Stating, “the Ballymurphy Massacre families need American help in their 47-year battle for justice”, Carmel Quinn, a sister of one of 11 victims of the massacre, John Laverty, concluded a five-state American tour sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The tour came on the heels of the attacks by 150 Tory MPs and British Prime Minister Theresa May who are desperate to discredit investigations of British forces for ‘Troubles’ killings in the north of Ireland. Carmel Quinn, who is also a member of Relatives for Justice, met with U.S. Senators and Members of Congress asking for help in shining the light of justice on the slaughter of the innocents which occurred in Ballymurphy, Belfast, North of Ireland on August 9 – 11, 1971.
While on the U.S. tour, Ms. Quinn spoke about the need to bring awareness to the Ballymurphy Massacre and the need for justice. She delivered this message again and again to sympathetic audiences in Philadelphia, PA; Middletown, NJ; Suffolk County, NY; Washington, DC; Albany, NY; Cleveland, OH and in the Bronx and Manhattan, NY.
“The Ballymurphy Massacre is a fundamental test of Britain’s ability to give legacy justice. If victims cannot get justice where 11 people, including a Catholic priest and mother of 8 children were killed by British troops, how can we expect justice in any killings or collusion murders where British forces were involved? AOH National Vice-President Danny O’Connell and National Secretary Jere Cole recently promised the Ballymurphy families that America would stand behind them in their battle for justice. We are committed to keep that pledge”. – Martin Galvin, Esq., National AOH Freedom for All Ireland Chair.
National AOH Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Chairman Martin Galvin was honored with the Fr. John Murphy award bestowed by the Albany AOH and LAOH. Carmel Quinn, sister of Ballymurphy victim John Laverty delivered the keynote address on behalf of Relatives for Justice, a Belfast-based organization working to shed light on the Ballymurphy Massacre. The annual FFAI event was held on Friday, November 16, 2018 in the Albany Hibernian Hall.
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 and others held across the nation are donated to over a dozen worthy charities/causes throughout the North of Ireland.
(Photos and report provided by Tim McSweeney, AOH National Organizer)
(View a photo album of the day’s events courtesy of John O’Connell)
During the morning meeting, AOH members from across the state heard reports from the Executive Board Members and District Directors. Committee chairs also delivered reports on Right to Life, Buy Irish, Website and Social Media, Publicity, Empire Hibernian Newsletter, Special Projects, Freedom for All Ireland, Charity and Missions, Veteran’s Affairs, NYS Scholarship, Sports, Catholic Action, Historian and the Organizer’s report.
Attending the events were the top four National Board Officers: President Judge Jim McKay, Vice President Danny O’Connell, Secretary Jere Cole and Treasurer Sean Pender. Joining the National Executive Board were four National Directors including New York’s own Liam McNabb and Dan Dennehy who attended along with other National Board officers and many National and State Past Presidents. Camaraderie with the LAOH was evident with the attendance of LAOH National Vice President Karen Keane and LAOH State President Jackie Clute who were joined by many Sister Hibernians in wishing outgoing NYAOH President Vic Vogel the best as his term concludes in July 2019.
Father Henry Reid, NY State Chaplain for the Ancient Order of Hibernians has been awarded National Life Membership. Father Reid received his Life Member medallion at the Suffolk County AOH Board meeting held on October 17, 2018 at Division 9’s John Hennessy Hall in Mt. Sinai, NY.
In attendance was NY AOH State President and National Life Member Vic Vogel, National Life Member Walter Butler, NYS AOH Secretary John Manning, Suffolk County AOH President Jerry Belmont, along with other NYS Board officers, Suffolk County Board and division officers and members.
Father Reid was ordained in 2006 at the age of 37 for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y. He is currently the Pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Patchogue, NY. Congratulations Father Reid!
Photo provided by Jeff Nisler
The AOH New York State Board is proud to have been named the Best AOH Marching Unit for the 2018 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Congratulations to our Brothers of the AOH Orange County Board who took 2nd Place Best AOH Marching Unit and AOH Myles Scully, Division #1 Yonkers who took 3rd Place Best AOH Marching Unit.
Thanks to all participants for making a great show on 5th Ave. this year! We look forward to seeing and marching with you again on 5th Avenue on Saturday,March 16, 2019.
On Tuesday, September 25 Yonkers City Council became the first major city to unanimously adopt the McGuinness Principles.
The impetus came from Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Myles Scully Division One Yonkers and its president Kevin Ellis. The council meeting was attended by officers and members from national, New York State and all of Westchester divisions, as well as LAOH members, officers of the United Irish Counties, Hudson Valley Irish Center, Police Emerald Society of Westchester County, The American Irish Association of Westchester and many Yonkers residents. AOH National Director Dan Dennehy and Division One past President Bob Stauf testified for the McGuinness Principles.
An AOH press release stated that Dennehy testified as a proud son of Yonkers. He recognized that the City of Yonkers has long embraced the rights of all citizens, including its large Irish American community.
The McGuinness Principles seeks the same for all in Ireland, by instilling a bill of rights, language equality, justice on legacy crimes and self-determination through a referendum on Irish unity.
Stauf then testified that Yonkers was the first City Council to adopt the MacBride Principles and had issued the first proclamation that Gerry Adams received during his first visit to the U.S. Stauf thanked Councilman John Rubbo for proposing the resolution and Councilman Mike Breen and Council President Mike Khader for their enthusiastic support.
Rubbo remarked that 20 years ago the Good Friday Agreement was ratified by more than 70 percent of the voters in the north of Ireland, yet much needs to be done so that McGuinness’ legacy may be fulfilled. He also recognized the AOH for keeping the issues of Ireland on their agenda.
Khader said that he studied the McGuinness Principles and the need for these principles is not unique to the north of Ireland. “Truth, fairness, and an even playing field are principles we should all live by regardless of race, religion, color, creed or political party and that is why I am proudly supporting this resolution.”
The McGuinness Principles were then adopted 7-0.
The Msgr. James Ruddy Division #1 in Watertown, New York has stepped up its Charities and Missions program over the last year, and the Summer of 2018 will be remembered for several important donations and presentations that were made. The members of Division #1 presented donations and pledges of support to Habitat for Humanity, The Jefferson County SPCA, The Watertown Backpack Program and The Immaculate Heart Central School of Watertown. The funds totaled over $2,500 and were raised via the many events and activities that Division #1 sponsors throughout the year.