Division #9 NY County Hosts Memorial Mass for Martin McGuinness at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Capacity attendance at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Month’s Mind Mass in memory of the late Martin McGuinness


The AOH Division #9 New York County sponsored a “Month’s Mind” Memorial Mass for the late Martin McGuiness at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on May 24th, 2017.  The mass drew many Irish American Community leaders, as well as current and past Political Leaders from both sides of the Atlantic.

The Reverend Monsignor Robert Ritchie, Pastor of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, was the principal celebrant of the mass, which included readings by AOH National Director Sean Pender, and Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald.  Former Special Envoy Senator George Mitchell delivered the eulogy.

(Photos by John O’Connell)

Main Altar at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City


Former Special Envoy Senator George Mitchell delivers eulogy for Martin McGuiness at St. Patrick’s Cathedral




Albany Division #5 Hosts Manchester Martyrs Lecture Series

John Levendosky Albany Div 5 FFAI Chair, Albany City Councilman Joseph Igoe Albany Div 5, Ciaran Geraghty NYS AOH FFAI Chair, Professor Ruan O’Donnell Limerick University, Albany County Legislator Raymond Joyce Albany Div 5 and Patrick Miller Monroe Div 7


On April 20 2017, Albany LAOH Division #1, Albany AOH Division #5 and the Irish American Heritage Museum co-sponsored a commemorative lecture by Dr. Ruan O’Donnell.

The evening started with presentation of resolution/proclamations from Albany County Legislator Raymond Joyce and Albany City Council Member Joseph Igoe to commemorate the Manchester Martyrs. Ray and Joe are both AOH Division #5 members.

New York State Assemblyman and Staten Island Brothers Michael Cusick was unable to attend the Albany event but sent a Proclamation in support of of the Manchester Martyrs commemoration.



State Board Announces College Scholarship Program for 2017



Each year, the New York State Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians awards a scholarship for college study. The amount of the award depends on the number of qualified candidates, as well as the availability of the funds. The typical scholarship award is $750 per year for four years—a total of $ 3,000. This scholarship is intended for 2017 high school graduates who will be matriculating freshman in college in September 2017.



1. The parent or guardian of the recipient must be a Major Degree member in good standing of any AOH or LAOH Division in New York State.
2. The parent or guardian must maintain membership in their respective division of the AOH or LAOH for the term of the scholarship.
3. Each year, the recipient must provide evidence of satisfactory academic performance during the term of the scholarship by submitting to the Scholarship Chairman a transcript of grades received from the previous academic year.


1. A positive recommendation by your parish priest.
2. Results of the SAT Math and SAT Verbal test scores.
3. AOH Scholarship Test Results. This is a test of the applicant’s knowledge of Irish History. This test will consist of multiple choice questions and an essay whose emphasis will be on Irish History. The test will be supervised by the Division President or a member chosen by the Division President.
4. No member can supervise the giving of the exam if they have a child that is applying for the scholarship.

• The completed application
• A copy of the highest SAT Math score and highest SAT Verbal score
• Student Transcript
• A positive recommendation from the parish priest
A copy of the AOH membership card of the applicant, parent, or guardian. This verifies membership and the Major Degree date.

Send by June 4th, 2017 to the chairman of the State Scholarship Committee:
James Russell
219 North Middletown Road,
Unit E
Pearl River, N.Y. 10965

Do you have any questions? E-mail russe340@aol.com


Download the Scholarship Application-2017 Here



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:




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.