AOH Leadership and Organizing Seminar

A Leadership and Organizing Seminar will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The seminar will cover many topics to assist AOH divisions in increasing and retaining their membership.  The seminar will be led by AOH National Board Organizer/NY State AOH President, Tim McSweeney and AOH National Board Director for NY, Liam McNabb  All AOH members are welcome to attend. 

Passing of Catherine A. McDonald

The AOH New York State Board is saddened to learn of the passing of Catherine A. McDonald, mother of Joseph McDonald, AOH New York State Board Buy Irish Chairman.  Please keep Joe, his mother and the McDonald family in your prayers.  Arrangements are as follows:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 2-4 PM & 7-9 PM 
Jooseph P. Clavins & Sons
7722 Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Wednesday, February 1, 2017,  10:30 AM
Our Lady of Angels Church
7320 Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Holy Cross Cemetery
3620 Tilden Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y.  11203

Schenectady Major Degree Team Plans Event

John F. Kennedy Division 1 Schenectady Major Degree Team has announced that the Major Degrees of the Order will be exemplified on Sunday, January 29, 2017 in the Albany AOH Hall. All eligible candidates should be encouraged to participate so that they can be brought into the Inner Chamber of Hibernianism.  Please see below for more information.

Albany AOH/LAOH Freedom for All Ireland

Save the date!
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Albany AOH/LAOH Freedom for All Ireland Event to be held at the Father Henry Tansey Division 5 Hall.  Guest of Honor and Winner of the 2016 Father Murphy Award, Father Gary Donegan, Holy Cross Church, Ardoyne, Belfast, NI.  Souvenir Journal ads available. Click here for more information.




2017 National March for Life


— Protect and Celebrate Life —

The National March for Life will be held on Friday, January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme for this year’s march is “The Power of One”  — One person can make a difference in the world, whether in the life of one person or many. Sadly, in the U.S. alone, 1 million babies are not even given the opportunity to live and change the world each year. Building a culture of life and ending abortion takes each and every person. Starting with your family or neighborhood, our collective efforts will change hearts and minds, save lives, and build a culture of life. 

The March for Life continues to be a leader in the pro-life community and it is our goal to continue fight and inform the public on how we can overturn Roe v. Wade. Our job is not done until the voiceless have a voice that is heard. Realizing that no sound action can grow out of a vacuum of purpose, in 1974 the March for Life formulated and included in its charter of incorporation. Purposefully, the Life Principles are not framed in the negative tone of “thou shalt not,” and are framed in the positive tone of duty and responsibility of each human being and of society (source: March for Life).

Syracuse Pro-Life March

Pro LifeThis year marks the 44th  anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. The ruling struck down the laws of 50 states and legalized abortion throughout the United States. On January 21, 2017 the Syracuse Right to Life Association will be sponsoring the annual Pro-Life March in downtown Syracuse as a silent protest against the devaluing of innocent human life. 

The Syracuse Ancient Order of Hibernians has participated in this event in past years. We would like to invite all AOH brothers, friends and family to take part in the 2017 march. We would be honored if you joined us. The march begins at 12:00 noon, Saturday, January 21. We will meet at the Museum of Science & Technology (former Jefferson St. Armory) located in the Armory section of downtown Syracuse, 500 South Franklin St., Syracuse, NY. Typically our members gather at the site around 11:45 am. Marchers will walk to nearby Columbus Circle near the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.  The actual march takes about 15 minutes with a brief ceremony to follow. Feel free to bring your division’s banner to the march.

For more information feel free to contact Dick Lowery at

Yours in Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,

Richard J. Lowery Jr.
Pro-Life Chairman
Ancient Order of Hibernians
Commodore John Barry Division #2
Syracuse, New York

Freedom For All Ireland Christmas Appeal

The NYS AOH Freedom For All Ireland Christmas Appeal fundraiser will be held at Wolfe Tone’s Irish Pub and Kitchen on January 4, 2017 starting at 6 pm. The suggested donation for the night is $25. There will be raffles to aid in raising more funds. This year’s fund will be directed to Relatives for Justice and the Pat Finucane Center.


If you cannot make the event but would still like to make a donation, please send it to me direct at the address listed below. Also if you would like to donate an item for the raffle, please contact me direct so we can arrange pickup.

Ciaran Geraghty
244 South Main Ave
Albany, NY 12208

Buffalo AOH/LAOH Annual Christmas Party

Join us as we honor

AOH and LAOH Hibernians of the Year

William “Chip” Butler and Tina Maue

Saturday, December 10, 2016
6PM – 11 PM in the Claddagh Room

Buffalo Irish Center
245 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY

$25 per person includes tax, tip and the following:

Open Bar 6PM-7PM:
Appetizers, Cocktails, Beer, etc. Please bring a dish
and a prize for the raffle table!

Family Style Dinner 7PM-8:30PM:
Salad, Roast Beef, Breast of Chicken, Mixed Vegetables,
Potatoes Au Gratin, Roll, Dessert, Coffee and Tea.

After Dinner: Irish Coffee!
Awards and Door Prizes 8:30PM – 9PM

Music: Sound System to 11 PM
M.C. for the evening: Tom Lambert

Table Center Pieces: Alice McGuire and Diane O’Brien

Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks are included to 11 PM

** Reservations may be made for a table of eight.

** If unable to attend, a donation will be appreciated.

** Your early ticket purchase will be appreciated. Thank You.

To confirm reservations for you and your guests,
please send a check by 12/5/16 payable to AOH Division 1 and mail to:

Kevin Lafferty
273 OKell Street
Buffalo, NY 14220

Please direct any questions to:
Kevin Lafferty 913-6080
Tom Lambert 796-7687
Patricia Hamilton 608-6361

Tickets will not be sold at the door