State Board Spring Meeting Announced

The NY State Board Spring Meeting will take place in East Durham on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Shamrock House beginning at 10:00 AM.

Officers are asked to bring 75 copies of their reports.

Shamrock House
Rte. 145
East Durham, NY 12423

Contact Info for Shamrock House East Durham

Additional information on weekend events and on the Mass at the Our Lady of Knock Shrine to follow.

James F. Hayes Annual Golf Outing

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 4, 2018. This event, which benefits the Austin V, Carew Scholarship Fund, is run in conjunction with the semi-annual board meetings which are held on Saturday May 5, 2018.

The cost is $80 per golfer. There will be a 8:30 am sign-in followed by shot gun start at Sunny Hill Resort & Golf Course. Fee includes: Continental Breakfast, Green Fee, Cart, Bar-8-Q at turn and Awards Dinner. Format for this event is a four person scramble, we encourage golfers of all levels to participate.

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.

If you need any additional information or any questions, feel free to email Michael Byrne, NYAOH Sports Chair  at: or call 516-782-4762.

Download the registration form, tee sponsorship and information packet

Update: AOH & LAOH Legislative Day

AOH & LAOH Legislative Day – Albany, April 24, 2018


For those who will be in Albany for the presentation of the 1918 Irish Freedom Resolution, please note that there has been one change.  Senator Boyle’s Office has informed us that the NYS Senate will be meeting at 10:00 AM and that the presentation should take place between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.  If you are able to attend, please join us.
If you can’t join us in Albany it’s not too late to seek the support of your NYS Senator or Assembly Representative:
The NYS Assembly session is still scheduled to start at 2:00 PM.  We will still meet outside the Assembly Chamber in the Capitol at 1:30 PM to organize.  We will still meet at the Hall for the 5:00 PM reception to celebrate and recognize the 1918 Irish Freedom Resolution.


Many Brother and Sister Hibernians plan to join State President Vic Vogel and FFAI Chair Martin Galvin in Albany as the “1918 Irish Freedom Mandate Vote” is recognized by the NYS Assembly and Senate.  We’re thrilled to have participation of our AOH State Leadership but more Brothers are needed to strengthen our efforts.

A few details regarding our events:

The NYS Assembly will start session at 2pm.  We will meet outside the Assembly Chamber in the Capitol at 1:30pm to organize our group. Please dress appropriately (suits/sport coats, shirts and ties) for the event.  Please note, there are security checkpoints at each entrance of the Capitol and Legislative Office Building (LOB).  Pocketknives and other items will not be allowed beyond security.

Parking downtown is very limited as Tuesday is “Lobby Day” and many other organizations will be at the Capitol.  Parking is available at the Albany Hibernian Hall (375 Ontario Street) and we will plan to carpool or Uber for the five minute ride downtown.

Following events at the Capitol, we will proceed to the Hall for the 5pm reception to celebrate and recognize the “1918 Irish Freedom Mandate Vote” and Legislative Resolutions.

We hope to see on Tuesday for a important day for our Order.  With your help, we will grow our presence in the Legislature which will serve us well for years ahead.

Safe travels to all and we thank you for your support.

Any questions, please contact Liam McNabb at or at 518-207-6990.


Liam McNabb
AOH National Director and NYS AOH Political Education Chair 


Save the Date – Albany, April 24, 2018

During our New York State Convention, we resolved to mark the centenary of Ireland’s historic All-Ireland election in 1918 where the Irish people voted for freedom, a mandate to the 1916 Easter Rising and Proclamation, and a free Irish parliament or Dail Eireann. It was this election which put the lie to British claims that 1916, and the very idea of Irish independence had no popular support.

We have had a great success!

New York State Senator Boyle and Assemblyman Cusick have just confirmed that during the afternoon session of April 24th,there will be a special discussion on the floor of both the Assembly and the Senate on legislative resolutions honoring Ireland’s Freedom Mandate and also commending the AOH and Ladies AOH for Irish-American contributions to America and Ireland.

AOH and LAOH officers will be introduced from both the Senate and Assembly floor and your own state senators and assembly members may acknowledge and point out individual members they know by name from the floor.
We are then inviting senators and assembly members to join us for a special event at the Albany AOH Hall immediately following the Assembly and Senate sessions around 5:00 pm.I am calling upon all State, County and Division officers to make an urgent action request for as many members as possible to attend the the New York State Senate and Assembly sessions and AOH-LAOH event afterwards on April 24th.

The assembly Session should begin at 1:00 pm. We want as many areas around the state as possible to be represented. If you want to sit in the gallery as our AOH resolutions are commended, you must wear proper attire such as a suit jacket and tie. You should also visit or phone your state senate or assembly member to alert them that you will be present at the legislative event. We ask that you extend an invitation to them to attend the special AOH-LAOH event afterwards.

Brothers and friends: this special commendation on the NYS Senate and Assembly floor is a day for which we can all be proud. We need as many of you from around the state to attend and show our state representatives that the AOH and Irish Americans expect the same recognition as others for our history and contributions.

Martin Galvin
NYAOH Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Chair

1st Annual Adult Gaelic Football Tournament

On behalf of the New York State Board, I am delighted to announce our First Annual Adult Gaelic Football Tournament!  I know we have plenty of Hibernians across the state who have never seen a game of Gaelic Football live, or have never been to Gaelic Park.  Well now is the time so mark your calendars for Sunday April 8th!

Thanks to Vic Vogel, our New York State President for coming up with this idea, and thanks to the New York State Board for sponsoring this event.  The games will be played with a seven-man format, instead of the normal 15 a-side.  It is played at a fast pace and very entertaining to watch. We expect to have 10 teams competing.  The tournament will be held on Sunday April 8th at Gaelic Park in the Bronx from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Admission is only $10. This will be a fun-filled day of Gaelic football at the highest level.  Of course, food will be served and the bar will be open for your pleasure.

A group of Piper’s will lead the opening ceremony and parade the teams around the park.  If you are involved in a pipe band and would like to participate, please contact our worthy State President, Vic Vogel.

All proceeds from this event will go towards college scholarships for students active in the Gaelic Athletic program, both boys and girls.  If you as an individual your division or County would consider making a donation it would be greatly appreciated.   I am also looking for donations from the LAOH.  In New York State, the GAA Minor Board have over 2,000 members registered between the ages of 6 /18.  Approximately 20% of these members are female. 

These young people are the future of our organizations.  It is important that we let them know who we are and what we stand for. All donations no matter how small would be greatly appreciated.

Please make checks payable to New York State Board and put in the memo GAA scholarships. Checks can be mailed to Michael Byrne, PO Box 363, Huntington, NY 11743.

Thank you in advance for your support and hope to see you in Gaelic Park on April 8th.  It is important that we support our Irish heritage and culture!

Respectfully submitted.

Michael Byrne
New York State AOH Sports Chairman

Irish Language Mass at Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral

The New York County Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral invite all to celebrate an Irish-language Mass on Saturday, March 10, 12 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Mott Street between Prince and Houston Streets.

Father Andrew O’Connor of St. Mary’s Church in Manhattan will be the celebrant. Liturgical music will be performed on the Basilica’s historic 1868 Henry Erben Organ by resident organist Jared Lamenzo, and Paddy Connolly will be the Cantor. There will be readings in Gaelic by several guests.

After the Holy Mass, there will be a party held in the St. Patrick’s Youth Center with Traditional Irish music performed live. There will be Irish Soda Bread, food and beverages available. So, we will enjoy the Mass, followed by ceili (great music), craic (great conversation), dancing, and refreshments. Come and join us to celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick!  There is absolutely no charge to attend. Free-will contributions will be gratefully accepted.

For additional informtion contct Jim Hamilton at

CANCELLED – No Stone Unturned – A Showing of a Film on the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we regret to inform you that we must cancel our presentation of the documentary for tonight, March 2, 2018.  Due to the “Beast From the East” storm pummeling Ireland, our guests speakers had their flight cancelled and our own local weather is not so rosy either.
We apologize one again. 
Best regards,
Dermot Moore
Rockland County Pearl River Division 3 President


Rockland County Pearl River Division 3 will host a showing of the award winning documentary “No Stone Unturned”  an investigative documentary on the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre. We are honored to have relatives of the victims as well as their attorney with us to present the film, answer questions, and provide commentary.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2nd 7:30 pm


Investigative documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney—best known for 2008’s Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and at least a dozen others—turns his sights on the 1994 Loughinisland massacre, a cold case that remains an open wound in the Irish peace process. The families of the victims—who were murdered while watching the World Cup in their local pub—were promised justice, but 20 years later they still didn’t know who killed their loved ones. Gibney uncovers a web of secrecy, lies, and corruption that so often results when the powerful insist they are acting for the greater good.


Emma Rogan MLA. Life long campaigner for Loughinisland Justice Group. Emma was 8 years old when her father Adrian was murdered at the Heights Bar Loughinisland, and was 18 when the families gathered to campaign for Truth and Justice on the 10th Anniversary of the atrocity. Emma is now 30 years old and was co-opted in June 2017 as the MLA for South Down, representing Sinn Féin.

Clare Rogan. Emma’s mother and widow of Adrian. Clare has campaigned tirelessly in respect of her husbands murder, always believing that the State had covered up terrible crimes to prioritise their intelligence agenda. Clare has made presentations to Parliaments in Stormont, Dáil Éireann, Westminster, Brussels, Strasbourg and Washington DC and is a predominant narrator in the film No Stone Unturned.

Niall Murphy. Niall is a partner at KRW Law LLP, a leading human rights practice, based in Belfast. The practice is instructed by a significant number of clients engaged in legacy litigation relating to conflict related deaths and injuries, appearing for those bereaved as a result of atrocities such as Loughinisland, Loughgall, Claudy, Clonoe, Kingsmill, the Dublin-Monaghan and McGurks Bar Bombings, the Glenanne Gang series of killings, Ormeau Road Bookmakers, the 1974 Birmingham Pub Bombing amongst others. Niall is instructed on behalf of several families to act at the reopening of the ‘John Stalker / Shoot to Kill’ Inquests, relating to the murders of 6 unarmed men in 1982 by the RUC.

Niall is a Director of Belfast based NGO, Relatives for Justice and has made representations at the European Parliament in Brussels, to the EU Human Rights Commissioner in Strasbourg and also to the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva as well as having presented lectures to Universities in Washington, Pittsburgh, Jersey City, Fordham University New York and Harvard, Massachusetts .

Niall is a director of Brassneck Theatre Company, a Panel Member of the Human Rights Fund, an Honorary Chair of the Belfast International Homecoming and also sits on the Antrim GAA Human Resources Board. Niall is vice chairman of St Enda’s GAC and a founder and Governor of Gaelscoil Éanna.

Rockland County Emerald Ball

Each year the start of the St. Patrick’s Day season begins with the Rockland County Emerald Ball and once again, the Rockland County Men’s and Ladies’ Ancient Order of Hibernians invite you to support this special event. The Emerald Ball is a night to celebrate our Irish culture and traditions with great friends, food, music, and also serves as the primary fundraiser for the 56th Annual Rockland County AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s ball will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Pearl River Hilton at 7 p.m. As always, we will honor individuals who distinguish themselves through their actions and personify our motto of “Friendship, Unity & Christian Charity.” As such, we are proud to announce that our 2018 honorees are:

Hibernian of the Year: William Young
Businessperson of the Year: Neill Acer, Defiant Brewing Company
Parade Commander: Francis T. Duffy, USMC
Grand Marshal: Emmett Woods
Aide to the NYC Grand Marshal: James Russell

There are a variety of ways that you can support this year’s event including attending the Emerald Ball, sponsoring an ad in our journal, attending the Parade Day Breakfast, or making a direct donation. The cost to attend the Emerald Ball is $125 per person and the Parade Day Breakfast is $35 per person. Details for purchasing tickets and journal ads or making a direct donations can be found on the enclosed form as well as on our website at

We thank you in advance for supporting the 56th Annual Rockland County AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade!


John McGowan
Rockland County AOH President

Lillian Murphy
Rockland County LAOH President

 2018 Emerald Ball
February 24th at the Pearl River Hilton Cocktail Hour 7 p.m.–8 p.m., Dinner & Dancing 8 p.m.–12 a.m. with the Bainbridge Avenue Band

Parade Day Breakfast
March 18th, at the Pearl River Hilton, immediately following the Parade Mass

56th Annual Rockland County AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 18th, 1 p.m., Middletown Road to Central Avenue in Pearl River

Pearl River Hilton
500 Veterans Memorial Drive, Pearl River, NY 10965 845.735.9000 – Special room rates available, mention Rockland Co. AOH Emerald Ball

Souvenir Journal Sponsorship Information

NY Metropolitan Council – Winter Meeting

The next NY Metro Conference meeting is being held on Saturday February 3, 2018 starting promptly at 10:30 AM. We are requesting that all NYS AOH District Directors within the NY Metro Conference, please notify their County/Division Presidents that are within your District of this meeting, and the recent change of location. Please see below with the location and address for this meeting. This meeting is open to all active Brother Hibernians.

Our Brother Hibernians from New York County will be hosting this meeting, and this location is owned and operated by an active Brother Hibernian from NY County. This location was also chosen to try and accommodate many of our Brother Hibernians who reside on Long Island and Upstate NY, who might want to travel on the LIRR or Metro North. Please make every effort to attend this Bi-Annual Meeting. See links below for the  2018 LIRR/Metro North/ and MTA Train Schedules if you decide to travel via mass transit.


Stout Pub/Restaurant
60 East 41st Street
(Between Madison Ave & Park Ave)
New York, NY 10017
(This establishment is directly across the street from Grand Central Station)

Major Degree Planned for Albany

The John F. Kennedy, Division 1 Schenectady Major Degree Team will confer The Major Degree of our Order on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Albany, AOH Division 5 Hall located at 375 Ontario Street, Albany, NY.  Candidates should report at 11:00 am and no later than 12 Noon! Presentable attire is recommended.

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 prior to January 24, 2018 by contacting Tim Weklar at (518) 487-8636 or emailing

Following the Degrees, food and refreshments will be served. With the high cost of food and all the planning involved for such an important occasion as this, we ask that you extend every possible courtesy in keeping us informed on your ability to participate.

Cost is $20.00 for candidates, $10.00 for observers.

View the event flyer here.

2018 March For Life – Washington, DC

Planning for the 2018 March For Life to be held in Washington, DC on Friday, January 19, 2018 is well underway.  The gathering will mark 45 years of Roe v. Wade in America – and sadly, the loss of nearly 60 million babies to abortion.

Last January’s March for Life  was a historic success including record participation, unprecedented media coverage and welcoming to the stage for the first time ever the Vice President of the United States of America! 

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 2018.

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