On June 21, AOH National Director Dan Dennehy installed the officers of The Bronx County Board. He proudly presented the leadership gavel to Bob Nolan who was elected to a 3rd term as Bronx County President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
The Installation Ceremony was held at the Charles Bajart American Legion Post on McLean Avenue in Yonkers.
The AOH Bronx County Communion Breakfast has been scheduled for Sunday, April 2 at St. Barnabas H.S. Chapel, the same location as in the past several years. We will attend the 10:30 mass and breakfast will follow at Rory Dolan’s, a few blocks away.
Our guest speaker will be Denis Boyle, Justice of the Supreme Court of Bronx County.
The AOH Bronx County Board held its Annual Christmas Party and Division Officer Installation Ceremony on Wednesday, December 14 at the American Legion-Charles Bajart Post on McLean Avenue in Yonkers, NY.
Bronx County President Bob Nolan presided over the event , where officers from both Division #5 and Division #7 of the Bronx were installed. President Nolan noted that the AOH is currently experiencing renewed interest and growth in the County.
National and State officers in attendance included National Director Dan Dennehy, NYS Treasurer John Manning, and NYS District #4 Director Tom Beirne.
Martin Galvin was installed as President of Division #5 and Tim O’Donoghue was installed as President of Division #7.
Bronx County Hibernians Will Honor O’Connell, O’Lunney and Monahan
On Sunday, November 20, 2016, The Bronx County Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians will hold their annual dinner at Rory Dolan’s on McLean Ave. from 3-7 p.m.
County Board President Bob Nolan announced that the Board will honor: John O’Connell, Editor, National Hibernian Digest; Chief Terence Monahan, Chief of Patrol and Parkchester native, NYPD and Hugh O’Lunney, O’Lunney’s Time Square Pub and Woodlawn resident.
Nolan said, “I am delighted that Bronx County AOH will honor such a distinguished group of men who have achieved great success in their personal lives and within the Irish community.”
Martin Galvin, noted defense attorney and President of Bronx division # 5 and County Officer, will close the “Year of Remembrance” for the Irish patriots of 1916 as guest speaker.
For information about tickets to the dinner and commemorative journal
contact Bob Nolan at email@example.com
New City, New York – 6/29/2016– The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) In the wake of the historic vote by the citizens of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, the Ancient Order of Hibernians calls for a vote, as provided for in the Good Friday Agreement, to allow the citizens of Northern Ireland to decide if they wish to leave the United Kingdom and to reunify with the Irish Republic and the European Union. MI-Leave-Vote-Brexit Per National President Brendan Moore: “For those who seek a reunification of Ireland and the return of sovereignty to the Irish people, the recent ‘Brexit’ vote and the mandate for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union is not without its ironies. We note that a widely circulated photo of a pro-Leave banner stated: ‘Vote Leave … and honor those who died for our freedom from foreign rule.’ Certainly, Irish Republicans from Wolfe Tone to Bobby Sands would understand those sentiments. In that spirit, the Ancient Order of Hibernians believe that the people of Northern Ireland should have the same opportunity to vote to ‘Leave’ the United Kingdom as the people of England were given to leave United Europe.”
A more dangerous irony of the Brexit vote is a re-emergence of what has been the true curse of Irish History, not sectarianism, but the “double standard”; that in an alleged “United Kingdom” there is one rule for England and another for Ireland. The poster child for this duplicity is Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. Ms. Villiers has been an unabashed cheerleader for the Leave Campaign, her activities taking priority over her more mundane duties such as seeking justice for the victims of Loughlinlsland and other incidents of state colluded murder. While celebrating the Brexit vote, Ms. Villiers is simultaneously dismissing calls for a border poll on Irish reunification on the grounds that, per Ms. Villiers, “none of the polls indicate there is support for a United Ireland.” We point out that the most recent “poll” of the people of Northern Ireland, Ms. Villiers’ beloved Brexit vote, indicates otherwise. In the Brexit vote, over 55.8% of the people of Northern Ireland indicated that they wish to remain in the European Union, an opportunity that a united Ireland would afford them. For Ms. Villiers to publicly defend a “Leave” vote on a margin of 4% as a mandate to reshape the map of Europe while claiming that the 11% margin indicating the people of Northern Ireland wish to remain in Europe is insufficient to allow the people of Northern Ireland an opportunity to fulfill their will through a vote on Irish reunification would appear to indicate that Ms. Villiers is mathematically and logically challenged. We call on more prudent heads in Westminster, Stormont and Dublin to ensure that the principles of the Good Friday Agreement are honored and its dividends of peace not squandered by Ms. Villiers and her continued duplicitous policies in Northern Ireland. Let us not let Ms. Villiers, through political machinations and equivocations, lose the opportunity for peace in Ireland in the 21st century as Asquith did in the 20th. Let us not have another Irish generation lose faith in the process of peaceful legislative change to achieve their aspirations for their country because British politicians redefine agreed commitments on a whim to suit their political agenda and appease their handlers in Westminster.
Let us continue to work to take down the oxymoronic “peace walls” in Belfast and Derry, not create new Brexit-inspired walls on the borders of Armagh, Tyrone, Fermanagh and Derry. Let us not risk a return to the bullet and the bayonet only because, for self-serving political motives, Ms. Villiers fears the ballot. Let us accord the people of Northern Ireland the same right to choose their future association with the United Kingdom in the same way the citizens of the United Kingdom were allowed to speak on their association with a United Europe. Let us have a vote on Irish reunification now.
On April 3, The Bronx County Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians held its Annual Communion Breakfast with Mass at St. Barnabas Church followed with breakfast at the Heritage Restaurant on McLean Ave. in Yonkers.
The guest speaker was Congressman Joseph Crowley who spoke about the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland. In attendance at the breakfast were AOH National Director Charles “Chip” McLean, National Immigration Chair Dan Dennehy, NYS Vice-President Vic Vogel, former NYS President James Burke, Tommy Beirne, District Director and Kevin Ellis, President, Division 1-Yonkers.
The County Board, at the recommendation of the Four Bronx divisions, awarded $500 each to the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, St. Lucy’s Food Pantry, Throgs Neck Benevolent Assn., RJM Haitian Relief Fund, the $250 each to the Sisters of Life and the Sisters of the Poor.
Inducted into the Order of the Gael for service to the Hibernians were: Sean McCarthy, Dan Donovan, Pete Tarsnane, Jerry Collins, Mike Halloran and Pat Scanlon. Thanks to Mary Hogan, President, NYS Ladies A.O.H, for approving and preparing the citations.