AOH Division 5-Woodlawn Irish Awards Benefit

Woodlawn Irish
AOH Division 5, Woodlawn Awards Benefit

Spirit of 1916 Honorees Are:

Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald, Division 5 Man of The Year
Sean Pender, AOH National Treasurer
Dolores Desch, LAOH NY State Freedom for All Ireland Chair

Special Award
John Dearie, Irish Presidential Forum – Special Envoy, MacBride Principles

Sunday, October 21, 2018 3:00-7:00pm

Rambling House Party Room

Katonah Avenue & 236 Street
Bronx, NY 

Music By

Gerard and Susan Corbett

Grants for Irish History-Dancing-Music-Gaelic Games Awarded

Free Buffet – Cash Bar – $30 Donation

Tickets and Info 718.994.1410

All Welcome

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

Gaelic Mass to be Celebrated at St. Barnabas

St. Barnabas, in the strongly Irish Woodlawn-McLean area will hold an Irish language Mass on Saturday, September 8th at noon. AOH Division 5 Chaplain, Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald, will celebrate the Gaelic Mass which is being supported by the New York State AOH, Gaelic Societies, the great local Irish community groups and parishioners. Irish-English translations of the liturgy will be available so that anyone can read the prayers in English as they hear the Mass said in the Irish language.

AOH Division 5 President Martin Galvin noted:

“The Irish language is an important and indestructible part of our Irish heritage. Measures to wipe out the Irish language began even before penal laws to wipe out the Catholic religion in Ireland. Ireland’s landmarks include Mass Rocks where Gaelic speakers gathered in secret to hear outlawed Masses said by outlawed priests. Even today a simple Irish Language Act is deemed a redline that must be denied six county nationalists.” Often the veto is wielded by people who live in locations where Irish words are imprinted like Fermanagh, Enniskillen, or Derry.

This Mass will be offered for all those persecuted for their Catholic faith and Gaelic language.

“There has been a great response from AOH Divisions, Gaelic clubs and individuals who would just like to hear the Mass said in the language of our ancestors. St. Barnabas is fortunate enough to have a pastor like Fr. Fitzgerald who can say the Mass in Gaelic.”

The Mass will be held in the St. Barnabas High School Chapel, 425 East 240th Street near the Bronx River Parkway, Deegan Expressway or Metro-North Railroad, on Saturday September 8th at 12 noon.It is part of an initiative launched by New York State AOH President Victor Vogel to encourage Irish Language Masses across the state.

Please contact me at MGALVINESQ@AOL.COM.

Slan
Martin Galvin
NYAOH FFAI Chair