Albany Honors Martin Galvin

National AOH Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Chairman Martin Galvin was honored with the Fr. John Murphy award bestowed by the Albany AOH and LAOH. Carmel Quinn, sister of Ballymurphy victim John Laverty delivered the keynote address on behalf of Relatives for Justice, a Belfast-based organization working to shed light on the Ballymurphy Massacre. The annual FFAI event was held on Friday, November 16, 2018 in the Albany Hibernian Hall.

Freedom For All Ireland (FFAI) is a National AOH/LAOH initiative that promotes One Island, One Ireland with peace, justice and equality for all. All proceeds raised by this event and others held across the nation are donated to over a dozen worthy charities/causes throughout the North of Ireland.

(Photos and report provided by Tim McSweeney, AOH National Organizer)

(l-r) Sean Pender, AOH National Treasurer, Albany LAOH FFAI Delores Desch, Martin Galvin, National/State FFAI Chair and Albany AOH FFAI John Levondowski

Carmel Quinn, sister of Ballymurphy victim John Laverty delivered the keynote address on behalf of Relatives for Justice

National, State, County and Division Officers of the AOH/LAOH gather to honor Martin Galvin

Schenectady Degree Team Confers Major Degrees

The John F. Kennedy Division 1 Schenectady Major Degree Team (MDT) conferred the Major Degrees of the Order on Sunday, January 29, 2017 in the Fr. Henry Tansey, Division 5 Hall in Albany.  In attendance were more than seventy-five Brother Hibernians participating as degree team members, candidates and observers. Twenty-seven candidates from surrounding counties were inducted.

Pictured above (seated left) is Brother Michael P. Glenn, AOH Life Member and Chairman of the Schenectady MDT, who thanked the candidates for completing the lessons of the Order and welcomed them into the inner circle of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. According to Brother Glenn, the Schenectady MDT was founded in 1920 and presently has 30 members. The Hibernian presence took root in Schenectady with Division 1 in 1880 and has thrived ever since.

Also pictured above (standing left) is Jim Scott, President of Schenectady’s John F. Kennedy AOH Division 1 and member of the Major Degree Team. Standing to the right of Brother Scott is Tim McSweeney, National AOH Organizer and NY State President who acted as Master of Ceremony. Also pictured are the twenty-seven Brother Hibernians who received their Major Degree — congratulations!

Albany Area FFAI Event A Success

The Albany AOH/LAOH Freedom for All Ireland Fundraiser was held at the Father Henry Tansey Division 5 Hall on Saturday, January 28, 2017.  The Guest of Honor was Winner of the 2016 Father Murphy Award, Father Gary Donegan from Holy Cross Church, Ardoyne, Belfast, NI. Fr. Donegan captivated those in attendance with his reflections on the ordeals suffered by the children attending Holy Cross School and the work of all those involved in peace and reconciliation.

In attendance were many AOH National Board Officers including Sean Pender, National Treasurer; Liam McNabb, National Director for NY, Dan Dennehy, National Director for the NY Metro Area and National Immigration Chair and Tim McSweeney, National Organizer and New York State Board President.

Many NY State AOH/LAOH Board officers were in attendance including NY LAOH President Karen Keane and NY State Board Secretary, Tom Lambert who came in from Buffalo.

Congratulations to Albany area Hibernians, Delores Desch of LAOH JFK Division 1 and John Levendosky, Father Henry Tansey, AOH Division 5, Event Co-chairs for a job well done and thank you to all Hibernian Brothers and Sisters who made the night a huge success.

Schenectady Major Degree Team Plans Event

John F. Kennedy Division 1 Schenectady Major Degree Team has announced that the Major Degrees of the Order will be exemplified on Sunday, January 29, 2017 in the Albany AOH Hall. All eligible candidates should be encouraged to participate so that they can be brought into the Inner Chamber of Hibernianism.  Please see below for more information.

Albany AOH/LAOH Freedom for All Ireland

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Albany AOH/LAOH Freedom for All Ireland Event to be held at the Father Henry Tansey Division 5 Hall.  Guest of Honor and Winner of the 2016 Father Murphy Award, Father Gary Donegan, Holy Cross Church, Ardoyne, Belfast, NI.  Souvenir Journal ads available. Click here for more information.