In Memoriam: John Juhren of Division #1 Schenectady

 

 

It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of Brother John Juhren. John joined the Schenectady AOH in 1979 and has served as Division President as well as many other offices within the Division. He was NYS AOH District #1 Director and for many years served as the Upstate New York Coordinator for Project Children. John was a member of the Schenectady Major Degree Team, a position in which he took great pride. In addition, John was a National Life Member in the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

A wake will be held at Gleason Funeral Home, 730 State Street, Schenectady, on Thursday, February 22nd, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. A Hibernian Service is scheduled for 6:30 PM. A Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church, 806 Union Street, Schenectady, on Friday, February 23rd, at Noon.

Please keep the Juhren family in your prayers.

Sincerely,

Vic Vogel

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In Memoriam: Katherine “Kitty” Geissler of LAOH Division #11 Tarrytown

Kitty Geissler was a Member of the LAOH for 80 years.

 

Katherine M. ‘Kitty’ Geissler, a longtime resident of Tarrytown died February 18, 2018 at the age of 105. Kitty was born in County Limerick, Ireland on November 4, 1912. She was the daughter of James and Hannah Ring Bagnell. She immigrated to the United State in 1930 and married George R. Geissler on October 7, 1942.

In 1938, Kitty joined the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division #9 in Port Chester. The family moved to Tarrytown in 1951 and she joined the Division #11 which has since been named in her honor. Through the years she has served on every level of office including 10 consecutive terms as President. On the County level she also held many offices including that of President. She is well known throughout Hibernian circles and has been a delegate to most of the New York State and National Conventions. For several years she was a delegate to the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. She was an active member of the Irish American Association of Westchester, The Catholic Daughters, Ladies of Charity, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Tarrytown Senior Citizens. She was a parishioner of Transfiguration Church and a member of their Women’s Club.

In 1979 Kitty was honored by the American Irish Association of Westchester County for her many charitable works on behalf of senior citizens, the sick and the infirmed, cancer patients, the mentally challenged and the Missions. At that time she was the first A.I.A. Irish Woman of the Year. In 1986, Kitty was Aide to Grand Marshal Patrick Grimes in the Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day parade and in 1988 Aide to Grand Marshal Bill Burke in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In 1997, Kitty was the first Grand Marshal of the Sleepy Hollow St. Patrick’s Parade. Kitty’s dedication and good works were recognized by the L.A.O.H. when she was awarded the first Mother Teresa award by the organization. Kitty was a dedicated Hibernian with numerous contributions, respected community member, proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is truly a model of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity who was dedicated to live and work with our Motto.

Kitty is survived by her daughters Alice Koraca and Mary Brady both of Tarrytown. She is also survived by her 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband George, her son George, her son-in-law Ralph Brady, her daughter-in-law Mary Geissler and her brother William Bagnell.

Visitation will be at Coffey Funeral Home on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 5PM to 9PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Transfiguration Church on Saturday, February 24, 2018  at 10:00 AM with interment to follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.

Coffee Funeral Home

91 North Broadway

Tarrytown, NY 10591

(914) 631-0983

 

Church of the Transfiguration

268 South Broadway

Tarrytown, NY 10591

State Board Announces Scholarship Application Now Available for 2018

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 2018 high school graduates who will be matriculating freshman in college in September 2018.

THE NEW YORK STATE AOH SCHOLARSHIP IS COMPETITIVE AND THE AWARD IS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:

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.

THE SELECTION OF THE WINNING APPLICATION WILL BE BASED UPON THE FOLLOWING:

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 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY APRIL 2, 2018.

Scholarship Announcement and Criteria Form

Scholarship Application Form

Ancient Order of Hibernians Call on President to Appoint Special Envoy

With Collapse of Talks in Northern Ireland, Ancient Order of Hibernians Calls on President Trump to Fulfill Pledge to Appoint Special Envoy

With the collapse today of talks seeking to restore the devolved Northern Ireland Government, the Ancient Order of Hibernians expressed their concern over the future of U.S. brokered Good Friday Agreement and renewed their calls for appointment of a U.S. Special Envoy to Northern Ireland

In a letter to President Trump, Secretary of State Tillerson and members of Congress, AOH Political Education Chairman Neil Cosgrove writes:

“The statement made today by DUP leader Arlene Foster that there is no prospect that continued negotiations will lead to a restoration of Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government indicate that the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) and the progress of the past twenty years are in dire peril.

For Ms. Foster and the DUP to raze the Northern Ireland government over the canard that an Irish Language Act is a “new demand” is unconscionable. The commitment to an Irish Language Act is stipulated in decades-old signed agreement and is another example of the DUP’s failure to act in good faith. The intransigence of the DUP to enact an Irish language act is a renunciation of their Good Friday obligation to act with “mutual respect for the identity and ethos of both communities and parity of esteem”. The DUP should no longer be enabled in their cynical attempts to reverse the roles of victim and offender by attacking those who seek nothing more than the fulfillment of their previous commitments.

The refusal of the DUP to meet with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as he attempted to aid in negotiations is an arrogant repudiation of the Republic of Ireland as co-signer and partner in the Good Friday Agreement. That the DUP again demonstrated that they possess a veto over Prime Minister May’s Northern Ireland policy decisions highlights the absurdity that the British Government can simultaneously honor its GFA commitment to act with “rigorous impartiality” in Northern Ireland while dependent on ten DUP seats to cling to power.

The Good Friday Agreement was a landmark in U.S. Diplomacy; the devolved, power-sharing government of Northern Ireland a milestone achievement. A return to direct rule from Westminster coupled with the prospect of a Brexit “hard border” will do incalculable damage to the Good Friday Agreement and the twenty years of peace it has engendered. Good Friday was only made possible when the U.S. signaled its interest in Northern Ireland by appointing a capable Special Envoy in the person of Senator George Mitchell. It is time for the U.S. to reaffirm its commitment to a lasting peace with justice in Northern Ireland. In September 2017, President Trump committed to appointing a Special Envoy to Northern Ireland; the AOH reminds the president of his pledge and asks him to honor it before the Good Friday Agreement is irretrievably undermined”

(note this article originally appeared on the National AOH Web Site)

State and National Immigration Chair Recognizes Contributions

On Sunday, February 11, 2018, Dan Dennehy, Hibernian National Immigration Chair visited the home of the General Philip Sheridan AOH Division in Stamford, CT to join in a celebration of two Hibernians, who have made significant contributions to their community, and recently became naturalized US citizens.

Dennehy said, “This gathering shows we as Hibernians value recent additions to our community, and welcome every naturalized US Citizen.  As we work to end 52 years of inequity toward the Irish in US immigration law, we encourage similar events and recognition for all Hibernians and all Irish organizations nationwide.”

Division #2 Suffolk Establishes Ceili Program for Young People

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Division #2 of Suffolk County, New York has established a new cultural program where they will be hosting Ceili’s for young people each and every month. The monthly events will be held at the AOH Hall located at 27 Locust Ave in Babylon. The goal of this effort is to teach young people of Irish decent about dancing and music of Ireland. Future dates are going to be announced shortly and will be shared as soon as they become available.

Click on this link to download a short video from the first Ceili that was held this past weekend.

Division #2 Video

 

Yonkers Division Supports Benefit for Child with Bone Cancer

Stephen McDonagh, Mike Morley and Division President Kevin Ellis with event organizers at Rory Dolan’s in Yonkers

 

A benefit was held this past weekend at Rory Dolan’s in Yonkers for a young man who is battling bone cancer. Luke Gallagher is 11 years old and is the youngest of seven children. He was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma and has already gone thru many treatments of chemotherapy as well as several surgeries to have his legs reconstructed. He is currently in the process of learning to walk again but is still facing at least another 10 rounds of chemo in the future. Luke’s older brother Eoghan serves as the Financial Secretary of the AOH Division #17 of New Rochelle, New York.

Large selection of autographed sports memorabilia for auction at the Benefit for Luke Fundraiser

The event, which was in the planning stages for several months, featured live music, dancing performances, gift basket raffles and an autographed sports memorabilia auction. A very special “gaming trailer” was also brought in so kids could spend time playing video games throughout the day.

Capacity crowd at Rory Dolan’s for the Benefit for Luke Event

 

Division #1 Yonkers was honored to participate and presented the Gallagher family with a $500 dollar pledge of support at the event. If you would like to get involved and help this fundraising effort, you can visit the website dedicated to helping raise funds for Luke and the difficult challenges he faces going forward. Please visit:

www.benefitforluke.com

 

Auburn Division #1 Welcomes State and National Officers at Installation

 

Liam McNabb, AOH National Director, Bob Oliver, Auburn Div. President, Tom O’Donnell, NYS AOH Treasurer, and Tom Lambert, NYS AOH Vice President

 

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) John F. Kennedy Division #1 of Auburn, New York recently held an Installation Ceremony for its officers at the AOH Hall on Van Anden Street.  The Division welcomed New York State Vice President Tom Lambert, who served as the presiding officer for the event.  Vice President Lambert was assisted by AOH New York State Treasurer Tom O’Donnell, New York State District #1 Director Owen Cole, AOH National Director Liam McNabb and Past AOH National President Ed Wallace.

 

 

Bronx County Divisions #3 and #4 Host Officer Installation Dinner

The officers of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Bronx Divisions #3 and #4 were installed at a dinner ceremony at the Wicked Wolf Restaurant on Thursday, January 11. The ceremony for the organization, which celebrates Irish heritage, was conducted by Robert Nolan, the organization’s county president. Attendees were treated to Irish flute music by Andrew McCarrick and songs by Friendly Sons of St. Patrick’s tenor Jim O’Farrell

 

Division #3 Bronx – Sean McCarthy, Financial Secretary, Joseph McManus, President, Dennis Gallagher, Treasurer, and Roger Fahey, Vice-President. Standing are: Pat O’Rourke, Chair, Standing Committee, Deacon Tom Tortorella, Jerry O’Connell, County President and Installation Officer Bob Nolan, Michael O’Connell, Sentinel and Dave Kilkenny.

 

Division #4 Bronx – Michael Curtin, sentinel; Michael Early, marshal; James O’ Farrell, treasurer; Robert Nolan, Bronx County AOH president; Jack McCarrick, AOH Division 4 president; John Ward, vice president; Larry Marley, financial secretary. Not Pictured: Peter Tarsnane, sentinel; John Timoney, standing committee and Michael Kelleher, secretary.

Mark Thompson Speaks on Behalf of Relatives for Justice

January 10-15th, 2018 – Mark Thompson ended a near week long emergency American tour which generated a new Congressional initiative, five public events and formal proclamations of support by the New York State Senate, Assembly and local governments. Sponsored by the New York State Board Ancient Order of Hibernians, the tour brought together other Irish American organizations, and commitments to help Relatives for Justice (RFJ) and the victims they represent break the deadlock on legacy truth. View some of week’s event photo album.

Thompson is a founding member and CEO of RFJ who fulfills the group’s mission in providing a proactive and holistic approach to support families affected by conflict and human rights violations. His continuing work provides effective support for redressing human rights abuses and providing a wide range of services and support for those affected in Ireland.