Orange County Annual Mass & Communion Breakfast


State, County and Division Officers attending the AOH Orange County Mass and Communion Breakfast.  Left to right: Keith Reynolds, Kevin Dooner, Bill Kirnan, John Manning, Tim McSweeney, Tom McDonald, George Anderson, Dermot O'Connor Moore, Ciaran Gereghty and Kevin Cummings

State, County and Division Officers attending the AOH Orange County Mass and Communion Breakfast

October 18, 2015 – Members of the Orange County AOH came together at the Chapel of the Sacred Heart in Monroe on the occasion or their Annual Memorial Mass and Communion Breakfast. The chapel, which was opened in 1896, is the site of a rare Hibernian stain glass window pictured below.

Hibernian stained glass window

Hibernian stained glass window

The celebrant of the Mass was longtime AOH member and Division 1 Chaplain, Rev. Michael F. Keane, who delivered a sermon on this Mission Sunday about the importance of service to the community. Father Keane urged the AOH to continue its good works of service and cited many examples of venerable men and women such as Margaret Haughery of New Orleans who was simply referred to as “Margaret, Mother of Orphans,” Albert Schweitzer, who left a comfortable life of music to become a physician missionary in Africa and indeed our own Patron, Saint Patrick who led a life of service among the Irish.

The Communion Breakfast which followed the Mass took place at nearby Joseph D. Duelk, Jr., Division 1 Hall was attended by State President Tim McSweeney, State Treasurer John Manning, District 8 Director Dermot O’Connor Moore and State Organizer Keith Reynolds and many county and division officers and members. Following the breakfast, guest speaker Ciaran Gereghty, NY State Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Chairman from Div. 5 in Albany, delivered a lively and informative talk on the 1916 Easter Rising Centennial, the importance of the McBride Principles, the Good Friday Agreement and the need to keep the pressure on all sides with the single goal of realizing a just and united Ireland that includes all 32 counties. View the event photo album here.

Pearl River St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Rockland County Parade Sunday March 17. 1:30 step off from Pfizer Lab parking lot at Middletown and Crooked Hill Roads in Pearl River.

Sponsored by Rockland County Mens and Ladies AOH.

Grand Marshal Msgr. Edward Weber, Parade Commander Sgt. Kieran Murphy, 69 regiment. Businessman-Emmett Woods.

Hibernian of the Year – Teresa Morris (LAOH Member).



Div.1–Dan Donahue – Aide
Bobby Fitzsimmons – Battalion Commander
Div.3–Bill Young – Aide
Sean Walsh – Battalion Commander
Div.4–Brian Tesseyman – Aide
Pat Withers – Battalion Commander
Div.5–Mike Tracey – Aide
James Schutz -Battalion Commander


Div.2-Siobhan Daly O’Neill – Aide
Div.3-Eileen Beirne – Aide
Div.4-Heather Bowie – Aide
County-Terese Hartey-Adametz
Battalion Commander – Lillian Murphy

2013 NYS Convention

Brother and Sister Hibernians:

We, the 2013 New York State Hibernian Convention Committee, are working hard to ensure that each delegate and all of our guests have an unforgettable time in Saratoga Springs July 10th through July 13th.

Below you will find links for the forms for convention registration, major degrees, journal ads, and the golf outing registration. There is also a page with Hotel information showing where the Hibernian rate of $159 will be honored.

Also, we ask that you utilize this website, our Facebook page, and e-mail shown at the top of this page to obtain all the latest information available and to check for updates from now until the start of the convention.

Please note the deadlines listed in each form and register soon to avoid the higher prices as noted in the forms. An online payment system for the Convention packages and Golf outing will be announced soon on the this website and Facebook page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail or telephone us. The Committee is eager to assist you plan for this event and we look forward to seeing you in Saratoga Springs in July.
Karen Keane                                              Stephen Curran
LAOH State Convention Chair             AOH State Convention Chair
Jacqueline Clute                                     Chris Bergman and Dave Cummings
LAOH Local Convention Chair           AOH Local Convention Co-Chairs

Convention forms:

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Registration Form
Hotel Information
Journal Form
LAOH Degree Form
AOH Degree Form
Golf Outing Registration Form

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Digital Digest Exclusive: Director’s Report

One of the greatest obligations we have as Hibernians is to pay our last respects to our deceased brothers. Those who have been our friends and mentors and have blazed trails for us to walk on in the years before us are ever deserving of our tributes and prayers at the time of their final Mass and their burials.  Their families and friends, at their time of morning, deserve our presence as a sign of respect and honor towards our deceased brethren.  On many occasions I have buried good friends, older Hibernians who have dedicated much to our Order.  For the first time I attended the funeral and burial of a young Hibernian.  Twenty six year old Shane Kelly of Pennsylvania Div. 61 was murdered as he protected his girlfriend during a holdup in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philly.  Shot in cold blood – a senseless act.  Shane was a rising star in the Hibernians.  An energetic young man, Shane was very active in his division and well respected by his division members no matter what their age.  As one Brother commented to me “Even as a young man, Shane showed great leadership.  I would have followed this man into battle any time.”  God Bless you Shane Kelly – may the Perpetual Light shine upon you, and may we all be better Hibernians after having you (for too short a time) in our Order.

I attended the book launch of Former Director (and newly minted “Life Member”) Pat Troy’s book titled “I have a story to tell.”  The launch took play at Pat Troy’s restaurant in Old Town Alexandria and was hosted by General (ret.) Stanley McCrystal – the former commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. A tremendous crowd attended and was treated to stories about Pat’s life, fine Irish music and a long line to get books signed by this budding author.  I was honored to bring as a guest to the event; Irish Senator Mark Daley, who was in Washington representing the Irish Government on a number of issues including immigration and the new Irish Heritage Certificate.  Senator Daley is Kerry man and a fine gentleman who was very happy to see the fine works that the AOH is involved with in the States.

On Veterans Day, I was privileged to attend a fundraiser for the Military Archdiocese of the United States.  If you are a veteran, I think you realize the great works and efforts of Catholic Priests who serve in our armed forces throughout the world.  Please consider making a donation of your own to assist the only archdiocese that serves worldwide yet has no churches for collections – go to and click on the “Donate” button.

Over the past several months I have had numerous occasions to attend functions at the Irish Embassy here in Washington.  On one such occasion I had the opportunity to attend a welcoming reception for the newly arrived staff at the Embassy.  Six staff departed the post and only four have replaced them and will have to fill all of the previous staff responsibilities.  These are fine Irish men and woman who will spend at least the next four years here as diplomatic core.  I look forward to working with these professionals and assisting them in any way possible on behalf of the AOH as I can. Another occasion was joining members of the National Board and many AOH members from the DC Tri-State area to attend a reception hosted by Ambassador Collins and his lovely wife Marie in honor of OUR 175th Anniversary.  We have a wonderful working and personal relationship with Ambassador Collins and the Irish Government and it was a nice evening to reflect on our 175 year history and to anticipate the great works in the next 100 plus years ahead for the AOH.  During the reception we were honored to have Senator Leahy (D-VT) make a brief appearance to pay his respects to our Order.

The day after the Embassy reception, I joined Immigration Chair Dan Dennehy, Directors Jere Cole and Danny O’Connell, along with former National president Ed Wallace at the Capitol visitor’s center for a brief meeting with Senator Porter (R-OH) to request his support for some Irish immigration initiatives currently before the U.S. Congress.  We as an organization are forging long lasting relationships with members of Congress from both sides of the isle to help our cause and need to work with many organizations to negotiate and get our opinion known.

I had the pleasure of assisting with Mike McCormack our Historian and Tom Conway from New York at the National Council for the Social Studies conference which took place at the Washington, DC convention center.  For a short time, I helped Mike and Tom, these extremely dedicated members of our Order, with explaining what social study teachers should include Irish heritage and especially information about Commodore John Barry.  In the category of learning something new every day, a woman from southern Virginia told me of ancient Irish writing (Ogham) carved into a cliff in West Virginia dating back to the year 600 A.D. – over 1000 years before Columbus. And from an article written by Mike McCormack a few years ago (titled America’s First Christmas Cards) this believed it to be the world’s longest Ogham message and dated it between the 6th and 8th century.  This 3-line message, when deciphered, read, A happy season is Christmas, a time of joy and goodwill to all people.  The second line read; A virgin was with child; God ordained her to conceive and be fruitful.  Behold a miracle.  The third line read, She gave birth to a son in a cave.  The name of the cave was the Cave of Bethlehem.  His foster father gave him the name Jesus, the Christ, Alpha and Omega.  Festive season of prayer.



We Remember the Heroes

This famous photo of John Pesce, left, helping a burned man to get away from the carnage on the streets of downtown Manhattan on September 11, 2001, with the assistance of a Port Authority officer, right., has been seen around the world. Our brother John was then a senior detective in the NYPD Detective Bureau’s Manhattan Wanted Apprehension Team. John is now a retired Detective-Investigator, and is our AOH South Florida State Organizer. John is disabled as a result of injuries he sustained that awful day. We salute our fellow Hibernian and all the first responders who acted so unselfishly and with such a sense of duty.


Calendars Available on October 22nd

The Hibernian calendars for 2012 will be at the State Board meeting on October 22,2011. Please keep track of the distribution of these calendars. All unsold calendars should be returned by Dec. 15th. Unsold calendars not returned are the responsibility of the recipient and payment is due on the 15th of Dec.

If the winning number is part of this group a check will be mailed to the person,county, or division providing these numbers are paid for.

Thank You

John Hennessy

Calendar Chr.

New York News

Leitch Wins 2010 New York State AOH Scholarship

Pictured at the check presentation ceremony (L-R) St. Patrick's Division 2 President James Dawes, Alex, and his father Brian Leitch.

The Scholarship Committee of The NYS Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians recently announced Alexander J. Leitch of St. Patrick’s Division #2, located in Babylon, in Suffolk Co., NY as the individual winner of the 2010 scholarship contest. This competition is conducted throughout the entire state annaully with a cash prize of $2000 , based on maintained merit over a four year period. Alex graduated in the top ten from Babylon Jr/Sr High School in their AP Honors program, and was a member of the AOH Jr. Boys at Division 2, he is the son of Bro. Brian H. Leitch and his mother Gwynn.  Leitch started his climb to the State Award by also winning the Division 2, Maurice R. Quinlan Memorial Scholarship for 2010. This Scholarship carries with it a $3000 award, over four years. Alex is currently attending Hofstra University, where he was given the Presidential Award and is participating in their Honors College For Music Education, a field he plans to pursue.

Stafford Named Glen Cove Grand Marshal

Andrew Stafford at the 2009 Parade

The Glen Cove St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee – the only Hibernian run St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Nassau County – named Andrew Stafford the Grand Marshal in its 23rd annual march to take place March 20, 2011. Stafford, 48, immigrated to the United States with his wife Pauline back in 1988 and settled into the North Shore of Long Island. As someone dedicated to Irish culture, he joined the AOH in 1996, receiving his Major Degree the following year. During his tenure in the Order, Andrew served as Division 8’s Marshal, Vice President – a position he held three times – and President.  And ever since he joined the Order, he served on the Parade Committee, acting as Treasurer early on and then holding a 10 year tenure as Chairman from 2001-2010. Due to his dedication to the AOH and also the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Committee unanimously named his Grand Marshal of the 2011 Parade. He lives with his wife Pauline and daughters Aisling and Caoimhe in Locust Valley, NY.  Stafford will be aided by AOH New York State Secretary Jim Burke and LAOH New York State Secretary Carol McTigue.

Division 16 Makes Annual Donation

: Pictured (L – R) Veronica Yates – President Ladies AOH, William McCormack – President AOH, Grace Murphy – past President LAOH, Michelle Quirello – President Hospice Care, Ed Reilly – Treasurer AOH, Dan Hickey – Financial Secretary AOH, James McHugh Fund Drive Co Chair AOH, Kevin Galvin – Recording Secretary AOH, Margaret McHugh – LAOH, Ann Cullinane – LAOH

On November 30, 2010 the AOH Division 16 and Ladies AOH Division 16 donated $5,239.00 to Hospice Care of Westchester/ Putnam Counties. The presentation was made at the annual “Tree of Life “ceremony held at the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco, NY. Hospice Care, (Visiting Nurse Association) a non-profit home health care agency provides home health services to patients with advanced illnesses.

On December 18, 2010 the AOH donated $5,239.00 to Rosary Hill Cancer Center located in Hawthorne, NY. Rosary Hill Home is run by the Dominican Sisters and provides hospice care for incurable cancer patients who are unable to afford care for themselves.

Since 1992 the AOH has donated $179,453.00 to Hospice Care of Westchester/Putnam and Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne, NY and other organizations.  The fund raising drive was administered by Chairwoman Grace Murphy and Co-Chairman James McHugh. The Division is grateful to the following parishes for their help- St. Patrick’s-Armonk, St. Elizabeth Seton-Shrub Oak, St. Mary’s-Katonah, St. John’s-Chappaqua, St. Mathias-Bedford, St. Patrick’s-Yorktown, St. Patrick’s-Bedford, St. Francis of Assisi-Mount Kisco, and St. Lawrence O’Toole-Brewster

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 16 was formed on September 13, 1891 consisting of men of Irish descent and practicing Roman Catholics living in the northern Westchester County area. The Division has a long and distinguished history of supporting different community groups in the area as well as hosting northern Westchester’s annual Mount Kisco St. Patrick’s Day parade since 1991.  The Division is pleased to announce that our St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held on Saturday March 12, 2010 in Mount Kisco. For further information or an application please write to the above address, email President William McCormack at, or visit our website at

John King Named Nassau County’s Aide to the Grand Marshal of 2010 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

John and Geraldine King with Grand Marshal Mary Higgins Clark

Nassau County AOH and LAOH are proud to present John King as their 2011 Aide to the Grand Marshal for the 250th St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

John joined AOH Division 7 in 1990.  He has served as President of that division and is currently Financial Secretary.  John also serves on the Nassau County Board as Political Education Chair and sends emails daily to all the divisions.  John attends all meetings, parades, marches, and pro-life rallies in the NY area, Albany, and Washington DC.  John is a active member of the Nassau County AOH Feis Committee raising funds for the commemorative journal.

John and his wife Geraldine for 34 years have three married sons, John, Jack, and Joseph.  They have one granddaughter, Keira.  He considers it a great honor to be selected as an Aide to the Grand Marshal, Mary Higgins Clark.

Niagara County Division 1 past Division president Bill Paterson and Scholarship chairman Jim Andrews presenting a check to Samantha Martineau of Niagara Catholic High school for her first year scholarship. Division 1 sponsors four students each year, one in each High school grade.

Niagara County Division 1 President Michael McNerney presenting a check to Sisters Beth and Barbara of the local Heart and Soul. The food pantry serves meals daily for those in need. Division One supports the Heart and Soul both financially and by serving.

Members of Division 15 in Massapequa, NY enjoyed their annual Christmas Dinner Dance and Annual Installation on December 12th. Pictured (L – R) Thomas Rooney, Mike Greene, Ken Ferguson, Division 15 President Padraic Nugent, Frank Ryan, Jim Wall, John Hennessey, Mike Byrne, Joe Campbell, Jim Burke, Tom Kinnally

The men and Ladies of the East Durham, NY, Mass Rock Divisions 2 and 32 respectively, installed their new officers on December 5. Tim O’Sullivan was re-elected AOH President and Patricia Steinhauer took the reins for the LAOH. The Divisions were installed by Kevin Cummings and Maryann O’Sullivan. The divisions host the annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock in East Durham.

Watervliet AOH Supports Senior Center

Pictured (L – R) Jeff Collett (Division President), Barbara Collett, Bruce Hidley, John McAvoy, John McAvoy Jr., Theresa Ashline (Exec. Director of Senior Center), Scott Gardner and Sister Jane.

Receiving word that the Watervliet Senior Citizen Center’s annual Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t going to happen this year due to lack of funds, the Watervliet AOH Division responded.  The William F. Fennelly AOH Division in Watervliet, New York, presented a $1500 check to the Watervliet Senior Center to fund the annual event.

Jeff Collett, Division President, and the Division officers recognized how important the event is to the men and women of the Senior Citizen Center, especially since many of the members do not have families or somewhere else to go to have Thanksgiving dinner.

“We felt it was very important that the residents of the Senior Center, members of our community, including some Brother and Sister Hibernians, continue to have this very special tradition of celebrating dinner with each other,” said President Collett.

Many Division officers and members proudly represented the Division when the check was presented to the Senior Center.  Representatives from the Senior Center reported the seniors are extremely grateful to have the support of the Hibernians in keeping the Center’s wonderful tradition and event going.

AOH Old Newsboys

Rich Walsh and AOH Syracuse Division President Dave Lynch kicking off the "AOH Old Newsboys Christmas Toy Fundraiser"

Over 40 volunteers from the Syracuse Commodore John Barry Division’s “AOH Old Newsboys” team hawked special editions of the Syracuse Post Standard on December 10th & 11th raising $15,400 for the Syracuse Christmas Toy Fund. The “Old Newsboys” Newspaper sale is a 78 year old Syracuse tradition sponsored by the Syracuse Post-Standard that originated in the Depression to buy coal to help heat the homes of the poor. All of the proceeds raised now go to the Syracuse Christmas Bureau (a joint venture of the United Way & Salvation Army) to buy food, toys and clothing for needy families at Christmas. This year on December 22, 2010 saw 2,700 families and kids pick up food, clothing and toys at the downtown OnCenter to make their Christmas a bit brighter.

Eight AOH father & son pairings were noted as well as one grandfather –grandson team selling the newspapers in 30 degree weather.  The Syracuse AOH team led by “Captain” Rich Walsh set a record for the 8th year in a row as the top money raiser of the 25 teams participating. 2010 was the Syracuse AOH’s 41st year participating in the Syracuse communities Old Newsboys Newspaper Sale Fundraiser.


The Digest Goes Digital

Online Editor Joe McDonald

After months of preparation, the Hibernian Digest has entered the digital age.  The new Digital Digest will be linked through our national website and will include an ever expanding archive of articles from past print editions.  In addition to the print articles, the site has been designed to offer expanded space for more content not currently able to make it into the printed edition mailed to all members.  The Digital Digest will also include a large expansion of pictures associated with articles submitted by members.  Keith Carney, editor of the Digest commented, We have numerous pictures submitted by members that only make it to the cutting room floor because of limited space.  But pictures tell great stories of the life and times of our Order and it the Digital edition now provides us with the perfect mechanism to bring them to the membership through the Internet.

Carney named New York brother Joe McDonald as the new online editor.  Joe joined the AOH back in 2007 and has vast experience in website creation and management.  He is currently the Vice President of the Mike Moran Division 8 in Glen Cove, NY and the Webmaster of Nassau County. Joe also serves on the Nassau County Hibernian Feis committee, designing and running the festival’s website.  Joe, 40, comes to the Hibernian Digest with seven years of experience in the sports media. He currently serves as Assistant Editor of Mets Inside Pitch Magazine, Assistant Online Editor of Baseball Digest, and publishes his own sports website, covering the New York Mets, New York Rangers, and the US Tennis Open himself. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and also the United States Tennis Writers Association.  In 2006, Joe opened up his own web design firm Damocles Designs, where he specializes in site design and search engine optimization. With all the changes to the media over the past seven years, I am very happy to help bring the Hibernian Digest online, McDonald said. I hope this website will help spread the motto of ‘Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity’ to a greater audience. Joe currently lives in West Hempstead, NY with his wife Liz and 20 month-old daughter Jamie Ann. He also has a six year-old son Joseph Patrick.

The digital Digest will include electronic advertising controlled by the national board and it is hoped that it will be able to begin generating revenue in the next few months once the site gains some popularity.  The site will also include a comprehensive archive of previously printed Digests in the popular Adobe Acrobat .pdf format.