Saffron United Pipe Band Honors Medical Heroes

The Saffron United Pipe Band (SUPB) from Suffolk County’s Division 2 in Babylon had the honor of playing for the heroic doctors and nurses at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.  The band, led by Pipe Major John Henderson, is based in Babylon and was originally formed in 1962 by a small group of bagpipe music enthusiasts from around the area and within the Babylon AOH. SUPB grew to being a competition worthy band and nearing it’s 60th anniversary, it is one of the oldest pipe bands in the Tri-State area.  View/download a video of the band’s hospital performance.

Information, photo and video provided by Jerry Belmont.

Fr. Henry Reid Receives National Life Membership

Father Henry Reid, NY State Chaplain for the Ancient Order of Hibernians has been awarded National Life Membership. Father Reid received his Life Member medallion at the Suffolk County AOH Board meeting held on October 17, 2018 at Division 9’s John Hennessy Hall in Mt. Sinai, NY. 

In attendance was NY AOH State President and National Life Member Vic Vogel, National Life Member Walter Butler, NYS AOH Secretary John Manning, Suffolk County AOH President Jerry Belmont, along with other NYS Board officers, Suffolk County Board and division officers and members.

Father Reid was ordained in 2006 at the age of 37 for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y. He is currently the Pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Patchogue, NY. Congratulations Father Reid!

Photo provided by Jeff Nisler

Suffolk County Board Honored By Tyrone AOH

At the Suffolk County Board meeting on July 18, 2018, Martin Galvin, NY State Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Chairman, delivered certificates which read: “From Tyrone A.O.H. to Suffolk County, NY in appreciation of Thomas J. Clarke – Kathleen Daly Clarke Monument, Manorville, NY”. The certificates were signed by Tyrone County President Gerry McGeough and were entrusted to Martin Galvin on a recent FFAI trip.

Presenting the certificate: (above, left to right) Rich Cremins (Thomas J. Clarke Division 8 Past President, Thomas J Clarke Memorial co-chair), Victor J Vogel (NY State President), Martin Galvin (NY State FFAI Chairman), Jerry Belmont (Suffolk County President), and Jeff Nisler (Suffolk County FFAI Chair, Thomas J Clarke Memorial co-chair).

Above Suffolk County Brothers in attendance at the county board meeting gather for a group photo in recognition of their receiving the certificates from the Tyrone AOH Board. The featured photo (below) shows Clarke Monument being Blessed by Fr. Mickey Bancroft in 2016.

Story and photos provided by Jeff Nisler, Suffolk County FFAI Chair, Thomas J Clarke Memorial co-chair and AOH National Webmaster.