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.

Yonkers City Council First to Endorse McGuinness Principles

(rear) Yonkers City Council: Majority Leader Michael Sabatino, Corazon Pineda-Isaac, Shanae V. Williams, Council President Mike Khader, Minority Leader Mike Breen, Anthony J. Merante and John Rubbo. (front) Aidan O’Kelly- Lynch- NY State Director, Charlie McGuinness President Division 16 Mount Kisco, Andy Hayden- Division One, Robert Stauf – Past President Myles Scully Division One, Kevin Ellis- President Myles Scully Division One, Dan Dennehy- National Director, Jack McDonald – Division One, Mike Morley- Aisling Center Man of the Year, Peter Van Slyck- President Police Emerald Society of Westchester and Brian Duffy – President AOH Westchester County

 

     On Tuesday, September 25 Yonkers City Council became the first major city to unanimously adopt the McGuinness Principles.

     The impetus came from Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Myles Scully Division One Yonkers and its president Kevin Ellis. The council meeting was attended by officers and members from national, New York State and all of Westchester divisions, as well as LAOH members, officers of the United Irish Counties, Hudson Valley Irish Center, Police Emerald Society of Westchester County, The American Irish Association of Westchester and many Yonkers residents. AOH National Director Dan Dennehy and Division One past President Bob Stauf testified for the McGuinness Principles.

     An AOH press release stated that Dennehy testified as a proud son of Yonkers. He recognized that the City of Yonkers has long embraced the rights of all citizens, including its large Irish American community.

     The McGuinness Principles seeks the same for all in Ireland, by instilling a bill of rights, language equality, justice on legacy crimes and self-determination through a referendum on Irish unity.

     Stauf then testified that Yonkers was the first City Council to adopt the MacBride Principles and had issued the first proclamation that Gerry Adams received during his first visit to the U.S. Stauf thanked Councilman John Rubbo for proposing the resolution and Councilman Mike Breen and Council President Mike Khader for their enthusiastic support.

     Rubbo remarked that 20 years ago the Good Friday Agreement was ratified by more than 70 percent of the voters in the north of Ireland, yet much needs to be done so that McGuinness’ legacy may be fulfilled. He also recognized the AOH for keeping the issues of Ireland on their agenda.

     Khader said that he studied the McGuinness Principles and the need for these principles is not unique to the north of Ireland. “Truth, fairness, and an even playing field are principles we should all live by regardless of race, religion, color, creed or political party and that is why I am proudly supporting this resolution.”

     The McGuinness Principles were then adopted 7-0.

 

Yonkers City Council Agenda 9.25.18

Video Link to Yonkers City Council Meeting Proceeding

Watertown Division Disperses Charity Funds during Summer Season

The Msgr. James Ruddy Division #1 in Watertown, New York has stepped up its Charities and Missions program over the last year, and the Summer of 2018 will be remembered for several important donations and presentations that were made. The members of Division #1 presented donations and pledges of support to Habitat for Humanity, The Jefferson County SPCA, The Watertown Backpack Program and The Immaculate Heart Central School of Watertown.  The funds totaled over $2,500 and were raised via the many events and activities that Division #1 sponsors throughout the year.

 

Habitat for Humanity

(Pictured L/R) Dick Lawlee, Bill Flynn, Father Chris Looby, John DiSteffano (Habitat Director) President/District Director Sèan Hennessey, Treasurer Kevin Shaughnessy & Tom Shaughnessey.

 

Jefferson County SPCA

Pictured L/R: Richard Lawlee, Tom Shaughnessy, Team Owner Michael Schell, Team Manager Brandon Noble, SPCA Exec Director Heather Spizzano, District Director/Div President Sèan Hennessey, Father Chris Looby and Div Treasurer Kevin Shaughnessy.

 

Watertown Backpack Program

Pictured L/R: District Director/Div Pres Sèan Hennessey, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Stacey Eger, Richard Lawlee, Watertown School Superintendent Patricia LaBarr, Bill Flynn, Treasurer Kevin Shaughnessy, Tom Shaughnessy and Father Chris Looby.

 

Immaculate Heart Central School – Watertown,  New York

The Msgr James Ruddy Division of the AOH recently donated to Immaculate Heart Central School located in Watertown NY. Accepting Donation is Amanda McIlroy Class of 2009 from AOH Msgr James Ruddy Division member Bill Flynn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Memoriam: Michael Diamond of Division #17 Long Beach

 

Michael was a Past President of Division #17 Long Beach

 

 

Visiting: Friday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Funeral Mass: Saturday 10:00 AM St. Ignatius Martyr R. C. Church Long Beach, NY

Private Cremation

In Lieu of Flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Long Island Crisis Center 2740 Martin Ave. Bellmore , NY 11710
In Loving Memory of Jenea Diamond.

Irish Day will never be the same without you.
That big Smile and laugh will be missed forever.
Your Family and friends are heartbroken knowing you are gone.
But I know the Flower up above has called you home.
Rest in Peace, Rest my brother.

Staten Island Hibernians Meet

At the September 10th meeting of St. Columcille Division #4, Richmond County, President Thomas F. Gray was delighted to welcome Brother Martin Crimmins, New York District 5 Director, as well as Brother Gerald Mulvaney, Richmond County President, to our monthly meeting.

The Division’s Brothers bid a heart cead mile failte to these fraternal dignitaries, as the Division’s meeting was well attended by over 35 Brothers, and we were also honored to have in attendance Br. Michael Hannon, CFC, Assistant Chaplain and faculty member of Msgr. Farrell High School on Staten Island, who led the Division’s opening and closing prayers.

The Division received a lecture on Irish history about the Hibernian Rifles and Hibernian Knights, two paramilitary fraternities of the AOH in the 1880s up to the 1920s in America, and the little-known role of the courageous Hibernian Rifles (Irish American Alliance) in the Easter Rebellion of 1916 in Dublin from Brother Denis P. McGowan (pictured right). 

The Hibernian Rifles under Commandant John Joseph Scollan joined their comrades of the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army, supported by the brave women of Cumann na mBan  (Irish nationalist women’s organization) and Na Fianna Eireann (Irish nationalist boy scouts), in the heroic fight for Ireland’s freedom. Less than 1,000 poorly-armed Irish men, women and boys faced over 10,000 battle-hardened soldiers of the British Army, well-equipped with rifles, machine guns, artillery, improvised armored cars, and even the Royal Navy gunboat Helga that shelled Dublin’s Liberty Hall, as well as unlimited ammunition and reinforcements from England.  About 40 Hibernian Rifles served in defense of the Dublin General Post Office until its surrender.

The role of the Hibernian Rifles in the Easter Rebellion of 1916 is often overlooked and forgotten by historians, but we as Hibernians can look back with pride on those brave Brothers who stood shoulder to shoulder with heroes like Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, Cathal Brugha, The O’Rahilly, Thomas Clarke, Thomas MacDonagh, Sean MacDiarmada (himself a Brother Hibernian), and Countess Constance Markievicz.

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, the Hibernian Ball, and the AOH CuChulainn Celtic Warrior Major Degree Team. It also sponsors an annual memorial Mass and communion breakfast, a golf outing to support our charities, and a Saint Patrick’s Day dinner dance.

News item provided by Brother Denis McGowan; photo by Brother Kevin F. Mannion

County Observes Gaelic Mass Day

(r-l) AOH National Director Dan Dennehy, Bronx County President Bob Nolan, AOH State President Vic Vogel, County Legislator David Tubiolo, and National and State FFAI Chair and Division 5 President Martin Galvin

It was officially “Gaelic Mass Day” on Saturday, September 8th, as Hibernians led by New York State President Vic Vogel, and joined by local Irish community groups and parishioners, gathered for an Irish language Mass at St. Barnabas Parish. The day began with County Legislator David Tubiolo, announcing Westchester’s proclamation and presenting copies to New York State AOH, host Bronx AOH Division 5 and St. Barnabas Parish. The Gaelic Mass which was said by St. Barnabas Pastor Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald, and brought together fluent Irish speakers with many who never before heard the Mass said in the language of their ancestors, may now become an annual event.

View the event photo album

MARCH

Among the AOH officers leading the march into the Church were State President Vogel, National Director Dan Dennehy, District Director Aiden O’Kelly Lynch, Bronx County President Bob Nolan and Division 5 President Martin Galvin. They followed Piper Dermot Moore, a son of the late Mary Holt Moore, who had been a key figure in the Bronx Gaelic League.AOH and Ladies AOH sashes and medallions made a colorful display.Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald welcomed everyone in English to the Mass offered in Irish for “all those persecuted for their Catholic faith and Gaelic language”. Woodlawn residents and Irish speakers, Division 5 Vice-President Ray Leyden, Aoife Farrell of Aisling and Mairead Greenan of Emerald Isle Immigration did the readings. Musician and Irish singer Dawn Doherty played and sang beautifully, while Daithi McLaughlin of the Brooklyn Gaelic Club assisted with the Irish hymns. 

SURVIVING

In his sermon Fr. Fitzgerald said “the Catholic faith in Ireland, like the Irish language had survived centuries of persecution and penal laws intended to wipe it out. Our ancestors had defied everything, attending outlawed Masses said by outlawed priests to keep their language and faith alive. We will survive the problems of today and come through stronger than ever.”  

Following the Gaelic Mass, Martin Galvin President of host Division 5 said:

“We were overwhelmed by the help and encouragement we immediately got for “Gaelic Mass Day”. The parish, AOH statewide, local Irish community groups, Irish language clubs, and musicians contacted us offering help. We have already been asked to have an Irish language Mass said annually and other AOH Divisions, want to follow through on the idea originally suggested By Vic Vogel.

The Irish language is an important and indestructible part of our Irish heritage. We did not anticipate the deep appreciation which even those like me who regrettably do not understand Irish would feel.”

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Martin Galvin
NAOH National and State FFAI Chair
President, Bronx Division 5 AOH