Dutchess County Division 1 hosts Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

Dutchess Division 1 officers and members greet Ryan Mahoney, Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University.

On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, Dutchess County’s Msgr. Sheahan Division 1 hosted Mr. Ryan Mahoney, Executive Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum which is located on the grounds of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.  Brother Mahoney gave a presentation on the history and mission of the museum, and also updated the audience as to the current state of affairs regarding the museum’s funding and future.  Brother Mahoney made himself available to answer questions following the insightful presentation.

Dutchess Division 1 is hoping to organize a trip to the museum, for area AOH members, friends and families, complete with a guided tour and lecture/Q&A in the Fall of 2019. For information on the trip contact Division President CJ Tomaskovic at: dutchessaoh@gmail.com.

For information on the museum itself, visit their website at:  https://www.ighm.org.

Staten Island Hibernians Gather For Annual Memorial Mass

AOH New York State District 5 Director Marty Crimmins doing the first reading at the Memorial Mass in Staten Island

On Sunday, April 7, 2019, Staten Island’s AOH St. Columcille Division 4 and LAOH St. Brigid Division 4, joined by their family and friends, held their annual memorial Mass for deceased Brother and Sister Hibernians at the Church of St. Joachim and St. Anne on the grounds of the historic Mount Loretto. Over 75 Brother and Sister Hibernians attended the Mass, celebrated by Rev. Father Steve Ryan, SDB, assisted by Brother Anthony Carratozzollo, Eucharistic Minister. The Mass was organized these past three years thanks to the dedicated efforts of Brother Thomas Gray, Sr., St. Columcille Division 4’s immediate Past President and the Richmond County Board Vice President.

Mount Loretto was the site of the orphanage established by Rev. Father John Christopher Drumgoole. Father Drumgoole, born in Granard, County Longford on August 15, 1816, was ordained a priest in 1869, and established the orphanage Mission of the Immaculate Conception at Mount Loretto by purchasing three farms on Staten Island in 1882. The orphanage was a model institution and ensured that its children received both an education and safe and sanitary housing for its thousands of orphaned children. As well as providing for their spiritual guidance and teaching them a trade, the orphanage had the largest dairy farm in lower New York State, producing thousands of gallons of fresh milk daily for their children, as well as making their own butter and cream.

Sister Margaret F. Walsh-Delbagno, LAOH Richmond County Board President, doing the second reading.

The AOH and LAOH think it fitting that we have our annual memorial Mass on this sacred ground established by a loyal son of Ireland who served his Church and his community with great devotion, until his death on March 28, 1888 from contracting pneumonia from the Blizzard of 1888 while out ministering to the faithful.

Brother Martin Crimmins, AOH District 5 Director and Past President of St. Columcille Division 4, served as the first reader of the Scriptures during the Mass, and Sister Margaret F. Walsh-Delbagno, LAOH Richmond County Board President and Past President of St. Brigid Division 4, read the second reading of the Scriptures. 

Father Steve Ryan, SDB, gave a very warm and inspiring homily, talking about the life of Rev. Father John Drumgoole and his life of dedication, sacrifice and devotion to the poor orphans of New York, and the service rendered by the nuns and priests over the many years that the orphanage was in existence. Father Ryan also stressed the importance of prayer, confession, repentance and Holy Eucharist in our lives, and to focus on Christ in our daily living, and not on the materialism of this life.

Father Steve Ryan, SDB and a longtime member of St. Columcille Division 4, was the celebrant of the Mass.

Brother Kevin F. Mannion, Vice President of St. Columcille Division 4, provided the musical selection for the Mass. The entrance hymn was “On Eagle’s Wings,” the offertory hymn was “Here I Am, Lord,”, the Communion hymn was “Saint Patrick’s Breastplate,” the Communion reflection hymn was the hymn “Lady of Knock.”

Following Holy Communion, the names of all deceased Sister and Brother Hibernians who have passed on to their eternal rest, since the establishment of these Divisions on Staten Island in 1970, were read aloud, accompanied by the tolling of a bell for each departed Brother or Sister Hibernian. The family of Brother Philip McCusker, a charter member and first officer of the St. Columcille Division 4, also attended the Mass. The charters of both AOH St. Columcille Division 4 and LAOH St. Brigid Division 4 were displayed beside the altar and draped in mourning bunting, and were flanked by the Irish Tricolor and the American Stars and Stripes, as well as by two Irish pikes.

“The Soldier’s Song” and the “Star-Spangled Banner” were sung at the conclusion of the Mass, and the recessional hymn was “May the Road Rise to Meet You.”

Brother and Sister Hibernians enjoying breakfast with their families and friends.

After the Mass, all of the Brother and Sister Hibernians and their loved ones adjourned to Mount Loretto sports complex, where they enjoyed a delicious communion breakfast provided by renown Chef Eddie Canlon (As winner on TV’s “Chopped”). We were honored to have in attendance Brother Jack King, the Grand Marshal of the 2019 55th Annual Staten Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, as well as an AOH National Life Member, Brother Timothy O’Sullivan of St. Oliver Plunkett Division 16, Freehold, NJ, join us for the Mass and breakfast. Brother O’Sullivan is the proud father of Brother Neil O’Sullivan of Staten Island’s John F. Kennedy Division 1, and the father-in-law of Sister Cathy O’Sullivan of St. Brigid Division No. 4.

Story and photos by Brother Denis P. McGowan

Sullivan County Division 1 Officers Installed

After a few weather delays, the officers of Sullivan County Division 1 were duly installed at their monthly meeting on Monday, April 1, 2019. 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 James P. (JP) Graham, Past and Charter President of the division. The Graham family graciously offers a large meeting space so that the Sullivan Brothers can meet monthly to conduct division business including their many fundraisers, social events and parade activities. 

(l-r) Past President and current Standing Committee Chair Bill Moloney, District 8 Director Kevin P. Moore, Chaplain Deacon Larry Knack, President Ed O’Malley, Vice President Steve Spears, Recording Secretary Kris Scullion, Treasurer Mike Kelly, Marshal Tom Brown and NYS Organizer/Co-Webmaster Kevin R. Cummings (missing from photo: Financial Secretary Tim Dowling and Sentinel Mike Mullally)

Following the installation and meeting, the newly installed officers and division members celebrated their accomplishments and toasted an upcoming year filled with cultural events and fundraisers. Planning is underway for next year’s Jeffersonville Parade which continues to grow in size and popularity. Follow their many activities on the Sullivan County Brothers’ Facebook page.

Many of the Sullivan Division 1 members gathered for a photo following their officer installation in the meeting space provided by Past and Charter President JP Graham and his family

 

Rockland AOH Division 1 St. Patrick’s Day Party for Veterans

A.O.H. Division 1 – North Rockland had their Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party for the NYS Veterans Home in Montrose NY. The Irish Family Band “Called Away” played Irish favorites and military songs. Bagpiper from Division 1, Tim O Neill and the Lynn Academy of Irish dance also performed for the residents.

Division 1 members and families served Irish soda bread and refreshments. A great time was had by all!

Pictured from Left: The Fitzsimmons Family, Dan Donohue Div 1 President,  Tim O’Neill, on Bagpipes, “Called Away” Chris, Lindsay and Sarah Buteux, The Clarke family, Jim Gilmartin and Cy Hughes.

 

Staten Island AOH Holds 55th Annual Hibernian Ball

Staten Island AOH Holds 55th Annual Hibernian Ball

Father and Son together as Parade Grand Marshal and Aide to the Grand Marshal Jack King and son Sean King.

Over 300 Brother and Sister Hibernians, family and friends gathered at the LiGreci’s Staaten for the Richmond County AOH 55th Annual Hibernian Ball on Staten Island, NY on Saturday, February 23, 2019. This year’s honorees included Brother Jack King as the 2019 Grand Marshal of the 55th Staten Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, his Aides to the Grand Marshal, Brother Sean King (his son), Sister Eileen Hayes, Sister Cathy Brennan and Brother Neil “Connie O” O’Sullivan. Brother O’Neill was also honored to chosen as the Richmond County Aide to Dr. Brian J. O’Dwyer, Grand Marshal of the 258th New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

AOH Chaplain, Father Michael Martine, and Brother Kevin F. Mannion, Vice President of Saint Columcille Division No. 4.

During the evening, the Hibernian Ball committee chairman, Brother Martin Crimmins, AOH New York District No. 5 Director, announced the 2019 Miss Hibernia, Ms. Claire Harrington, and her court, Ms. Marie Cummings. Brother Crimmins crowned and sashed Ms. Harrington and Ms. Cummings, and all the guests of honor received their tricolor sashes for the parade. “It’s the first time a father and son are Grand Marshal and Aide to the Grand Marshal,” said Brother Crimmins. Last year, Brother Crimmins served as aide to Grand Marshal Ann Clark, as well as aide to the Grand Marshal of the Manhattan parade.

The attendees enjoyed a cocktail hour, complete dinner, live music dinner and an open bar at the beautiful Staten ballroom located at 697 Forest Avenue.

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.