In Memoriam: Jerry Collins of Division #5 Bronx County




Gerald J. “Jerry” Collins passed away on June 14, 2018. Proud Veteran of the US Navy, he served as Chaplain of the American Legion, Charles N. Bajart, Jr. Post 1122. Jerry worked as a Verizon employee for 50 years and he was very dedicated to his neighborhood of McLean Heights. He was a proud member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Division #5 of The Bronx and also served on the Executive Board of the Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.

The beloved husband of Barbara and father of Keith (Jamie). Cherished Pa Booey of Dominic, Christopher and Juliana. He is also survived by his brother Kevin, his many friends, co-workers and a grateful neighborhood.

Visiting hours will be held Monday, June 18th from 2:00 – 9:00 PM at Hodder Farenga Funeral Home 899 McLean Ave., Yonkers. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, June 19th at 12:00 PM at St. Barnabas Church, Bronx. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations in Gerry’s name to

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Staten Island Hibernians Welcome Four New Brothers

(l-r) New Hibernians Martin Fleishman, Wayne Sommers, Michael King and John McDonald

Four new Brother Hibernians were initiated into the Order at the June 11th meeting of St. Columcille Division #4, Richmond County. The candidates were sworn into the Order by President Thomas F. Gray, and the initiation ceremony was witnessed by Brother Martin Crimmins, New York District 5 Director.

The Division bid a heart cead mile failte to new Brothers Martin Fleishman, Wayne Sommers, Michael King and John McDonald. Each newly-initiated Brother was presented with copies of a short history of the AOH, a lapel pin of the Emblem of the Order, and a document describing the meaning of the AOH Emblem by Brother Denis P. McGowan, Richmond County Board Recording Secretary.

The June Division meeting was well attended by over 40 Brothers, and we were delighted to have Br. Michael Hannon, CFC, Assistant Chaplain and faculty member of Msgr. Farrell High School, who led us in the Division’s opening and closing prayers.

The Irish history lesson being delivered by Brother Denis P. McGowan

The Division received a lecture on Irish history on the Molly Maguires of Pennsylvania from Brother McGowan, and the fight against injustice, brutal working conditions and their framing by a Pinkerton detective who was an agent provocateur or agitator. The Pinkerton detective led these Irish Catholic men to become victims of brutal retaliation from the rich mine owners’ private police force and the corrupt county prosecutor. Innocent Brother Hibernians were wrongfully convicted and hanged because of the false testimony of the Pinkerton detective. Over a century later, the Governor of the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pardoned all of these Irishmen, recognizing their innocence and the travesty of justice that had occurred.

St. Columcille Division # 4 meets every second Monday at the Staten Island Elks Lodge No. 841 at 8:00 pm. The Division was established on April 3, 1970 by Brother Philip McCusker and Brother William J. Bartnett, and currently has over 196 Brothers. Several Division # 4 Brothers also serve on the Richmond County Board as officers. The Division is very involved with the Staten Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, the Staten Ireland Irish Fair, the Columcille Irish Cultural Center and the AOH CuChulainn Celtic Warrior Major Degree Team.

News item submitted by Brother Denis P. McGowan; photos submitted by Brother Denis P. McGowan and Brother Kevin Mannion

Tyrone AOH Honors NY Clarke Memorial

County Tyrone Ancient Order of Hibernians at a special ceremony in Dungannon, honored New York State and Suffolk County AOH, for its Thomas Clarke-Kathleen Daly Clarke Memorial in Manorville. Tyrone County President Gerry McGeough presented plaques to New York State Secretary John Manning and Freedom for all Ireland Chairman Martin Galvin, in Thomas Clarke’s home town of Dungannon, on May 29th, in an event co-hosted by the Thomas Clarke Gaelic Football Club at O’Neill Park. The New Yorkers, on behalf of State President Victor Vogel presented a signed copy of the 1918 Irish Freedom Mandate measure passed by the State legislature, which was immediately put on display in the museum room.

(from left seated) Tyrone AOH County President Gerry McGeough, NY State FFAI Chair Martin Galvin, NY State Secretary John Manning, Clarke Gaelic Club officer Art McCrory, Club Manager Michael Corrigan and Dungannon Town Historian Bertie Foley

The ceremony was opened by Tyrone County President Gerry McGeough He noted: 

 “Tyrone AOH is fully aware and deeply appreciative of the work done across the United States and particularly in New York State by the AOH, most recently the 1918  Irish Freedom Mandate.  We  do not often get the chance to thank you directly. Tyrone is especially proud that Thomas Clarke was a Tyrone man and a Dungannon man. We learned of the beautiful memorial that New York State AOH  and Suffolk County have erected at his American homesite. We wanted to give special recognition to you and are grateful to your State President Victor Vogel, and  to you for coming and accepting these awards. County Tyrone AOH  continues to grow, helped by groups like the Thomas Clarke Gaelic Football Club, here with us today, and the efforts of  the AOH in America”. 

New York State Secretary John Manning said in reply:

“On behalf of the New York State Ancient Order of Hibernians and representing our State President Vic Vogel, we are deeply grateful to County Tyrone AOH and the Thomas Clarke Gaelic Football Club for honouring us with these presentations.

“As an organization that cherishes Irish history and is deeply committed to Freedom-for-all Ireland, we take pride that in addition to being a Tyrone man and a Dungannon man, the great patriot Thomas Clarke was also an American citizen, who lived in Brooklyn and Manorville in Suffolk County New York before returning to Ireland and beginning the work of organizing and leading the Easter Rising of 1916.

“The Memorial to him at his home site in Suffolk County and the many commemorations we hold across the state and across America, reflect our continuing commitment to see Thomas Clarke’s county and all of the six counties get the national freedom and sovereignty he and the other Easter Week leaders proclaimed and pledged in 1916.

“These awards will be carried back and displayed in a special place of honor in our AOH halls and be a sign of further cooperation between us. Our State President Victor Vogel has asked me to convey a message that he hopes to visit you soon”.

Martin Galvin New York State Freedom for all Ireland Chairman then presented a copy of the New York State legislature’s measure honoring the centenary of Ireland’s 1918 Mandate for Freedom to Michael Corrigan, the Chairman of the Thomas Clarke GFC, who hosted the ceremony. He said:

“It is very special for us as New York Hibernians to receive recognition in Ireland. One of  the main objectives of the AOH in America is to promote Freedom for all Ireland. This year we will mark the centenary of the all Ireland vote where the Irish people voted an overwhelming mandate for freedom, for a thirty-two county all-Ireland parliament or Dail Eireann, and for the 1916 Rising. Tragically Britain answered this democratic vote for freedom with military oppression, sectarianism and partition and the price paid here in Tyrone and across the six counties. It never again permitted one all-Ireland vote.

“New York State AOH wishes to present you with a copy of the Irish Freedom Mandate Resolution, bearing the seal of the New York State Senate and Assembly, as a token of our continuing commitment and efforts throughout the year to support your right to freedom for  all of Ireland”. 

Michael Corrigan Chairman of the Thomas Clarke GFC, accepted the Mandate and announced it would permanently displayed in the Museum Room of the Stadium alongside a framed handwritten letter written by Thomas Clarke while in prison along with other historic items.

LAOH Member Michelle Robbins presenting plaque to NYAOH FFAI Chair Martin Galvin

Other dignitaries include, Dungannon Historian Bertie Foley, GAA official Art McCrory, Ladies AOH officers Michelle Robbins and Catherine Sewell, and Sperrins Mountains Environmental campaign activist Martin Tracey.


Following the ceremony, Martin Galvin attended a meeting hosted by Mark Thompson of Relatives for Justice at its Dungannon office. Representatives of a number of victims’ families attended.

Mr. Thompson and the families briefed Mr. Galvin on the newly published legacy consultation document made public by British colonial secretary Karen Bradley. Family after family talked about the delays, stonewalling and deceit which they have suffered over decades in trying to get justice. These tactics have made these victims deeply worried over what will emerge from new legacy structures. They were also deeply encouraged by the Congressional initiative and new awakening stemming from the Mark Thompson’s emergency tour hosted by the New York State AOH earlier this year.

Submitted by:
Martin Galvin
NYS AOH Freedom for All Ireland Chair

Division #3 Bronx County Supports Local Parish Food Pantry

Bronx County Hibernian President Bob Nolan, (r) and Bronx Division #3 President Joseph McManus (l) present Deacon Tom Tortorella a check for $250 in support of the food pantry at St. Lucy’s Parish in The Bronx.


In the past 3 years, the Bronx County Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), the largest Irish-Catholic fraternal organization in the United States, has presented the St. Lucy’s Food Pantry with $1,000 in support of the needy residents of the parish. Nolan said, “As Hibernians we have a moral responsibility to support he Roman Catholic Church and the many outreach programs in the community.” Division #3 President Joseph McManus, a member of St. Lucy’s Parish, added, “There is no higher priority than feeding the needy.” The presentation was made in front of the Grotto at St. Lucy’s Parish.




State Officers Meet With Consul General of Ireland

On Wednesday, May 9th, President Vic Vogel, Vice President Tom Lambert,  Secretary John Manning and Treasurer Tom O’Donnell met with Consul General of Ireland Ciaran Madden in Manhattan.   This was a very productive meeting and will hopefully lead to a great working relationship going forward.

Charter Presented to Thomas Addis Emmet Division 17 of Westchester County

Dan Dennehy, AOH National Director and Westchester County AOH Organizer was on hand to present the “newly minted” official charter from the National Board Ancient Order of Hibernians to the officers and members of the Thomas Addis Emmet Division 17 of Westchester County

Assisting in the presentation on May 7, 2018 was NYS Director Aidan O’Kelly-Lynch and in whose presence, dozens of new division members were sworn into the Order.  In presenting the charter to President James McGlashin (above center), Brother Dennehy commented on how pleased he was to be in the company of such “fine, young Hibernians!”

Brother Dennehy extended congratulations to President James McGlashin and his officers and in particular to Division 17 Treasurer Clive Anderson, owner and president of Pelham Funeral Home who opens his company’s doors to give the divison a meeting space. Congratulations were also offered to Westchester County President Brian Hugh Duffy, National Organizer Tim McSweeney, NYS Organizer Kevin Cummings, NYS Treasurer John Manning and to all those who played a role in brining the new division to fruition.

Photos courtesy of Dan Dennehy

Spring AOH/LAOH Meetings and Events a Success

The NY State Board spring meeting weekend started early in East Durham on Friday, May 4, 2018 with the NYS AOH James F. Hayes Golf Classic and the Austin V. Carew Scholarship Fund event held at Sunny Hill Golf Course.

View additional photos courtesy of John O’Connell

The spring meeting took place the next morning on at the Shamrock House.  The meeting was well attended with a standing-room only crowd. AOH members in attendance from across the Empire State heard board officers and committee chairs report on activities that occurred since the last board meeting in the fall.

View additional photos courtesy of John O’Connell

Reports included the success of the “Ireland’s 1918 Freedom Mandate” event which took place on April 24th at the New York State Capitol Building, the formation of two new divisions in Westchester and Queens and other reports on polictical education, immigration, charity and missions and district director reports.

Members were also introduced to the new Executive Director of the Irish American History Museum (IAHM) in Albany. Dr. Elizabeth Stack thanked the NY AOH membership for their unwavering support of the museum and its mission and spoke passionately about her own experiences as a immigrant.

On hand for the meeting were National Board officers: President Hon. James F. McKay III, Vice President Daniel O’Connell, Secretary Jere E. Cole, Jr., and Treasurer Sean Pender along with National Directors: Liam McNabb, Dan Dennehy, Denny Parks, and Bill Sullivan. Other national committee chairs were also in attendance.

During the meeting, members from the many divisons who submitted their annual Charity and Missions report were presented with certificates of recognition for all the charitable activities carried out by their brothers in their divisions. 

President Vic Vogel announced a new initiative to have at least one Irish language Mass be said in each of the many NYAOH counties and districts. Upcoming events were discussed including the upcoming National AOH/LAOH Biennial Convention which will take place at the Galt House in Louisville, KY, July 11 – 14th, 2018. The 2019 NYS State Convention Chair, Liam McNabb released information for the NYS AOH/LAOH Convention which will be held in July 2019.

Saturday afternoon festivities included Father Henry Reid’s BBQ Fundraiser held at McGrath’s Edgewater Resort and LAOH fundraisers and Kentuckey Derby events held at Gavins. The weekend was capped off with a well attended Sunday Pilgramage Mass which was held at the Our Lady of Knock Shrine.

View additional photos courtesy of John O’Connell

Sullivan County AOH Receives R.I.S.E. Sponsor Award

The RISE Program (Rape, Intervention, Services & Education of Sullivan County) advocates for anyone who is or has been a victim of sexual abuse. Founded in 1987, RISE provides an array of services to victims of sexual abuse and offers prevention education. RISE also offers confidential individual, family or couples counseling as well as support groups, prevention education and professional training sessions. The program maintains a 24-hour crisis hotline number: 845-791-9595. Pictured are AOH Sullivan Brothers – Div. 1 members (President Bill Moloney, Member and Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell and Member Ed O’Malley whose wife Debbie chairs the event) participating in the fund raiser RISE Walk on April 26, 2018 and accepting an appreciation plaque for being a Bronze Sponsor of the event.

State Honors the Order and Ireland’s 1918 Freedom Mandate

Hibernians from Suffolk to Buffalo, led by State Presidents Victor Vogel and Jacqueline Clute, were applauded in the New York State Senate and Assembly chambers and won State Legislative Resolutions honoring “Ireland’s 1918 Freedom Mandate”. The AOH and LAOH picked April 24th,the calendar day of the 1916 Rising, to honor the historic election where Ireland stunned Britain by voting  for the Easter Rising and a free Irish parliament or Dail Eireann. The ceremonies in both state houses preceded a celebration at the Albany AOH Hall, where Senator Boyle presented a framed copy of the State Senate Resolution to the State Presidents. Click to view the event photo album.

Gathering of State, County, Division officers on the steps of the New York State Capitol in Albany


Senator Boyle opened the state Senate session with the “Irish Freedom Mandate 1918” topping the agenda. The bill, already passed in both the Senate and Assembly, recounted the history of the 1918 Freedom Mandate, then went on to commend the AOH-LAOH for making sure this key chapter in Irish history was properly remembered in New York State.

Despite a last minute schedule change and early morning session, a strong AOH-LAOH delegation attended, led by both State Presidents, National Secretary Karen Keane, State Secretary John Manning, Hibernian Digest Editor John O’Connell, State Treasurer Regina Begley, Past Presidents Jim Burke, Tim McSweeney, Chip McLean,and FFAI Chairs Dolores Desch and Martin Galvin among other state and county officers.

Senator Boyle spoke of the import of the resolution and his pride in being a member of the AOH. Senator Martin Golden, then stood to speak about his own pride in Irish heritage, his wish for the reunification of Ireland and the major part in Irish history played by the “exiled children in America.” Senator Klein then talked about the Irish desire for freedom and hardships the Irish overcame, in common with the experiences of so many American immigrants to America. (Read a copy of the Resolution).

The Senators stood and applauded the AOH and LAOH for raising this important issue. The Senate then suspended and permitted the AOH-LAOH to come forward for photographs.

(l-r) LAOH FFAI Chair Delores Desch, Senator Philip A. Boyle, NYAOH President Vic Vogel, LAOH President Jacqueline Clute, Martin Galvin, NYAOH FFAI Chair, and Senator Martin J. Golden


Nearly 100 AOH-LAOH members packed the gallery for the Assembly session that afternoon. State VP Tom Lambert, National Directors Dan Dennehy and Liam McNabb, LAOH State officers Joann Gunderson and Cathie Doherty among many others joined as Speaker Carl Heastie welcomed the delegation. Bronx County President Bob Nolan was designated by his cousin Assemblywoman Nolan to sit alongside her as a special representative for the AOH-LAOH.

Assembly Sponsor Cusick spoke about how the legislature honored the 100th anniversary of 1916, and should not forget that in 1918, Ireland voted popular support for the freedom proclaimed in 1916 and to have a free Irish parliament. Assemblywoman Nolan followed also spoke about the resolution.

State county and division officers are joined on the floor by NYS Senators and Members of the Assembly


Hibernians then went to the Albany AOH Hall for a celebration co-hosted by AOH Division 5 led by Ciaran Geraghty and John Levendosky and LAOH Division 1 led by Dolores Desch and Cathy Davis.

The formal presentation of the State Resolution by Senator Phil Boyle to State Presidents Jacqueline Clute and Victor Vogel

The highlight of this event was the formal presentation of a framed copy of the State Resolution by Senator Boyle to State Presidents Victor Vogel and Jacqueline Clute. State President Vogel noted that Senator Boyle was a member of the AOH and thanked him and all the Senators and Assembly members who voted for these important Irish resolutions and all the AOH-LAOH members who lobbied for their support.

An Aide to State Comptroller DiNapoli spoke about the Comptroller’s backing on the MacBride Principles and recently the McGuinness Principles.

National Director Liam McNabb praised the united effort from around the state which had gotten the votes to pass these Resolutions.

New York State AOH Freedom For All Ireland Chair Martin Galvin noted:

“The 1916 Rising and Proclamation were the beginning of freedom for 26 of Ireland’s 32 counties. This year we mark the centenary of the 1918 all-Ireland election where by electing 73 Sinn Fein candidates out of 105 pledged to a free Irish Parliament rather than a British parliament, the Irish shocked Britain and voted popular support for the Rising and freedom. Sadly we must remember that Britain’s response was to jail many of those elected, outlaw the Irish parliament and today  six counties are still denied freedom for all Ireland.

LAOH FFAI Chair Dolores Desch then concluded by speaking about the 1918 Irish election, where women were allowed to vote and Sinn Fein campaigned on a platform of national freedom as proclaimed in 1916. She called for support for initiatives such as the McGuinness Principles to finally see that freedom for all of Ireland.

Photos and photo album courtesy of John O’Connell of

Orange County AOH Division 2 Veteran’s Pin Ceremony

US Army Vet Mike O’Keefe is pinned by Major Tom Maguire

Orange County AOH Division 2 held a Veteran Pin Distribution Ceremony in their Irish Cultural Center in Cornwall, NY on Sunday, April 22, 2018. The event saw sixteen of the twenty-two division members who are military veterans receive their newly minted Ancient Order of Hibernians Veteran’s Service Pin. Two of the sixteen remain active duty military–Staff SGT Ray Theriot, serving at West Point was present to receive his pin. SGT Logan Cummings, US Army is stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri received his pin by proxy when it was presented in his absence to his mother, Rose Cummings.

View the event photo album

The guest speaker for the event was Major Thomas M. Maguire, of the New York Air National Guard who eloquently linked The Motto of the Order–Friendship, Unity and Charity–to the ideals of military service. At the conclusion of his remarks, Major Maguire personally pinned each member who then introduced themselves to the audience by providing their name, military branch and rank.  Members who were present represented the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, and served from World War II through the military actions in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.  A special celebration followed the pinning ceremony to further honor the veteran members. Special thanks to Major Tom Maguire for spending the day with the division.  Additional thanks to Mike O’Keefe (US Army) and his wife, Kathy for all the special arrangements and planning thus making the day a memorable and dignified event.

(Seated l-r) John Green, Thomas Quinlan, William Fogerty, Kevin Allen, Joseph Ryan, William Kirnan (Standing l-r) Michael O’Keefe, Major Thomas Maguire, Christopher Sherwood, Wilfred Roy, Dennis Malone, Robert Corwin, Raymond Theriot, and Gilbert Griffin