Staten Island AOH Holds 55th Annual Hibernian Ball
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.
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.
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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
On November 28, 2018 the A.O.H. Division 16 and Ladies A.O.H. Division 16 donated $4,523.00 to Hospice Care of Westchester/ Putnam Counties. The presentation was made at the annual “Tree of Life “ceremony held at the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco, NY. Hospice Care, a non-profit home health care agency provides home health services to patients with advanced illnesses.
On December 15, 2018 the A.O.H. and L.A.O.H. will present a donation of $4523.00 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 $248,250.14 to Hospice Care of Westchester /Putnam, 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. Patrick’s- Bedford, St. Francis of Assisi-Mount Kisco, and Holy Rosary-Hawthorne, St. Lawrence O’Toole-Brewster, St. Matthias-Bedford Hills,and St. Mary-Katonah, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton-Shrub Oak, Holy Innocents-Pleasantville, and St. John and St. Mary-Chappaqua.
Division # 18 in Peekskill had a festive gathering where it awarded Hibernian Veterans pins and a certificate to its members. These veterans participated in World War II, Korea, Vietnam & the Gulf Wars. Awardees included the Division’s newest member Tim Murphy who received the Silver Star for valor in Vietnam. Division President Clive Cronin was assisted by Division #18 Officers, NYS District #4 Director Aidan O’Kelly-Lynch, NYS Commodore Barry Committee Chairman Brian Kelly and National Director Dan Dennehy.