UPDATED: AOH & LAOH Legislative Day

Update:

Join Us for AOH & LAOH Legislative Day – Albany, April 24, 2018

Many Brother and Sister Hibernians plan to join State President Vic Vogel and FFAI Chair Martin Galvin in Albany as the “1918 Irish Freedom Mandate Vote” is recognized by the NYS Assembly and Senate.  We’re thrilled to have participation of our AOH State Leadership but more Brothers are needed to strengthen our efforts.

A few details regarding our events:

The NYS Assembly will start session at 2pm.  We will meet outside the Assembly Chamber in the Capitol at 1:30pm to organize our group. Please dress appropriately (suits/sport coats, shirts and ties) for the event.  Please note, there are security checkpoints at each entrance of the Capitol and Legislative Office Building (LOB).  Pocketknives and other items will not be allowed beyond security.

Parking downtown is very limited as Tuesday is “Lobby Day” and many other organizations will be at the Capitol.  Parking is available at the Albany Hibernian Hall (375 Ontario Street) and we will plan to carpool or Uber for the five minute ride downtown.

Following events at the Capitol, we will proceed to the Hall for the 5pm reception to celebrate and recognize the “1918 Irish Freedom Mandate Vote” and Legislative Resolutions.

We hope to see on Tuesday for a important day for our Order.  With your help, we will grow our presence in the Legislature which will serve us well for years ahead.

Safe travels to all and we thank you for your support.

Any questions, please contact Liam McNabb at liammcnabb@hotmail.com or at 518-207-6990.

Fraternally, 

Liam McNabb
AOH National Director and NYS AOH Political Education Chair 


During our New York State Convention, we resolved to mark the centenary of Ireland’s historic All-Ireland election in 1918 where the Irish people voted for freedom, a mandate to the 1916 Easter Rising and Proclamation, and a free Irish parliament or Dail Eireann. It was this election which put the lie to British claims that 1916, and the very idea of Irish independence had no popular support.

 

We have had a great success!

New York State Senator Boyle and Assemblyman Cusick have just confirmed that during the afternoon session of April 24th,there will be a special discussion on the floor of both the Assembly and the Senate on legislative resolutions honoring Ireland’s Freedom Mandate and also commending the AOH and Ladies AOH for Irish-American contributions to America and Ireland.

 
AOH and LAOH officers will be introduced from both the Senate and Assembly floor and your own state senators and assembly members may acknowledge and point out individual members they know by name from the floor.

We are then inviting senators and assembly members to join us for a special event at the Albany AOH Hall immediately following the Assembly and Senate sessions around 5:00 pm.I am calling upon all State, County and Division officers to make an urgent action request for as many members as possible to attend the the New York State Senate and Assembly sessions and AOH-LAOH event afterwards on April 24th.The assembly Session should begin at 1:00 pm. We want as many areas around the state as possible to be represented. If you want to sit in the gallery as our AOH resolutions are commended, you must wear proper attire such as a suit jacket and tie. You should also visit or phone your state senate or assembly member to alert them that you will be present at the legislative event. We ask that you extend an invitation to them to attend the special AOH-LAOH event afterwards.

 
Brothers and friends: this special commendation on the NYS Senate and Assembly floor is a day for which we can all be proud. We need as many of you from around the state to attend and show our state representatives that the AOH and Irish Americans expect the same recognition as others for our history and contributions.

Slan,
Martin Galvin
NYAOH Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Chair

Update: AOH & LAOH Legislative Day

AOH & LAOH Legislative Day – Albany, April 24, 2018

Update:

For those who will be in Albany for the presentation of the 1918 Irish Freedom Resolution, please note that there has been one change.  Senator Boyle’s Office has informed us that the NYS Senate will be meeting at 10:00 AM and that the presentation should take place between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.  If you are able to attend, please join us.
 
 
If you can’t join us in Albany it’s not too late to seek the support of your NYS Senator or Assembly Representative:
 
The NYS Assembly session is still scheduled to start at 2:00 PM.  We will still meet outside the Assembly Chamber in the Capitol at 1:30 PM to organize.  We will still meet at the Hall for the 5:00 PM reception to celebrate and recognize the 1918 Irish Freedom Resolution.

 


Many Brother and Sister Hibernians plan to join State President Vic Vogel and FFAI Chair Martin Galvin in Albany as the “1918 Irish Freedom Mandate Vote” is recognized by the NYS Assembly and Senate.  We’re thrilled to have participation of our AOH State Leadership but more Brothers are needed to strengthen our efforts.

A few details regarding our events:

The NYS Assembly will start session at 2pm.  We will meet outside the Assembly Chamber in the Capitol at 1:30pm to organize our group. Please dress appropriately (suits/sport coats, shirts and ties) for the event.  Please note, there are security checkpoints at each entrance of the Capitol and Legislative Office Building (LOB).  Pocketknives and other items will not be allowed beyond security.

Parking downtown is very limited as Tuesday is “Lobby Day” and many other organizations will be at the Capitol.  Parking is available at the Albany Hibernian Hall (375 Ontario Street) and we will plan to carpool or Uber for the five minute ride downtown.

Following events at the Capitol, we will proceed to the Hall for the 5pm reception to celebrate and recognize the “1918 Irish Freedom Mandate Vote” and Legislative Resolutions.

We hope to see on Tuesday for a important day for our Order.  With your help, we will grow our presence in the Legislature which will serve us well for years ahead.

Safe travels to all and we thank you for your support.

Any questions, please contact Liam McNabb at liammcnabb@hotmail.com or at 518-207-6990.

Fraternally, 

Liam McNabb
AOH National Director and NYS AOH Political Education Chair 

 


Save the Date – Albany, April 24, 2018

During our New York State Convention, we resolved to mark the centenary of Ireland’s historic All-Ireland election in 1918 where the Irish people voted for freedom, a mandate to the 1916 Easter Rising and Proclamation, and a free Irish parliament or Dail Eireann. It was this election which put the lie to British claims that 1916, and the very idea of Irish independence had no popular support.

We have had a great success!

New York State Senator Boyle and Assemblyman Cusick have just confirmed that during the afternoon session of April 24th,there will be a special discussion on the floor of both the Assembly and the Senate on legislative resolutions honoring Ireland’s Freedom Mandate and also commending the AOH and Ladies AOH for Irish-American contributions to America and Ireland.

 
AOH and LAOH officers will be introduced from both the Senate and Assembly floor and your own state senators and assembly members may acknowledge and point out individual members they know by name from the floor.
 
We are then inviting senators and assembly members to join us for a special event at the Albany AOH Hall immediately following the Assembly and Senate sessions around 5:00 pm.I am calling upon all State, County and Division officers to make an urgent action request for as many members as possible to attend the the New York State Senate and Assembly sessions and AOH-LAOH event afterwards on April 24th.

The assembly Session should begin at 1:00 pm. We want as many areas around the state as possible to be represented. If you want to sit in the gallery as our AOH resolutions are commended, you must wear proper attire such as a suit jacket and tie. You should also visit or phone your state senate or assembly member to alert them that you will be present at the legislative event. We ask that you extend an invitation to them to attend the special AOH-LAOH event afterwards.

 
Brothers and friends: this special commendation on the NYS Senate and Assembly floor is a day for which we can all be proud. We need as many of you from around the state to attend and show our state representatives that the AOH and Irish Americans expect the same recognition as others for our history and contributions.

Slan,
Martin Galvin
NYAOH Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Chair

Oneida County AOH Celebrates Easter Rising Centenary

 

another angle on attendees awaiting presentation ceremony

The AOH joined with other Irish organizations to commemorate The Easter Rising Centenary

     

     Over 165 enthused members of the Central New York Irish Community joined together at the luxurious Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro, New York on April 29th to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Uprising in Ireland and honor those who have served the local Irish community.

 

 

Mark Sisti, Jim and Diana O’ Looney, Kevin Kearney, Pat Dugan and Chief Russell Brooks were honored at the event.

The sponsoring coalition consisted of members from The John C Devereux Division #1 Oneida County, Ladies of Knock Chapter LAOH, the Emerald Society, Great American Irish Festival and Craobh Dugan.

 

Jim O’Looney receives a healing from Father Salerno at the Mass which was held at Our Lady of Lourdes in Utica.

Historical Happenings for May 2016

The Sorrows of May

 by Mike McCormack, NYS AOH Historian
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British firing squads executed leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916 in Kilmainham Gaol (on this spot above). Executions took place here on : – 3 May: Patrick Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh and Thomas Clarke – 4 May: Joseph Plunkett, William Pearse, Edward Daly and Michael O’Hanrahan – 5 May: John MacBride – 8 May: Éamonn Ceannt, Michael Mallin, Seán Heuston and Con Colbert – 12 May: James Connolly and Sean MacDiarmada

 

The month of May is a special month in the roster of Ireland’s heroes.  It was in that month, in 1916, that some of Ireland’s greatest patriots were murdered by a British firing squad.  They had come together in a dream; a dream eloquently articulated by Padraic Pearse; skillfully organized by Tom Clarke; expertly planned by Joseph Mary Plunkett and Thomas McDonagh: brilliantly guided by James Connolly; and courageously executed by Sean McDermott, Ed Daly, Micheal O’Hanrahan, Willie Pearse, John MacBride, Michael Mallin, Eamonn Ceannt, Con Colbert, Sean Heuston , Eamon deValera and the men under their commands.  The dream was for an independent Ireland and Pearse passionately wrote of that dream in his poem, The Fool:

The Lawyers have sat in Council, the men with the keen long faces,
and said This man is a fool, and others have said he blasphemeth;
and the wise have pitied the fool who strove to give a life to a dream
that was dreamed in the heart and that only the heart can hold.
O Wise Men, riddle me this: What if the dream come true,
What if the dream come true and millions unborn shall dwell
in the house that I shaped in my heart?

To bring that dream to reality, brave men joined the IRB, Irish Volunteers, Hibernian Rifles, and Fianna Éireann while equally brave ladies joined The Citizen Army and Cumann na mBan.  Following the formation of the Provisional Government, as outlined in the Proclamation, these organizations became the Army of the Irish Republic under the command of James Connolly.  The organization mustered into five commands: Ned Daly’s 1st battalion, Tomas MacDonagh’s 2nd battalion, Eamon deValera’s 3rd battalion and Eamonn Ceannt’s 4th battalion.  The 5th command was a joint force of Volunteers, Citizen Army and Cumann na mBan under James Connolly as part of the headquarters command which, in addition to Connolly, included four other members of the Military Council: President Patrick Pearse, Tom Clarke, Seán MacDiarmada and Joseph Mary Plunkett.

Last minute misfortunes upset the timetable of the Rising and after 6 days of fighting it became evident that the British had successfully isolated communications from Dublin and nationwide support would not materialize. In order to stop the killing of civilians in the scattered British shelling, Pearse ordered the surrender. Though only 1600 were involved in the Rising, the British arrested a total of 3,430 men and 79 women and General Maxwell, in secret Court Martial sentenced 90 to be executed.  One attempt to arrest members of the nationalist Kent family in County Cork on 2 May led to a Constable being shot dead in a gun battle. Thomas Kent was arrested and became one of only two rebel leaders to be executed outside of Dublin. The other was Roger Casement.

The Sorrows of May began on May 3 with the murder of Pearse, Clarke and McDonagh.  On May 4, Daly, Willie Pearse, O’Hanrahan, and Plunkett were shot and May 5 saw the killing of Maj. John MacBride.  Since May 6 and 7 were a Saturday and Sunday, the Brits gave their executioners the weekend off. On Monday, May 8 the slaughter commenced again with the homicides of Mallin, Ceannt, Colbert, and Heuston. Then, on May 9, Thomas Kent was slain at Cork Detention Barracks. A manuscript recently found in the Capuchin Archives in Church Street, Dublin revealed that Fathers  Murphy, Augustine, Albert, and Sebastian OFM Cap were allowed only a short time to administer to the prisoners. Father Murphy described the process as callously informal. The governor said a name and gave a signal. The prisoner’s hands were then tied behind his back, and a bandage placed over his eyes.  Two soldiers, one on either side, guided the prisoner, and the priest went in front. When the prisoner reached the outer door another soldier pinned a piece of white paper over his heart.  The procession went along one yard, then through a gate leading to the stonebreaker’s yard.  Here the firing squad of 12 soldiers was waiting, rifles loaded. An officer stood to the left; on the right were the governor and the doctor.  The prisoner was led to the front wall and was turned to face the firing-squad. The two soldiers guiding him withdrew quickly to one side.  There was a silent signal from the officer; then a deafening volley.  The prisoner fell in a heap on the ground — dead.  After the executions the priests were driven back to the friary where they celebrated Mass for the repose of the souls of those executed. The public were horrified at the slaughter.

In the House of Commons, MP John Dillon, demanded an end to the killing.  He intervened with Lloyd George to halt the remaining executions authorized by General Maxwell during the courts-martial. Prime Minister Asquith sent a telegram to Maxwell to halt the executions until he arrived on May 12 to investigate for himself.  On the morning of May 12, Maxwell defied the order and had Sean MacDermott brought to the Stonebreaker’s Yard at Kilmainham and shot. Then, after demands from the anti-labor employers whom he had fought during the Great Dublin Lockout, the wounded James Connolly was brought from hospital. His shoulder wounded and ankle, shattered by a bullet, had gangrened from a lack of treatment, he was carried, in great pain, into the yard on a stretcher, placed on a chair against the back wall which tipped over twice.  He was then tied to a stretcher and leaned against the wall nearest the entry gate to receive His Majesty’s lead for sharing a dream.  When Asquith arrived, he commuted the remaining death sentences to terms of imprisonment since Irish-Americans were opposing his overtures for America’s assistance in WWI, but it was too late; the fuse had been lit.

Following the Rising, the manner in which the trials and executions were carried out in secret, changed public opinion to sympathy for the rebels. The self-sacrifice of the leaders for the dream of a free Ireland, the bravery of the rank-and-file and the nauseating manner in which Connolly had been killed at last moved even the most liberal among the public to intense anti-British sentiment. Meanwhile, the 3,000 ‘rebels’ who had been picked up in the military sweep ordered by Maxwell, had been deported to Britain and consolidated in Frongoch POW camp which served as virtual academy of sedition.  When the government realized they could not afford to house and feed all those interned, the declared a general amnesty secure in the belief that the Irish had once again been duly spanked into submission.  On their return home, the Irishmen immediately set about building an army of opposition; it was called the Irish Republican Army and it would eventually fight the Brits to the treaty table after a brutal War of Independence.  The leaders may have died, but the dream did not.  And true to Pearse’s words, millions have dwelt in the house that he shaped in his heart in spite of the fact that the landlord still holds a small piece of the property!

Orange County Annual Mass & Communion Breakfast

 

State, County and Division Officers attending the AOH Orange County Mass and Communion Breakfast.  Left to right: Keith Reynolds, Kevin Dooner, Bill Kirnan, John Manning, Tim McSweeney, Tom McDonald, George Anderson, Dermot O'Connor Moore, Ciaran Gereghty and Kevin Cummings

State, County and Division Officers attending the AOH Orange County Mass and Communion Breakfast

October 18, 2015 – Members of the Orange County AOH came together at the Chapel of the Sacred Heart in Monroe on the occasion or their Annual Memorial Mass and Communion Breakfast. The chapel, which was opened in 1896, is the site of a rare Hibernian stain glass window pictured below.

Hibernian stained glass window

Hibernian stained glass window

The celebrant of the Mass was longtime AOH member and Division 1 Chaplain, Rev. Michael F. Keane, who delivered a sermon on this Mission Sunday about the importance of service to the community. Father Keane urged the AOH to continue its good works of service and cited many examples of venerable men and women such as Margaret Haughery of New Orleans who was simply referred to as “Margaret, Mother of Orphans,” Albert Schweitzer, who left a comfortable life of music to become a physician missionary in Africa and indeed our own Patron, Saint Patrick who led a life of service among the Irish.

The Communion Breakfast which followed the Mass took place at nearby Joseph D. Duelk, Jr., Division 1 Hall was attended by State President Tim McSweeney, State Treasurer John Manning, District 8 Director Dermot O’Connor Moore and State Organizer Keith Reynolds and many county and division officers and members. Following the breakfast, guest speaker Ciaran Gereghty, NY State Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Chairman from Div. 5 in Albany, delivered a lively and informative talk on the 1916 Easter Rising Centennial, the importance of the McBride Principles, the Good Friday Agreement and the need to keep the pressure on all sides with the single goal of realizing a just and united Ireland that includes all 32 counties. View the event photo album here.