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Each August 21st on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Knock, a Mass is celebrated at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Middletown, New York. A crowning of Our Lady follows the Mass.  The following organizations participated in the celebration: Orange County Divisions 1, 3 and 4; Orange County Ladies Divisions 4 and 5 and the Orange County Irish American Society of Middletown Irish Heritage Festival.  Orange County AOH Div. 4 is named in honor of Father Emanuel Hourihan, O.Carm., the priest who was instrumental in bringing the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock to the site.


Charles “Chip” McLean, the popular president of the New York State AOH was honored at a testimonial dinner in his honor at the luxurious Staaten on Staten Island, New York.  Mike McCormack was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and was his usual happy self as he introduced the County, State and National dignitaries who came to salute New York State’s President.  Past NY President, Mat Nelligan was also the recipient of the fifth annual Burns Hayes Award which was presented at the Dinner.  The Burns Hayes Award, named for two beloved pasta NY State Presidents, is the highest honor that the NY State Board can bestow.  Previous recipients have been Rev John Ahern, Tom McNabb, Mike McCormack and John Hennessy.

Frank Fox Division Holds Annual Collection

The AOH Frank Fox Div 16 and the Ladies AOH Div 16 are pleased to announce that their annual collection for Rosary Hill Cancer Center in Hawthorne and Hospice Care (Visiting Nurse Association) of Westchester/ Putnam will be taking place during the fall at area churches.  Since 1992 AOH Div 16 has donated over $168,975 to these two and other community organizations in northern Westchester County.  The AOH is deeply grateful to all who help support our collection. Div 16 meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. For further information or an application contact President William McCormack at or Chairwoman Grace Murphy at 914-218-8874 or Chairman James McHugh at 914-232-3766.

Myles Scully Division 1 Yonkers supports Cancer Benefit for Yonkers Police Sergeant

The officers and members of the Myles Scully Div 1 of Yonkers attended a benefit for Yonkers Police Sergeant Roy McLauglin, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer.  The Division presented the organizers of the event with a $4,000 pledge of support.  The “10-13” Event (Officer Needs Assistance) was attended by thousands of supporters from across the community.  The all day event showcased live music, a sports memorabilia auction, and a performance by the Pipes and Drums of the Police Police Department, is the father of 4 young children and is facing ever increasing medical expenses as he fights this terrible disease.  “We were honored to help support Sergeant McLaughlin as he goes Emerald Society of Westchester County.  Money was also being raised to support brain cancer awareness, thru the sale of specially colored wristbands.  Sergeant McLaughlin, a 12 year member of the Yonkers through a very difficult time in his life” said Div 1 President, Kevin Ellis.  “We are just a small part of a much larger community effort to see him get through this.” The event was co-sponsored by the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association and the Yonkers Captains, Lieutenants, and Sergeants Association.  For more information or to make a donation, please contact Tom Phelan at (914) 525-2834.

Meredith McLaughlin, sister of Yonkers Police Sergeant Roy McLaughlin (center), with Division President Kevin Ellis and members of Division 1 Yonkers

New York State AOH Respects Life at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Members of the NYS AOH attended the annual Respect Life Mass held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on October 3rd, 2010.  NYS President Charles McLean and LAOH State President Meg Redling led the large contingent of Hibernians up the center aisle and were warmly greeted by Archbishop Timothy Dolan.  The large group consisted of members from all five boroughs of New York City, as well as from the surrounding suburbs.  In his homily, Archbishop Dolan reminded the congregation that the Right to Life was not only a right proclaimed by God, but is also a founding principle of the United States. He said “God saw a reign of life, not destruction; a kingdom of life, not extinction; a culture of life, not of death; that’s God’s vision”.  He also assured the crowd that the culture of life will ultimately prevail.  The mass was co-sponsored by the AOH and the Sisters of Life, a religious order founded in 1991 by the late John Cardinal O’Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life.

Pictured (L – R) Tom Bierne (NY County Pres.), Meg Redling (LAOH State Pres.), Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, Charles McLean (NYS Pres.), James Burke (NYS Secretary), John Pesce (Florida State Organizer), John Ellis, and John Hyland (Bronx County Board)

John Francis O'Rourke former five-term President of Division 19, Kings County, New York, married Joyce Gilroy of Staten Island on Sept. 11th, 2010 on Staten Island at the Hilton Gardens Hotel.

Nassau County Supporting Wounded Warriors

On Saturday, September 11th, Division 11th of Hicksville held its annual golf outing at the Rockhill Country Club in Manorville, Suffolk County.  Members of Division 11, those who were golfing and others assembled for some shared words and a moment of silence to remember the heroes who had fought and died in the 9-11 attacks. “Amazing Grace” played by Bob McCann of Div 15 on the bagpipes broke the morning air in tribute.  At the 10th hole, memorial and sponsor signs were set up for the golfers to pause at and reflect upon before teeing off. For the fourth year in a row, part of the proceeds from this event was set aside to be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project.  Division President Phil Baumgartner thanked all those who planned and participated in this annual event. Joseph Barry Council 2520 of the Knights of Columbus for the use of their facility, Recorder and Past President Harry Deegan for running this fundraising event, Bill Jankowski and his wife Carol for all of their golf event experience that helped make the day a success, the Kennedy brothers, Dan and Tom for cooking, John Kilganon, our bartender, Vice President and Past President Billy McGough for his assistance, and for all the golfers and sign sponsors for their support in helping Division 11 meet its goal in regards to raising money for the Wounded Warriors Project. To find out more information about this organization, click onto: WWW.WOUNDEDWARRIORSPROJECT.ORG

Nassau County holds 38th Annual Feis

Nassau County held its 38th Annual Feis and Irish Festival on September 21st at Molloy College in Rockville Centre. In addition to dancing, band, music, singing, art and soda bread contests, the Feis honored Irish Examiner Publisher Paddy McCarthy for his efforts of spreading Irish culture. Almost 2000 people attended this year’s Feis, which was considered one of the best put on in the county.

Nassau County President Mike Byrne introduces Paddy McCarthy with Nassau County Vice President and Feis Chairman Sean O’Rourke on the left and LAOH Nassau County President Mary Jo Walsh on the right. (Photo by John O’Connell)

Long Beach Irish Day

Over 30,000 people attended the 2010 Long Beach Irish Day and Festival, held on October 2nd in Nassau County, NY. Summerlike weather in early fall, helped the turnout as the streets were lined with green and vendors selling food and Irish memorabilia. The Day was sponsored by St. Brendan the Navigator Div 17 in Long Beach with representation from National, State, and County officers.

Members of the AOH get ready for the Long Beach Parade. (L to R) Parade Chairman Mike Sullivan, John King, NYS Publicity Chair John O’Connell, Joe Gleason, Hibernian Digest Online Editor Joe McDonald, Division 17 Jr. Past President Andy Healey, NYS President Chip McLean, NYS FFAI Chair Tim Myles, and Rich Hennessey.

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FFAI October fundraiser held at O’Reilly’s in New York City

Pictured (L – R) are FFAI Chair – Sean Pender, Nat’l Director Jere Cole, and Immigration Chair Dan Dennehy

Pictured (L – R) are Vince Tyer (Pearl River Pres.) Dermot Moore (Rockland Co. Pres.) Jim Burke (NYS Sec.) Jack Ryan (NYS VA)

Members of the AOH get ready for the Long Beach Parade. (L to R) Parade Chairman Mike Sullivan, John King, NYS Publicity Chair John O’Connell, Joe Gleason, Hibernian Digest Online Editor Joe McDonald, Division 17 Jr. Past President Andy Healey, NYS President Chip McLean, NYS FFAI Chair Tim Myles, and Rich Hennessey.


New York News

Seafood Raffle

New York’s Nassau County AOH Div 8 is proud to announce that the drawing for its Annual Seafood Raffle for 2010 was held on June 27, 2010. Winners received fresh seafood for their 4th of July barbeques.  Congratulations to Grand Prize winners Barbara Donohue and Barney Lough who won lobster dinners for 6 people which included lobsters, corn, salad and two bottles of wine.  Other prize winners were Lynn Giordano, Katherine Rezza, Larry Rush, Shaun Byrne, Joseph McDonald and Laura Lyman. Congratulations to all and we hope you enjoyed the seafood.  Division 8 would like to thank Jim and Sophie McCabe, Michael Harrington, Lisa Forgione and the Ladies AOH, The Glen Cove Printery and all those who participated in the raffle.

Pictured is (L to R) Barbara Donohue and her daughter Barbara, Division 8 President John J. Hanley and Victoria Hanley

Richmond County AOH Members and their wives receive the Four Chaplains award for community service. Pictured at the Merchant Marine Academy are (L to R) Norm Nilsen, Walter Osborn, James Haynes and John Woods. Seated are William Reilley, Pat Nilsen, Mary Noon and Michael Ducey.

Richmond County AOH Div 4 held their fourth annual wounded warriors project dinner which collected $15,000.00 for the project. Pictured (L to R) Tony Fanelli CWV, Walter Osborn AOH Div 4 member dinner chairmen, awardees Colonel Dawson, Sergeant Herbst and Lieutenant Raznazk with AOH Richmond County President & dinner co-chair James Haynes III.

Members of Westchester County NY AOH/LAOH Division 16 gathered at St. Francis of Assisi Chapel for a mass for deceased members- Monsignor Edward Donovan, Martin Barry, Jr., Thomas Finn, Thomas Foley, Marie Healy, Angelina Hurton and Mary McGovern. The mass was conducted by Division chaplain Father Steven Clarke. Afterwards as the AOH and LAOH gathered downstairs, they were joined by County President Brian Kelly.  President Kelly and Division President William McCormack presented an AOH Life Membership to Division member Peter McKenna. Peter has been a member since 1957, having served as County President twice and as Division President three times. Peter was Grand Marshal of the 1995 Mount Kisco St. Patricks Day parade. At the Division meeting that night a new member Christopher Hurley was inducted. His deceased grandfather was an AOH member and his father is a current member of Division 16.   On June 13, 2010 the AOH and LAOH gathered for Irish stories for young and old by renowned storyteller Jonathan Kruk.

New Member and Life Member recognized. Pictured (L to R) Christopher J. Hurley, new member Christopher J. Hurley, new Life member Peter McKenna and NYS Division 16 President William McCormack

John Cardinal D’Alton Division 3, Pearl River Awards $10,000 in Scholarships

This year, the John Cardinal D’Alton division gave out $10,000 in scholarships in support of our Irish American values that stress the importance of education and our duty as Hibernians to pass on our history and culture to the next generation.  In addition to being reviewed on their Academic, Cultural and Community Service activities, the applicants also had to take an examination on Irish and Irish American History drawn from material provided in the monthly history articles featured in the division newsletter and website. The awards were made as part of Division 3’s annual Communion Breakfast.  Guest of honor and Speaker was Mrs. Mary Holt Moore a well respected scholar of Gaelic and Irish History, not to mention a direct descendant of General Joseph Holt, Commander of the Wicklow Rebels in 1798 and a second cousin to Seán Mac Diarmada, one of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation and martyr in the cause of the Irish Republic. It is the Division’s hope that applicants will not only come away with a scholarship, but also an appreciation of the important role the Irish have played in shaping our world and nation.

Flanked by Scholarship Committee members Martin Davin (left) and Larry Kane (right) are this year’s Division 3 Pearl River, NY Scholarship winners.

Division 1 Yonkers Announces Winners of the “Commodore John Barry Memorial Medal”

The officers and members of the Myles Scully Division 1 of Yonkers are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Commodore John Barry Memorial Medal. The award was made available to all Catholic Elementary Schools in the city of Yonkers for the first time this year.  The award is given to a graduating student who excels in U.S. History and/or Social Studies.  A total of 9 schools chose to participate in this year’s award program.  The schools and winners are as follows:  St. Ann’s School – Drita Nikac, St. Paul the Apostle School – Michael Donnelly, Christ the King School – Kevin Dronzek, St. Anthony’s School – Tyler Chen, St. Eugene’s School – Erin Thomas, St. John the Baptist School – Chelsea Dua, Sacred Heart School- Sean Crosby, St. Peter’s School – Jerry Thompson III, The Annunciation School – Julia McGarvey. The award is dedicated to the memory of Commodore John Barry, an Irish Catholic immigrant who is recognized as the father of the United States Navy.  He was awarded Navy Commission #1 by President George Washington in 1798, making him the first flag officer of the U.S. Navy.  Commodore John Barry’s accomplishments embody the immigrant struggle for success and serves as an example for all young students today.