Freedom For All Ireland Report – July 2017

by Martin Galvin

A chairde:

During our State Convention, FFAI led by Chairman Ciaran Geraghty highlighted the following issues:


British Prime Minister Theresa May called a special election, to increase her power. She lost seats and fell short of a majority. May then made a deal for votes with the Democratic Unionist Party(DUP), founded by Ian Paisley now headed by Arlene Foster, to stay in power.

Campaigners in Ireland have contacted the AOH about issues like:

A-Bloody Sunday pardons-For 45 years, the victims’ families have fought for justice. AOH members marched to support them. Criminal charges against British troopers are under consideration. The DUP wants pardons disguised as a statute of limitations , meaning no murder charges against British crown forces, for Bloody Sunday or other crimes.

B-Ballymurphy Massacre Inquests-Between August 9th-11th-1971,British troopers shot down 10 people, including a Catholic priest in the Republican heartland of Ballymurphy in Belfast. The British whitewashed the killings. The Ballymurphy families, among other victims’ families are legally entitled to inquests where the truth could be told. The British block funds for these inquests saying they need DUP permission to give these families their day in a British court.

C-Sectarian Parades-the British Parades Commission has placed some limits on Orange sectarian parades invading nationalist areas like the Garvaghy Road. The Orange Order has called on the DUP to clear the way.

D-Brexit-Britain’s decision to leave the European Community will draw a border across Ireland threatening travel hardships and economic disaster as well as undercut European Law and GFA obligations. The DUP supports Brexit with customs, trade and immigration controls across Ireland.


In 1918 Ireland voted an overwhelming democratic mandate for the 1916 Rising, and creation of an Irish parliament, or Dail Eireann to govern a free 32 county Irish nation.

 A resolution, copy attached, was unanimously passed, that we honor and promote awareness of the legacy of this centennial.

The AOH organized successful educational and publicity tours around 1916 Republic Day, and the Fenian Manchester Martyrs. We   hope to promote the 1918 vote for all Ireland freedom, with lecture tours, state resolutions, and by highlighting this vote for freedom at all our AOH Easter Commemorations etc.


One of the primary means of enforcing the MacBride Principles has been shareholder resolutions. A bill now pending in Washington would end this by requiring billions of dollars in stocks to raise justice issues. Both the state and city Comptrollers have asked for AOH help to block the misnamed ‘Financial Choice Act’ now pending in the United States Senate. Our 2 New York Senators and especially Schumer are key on stopping this bill which already passed the House.


Some members had great success in placing books on Irish history, and politics in local libraries. This is a great initiative which should be investigated and followed where possible.


There was a very positive meeting between state and national officers about the Christmas Appeal and FFAI selection.


FFAI should educate about the key issues caused by the denial of freedom for all Ireland, build political support around these issues and raise money for those affected. These elements are tied together!


Martin Galvin,

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.

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.




The 2015 Freedom For All Ireland Night

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The 2015 Freedom For All Ireland Night

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Hibernian Hall
375 Ontario St.
Albany, NY 12208

Guest of Honor and Recipient of the 2015 Fr. Murphy Award

Sean Pender

Sean Pender

Past National Director FFAI and AOH National Board Director , NJ-DE-MD

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Music by Kilrush

Ticket Price $25.00
Raffles – Food – Prizes
Table Reservations Required


Dolores Desch at

Ray McDermott at 518-421-9945 or

AOH – Division 5 Albany Freedom for All Ireland Night




The Albany Ancient Order of Hibernians, Fr. Henry Tansey, Division #5 will host a Freedom for All Ireland Night on Saturday, November 15th at 6:00pm.  The event will be held at The Albany AOH Hall, 375 Ontario Street, Albany, NY 12208.  (518) 438-8230.

This is an event to support The AOH Freedom for All Ireland Initiative, that promotes One Island, One Ireland with peace, justice and equality for all.  Proceeds raised at this event will be donated to over 13 worthy and charitable causes throughout the North of Ireland.

There will be food, raffles, prizes and much more!  Music will be provided by Rakish Paddy & Friends.

The Albany AOH will also honor Dan Dennehy, AOH National Immigration Chairman, as they present him with The 2014 Father Murphy Award.

Please see flyer for additional information.