County Observes Gaelic Mass Day

(r-l) AOH National Director Dan Dennehy, Bronx County President Bob Nolan, AOH State President Vic Vogel, County Legislator David Tubiolo, and National and State FFAI Chair and Division 5 President Martin Galvin

It was officially “Gaelic Mass Day” on Saturday, September 8th, as Hibernians led by New York State President Vic Vogel, and joined by local Irish community groups and parishioners, gathered for an Irish language Mass at St. Barnabas Parish. The day began with County Legislator David Tubiolo, announcing Westchester’s proclamation and presenting copies to New York State AOH, host Bronx AOH Division 5 and St. Barnabas Parish. The Gaelic Mass which was said by St. Barnabas Pastor Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald, and brought together fluent Irish speakers with many who never before heard the Mass said in the language of their ancestors, may now become an annual event.

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MARCH

Among the AOH officers leading the march into the Church were State President Vogel, National Director Dan Dennehy, District Director Aiden O’Kelly Lynch, Bronx County President Bob Nolan and Division 5 President Martin Galvin. They followed Piper Dermot Moore, a son of the late Mary Holt Moore, who had been a key figure in the Bronx Gaelic League.AOH and Ladies AOH sashes and medallions made a colorful display.Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald welcomed everyone in English to the Mass offered in Irish for “all those persecuted for their Catholic faith and Gaelic language”. Woodlawn residents and Irish speakers, Division 5 Vice-President Ray Leyden, Aoife Farrell of Aisling and Mairead Greenan of Emerald Isle Immigration did the readings. Musician and Irish singer Dawn Doherty played and sang beautifully, while Daithi McLaughlin of the Brooklyn Gaelic Club assisted with the Irish hymns. 

SURVIVING

In his sermon Fr. Fitzgerald said “the Catholic faith in Ireland, like the Irish language had survived centuries of persecution and penal laws intended to wipe it out. Our ancestors had defied everything, attending outlawed Masses said by outlawed priests to keep their language and faith alive. We will survive the problems of today and come through stronger than ever.”  

Following the Gaelic Mass, Martin Galvin President of host Division 5 said:

“We were overwhelmed by the help and encouragement we immediately got for “Gaelic Mass Day”. The parish, AOH statewide, local Irish community groups, Irish language clubs, and musicians contacted us offering help. We have already been asked to have an Irish language Mass said annually and other AOH Divisions, want to follow through on the idea originally suggested By Vic Vogel.

The Irish language is an important and indestructible part of our Irish heritage. We did not anticipate the deep appreciation which even those like me who regrettably do not understand Irish would feel.”

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Martin Galvin
NAOH National and State FFAI Chair
President, Bronx Division 5 AOH

Division #1 Jeffersonville Conducts Officer Installation Ceremony

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The AOH Sullivan Brothers – Division #1 of Jeffersonville, NY held their Officer Installation Ceremony earlier this week.  The Ceremony was conducted by AOH New York State District Director Dermot Moore and New York State Organizer Keith Reynolds.  Congratulations to Division #1 President JP Graham and his officers!

 

AOH Rockland County Board Bestows Honors at Annual Emerald Ball

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The Pearl River Hilton was the setting for the Rockland County

AOH Emerald Ball on February 27th.

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Dermot Moore was honored as Grand Marshal of the Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Neil Cosgrove was honored as Hibernian of the Year
Margie Mulvihill was honored as Businesswoman of the year
Detective Cyril Kerr was named Parade Commander of the Rockland Parade.
Kevin Donahue was named Aide to the Grand Marshal for the NYC Parade

 

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Division #1 Rockland Honors Dermot Moore at Communion Breakfast

Division #1 Rockland Honors Dermot Moore at Communion Breakfast

 

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Division President Dan Donohue presents award to New York State District Director Dermot Moore

Rockland County A.O.H. Division #1 North Rockland held their annual Communion Breakfast Sunday Jan 17th. The day began with Mass at St Gregory Barbarigo in Garnerville NY, followed by Breakfast at Lynch’s restaurant.
The Guest of Honor was Dermot Moore. He is current President of A.O.H. Division 3 Pearl River, NYS AOH District 8 Director and will be the Grand Marshal in the Pearl River St. Patrick’s Day Parade for 2016. He was 2010 Hibernian of the Year Rockland County, 2014 Irish Northern Aid Man of the year, and recognized for Community Service in 2015 by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

 

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Pictured are Dermot Moore, Joan Moore, and Mary Holt Moore

Dermot’s mother Mary Holt Moore was also there. She is a Gaelic scholar, past Grand Marshal of the NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade and a direct descendant of the leader of the Wicklow rebels in 1798, General Joseph Holt. She named Dermot in honor of 1916 leader Sean Mac Diarmada and her Uncle Sam O’Reilly fought in the GPO. She shared the Gaelic language with us as well as some of her experiences.
It was a great way to start 2016!

AOH Division #1 Rockland County – Annual Communion Breakfast

Please join us at our annual Communion Breakfast on January 17th following 9am Mass at St Gregory Barbarigo Honoring:

Dermot Moore

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President Division 3 – Pearl River
State Director – District 8
Grand Marshal of St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Pearl River

 

 

9am Mass at St Gregory Church 21 Cinder Road Garnerville, NY 10923

Breakfast to follow at: Lynch’s Restaurant

79A Liberty Drive (Rt 9W) Stony Point, NY 10980 845-553-9300

Tickets – $25 at the door Contact – Dan Donohue – 914-261-7542