New Division Forms in Westchester

The formation of the Thomas Addis Emmet Division 17 of Pelham & New Rochelle, Westchester County took place on Monday, October 16, 2017.  The new division is comprised of 25 Iona College students ranging in age from 18 to 24. The division was organized by its charter president, James McGlashin who canvassed the campus and surrounding community for prospective members.

Charter Officers of the Thomas Addis Emmet Division 17, Westchester, NY
Above (l-r) Chaplain Brother Joseph Morgan, Chair, Standing Committee Jack Stapleton, Financial Secretary Eoghan Gallagher, Vice President Micheal Collum, President James McGlashin, Recording Secretary James Shanley, Marshal Drew Donohue, Treasurer Clive Anderson, Sentinel Shane Hogan

In addition to the college members there were additional members recruited from the surrounding communities of Pelham and New Rochelle.  The newly chartered division, the first to form in Westchester County in more than fifty years, is hoping to attract new members from the eastern reaches of Westchester County, not only from the Iona College campus but from the surrounding communities. 

One of those charter members is Clive Anderson (second from right above) who was recently honored by the Aisling Irish Community Center for his community service. Clive is the owner of the Pelham Funeral Home — the site of the formation ceremony and officer installation. Clive will bring his business expertise to Division 17 as the Charter Treasurer.

The division formation and the new officer installation took place under new business during a Westchester County meeting led by President Brian Duffy (above center), himself the newly installed president of the county.

Shown above, the chosen members taking the oath of office in the formation of The Cross and in the presence of their Brother Hibernians.

Above, President James McGlashin (in green) being handed the gavel of authority by County President Brian Duffy.

In attendance at the historic occassion were officers and members from across Westchester County including division, county and state officers — each taking a role in the Order’s ritual of formation and installation.

Dan Dennehy, National Director for the NY Metro Area and Westchester County Organizer took the time to address each newly installed officer explaining the duties and importance of each office. Brother Dennehy is shown above with newly installed Westchester Division 17 President James McGlashin.

Also in attendance was Historian Liam Murphy (above) who drove in from Massachusetts to deliver a history lesson to the new members.

National, state, county and division officers assemble for a formal photo commemorating the formation of the new division.

Some of the many new members and guests are shown above.

Division #2 in Babylon Holds Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness

AOH Division #2 in Babylon held a Breast Cancer fundraiser on Sunday October 8, 2017.  The event was held in the AOH Hall in Babylon and featured live music, refreshments, games and much more.  All proceeds from the event were donated to Breast Cancer Research of Long Island.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and if you would like to learn how you can help fight this disease, you can visit the website for the national Breast Cancer Foundation at:


Division President Tom Bennet accepting a donation from Junior Girls at the AOH Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser in Babylon



Orange County AOH/LAOH Family Day

Members of the Orange County AOH and LAOH Hibernian family, along with their families and friends, came together at the Annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Family Day Picnic on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The event took place on the sprawling grounds of the Father Donald J. Whelan Division 2 Hall grounds in Cornwall, NY. Music and comic entertainment was provided by Kevin McElroy who played throughout the afternoon’s event.  Additional entertainment was provided by the AOH Division 1 Pipes and Drums. Under the direction of Orange County AOH President, Ed Burke, members from Divisions 1 in Monroe, Division 2 in Cornwall and Division 4 in Middletown pitched in to make the day an enjoyable event for all.

In the photo are pictured (l-r): Division 1 Vice President Neil O’Riordan, Division 4 President Kevin Dooner, 2017 NY Rose of Tralee Sinead Kirnan, NYAOH Organizer and Co-Webmaster Kevin Cummings, District 8 Director Kevin Moore, Division 2 President Bill Kirnan and (front row) Orange County Board President Ed Burke.  Additional event photos can be found here.


45th Annual Nassau County AOH Feis

Photo Courtesy of John O'ConnellA successful Nassau County Irish Feis and Festival was held on Sunday, September 17, 2017.  The event was sponsored by the Nassau County Ancient Order of Hibernians and promotes Irish arts, culture, history and helps “keep the traditions alive” and well throughout central Long Island. This year’s event showcased over 400 Irish dancers, nine bagpipe bands, numerous Irish musicians and traditional Irish singers, Irish language speakers and storytellers. The Feis also played host to vendors selling Irish-themed jewelry, clothing and other wares.

In the photo on the right: New York State AOH President Vic Vogel (also a bagpiper with the Roisin Dubh Irish Pipe Band) visits with A. Warren Scullin, Nassau County AOH Organizer in the NYAOH Recruitment Tent. Brother Scullin and other Nassau County AOH members provided information to men and women seeking admission to the AOH and LAOH.

Additional photos of the day’s funfilled events and competitions are available courtesy of John O’Connell and can be viewed here.

Suffolk Recruitment Event A Success

Members of the Suffolk County Divisions 5 ,8 and 9 manned the tent at the Brookhaven Township Fall Fair held on the weekend of Septemeber 9th-10th at Longwood Estates. Approximately 20,000 people were expected to attend the two day event. Division members provided information on the good works of the Order and membership information and brochures to potential candidates for membership in the Order. 

Left to right Tom McKenna, Walter Butler, Frank Knappi, Don Tamargo and Pat Spero.

In Memoriam: Michael R. O’Hanlon of Division #18 Peekskill

Michael R. O’Hanlon 1957-2017


Michael Richard O’Hanlon, a retired FDNY firefighter, died Monday at his home in Cortlandt Manor following a courageous battle with a smile on his face resulting from his service at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11 terror attack. He was 59.

Mike was a 30-year veteran of Engine Company 68 in the Bronx, retiring in 2013. He and his fellow firefighters from Engine 68/Ladder 49 in Highbridge participated extensively in the rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero in the immediate days and weeks following the collapse of the Twin Towers. Mike was born Nov. 1, 1957 in the Bronx to Con and Ann O’Hanlon. His mom (nee Power) hailed from Woodford, County Galway, and his dad from Doneraile, County Cork. Mike and his sisters Noreen and Patricia were raised in a home filled with Irish traditions and culture, music and laughter, and a deep Catholic faith. A favorite memory of his was the smell of his mom’s soda bread and treacle bread (Mike’s favorite) baking in the oven.
Mike attended schools in the Bronx and Yonkers, graduated from Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx, and attended Iona College before joining the Fire Department of New York in 1982. He was fiercely proud to be a part of the FDNY, which he called the “greatest job on Earth,” and he spent his 30-career in the “House on the Hill” in Highbridge. He never sought a transfer because he considered E68/L49 to the best firehouse in the City of New York.

Mike married Maggie (nee Loftus), the love of his life, his best friend and biggest supporter, on Sept. 27, 1981. They moved to Cortlandt Manor and raised three children, Katherine, Michael Jr. and Martin with the same values and traditions they experienced growing up. Through the years they enjoyed family vacations to Ireland and Long Beach Island and hosted numerous family gatherings at their home. Keeping their family close-knit was important to Mike and Maggie.

Their daughter, Katherine, married Brett Schlosser on Oct. 22, 2016, in a celebration of love, family and friends in grand Irish style. Mike and Kate showed off their Irish dancing talents in the best father-daughter dance of all time!

Mike was a member of the FDNY Emerald Society and Holy Name Society. During his career he marched with the FDNY in numerous St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York City, the metropolitan area and beyond. He was honored to represent the FDNY as grand marshal of the 2002 Missoula, Montana AOH St. Patrick’s Day parade, the first held after the 9/11 attacks. Earlier this year, Mike had the great honor of the being the Grand Marshal of the Peekskill St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Mike and his brothers from E68/L49 would hold an annual Thanksgiving feast for the “old folks” at Sacred Heart parish in Highbridge. Mike would bring his accordion and a group of fellow musicians to play for the senior citizens. They would also visit nursing homes to bring music and good cheer to the people there. In 2012, Mike received an Outstanding Service Award from Bronx Community Board 4 for his dedicated service to the people of New York.

Mike was an accomplished traditional button accordion player from a young age and played throughout his life. He competed in All-Ireland competitions in the 1970s and won an All-Ireland medal. He is a former member of the Garryowen Ceili Band, which played in numerous venues in this country and across Ireland as well, playing in Cork, Mayo, Galway and Clare to name a few locations. The band placed first in the All-Ireland Competition. Mike performed at many venues and events, but his greatest memory was playing at Carnegie Hall.

He was a regular for more than 25 years with Jack McAndrew at Guinan’s full moon sessions in Garrison, and he continued the tradition The Quiet Man Public House in Peekskill after Guinan’s closed. He was a member of the Celtic Blend Band.
Mike was a member of the Hudson Valley Irish Fest Committee and volunteered his time and talents to one of the finest festivals around. He was a supporter of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center and a proud member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 18, where he was named “Man of the Year” in 2016.Mike retired in 2013, though he was fond of reminding everyone that you never really retire from the FDNY. He remained actively involved with the department and his brothers at the House on the Hill. He is survived by his wife, his children and son in law, his sisters and brothers in law, his niece and nephews, and numerous relatives both here and in Ireland. He also leaves behind his extended FDNY family and enormous number of friends who were always inspired by his courage, his kindness, his generous spirit and his loving heart. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Mike’s name to the FDNY Family Transport Foundation. 


Thursday August 31, 2017

2pm-4pm & 7pm-9pm

Yorktown Funeral Home

945 East Main Street

Shrub Oak, NY, US, 10588


Ceol Mór Bagpipe Band Competition A Success

The Ceol Mór Bagpipe Band Competition and Festival was held on Saturday, July 22nd and was a huge success according to Dermot Moore, NYAOH Special Projects Chair, and an organizer of the event.  The festival and competition, held at the newly opened Rockland GAA fields in Orangeburg, was sponsored by the Rockland County AOH. The event will be held annually so look for the event in July 2018. 

A video of the event is available through Dropbox.

NYS AOH Installs New Officers At Convention

The Ancient Order of Hibernians of New York elected Victor Vogel as its new State President at its 99th Biennial Convention which was held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel and Convention Center in Buffalo, New York. The convention which ran from July 12 through July 15 was attended by more than 500 delegates from all regions of New York State. The AOH currently has over 16,000 members in New York State.

(l-r) New York State Officers:  Treasurer Thomas O’Donnell, President Victor Vogel, Vice President Thomas Lambert and Secretary John Manning.

President Vogel, who will serve a 2 year term, is a Life Member of the AOH and hails from Islip, NY. He was first elected to the State Board as a District 6 Director in 2009. 

President Vogel succeeds outgoing New York State President Tim McSweeney, who was congratulated for having a very successful term of office. Past President McSweeney continues to serve as a National AOH Board Organizer.

Tom Lambert of Buffalo was selected as New York State Vice President, John Manning of Queens was chosen as New York State Secretary, and Thomas O’Donnell of Niagara Falls was elected New York State Treasurer.

Pictured above are some of the District Directors who joined the executive board officers following their installation, which was held at the conclusion of the Closing Mass in Buffalo’s St. Joseph’s Cathedral.


The eight District Directors who were also selected by the delegates, will oversee the day to day operations of the Order in their respective regions. For a full list of New York State AOH officials, please visit the officer’s page on this site.

The 99th Biennial Convention Concludes

The 99th AOH New York State Biennial Convention has concluded and delegates from across the state headed back home invigorated with thoughts and ideas obtained during the informative sessions.  Thanks to the Buffalo Convention Committee and all of our Western New York AOH Brothers for a unforgettable stay. The Buffalo Convention will be remembered for a very long time! 

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the NYS Board. Special thanks and a job well done to our outgoing officers, especially Tim McSweeney.  The success of the last two years was due in no small part to your leadership and hard work!

Click here to view photo albums taken at the many convention events. (Photos courtesy of John O’Connell). Additional photos will be added shortly.

Members and convention guests are invited to submit their favorite photos and/or videos of the convention events for posting on the website.  Please send to


Suffolk County Adult Gaelic Football Club

The first ever Suffolk County Adult Gaelic Football Club was established this spring and off to a great start. The club, known as Suffolk County Hibernians, was founded with the help of Mike Byrne, NYS AOH Sports Chairman who has been active in finding ways to keep our Irish heritage, sport, and culture alive in New York.  This past weekend was the teams first game facing-off against the Long Island Gaels Gaelic Football Club.  The Suffolk County Hibernians won the game 1-14 to 1-12.