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.


Ballymurphy Massacre Campaign for Justice Concludes

Carmel Quinn speaks on the need for justice for the victims of the Ballymurphy Massacre

Stating, “the Ballymurphy Massacre families need American help in their 47-year battle for justice”, Carmel Quinn, a sister of one of 11 victims of the massacre, John Laverty, concluded a five-state American tour sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The tour came on the heels of the attacks by 150 Tory MPs and British Prime Minister Theresa May who are desperate to discredit investigations of British forces for ‘Troubles’ killings in the north of Ireland. Carmel Quinn, who is also a member of Relatives for Justice, met with U.S. Senators and Members of Congress asking for help in shining the light of justice on the slaughter of the innocents which occurred in Ballymurphy, Belfast, North of Ireland on August 9 – 11, 1971.

While on the U.S. tour, Ms. Quinn spoke about the need to bring awareness to the Ballymurphy Massacre and the need for justice.  She delivered this message again and again to sympathetic audiences in Philadelphia, PA; Middletown, NJ; Suffolk County, NY; Washington, DC; Albany, NY; Cleveland, OH and in the Bronx and Manhattan, NY.

View the videos
Ballmurphy Massacre Documentary
The Cleveland Tour Event

“The Ballymurphy Massacre is a fundamental test of Britain’s ability to give legacy justice. If victims cannot get justice where 11 people, including a Catholic priest and mother of 8 children were killed by British troops, how can we expect justice in any killings or collusion murders where British forces were involved? AOH National Vice-President Danny O’Connell and National Secretary Jere Cole recently promised the Ballymurphy families that America would stand behind them in their battle for justice. We are committed to keep that pledge”. – Martin Galvin, Esq., National AOH Freedom for All Ireland Chair.

Albany Honors Martin Galvin

National AOH Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Chairman Martin Galvin was honored with the Fr. John Murphy award bestowed by the Albany AOH and LAOH. Carmel Quinn, sister of Ballymurphy victim John Laverty delivered the keynote address on behalf of Relatives for Justice, a Belfast-based organization working to shed light on the Ballymurphy Massacre. The annual FFAI event was held on Friday, November 16, 2018 in the Albany Hibernian Hall.

Freedom For All Ireland (FFAI) is a National AOH/LAOH initiative that promotes One Island, One Ireland with peace, justice and equality for all. All proceeds raised by this event and others held across the nation are donated to over a dozen worthy charities/causes throughout the North of Ireland.

(Photos and report provided by Tim McSweeney, AOH National Organizer)

(l-r) Sean Pender, AOH National Treasurer, Albany LAOH FFAI Delores Desch, Martin Galvin, National/State FFAI Chair and Albany AOH FFAI John Levondowski

Carmel Quinn, sister of Ballymurphy victim John Laverty delivered the keynote address on behalf of Relatives for Justice

National, State, County and Division Officers of the AOH/LAOH gather to honor Martin Galvin

State Board Meeting and President’s Testimonial Dinner Concluded

The Fall State Board Semi-annual Meeting and State President’s Testimonial Dinner took place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Melville Marriott in Melville, Suffolk County–home county of New York AOH State President Vic Vogel.  The meeting was well attended as were the other events of the day including the evening celebration of the Mass by Father Henry Reid, AOH State Chaplain. The President’s Testimonial Dinner immediately followed on Saturday night and included presentations, proclamations and performances by the Roisin Dubh Pipes and Drums and worldclass Irish step dancers.

(View a photo album of the day’s events courtesy of John O’Connell)

During the morning meeting, AOH members from across the state heard reports from the Executive Board Members and District Directors. Committee chairs also delivered reports on Right to Life, Buy Irish, Website and Social Media, Publicity, Empire Hibernian Newsletter, Special Projects, Freedom for All Ireland, Charity and Missions, Veteran’s Affairs,  NYS Scholarship, Sports, Catholic Action, Historian and the Organizer’s report.

 Attending the events were the top four National Board Officers: President Judge Jim McKay, Vice President Danny O’Connell, Secretary Jere Cole and Treasurer Sean Pender. Joining the National Executive Board were four National Directors including New York’s own Liam McNabb and Dan Dennehy who attended along with other National Board officers and many National and State Past Presidents. Camaraderie with the LAOH was evident with the attendance of LAOH National Vice President Karen Keane and LAOH State President Jackie Clute who were joined by many Sister Hibernians in wishing outgoing NYAOH President Vic Vogel the best as his term concludes in July 2019.

Fr. Henry Reid Receives National Life Membership

Father Henry Reid, NY State Chaplain for the Ancient Order of Hibernians has been awarded National Life Membership. Father Reid received his Life Member medallion at the Suffolk County AOH Board meeting held on October 17, 2018 at Division 9’s John Hennessy Hall in Mt. Sinai, NY. 

In attendance was NY AOH State President and National Life Member Vic Vogel, National Life Member Walter Butler, NYS AOH Secretary John Manning, Suffolk County AOH President Jerry Belmont, along with other NYS Board officers, Suffolk County Board and division officers and members.

Father Reid was ordained in 2006 at the age of 37 for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y. He is currently the Pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Patchogue, NY. Congratulations Father Reid!

Photo provided by Jeff Nisler

AOH New York State Board Awarded Marching Trophy

The AOH New York State Board is proud to have been named the Best AOH Marching Unit for the 2018 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Congratulations to our Brothers of the AOH Orange County Board who took 2nd Place Best AOH Marching Unit and AOH Myles Scully, Division #1 Yonkers who took 3rd Place Best AOH Marching Unit.

Thanks to all participants for making a great show on 5th Ave. this year!  We look forward to seeing and marching with you again on 5th Avenue on Saturday,March 16, 2019.