Chaplain’s Message – Fr. Henry Reid

We have finished with another State Convention and now we settle in for the continuing work of the Order. I want to thank our past State President, Mike McNabb, for having me as State Chaplain for the last two years, and also thank our new State President, Jim Burke, for asking me to remain in this position.

While we were in Saratoga for the Convention, the By-Law committee worked on and put forth for vote a proposed change, which I had put forward, which was passed without objection. While everyone will be able to read the By-Law for themselves, hopefully in this edition of the E.S. Hibernian, I should mention one of the reasons why it was put forward. Back in February, it was brought to my attention that one of the colleges on Long Island, which had been founded by a religious order and which most people believe to be a Catholic institution, hosted Planned Parenthood on campus. This is symptomatic of the erosion of the Church’s teachings that have pervaded institutions that are supposed to be Catholic, especially colleges and universities. There is a reason why the Church established educational institutions, rather than relying solely on secular institutions. When Bishop John Hughes established Fordham University, he was clear on the reasons for doing so: “What was our object, dearly beloved brethren, in this undertaking? It was that the Catholic parents of this diocese and elsewhere, who could afford it, should have an opportunity of educating their sons with safety to their faith and morals, and yet so as to qualify them to take an honorable part in the more elevated walks of public and social life.” Universities which have their foundations in the Catholic Church are among the best in the world, but those that have sacrificed Catholic teachings, those that have separated themselves from Communion with the Church, should not benefit from our support.

The Catholic Church is under attack from many directions, from our traditional detractors who warp history and logic to suit their own agenda, bigots who unleash hatred, just as their ancestors of intolerance have done for centuries; as well as from more modern sources, who disguise their hatred of the Faith as intellectualism, satire or political correctness. Why would we support any persons or organization which seeks to undermine the principles that the AOH holds sacred?

At the Convention, the Pro-Life committee met and discussed the defeat of Governor Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Bill, which would have allowed for abortions through the third trimester. Had it passed, this would have legalized the murders of babies which Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted of in Philadelphia; it is necessary to be aware of, and oppose, legislation that would expand abortions in the state. After discussing what else could be done to educate our own members and the general public on Right to Life issues, it was decided to order models of 10-12 week fetuses, which have been ordered and will be made available to all State Divisions through our new Pro-Life Chair, Brian Clancy.

At this time, I would like to ask everyone to remember our brother John Hennessy in your prayers, as our former State President and Calendar Chairman had a stroke, and has passed to his eternal reward. Please remember him and his wife Margaret in your prayers.

I hope everyone enjoys the last days of summer, wrapping up feis and festivals, and I look forward to seeing many of you in Monroe on November 2nd.

In Christ and our motto,

Fr. Henry W. Reid

New York State LAOH & AOH President’s Testimonial Dinner Honoring Denise Sobus & Michael J. McNabb

On November 3, 2012 the John F. Kennedy LAOH Division #2 and John F. Kennedy Division #1 of Auburn, New York will be hosting a Testimonial Dinner. This event will be honoring LAOH/NYS President, Denise Sobus and AOH/NYS President, Michael J. McNabb.

The evening will start with Mass at Holy Family Church at 4:30 p.m. We will then move across the street to the Holiday Inn. A cocktail hour will be served from 5:45 – 6:45. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m., with music provided by Kilrush. Tickets for this event will be $75.00 per person. You will find a ticket order form with this letter. Ticket deadline is October 19, 2012.

In conjunction with this, we are putting together an Ad/Journal. Prices for advertising are:
Full Page – $100.00, Half Page – $60.00, Quarter Page – $35.00, Patron – $5.00. You will find an Ad/Journal form enclosed with this letter. The deadline for ads is October 12, 2012.

There will be a welcome reception on Friday November 2nd at the Auburn AOH Hall including  drink specials and snacks.

Room reservations can be made at the Auburn Holiday Inn by calling 315-253-4531.
You must use the code AOH when making your reservations.
Room rates are $99.95 plus tax per night.
Rooms must be reserved before October 2, 2012.

We look forward to seeing you in Auburn for a great weekend.

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13th Annual James F. Hayes Golf Classic

13th Annual James F. Hayes Golf Classic

With the Presentation of the Raymond J. Meehan Memorial Trophy

Date: Friday May 4, 2012                 Time: 8:30am sign in followed by shot gun start
Price: $80.00 per golfer                     Place: Sunny Hill Resort & Golf Course
Includes: Continental Breakfast, Green Fee, Cart, Bar-B-Q at turn and Awards Dinner.
The format for this event is a four person scramble, we encourage golfers of all levels to participate.

Make checks payable to: Austin V. Carew Scholarship Fund
Return this application and check to Michael J. McNabb, 9 Throop Ave. Auburn, NY 13021

Room reservation may be made at any of the following AOH sponsors:
Gavin’s Irish Country Inn                    Shamrock House                          Stacks Lamp Post Motel
518 – 634 – 2582                            518 – 634 – 2897                                 518 – 622 – 9703

For information contact: Michael J. McNabb,  phone # –  315-406-3744, email –  mikeaohny@aol.com

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President’s Message Feb. 2012

The division installations are over for another year. I would like to thank all the divisions who invited me to attend their installations this year. I had the honor to install 3 of my cousins as division presidents, 2 cousins as division officers and my son, Emmett, as a division sentinel.

Now St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. This means many parades and celebrations. I ask all Brothers to remember we are paying homage to OUR Patron Saint. PLEASE be respectful in all you do during this season.

I would like to invite any Brother and his family who would like to join the NYS Board as we march up 5th Avenue on March 17th. There is a dress code. No jeans, tennis shoes (sneakers) or sweat shirts.

Our Spring NYS Board Meeting will be held in East Durham on May 5, 2012. I am expecting a multitude of candidates for national office to be in attendance. This will be a great chance for our members to meet these candidates in a non convention pressured atmosphere.

As I mentioned in the previous ESH, The National Convention will be held at Turning Stone July 9th – 13th 2012. Delegates should make their room reservations ASAP. I am expecting our State to have a FULL Delegation.

Have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day and a Holy Easter.

Your in our Motto,

Michael J. McNabb
IBTGOG

Merry Christmas!

The New York State Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians would like to wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year.

Nollaig Shona Duit

Rev. Henry Reid – Chaplain
Michael J. McNabb – President
James J. Burke – Vice President
Timothy McSweeney – Secretary
Victor J. Vogel – Treasurer

Peter P. Durkee
– Director
Thomas Lambert – Director
Doug McCurdy – Director
Brian P. Kelly – Director
Patrick Gatins – Director
John C. O’Connell – Director
Leo Kane – Director
Vincent Tyer – Director

NY’s Hibernians in convention McNabb elected state presiden

Photo Credit: John O'Connell

New York’s Hibernians held their 96th biennial convention in Pearl River, Rockland County, July 13 to 17.

Michael J. McNabb of Auburn, second from right, was elected state president; James Burke, second from left, of Massapequa, was elected vice president; Timothy McSweeney, right, of Selkirk, was elected secretary; and Victor J. Vogel, left, was elected treasurer. Fr. Henry Reid, center, of Port Jefferson Station, was appointed state chaplain.

The convention was a wonderful experience, organized to perfection by A. Warren Scullin
2011 AOH/LAOH – NYS
Convention Chairman and his committee. And a big thanks to the Pearl River and Rockland County Hibernians for their hard work to make sure everything ran smoothly. They were great hosts.

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New York State Elects New Officers

One of the main reasons the New York State Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians meets every two years in convention is to elect its new board of officers.

The 2011 gathering in Pearl River was no exception.

Michael J. McNabb of Auburn, NY ran unopposed for the position of President, while James Burke of Massapequa, NY and Timothy McSweeney of Selkirk, NY also were elected to the to the positions of Vice President and Secretary, respectively without any competition.

That didn’t mean there wasn’t drama. Victor J. Vogel, who hails from Islip, NY won a three person race for State Treasurer. Vogel beat out Thomas Beirne and John Hyland for the position.

The other competitive race was for the site of the 2013 convention where Saratoga, NY bested Nassau County for the location, which will take place from July 10 – July 13, 2013.

The fully elected appointed board can be viewed on our officers page.

Jack Burns Golf Tournament

15th Annual Jack Burns Memorial Golf Tournament

Hosted by JFK Division 1 Auburn, NY

Saturday August 20, 2011 Dutch Hallow County Club
1839 Benson Road, Owasco, NY 12321
Shot Gun Start 1:00 PM
Check In 12:00-12:45 PM
Four Person Captain And Crew Scramble Format
$75.00 Per Golfer $300 Per Foursome
Includes Green Fees, Cart, Food, and Beer on Course

Dinner Banquet to Follow
AOH Hall
79 Van Anden Street
Auburn, NY 13021

Deadline August 15, 2011
Checks Made Payable to Jack Burns Memorial Fund

Mail Checks and Registration To:
Thomas P. McNabb
5 Anna Street
Auburn, NY 13021
315-730-5487
Email: tompommc82@gmail.com

Hole Sponsor $75.00

Kevin Barry

Photo by Kevin Barry Relative Tom McNabb

Dublin in 1920 was a tense city. Searches, shootings, and ambushes were a daily occurrence as the Irish people showed their disdain for England’s new police force – the Black and Tans. This force had recently been recruited from the English military returning from the Great War, expressly to keep the Irish in check after the Easter Rising of 1916. Since military personnel are not trained in civilian policing tactics and treat any opponent as the enemy, they operated so with a significant amount of brutality.

It was therefore, not unusual that the British lorry which arrived at Monk’s bakery in Upper Church Street at 11:30 AM on September 20, was heavily guarded by armed members of the Second Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. As the soldiers loaded supplies to transport to Collinstown Camp, a voice from the street called, Drop your rifles and put up your hands. It was a group of Irish Volunteers. The Volunteers had been reorganized after the 1916 Rising to continue the fight for Ireland’s independence by opposing the British presence in Ireland. Suddenly, one of the soldiers fired, then a fusillade erupted as Volunteers and soldiers dueled with revolvers and rifles. When it was over, one soldier was killed and four wounded, and the Volunteers had fled. The British spotted a young man hiding under their lorry and pulled him out. They threw him into the back with their wounded and sped off. An official statement later that day from British HQ stated that, One of the aggressors had been arrested.

The aggressor, as it turned out, was an 18-year old medical student named Kevin Barry. Kevin had joined the Irish Volunteers when he was only 15. His job was to cycle to various parts of the city delivering orders and communications between officers of the movement. As a precaution against written messages being intercepted, most of the communications had been verbal and Kevin had an intimate knowledge of the movement. its members and leading figures. Kevin was from a nationalist family; his mother was a Dowling from northeast Carlow, where the Barrys and the Dowlings had done their part in 1798. Kevin’s older brother Mick was Officer in Charge of the Volunteers in Toombeagh, Co Carlow, and his sister Shiela was in Cumann na mBan – the IRA Ladies Auxiliary. The British knew of Barry’s position as courier for the movement and knew that they had a prize catch.

The questioning and physical persuasion began in earnest: Who were his companions? Name the officers of the Volunteers? . . Where was their Headquarters? Kevin steadfastly refused to betray the independence movement. He was offered amnesty and freedom, yet he refused. He was tortured for days on end, and still he refused. The British had never seen such determination in one so young. His mother visited him, and reported that his arm was in a sling as a result of the beatings and mistreatment he received, yet Kevin did not give in. Finally, under the misnamed ‘Restoration of Order Act’, Kevin was charged with murder. At a secret Courts Martial, he was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging.

Photo by Kevin Barry Relative Tom McNabb

A reprieve movement began, and focused world-wide attention on the injustice of British rule in Ireland. Terence MacSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork, had only recently died in Brixton Prison, after a 74-day hunger strike, and was laid to rest on the eve of Barry’s proposed execution. This intensified the pressure on England to release the young student, but still no repeal.

Late at night, Kevin was taken to see the scaffold that would end his life the following morning. With incredible cruelty and mental coercion, he was promised a full pardon, his tuition paid at any Medical school in the world, and a pension of 2,000 Pounds Sterling a year for life if he would only reveal the names of his officers and comrades. Kevin, visibly shaken, listened to the officer in silence, then glanced up at the beam from which hung the noose that would end his life and said, Yes, I think that should bear my weight.

On November 1, at 8 AM, his hands pinioned behind him with leather straps, the slender young 18-year old boy was led to the gallows at Mountjoy Jail where his short life was ended. Later, Father Albert, one of Kevin’s last visitors, reported that Kevin’s final message to Ireland and his comrades in arms, was, Hold on, and stick to the Republic.

Kevin Barry’s life was over, but his influence had just begun. His name became a symbol and a slogan; a hymn to freedom and to unconquerable youth.