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On Feb. 27th, the Glen Cove Div 8 presented sashes to its Grand Marshal and Aides for the Parade that was held on March 20th. Pictured (L – R) Division 8 LAOH President Lisa Forgione, Aide to the Grand Marshal Jim Burke, Aide to the Grand Marshal Carol McTigue, Grand Marshal Andy Stafford, Div 8 President Joe McDonald

AOH Div 14 donation to the Mary Brennan Soup Kitchen


Tim Myles (L) and Jim Henry (R) present a donation to Stephan Robinson (Center) at the "Mary Brennan Soup Kitchen" in Hempstead, NY.

Our Lady of Knock Division held 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal’s Ball.

On Saturday February 26, 2011, AOH Our Lady of Knock Div 7, Suffolk County, NY held its 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal’s Ball. Div 7 honored long time member and community leader Kevin Boyle, Sr. Kevin is a United States Navy Veteran, Past Hibernian of the Year, and volunteer for all Hibernian activities. In addition to many family members and friends, the Ball was attended by National, State, County and Division officers from both the AOH and the LAOH. They all acknowledged Kevin’s commitment to our motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. By honoring Kevin, we honor ourselves.

Pictured (L – R) Kneeling – Ch. of Comm. Tom McHugh, Mar. Shawn O'Neill, Sent. John Owen, Sec. Dr. Dave Ring. Standing – Fin. Sec. Larry Wolff, VP Mac McFadden, Suffolk Pres. Brian Clancy, NYS Past Pres. John Hennessy, Nat. VP Brendan Moore, Aide Kevin Boyle Jr., Grand Marshal Kevin Boyle, Aide Herman Boyle, Treas. Tom Davis, NYS VP Mike McNabb, NYS Sec. Jim Burke, Pres. Vic Vogel. (Photo courtesy of Maureen Meier)

Bronx Hibernians Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Parade Installation

Bronx Hibernians gather at the Installation dinner at Antun’s Restaurant to congratulate John J. Casserly on his selection as an aide to the grand marshal for the New York City St Patrick’s Day parade on March 17th.

Pictured (L – R) Christopher Butler, John J. Hyland, Bronx Aide – John J. Casserly, Parade Chairman – John T. Dunleavy, Bronx County President – Martin Keller, Robert F. Nolan and John Quinn.


Hibernians To Celebrate 175th Anniversary at Basilica of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral

At a February 23rd meeting at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, chaired by General Chairman Past National President Ed Wallace with co-chair Tom Beirne, NY County President, Msgr. Sakano, National President Seamus Boyle and many 175th committee members, final plans were made for the parade, Mass and reception on May 21st, 2011 commemorating the 175th anniversary of the AOH.

This site and date in May 2011 were chosen to recognize the founding of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America at nearby St. James Church (now closed) 175 years ago on May 4, 1836 by a ‘handful of Irishmen.” A letter dated 5/4/1836 “From the Brethren in Ireland and Great Britain to the Brethren in New York.” read:

“Brothers, greeting: Be it known to you and to all it may concern that we send to our few brothers in New York full instructions with our authority to establish branches of our society in America.” The letter goes on to explain qualifications for membership, use of the motto Friendship, Unity and true Christian Charity, and what is expected of the new branches and its members.

It was at Old St. Patrick’s that the call went out to the Hibernian brotherhood by Archbishop John “Dagger” Hughes to save the church from the Know Nothings in the mid 1800’s when those bigots were burning catholic churches. The AOH surrounded and saved the Cathedral and later built the wall around it.

To note the founding of our Order, Hibernian members wearing sashes, and guests are asked to assemble on Mulberry Street near Precious Blood Church just north of Canal St. at at 9:00 am on May 21, 2011. The parade will step off at 9:30 am and go north on Mulberry St. to Prince St., right on Prince St., left on Mott St. to the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. This route retraces a similar route, depicted in the famous lithograph, of the 69th Regiment in April 1861 on their way to the Civil War parading to St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral and past the then AOH headquarters at 41 Prince Street. The 175th parade will be led by AOH color guard, clergy, AOH National Bd, first two divisions organized in 1800’s, LAOH Nat’l Bd, pipe bands and state, county and division officers and members with their flags and banners. Representatives of the Fighting 69th will also be part of the march to the Cathedral.

An anniversary Mass to be celebrated by the AOH National Chaplain Father Thomas O’Donnell of Pittsburgh and con-celebrated by the pastor Msgr. Sakano, AOH State, County and Division Chaplains bishops and priests will take place at 11:00 am in the Old Cathedral. The Mass will be sung by the Hibernian Festival Choir under the direction of Maura Allen.

This choir has sung at the White House and at many venues in Ireland, N. Ireland, Canada and the U.S. and have always added to the solemnity of the liturgy. AOH members will act as ushers and altar servers under guidance of a committee headed by Past National Director Martin Kelly of Brooklyn.

Following the Mass, a reception will be held in the Youth Center across from the Cathedral. Catered food and refreshments and entertainment will be offered starting at approximately 12:30 pm. A short program and introduction of visiting dignitaries will take place during the reception.

The reception will be chaired by Sir Patrick Allen, a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and a brother Hibernian. A fee of $20.00 per person will cover cost of reception and day’s activities. All who plan to attend the May 21st celebration is urged to respond by April 30, 2011 with number attending and check made out to: AOH 175th  Anniversary and send to: AOH 175th Anniversary % Mr. Patrick Allen 1713 Summit Avenue Union City, NJ 07087. Registration and receipt of wrist band of all pre-paid responders will take place at parade assemble area prior to start of parade and again for rest of attendees immediately following the Mass. All are urged to respond by the deadline.

For anyone coming to the 175th celebration at Old St. Patrick’s and wishing to stay over the night before should make their own hotel arrangements at several of the hotels in the immediate area such as: Holiday Inn Soho 138 LaFayette Street at 212-966-8898 Use Code AOH for $179/night Fri/Sat (contact Brendan Moore 631-363-2388 or and he will get more rooms added); Hotel East Houston 151 E. Houston St. at 212-777-0012 or The GEM Hotel –Soho 135 E. Houston St at 212-358-8844. Each of these are within a few minutes walk of the Cathedral. Other hotels can be found online.

To get idea of numbers attending on 5/21/11, everyone is asked to contact asap either 175th Chrmn. PNP Ed Wallace at 315-686-3917 or email or Nat’l Pres. Seamus Boyle at 215-820-1547 or email


125th for Anaconda

Anaconda AOH Division 1 Officers holding charter provide by the Montana AOH State Board left to right: Standing Committee Chairman John "Bobo" Kelly, Recording Secretary Jack Kelly, Treasurer Ed Birch, Financial Secretary Frank Fitzpatrick, Vice President Bob Mehrens, President Jim Killoy, Marshall Gary Ouldhouse and Sentinel Tony Shea.

For 125 years the Anaconda AOH in Montana have been sharing Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. The Anaconda AOH Division 1 was established on September 13, 1885, four years before Montana became a state. Charter members included William Welsh,, Pat Mealy, John Brooks, Pat Harrington, M.L. Burke, Phil McGovern, Mike Collins, Jim Murray, John Phillips, Pat Gordon, and James Dollard along with officers:;President Thomas Daly, Vice President Mike O’Rourke, Recording Secretary Joe Peters, Financial Secretary Patrick McMahon and Treasurer J.B. Keefe

The same tradition was offered September 10th, 11th and 12th 2010 with a variety of activities scheduled for the weekend at the Hibernian Hall. 150 friends and guests were in attendance as the division that boasts to be one of the oldest west of the Mississippi had a grand celebration. Brothers from as far as Buffalo, NY and Michigan made the journey to help commemorate the occasion. The weekend began with a registration and social on Friday evening. Many stories were told and old pictures shared among those in attendance. Ed McCarthy led the story telling for the group, being the longest active member, joining Anaconda’s division in 1954. Ed was also chosen as the Grand Marshall for the weekend. Saturday kicked off with a social at noon followed by a parade through town at two. Saturday evening’s activities began with a dinner and a number of presentations.

Montana’s national director, Mike O’Connor presented the organization with an anniversary plaque, sent by the national board.  Montana State President Tom Pahut then presented the division with a proclamation from Governor of Montana Bryan Schweitzer designating September 13th Anaconda AOH Heritage Day.  Said proclamation was signed by the Montana State Board; Tom Pahut, President, L.F. Thomas, Vice President, John Curry, Treasurer, Frank Walsh Secretary and Bob Mehrens Marshal, also signing were Mike O’Connor National Director and the Anaconda Division officers Standing Committee Chairman John “Bobo” Kelly, Recording Secretary Jack Kelly, Treasurer Ed Birch, Financial Secretary Frank Fitzpatrick, Vice President Bob Mehrens, President Jim Killoy, Marshall Gary Ouldhouse and Sentinel Tony Shea. A wonderful banner commemorating the organization’s accomplishment was also presented by State President Pahut .The evening climaxed with music and dance provided by the Montana ShamRockers. Sunday all were invited to march to Mass at St. Peters Church. The weekend was closed with a wonderful brunch.


In a letter to Cardinal Select Wuerl from our National Chaplain Father Tom O’Donnell

Your Excellency,

It is with great joy that the National Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America congratulates you on your elevation by Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI to the Sacred College of Cardinals. Your election as a Cardinal is of special significance to the AOH since you are a member of Division Nine in Allegheny County Pennsylvania.

In addition to the congratulations of the AOH National Board, we bring you fraternal greetings from all of your Hibernian Brothers in Allegheny County.  The AOH Brothers will always remember your celebration of the Eucharist for us at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Masses and Communion Breakfasts as well as your marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parades no matter what the weather conditions were.

On a personal note, I feel a sense of pride in the fact that for eighteen years I was the pastor of St. Wendelin Church where you were baptized on December 8, 1940.

Your Eminence, you can be assured of the prayers and best wishes of all the members of the AOH as well as all of you friends in Pittsburgh that Holy Spirit will continue to be with you and guide you in your new duties and responsibilities as a Prince of the Church.

Fraternally in Unity, Fraternity and Christian Charity,

Rev. Thomas M. O’Donnell

AOH National Chaplain