Hudson Valley Irish Fest

On Saturday, September 22, 2012, from 11am to 7pm on the majestic banks of the Hudson River at Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park, the Fourth Annual Hudson Valley Irish Fest will celebrate the positive values of the rich Irish American culture and heritage alive in the Hudson Valley today.

Previous events were a tremendous success and enjoyed by over 6000 people. This year we have great bands, more vendors and fun for the whole family!

Performances by several top Irish recording artists and bands including Black 47, Jameson’s Revenge, and the Druids, special surprise artists and featuring Tim Murphy performing the stirring “Firefighter’s Creed.” Our area’s finest Irish step-dancers and massed pipe bands will again entertain people of all ages. Our excellent vendors and exhibitors will provide culinary specialties, Irish literature, media and cultural crafts for all to experience and enjoy. Our children’s area boasts pony rides, face painting, crafts and more for the wee lads and lasses.

Two years ago, our primary goal was realized with the opening of the Hudson Valley Irish Center at the Red School House in Verplanck. Our home helps us to preserve the Irish American culture, music, theatre, history and heritage that abound in the lower Hudson Valley. Proceeds from the Hudson Valley Irish Fest, a not for profit charitable organization, support the Hudson Valley Irish Center as well as establishment of Irish heritage, literary and media sections in our local libraries.

The Hudson Valley Irish Fest Inc. is cosponsored by the Division 18, Peekskill Ancient Order of Hibernians & Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and is a member of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce.

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

Leadership Seminar

Pictured (L-R) Tom Beirne, Dan Dennehy, Matt Nelligan, Brian Kelly, Aidan O'Kelly-Lynch

An AOH Leadership Seminar was held Saturday, November 13 at the new Hibernian Hall at the Hudson Valley Irish Center in Verplanck, NY.  A panel including Matt Nelligan, 2012 National Convention Chairman and Past NYS President, Tom Beirne, NY County President, Brian Kelly, Westchester County, and Dan Dennehy, National Immigration Chairman. Over fifty Hibernians from New Jersey, Connecticut and Ohio, as well as members from across NY State joined the members from the Metropolitan area in participating in this remarkable forum. Brendan Moore, National Vice President, along with National Directors Jere Cole & Danny O’Connell, Sean Pender, National FFAI, Joe McDonald, Digital Hibernian Digest and Ed Rice, NY State Organizer provided their observations and expertise to the forum. New acquaintances were made and information shared to benefit the good of the Order.

Brendan Moore congratulated Brothers Dan Dennehy, Matt Nelligan, Tom Beirne, and Brian Kelly for their efforts in structuring and presenting this seminar. “They achieved and surpassed all of their objectives. Their Leadership Seminar should be further developed and repeated throughout the AOH.”

The seminar focused on the following topics:

  • AOH Officer & Member
  • Roles, responsibilities & duties
  • AOH Halls
  • Meetings and Ceremonies
  • Layout and Decorum
  • Our Constitution & Bylaws
  • Robert’s Rules of Order:
  • For the Good of Our Order
  • Recruitment & Retention
  • Brothers for Life

Matt Nelligan thanked Brother Dennehy for putting the seminar together stating, “In order to make sure that our Order continues to grow and thrive we need to constantly prepare our members for leadership roles. This Seminar provided a format for Local, State and National Officers in our organization to educate our future leaders on the rules, regulations and protocols that they need to be familiar with.”

“The goal of the seminar was to familiarize newer Hibernians with our leadership and organization, to provide a better understanding of our Order and to encourage recruitment and retention by sharing successful efforts and methods.” stated Dan Dennehy.  He added “I believe that the seminar achieved greater than anticipated success, highlighted aspects of our Order that further focused on and that the social aspect of the day definitely benefited all those in attendance.”

Food and refreshment were provided by President Aidan O’Kelly Lynch, Div 18 and the officers and members of the host Division – Westchester County Division 18, Peekskill. Visiting Hibernians admired the hall, which boasted relics from the Division including a poster from an 1898 boat ride sponsored by the local AOH. Those early Hibernians, many of whom were Irish immigrants, built the building and inscribed their names in the bricks outside on July 4, 1876.

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