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.


John Manning Honored at Great Irish Fair of New York


AOH NY State President Tim McSweeney with John Manning and President of the Irish American Building Society Marty Cunningham

AOH New York State Treasurer John Manning received the “Celtic Cross Award” at The 35th Annual Great Irish Fair of New York, which was held at Coney Island this past weekend.  The Great Irish Fair was founded by The AOH of Kings County and is now run under the direction of the Irish American Building Society.

The Society website stated that John Manning was presented the award because he is a “Person who exemplifies devotion to faith and the Irish expression of that faith here in New York City in the 21st century.”

To view John Manning’s bio on the honorees list, please visit this link:




John Manning addressing The Awards Committee at the Great Irish Fair of New York.



John Manning with other Irish Community Leaders & Honorees at The 35th Annual Great Irish Fair of New York



Manning Leads NAS Pipe Band in Rose of Tralee Parade


John Manning (right) with Drum & Pipe Majors of the NAS Pipe Band at Rose of Tralee Parade

AOH New York State Treasurer John Manning was in Ireland this weekend to participate in the Annual Rose of Tralee Festival Parade. John was invited by the National Ambulance Service of Ireland **Pipes & Drums to serve as an Honorary Drum Major and he proudly led them in the parade!

John is an FDNY Emergency Medical Technician and works as a Public Events Coordinator with the FDNY Commissioner’s Office. John was also a founding member of the New York City Emergency Medical Service Pipes & Drums Band.


New York Rose for 2016 Kristin Stack with John Manning in Tralee, Ireland

Congratulations John on receiving this tremendous honor! You always make the FDNY and the AOH very proud!!!


**(Web Publishers Note/Correction:  This story originally reported that the Pipe & Drum Band was from the Dublin Fire Brigade, we apologize for the error.)

Division #21 Rockaway Beach-Breezy Point Rocks the House in Queens

Rockaway Irish Festival Raises Over

$15,000 for Catholic Charities


Shilelagh Law take the stage at the 4th Annual Rockaway Irish Festival.

AOH Division #21 in Rockaway/Breezy Point sponsored the 4th Annual Rockaway Irish Festival this past weekend. The 2 day event featured live music and cultural displays and exhibits.


Mark Edwards, NYS President Timothy McSweeney, and Queens County President John Manning address the crowd.

Initially organized in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the festival has grown to become one of the premiere Irish Festivals in New York State.


Capacity crowds at The Rockaway Irish Festival

Organizers have stated that initial figures amount to over $15,000 was raised to benefit local Catholic Charities.


John Manning, Tim McSweeney, Mark Edwards with Denny McCarthy of Shilelagh Law

Congratulations to all the members of Division #21 who worked tirelessly to make The Rockaway Irish festival a smashing success!


Organizing members of AOH Division #21 Rockaway/Breezy Point can be proud of their accomplishment!