Saratoga and Watervliet Divisions Install Elected Officers in Combined Ceremony

Liam McNabb, AOH National Director, Tim McNulty, Saratoga AOH Vice President, Mark Scully, Watervliet AOH President and Tim McSweeney, AOH National Organizer

In a joint ceremony, Officers of the Watervliet and Saratoga Divisions of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) were installed at a dinner which was hosted at the Watervliet Hibernian Hall.

AOH National Director Liam McNabb presided over the installation ceremony with the assistance of National Organizer Tim McSweeney, and Past NYS President Peter Durkee. New York State District #1 Director Owen Cole and Albany County President Tim Weklar served as Marshals during the ceremony.

Newly sworn in Division Leaders shared their vision for the New Year and will actively work to grow the Order.

 

Division #7 Rochester Honors its President at Annual Installation Mass and Dinner

Left to Right: Mike McNabb, Tom O’Donnell, Tim Barry, Adam Riemer, Mike Tobin, Patrick Miller, Jim O’Reilly, John Wolfe, John Burke, Rich Publicover, Tom Lambert, John Manning

 

Division # 7 in Rochester NY held their Annual Mass and Officer Installation this past weekend. Their Mass and Installation was attended by many County at State Officers who enjoyed the evening of fun, food and live music.

Mike McNabb, Tom O’Donnell, Jim O’Reilly, Tom Lambert, John Manning

Division #7 President Jim O’Reilly was honored as the Hibernian of the Year for his many years of dedicated service to the local Irish Community.

Orange County Division 2 Delivers Holiday Cheer

Neighbors helping Neighbors – 
On Saturday, December 23, 2017, fifty-two 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. Joining members and their families in distributing the Christmas dinners was Sinead Kirnan, 2017 New York Rose of Tralee (above center), daughter of Division 2 President Bill Kirnan. Special thanks are in order to Brother John Encke who coordinated donations of turkeys and other food items from Stop & Shop and to Division 2 LAOH members for their donation of turkey stuffing.

Children’s Christmas Party – 
On Sunday, December 17, 2017, 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 pizza 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. 

Toys for the St Lukes’ Hospital Pediatric Wing – 
The holiday season started early with a division sponsored fundraiser “Toys for the Children” held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 and coordinated by Division Brother John Walsh and his wife Kerre.  Members, their families and community friends turned out and donated approximately $2000 in toys which were delivered to the pediatric floor of St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh brightening spirits during difficult times.

Division #7 of Suffolk County Hosts Children’s Christmas Party

 

Our Lady of Knock, Division #7 Suffolk County hosted its annual Community Children’s Christmas Party. The children and their families were treated to lunch, a Christmas sing-along by DJ Glen and Christmas Arts and Crafts. Santa arrived just in time and brought presents and gift cards for all the good children.  The volunteers, as usual, enjoyed the gathering as much as the children. Merry Christmas To All!

 

Sullivan Brothers Division #1 Supports Local Charities at Christmas Gathering

The AOH Division #1 of Sullivan County recently presented two donations to local charity organizations at a gathering held at The Welsh Cabin Restaurant in Jeffersonville, New York.

The Division was proud to present a $500 donation to St. Francis Church of Jeffersonville to support their local Christmas Food Basket program which delivers food basket to local families in need this holiday season. The Christmas Food Basket Program is a collaborative effort between St. Francis and the United Reformed Church of Youngsville, New York.

 

Division #1 also presented a $1,500 pledge of support to Ride 2 Survive of Sullivan County. Ride 2 Survive Sullivan County, Inc. is a community-based organization whose mission is to assist with transportation expenses for Sullivan County residents or patients under the care of an oncologist who have been diagnosed with cancer or pre-malignant conditions. Since its inception in 2013, Ride 2 Survive has dispersed over $100,000 to over 436 community members for their transportation costs.

The Division would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and also to thank the owners and staff at the Welsh Cabin Restaurant!

For more information about Ride 2 Survive and how you can help them, you can visit their website at:

www.ride2survivesullivancounty.org

 

 

Saratoga Division Supports Local Parish Outreach Program with Raffle Proceeds

Kevin Quinn – Marshal, Bobbi Gentile – MTC Volunteer and Don McHenry, Past Division President.

 

 

Members of Commodore John Barry Division #1 of Saratoga Springs made a $700 donation to Mother Theresa’s Closet, which is part of the Holy Trinity Parish in Johnstown, New York. The volunteers collect and distribute paper goods, personal items, soap etc., to help with the needs that social service programs don’t fill. Funds for the donation were raised from the Division’s Masters Tournament Ticket Raffle that was held earlier this year.

 

 

 

Mt. Kisco Division Presents Annual Donations to Local Hospice Care and Cancer Centers

William & Will McCormack, Charles McGuiness, Ann Cullinane, In Center Hospice Care Pres. Michelle Murphy Quirolo, Hospice Care CEO, Margaret McHugh, Jim McHugh ,Bernadette Mcguire, Dana Hickey, Ed Reilly, Ann Hough, and Jim Cullinane

 

     On November 29, 2017 the Frank H. Fox Division #16 of Mount Kisco donated $6,228.00 to Hospice Care of Westchester and Putnam Counties. The presentation was made at the annual “Tree of Life” ceremony held at the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco, New York. Hospice Care (Visiting Nurse Association) is a non-profit home health care agency provides home health services to patients with advanced illnesses.

     On December 9, 2017 the A.O.H. and L.A.O.H. donated $6,228.00 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 $239,359.14 to Hospice Care of Westchester /Putnam and 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. Mary’s in Katonah, St. Patrick’s in Bedford, St. Francis of Assisi in Mount Kisco, St. Patrick’s in Armonk, St. Lawrence O’Toole in Brewster, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Shrub Oak, Holy Innocence in Pleasantville, and St. John’s/St. Mary’s in Chappaqua.

 

Sullivan County Division 1 Donation

At their December monthly meeting, members of Sullivan County Division 1 made a donation to Sullivan West Project Care. The $400 donation will be used for toys for tots within the Sullivan West school district.  More importantly, some of the money will be used to fund the purchase of bookbags, winter clothes, and to help a local family recovering from a devastating house fire. Pictured is President Bill Moloney, along with division members presenting the $400 check to Sullivan West teacher Tara Brey who also serves as chair of the Sullivan County West Project Care. 

Dutchess County Msgr. Sheahan Division Activities

The Dutchess County Msgr. Sheahan AOH Division 1 held their annual dinner dance on October 21, 2017.  According to division President Michael Shepheard (shown right with fiancé Cassandra Kaye), the dance held at the Elks Club in Wappingers Falls raised more than $5,000 and was a huge success. Profits from the event will be used to support local charities including Meals on Wheels, Birthright, and the Dutchess County St Patrick’s Parade to name a few.

Needy area neighbors didn’t have to wait long to benefit from some of the money raised…when on November 10, 2017, the membership of Msgr. Sheahan Division 1, along with family and friends prepared meals for approximately 150 less fortunate people at the Lunch Box in Poughkeepsie, NY.

The event was chaired by division Sentinel Jim Englishby (shown far right) who solicited donations from local supermarkets and businesses.  Additional food and supplies were provided by the division.

In Memoriam: James Walsh of Division #3 Pearl River

It is with deep sadness we inform you of the passing of Jim Walsh. Please join us this Sunday November 19 at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan for a Hibernian Ritual to honor him. Please arrive by 3:15 pm so we can conduct the ceremony promptly at 3:30.

Please see Jim’s obituary below.

James Walsh, 73, of Orangeburg, formerly of Paramus, NJ entered into eternal life on November 13, 2017. Jim died peacefully at Joe Raso Hospice Residence in New City after suffering a long illness.

Jim was born in New York City and was educated at St. Luke’s Elementary School in the Bronx and St. Joseph’s School in Metuchen, NJ. Jim was employed at J. Walter Thompson and Canadian Pacific. He then worked for NY Telephone/ NYNEX/ Verizon, where he retired after 30 years. Jim also served as a Sergeant in the Air Force National Guard.

Jim was a long-time member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 3, in Pearl River, where he had been the House President. He was also a member in good standing of the American Legion Post 329 in Pearl River and the Irish Arts Forum.
Jim was predeceased by his parents John and Mary Ann Walsh of Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Ireland and the Bronx, his sister Sr. Gilmary Walsh, O.P. of Blauvelt and his brother John of Stuart, FL.

He is survived by his sister, Bridget Ann (BeAnn) Mullins of Millsboro, DE; his nephews, John Mullins of West Nyack, Brian Mullins of Maricopa, AZ, Daniel Walsh of Stuart, FL; his nieces, Elizabeth Walsh of Mountainside, NJ and Mary Walsh of Brooklyn; his grand nieces Alexandra Mullins, Alanna Mullins, Sofia Mullins and Hazel Kulpa; and his brother-in-law Jack Mullins of Millsboro, DE and sister-in-law Louise Walsh of Stuart, FL.

A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, 10am, at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan followed by a private cremation. Visiting hours will be Sunday, 2-4 and 6-8pm at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s name to the United Hospice of Rockland would be greatly appreciated (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Moritz Funeral Home

98 Route 303 South

Tappan, NY 10983

(845) 359-0890