Niagara Falls Division 1 President Kevin O’Brien led a productive monthly meeting that focused on cultural events hosted at their beautiful Hibernian hall as well as to prepare members to attend the upcoming NYS AOH convention in nearby Buffalo. A highlight of the meeting was a terrific report by Division Historian Bill Paterson who shared stories of the significant impact of many local Irish Americans through their heroism in military battles.
(Above) Division 1 President Kevin O’Brien, National Director Liam McNabb, Chaplain Fr. Joseph Hubert and State Director Tom O’Donnell.
The NY State Board spring meeting took place in East Durham on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Shamrock House. The meeting was well attended with a standing room only crowd.
AOH members in attendance from across the state (below) heard state officer and committee chair reports on activities since the last board meeting. Reports on upcoming events included the Requiem Mass and Reburial of John Curry on May 13, 2017 and the upcoming 99th New York State AOH Biennial Convention and the 59th LAOH Biennial Convention which will take place at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo, July 12 – 15th, 2017.
Brother Hibernians from the host division for the East Durham meeting, Greene County Mass Rock Div. 2 (above), stand outside Lady of Knock Church in East Durham for our Order’s annual pilgrimage. Jimmy Cuff (far right), Division President, was assisted by many Greene County Hibernians to welcome the AOH and LAOH for our annual State Board meeting. The NYS AOH Board thanks them for their Irish hospitality.
The weekend events included “Karen’s Carnival” honoring LAOH New York State President and Sister Hibernian, Karen Keane, of LAOH Albany Division 1 who is ending her term as president. The lively event was held at Gavin’s Country Inn following the state meeting.
Efforts Help Feed Less Fortunate on Long Island
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Mary & Joseph Thompson, Division #5 held their Bi-Annual Food Drive on Sunday, April 30th in Shirley, NY. AOH division members were on hand at King Kullen on William Floyd Parkway in Shirley collecting food and other donations to benefit the St. Jude Roman Catholic Church Outreach Program in Mastic Beach.
“Poverty on Long Island has been ever increasing since the Great Recession and we felt that we needed to do our part to help”, explained Don Schauder, Chairman of Charities & Missions for Division #5.
“We understand how poverty and hunger can have such an adverse effect on communities. Our own Irish history shows us how hopelessness under such terrible conditions can fundamentally change a person, and the larger community as a whole. We just want to do our part in helping to make life a bit easier for struggling Long Islanders.”
Local King Kullen shoppers agreed, having donated enough food and supplies to fill two pickup trucks. “The people of the Shirley and Mastic area are so generous. They made this event a huge success”, said Larry Hurley, Vice President of Division 5. “It is truly an amazing thing to see how everyone steps up to help people less fortunate.”
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 5, will be holding another food drive later in the year. For more information about charity events or to join the order, visit
Brother Thomas Beirne, NYAOH District 4 Director and Catholic Action Chair was interviewed on Sunday, April 30, 2017 on the WABC Radio Talk Show “Religion on the Line”
The subject of the interview was the life of Martin McGuinness and his contributions to the peace efforts, the traditions behind a “Month’s Mind” Memorial Mass and New York County AOH Division #9’s sponsorship of the Mass held in honor of the late Martin McGuinness at St. Patrick’s Cathedral the previous Monday, April 24th, 2017.
Participating in the broadcast was Rabbi Joseph Potasnik and Deacon Kevin McCormick. Calling in during the broadcast was John Manning, NY State AOH Treasurer, with comments and compliments for Brother Beirne and his division brothers.
The AOH Division #9 New York County sponsored a “Month’s Mind” Memorial Mass for the late Martin McGuiness at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on May 24th, 2017. The mass drew many Irish American Community leaders, as well as current and past Political Leaders from both sides of the Atlantic.
The Reverend Monsignor Robert Ritchie, Pastor of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, was the principal celebrant of the mass, which included readings by AOH National Director Sean Pender, and Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald. Former Special Envoy Senator George Mitchell delivered the eulogy.
(Photos by John O’Connell)
On April 20 2017, Albany LAOH Division #1, Albany AOH Division #5 and the Irish American Heritage Museum co-sponsored a commemorative lecture by Dr. Ruan O’Donnell.
The evening started with presentation of resolution/proclamations from Albany County Legislator Raymond Joyce and Albany City Council Member Joseph Igoe to commemorate the Manchester Martyrs. Ray and Joe are both AOH Division #5 members.
New York State Assemblyman and Staten Island Brothers Michael Cusick was unable to attend the Albany event but sent a Proclamation in support of of the Manchester Martyrs commemoration.
Brothers from AOH Divisions in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Rochester attended a presentation and discussion on The Manchester Martyrs delivered by Dr. Ruan O’Donnell. Professor O’Donnell is a premier Irish historian and folds a faculty position as Senior Lecturer, University of Limerick. The event was held in the Buffalo Irish Cultural Center on Sunday, April 24, 2017.
Brian Clancy was honored as Hibernian of the Year at the Suffolk County Division 3’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance held on March 11, 2017. Brian received the Commodore John Barry Medal from NY AOH Vice President Victor Vogel. Also in attendance was NY AOH Secretary Tom Lambert and Suffolk County President Jack Ryan.
Pictured (l-r) NY AOH Vice President Vic Vogel; Brian Clancy, Division 3 Suffolk County Hibernian of the Year; Suffolk County President Jack Ryan and Tom Lambert, NY AOH Secretary.
The Myles Scully Division #1 of Yonkers hosted its Annual Communion Breakfast at St. Joseph’s Seminary this past weekend. Over 175 people were in attendance to hear guest speaker Bishop John O’Hara, who is the Vicar of Southern Manhattan and Staten Island.
The Hibernians were welcomed back to the Dunwoodie by Seminary Rector Msgr. Peter Vaccari and Dean of Seminarians Fr. Nicholas Zientarski, who co-celebrated the mass with Bishop O’Hara. As per custom, the seminary agreed to once again allow The McSweeney Chalice to be used in the celebration of the Mass.
Division #1 also presented Peter Van Slyck with the James G. McGinty Hibernian of the Year Award. Peter is a long time member of Division #1, and has played a vital role in helping the Division achieve success over the past decade. Peter is a Yonkers Police Officer and currently serves as the President of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester County.
Division #1 also was able to present the seminary with a $1,000 pledge in support of vocations. Division #1 also presented Bishop O’Hara with a $500 donation in support of Trinity House Retreat Center in Westchester.