Suffolk’s Clancy Honored as Hibernian of the Year

Brian Clancy was honored as Hibernian of the Year at the Suffolk County Division 3’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance held on March 11, 2017. Brian received the Commodore John Barry Medal from NY AOH Vice President Victor Vogel.  Also in attendance was NY AOH Secretary Tom Lambert and Suffolk County President Jack Ryan.

Pictured (l-r) NY AOH Vice President Vic Vogel; Brian Clancy, Division 3 Suffolk County Hibernian of the Year; Suffolk County President Jack Ryan and Tom Lambert, NY AOH Secretary.

Bishop O’Hara is Guest Speaker at Yonkers Division Communion Breakfast

Pictured are Westchester County President Aidan O’Kelly Lynch, Past NYS President Charles Chip McLean, Division #1 President Kevin Ellis, Bishop John O’Hara, Division #1 Treasurer Mike Morley, NYS District 4 Director Tom Bierne, Breakfast Committee Chairman Brendan Murphy

 

The Myles Scully Division #1 of Yonkers hosted its Annual Communion Breakfast at St. Joseph’s Seminary this past weekend. Over 175 people were in attendance to hear guest speaker Bishop John O’Hara, who is the Vicar of Southern Manhattan and Staten Island.

Hibernian procession at the conclusion of Mass in the Chapel at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers

 

The Hibernians were welcomed back to the Dunwoodie by Seminary Rector Msgr. Peter Vaccari and Dean of Seminarians Fr. Nicholas Zientarski, who co-celebrated the mass with Bishop O’Hara. As per custom, the seminary agreed to once again allow The McSweeney Chalice to be used in the celebration of the Mass.

Bishop John O’Hara speaking at the Yonkers Communion Breakfast

 

Division #1 also presented Peter Van Slyck with the James G. McGinty Hibernian of the Year Award. Peter is a long time member of Division #1, and has played a vital role in helping the Division achieve success over the past decade. Peter is a Yonkers Police Officer and currently serves as the President of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester County.

Peter Van Slyck with his wife Margaret. Peter was awarded the James McGinty Hibernian of the Year Award for 2017.

 

Division #1 also was able to present the seminary with a $1,000 pledge in support of vocations. Division #1 also presented Bishop O’Hara with a $500 donation in support of Trinity House Retreat Center in Westchester.

 

Over 175 people attended the event this year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queens County Board Hosts Major Degree Ceremony

 

Pictured in the photo: New York State Vice President Victor J. Vogel, New York State Treasurer & Queens County President John J. Manning, New York State District 5 Director Walter Cooper, and Kings County President Steve Kiernan.

On Sunday February 26, 2017, The John F. Kennedy Division 1 Schenectady Major Degree Team conferred the Major Degrees of the Order. This event was hosted by the Officers and Members of Queens County, NY. In attendance were 80 Brother Hibernians participating as degree team members, candidates, and observers. Forty-one candidates from surrounding counties were inducted into our Order.

Hibernians Join in Welcoming Norwegian Airlines to Stewart Airport

Airline to Offer Discount Flights to Dublin, Belfast and Shannon beginning July 1, 2017

From L to R: OC Legislator James O’Donnell, NY State AOH Organizer Keith Reynolds, OC Executive Steve Neuhaus, Lars Sande SVP Norwegian Air, Michael Torelli Port Authority, NY State Assemblymen Karl Brabenec.

 

Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians from Orange, Rockland and Sullivan County attended a press conference announcing new low cost flights to Ireland from Stewart International Airport beginning July 1st.  The members of the AOH were welcomed by Michael Torelli of the Port Authority of New York.

Hibernians from Orange, Rockland and Sullivan were in attendance.

 

Norwegian Airlines will offer non-stop service on its Boeing 737-MAX Jets to Dublin, Belfast and Shannon for as low as $69.00 each way.  Tickets went on sale that morning and over 2,500 tickets were already purchased at the conclusion of the event.

AOH New York State Organizer Keith Reynolds with Unateresa Gormley and Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus

It is expected to attract thousands of travelers to Ireland who are looking for affordable travel to Europe.  It was also announced the there will be bus service between The Port Authority bus terminal in NYC and Stewart for around $18.00.

“Our new, non-stop service will enable tens of thousands of new travelers to fly between the continents much more comfortably and affordably,” said Norwegian Air Founder Bjørn Kjos.

 

For more information, you can visit Norwegian Airlines online at:

www.norwegian.com/us/booking/flight-tickets

 

 

Schenectady Degree Team Confers Major Degrees

The John F. Kennedy Division 1 Schenectady Major Degree Team (MDT) conferred the Major Degrees of the Order on Sunday, January 29, 2017 in the Fr. Henry Tansey, Division 5 Hall in Albany.  In attendance were more than seventy-five Brother Hibernians participating as degree team members, candidates and observers. Twenty-seven candidates from surrounding counties were inducted.

Pictured above (seated left) is Brother Michael P. Glenn, AOH Life Member and Chairman of the Schenectady MDT, who thanked the candidates for completing the lessons of the Order and welcomed them into the inner circle of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. According to Brother Glenn, the Schenectady MDT was founded in 1920 and presently has 30 members. The Hibernian presence took root in Schenectady with Division 1 in 1880 and has thrived ever since.

Also pictured above (standing left) is Jim Scott, President of Schenectady’s John F. Kennedy AOH Division 1 and member of the Major Degree Team. Standing to the right of Brother Scott is Tim McSweeney, National AOH Organizer and NY State President who acted as Master of Ceremony. Also pictured are the twenty-seven Brother Hibernians who received their Major Degree — congratulations!

Albany Area FFAI Event A Success

The Albany AOH/LAOH Freedom for All Ireland Fundraiser was held at the Father Henry Tansey Division 5 Hall on Saturday, January 28, 2017.  The Guest of Honor was Winner of the 2016 Father Murphy Award, Father Gary Donegan from Holy Cross Church, Ardoyne, Belfast, NI. Fr. Donegan captivated those in attendance with his reflections on the ordeals suffered by the children attending Holy Cross School and the work of all those involved in peace and reconciliation.

In attendance were many AOH National Board Officers including Sean Pender, National Treasurer; Liam McNabb, National Director for NY, Dan Dennehy, National Director for the NY Metro Area and National Immigration Chair and Tim McSweeney, National Organizer and New York State Board President.

Many NY State AOH/LAOH Board officers were in attendance including NY LAOH President Karen Keane and NY State Board Secretary, Tom Lambert who came in from Buffalo.

Congratulations to Albany area Hibernians, Delores Desch of LAOH JFK Division 1 and John Levendosky, Father Henry Tansey, AOH Division 5, Event Co-chairs for a job well done and thank you to all Hibernian Brothers and Sisters who made the night a huge success.

NY Hibernians March for Life

The Annual National March for Life took place on Friday, January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC.  AOH State officers and members of the AOH and LAOH marched along with thousands more to show the Order’s support for the Unborn.

NYS AOH Board members (l-r) John Manning, NYS Treasurer; Timothy McSweeney, NYS President; Thomas Beirne, NYS District 4 Director and Keith Reynolds, NYS Organizer

 

Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) televising some of the many NYS AOH and LAOH members, including NYAOH State Chaplain Father Henry Reid who joined thousands of other marchers in Washington for the Annual Right to Life March.

 

The National AOH Board was well represented: (l-r) Dennis Parks, National AOH Director; Daniel O’Connell, National AOH Vice President; Timothy McSweeney, National AOH Organizer/NYS AOH President; and John Patrick Walsh, National AOH Pro-Life Chairman

 

Additional televised coverage of the NY AOH and LAOH contingent.

 

New Junior Division Established in Orange County

The Joseph Duelk, Jr., Division 1 in Monroe, Orange County held an organizational meeting, of the “First Lt. Louis Allen – Junior Division 1 of Orange County” on January 21, 2017. Eighteen boys signed the application to form the Junior Division. Pictured in the photo (in no order) are some of the newly installed members of the Junior Division, Declan DeBold, Anthony Melo, Liam Ronayne, Timothy Curtin, Harry Degan, William Coffey, Shane Cronin, Conor Flynn, Luke Cronin and Edward Degan. Also present are members of Joseph Duelk Jr. Division 1, (seated L/R), Tom Keahon, President Tommy Flynn, Robert Allen, Rob Ronayne and Tom McDonald, AOH Orange County President. Standing in back: Chris DeBold, Tim Curtain and John Coffey. Vice President Neil O’Riordan (not pictured) will advise and guide the new members.

The division was named in memory of 1st Lt. Louis Allen, New York Army National Guard, who was killed on June 7, 2005, at Forward Operating Base Danger in Tikrit, Iraq. 1st Lieutenant Allen was a member of the United States 42nd Infantry Division when he was mortally wounded by a Claymore mine and died.

In attendance was Vivian and Robert Allen the parents of Lt. Louis Allen.  The father of Lt. Louis Allen had the honor of initiating the new members.

Syracuse Right to Life March

On Saturday, January 21, the Syracuse N.Y. Ancient Order of Hibernians: Commodore John Barry Division #2, and the Syracuse Ladies AOH participated in the Annual Right to Life March in downtown Syracuse N.Y.  Over 300 people took part in a 30 minute procession which began at 12 noon and ended in Columbus Circle in downtown Syracuse.  A short ceremony was then held that included speakers from several Pro-Life organizations.   Also in attendance at the march were the following New York State Hibernian officers: President Tim McSweeney, Secretary Tom Lambert and District 3 Director Tim Kirwan. The National AOH was represented by Director Liam McNabb.   The Syracuse AOH expresses our thanks to our National and State officers for their support.

Photos provided by Dick Lowery, Pro-Life Chairman of the Syracuse, N.Y., AOH Commodore John Barry Division #2

Division #1 in Auburn Holds Officer Installation Ceremony

 

 

On an unseasonably balmy January night in Auburn, State President Tim McSweeney installed officers the John F. Kennedy Division #1 of Cayuga County. President McSweeney was assisted by State Secretary Tom Lambert, State District #3 Director Tim Kirwan, National Director Liam McNabb. They were joined by many honored guests including Past State Presidents Jim Burke and Mike McNabb, Past National President Ed Wallace and the legendary National Secretary Emeritus Tom McNabb. Bob Oliver took the helm as Division President and Denise Sodus was installed as the Ladies Division President.