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

For additional information, contact 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.

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.

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

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).


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” with your headcount for Breakfast.
9:00 am –  IRISH CHANNEL PUB,  500 H ST NW, DC | P: (202) 216-0046 | F: (202) 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

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 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 (
  • 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 (
  • 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
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 – or John Levendosky at

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.

Board Meeting and Testimonial Dinner

The NY State Board Fall Meeting will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Melville, NY beginning at 10:00 AM.  Officers and committee chairs are asked to bring 75 copies of their semi-annual reports.

Melville Marriott 
1350 Walt Whitman Road

Melville, NY 11747


The Melville Marriott at 631-423-1600 for information and room reservations.


State President’s Testimonial Dinner

Join us at the Testimonial Dinner honoring Vic Vogel, President, New York State AOH on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Melville Marriott, 1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747 ( The awarding of the 2018 NYS AOH Burns-Hayes Award to William “Bill” Powers of the AOH Thomas Carroll Division, Buffalo, New York will also take place as part of the evening’s festivities.

The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a celebratory Mass followed by the dinner beginning at 7:00 p.m. Music will be by “Great River Junction.” Dinner tickets are $125 and include choice of Entrée’, Salad, Dessert and include a three hour open bar.

Follow the links for Dinner Registration Forms and Journal Ad Contacts.

Hotel Rooms are available Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd at $139/Night @ AOH Rate (does not include taxes).  Please use code: Ancient Order of Hibernians. The Reservation Number: 631-423-1600.  Book your group rate for NYS Ancient Order of Hibernians.

For more information, please contact Walter Butler, Event Chair at or at 631-384-3971


Woodlawn Division 5 Awards Benefit

Bronx AOH Division 5 – 2017 Spirit of 1916 Awards Benefit

AOH National Treasurer Sean Pender, New York LAOH FFAI Chair Dolores Desch, Woodlawn AOH “Man of the Year” Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald, and former New York Assemblyman John Dearie, whose political forums made Presidential candidates open the door to Irish agenda issues like visa censorship, will be honored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians on Sunday, October 21st. “Spirit of 1916 Awards” will be presented by Division 5, Woodlawn at the Rambling House Party Room, located on Katonah Avenue at East 236th Street, Bronx, New York from 3pm to 7pm.

Download the event flyer here

In announcing the honorees, Division 5 President Martin Galvin noted:

Sean Pender is not only the current National Treasurer but also a former Freedom-for-all-Ireland Chair of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He is being honored for his leadership in the Malachy McAllister campaign and on all AOH campaigns arising from British rule and injustice in the north of Ireland.

Dolores Desch is the New York State LAOH Freedom-for-all-Ireland Chair. She is being honored for her leadership role in Albany and throughout the state, raising awareness in the LAOH of the issues in the north of Ireland and participating in organizing the IRISH FREEDOM MANDATE Centennial Commemoration in the NYS legislature. She is the first LAOH member to be presented with this award.

Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald, will be presented with the ‘John Egan Award’ as Division 5 Man of the Year. Since becoming pastor of St. Barnabas Parish and Division 5 Chaplain, Fr. Fitzgerald has made a tremendous contribution to the AOH, Woodlawn Irish community and St. Barnabas, most recently in making “Gaelic Mass Day” a heralded success. He is being recognized as the Division member who has done the most to make Division 5 a growing Irish force.

“A special award is being presented to John Dearie for his decade long battle to make American political candidates address Irish Agenda issues like visa censorship against Sinn Fein, a Special Envoy and the MacBride Principles. His efforts in 1992 made the north of Ireland an American campaign issue which opened the door to Sinn Fein visas, the appointment of Special Envoy Mitchell and dramatic change in the north.

“This year’s honorees will receive Spirit of 1916 Awards as an added honor to them and to honor the ideals and heroic sacrifices of the Easter Rising which led to freedom for 26 of Ireland’s 32 counties.”

In addition to the awards presentations, Division 5 will award grants for the promotion of Irish charities, Gaelic games, Irish culture in the Woodlawn area.

The AOH is the largest Irish-American organization and is committed to Freedom-for-all-Ireland, Immigration reform and the promotion of Irish culture, arts and history. Division 5, located in the heavily Irish area of Woodlawn-Wakefield is the fastest growing Division in the Bronx.

The event will take place on Sunday October 21st from 3pm to 7pm at the Rambling House located at Katonah Avenue and East 236th Street. Music will be provided by Gerard and Susan Corbett. A ticket at $30 includes a free buffet. For tickets or information call 718-994-1410.

Schenectady Freedom for All Ireland Fundraiser

Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Fundraiser

Please join us on October 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm for our Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Fundraiser event. Martin Galvin, National and State FFAI Chair will be the evening’s speaker. There will be a dinner with a choice of roasted sirlion or stuffed chicken with seasoned roasted potatoes, medally vegatables, and dinner roll with butter (see the flyer below for additional information).

A $20 donation is requested and will give you admission to this informative evening event.

Download the event flyer here