President Boyle’s Letter To Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Excellency Timothy Cardinal Dolan
1011 First Ave
New York NY 10022

Your Eminence Cardinal Dolan,

As National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, it is my pleasure to congratulate you on being elevated to the position of Cardinal. It is only a few short years ago that I first wrote to you congratulating you on being appointed Archbishop of New York.

On behalf of your brothers in the AOH we know you will continue to do an excellent job for the Archdioceses and for all the Catholics across this great country of ours. You have been, and will continue to be, an inspiration to our people who need just such a person to lead us in such disturbing times.

We know what a tremendous responsibility this is at such a tumultuous time and you have my assurance that we, your AOH Brothers, will keep you in our daily prayers and we ask that you pray for us also. We wish you the very best and we ask that God and St Patrick keep you well.

Seamus Boyle National President
Ancient Order of Hibernians In America,Inc


Canada Invests To Protect Grosse IIe

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced an investment by his government in Grosse Ile and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site of Canada to restore and improve the site’s surrounding buildings and thus preserve an important chapter in Canadian history. As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is making investments to protect and preserve national parks and historic sites across the country.

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the dedication of a Celtic cross built by the AOH, which was erected on the island in 1909 to commemorate the Irish immigrants who are buried at the former quarantine island in the St. Lawrence Seaway near Quebec. A number of members of the Canadian Parliament had joined the AOH for the centenary commemoration on Grosse Ile this past summer.

“This investment is a great tribute to our long-lasting relationship with Ireland,” said Prime Minister Harper.  “Many Canadian hopefuls lost their lives on this island, but those who survived contributed greatly to the foundation of our great country.  By investing in projects to improve our historic sites, our government is fulfilling its duty to educate the public about events that have marked our history.”

While no official figure was mentioned, it has been estimated that several million dollars will be dedicated to the site.  Victor Boyle, president of the AOH in Canada, noted that the united commitment by the AOH in Canada, the US and Ireland to our Irish heritage made a huge impact on the Parliament’s decision.