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

Annual Nassau County Irish Feis and Festival

The Ancient Order of Hibernians sponsors the 46th Annual Nassau County Irish Feis and Festival on September 16, 2018. The Feis (pronounced “Fesh”) is a celebration of Irish culture and history. It will be held at Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach and will be replete with traditional Irish dance, musc and piping competitions, along with an Irish Marketplace and a special area for the kids.

Visit the Nassau County Feis and Festival website for more information or contact any of the Nassau AOH Feis Board:

Chairman – Mike Byrne
Dancing Chairperson – Regina Begley
Piping and Drumming Chairman – Jim Burke
Music Competition – Robert Lynch

Gaelic Mass to be Celebrated at St. Barnabas

St. Barnabas, in the strongly Irish Woodlawn-McLean area will hold an Irish language Mass on Saturday, September 8th at noon. AOH Division 5 Chaplain, Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald, will celebrate the Gaelic Mass which is being supported by the New York State AOH, Gaelic Societies, the great local Irish community groups and parishioners. Irish-English translations of the liturgy will be available so that anyone can read the prayers in English as they hear the Mass said in the Irish language.

AOH Division 5 President Martin Galvin noted:

“The Irish language is an important and indestructible part of our Irish heritage. Measures to wipe out the Irish language began even before penal laws to wipe out the Catholic religion in Ireland. Ireland’s landmarks include Mass Rocks where Gaelic speakers gathered in secret to hear outlawed Masses said by outlawed priests. Even today a simple Irish Language Act is deemed a redline that must be denied six county nationalists.” Often the veto is wielded by people who live in locations where Irish words are imprinted like Fermanagh, Enniskillen, or Derry.

This Mass will be offered for all those persecuted for their Catholic faith and Gaelic language.

“There has been a great response from AOH Divisions, Gaelic clubs and individuals who would just like to hear the Mass said in the language of our ancestors. St. Barnabas is fortunate enough to have a pastor like Fr. Fitzgerald who can say the Mass in Gaelic.”

The Mass will be held in the St. Barnabas High School Chapel, 425 East 240th Street near the Bronx River Parkway, Deegan Expressway or Metro-North Railroad, on Saturday September 8th at 12 noon.It is part of an initiative launched by New York State AOH President Victor Vogel to encourage Irish Language Masses across the state.

Please contact me at MGALVINESQ@AOL.COM.

Martin Galvin

Ceol Mor Pipe Band Competition and Festival

On Saturday, August 4, 2018, the Rockland County AOH is sponsoring a Ceol Mór Bagpipe Band Competition and Festival at the Rockland GAA fields in Orangeburg, only minutes from the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Please join us for a fun filled day beginning at 9:00 AM with individual competitions, followed by band competitions at 12:30 PM. 

The Rockland GAA will be showcasing their beautiful clubhouse featuring a fully stocked air conditioned bar and kitchen. There is ample free parking as well as changing rooms and several bathrooms. Enjoy great food and refreshments throughout the day under their covered pavilion while being entertained by some of our young musicians from Pearl River.

We look forward to seeing you on August 4th! For more information visit our website:


2018 AOH/LAOH National Convention

The AOH/LAOH National Convention will be held in Louisville, KY from Wednesday July 11, 2018 ending with the installation banquet on Saturday night, July 14, 2018.  The convention will take place in The Galt House located in the heart of downtown Louisville and located on the Ohio River close to everything the city has to offer.

The hotel package cost $125.00 per night, per room. There is a flat fee of $10 per day for parking. The convention event package cost is $200 if reserved by June 1, 2018 and includes convention registration, Icebreaker, Irish Night, and Installation Banquet.

New York State AOH County and Division Presidents are asked to provide NYAOH Secretary John J. Manning with the names of members attending the convention so that they can be properly validated as delegates.

For reservations, registration and additional information, please visit the 2018 AOH/LAOH Nation Convention website.

Fundraiser for National Director Dan Dennehy

Come out and support New York’s own Dan Dennehy in his bid for AOH National Director! For over 30 years, Dan Dennehy has advocated and served as a member and officer of the AOH and numerous other Irish organizations. Dan brought many people together when he founded the Hudson Valley Irish Fest and Center in Peekskill. 

Dan is seeking his second term as the hardworking National Director of the AOH. That is why his friends and fellow Hibernians have organized a fun Saturday afternoon of music and BBQ to show our support for him! 

Please join AOH Westchester County Board and County President Brian Duffy and AOH Division 18 Peekskill for a Fundraiser BBQ in the outdoor Beer Garden at the Quiet Man Public House for National Director Dan Dennehy’s reelection bid at The National Convention In Louisville Kentucky, this July.

The Quiet Man is owned by AOH Westchester County Treasurer Cathal McGreal and he and his staff are inviting us for food and fun the coolest beer garden in Peekskill!

Great BBQ, Irish Music by Celtic Blend, Beer and Wine are yours for a $25 Donation to Dan’s Campaign.

If you can’t attend, would you or your County or Division please consider showing your support?  Please send a check by 6/28, made payable to:

“Westchester County AOH”
c/o Cathal McGreal
15 N. Division
Peekskill, NY 10566

Thank you in advance and hoping to see you on June 30!

Aidan O’Kelly – Lynch
AOH New York State Director 
Hudson Valley Irish Fest Trustee
(917) 468- 9434

Brian Duffy – AOH Westchester County President
Clive Cronin – Westchester AOH Division 18 Peekskill President

Call for Nagelhout Annual Charities & Missions Award

I am pleased to announce our 2nd Annual Award to recognize the New York State AOH Division which best epitomizes this spirit of Charity.  The award is created and presented in honor of Arnold “Arnie” Nagelhout long time NY State Board Member and Charities and Missions Director.

As part of our Motto, Charity is the heart of our Faith and Organization.  As members of the New York State Ancient Order of Hibernians we’re called to assist our parish’s ministries and our community’s endeavors by performing the Corporal Works of Mercy (to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless, tend the sick, visit those in prison, bury the dead, and give alms to the poor).  Pope Francis recently said, “I am grateful to the many volunteers who offer their service in soup kitchens, giving food to those who are alone, in need of help, out of work or homeless.  These meal centers and other works of mercy — such as visiting the sick and the imprisoned are examples of charity in action that promote a culture of giving, since those involved are motivated by love for God and inspired by Gospel wisdom.”

These “Local” charitable activities are not being considered in lieu of our National AOH endeavors, but rather in addition to them.  Both will be considered in the selection of the award recipient and both should be included in the application narrative.

Deadline for submitting nominations is July 1, 2018

When applying, a Division should submit a written narrative of their activities in the past submittal year (no more than 250 words).  For the sake of this award, the year will be January 2017 through December 2017. They should also submit a copy of their Division’s New York State Charities and Missions Annual Report for the same time frame. All award submittals must be mailed in by no later than July 1st 2018. The Trophy will be awarded at the NYS State Convention or at the State Testimonial Dinner, depending on the year.

As we intend this award to be ever changing to meet the changes in society, judging criteria will be agreed upon by the five judge panel while maintaining a focus on charity as defined by the Catholic Church.

In addition to the award, the NY State Board will make a $500 donation to the charity of the recipients’ choice to a recognized charitable organization.

Respectfully Submitted,

Matt Buckley
Chair, Charities and Missions
3 Harvest Lane
West Islip, NY 11795

Barry Griffith
Deputy Charities and Missions

March for Life NY 2018

The 2018 March for Life will be on Monday June 4th in Albany. The AOH is taking a major role in this stand for life. We hope to get as many Brother and Sister Hibernians to participate. Please wear AOH shirts and bring your Division Banners. Thank you.