In Memoriam: William Fitzgerald of Division #1 Ulster County

It saddens us to report the passing of our Brother Bill Fitzgerald. Bill was a gentle, kind man of God who always gave us his opinion and was dedicated to the AOH and our mission, Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. He will be missed. Bill is the father of our brother Mike Fitzgerald.  Please keep Bill and his family in your prayers.

All members of the Ulster County AOH Division 1 are requested to assemble at the Leahy Funeral Home, 27 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY, Tuesday August 28, at 6:30pm, for our service in honor of Brother Bill Fitzgerald.

William J. Fitzgerald, 79, of Connelly died Friday August 24, 2018 at HealthAlliance Hospital:Broadway Campus in Kingston. Born December 26, 1938 in Kingston; he is the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Dunn) Fitzgerald.  Mr. Fitzgerald graduated from Redemptorist Seminary, North East PA, and attended SUNY New Paltz Business Management and Accounting. He served our country in the United States Air Force. He was employed at Hercules Inc. Port Ewen NY as Development Lab Technician, Atlas Chemical Industries Valley Forge PA as Product Engineer, Colt Firearms Atglen, PA as Sales Engineer, Caldor Kingston NY, AT&T Basking Ridge NJ as Corporate Finance Manager and Business Process Designer. Bill retired from AT&T / Avaya Communication in 2001. In retirement Bill worked as a Real Estate Broker for Mary A. Bono Real Estate from 2003-2018.

A member of the Third Order of Franciscans and the Ancient Order of Hibernians; he served as the Honorary Mayor of the Day. Active in firematics; he was the Chairman of the Board for the South Rondout Fire District, Life Member, Captain of Fire Police and Chaplain for Hasbrouck Engine Co. #1 -Connelly Fire Department. Mr. Fitzgerald was a friend of Bill W for forty two years.
Surviving is his wife of fifty seven years Hannelore (Osterwald) Fitzgerald; four sons; Michael Fitzgerald and his wife Tonya, John Fitzgerald and his wife Darlene, Aaron Fitzgerald and his wife Sharrice, and Sean Fitzgerald, grandchildren; Michael, Margaret, Alexandria, Jenny, Casie, Aaron, Sydney, Aaliyah, Amirah, Hanne, Katherine and one great grandson Caleb, sisters; Madeline “Maggie” Rodden and her husband William, Patricia Fitzgerald Barnett. Beloved daughter in laws Ilona, Jennifer and Stacey, nieces and nephews; Kyle Barnett, Bruce Denise and Lisa Gille, William Rodden, III as well as a dear friend Helen Majestic also survive.

A sister; Mary Fitzgerald Gille died previously.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc.
27 Smith Avenue
Kingston, New York 12401

Mass of Christian Burial
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
209 Hoyt Street
Port Ewen, New York 12466

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
11:45 AM
St. Mary’s Cemetery
322 Foxhall Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401


Dreams Come True at The Hooley on The Hudson

Establishment of an Irish Cultural Center in Kingston Takes a Big Leap Forward

The Ulster County AOH Pipes and Drums performs live at The Annual Hooley on the Hudson Festival

The Ulster County AOH Pipes and Drums performs live at The Annual Hooley on the Hudson Festival


      Over 25,000 people jammed the Kingston waterfront this Labor Day Weekend as The Ancient Order of Hibernians of Ulster County hosted the 14th Annual “Hooley on the Hudson” Irish Festival. The event featured vendors, food and plenty of live entertainment and music presented on 3 stages. The Ulster County AOH Pipe Band also was on hand with several performances throughout the day.


State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and State Senator George Amedore present a $2 Million Grant for The Irish Cultural Center

State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and State Senator George Amedore pledge support for a $2 Million Grant for The Irish Cultural Center

     The event was made extra special this year when New York Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and State Senator George Amedore took the stage and announced a $2,000,000 grant application to help fund the creation of a permanent Irish Cultural Center in the heart of Kingston. The funds will be made possible by an investment from The New York State Capital Grant Fund. The state grant is expected to help with 2/3 of the necessary funding needed to complete construction of the center. The rest will come from community and local organizational donations.

The Festival is made possible because of the hard work and dedication of the AOH of Ulster County

The Festival is made possible because of the hard work and dedication of the AOH of Ulster County


To learn more about The Irish Cultural Center of the Hudson Valley (ICCHV), please visit their website at:


Artist's rendition of the completed Irish Cultural center of The Hudson Valley

Artist’s rendition of the completed Irish Cultural Center of The Hudson Valley

AOH Division #1 Ulster County – The Hooley on the Hudson 2015


The 2015 Hooley marks 14 years of celebrating Irish culture. The annual Hooley, the always-free festival of all things Irish – music, song, dance and storytelling – has been held since its inception on the Sunday before Labor Day, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Kingston’s T.R. Gallo Memorial Park on the historic Rondout Creek, where the Irish disembarked more than 100 years ago.

New this year, the Hooley on the Hoof 5K will be held at 10:00 a.m. sharp to ring in the Hooley. Keeping tradition with the “other Irish race,” the Shamrock Run, this race too will be fast, flat and first class. Entry fee is $20 before Aug. 28, $30 on race day. Register online at, Race-day registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. under the bridge at East Strand. For more details, contact Greg Riley at (845) 514-4654 or by email at

Entertainment takes place on three stages, each with its own emcee. The Feeney Stage holds local talent, including the Ulster County AOH Division1 Pipes & Drum Band, The Wild Irish Roses, The Little Creek Band, 1916 and Alternative Ulster; the Tara Stage holds National Talent, including The Andy Cooney Band, McLean Avenue Band, BarleyJuice and Mac Talla M’or; also new this year is the “Trad” (short for ‘traditional’) Stage, which includes spoken word and traditional music from Dylan Foley and many other talented local people.

AOH Division 1 Ulster County – The Hooley on the Hudson




The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Fr. Con Colbert Woulfe Division 1, Ulster County, and the City of Kingston invite you and all of your friends to the annual Hooley on the Hudson XIII™ to be held on Sunday, August 31, 2014 (the day before Labor Day) from 11:30 AM until 9:00 PM at the beautiful waterfront at the T.R. Gallo Memorial Park on the Rondout Creek in historic Kingston, New York.

Our “Parade of Dignitaries” is one of the highlights of our Irish Festival and allows our marchers to meet with some of the 20,000 plus attendees from throughout the Northeast who have made “The Hooley” a place to gather and celebrate Irish culture with two stages of Irish music, a Storytelling Stage, and numerous food and craft vendors. Focused on family, this event is free to all, Irish or not. Indeed, many families and school groups have made “The Hooley” their meeting venue each year.

The Hooley on the Hudson XIII™ promises to surpass last year’s record- breaking attendance with the scheduled visit of Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States, Anne Anderson, as well as the internationally acclaimed Irish band, Black 47, making one of its final appearances at our venue before retiring after 25 successful years.

Highlights on our Tara Stage include the New York Show band, the Andy Cooney Band, and Philadelphia’s Barleyjuice. Local favorites on our Feeney Stage include Vince Fisher and Tom Kiernan, McGroovin,’ the Quinn Brothers Band, and MacCana. Our popular Spoken Word Stage headed by Kingston’s own “Story Teller Laureate” Karen Pillsworth offers professional story tellers Kate Danaher, Lorraine Hartin- Gerlardi, and Jim Hawkins enrapturing adults and children. Both music stages will offer our very own exhilarating Ulster County AOH Pipes and Drum Band led by our Honor Guard as well as the ever popular Irish dance with Celtic Heels and Irish- American modern dance with Solas an Lae.