AOH Division #5 Bronx/Woodlawn held its annual “Spirit of 1916” Awards Benefit on Sunday, October 16th at The Rambling House Bar & Restaurant in Woodlawn, Bronx, NY. Honorees included Monsignor Edward Barry, Dan Dennehy (National Director, AOH), and the Irish Deportees marking the 20th anniversary of their case. A special award was presented to The Tallon Family in memory of FDNY Firefighter Sean Tallon who lost his life on 9/11. Additionally, grants were presented to the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, the Aisling Irish Community Center, and the Deirdre O’ Mara School of Irish Dance.
Photos by Nuala Purcell
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 email@example.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.
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.
The New York State Board congratulates all of our newly elected national officers and are particularly proud of New York native sons, National Directors
Liam McNabb and Dan Dennehy
New York Strong!
May St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of our Order, guide you all!
Additional congratulations to all the newly elected officers of the National Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and especially to New York’s own
Karen Keane, National Secretary
Best of luck to all our Sisters! May St. Brigid of Ireland guide you all.
You are invited to join us in support of Brother Dan Dennehy at a fundraiser to be held in his honor on Saturday, June, 25, 2016 at 3 PM at the Quiet Man Public House. Dan is running for AOH National Director at the National Convention to be held July 11 through July 14th. Please come out and join us in Peekskill for this worthy cause.
As National Immigration Chair of the Ancient Order of Hibernian in America Inc., I welcome the recent appointment of the first ever US based Irish Senate member to represent Irish Immigrants abroad, Billy Lawless.
Billy Lawless, a Chicago based, Irish born business owner and recent US citizen will represent the interests of the Irish abroad. Mr. Lawless is a tireless advocate for Irish Immigrants, and as such, an ally of the AOH in our work on the issue.
As stated in a recent article, Celine Kennelly, President of the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers; US based Irish immigrant advocates have waited and fought for such a representative for many years. She also points out, there are only a handful of people that those of us who work on this subject every day would feel are qualified for this appointment. Lawless is beyond a doubt the perfect representative and as we have in the past, we look forward to working with him in his new position.
Billy Lawless is not the first US Citizen to do this. Let’s not forget, Eamon deValera was a native US citizen. European nations have often benefited from US citizens participating in their governments particularly, since World War 2.
Seanad member from 2011 -2015, Dr John Crown, was born in New York to a cab driver turned business owner, who was an undocumented Irish immigrant.
Dr Crown is a renowned oncologist, dual citizen of US/Ireland, working and living in both countries. Dr Crown is widely respected for bringing his expertise to both countries and particularly the Seanad.
Billy Lawless will no doubt, do the same given his life experience. Mr Lawless, I can attest is proud to be a US citizen. His dual citizenship cannot be revoked. At worst, he may have to relinquish his voting rights in US elections. That is not up to any of us, nor will diminish, one iota, his efforts on our behalf, his earned dual citizenship or his love two countries. For folks in the trenches of immigration reform, or any long fight, its sometimes hard to recognize a win when we get one. In Billy Lawless appointment, we have a great friend and ally in our fight for Irish Immigrants.
Let us congratulate Billy and all who’ve worked long and hard to get such a US based Immigrant representative installed in Ireland’s political structure.
Above is the actual article from the Irish Times in which Celine Kennelly’s statement appears.
Please note: Ad Hominem does not appear in the published article.
Yours in our Motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity
Ancient Order of Hibernians In America Inc.
National & New York State Immigration Committee
Join Us in Showing Support
Dan Dennehy for National Director
AOH Division 19
“Baile Na Ngael” Home of the Irish
2750 Gerritsen Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11229
Noon- 5 PM
$25.00 Per Person
includes “Unlimited Food and Beverages”
Live Music performed by:
“The Brooklyn Bards”
All proceeds are going towards Brother Hibernian Dan Dennehy’s campaign for AOH National Director
For more information and tickets, please contact:
NYS AOH Vice President
Victor J. Vogel at 631-513-9721
NYS AOH Treasurer
John J. Manning at 917-589-0047
AOH Queens County President
Memo line: Dan Dennehy Fund