State Board Meeting and President’s Testimonial Dinner Concluded

The Fall State Board Semi-annual Meeting and State President’s Testimonial Dinner took place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Melville Marriott in Melville, Suffolk County–home county of New York AOH State President Vic Vogel.  The meeting was well attended as were the other events of the day including the evening celebration of the Mass by Father Henry Reid, AOH State Chaplain. The President’s Testimonial Dinner immediately followed on Saturday night and included presentations, proclamations and performances by the Roisin Dubh Pipes and Drums and worldclass Irish step dancers.

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

During the morning meeting, AOH members from across the state heard reports from the Executive Board Members and District Directors. Committee chairs also delivered 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.

 Attending the events were the top four National Board Officers: President Judge Jim McKay, Vice President Danny O’Connell, Secretary Jere Cole and Treasurer Sean Pender. Joining the National Executive Board were four National Directors including New York’s own Liam McNabb and Dan Dennehy who attended along with other National Board officers and many National and State Past Presidents. Camaraderie with the LAOH was evident with the attendance of LAOH National Vice President Karen Keane and LAOH State President Jackie Clute who were joined by many Sister Hibernians in wishing outgoing NYAOH President Vic Vogel the best as his term concludes in July 2019.

Fundraiser for NY Candidates for National Office

Join Us in Showing Support

Saturday, May 21, 2016
3:00 – 7:00 pm

Liam_McNabbLiam McNabb
for
AOH National Director
Karen_KeaneKaren Keane
for
LAOH National Secretary

Tickets are $25.00.

Admission includes music, draft beer, Soda, food & more!

CDIAA: Albany Hibernian Hall
375 Ontario Street
Albany, NY

Raffles, Good Friends and Fun in the True Albany Style

Please support these candidates in their pursuit to represent you on the National Boards. Liam and Karen both bring years of hard work and dedication to our Orders. Please join us on May 21, 2016 at 3:00.  If you are unable to attend, please consider sending a donation payable to “AOH Division 5 Albany” to Tim Weklar at: 3431 State Route 43 Averill Park, NY 12018

For more information contact: Tim McSweeney at Newjack12007@yahoo.com or Nancy Holland at termtav@gmail.com

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Hibernians to Present MacBride Award to Belfast’s Clara Reilly

MacBride Award Chairman/AOH National Vice President Brendan Moore and MacBride Award Representative/LAOH National Vice President Maureen Shelton announced that Clara Reilly, Northern Ireland human rights crusader, has been selected as the 2011 MacBride Award recipient based on balloting conducted among National Board members and State Presidents of both the AOH and LAOH.

The purpose of the prestigious Sean MacBride Humanitarian Award is specifically stated in the AOH National Constitution: To memorialize the human rights contributions made by Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Sean MacBride and to recognize the efforts of others who make similar contributions in the cause of peace, justice, and the economic well-being of the Irish people.  Moore stated that “nominees for the MacBride Award are outstanding individuals derived from within and outside of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. Actual voting takes place only after those eligible to vote have had ample time to study and reflect on the biographies of all those who have been nominated.”

Despite raising six small children when internment in Northern Ireland was introduced, having all male members of her family interned, and subsequently losing two brothers and a cousin in the conflict, Clara Reilly’s name became synonymous with justice in Ireland. The 1970’s saw her documenting arrests of Nationalists, taking prisoner statements, and ensuring legal representation for those detained by the Royal Ulster Constabulary. While frantic relatives sought news of family members, she telephoned across Belfast and across the Six Counties on a daily basis seeking the whereabouts of those removed from their homes and as well as those arrested on the streets.

Reilly gradually emerged as a frontline advocate for her besieged community. She negotiated with senior Royal Ulster Constabulary and British army officers on behalf of those being victimized. She later lobbied the Irish government to initiate action against the British in the European Court on Human Rights, where Britain was eventually found guilty of both torture and inhumane treatment. Working with human rights attorney Pat Finucane, successful litigation forced the British army to end its random arrests for “screening “purposes. Reilly went on to found the Campaign Against Plastic Bullets and became the Founder and Co-Director of Relatives For Justice, a support group for families of those injured or killed in the conflict.

Recently asked if she now has any regrets about committing thirty-five years of her life to the tremendously difficult campaign to promote justice and equality in Northern Ireland, Clara Reilly unhesitatingly responded: “I have never regretted one day of my work for human rights, despite the highs and lows of that struggle.” Moore concluded: “Clara is assuredly a most worthy recipient of our Sean MacBride Humanitarian Award, which will be presented to her in conjunction with the AOH National President’s Testimonial Dinner in Philadelphia on October 8, 2011.”

 

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