Sullivan County Division 1 Officers Installed

After a few weather delays, the officers of Sullivan County Division 1 were duly installed at their monthly meeting on Monday, April 1, 2019. On hand to conduct the installation was Kevin P. Moore, NYS AOH District 8 Director and Kevin R. Cummings, NYS AOH Organizer and NYS AOH Co-Webmaster.  Assisting as a Marshal in the event was James P. (JP) Graham, Past and Charter President of the division. The Graham family graciously offers a large meeting space so that the Sullivan Brothers can meet monthly to conduct division business including their many fundraisers, social events and parade activities. 

(l-r) Past President and current Standing Committee Chair Bill Moloney, District 8 Director Kevin P. Moore, Chaplain Deacon Larry Knack, President Ed O’Malley, Vice President Steve Spears, Recording Secretary Kris Scullion, Treasurer Mike Kelly, Marshal Tom Brown and NYS Organizer/Co-Webmaster Kevin R. Cummings (missing from photo: Financial Secretary Tim Dowling and Sentinel Mike Mullally)

Following the installation and meeting, the newly installed officers and division members celebrated their accomplishments and toasted an upcoming year filled with cultural events and fundraisers. Planning is underway for next year’s Jeffersonville Parade which continues to grow in size and popularity. Follow their many activities on the Sullivan County Brothers’ Facebook page.

Many of the Sullivan Division 1 members gathered for a photo following their officer installation in the meeting space provided by Past and Charter President JP Graham and his family

 

Rockland AOH Division 1 St. Patrick’s Day Party for Veterans

A.O.H. Division 1 – North Rockland had their Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party for the NYS Veterans Home in Montrose NY. The Irish Family Band “Called Away” played Irish favorites and military songs. Bagpiper from Division 1, Tim O Neill and the Lynn Academy of Irish dance also performed for the residents.

Division 1 members and families served Irish soda bread and refreshments. A great time was had by all!

Pictured from Left: The Fitzsimmons Family, Dan Donohue Div 1 President,  Tim O’Neill, on Bagpipes, “Called Away” Chris, Lindsay and Sarah Buteux, The Clarke family, Jim Gilmartin and Cy Hughes.

 

Staten Island AOH Holds 55th Annual Hibernian Ball

Staten Island AOH Holds 55th Annual Hibernian Ball

Father and Son together as Parade Grand Marshal and Aide to the Grand Marshal Jack King and son Sean King.

Over 300 Brother and Sister Hibernians, family and friends gathered at the LiGreci’s Staaten for the Richmond County AOH 55th Annual Hibernian Ball on Staten Island, NY on Saturday, February 23, 2019. This year’s honorees included Brother Jack King as the 2019 Grand Marshal of the 55th Staten Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, his Aides to the Grand Marshal, Brother Sean King (his son), Sister Eileen Hayes, Sister Cathy Brennan and Brother Neil “Connie O” O’Sullivan. Brother O’Neill was also honored to chosen as the Richmond County Aide to Dr. Brian J. O’Dwyer, Grand Marshal of the 258th New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

AOH Chaplain, Father Michael Martine, and Brother Kevin F. Mannion, Vice President of Saint Columcille Division No. 4.

During the evening, the Hibernian Ball committee chairman, Brother Martin Crimmins, AOH New York District No. 5 Director, announced the 2019 Miss Hibernia, Ms. Claire Harrington, and her court, Ms. Marie Cummings. Brother Crimmins crowned and sashed Ms. Harrington and Ms. Cummings, and all the guests of honor received their tricolor sashes for the parade. “It’s the first time a father and son are Grand Marshal and Aide to the Grand Marshal,” said Brother Crimmins. Last year, Brother Crimmins served as aide to Grand Marshal Ann Clark, as well as aide to the Grand Marshal of the Manhattan parade.

The attendees enjoyed a cocktail hour, complete dinner, live music dinner and an open bar at the beautiful Staten ballroom located at 697 Forest Avenue.

AOH/LAOH Delegation Meets with Border Communities Against Brexit

A delegation of forty AOH and LAOH members met with the group known as Border Communities Against Brexit in Newry, the city referred to as the “Gateway to the North” on the border of County Armagh and County Down. The encounter followed a discussion at Dromintee Gaelic Athletic Club, as part of the first stop on the delegation’s Freedom For All Ireland Tour of Ireland.

A panel including National President, Judge James McKay, National Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Martin Galvin, and Border Cross-Community leaders Damien McGenity, Declan Fearon, and John Sheridan discussed the impact Brexit will cause to All Ireland economics and the peace process. The Border Committee Against Brexit members thanked the Hibernians for their continued commitment to fighting against Brexit and for Irish peace with justice and unity. They also stated their appreciation to Irish Americans for encouraging their federal and state legislators to stand up for the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process. Charlie Casey, President of Newry AOH and a Newry legislator welcomed the group at their first stop.

The annual Freedom for All Ireland delegation which this year includes LAOH National President Carol Sheyer, AOH National Treasurer Sean Pender, LAOH National Secretary Marilyn Madigan, and AOH National Directors Dan Dennehy & Denny Parks is organized by National FFAI Martin Galvin. (Reposted from original post on AOH.com)

Photo credits: Charlie Casey, President of Newry AOH and Newry Town Councillor

Rockland Division 1 Officer Installation

Rockland County A.O.H. Division 1 – North Rockland held their annual Officer Installation Meeting on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 in the West Haverstraw Town Hall complex. On hand to conduct the installation was Kevin P. Moore, NYS AOH District 8 Director and Kevin R. Cummings, NYS AOH Organizer and NYS AOH Co-Webmaster.  Assisting as a Marshal in the event was Brian Moore, member of Division 1 and brother of Kevin Moore. Brother Brian Moore is the Chief of Police in nearby Stoney Point.

Rockland County A.O.H. Division 1 North Rockland is led by Division President Daniel Donohue who will be representing the Rockland AOH/LAOH as the 2019 Aide to the Grand Marshal in the NY City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The division counts among its ranks, longtime AOH members; Cy Hughes, Jim Normoyle and Jim Clark, who along with their Brother Hibernians are very active in the county AOH. The division conducts many charitable fundraisers and scholarships to benefit the local community. In addition, the division is very active at the Montrose Nursing Home where they conduct an Irish Cultural Day much to the delight of the many residents at the facility. 

Greene County Mass Rock Division Officers Installed

Newly installed officers of Mass Rock Division 1, Greene County

The Inn at Leeds in Greene County was the site of the public installation for the officers of the Greene County Division 1, Mass Rock Division.  The event, which took place on Saturday, February 2, 2019, was followed by an celebratory installation luncheon.

In attendance to officiate and represent the NY State Board were District 1 Director Owen Cole, AOH National Director and NYAOH State Political Education Chair Liam McNabb, NYAOH Past President Peter Durkee, and Kevin Cummings, NYAOH Organizer.  Witnessing the installation and attending the luncheon were NY LAOH Vice President Mary Beth Durkee along with many family members and friends.

State and Division Officers in attendance at the Greene County Mass Rock Division 1 officer installation

Greene County Division 1 members are the caretakers of the Mass Rock located at the Irish Cultural Center in East Durham.  Greene County Mass Rock Division is also recognized as the traditional host division for the spring biannual board meeting which will be held this year on May 4-5.

 

AOH New York State Board Re-affirms its Position on Abortion

Ancient Order of Hibernians New York State Board Position on Abortion

“All life is precious from Conception to Natural Death.”

 

This has always been our stance on all Life issues. We Respect Life and know that Life is a gift from God.

We pray, civilly protest and express this stance in our actions month after month, year after year and in support of Church teachings. We have never wavered or succumbed to political or socially accepted attitudes of the times.

Even when a culture of death seems to be accepted by many, we show love, and support Life in all stages.

Let it be known that, our position on Abortion (and all respect life issues) does not change or evolve.

We have consistently been steadfast.

The latest bill signed in New York does not change the stance we take on the subject. It never will.

 

Ancient Order of Hibernians – New York State Board

 

 

Ireland’s Declaration of Independence Ceremonies Held in Albany

This week, New York legislators introduced a state resolution honoring Ireland’s Declaration of Independence. The measure sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Cusick and Senator Phillip Boyle, called for January 21, 2019 to be proclaimed as “Irish Declaration of Independence Day” across New York State. Ceremonies presenting the proclamations were held on Monday, January 28, 2019 on the Assembly and Senate floors. Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies AOH led by State Presidents Victor Vogel and Jacqueline Clute, assembled from around New York State and were in attendance for the ceremonies and presentation of the proclamations.  A celebration followed in the Albany Division 5 Hall.  View the January 28th event photo album.

Read more about NY State’s tribute to the Ireland.

 

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).