Ceol Mór Bagpipe Band Competition A Success

The Ceol Mór Bagpipe Band Competition and Festival was held on Saturday, July 22nd and was a huge success according to Dermot Moore, NYAOH Special Projects Chair, and an organizer of the event.  The festival and competition, held at the newly opened Rockland GAA fields in Orangeburg, was sponsored by the Rockland County AOH. The event will be held annually so look for the event in July 2018. 

A video of the event is available through Dropbox.

NYS AOH Installs New Officers At Convention

The Ancient Order of Hibernians of New York elected Victor Vogel as its new State President at its 99th Biennial Convention which was held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel and Convention Center in Buffalo, New York. The convention which ran from July 12 through July 15 was attended by more than 500 delegates from all regions of New York State. The AOH currently has over 16,000 members in New York State.

(l-r) New York State Officers:  Treasurer Thomas O’Donnell, President Victor Vogel, Vice President Thomas Lambert and Secretary John Manning.

President Vogel, who will serve a 2 year term, is a Life Member of the AOH and hails from Islip, NY. He was first elected to the State Board as a District 6 Director in 2009. 

President Vogel succeeds outgoing New York State President Tim McSweeney, who was congratulated for having a very successful term of office. Past President McSweeney continues to serve as a National AOH Board Organizer.

Tom Lambert of Buffalo was selected as New York State Vice President, John Manning of Queens was chosen as New York State Secretary, and Thomas O’Donnell of Niagara Falls was elected New York State Treasurer.

Pictured above are some of the District Directors who joined the executive board officers following their installation, which was held at the conclusion of the Closing Mass in Buffalo’s St. Joseph’s Cathedral.


The eight District Directors who were also selected by the delegates, will oversee the day to day operations of the Order in their respective regions. For a full list of New York State AOH officials, please visit the officer’s page on this site.

The 99th Biennial Convention Concludes

The 99th AOH New York State Biennial Convention has concluded and delegates from across the state headed back home invigorated with thoughts and ideas obtained during the informative sessions.  Thanks to the Buffalo Convention Committee and all of our Western New York AOH Brothers for a unforgettable stay. The Buffalo Convention will be remembered for a very long time! 

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the NYS Board. Special thanks and a job well done to our outgoing officers, especially Tim McSweeney.  The success of the last two years was due in no small part to your leadership and hard work!

Click here to view photo albums taken at the many convention events. (Photos courtesy of John O’Connell). Additional photos will be added shortly.

Members and convention guests are invited to submit their favorite photos and/or videos of the convention events for posting on the website.  Please send to


Suffolk County Adult Gaelic Football Club

The first ever Suffolk County Adult Gaelic Football Club was established this spring and off to a great start. The club, known as Suffolk County Hibernians, was founded with the help of Mike Byrne, NYS AOH Sports Chairman who has been active in finding ways to keep our Irish heritage, sport, and culture alive in New York.  This past weekend was the teams first game facing-off against the Long Island Gaels Gaelic Football Club.  The Suffolk County Hibernians won the game 1-14 to 1-12.

Bronx County Officers Installed by National Director


Left to right: Sean McCarthy- Marshal, Tim O’Donohue-Sentinel, Chris Butler-Financial Secretary, John Hyland-Recording Secretary, guest, Tom Beirne-District Director, Bob Nolan, Dan Dennehy, Martin Galvin-Vice-President, Jim O’Farrell-Treasurer and John Ward, Chair. of the Standing Committee.


On June 21,  AOH National Director Dan Dennehy installed the officers of The Bronx County Board.  He proudly presented the leadership gavel to Bob Nolan who was elected to a 3rd term as Bronx County President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

The Installation Ceremony was held at the Charles Bajart American Legion Post on McLean Avenue in Yonkers.


In Memoriam: Raymond Hess of Division #1 Watervliet


     Raymond J. Hess, III, 64, died on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn with his family by his side.

     Born in Troy, Ray was the son of the late Raymond J. Hess, Jr. and Loretta E. Finn Hess. He was raised in Watervliet and Latham and was a 1973 graduate of Shaker High School. Ray owned Hess’s Bar in Watervliet and in 1980 worked with his father at Tri-City Lanes in Menands. In 1992 he began a career with the New York State Senate in Albany. Referred to as the “64th Senator” Ray was well known in the senate and was thought of fondly by many there. Over the course of his 25 years career, Ray was proud to have served each of the State Senators with grace and dignity. He retired on June 7th of this year.

     Ray was a life-long member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and was past president and member of the William F. Fennelly Division # 1 AOH in Watervliet. 
He was an avid NY Jets fan and enjoyed the times he spent with his family and at home where he loved to care for his lawn.
     He was the much loved husband, for 37 years, of Jeryl J. (Bodo) Hess; cherished father of Raymond J. (Christine S.) Hess, IV and Richard J. Hess; brother of Robert J. Hess of Niskayuna and the late Mary Diane and Ronald J. Hess; nephew of Leona Finn (late William) of North Greenbush; son in law of the late Russell J. and Carole A. Bodo; brother-in-law of Cheryl Bodo, Stephen Bodo, Jami Bodo, Jacqueline Vincent (Ron) and the late Thomas Bodo as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, his late faithful canine companion Izzy and a host of close friends. 

     Ray’s family extends a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of both Albany Medical Center and St. Peter’s Hospice Inn and to Dr. David Shaffer for the wonderful care given to Ray over the course of his illness.

     Ray’s funeral will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 am from the Parker Bros. Memorial in Watervliet and will proceed to St. Ambrose Church in Latham where at 10:30 am the Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Brian Kelly, pastor. The rite of committal and interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Watervliet. Friends are invited to attend and may also visit with Ray’s family on Monday from 3 until 8 PM at the funeral home. To those who wish to remember Ray in a special way, his family suggests donations to the Chief Thomas McCormack Burnout Fund, 116-13th Street, Watervliet, NY 12189 to assist families who suffer a loss due to a fire. 

Albany County AOH Convention is a Success

(L-R) John McCarthy, Immediate Past County President, Liam McNabb, AOH National Director, Tim Weklar, Albany County President

The Albany County AOH Convention was held on June 8, 2017 at the Watervliet Hibernian Hall.  Timothy Weklar was elected Albany County President along with a slate of officers representing Albany Div. 5 and Watervliet Division 1.  National Director Liam McNabb installed the officers.

At the meeting, delegates were selected for the upcoming State Convention and outgoing County President John McCarthy was recognized for his successful term in office.

In Memoriam: Colonel Maurice “Moss” Michael Savage of Division #5 Albany


     Albany-Colonel Maurice “Moss” Michael Savage (Ret) – Dearly loved Husband, Dad, Grandfather, Brother, Brother-in-law, Uncle, Godfather, Cousin and friend to all. Aged 77 years, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with dementia. Even in the height of his illness Maurice continued on the way in which he lived his life, always putting the needs of others above his own. Maurice was born on Strand Road in Tralee Co. Kerry Ireland on October 10, 1939. He was the son of the late Richard “Dick” Savage and Kathleen “Kitty” Foley Savage.

     On June 10, 1967, Moss married the loved of his life, Sheila Kenny Savage of Millbrook, Oldcastle Co. Meath Ireland and together they spent 48 years cherishing one another until Sheila predeceased Maurice in November 2015. He is the adored Dad of Sheila Savage Maguire, Kevin Savage (Kim) and grandchildren Kathleen Maguire, Matthew, and Elizabeth “Ellie” Savage. Moss is also survived by his brothers Richard, Michael and Brian Savage, and the brother in law of Kathleen, Michele and Marcia. Maurice was also predeceased by his older sister Mary, who passed away in Ireland. Extended Savage, Lawlor, Spicer, Foley and Griffin Families, many nieces, nephews, first cousins and many cousins from the O’Sullivan family in Tralee Co. Kerry Ireland.

     Moss was educated by the Christian Brothers in Ireland, until he came to the U.S.A. with his parents. He is a graduate of Our Lady of Angels and a proud member of the Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) Class of 1959, Albany, New York. Maurice frequently and fondly remembered his classmates and days at CBA and his respect for and friendship with the late Brother Aloysius Myers. Moss is a graduate of Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY (1962) and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY (1974).

     Maurice’s family are extremely proud of his military service to his adopted country, enlisting in the U.S. Army on October 20, 1959, serving 33 years and achieving the rank of Colonel. Military Accommodations include the Meritorious Service with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation with oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal (x2), the National Defense Medal, the Army Reserve Medal, the NYS Military Commendation Medal, The Long & Faithful Service Medal (x3), the Army Service Medal, the Overseas Service Medal (with Conspicuous Service), The NYS Aid to Civil Authority Medal, NG Res Achievement Medal, The Pathfinder Patch and the Cold War Victory Medal. Colonel Savage also had tours of duty in Laos and Panama and the Attica Prison riot of 1971. Maurice was a graduate of the Empire State Military Academy – Officer Candidate School (OCS), Camp Smith Peekskill, NY – August 13, 1965, the U.S. Army Signal School, Fort Gordon, Georgia – August 15, 1975 and The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas – July 9, 1984.

     In addition to his military career Moss’ places of employment include Schaffer Brewery, Albany New York, Facility Supervisor for the NYS Department of Mental Hygiene – OD Heck Developmental Center, and he finished his career with over twenty years of service to New York State as an environmental analyst for the Division of Military and Naval Affairs – HHD STARC Headquarters, retiring in 2001.

     Always the American patriot, Moss was also a steadfast and proud County Kerry man, supporting the love of his Irish culture and roots and passing that love down to his children and grandchildren. He was a great supporter of his Gaelic football club in Ireland – Kerins O’Rahillys and he was proud of his family’s personal connection and friendship with Strand Road legend and patriot Charlie Kerins. Moss loved Irish music, a very fine singer, like his mother before him, Moss could often be heard singing his favourites, Fiddlers Green, The Fields of Athenry, The Town I Loved So Well and White, Orange and Green.

     Known as a gentleman, there was never a time when Moss wouldn’t jump in to lend a helping hand to others. Moss was a very talented self taught plumber, electrician, carpenter, painter and car mechanic and he used these talents in being quick to assist and never asked for anything in return. Mossy’s hobbies included, Irish music, golf, scuba diving, BBQ’s, darts, boating & waterskiing and traveling, especially home to Ireland.

     Memberships and accomplishments: In 1959 Moss joined the Ancient Order of Hibernians Albany (AOH) Men’s Division #5 and this chartered the course for Moss’ years of tireless countless hours of volunteerism for the fraternal organizations that Moss held dear to his heart. Moss completed his Hibernian Major Degrees in 1976 with the Schenectady AOH Team. He is the Past President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Albany (1981 – 1986). In 1984, he chaired the National Hibernian Convention, bringing it to Albany for the very first time. In 1987, he was elected AOH Albany County President in 1989 he became the NYS Director of AOH District #1. Moss was the 1987 Hibernian of the Year and served as President of the Hibernian Hall Association for many years until 2001. Then, in 2003 the AOH awarded him with the prestigious Lifetime Membership Medal. In 1960 Moss became an active member of the Albany, New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and he received the great honor of serving as the 1999 Grand Marshall of the Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Maurice also volunteered for the Albany Democratic Committee for many years. He is the Recipient of the 2005 Christian Brothers Academy Distinguished Alumni Award, Member of the North Albany American Legion Post #1610 and became the 1996 – 1997 #1610 Post Commander, Proud Member of the North Albany Limericks, Member of the Colonie Elks, Member of the Veteran’s Corps, 69th Regiment, Member of the Polish Club, Member of the Pipe & Drum Band Cumann Failte, in 1968 they became the very first Pipe Band from America to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Proud parent of CBA, proud Dad/Grandparent of The Academy of the Holy Names and proud Dad/Grandparent of the Michael Farrell School of Traditional Irish Step Dancing.

     From Kerry to Colonel, a truly remarkable man with a long and a lustrous career of service to his God, Country, family and friends, he was so loved and admired.

     Moss’ children and family would like to extend their gratitude to St. Pius X R.C. Church, the St. Pius X Pastoral Care Team, The Eddy Hawthorne Ridge, The Carmelite Sisters and the Teresian House Staff for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Christian Brothers Academy (CBA).
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Maurice’s family Sunday, June 11, 2017 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen Street, Albany.

     Funeral services Monday, June 12, 2017 8:30 am from McVeigh Funeral Home, Albany thence to St. Pius X Church, Loudonville at 9:30 am where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated.

     Interment with Military Honors will be held at 12:00 pm in Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery immediately following the Funeral Mass.

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Yonkers Division Helps Catholic High School Acquire New Technology

Division #1 Yonkers member John Walsh presents $1,000 pledge to Fr. Tom Collins, President of Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains


The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Myles Scully Division #1 of Yonkers recently presented a donation to Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains that will help the school to continue implementing its new learning technology platform.

Division #1 member John Walsh presented a $1,000 donation to Fr. Tom Collins, who is the President of Stepinac High School. John is a graduating senior from Stepinac this year and is the son of Division #1 Vice President Jim Walsh.

The funds will be used to purchase new Samsung Chromebooks for student use. School officials explained that new technology is becoming a necessity in today’s learning environment.
“Since our school uses a blended learning environment where the teacher uses online resources that include Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), digital textbooks, and my Pearson Online Labs, the use of mobile devices is becoming more and more important every year.” said Stepinac Advancement Officer Patrick Massaroni, “The ability to acquire additional Chromebooks will only add to our ability to ensure that every student has the resources to use our digital platforms regardless of the circumstances.”

Donation will go to purchasing new Chromebooks for students


Division #1 Yonkers has also supported other local Catholic High Schools with donations for computers labs at Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers and Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale.

The funds provided by the Hibernians were raised at the AOH Yonkers Annual Charity Golf Outing which is held each spring at the Ardsley Country Club in Dobbs Ferry.


Orange County Observes Memorial Day

AOH members of Division 1 and Division 4 of Orange County, New York attended sunrise Memorial Day services at seven Cemetery and Monument locations in Goshen, New York. At each location a prayer was recited for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice followed by piper playing Amazing Grace and then a twenty-one gun salute by members of the American Legion. While visiting the Orange County Veterans Cemetery members paid their respects at the gravesite of 1st. Lt, Louis Allen who died in Iraq and is the namesake of the first AOH Junior Division in Orange County. A decade of the Rosary was said by members along with his parents who were in attendance.