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/

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

Rockland AOH Div. 4 Tenth Annual Golf Outing

The Suffern AOH Division 4 2017 Golf Outing will take place this year on Monday, August 21, 2017 at Spook Rock Golf Course. This outing will be held in Memory of Vincent Crotty and Christopher Konkowski.  As many of you know both young men were taken much too soon in an automobile accident on their way to baseball practice at Suffern High School.  This Year there will be a HOLE IN ONE CHALLENGE where players have a chance to WIN A Harley Davidson Motorcycle on one of the Par 3’s.  At the remaining three Par 3’s players will still compete in the HOLE IN ONE CHALLENGE having a chance to win various other prizes.

If you are interested in participating you can contact: – Jimmy Tesseyman at 914-980-3012 – E-mail: SuffernAOH@gmail.comDownload the flyer, registration form and hole sponsor here.

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


Special Screening “How to Defuse a Bomb”

NYS AOH & LAOH Boards are proud to present a special biennial convention screening of the internationally acclaimed film “How to Defuse a Bomb” –Friday, July 14th at 2:30pm in the Fountain Room at the Adams Mark Hotel in Buffalo 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. More information contact newjack12007@yahoo.com

Questions about Project Children?
Email: info@projectchildren.com
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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: www.nyaohlaoh2017.com.


Thomas Lambert, AOH Convention Chair
TomLambert12@aol.com or 716-796-7687

Barry Griffith, Journal Chairman
bear5770@aol.com 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
Tickets: http://celticcharity.com/tickets.html

Boarding 6pm, sailing 6:45pm, returning 10pm
More info at http://CelticCharity.com/

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

19th Annual Staten Ireland Irish Fair

The Staten Ireland (Island) Fair is a two-day celebration of Irish culture, music and heritage, with live traditional music, pipe and drum bands, food and games and activities for the wee people (our beloved children). Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, Thanks to the over 6,000 friends who joined in the fun last year. Our annual Irish gathering continues to grow and becomes more successful each time we get together. Our committee of volunteers have been expanding and bringing new energetic ideas to the front lines.

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