Bronx County AOH Irish Language Mass

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, joined by Gaelic Societies, Irish community groups and parishioners in the strongly Irish Woodlawn-McLean area will host their annual Irish language Mass on Saturday, September 12th, at 2 pm. This year’s Irish Mass, celebrated by Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald, will be available live across the country and Ireland on the St. Barnabas Parish Facebook page. Dedicated to those who kept Irish language and culture alive, the Irish Mass takes on added meaning this year for an Irish community overcoming COVID in the spirit our ancestors overcame being denied Catholic Church and Mass by British Penal Laws.

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 The Bronx AOH began hosting an Irish language Mass, as part of a New York State AOH initiative, proposed by past New York State President Vic Vogel. This year under AOH National President Danny O’Connell, Hibernians across the country are being encouraged to view the service on the St. Barnabas Facebook page www.facebook.com/stbarnabascatholicchurch. Irish-English translations of the liturgy were prepared, so that anyone can follow the prayers in English as they hear the Mass said in Irish – download the Mass Booklet here. A special Irish musical program will feature the Dawn Doherty School of Irish Music, and include Sean Ruane.

The AOH sponsored event flyer uses the symbol of a Mass Rock, celebrating the spirit of ancestors who overcame British Penal Laws to hear Mass said in Irish, as an example to those who are keeping Irish language and tradition alive today despite COVID.

Bronx County AOH President, and National Freedom for all Ireland Chair 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 cherished landmarks include Mass Rocks, where Gaelic speakers risked death or imprisonment simply to worship. COVID has given these Mass Rocks an added symbolism, for those prevented from attending Church by the health crisis.

” As an organization formed to promote Irish ideals, culture, history and national freedom, we can think of no more fitting way for AOH members to honor Irish heritage than an Irish Mass embodying all of these themes.”

“There has been a great response from AOH leaders nationally, Gaelic clubs, Woodlawn Irish community groups, musicians and individuals who would just like to hear the Mass said in the language of our ancestors. We are grateful to St. Barnabas and Fr. Fitzgerald for hosting the Mass and making it available nationally via the parish Facebook page.”

The Mass will be held in the St. Barnabas Main Church,409 East 241st Street near the Bronx River Parkway, Deegan Expressway or Metro-North Railroad, on Saturday September 12th at pm. It will go out live on the St. Barnabas Facebook Page. Safe seating restrictions and face masks will be required from those attending in person.

Submitted by Martin Galvin, Bronx County AOH President

AOH-LAOH 2020 Convention Goes Virtual

Dear Brother and Sister Hibernians:

Today, [June 2, 2020] we have the unfortunate responsibility to notify all members of the AOH and LAOH that the 2020 national convention will move to a virtual convention due to COVID-19. The health and safety of our membership is the reason for this change. Details of both the AOH and the LAOH virtual convention will follow as plans are finalized.

Please DO NOT contact the Rosen Centre Hotel to cancel your reservations. All reservations will be automatically canceled and you will receive a cancellation confirmation email. If by some chance you do not receive a cancellation confirmation by the end of next week, you may contact the hotel as a follow-up.

The AOH and LAOH National Boards and membership wish to thank the local convention committee and the Rosen Centre hotel staff for their great work preparing for this convention. It is our hope that we can be in Orlando in 2024 to complete what we began four years ago.

Please do not contact the Convention committee. Refunds for packages will begin to process immediately. If you do not receive information on your refund by the end of next week you may contact the convention committee directly.

The challenge presented to us today includes opportunities for continued success of both the AOH and LAOH. We anticipate participation from delegates virtually who would otherwise not be able to participate in the 2020 AOH LAOH national convention. We look forward to a successful and historic convention as we go virtual for the first time.

Thank you,

James F. McKay, AOH National President and Carol Sheyer, LAOH National President

Call to Semi-Annual Spring (Virtual) Meeting

The attached Call to Virtual Meeting was sent via US Mail on April 2, 2020 by our Worthy NYS Secretary, Tom O’Donnell to all State Board Officers, County Board Presidents and Division Presidents. The virtual meeting will be held on MAY 2, 2020. Contact information will be forthcoming. We never rescheduled the State Board Meeting to June 6, 2020, only the LAOH did that. If that date holds (uncertain at best in this pandemic environment), it did not appear that the hotels would have had sufficient rooms available for both the AOH and the LAOH. If anyone has additional questions, please feel free to contact me at 716-796-7687 or at Tomlambert12@aol.com. Stay safe!  

Tom Lambert,  
President NYS AOH

To View the Attached Call to Meeting, Please CLICK HERE

Rebel Rossa – A Documentary by Williams Rossa Cole

REBEL ROSSA is a personal investigation into the life and legacy of the famous – and infamous – Irish rebel Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa by his American great-grandsons told within the context of the controversies leading up to the 100-year anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland.

Sunday March 8th 2020

Hibernian House
28 Railroad Avenue, Pearl River, NY 10965

130 PM Meet & Greet
230 PM Showing

This event is FREE!!

For more information please go to www.praoh.org

Special Showing of the film “Black 47” in Buffalo, NY

The Ancient Order of Hibernians – New York State Board and Thomas Carroll Erie County Division 1 Buffalo, in kind co-operation with North Park Theater in Buffalo New York; presents a special showing of the film Black 47. The event will take place at the North Park Theater, 1428 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14216 on Saturday February 22, 2020 at 11:30 (please kindly arrive at 11:00 AM). Tickets are $8.50 and are available at the box office the day of the showing.

Black 47 is a realistic portrayal of the horrific impact of the Irish Famine of 1845 – 1850, An Gorta Mor – the Great Death. The showing of this film is in part of the educational efforts of the NYS AOH and Buffalo Division No. 1. All are welcomed and invited, in a unique theatre setting. For more information, please contact Craig E. Speers, NYS AOH District Two Director – 716-832-7344 or craig.e.speers@gmail.com.

Major Degree Planned for Albany

The John F. Kennedy, Division 1 Schenectady Major Degree Team will confer The Major Degree of our Order on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Albany, AOH Division 5 Hall located at 375 Ontario Street, Albany, NY.  Candidates should report at 12 Noon. Observers should arrive by 12:45 PM. The ceremony will begin promptly at 1:00 PM. Presentable attire is recommended.

Cost:

Degree candidate – $20.00.
Observer – $10.00
Payment may be made at the door.

Cost includes buffet dinner following ceremony.

Please RSVP by February 19, 2020 by contacting Tim Weklar at TimWek@yahoo.com.

View the event flyer here.

J. Barney Ferguson Hibernian of The Year Award

William B. Burke Division Three, New York County Ancient Order of Hibernians will honor Malachy McAllister with the J. Barney Ferguson Hibernian of the Year Award. All Brother Hibernians are invited to join in honoring and to continue support Malachy McAllister’s battle for permanent residence in the United States..

Coogan’s Restaurant
4015 Broadway (cor. 169th St.)
New York, NY 10032

Monday Evening, March 2, 2020
6:30- 8:30 p.m.

tickets: $40 in advance
$45 at the door

$42.50 using paypal

Committee:
James Hamilton (646) 406-5804
Paul Carr, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tom Mullany – Co-Chairmen
Event flyer is available at www.div3nycoaoh.org

NYS FFAI Christmas Appeal

Freedom For All Ireland
NYS Christmas Appeal

Martin Galvin
NYAOH FFAI Chair
National AOH FFAI Chair

A full size copy of the flyer, can be downloaded by clicking here

John Dearie is heading the Presidential Forum where our National President will be a panelist.One of the crucial parts of having a successful candidates forum is guaranteeing the candidates of a big and influential audience that is worthy of their time during a campaign.This is a platform for him to get that message out. I know first hand from being one of the panelists in the historic 1992 Presidential Forum how much work goes into filling the seats.
 
Was hoping Malachy would be giving a final victory  and thanks speech but we are not there yet and this is his chance to give us an update or if necessary a call to action.
 
Counting on everyone’s help to get the word out with email blasts and downstate  brothers working the event  to make this a success and prestige event for New York State AOH.
 
Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh!
Martin 

January 24, 2020 – Annual Right to Life March in Washington DC

Please keep Friday, January 24, 2020 circled on your calendars for the annual Right to Life March in Washington DC.

The District of Columbia State Board looks forward to hosting Hibernians at their annual Pro-Life Breakfast at the Irish Channel Restaurant from 9-11am ($25/pp). This year our invited speaker is none other than Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-4), a long time friend to the AOH and renowned defender of life. A Pro-Life mass will be held across the street at St. Mary Mother of God Church following the breakfast. We will then meet as a group along the parade route in time for the 1pm march kickoff. I look forward to another record setting year of Hibernian attendance.

While we are unable to secure a room block for visiting brothers and sisters, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or local members for recommendations on accommodations and travel arrangements. The DC State Board is also planning an evening of fellowship at a local Irish establishment for Thursday evening. More information to follow.