Bishop O’Hara is Guest Speaker at Yonkers Division Communion Breakfast

Pictured are Westchester County President Aidan O’Kelly Lynch, Past NYS President Charles Chip McLean, Division #1 President Kevin Ellis, Bishop John O’Hara, Division #1 Treasurer Mike Morley, NYS District 4 Director Tom Bierne, Breakfast Committee Chairman Brendan Murphy


The Myles Scully Division #1 of Yonkers hosted its Annual Communion Breakfast at St. Joseph’s Seminary this past weekend. Over 175 people were in attendance to hear guest speaker Bishop John O’Hara, who is the Vicar of Southern Manhattan and Staten Island.

Hibernian procession at the conclusion of Mass in the Chapel at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers


The Hibernians were welcomed back to the Dunwoodie by Seminary Rector Msgr. Peter Vaccari and Dean of Seminarians Fr. Nicholas Zientarski, who co-celebrated the mass with Bishop O’Hara. As per custom, the seminary agreed to once again allow The McSweeney Chalice to be used in the celebration of the Mass.

Bishop John O’Hara speaking at the Yonkers Communion Breakfast


Division #1 also presented Peter Van Slyck with the James G. McGinty Hibernian of the Year Award. Peter is a long time member of Division #1, and has played a vital role in helping the Division achieve success over the past decade. Peter is a Yonkers Police Officer and currently serves as the President of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester County.

Peter Van Slyck with his wife Margaret. Peter was awarded the James McGinty Hibernian of the Year Award for 2017.


Division #1 also was able to present the seminary with a $1,000 pledge in support of vocations. Division #1 also presented Bishop O’Hara with a $500 donation in support of Trinity House Retreat Center in Westchester.


Over 175 people attended the event this year








AOH Division #1 Yonkers – Annual Communion Breakfast


The Officers and Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), Myles Scully – Division #1 of Yonkers are proud to announce that they will hold their Annual Communion Breakfast on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers. Mass will begin at 10:00am in the Seminary’s Chapel followed by a full hot breakfast which will be served in the campus refectory.

The Guest Speaker for the breakfast will be the Most Reverend John O’Hara, who is an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of New York and serves as Episcopal Vicar of both southern Manhattan and Staten Island.


Bishop John O’Hara

The Hibernians will also present the James McGinty Hibernian of the Year Award to Peter Van Slyck, who is Yonkers Police Officer and also serves as the current President of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester County.


The cost is $20 per person in advance and $25.00 the day of the event. Children under 10 are $10.00. Advance ticket deadline is February 22, 2017. Please see event flyer for details.




AOH Metropolitan Conference Meeting



The AOH Metropolitan Conference will hold a meeting on Saturday, January 28, 2017 beginning at 11:00 am. The meeting will be hosted by Division #1 Yonkers and will be held at:

The Heritage Bar & Restaurant

960 McLean Avenue

Yonkers, NY 10704

(914) 776-7532


There will be food provided with a cash bar at the conclusion of the meeting.

AOH Recruiting Efforts at McLean Ave. Festival in Yonkers


Huge crowds at The Annual McLean Avenue Festival in Yonkers

The 6th Annual McLean Avenue Fall festival took place this past weekend in Yonkers. The festival attracted thousands of people who enjoyed a day along “The Emerald Mile” located in one of the densely Irish populated neighborhoods in the country.

The event presented a great opportunity for the AOH to reach out the local community and attract new members.

AOH Division #5 Woodlawn/Bronx had an information table and reported an enthusiastic response to their recruitment drive.

Bronx Division #5 President Martin Galvin (center), with Bronx County President Bob Nolan, National Director Dan Dennehy, Division #18 Peekskill President Clive Cronin

AOH Division #1 of Yonkers enjoyed similar results and also rose over $2,000 for charity via its Notre Dame vs. Syracuse Football Ticket Raffle.


Geoff Keating, Division #1 Yonkers Pres. Kevin Ellis, Division #18 Peekskill Pres. Clive Cronin, Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin, and National Director Dan Dennehy

Yonkers Division Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge in Support of ALS Research



Nearly 500 people take the Ice Bucket Challenge in Yonkers to support ALS research.


     Members of the Myles Scully Division #1 of Yonkers took part in the Annual “Ice Bucket Challenge” which was held on August 7th at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. The Ice Bucket Challenge is the worldwide phenomenon that was created by Yonkers native Patrick Quinn to provide funding for ALS research. Patrick was diagnosed with ALS (commonly know as Lou Gerhig’s Disease) in March of 2013.



Pat Quinn (right) has been a tireless advocate for ALS research.


     Pat created the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014, and he has worked tirelessly as an ALS research advocate ever since. To date, The Ice Bucket Challenge is credited with raising over $220 million dollars towards finding a cure for ALS. These funds were recently credited with enabling a scientific breakthrough when researchers were able to isolate a particular gene that is responsible for causing the disease.

     Patrick Quinn himself has personally helped raise funds through his “Quinn 4 the Win” charity, which has held local ALS fundraising events in the Yonkers area for the past several years. It was recently learned that his condition has deteriorated, and he will require a special wheelchair as well as a vehicle equipped to meet his personal needs.


Division #1 Vice President Jim Walsh presents donation to Pat Quinn at pre-event press conference.

     Division #1 was proud to present Patrick with a $2,000 donation at the event. These funds will go directly towards helping him acquire these necessities.


To learn more about the “Quinn 4 the Win” effort to find a cure for ALS, you can visit their website at:

Bronx/Yonkers Divisions Award Barry Medals to Catholic School Graduates



Commodore John Barry – Father of the American Navy

     AOH Divisions in The Bronx and Yonkers announced this year’s recipients of The Commodore John Barry Memorial Medal. The Commodore John Barry Medal is presented to a graduating Catholic School Elementary Student who has excelled in U.S. History/Social Studies.

     The Bronx County AOH began the Barry Medal Program over 50 years ago and includes over 20 schools participating, The program expanded into Yonkers in 2009 and includes 7 schools.

     The award consists of a Certificate of Recognition and a Medal that is worn around the neck. The medals were presented at numerous Graduation Ceremonies during the weekend of June 10th.



The Barry Medal is Awarded to Catholic Elementary Graduates for Excellence in U.S. History/Social Studies.


Congratulations to all of this year’s Recipients!

Division #3 – Bronx County

St. Clare’s School – Kevin Crowe
Villa Maria Academy – Kelly Crokin
Santa Maria School – Rafael Suarez
St. Thomas Aquinas School – Jael Torres
St. Theresa School – Kaiden Sookdar
St. Lucy School – Samuel Gomez

Division #4 – Bronx County

St. Frances De Chantal School – Allen Raja
St. Simon Stock School – Ruskin Martinez & Krieiry Tobal
St. Benedict School – Dominik Zefi
Our Lady of the Assumption School – Anthony Pressimone
St. Francis Xavier School – Frances Faye Valmores

Division #5 – Bronx County

St. Brendan’s School – Analise Ponce
St. Francis of Assisi School – Mandela Simon
St. Margaret of Cortona – Brendan Hamilton
St. Barnabas Elementary – Amanda Chandeo & Ryan St. Jean

Division #7 – Bronx County

Sacred Heart School – Vianny Cabral & Dawryn Rosario
St. Gabriel’s School – Cara Beirne & Ann Dailey
St. John’s School – Daniel Gnajewski & Melamie Valentin

Division #1 – Yonkers

St. Eugene’s School – Victoria Carroll
St. Paul the Apostle School – Raya Maittia
St. Peter’s School – Gabriel Bravo
St. Anthony’s School – Kayla Gallichio
St. John the Baptist School – Anjali Lukee
St. Ann’s School – Beatriz Mendes
Sacred Heart School – Daniel Solis