2019 NYS Hibernian Biennial Convention

Save the date!

The 2019 Biennial Hibernian Convention will be held Wednesday, July 10, 2019 through Saturday, July 13, 2019. The location is the Hilton Albany (formerly the Crowne Plaza) on State and Chapel Streets in Downtown Albany. Keep up to date on all the convention news by visiting the 2019 Biennial Convention website.

Hilton Albany
40 Lodge Street
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 
(518) 462-6611

Room rate: $149.00/night plus taxes; Available July 7 – 16, 2019. Free Wi-Fi access in common areas.

Self-Parking: ​Discounted to $7.00/day.

Hospitality space is very limited. Please consider combining with other candidates from your area.

State Board Spring Meeting Announced

The NY State Board Spring Meeting will take place in East Durham on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Shamrock House beginning at 10:00 AM.

Officers are asked to bring 75 copies of their reports.

Location:
Shamrock House
Rte. 145
East Durham, NY 12423

 

Contact Info for Shamrock House in East Durham
518-634-2897

Additional information on weekend events and on the Procession and Mass on Sunday, May 5, 2019 to follow.

Annual James F. Hayes Golf Classic

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 James F. Hayes Golf Classic and the Austin V. Carew Scholarship in the past.  We depend on all of you to make this event a success.   We have moved the Tee off time from 9 am to 11 am.  This will make it easier for people to commute the morning of the event if they wish to do so.  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 May 3, 2019.  This event is run in conjunction with the semi-annual board meetings which are held on Saturday May 4, 2019.

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.   

Please see flyer and registration form 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

Major Degree Planned for Schenectady

The John F. Kennedy, Division 1 Schenectady Major Degree Team will confer The Major Degree of our Order on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Schenectady AOH Division 1 Hall located at 1748 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12304.  Candidates should report at 12:00 pm. Ceremony begins at 1:00 pm. The dress code will be “Jacket & Tie”.

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 to aoh.schenectady.degree.team@gmail.com.

For additional information, contact aoh.schenectady.degree.team@gmail.com or call the Schenectady Hall at: 518-374-9003.

Loughinisland Massacre Journalists To Speak Feb.25th

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Program Fee: Free for Members | $15 for Non-members

O’Toole’s Pub, The Heights, Loughinisland On The Heights. Scene of a loyalist massacre on 18th June 1994.

Description:
Niall Murphy, the solicitor representing families of the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre in Northern Ireland, will discuss the status of the case and other Legacy related cases, in particular in light of the United Kingdom’s impending exit from the European Union.

Mr. Murphy will be joined by Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey, co-producer and lead investigative journalist of the award winning documentary No Stone Unturned, for a short screening. The film focuses on the role of the British government, including collusion, in the murders in Loughinisland. The victim’s families expected that the film would be a catalyst for a renewed police investigation to finally bring the killers to justice, however the police responded by arresting the two journalists for their exposure of a supposedly sensitive document in breach of the Official Secrets Act. The criminal prosecution of the two journalists is now a lead test case on the issue of freedom of speech and the rights of journalists to examine critical information pertaining to government actions in western liberal democracies.

Speakers:
Niall Murphy, KRW Law 
Trevor Birney, Co-Producer, No Stone Unturned
Barry McCaffery, Lead Investigative Journalist, No Stone Unturned

Location:
Pearl River Ancient Order of Hibernians
28 Railroad Avenue
Pearl RiverNy 10965

State Tribute for Ireland’s Declaration of Independence Centenary

New York legislators have introduced a state resolution honoring Ireland’s Declaration of Independence, voted a century ago. The measure sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Cusick and Senator Phillip Boyle, calls for January 21st, 2019 to be proclaimed “Irish Declaration of Independence Day” across New York State, with ceremonies on the Assembly and Senate floors Monday, January 28th.Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies AOH around New York State are now calling their state representatives to back the measure (Resolution 90133-02-9).

Historic

Last year Senator Boyle and Assemblyman Cusick spearheaded a resolution honoring Ireland’s 1918 national vote for freedom. That measure is credited with bringing new attention to that historic event and its implications today.

This Resolution notes the deep relationship between New York and Ireland. The legislators liken those who signed the America’s July 4th, Declaration of Independence from Britain with those who declared Ireland’s Independence. They recite the basic principles of Ireland’s right to national freedom and memorializes the historic part played within New York State to this cause.

If passed “Irish Declaration of Independence Day” will be proclaimed for January 21st then observed on January 28th with ceremonies on the Assembly and Senate floors, formal presentations to state AOH President Victor Vogel and LAOH President Jacqueline Clute, and a celebration at the Albany AOH Hall, 375 Ontario Street Albany beginning at 5:00 pm or immediately after the Senate and Assembly sessions.

View copy of Resolution 90133-02-9.

AOH Freedom-for -all-Ireland Chair Martin Galvin noted:

 “We applaud Assemblyman Cusick and Senator Boyle, for introducing this resolution.

“Irish Americans, justly proud of America’s Declaration of Independence should also take pride in Ireland’s Declaration of Independence. The AOH wants to honor the legacy of men and women who within three years of seeing leading Irish patriots executed and despite many of those elected being held in British prisons, pledged to ‘carry through for Freedom.”

“It is also important to remember and honor the proud role played by those within New York State who were instrumental in making the Declaration possible.”

“We, finally as supporters of freedom for all Ireland, must remember that this Declaration of Independence was made on behalf of all 32 counties.”

2019 March for Life

Planning for the 2019 March For Life to be held in Washington, DC on Friday, January 18, 2019 is well underway. The gathering will mark 46 years of Roe v. Wade in America – and sadly, the loss of more than 60 million babies to abortion.

Last January’s March for Life was a historic success including record participation, and unprecedented media coverage!

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 2019.

March For Life – Friday, January 18, 2019:

Reservations for the Breakfast Buffet are not absolutely needed but would help. Please send an email to National Pro-Life Chair “John Walsh” jaywarp1@gmail.com with your headcount for Breakfast.
 
9:00 am –  IRISH CHANNEL PUB,  500 H ST NW, DC | P: (202) 216-0046 | F: (202) 216-0375Irishchannelpub@gmail.com The AOH Board can accept only CASH or CHECK at the door.

11:45am – Mass details were finalized last week, with a scheduled 11:50 am mass at St. Mary Mother of God Church (across the street from breakfast location).

12:30am – AOH Gathering 7th Street and Constitution Avenue.

View the day’s event/line of march map.

Read the latest edition of Hibernians for Life or visit the March for Life website for additional information and ideas to support the rally.

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 AOH11@Live.com

NYAOH State Annual Bowling Tournament

The New York AOH State Annual Bowling Tournament will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018. The tournament will be held at the Farmingdale Bowling Lanes, 999 Compton St, Farmingdale, NY 11735.

Download registration, sponsorship forms and flyer here.

We will be running a two-person team competition. Registration will start at 3 pm

The bowling competition will start at 4 pm sharp. A buffet dinner and presentations will follow at Hibernian Hall, 85 Grand Ave, Massapequa, NY 11758. The cost of the event is $35 per bowler. This includes 3 rounds of bowling, bowling shoes, complimentary sodas at the bowling hall, and admission to the reception at Hibernian Hall.

You do not have to be an experienced bowler or Hibernian member to participate. If you cannot bowl and wish to come to the reception only, it is $20 per person (starting at 7 pm) This is designed to be a fun, social event. This event is open to both ladies and men. Mixed teams are welcome.

We are also looking for sponsors. Entertainment and beverage sponsors are $200, gold sponsors are $100, and silver sponsors are $50. All sponsors will be recognized.

Checks can be mailed to me or with a positive commitment you can pay on the day. Please reserve your spot by responding before November 26, 2018 so we may accommodate all participants.

Reasonably priced local lodging can be arranged for guests who would like to stay the night. Please see attached contract and flyer for further information.

Looking forward to a fun filled evening. Thanks in advance for your support.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call (516) 782-4762 or email to mikenyaohsports@gmail.com. Please forward to all interested parties.

Mike Byrne
New York State Sports Chairman

Carmel Quinn Ballymurphy Massacre Appeal

Carmel Quinn, sister of Ballymurphy victim John Laverty will speak on behalf of Relatives for Justice, a Belfast-based organization working to shed light on the Ballymurphy Massacre. 

Schedule of Events
November 11 – 19, 2018

Note Rescheduled Date

Read the October 28, 2018 press release

  • Ms. Quinn’s first public address will take place in Philadelphia on Sunday, November 11th at the FOP Lodge 5 Ballroom, 11630 Caroline Road, Philadelphia, beginning at 3pm.organized by Gerry McHale and Pearse Kerr (267-767-7854).
  • On Monday, November 12th, she will speak in New Jersey at the Bayshore Catholic Center 12 Rt. 36, Middletown at 7PM, organized by Sean Pender, Malachy McAllister and Rich O’Brien (vp@njaoh.com).
  • On Tuesday, November 13th, Ms. Quinn will be at the Suffolk County AOH Division 2 Hall, 27 Locust Avenue, Babylon, at 8pm, hosted by New York State AOH President Victor Vogel and County President Jerry Belmont (jnlcbel@verizon.net).
  • Ms. Quinn will travel to Washington DC for a series of key Congressional briefings on Wednesday, November 14th.
  • She will speak in Albany on Friday, November 16th at the AOH Hall, 375 Ontario Avenue, Albany where the prestigious Fr. Murphy award will be presented.
  •  The Midwest will host her Saturday, November 17th, at the Cleveland West Side Irish-American Club, 8559 Jennings Road Olmstead Turnpike, organized by Danny O’Connell, Marilyn Madigan and Roger Weist (216-235-1551).
  • Carmel Quinn will be honored alongside Congressman Joseph Crowley and The Irish Echo Editor, Ray O’Hanlon at Rory Dolan’s, on Sunday, November 18th by Bronx County AOH at 3pm, hosted by Bob Nolan  (347-880-1403).
  • Rescheduled Event:  Join us in New York City– O’Lunneys, 145 West 45th Street November 19th. 7:00-9:00pm.  

Event Flyer
RESCHEDULED EVENT
Join Us on Monday, November 19th
Same time, same place!

Albany Freedom for All Ireland Night

You are invited to the Albany LAOH and AOH 2018 Freedom for All Ireland Night on Friday, November 16, 2018. This year we will be honoring:

Martin Galvin, National and State AOH FFAI Chairman 
Recipient of the 2018 Father Murphy Award

Our special guest of the evening will be:

Carmel Quinn
Relatives for Justice – Belfast

Doors open at 6pm – Event starts at 7pm – Price $30.00 which includes Dinner. There will be raffles and door prizes.

The event will take place at:

Albany Hibernian Hall
375 Ontario Street
Albany NY 12208

For more information contact: Dolores Desch – laohdolores@yahoo.com or John Levendosky at j.levendosky@gmail.com

Download the event flyer  |   Download the journal ad contract

Freedom For All Ireland (FFAI) is a National AOH/LAOH initiative that promotes One Island, One Ireland with peace, justice and equality for all. All proceeds raised by this event are donated to over a dozen worthy charities/causes throughout the North of Ireland.