AOH/LAOH Delegation Meets with Border Communities Against Brexit

A delegation of forty AOH and LAOH members met with the group known as Border Communities Against Brexit in Newry, the city referred to as the “Gateway to the North” on the border of County Armagh and County Down. The encounter followed a discussion at Dromintee Gaelic Athletic Club, as part of the first stop on the delegation’s Freedom For All Ireland Tour of Ireland.

A panel including National President, Judge James McKay, National Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Martin Galvin, and Border Cross-Community leaders Damien McGenity, Declan Fearon, and John Sheridan discussed the impact Brexit will cause to All Ireland economics and the peace process. The Border Committee Against Brexit members thanked the Hibernians for their continued commitment to fighting against Brexit and for Irish peace with justice and unity. They also stated their appreciation to Irish Americans for encouraging their federal and state legislators to stand up for the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process. Charlie Casey, President of Newry AOH and a Newry legislator welcomed the group at their first stop.

The annual Freedom for All Ireland delegation which this year includes LAOH National President Carol Sheyer, AOH National Treasurer Sean Pender, LAOH National Secretary Marilyn Madigan, and AOH National Directors Dan Dennehy & Denny Parks is organized by National FFAI Martin Galvin. (Reposted from original post on AOH.com)

Photo credits: Charlie Casey, President of Newry AOH and Newry Town Councillor

Rockland Division 1 Officer Installation

Rockland County A.O.H. Division 1 – North Rockland held their annual Officer Installation Meeting on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 in the West Haverstraw Town Hall complex. On hand to conduct the installation was Kevin P. Moore, NYS AOH District 8 Director and Kevin R. Cummings, NYS AOH Organizer and NYS AOH Co-Webmaster.  Assisting as a Marshal in the event was Brian Moore, member of Division 1 and brother of Kevin Moore. Brother Brian Moore is the Chief of Police in nearby Stoney Point.

Rockland County A.O.H. Division 1 North Rockland is led by Division President Daniel Donohue who will be representing the Rockland AOH/LAOH as the 2019 Aide to the Grand Marshal in the NY City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The division counts among its ranks, longtime AOH members; Cy Hughes, Jim Normoyle and Jim Clark, who along with their Brother Hibernians are very active in the county AOH. The division conducts many charitable fundraisers and scholarships to benefit the local community. In addition, the division is very active at the Montrose Nursing Home where they conduct an Irish Cultural Day much to the delight of the many residents at the facility. 

Greene County Mass Rock Division Officers Installed

Newly installed officers of Mass Rock Division 1, Greene County

The Inn at Leeds in Greene County was the site of the public installation for the officers of the Greene County Division 1, Mass Rock Division.  The event, which took place on Saturday, February 2, 2019, was followed by an celebratory installation luncheon.

In attendance to officiate and represent the NY State Board were District 1 Director Owen Cole, AOH National Director and NYAOH State Political Education Chair Liam McNabb, NYAOH Past President Peter Durkee, and Kevin Cummings, NYAOH Organizer.  Witnessing the installation and attending the luncheon were NY LAOH Vice President Mary Beth Durkee along with many family members and friends.

State and Division Officers in attendance at the Greene County Mass Rock Division 1 officer installation

Greene County Division 1 members are the caretakers of the Mass Rock located at the Irish Cultural Center in East Durham.  Greene County Mass Rock Division is also recognized as the traditional host division for the spring biannual board meeting which will be held this year on May 4-5.

 

AOH New York State Board Re-affirms its Position on Abortion

Ancient Order of Hibernians New York State Board Position on Abortion

“All life is precious from Conception to Natural Death.”

 

This has always been our stance on all Life issues. We Respect Life and know that Life is a gift from God.

We pray, civilly protest and express this stance in our actions month after month, year after year and in support of Church teachings. We have never wavered or succumbed to political or socially accepted attitudes of the times.

Even when a culture of death seems to be accepted by many, we show love, and support Life in all stages.

Let it be known that, our position on Abortion (and all respect life issues) does not change or evolve.

We have consistently been steadfast.

The latest bill signed in New York does not change the stance we take on the subject. It never will.

 

Ancient Order of Hibernians – New York State Board

 

 

Ireland’s Declaration of Independence Ceremonies Held in Albany

This week, New York legislators introduced a state resolution honoring Ireland’s Declaration of Independence. The measure sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Cusick and Senator Phillip Boyle, called for January 21, 2019 to be proclaimed as “Irish Declaration of Independence Day” across New York State. Ceremonies presenting the proclamations were held on Monday, January 28, 2019 on the Assembly and Senate floors. Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies AOH led by State Presidents Victor Vogel and Jacqueline Clute, assembled from around New York State and were in attendance for the ceremonies and presentation of the proclamations.  A celebration followed in the Albany Division 5 Hall.  View the January 28th event photo album.

Read more about NY State’s tribute to the Ireland.

 

Hibernians Raise Funds for Exceptional Children’s Charity

AOH Division 4 Breezy Point (Queens County) NY and AOH Division 12 Bay Ridge (Kings County) came together in our Organizations Motto of Friendship, Unity & Christian Charity and raised $6414.00 and all of the proceeds went to the Guild for Exceptional Children in Brooklyn, NY. It was Brother Jack McGuire (Division 4 Breezy Point) who came up with this idea, and coordinated a day with local rock bands to raise funds for this organization. Many of the Brother Hibernians from Queens County & Kings County attended back on Saturday November 17, 2018 at the Leif Pub in Bay Ridge Brooklyn.

(L-R) Jack McGuire AOH Division 4, Breezy Point, John Manning NYS AOH Secretary, Jerry McCabe Kings County President and Division 12 President

 

Hibernians Raise Funds for Exceptional Children’s Charity

Article and photos provided by John Manning, NYS AOH Secretary

Orange County Division 2 Delivers Holiday Cheer

Neighbors helping Neighbors –  On Saturday, December 22, 2018, fifty deserving civilian and military families in several Eastern Orange County communities received complete Christmas dinners thanks to the generous efforts of the members of the Father Donald J. Whelan, Division 2 in Cornwall, NY. Special thanks are in order to Brother John Encke who coordinated donations of turkeys and other food items from Stop & Shop (photos below).

 

Children’s Christmas Party – On Sunday, December 15, 2018, the division held its annual Children’s Christmas Party for member families and community friends. To the delight of the children, Santa arrived in a “special sleigh” provided by the members of the Mountainville Volunteer Fire Department. Children feasted on Mac & Cheese and other delights and then received their presents from Santa. Smiles abounded at the end of the afternoon! Special thanks to Kim Malone and Marge and Chris (Kringle) Sherwood for all their help (photos below).

Toys for the St Luke’s Hospital Pediatric Wing – The holiday season started early with a division sponsored fundraiser “Toys for the Children” held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 and coordinated by Division Brother John Walsh and his wife Kerre. Members, their families and community friends turned out and donated one hundred assorted toys (more than $2000 in value) which were delivered to the pediatric floor of St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh brightening spirits during difficult times (photo below).

Saratoga Division 1 Has Active Holiday Season

Commodore John Barry Division 1 in Saratoga Springs had a very busy holiday season raising funds for various charities. Pictured below is Ed Kelley of Division 1, AOH in Saratoga Springs, presenting a check from various fall fund raisers to Tony Zanella of the ECHO Food Pantry in Rock City Falls. The pantry is a member of the Regional Food Bank which has been helping to feed the poor and hungry in our communities since 1982. It is the only organization of its kind in northeastern New York and collects large donations of food from the food industry and distributes it to charitable agencies serving hungry and disadvantaged people.

Additional fund raising activities also allowed the division to provide a much-needed charitable contribution to Mary’s Haven Hospice Service in Saratoga Springs. Below Ed Kelley of Commodore John Barry Division 1 presents check to Robin Byrt of Mary’s Haven Hospice Service.

Division #16 in Mt. Kisco Supports Local Cancer and Hospice Centers

 

 

 On November 28, 2018 the A.O.H. Division 16 and Ladies A.O.H. Division 16 donated $4,523.00 to Hospice Care of Westchester/ Putnam Counties. The presentation was made at the annual “Tree of Life “ceremony held at the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco, NY. Hospice Care, a non-profit home health care agency provides home health services to patients with advanced illnesses.

On December 15, 2018 the A.O.H. and L.A.O.H. will present a donation of $4523.00 to Rosary Hill Cancer Center  located in Hawthorne, NY. Rosary Hill Home is run by the Dominican Sisters and provides hospice care for incurable cancer patients who are unable to afford care for themselves.

Since 1992 the A.O.H. has donated $248,250.14 to Hospice Care of Westchester /Putnam, Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne, NY and other organizations.  The fund raising drive was administered by Chairman Brian Jones.

The Division is grateful to the following parishes for their help-St. Patrick’s- Bedford, St. Francis of Assisi-Mount Kisco, and Holy Rosary-Hawthorne, St. Lawrence O’Toole-Brewster, St. Matthias-Bedford Hills,and St. Mary-Katonah, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton-Shrub Oak, Holy Innocents-Pleasantville, and St. John and St. Mary-Chappaqua.

Peekskill Division #18 Honors its Veterans

 

Division # 18 in Peekskill had a festive gathering where it awarded Hibernian Veterans pins and a certificate to its members. These veterans participated in World War II, Korea, Vietnam & the Gulf Wars. Awardees included the Division’s newest member Tim Murphy who received the Silver Star for valor in Vietnam. Division President Clive Cronin was assisted by Division #18 Officers, NYS District #4 Director Aidan O’Kelly-Lynch, NYS Commodore Barry Committee Chairman Brian Kelly and National Director Dan Dennehy.