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

State Officers Meet With Consul General of Ireland

On Wednesday, May 9th, President Vic Vogel, Vice President Tom Lambert,  Secretary John Manning and Treasurer Tom O’Donnell met with Consul General of Ireland Ciaran Madden in Manhattan.   This was a very productive meeting and will hopefully lead to a great working relationship going forward.

Charter Presented to Thomas Addis Emmet Division 17 of Westchester County

Dan Dennehy, AOH National Director and Westchester County AOH Organizer was on hand to present the “newly minted” official charter from the National Board Ancient Order of Hibernians to the officers and members of the Thomas Addis Emmet Division 17 of Westchester County

Assisting in the presentation on May 7, 2018 was NYS Director Aidan O’Kelly-Lynch and in whose presence, dozens of new division members were sworn into the Order.  In presenting the charter to President James McGlashin (above center), Brother Dennehy commented on how pleased he was to be in the company of such “fine, young Hibernians!”

Brother Dennehy extended congratulations to President James McGlashin and his officers and in particular to Division 17 Treasurer Clive Anderson, owner and president of Pelham Funeral Home who opens his company’s doors to give the divison a meeting space. Congratulations were also offered to Westchester County President Brian Hugh Duffy, National Organizer Tim McSweeney, NYS Organizer Kevin Cummings, NYS Treasurer John Manning and to all those who played a role in brining the new division to fruition.

Photos courtesy of Dan Dennehy

State Honors the Order and Ireland’s 1918 Freedom Mandate

Hibernians from Suffolk to Buffalo, led by State Presidents Victor Vogel and Jacqueline Clute, were applauded in the New York State Senate and Assembly chambers and won State Legislative Resolutions honoring “Ireland’s 1918 Freedom Mandate”. The AOH and LAOH picked April 24th,the calendar day of the 1916 Rising, to honor the historic election where Ireland stunned Britain by voting  for the Easter Rising and a free Irish parliament or Dail Eireann. The ceremonies in both state houses preceded a celebration at the Albany AOH Hall, where Senator Boyle presented a framed copy of the State Senate Resolution to the State Presidents. Click to view the event photo album.

Gathering of State, County, Division officers on the steps of the New York State Capitol in Albany

SENATE

Senator Boyle opened the state Senate session with the “Irish Freedom Mandate 1918” topping the agenda. The bill, already passed in both the Senate and Assembly, recounted the history of the 1918 Freedom Mandate, then went on to commend the AOH-LAOH for making sure this key chapter in Irish history was properly remembered in New York State.

Despite a last minute schedule change and early morning session, a strong AOH-LAOH delegation attended, led by both State Presidents, National Secretary Karen Keane, State Secretary John Manning, Hibernian Digest Editor John O’Connell, State Treasurer Regina Begley, Past Presidents Jim Burke, Tim McSweeney, Chip McLean,and FFAI Chairs Dolores Desch and Martin Galvin among other state and county officers.

Senator Boyle spoke of the import of the resolution and his pride in being a member of the AOH. Senator Martin Golden, then stood to speak about his own pride in Irish heritage, his wish for the reunification of Ireland and the major part in Irish history played by the “exiled children in America.” Senator Klein then talked about the Irish desire for freedom and hardships the Irish overcame, in common with the experiences of so many American immigrants to America. (Read a copy of the Resolution).

The Senators stood and applauded the AOH and LAOH for raising this important issue. The Senate then suspended and permitted the AOH-LAOH to come forward for photographs.

(l-r) LAOH FFAI Chair Delores Desch, Senator Philip A. Boyle, NYAOH President Vic Vogel, LAOH President Jacqueline Clute, Martin Galvin, NYAOH FFAI Chair, and Senator Martin J. Golden

ASSEMBLY

Nearly 100 AOH-LAOH members packed the gallery for the Assembly session that afternoon. State VP Tom Lambert, National Directors Dan Dennehy and Liam McNabb, LAOH State officers Joann Gunderson and Cathie Doherty among many others joined as Speaker Carl Heastie welcomed the delegation. Bronx County President Bob Nolan was designated by his cousin Assemblywoman Nolan to sit alongside her as a special representative for the AOH-LAOH.

Assembly Sponsor Cusick spoke about how the legislature honored the 100th anniversary of 1916, and should not forget that in 1918, Ireland voted popular support for the freedom proclaimed in 1916 and to have a free Irish parliament. Assemblywoman Nolan followed also spoke about the resolution.

State county and division officers are joined on the floor by NYS Senators and Members of the Assembly

EVENT

Hibernians then went to the Albany AOH Hall for a celebration co-hosted by AOH Division 5 led by Ciaran Geraghty and John Levendosky and LAOH Division 1 led by Dolores Desch and Cathy Davis.

The formal presentation of the State Resolution by Senator Phil Boyle to State Presidents Jacqueline Clute and Victor Vogel

The highlight of this event was the formal presentation of a framed copy of the State Resolution by Senator Boyle to State Presidents Victor Vogel and Jacqueline Clute. State President Vogel noted that Senator Boyle was a member of the AOH and thanked him and all the Senators and Assembly members who voted for these important Irish resolutions and all the AOH-LAOH members who lobbied for their support.

An Aide to State Comptroller DiNapoli spoke about the Comptroller’s backing on the MacBride Principles and recently the McGuinness Principles.

National Director Liam McNabb praised the united effort from around the state which had gotten the votes to pass these Resolutions.

New York State AOH Freedom For All Ireland Chair Martin Galvin noted:

“The 1916 Rising and Proclamation were the beginning of freedom for 26 of Ireland’s 32 counties. This year we mark the centenary of the 1918 all-Ireland election where by electing 73 Sinn Fein candidates out of 105 pledged to a free Irish Parliament rather than a British parliament, the Irish shocked Britain and voted popular support for the Rising and freedom. Sadly we must remember that Britain’s response was to jail many of those elected, outlaw the Irish parliament and today  six counties are still denied freedom for all Ireland.

LAOH FFAI Chair Dolores Desch then concluded by speaking about the 1918 Irish election, where women were allowed to vote and Sinn Fein campaigned on a platform of national freedom as proclaimed in 1916. She called for support for initiatives such as the McGuinness Principles to finally see that freedom for all of Ireland.

Photos and photo album courtesy of John O’Connell of oconnellphotos.com

Hibernians Attend Friends of Sinn Féin Event

Several Brother Hibernians from throughout NYS attended an event on March 16, 2018 at the Times Square Sheraton. The event was an opportunity for Friends of Sinn Féin USA to introduce party leadership to the Irish American community. In attendance was current party head, Leader Mary Lou McDonald, TD.  and joining her was former Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams, TD, who led the political party from 1983 until 2018.

(L-R) NY County Secretary Jamie Hamilton, Past NY County President Thomas Beirne, Gerry Adams, John Manning, NYS AOH Secretary, and NY County Division 9 President, Dennis McCarthy.

According to the group’s Facebook posting, Ms. McDonald outlined a vision and pathway to achieve a new and united Ireland. She invited those who support Irish Unity to continue to work, to lobby and to campaign for unity and made clear Brexit cannot be allowed to impose a hard border across Ireland.

Friends of Sinn Féin USA is an organization that provides an effective and efficient way for people in America to help Sinn Féin consolidate the peace process and achieve our aim of an independent, united Ireland. Friends of Sinn Féin USA organizes fundraising events and conferences, provides speakers to meetings, colleges and conventions and distributes information on the current political situation in Ireland.

New Division Forms in Breezy Point Queens

On February 22, 2018, New York State’s newest AOH division, The Lieutenant Kevin C. Dowdell, AOH Division 4, Breezy Point held its formation meeting at the Catholic Club in Breezy Point, Queens. The division’s namesake is Lieutenant Kevin C. Dowdell, of FDNY Rescue 4, a hero who lost his life in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Lieutenant Dowdell’s two sons, Patrick and James are charter members of the division and were elected Vice President and Financial Secretary. The brothers (pictured below) were introduced by Tim McSweeney, National Organizer and were invited to announce the division’s name and speak on behalf of their father.

(l-r) AOH National Organizer Tim McSweeney introduces Patrick and James Dowdell

Click to view the full photo album

The evening events included the conferral of the Shamrock Degree on more than 20 new members of the Order. Assisting in the ritual were National Organizer Tim McSweeney, National Directors Liam McNabb and Dan Dennehy, National Deputy Organizer Keith Reynolds, State Organizer Kevin Cummings, and State District 5 Director Martin Crimmins.

The Lt. Kevin C. Dowdell, Queens County Div. 4 members taking the oath of the Order

The evening concluded with the nominations, elections and the installation of the new division’s board of officers with State Secretary John Manning serving as the new division’s president.  Walter Cooper, Queens County President (pictured below)  presided over the installation ceremony.

Walter Cooper, Queens County AOH President installs the newly elected division officers

 

State Secretary John Manning (center) installed as President of The Lt. Kevin C. Dowdell, Queens County Division 4

 

Installation of The Lt. Kevin C. Dowdell, Queens County Div. 4 Officers

 

Newly installed board of officers for The Lieutenant Kevin C. Dowdell, AOH Division 4, Breezy Point

 

Officers and members of the new Lt. Kevin C. Dowdell, Queens County Division 4 gather for the first photo of the newly formed division.

Mark Thompson Speaks on Behalf of Relatives for Justice

January 10-15th, 2018 – Mark Thompson ended a near week long emergency American tour which generated a new Congressional initiative, five public events and formal proclamations of support by the New York State Senate, Assembly and local governments. Sponsored by the New York State Board Ancient Order of Hibernians, the tour brought together other Irish American organizations, and commitments to help Relatives for Justice (RFJ) and the victims they represent break the deadlock on legacy truth. View some of week’s event photo album.

Thompson is a founding member and CEO of RFJ who fulfills the group’s mission in providing a proactive and holistic approach to support families affected by conflict and human rights violations. His continuing work provides effective support for redressing human rights abuses and providing a wide range of services and support for those affected in Ireland.

Fall AOH/LAOH Meetings Concluded

The Fall State Board  Semi-annual Meeting took place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Hibernian House in Pearl River  — home of Rockland County Division 3.  The meeting was well attended with a standing room only crowd.

(View a photo album of the day’s event courtesy of John O’Connell)

Reports from the Executive Board Members and District Directors were delivered along with reports on Right to Life, Buy Irish, Website and Social Media, Publicity, Empire Hibernian Newsletter, Special Projects, Freedom for All Ireland, Charity and Missions, Veteran’s Affairs,  NYS Scholarship, Sports, Catholic Action, Historian and the Organizer’s report. NY National Directors Liam McNabb and Dan Dennehy also spoke about Political Education and Immigration.

AOH members in attendance from across the state heard state officer and committee chair reports on activities since the last board meeting. Reports on upcoming events included a fundraiser on November 12th for the Restoration of the Emmet Graves Project being carried out by the newly formed Westchester County Division 17. Additional upcoming events include the Peekskill Division 18’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Dance on Saturday, November 18, 2017 and the Bronx County AOH Annual Dinner Dance to be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Rory Dolan’s where NYAOH President Vic Vogel will be among the honorees.

National officers like Tim McSweeney, Brendan Moore and John O’Connell and gave a short update on the recruiting initiatives of the new Marketing, Promotion and Advertising Committee.  Programs like the ‘Why I’m a Hibernian’ effort were explained. The many project help recruit new members and retain existing members. All NYS members are asked to participate by submitting a short paragraph or two explaining why they chose to become a Hibernian and to expand on the benefits of being a Hibernian. They intend to use the best responses in various social media campaigns, on the national and state websites, and in other media. They are also encouraging Hibernians to make brief, informal videos that will enable brothers to tell potential membership candidates “in person” why they are Hibernians and why other Irish-American Catholics should join, and how.

NYS AOH Installs New Officers At Convention

The Ancient Order of Hibernians of New York elected Victor Vogel as its new State President at its 99th Biennial Convention which was held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel and Convention Center in Buffalo, New York. The convention which ran from July 12 through July 15 was attended by more than 500 delegates from all regions of New York State. The AOH currently has over 16,000 members in New York State.

(l-r) New York State Officers:  Treasurer Thomas O’Donnell, President Victor Vogel, Vice President Thomas Lambert and Secretary John Manning.

President Vogel, who will serve a 2 year term, is a Life Member of the AOH and hails from Islip, NY. He was first elected to the State Board as a District 6 Director in 2009. 

President Vogel succeeds outgoing New York State President Tim McSweeney, who was congratulated for having a very successful term of office. Past President McSweeney continues to serve as a National AOH Board Organizer.

Tom Lambert of Buffalo was selected as New York State Vice President, John Manning of Queens was chosen as New York State Secretary, and Thomas O’Donnell of Niagara Falls was elected New York State Treasurer.

Pictured above are some of the District Directors who joined the executive board officers following their installation, which was held at the conclusion of the Closing Mass in Buffalo’s St. Joseph’s Cathedral.

 

The eight District Directors who were also selected by the delegates, will oversee the day to day operations of the Order in their respective regions. For a full list of New York State AOH officials, please visit the officer’s page on this site.

NY Hibernians March for Life

The Annual National March for Life took place on Friday, January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC.  AOH State officers and members of the AOH and LAOH marched along with thousands more to show the Order’s support for the Unborn.

NYS AOH Board members (l-r) John Manning, NYS Treasurer; Timothy McSweeney, NYS President; Thomas Beirne, NYS District 4 Director and Keith Reynolds, NYS Organizer

 

Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) televising some of the many NYS AOH and LAOH members, including NYAOH State Chaplain Father Henry Reid who joined thousands of other marchers in Washington for the Annual Right to Life March.

 

The National AOH Board was well represented: (l-r) Dennis Parks, National AOH Director; Daniel O’Connell, National AOH Vice President; Timothy McSweeney, National AOH Organizer/NYS AOH President; and John Patrick Walsh, National AOH Pro-Life Chairman

 

Additional televised coverage of the NY AOH and LAOH contingent.