2021 Biennial Convention Commemorative Journal


Please consider purchasing a journal ad to support the 2021 NYS AOH & LAOH Convention hosted by the Syracuse Division from July 7th through the 10th.  Having a journal ad is a great way to promote a candidate for statewide AOH office or District Director or a way to recognize your Division Officers by listing their names on a full-page ad.  Sister and Brother Hibernians attending the convention will view the journal book and see your ad.

Please note, ads are due June 20th.  Click here to view/download the journal ad order form.

Purchasing a journal ad reinforces the hard work and dedication of the convention committee and is greatly appreciated.

For more information regarding the upcoming convention, go to: https://nys2021syr.com/

Please share this information with your county boards and local divisions. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Yours in our motto,
John J. Manning
NYAOH Vice President
2021 NY State Biennial Convention Liaison

2021 NYS Biennial Convention in Syracuse

Save the Dates: Wednesday July 7th – Saturday July 10th, 2021.

2021 NYS Convention Committee Updates

Your 2021 NYS Convention Committee, anticipating that by July we will all be able to meet in Syracuse, continues working on our biennial get together.

You can book your hotel rooms on the conventions website, https://nys2021syr.com . The convention rate of $135 per night, plus tax and fees, if booked by June 21, 2021, is available from July 2-16, 2021.

We hope to have all package details and purchase availability on the website by month’s end. Please see additional information in the back of the March 2021 Empire State Hibernian.

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).

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

Updated 2/19/21

Kevin O’Reilly For NYS AOH Treasurer Fundraiser

Brothers, Kevin O’Reilly is seeking the office of NYS AOH Treasurer at the convention in Syracuse next month.  As the District 1 Director, Kevin represents the Capital Region on the AOH State Board and previously served on the NYS AOH Board Finance Committee.  Kevin is a past President of Albany Div. 5 and past Albany County President.  He currently serves as President of the Capital District Irish American Association (CDIAA) and works diligently to promote culture and Hiberniansm in and beyond our Hall.

As a longtime and dedicated Hibernian, Kevin is hoping to bring his leadership skills to our Board’s executive level.  Kevin has been unanimously endorsed by Albany Div. 5, Albany County Board and the Capital District Council. Please consider joining us as we help Kevin prepare for the convention and his campaign on:

Kevin O’Reilly Fundraiser BBQ
(hamburgers, hot dogs and beer)

Saturday, June 19th from 12pm to 3pm
Music by Don Kelly
$20 donation

Albany Hibernian Hall (CDIAA)
375 Ontario Street
Albany, NY 12208

You can pay at the door or via Venmo @ Henry-Tansey to show your support for Kevin’s candidacy. All are welcome!!! If you cannot attend and would like to donate, please make checks payable to AOH Division 5 (memo- O’Reilly Fundraiser) and mail to:  Albany Hibernian Hall (CDIAA), 375 Ontario Street, Albany, NY 12208

Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Ciaran Geraghty, Tim McSweeney, John Holland, Liam McNabb

NYS Presidents’ Testimonial Dinner

Please join us for the rescheduled NYS AOH/LAOH President’s Testimonial Dinner on Saturday,  May 1, 2021 at the Shamrock House in East Durham honoring New York State Presidents Thomas Lambert and Mary Beth Durkee.  The Burns Hayes Award will be presented to Brendan J. Moore, Past President, National Board AOH.

Presidents’ Testimonial Dinner Flyer and RSVP  |  Testimonial Journal Ad Information and Contract

2021 NYS AOH Spring State Board Meeting

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, May 1, 2021
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 Report
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Good of the Order.

Officers should email a copy of their report (Word or PDF) to tmodonnell@roadrunner.com no later than April 25, 2021. You will receive information on connecting to the meeting once arrangements are finalized.

The 2021 James F. Hayes Annual Golf Classic will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021. This is the major fundraiser for the Austin V. Carew Scholarship Fund. The Raymond Meehan Memorial Trophy will be presented to the top team.

The State Presidents’ Testimonial Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Shamrock House East Durham, NY. In addition to honoring our worthy AOH and LAOH State Presidents, the 2020 NYS AOH Burns-Hayes Award will be presented to Past National President, Brendon Moore.

The Annual Our Lady of Knock Mass will be held on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Mass Rock.

Accommodations may be available at the following:

  • Gavin’s Irish Country Inn: 518-634-2582
  • Shamrock House: 518-634-2897
  • Blackthorne Resort: 518-634-2541
  • McGrath’s Edgewood Falls: 518-634-2236

Yours in Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,

Thomas M. O’Donnell
NYS Board Secretary

The 2021 James F. Hayes Annual Golf Outing

Beautiful Sunny Hill Resort and Golf Course

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 2021 James F. Hayes Annual Golf Classic and the Austin V. Carew Scholarship in the past. We depend on all of you to make this event a success. The Tee-off time is 9:00 am. We encourage golfers of all levels. You do not have to be a Hibernian to participate. 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 April 30, 2021. This event is run in conjunction with the semi-annual board meetings which are held on Saturday May 1, 2021 and our Annual Mass on Sunday May 2nd at Our Lady of Knock Shrine Church.

Hole sponsors are $100 each. Your personal sign will be prominently displayed on the course and at the awards luncheon. The sign is yours to take home afterwards.

Please see attached flyer 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

The 2021 NY AOH Scholarship Competition

The deadline for submission of the 2021 NYS AOH Scholarship application has now passed –  February 26, 2021. The Scholarship Chair will be in touch with all applicants. Study materials can be found below.

Attached is the application for the 2021 scholarship that will be awarded by NYS AOH Board. The award is $3000. All high school seniors who are members, and children or grandchildren of a member belonging to a NYS AOH division are eligible to apply. Applicants should include any AOH family participation (please leave names out) and any other information that they feel makes them deserving of this scholarship. The applicant or his or her sponsoring family member need not have obtained their Major Degree but it is strongly suggested and is factored into the score. All applications will be judged by our scholarship committee, so applicants are urged to complete every section as instructed. Applicants must use a 12-point font when completing the application. No handwritten applications will be accepted.

An important reminder when completing the application: DO NOT try to fill this form out in the browser!
To fill in a form electronically:
1) Save a copy to your device.
2) Open it with the an Adobe Reader program.
3) Fill in all the fields as necessary and save it.
4) Attach the saved copy and email it to dermotomoore@gmail.com 

All applications must be received by Midnight, Friday, February 26th, 2021.  You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. If you do not, please reach out to me at my cell # below. No late applications will be considered.

The second part of the scholarship process will involve the completion of a multiple choice exam. The committee will reach out to the applicants after Easter to set up dates and times to administer the exams.

All of the questions on this multiple choice test will be taken from study materials that the Scholarship Committee has supplied.

The winner is encouraged to attend the NYS Board spring meeting in East Durham, NY on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 with at least one family member to accept the award.

Please share this email with your fellow officers and division membership.


Good luck and best regards,

Dermot O’Connor Moore

2021 Scholarship Application  |  2021 Scholarship Study Materials

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.