Ceol Mór Bagpipe Band Competition A Success

The Ceol Mór Bagpipe Band Competition and Festival was held on Saturday, July 22nd and was a huge success according to Dermot Moore, NYAOH Special Projects Chair, and an organizer of the event.  The festival and competition, held at the newly opened Rockland GAA fields in Orangeburg, was sponsored by the Rockland County AOH. The event will be held annually so look for the event in July 2018. 

A video of the event is available through Dropbox.

Long Beach Irish Day

The 23nd annual Long Beach Irish Heritage Day Parade and Festival will take place on Saturday Oct 6, 2012.

Long Beach Irish Day is simply a celebration of Irish culture.  The day begins with a family look and feel.  There is a parade with Pipe bands, Irish dancers, Irish music and more.  The early birds usually start arriving around 10am with the parade beginning around 12 noon.

As the day progresses families take the kids home for dinner and the pubs begin to fill with patrons.  Live Irish music and delicious Irish food and beverages are available all along the parade route. Irish vendors are also set up selling a huge amount of Irish merchandise.  It really is an event that is fun for all.

Friends for Bill Benefit

Bill O’Donnell
Saturday, April 14, 2012 ♦ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monroe Irish Center
DJ Dublin Paul Byrne
Pipes and Drums of the A.O.H. of O.C.
Tricky Trays, 50-50, Special Raffles

$20.00 Donation
On Saturday, March 10th, Bill underwent a surgical procedure for the removal of his big toe due to complications of diabetes. On Tuesday, March 27th, a catastrophic fire at Bill’s home has rendered it uninhabitable. Bill has long been both an advocate and supporter of the Irish community in Orange County and throughout the state of New York.
Please come to this benefit and share your friendship for Bill!!

Sponsored by
Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division #1
Supported by
A.O.H. Orange County Board
A.O.H. Division #2
A.O.H. Division #4
Greenwood Lk. Gaelic Cultural Society
Irish American Assoc. of Middletown
L.A.O.H. Division #4
L.A.O.H. Division #5
St. Brendan’s G.F.C.
The Irish Heritage Festival

Contacts
Keith Reynolds
845-783-0205
Dennis Browne
845-774-9436

New York News

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.

STATE PRESIDENT HONORED.

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 email-wfmccormack@optonline.net. 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.

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New Candidates Announcing National Office Intent

As we enter the home stretch towards the biannual Nation Convention and election of officers for the Order we are receiving official announcements of members seeking higher office.

New Jersey State President Jere Cole has announced that he will run for AOH National Office this July in Cincinnati Ohio at the National Convention.  Jere’s Irish heritage has always been an important aspect of his life.  It is this pride that has led him to become involved in a number of Irish American organizations.  Among these organizations is the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division #9, Essex County New Jersey for the past 20 years.  Jere has chaired a number of committees & is currently a past president, and also serves on the State Board of the AOH executive committee where he was elected to the Hibernian Charity Board and is currently the New Jersey State Board President.  Jere is also an active member of the following organizations: The Cryan Association, Giblin Association, Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, Heritage Festival Ball past chairman, Vailsburg Irish American Association, Essex County Emerald Society, Irish American Cultural Institute, Ironbound Irish American Association, The Irish American Assn. of Northwest Jersey, Frank McGovern Association, Belleville Irish American Association and the Joseph Nugent Sr. Association. Jere is an active member of the Newark Saint Patrick’s Day Parade committee. He has held numerous positions including General Chairman 2003-04 and is also a member of the West Orange Saint Patrick’s Parade committee.  Jere was the General Chairman of the 30th Annual New Jersey Irish Festival in June of 2000.

Joe Dougherty of North Carolina announced that he will run for National Secretary.  Joe’s resume includes serving as Past National Director, Past South Carolina State President, Past South Carolina State Organizer, Past South Carolina Division President.  He is currently a Division President in North Carolina, Mecklenburg County Board Vice President and serves as North Carolina State Organizer.  As he looks forward towards his campaign for National Secretary at the 2010 National Convention in Cincinnati, Joe stated, “My platform will be very simple, it is time to move the office of National Secretary into the 21 Century.”

National Pro-Life Chair and Immediate Past New York State President Matt Nelligan recently announced his candidacy for the office of National Director. Elected as State President at age 34, he was the youngest person to be elected to the presidency. During his time in office, he made significant progress toward modernizing the recruitment and public relations efforts of the AOH. In addition, he helped to raise more than $20,000 for AOH related charities and expanded our Order into two counties that had never before had an AOH Presence. In February of 2008 he was selected by the Irish Echo newspaper was one of the top 40 Irish-American leaders under the age of 40 in the United States.

A member of the AOH since 1992, Mr. Nelligan served on the NYS AOH board since 1999 in every elected office including the offices of President, vice president, treasurer and secretary. He was selected to be general chairperson for the 2007 New York State AOH convention and in 2008 was appointed as the National Chairman of Pro-Life.  As National Pro-Life chairman Matt has worked hard to engage our membership on important public policy issues and to expand our presence at the annual March for Life in Washington DC.  Professionally, Mr. Nelligan serves as the Committee Director for the New York State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee as well as Legislative Director for its Chairman Senator George Maziarz. Matt is also President of the Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival– one of the largest celebrations of Irish culture in the United States – marking its 14th anniversary in 2010. Since its inception, the not-for-profit festival has raised more than $350,000 to assist local and Irish charities.

Mr. Nelligan is a past Hibernian of the Year for his Division in Albany NY and has also been recognized as the recipient of the prestigious Father John Murphy award in 2008. In 2009, he was also recognized by his brothers from Division 9 in New York City as their “Guest of Honor”.  Matt is a past committee member and one-time committee chairman of the Doors of Hope benefit concert that raised more than $50,000 for Father Des Wilson’s Community Centers in Belfast and Derry and is a past Vice-Chairman of the Irish American Heritage Museum.  A graduate of Siena College in Loudonville NY, he received his master’s degree from The College of St. Rose in Albany NY. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Guilderland NY with their two daughters, Molly and Emily.

Montana’s O’Connor Announces Bid for National Director With the full support of his Brother Hibernians, Montana’s Mike O’Connor has announced his intent to seek the office of National Director at the 2010 National Convention in Cincinnati. A member of the Thomas Francis Meagher Division of the AOH for nearly 25 years, he has held his Major Degree since 1991 when the Tara Court Major Degree Team came to Montana.  Following his service as Division and State Presidents, he became active nationally by arousing the interest in the West for the AOH.  Mike was elected to the position of National Director in 2000 and re-elected in 2002.  Brother Mike continues to be very active in AOH activities in Montana.  Just this past year Mike was part of the committee responsible for erecting a monument to Thomas Francis Meagher in Fort Benton, the location of his demise.  It was a difficult year to take on such a project considering the country’s economic downturn, but it was a huge success and a great Irish celebration.  Mike says, I would like to bring back to the National Board that “can do” attitude we have here in Montana. Mike has always considered it an honor to be a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and a great privilege to serve as an officer. He asks Brother Hibernians across the country to support his effort in seeking the position as National Director.

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