Fall AOH/LAOH Meetings Concluded

The Fall State Board  Semi-annual Meeting took place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Hibernian House in Pearl River  — home of Rockland County Division 3.  The meeting was well attended with a standing room only crowd.

(View a photo album of the day’s event courtesy of John O’Connell)

Reports from the Executive Board Members and District Directors were delivered along with reports on Right to Life, Buy Irish, Website and Social Media, Publicity, Empire Hibernian Newsletter, Special Projects, Freedom for All Ireland, Charity and Missions, Veteran’s Affairs,  NYS Scholarship, Sports, Catholic Action, Historian and the Organizer’s report. NY National Directors Liam McNabb and Dan Dennehy also spoke about Political Education and Immigration.

AOH members in attendance from across the state heard state officer and committee chair reports on activities since the last board meeting. Reports on upcoming events included a fundraiser on November 12th for the Restoration of the Emmet Graves Project being carried out by the newly formed Westchester County Division 17. Additional upcoming events include the Peekskill Division 18’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Dance on Saturday, November 18, 2017 and the Bronx County AOH Annual Dinner Dance to be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Rory Dolan’s where NYAOH President Vic Vogel will be among the honorees.

National officers like Tim McSweeney, Brendan Moore and John O’Connell and gave a short update on the recruiting initiatives of the new Marketing, Promotion and Advertising Committee.  Programs like the ‘Why I’m a Hibernian’ effort were explained. The many project help recruit new members and retain existing members. All NYS members are asked to participate by submitting a short paragraph or two explaining why they chose to become a Hibernian and to expand on the benefits of being a Hibernian. They intend to use the best responses in various social media campaigns, on the national and state websites, and in other media. They are also encouraging Hibernians to make brief, informal videos that will enable brothers to tell potential membership candidates “in person” why they are Hibernians and why other Irish-American Catholics should join, and how.

Americans Mobilize to Monitor UK-BREXIT Impact on Ireland

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L to R Dan Dennehy, Member National Board AOH; Steve McCabe Esq. Brehon Law Society; Ned McGinley, former National President of the AOH; Brendan Moore, former National President of the AOH; Sean Hood, Nassau County AOH; Mike Cummings; Peter Kissel Esq. from D. C. , National Board, IAUC; Leslie Cassidy, Brehon Law Society; Neil Ferguson, National Board, AOH; Sean Downes, President of the NYC Brehon Law Society; Hugh O’Lunney, 1916 Societies; Tom Corcoran Esq. Brehon Law Philadelphia; John Dearie Esq. former Member of the NYS Assembly

Attorney John Dearie hosted a meeting of Irish-American activists to discuss British BREXIT plans which might harm Ireland’s economy and the full implementation of the Belfast Agreement.

Said Dearie: “It is premature to speculate on just what course the British will be taking over the next two years. It is also unclear why Britain, with the world’s 6th largest economy, requires any special consideration from the U. S. responding to the democratic mandate of the British people. But there are those in Washington who need to be reminded that Ireland also has a special relationship with the U. S.”

Former National AOH President Brendan Moore explained: “ The goal is to insure that Ireland …as a whole…is not harmed by BREXIT and for Irish Americans to be prepared, if necessary, to disagree with the Irish and British governments on the form of any US initiative to assist.” Stated Peter Kissel Esq. from D. C. representing the IAUC : “It is imperative that dialogue begin now with the Dept. of State and Congress on potential BREXIT impact on the whole of Ireland and in particular the Belfast Agreement obligations.” The President of the NYC Brehon Law Society, Sean Downes, emphasized the importance of listening to the voices of those most likely to be negatively impacted by BREXIT and to give due recognition to the democratic vote in NI to remain in the EU.

Dearie concluded: “If it is deemed in America’s interest to assist the UK with new trade deals , American’s need to be prepared to present our concerns to the White House and to key Members of Congress involved in foreign policy. This meeting was a first step.” Billy Tranghese was included by conference call representing Representative Richard Neal .

Those who share this concern and who wish to be a part of this dialogue are asked to contact the Law Offices of John Dearie at 1-800-2-Dearie or send an e-mail to castlecomer@gmail.com. Similar meetings in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington D. C. are planned as the new Administration and Congress begin their work in the New Year.

Rockland County 1916 – 2016 Rising Celebrations

2016 Commemoration

Final plans are now underway for the 1916 Easter Rising commemoration in Rockland County.  We would again like to make you aware of our plans:

Friday, April 22, 2016:  Hibernian House and Division 3 will be hosting a Rambling night of music and poetry at Hibernian House, 26 Railroad Avenue, Pearl River, N.Y.  Read more here.

Saturday, April 23, 2016:  A bus will be departing from the Pearl River Hilton to attend the National AOH/LAOH Easter Rising commemoration at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC.  The bus will be leaving Pearl River at 11:30 a.m. and will be returning back to Rockland County at 3:15 p.m.  The bus again will be departing New York City at 6:30 p.m. for the return trip to Rockland County.  The cost of the bus is $ 20 per person. Read more here.

Saturday, April 23, 2016:  Our friends at Irish Northern Aid will be holding their 1916 Commemoration Dinner at Leonard’s of Great Neck at 7 p.m.  For further information, please contact Brian Pearson at 845-825-0800. Read more here.

Sunday, April 24, 2016:  Buses will depart from the Pearl River Hilton to the GAA fields in time for mass to begin at 10:30 a.m.  Immediately following mass, we will hold our ceremony at the GAA fields with a reading of the 1916 Proclamation and procession of various Irish groups.  A luncheon will follow at the Pearl River Hilton at 2:00 p.m. The cost for the luncheon is $ 40 per person.  Read more and RSVP here.

Finally, The Bobby Sands chapter of Irish Northern Aid will be honoring National AOH President, Brendan Moore and Chairman of Structure Tone, Jim Donaghy on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Pearl River Elks.  All proceeds from the journal are being donated to the Rockland 1916 Commemoration Committee.  Read more regarding the journal and social that follows.

Rockland County AOH, New York
Men’s County Board – James Russell, President
Ladies’ County Board – Lillian Murphy, President

AOH National President’s Testimonial Dinner

AOH National President’s

Testimonial Dinner

 

Conferral of The AOH-LAOH Sean MacBride Humanitarian Award

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2nd   &  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3rd, 2015

 


 

Schedule of Events:

FRIDAY: Crowne Plaza Hotel
7PM Welcome-”An Evening of Irish Entertainment and Hibernian Fellowship”
Two Hour Open Bar – Light Refreshments – Entertainment – Cash Bar
SATURDAY: Crowne Plaza Hotel
9:30 AM     National Board Meeting
(12 PM “Afternoon Tea” compliments of LAOH Div 3 with buses to/from Pearl River AOH Hall)
5 PM         Mass
6-7 PM      Cocktail Hour (Open Bar with Lavish Hors d’oeuvres)
7-11 PM    Banquet (4 Hour Open Bar – Dinner – Presentations –Dancing)

AOH Leaders Return to Where it All Began

A Visit to the Birthplace of the AOH in America

AOH National President Brendan Moore, Rev. Raymond Nobiletto, NY Past State President  Jim Burke and current AOH NY State President Tim McSweeney stand before a plaque commemorating the founding of The AOH in America

AOH National President Brendan Moore, Rev. Raymond Nobiletto, NY Past State President Jim Burke and current AOH NY State President Tim McSweeney stand in front of St. James Church before a plaque commemorating the founding of The AOH in America

On August 18th, 2015, National President Brendan Moore, NYS President Tim McSweeney, Past NYS President Jim Burke and Albany Div. 5 Treasurer Bernie Harney were treated to a tour of St. James Church in lower Manhattan hosted by Rev. Raymond Nobiletto, Pastor of Church of the Transfiguration.  The Transfiguration Parish recently acquired the St. James Church Building, where the AOH in America was founded in May of 1836.

The Sanctuary of the Church has not hosted a mass in over 4 years and has fallen into disrepair. Workers are removing the ceiling of the Sanctuary, as it is in danger of total collapse. Many other rooms and basement of the building are in need of restoration.
Fr. Nobiletto’s goal is to transform the Sanctuary into a multi-use community center and recreation area for the Parish School. The basement of the building will become a science lab for the school.

The delegation briefed Fr.Nobiletto how much of an important role that St. James played in the history of our order. Further meetings will be planned with Fr.Nobiletto to discuss the role of the AOH assisting in preserving this historic site.

President’s Message – September 2012

WOW, what a great National Convention! Congratulations to Liam McNabb and his entire Committee. Congratulations also go out to our new National President, Brendan Moore, Reelected National Secretary, Tom McNabb and our new National Director Charles “Chip” McLean. Also congratulations to the new LAOH National Vice President, Mary Hogan. I thank the New York State Delegates who helped to elect me as National Director. On behalf of the NYS Board I extend a congratulation to all those who were elected at the National Convention both AOH and LAOH. I would like to thank AOH/NYS Vice President, Jim Burke, for Chairing the Hospitality Room at Turning Stone. In my humble opinion it was the BEST Hospitality Room.

National President Moore has also appointed me as National Charities and Missions Chairman. I ask all County Boards and Divisions to PLEASE make a list of ALL the donations you make. This information is important for many reasons. The amount of
money donated by the AOH seems to be a large amount, but we need the true figures to prove what we claim. A form will be available in the near future for you to send me this information.

The next State Board Meeting will be held in Auburn on November 3, 2012. In conjunction with this will be a joint State Presidents Testimonial Dinner. More information on this event will be out soon.

In closing on behalf of the NYS Board and all the Members of NYS I send our deepest sympathy to Della and Kevin Shannon on the loss of Pat.

Pat’s work for the Order will be greatly missed. His lessons and guidance to me personally were invaluable. May his legacy continue. Rest in Peace my friend.

Barry Run Kickoff at Harbour Lights

The National Board wants to let you know about an event that it is hosting on Tuesday next from 5:30 to 7:30 at Harbour Lights.

This event will promote the 250 Mile Solo Run of ultra- marathoner and Black Sheep bar owner Tom McGrath in July from NYC to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis.

I was hoping that you can join us as our guests at this event which will feature the stunning backdrop of Harbour Lights, the musical talents of Donie Carroll and words from our two guest speakers the legendary Admiral J Robert Lunney, President of the Naval Guild of NY and  Liam Murphy, past editor of the Hibernian Digest, noted historian and faculty at the SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, as well as Irish speaker, former Director OEM Westchester Co and retired Naval Officer and Vietnam vet.

Also on hand will be our AOH National Barry Committee chairs Jack O’Brien and John McInererny.

All of these men led the decades long effort to see Commodore John Barry elevated to his proper place in US military history.

This run will be held in conjunction with fundraisers along the route to complete the construction of the Barry Memorial, which complements the AOH successfully fundraising for the recently completed Barry Gate entrance at the Naval Academy.

Our National President Seamus Boyle and National VP Brendan Moore will be in attendance as will many members of our National, State and local AOH and LAOH.

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Father Patrick Sullivan, C.S.C., to receive JFK Award

The Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians have just announced that they will jointly present the prestigious John F. Kennedy Memorial Award to Father Patrick Sullivan at their upcoming National Convention scheduled for this July in Verona, New York. Father Pat is a nationally recognized leader in the Labor-Management field. In his teaching, administrative and consultancy roles, he has successfully sought to bring a Gospel perspective to the promotion of justice on the work-front.

“Members of the AOH and LAOH National Boards, as well as State Presidents of both organizations, selected him based on nominations received from throughout the U.S.,” said Brendan Moore, JFK Award Chairman/AOH National Vice President. “It’s a joint award given to a Roman Catholic of Irish birth or descent, outstanding in his or her field of endeavor.”

Maureen Shelton, JFK Vice Chair/LAOH National Vice President added, “The award is one of the highest honors the AOH and LAOH bestow, and only 31 have been awarded since its inception in 1966.”

Past recipients have included Colonel James McDevitt, USAF, Astronaut of Gemini IV and Apollo IX; Actor Pat O’Brien; Mayors Richard J. Daley of Chicago and Raymond L. Flynn of Boston; His Eminence John Cardinal O’Connor, Archbishop of New York; and Nobel Prize winner John Hume, among other prominent Irish and Irish-American dignitaries.

Born and raised in Manhattan, Father Pat attended Catholic elementary and secondary schools before entering the Congregation of Holy Cross on August 15, 1948. Ordained a Holy Cross priest on June 8, 1956, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fall River, Massachusetts, he has earned academic degrees from The University of Notre Dame, Fordham University and Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Father Sullivan has held the rank of Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at The Research Institute, as well as Chairman of the Sociology Department while at Kings College. He has been Associate Director of The Higgins Labor Research Center, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Undergraduate Program in Sociology at his alma mater, The University of Notre Dame. In addition, Father Pat has served as Director of Personnel and Planning for the Holy Cross Fathers, Executive Coordinator of the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators, and Director of Urban Affairs at The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.

Having served as AOH National Chaplain from 2002 through 2006 and again from 2008 to 2009, Father Pat re-located to Boston to assume the role of Executive Secretary and Chaplain of the Labor Guild of the Archdiocese of Boston. The Guild is an ecumenical organization sponsored by the Archdiocese and composed of a membership of more than 1,300 labor relations arbitrators and educators, as well as corporation and union leaders who advocate healthy and productive employee relations.

A noted labor rights scholar and practitioner, Father Sullivan is also a member of the Steering Committee of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice, is active locally in labor management issues, and is a former faculty member and associate director of the Higgins Labor Research Center at the University of Notre Dame.

Father Sullivan has authored several books on the Catholic Church and Labor-Management relations, including U.S. Catholic Institutions and Labor Unions, 1960-1980, Blue Collar-Roman Collar-White Collar: U.S. Catholic Involvement in Labor Management, and Catholic Social Teaching on Labor-Management Issues: Vatican & International Hierarchies. He plans to soon publish Labor Priests from 1900 to the 1960s, the first of three books on the subject of labor priests.

Ned McGinley, AOH Past National President, Kings College colleague and close personal friend, has commented: “Not surprisingly, Father Pat’s membership and ministry among his fellow Hibernians enabled him to counsel, provide direction, and serve as a moral compass throughout the Order. He truly promoted the ideals of the AOH, not only within the United States, but on the streets of Belfast and Derry as well. He has enriched us with his faith, his serenity, and his ever-present humor.”

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AOH Oswego, NY, hosted international group “Enter the Haggis” at their 2nd Annual “1/2 Way to St. Patrick’s Day Party”!

 

AOH Dean Michael Barry Division 1 in Oswego celebrated their 2nd annual “1/2 Way to St. Patrick’s Day Party” on September 17. Headlining the event was the international Canadian band “Enter the Haggis” (ETH), who just released their 7th album.

Each year the Hibernians sponsor a large party at their AOH Hall with bagpipers, step dancers, Irish food and beverages, a bake sale and more. “This year we gave the party a shot of steroids,” said President Tim Kirwan, “by inviting this well known progressive rock/Celtic band. Three music acts headlined the entertainment outside, including 2 local bands and then ETH. Many volunteers came forward to make this well attended event a big success. “The weather couldn’t have been better, nor the music and the company,” Mike Callahan, an AOH member that handles public relations for and a member of the AOH declared. It looks like this annual party is here to stay and ETH showed great interest in coming back next year. This division continues to grow monthly, with approximately 250 full members and 150 social members.

 

NY Board endorses Moore, McKay, McNabb, McLean

The New York State Board held its semi-annual meeting on October 22 in Schenectady. The day began with the state board’s annual Pro Life Mass, with Deputy National Chaplin Fr. Henry Reid as the main concelebrant. Fr. Reid is also the New York State Chaplin.

State President Michael McNabb led the well-attended meeting held afterwards, at which Immediate Past State President Charles (Chip) McLean announced his candidacy for National Director. The state board endorsed his bid. Pennsylvania’s Denny Donnelly announced he’s running for National Director, and current National Director Jere Cole announced he would seek reelection.

Also at the meeting, National Vice President Brendan Moore received a standing-ovation endorsement of the state board for his candidacy for the office of National President. The state board endorsed National Secretary Tom McNabb as well, and current National Treasurer Judge Jim McKay was endorsed for the office of National Vice President.

National Director Danny O’Connell announced he will run for National Treasurer.

Later in the day, our able and generous hosts, the Schenectady Division, organized our annual bowling tournament at which many of the finest AOH and LAOH athletes competed. The laughs, the feeling of Hibernian camaraderie, and the fun of the sport made for a great afternoon. The subsequent buffet dinner and tournament awards presentations at the Schenectady Division Hibernian Hall were an informal and happy way to end the day.

— John C. O’Connell, state director, publicity chairman

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President’s Message December 2011

I will start this report with a thank you to our AOH/NYS Chaplain, Fr. Henry Reid, for celebrating our AOH/NYS Pro-Life Mass. Thank you to AOH/NYS Pro-Life Chairman Matt Nelligan for coordinating the Mass. I would also like to thank Owen Cole and our Schenectady sister and brother Hibernians for hosting our Mass, State Board Meetings and the mixed doubles bowling.

At our Board Meeting the following were unanimously endorsed for National Office: Brendan Moore – President, Judge James McKay – Vice-President, Tom McNabb – Secretary and Charles “Chip” McLean – Director.

I hope everyone is starting to make their plans to attend the National Convention at the Turning Stone in Verona, NY July 9- 13, 2012. I am expecting our State to have a FULL Delegation in attendance.

On November 5, the contract was signed with the Holiday Inn in Saratoga for our 2013 State Convention. Also on that day the final checks and paperwork from the 2011 Convention in Rockland were received. A final report should be completed by the time this edition of the ESH goes to print.

Our next State Board Meeting will be May 5, 2012 in East Durham. This will be preceded on Friday, May 4 with the James F. Hayes Golf Classic. This golf tournament is the main fundraiser for the Austin V. Carew Scholarship Fund. If you have never golfed in this, you are missing a fun filled day. The weekend will conclude with our annual pilgrimage to Our Lady of Knock Shrine for Mass. AOH/NYS Catholic Action Chairman, Peter Durkee, has informed me he is already working on the weekend.