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!

State Officers Participate in the March for Life in Washington


Members of The AOH New York State Board on Constitution Avenue Marching in the March for Life in Washington D.C.


Members of the AOH New York State Board were not about to let something as trivial as a major blizzard stop them from taking part in the largest Pro-Life event in the world as they participated in the National March for Life in Washington D.C. on Friday.



The Annual March takes place every January 22nd, which is the Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Roe v. Wade Case. The march has attracted over 800,000 participants in recent years, although this year weather conditions were expected to reduce the number taking part.


AOH District of Columbia State President John Walsh with New York State President Timothy McSweeney

The NY Hibernian group consisted of NYS Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid, NYS President Timothy McSweeney, NYS Treasurer John Manning, NYS District Director Tom Beirne, and NYS Organizer Keith Reynolds.



Members attended a breakfast hosted by the AOH District of Columbia State Board before the March for Life.

The day began with a mass and breakfast that was hosted by The AOH Washington D.C. State Board, where they were joined by fellow Hibernians from around the country who had also travelled to Washington for the event. The day’s events began with a rally at the Washington Monument followed by a march to the U.S. Supreme Court building.



Cold temperatures and a blizzard warning could not stop the Hibernians from New York!

The Ancient Order of Hibernians is honored to stand with those who advocate for the sanctity of all human life! To find out more about the National March for Life, please visit their website at:


Hibernians March for Life in Syracuse

Hibernians March for Life in Syracuse


The members of The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Commodore John Barry Division #2 took part in a Pro-Life Rally and March which was held in downtown Syracuse this past weekend.   The Syracuse members were joined by AOH New York State Treasurer John Manning, who had traveled all the way from Queens to be at the event.  The march and rally was organized by the Syracuse Right to Life Association.


Well over 100 people took part in a 30 minute procession which began at 12 noon and ended in Columbus Circle in Downtown Syracuse. Once there, the participants heard speeches from several speakers.

After the march there was a presentation by representatives from Fertility Care Choices, a local grassroots nonprofit that is dedicated to promoting the dignity of women by offering compassionate alternatives to those who are in need of assistance with their pregnancies. The group announced a bold move to purchase a house next door to the local Planned Parenthood facility that will enable them to accomplish this literally lifesaving mission. They are in the midst of raising funds for this project.

Donations may be mailed to Fertility Care Choices – Project Dignity, P.O. Box 332, Marietta, NY 13310. On line donations can be made at


The event in Syracuse is a lead up to the National March for Life which will take place in Washington D.C. on Friday, January 22nd, where over 800,000 people are expected to take part. The Washington march is the largest Pro-Life event in the world.

For information on The National March for Life, visit their website at:


Yonkers AOH/LAOH Divisions Install Officers for 2016

Yonkers Men’s & Ladies Hibernians Install Division Officers for 2016

20151205_155031-1New York State Treasurer John Manning (center) with the Officers of The Myles Scully Division #1 of Yonkers.

The Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Myles Scully – Division #1 joined together with members of The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Our Lady of Knock – Division #19 to hold an installation ceremony for their Division Officers this past weekend at The Fairways at Dunwoodie Golf Course in Yonkers. This year marked the very first time that the two organizations combined their ceremonies into one.

2015 Marked the first time the Yonkers Men’s and Ladies Divisions held their Installation Ceremonies together.

The Hibernians welcomed LAOH Westchester County President Alice Koraca Geisler who administered to the oath of office to the members of Division #19. The members of Division #1 welcomed AOH New York State Treasurer John Manning and AOH Westchester County President Aidan O’Kelly Lynch, who administered the men’s part of the oath ceremony.


Members of LAOH Division #19 of Yonkers prepare to be take the oath of office.

The Officer Installation Ceremony is one of only two rituals of The Ancient Order of Hibernians that is open to the public, the other being the wake ritual for a deceased member.



LAOH Division #19 President Allison Burke and AOH Division #1 President Kevin Ellis

LAOH Division #19 President Allison Burke and AOH Division #1 President Kevin Ellis both returned for another term of office as a result of annual elections that are held every autumn.


John Manning with LAOH Westchester County President Alice Koraca Geisler

Congratulations and best wishes to all of our officers in Yonkers!

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.