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.



State Board Spring Meeting Announced

The NY State Board Spring Meeting will take place in East Durham on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Shamrock House beginning at 10:00 AM.

Officers are asked to bring 75 copies of their reports.

Shamrock House
Rte. 145
East Durham, NY 12423

Contact Info for Shamrock House East Durham

Additional information on weekend events and on the Mass at the Our Lady of Knock Shrine to follow.

James F. Hayes Annual Golf Outing

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 May 4, 2018. This event, which benefits the Austin V, Carew Scholarship Fund, is run in conjunction with the semi-annual board meetings which are held on Saturday May 5, 2018.

The cost is $80 per golfer. There will be a 8:30 am sign-in followed by shot gun start at Sunny Hill Resort & Golf Course. Fee includes: Continental Breakfast, Green Fee, Cart, Bar-8-Q at turn and Awards Dinner. Format for this event is a four person scramble, we encourage golfers of all levels to participate.

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

If you need any additional information or any questions, feel free to email Michael Byrne, NYAOH Sports Chair  at: mikenyaohsports@gmail.com or call 516-782-4762.

Download the registration form, tee sponsorship and information packet

Update: AOH & LAOH Legislative Day

AOH & LAOH Legislative Day – Albany, April 24, 2018


For those who will be in Albany for the presentation of the 1918 Irish Freedom Resolution, please note that there has been one change.  Senator Boyle’s Office has informed us that the NYS Senate will be meeting at 10:00 AM and that the presentation should take place between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.  If you are able to attend, please join us.
If you can’t join us in Albany it’s not too late to seek the support of your NYS Senator or Assembly Representative:
The NYS Assembly session is still scheduled to start at 2:00 PM.  We will still meet outside the Assembly Chamber in the Capitol at 1:30 PM to organize.  We will still meet at the Hall for the 5:00 PM reception to celebrate and recognize the 1918 Irish Freedom Resolution.


Many Brother and Sister Hibernians plan to join State President Vic Vogel and FFAI Chair Martin Galvin in Albany as the “1918 Irish Freedom Mandate Vote” is recognized by the NYS Assembly and Senate.  We’re thrilled to have participation of our AOH State Leadership but more Brothers are needed to strengthen our efforts.

A few details regarding our events:

The NYS Assembly will start session at 2pm.  We will meet outside the Assembly Chamber in the Capitol at 1:30pm to organize our group. Please dress appropriately (suits/sport coats, shirts and ties) for the event.  Please note, there are security checkpoints at each entrance of the Capitol and Legislative Office Building (LOB).  Pocketknives and other items will not be allowed beyond security.

Parking downtown is very limited as Tuesday is “Lobby Day” and many other organizations will be at the Capitol.  Parking is available at the Albany Hibernian Hall (375 Ontario Street) and we will plan to carpool or Uber for the five minute ride downtown.

Following events at the Capitol, we will proceed to the Hall for the 5pm reception to celebrate and recognize the “1918 Irish Freedom Mandate Vote” and Legislative Resolutions.

We hope to see on Tuesday for a important day for our Order.  With your help, we will grow our presence in the Legislature which will serve us well for years ahead.

Safe travels to all and we thank you for your support.

Any questions, please contact Liam McNabb at liammcnabb@hotmail.com or at 518-207-6990.


Liam McNabb
AOH National Director and NYS AOH Political Education Chair 


Save the Date – Albany, April 24, 2018

During our New York State Convention, we resolved to mark the centenary of Ireland’s historic All-Ireland election in 1918 where the Irish people voted for freedom, a mandate to the 1916 Easter Rising and Proclamation, and a free Irish parliament or Dail Eireann. It was this election which put the lie to British claims that 1916, and the very idea of Irish independence had no popular support.

We have had a great success!

New York State Senator Boyle and Assemblyman Cusick have just confirmed that during the afternoon session of April 24th,there will be a special discussion on the floor of both the Assembly and the Senate on legislative resolutions honoring Ireland’s Freedom Mandate and also commending the AOH and Ladies AOH for Irish-American contributions to America and Ireland.

AOH and LAOH officers will be introduced from both the Senate and Assembly floor and your own state senators and assembly members may acknowledge and point out individual members they know by name from the floor.
We are then inviting senators and assembly members to join us for a special event at the Albany AOH Hall immediately following the Assembly and Senate sessions around 5:00 pm.I am calling upon all State, County and Division officers to make an urgent action request for as many members as possible to attend the the New York State Senate and Assembly sessions and AOH-LAOH event afterwards on April 24th.

The assembly Session should begin at 1:00 pm. We want as many areas around the state as possible to be represented. If you want to sit in the gallery as our AOH resolutions are commended, you must wear proper attire such as a suit jacket and tie. You should also visit or phone your state senate or assembly member to alert them that you will be present at the legislative event. We ask that you extend an invitation to them to attend the special AOH-LAOH event afterwards.

Brothers and friends: this special commendation on the NYS Senate and Assembly floor is a day for which we can all be proud. We need as many of you from around the state to attend and show our state representatives that the AOH and Irish Americans expect the same recognition as others for our history and contributions.

Martin Galvin
NYAOH Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Chair

1st Annual Adult Gaelic Football Tournament

On behalf of the New York State Board, I am delighted to announce our First Annual Adult Gaelic Football Tournament!  I know we have plenty of Hibernians across the state who have never seen a game of Gaelic Football live, or have never been to Gaelic Park.  Well now is the time so mark your calendars for Sunday April 8th!

Thanks to Vic Vogel, our New York State President for coming up with this idea, and thanks to the New York State Board for sponsoring this event.  The games will be played with a seven-man format, instead of the normal 15 a-side.  It is played at a fast pace and very entertaining to watch. We expect to have 10 teams competing.  The tournament will be held on Sunday April 8th at Gaelic Park in the Bronx from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Admission is only $10. This will be a fun-filled day of Gaelic football at the highest level.  Of course, food will be served and the bar will be open for your pleasure.

A group of Piper’s will lead the opening ceremony and parade the teams around the park.  If you are involved in a pipe band and would like to participate, please contact our worthy State President, Vic Vogel.

All proceeds from this event will go towards college scholarships for students active in the Gaelic Athletic program, both boys and girls.  If you as an individual your division or County would consider making a donation it would be greatly appreciated.   I am also looking for donations from the LAOH.  In New York State, the GAA Minor Board have over 2,000 members registered between the ages of 6 /18.  Approximately 20% of these members are female. 

These young people are the future of our organizations.  It is important that we let them know who we are and what we stand for. All donations no matter how small would be greatly appreciated.

Please make checks payable to New York State Board and put in the memo GAA scholarships. Checks can be mailed to Michael Byrne, PO Box 363, Huntington, NY 11743.

Thank you in advance for your support and hope to see you in Gaelic Park on April 8th.  It is important that we support our Irish heritage and culture!

Respectfully submitted.

Michael Byrne
New York State AOH Sports Chairman