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

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