Division #5 – Bronx County will hold its “Spirit of 1916 Awards Event” on Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 3:00pm – 7:oopm at The Rambling House Bar & Restaurant in the Woodlawn Section of The Bronx. We will honor Dan Dennehy ,National Director and former Division 5, President, Msgr Edward Barry , and a Special award for the IRISH POLITICAL DEPORTEES celebrating the 20th ANNIVERSARY of their campaign.
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.
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.
AOH HONORS CLARKE, MURRAY, EGAN,NY COURTS BAND
Tyrone born businessman Patrick Clarke, veteran Albany Irish leader Paul Murray, former State President John Egan and the New York State Courts Pipe and Drums Band will be honored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians on Sunday October 18th. “Spirit of 1916 Awards” will be presented by Division 5 Woodlawn at the Rambling House Party Room, located on Katonah Avenue at East 236TH street, Bronx New York from 3pm to 7pm.
In announcing the honorees, Division 5 President Martin Galvin noted:
“Patrick Clarke is a Tyrone born American success story, who built Celtic General Contractors into a major construction company. He has been honored for his contributions to prominent New York charities like HeartShare. He sponsors Gaelic Athletic Association Clubs in New York and Tyrone. Mr. Clarke gets special recognition today for his generosity to the families of victims of British injustice as far back as the 1970s and as recently as the Gerry McGeough Family Fund.
“Paul Murray has been a true Irish leader on Freedom–for-all-Ireland both within the AOH and as the National Chairman of Irish Northern Aid. He played a key role during critical years when the Irish struggle was put back on the American political agenda. His award will be presented another Irish leader from Albany, State President Tim McSweeney.
“Former New York State President John Egan is the Division 5 Man of the Year. His leadership, guidance and dedication have helped remake Division 5 into a growing Irish force within Woodlawn-Wakefield and the AOH.
”A special award is being presented to the New York State Courts Pipes and Drums. For forty years, this band has brought its own special brand of Irish music to official ceremonies and parades around New York State. They have been honored by governors and even played Carnegie Hall.
“This year’s honorees will receive Spirit of 1916 Awards as an added honor to them and to honor the ideals and heroic sacrifices of a century ago which led to freedom for 26 of Ireland’s 32 counties.”
In addition to the awards presentations, Division 5 will award grants for the promotion of Irish charities, Gaelic games, Irish dancing and Irish music in the Woodlawn area.
The AOH is the largest Irish-American organization and is committed to Freedom-for-all-Ireland, Immigration reform and the promotion of Irish culture, arts and history. Division 5, located in the heavily Irish area of Woodlawn-Wakefield is the fastest growing Division in the Bronx.
The event will take place on Sunday October 18th from 3pm to 7pm at the Rambling House located at Katonah Avenue and East 236th street. Music will provided by Noreen and Mike Sherry. A ticket at $25 includes a free buffet. For tickets or information call 718-324-8726.