambert12@aol.com. Stay safe!  

Tom Lambert,  
President NYS AOH

To View the Attached Call to Meeting, Please CLICK HERE