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Serving Oswego youth

St. Paul’s Leprechaun Basketball has been serving the youth of Oswego for over sixty years. In memory of our founder, La La Ponzi, we continue to offer our various basketball programs for young boys and girls. The Leprechaun League helps instruct children from third through eighth grade in the fundamentals of basketball.  It also teaches good sportsmanship and the team philosophy.  We believe that the success of our local high school basketball programs starts with the lessons and skills that our athletes learn here in our program.

The Dean Michael Barry Division 1 has been a strong supporter of this worthwhile endeavor for years. Due to the economic times, the league just lost a large corporate sponsor, so the AOH steps up again to help.

 

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The Brooklyn Hibernians held their 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast celebration on Friday morning, March 16, in the ‘Great Rotunda’ of historic Brooklyn Borough Hall, which was open to the public. A full Irish breakfast was served to more than 200 guests — and admission was free. Judge Bernard Graham spoke on the Irish Famine and the need to teach the curriculum on that subject in our schools.

Four outstanding Irish Americans were honored: Pudgie Walsh, the legendary coach of the Brooklyn Mariners football team received the Irishman of the Year Award. John Samuelson, president of Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union received the Paul O’Dwyer Memorial Award, and Judge John J. Walsh received the Justice William T. Bellard Memorial Award.

Mary Nolan, president of the Commodore Barry Club, gave an excellent and inspiring talk on the father of the American Navy, as she accepted the Barry Award on behalf of Monsignor Walter Murphy who could not attend the event.

Brooklyn Hibernian Al O’Hagan served as chairman and Master of Ceremonies for the 10th consecutive year. Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes has also been an active participant and Brooklyn Catholic Charities distributed green boutonnieres to all. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz not only flies the tri-color flag above the premises, he also decorates the exterior with large lighted shamrocks. It’s the only municipal building in New York City that does this. Mr. Markowitz holds the title of president of the “Loyal League of Yiddish Son of Erin.” Oh, to be Irish in Brooklyn.

Marking Fenian history in New York
Michael McNerney, left, president of Division 1 Niagara County, Jim O’Brien, Buffalo division vice-president and Tom Lambert, District director. Mike and Jim were part of a committee that worked for the last two years on designing, funding and setting a Fenian marker along the Niagara River. On March 16, 2012, the marker was dedicated to honor the Fenian invasion across the river into territory held by Great Britain at the time. The crossing was on May 1, 1866, with the intent to defeat as many British forces as possible, and trade the victories for Ireland’s freedom. Although for many reasons the effort failed, it was an important event in the Fenian movement and led to Canada declaring their independence in the next year.

Rockland’s 50th!

The Rockland County Hibernians celebrated their 50th St. Patrick’s Day parade with an extraordinary spring day welcoming an estimated crowd of 80,000 spectators. Special guest of honor was the newest prince of the Church, His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan. The interplay between His Eminence and the crowd was extraordinary and heart warming, especially when attacks on our faith have become commonplace in the media. Members of the New York State and National Boards were in attendance marching behind this year’s Grand Marshal, Raymond Sheridan Jr., whose father started the parade half a century ago.

— Neil F. Cosgrove

Our motto in action
Hibernians in Orange County New York, and every other Irish organization in the county came out in force to show their support for one of their own. On Saturday, March 10, Bill O’Donnell underwent a surgical procedure on his foot due to complications of diabetes. On Tuesday, March 27, a catastrophic fire at Bill’s home rendered it uninhabitable. Bill sits on the County Executive Board as the Treasurer, is also the Treasurer of Division 1, and holds a position on the Building Board. He is the President of The Mid-Hudson Parade Committee, and has long been both an advocate and supporter of the Irish community in Orange County, and throughout the State of New York.

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AOH Oswego, NY, hosted international group “Enter the Haggis” at their 2nd Annual “1/2 Way to St. Patrick’s Day Party”!

 

AOH Dean Michael Barry Division 1 in Oswego celebrated their 2nd annual “1/2 Way to St. Patrick’s Day Party” on September 17. Headlining the event was the international Canadian band “Enter the Haggis” (ETH), who just released their 7th album.

Each year the Hibernians sponsor a large party at their AOH Hall with bagpipers, step dancers, Irish food and beverages, a bake sale and more. “This year we gave the party a shot of steroids,” said President Tim Kirwan, “by inviting this well known progressive rock/Celtic band. Three music acts headlined the entertainment outside, including 2 local bands and then ETH. Many volunteers came forward to make this well attended event a big success. “The weather couldn’t have been better, nor the music and the company,” Mike Callahan, an AOH member that handles public relations for and a member of the AOH declared. It looks like this annual party is here to stay and ETH showed great interest in coming back next year. This division continues to grow monthly, with approximately 250 full members and 150 social members.

 

NY Board endorses Moore, McKay, McNabb, McLean

The New York State Board held its semi-annual meeting on October 22 in Schenectady. The day began with the state board’s annual Pro Life Mass, with Deputy National Chaplin Fr. Henry Reid as the main concelebrant. Fr. Reid is also the New York State Chaplin.

State President Michael McNabb led the well-attended meeting held afterwards, at which Immediate Past State President Charles (Chip) McLean announced his candidacy for National Director. The state board endorsed his bid. Pennsylvania’s Denny Donnelly announced he’s running for National Director, and current National Director Jere Cole announced he would seek reelection.

Also at the meeting, National Vice President Brendan Moore received a standing-ovation endorsement of the state board for his candidacy for the office of National President. The state board endorsed National Secretary Tom McNabb as well, and current National Treasurer Judge Jim McKay was endorsed for the office of National Vice President.

National Director Danny O’Connell announced he will run for National Treasurer.

Later in the day, our able and generous hosts, the Schenectady Division, organized our annual bowling tournament at which many of the finest AOH and LAOH athletes competed. The laughs, the feeling of Hibernian camaraderie, and the fun of the sport made for a great afternoon. The subsequent buffet dinner and tournament awards presentations at the Schenectady Division Hibernian Hall were an informal and happy way to end the day.

— John C. O’Connell, state director, publicity chairman

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On Sunday, June 5, 2011 The AOH Nassau County Board held their convention. The newly elected slate of officers are pictured (L – R) Seated: Vice President Sean O’Rourke; NY State President Chip McLean; President Michael Byrne; NY State Secretary Jim Burke; Recording Secretary Tim Myles. Standing: Sentinel Ken Ferguson; Standing Committee Peter Begley; Financial Secretary Bill McGough; Treasurer Jack Ryan; Marshal Rich O’Neill.

Div 1 Yonkers held its local 175th anniversary celebrations at its recent Divisional meeting. Several local politicians stopped by with proclamations that included New York State (pictured), Westchester County Legislature, the Westchester County Executive, and the City of Yonkers.

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The Easter Rising Remembered on Long Island

By Joe McDonald

 

On April 25th, more than 150 people attended the annual Easter Rising memorial service in Mineola, NY. At a location behind the courthouse, stands the now completed Irish memorial, a testament to those who gave their lives for Ireland’s freedom in the early 20th Century. Sponsored by the Irish Monument Committee each Easter Monday, the one hour ceremony allows all those present to remember the martyrs of 1916.

The committee is comprised of various Irish organizations including the Nassau County Board of the Ancient order of Hibernians, the Nassau Police Emerald Society, the Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens, the Irish Culture Society of Garden City, Irish Northern Aid, The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and the Irish Americans in Government.

“It’s important to have this ceremony”, said Nassau County AOH Freedom For All Ireland Chairman Vic Sackett, “because after 800 years of oppression by the British, Irish leaders who knew very well what freedom was, had the courage to plan and train an uprising to would have some chance of success.  Although the rising was not successful, within two years, it rallied the Irish population to elect their own representatives and government, which then declared the 32 County Republic in 1919.”

This year’s ceremony, which was headed by the Police Emerald Society, included remarks from Consul General of Ireland Noel Kilkenny, and Leitrim County Councilor Martin Kenny. Kilkenny spoke about those who died in the Easter Rising and why it is important for people to believe in freedom and independence, while Kenny remarked about the culture of Ireland and how it is not a Catholic Protestant rivalry, but the mentality of peasants vs. planters.  “And the Irish people rose above the peasant mentality to become something more,” he remarked. “Now the planters need to change their way of thinking, for Ireland to become the great county it can be.”

The monument has been located behind the Nassau County Court House since 1979, albeit unfinished. Recently, Irish groups throughout Long island decided to complete and renovate the project. Two years ago the top was put on the monument, a harp with 32 strings representing the 32 counties and the names of 15 who died on the base. Last year, flowers, lights and a walkway were added and to finish it off benches will be installed and the plaques will be placed back onto the memorial.

The memorial concluded with a laying of a wreath at the monument.  “It’s rather unique that the Easter Rising is remembered on public ground in the United States,” said AOH Brother Robert Lynch. “I can’t think of any other place in America that has something dedicated to such an important event.”

Color Guard at the Easter Rising Memorial. Photo by Jim Henry

Div. 11 Hicksville marches proudly in the NYC Parade

The Mohawk Valley Irish Cultural Center will be built in Utica, NY

by John E. Fox

 

The Mohawk Valley Irish Cultural Center will be built in West Utica following discussions with city leaders, Great American Irish Festival Inc. organizers said. An Irish cultural center not only would be a benefit to West Utica’s Brewery District, but it bodes well for the entire city, Mayor David Roefaro said.  “It’s a win-win for everybody,” Roefaro said. “That piece of property is passionate to the Irish,” he said of the parking lot at Cooper and Columbia streets, where the former St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church was founded in the 1850s. The $2 million project — funded almost exclusively from proceeds of the Great American Irish Festival — will yield a two-story building with an authentic Irish pub, kitchen, meeting rooms and office space. Matthew Sullivan, director of the festival, will serve as executive director of the center. A variety of Irish organizations, including the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, will make use of the space, Sullivan said. Construction of the 2-story multi-purpose, 10,000 square foot facility will include, a full basement, a banquet hall that will be able to accommodate about 300 people, a full commercial kitchen, an authentic Irish Pub, a cultural room, a meeting room as well as office spaces. Construction of the building will begin, “as soon as the weather will allow,” Sullivan said, adding that “We wanted this to be an investment in the hub of downtown and we wanted to be part of Varick Street, with the brewery,” A groundbreaking ceremony emceed by Utica Fire Chief Russell Brooks and attended by about 150 people was held at 623 Columbia St. was held Thursday, St. Patrick’s Day.  Brooks commended Sullivan for his efforts and joked about the fallacy of the phrase, “the luck of the Irish.”  “The Irish got where we are by hard work and fighting for what we believe in,” he said. The center site was once home to the first Irish Catholic parish in the city, St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, which was founded in the 1850s but disbanded and later demolished in the 1960s. “This site is sacred ground for the Irish community,” Sullivan said. The plan has been through the city zoning and planning boards and has gained all necessary approvals Sullivan said. The entity that will run the center will be a non-profit, registered with the State Education Department as a Historical Society with Collections. The Irish pub will be open to the public and should be part of the Varick Street bar scene. Sullivan first began working on the project in 2003 through his involvement with the AOH, Brooks told the gathered crowd. Though some of the money came from other sources, both Sullivan and Brooks said no government money is involved. The ceremony also included several prayers from local priests, bagpipe tunes, the Irish and American national anthems and Irish ballads. Shortly after a procession down Varick Street, a robust party was held at the Celtic Harp.

The Honorable Michael Dwyer named Grand Marshal

by John E. Fox

Judge Michael Dwyer

Oneida County Court Judge Michael Dwyer was named as the grand marshal for Utica’s (NY) 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, said Kevin Dowling, the parade director. Dwyer is a “standup” person who is very deserving of being named grand marshal and has a difficult job as county court judge, “He works very hard for this community,” Dowling said. Dwyer said there are many others who deserve the honor just as much or more than he does. “I am very proud, and also very humbled,” Dwyer said. 141 groups turned out for the annual parade down Genesee Street this year, according to event director Kevin Dowling. Other participants included seven bagpipe bands, nine or ten additional musical groups and a plethora of service organizations – all of which made their way from Oneida Square to Columbia Street.

“This is the third largest parade in the state behind New York City and Buffalo,” Dowling said. “Last year, we counted about 2,000 people marching in the parade. With 33 more units that entered this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if we got up to 2,500.” Many say for them the parade is a way to honor their ancestors by remembering Irish traditions and traditional music.

“I see the pride in being Irish; just being Irish you know, having it in your blood, but it represents the day and the spirit and the holiday,” said parade attendee Michael Collins.

Parade goers say the event wasn’t just about celebrating their heritage, but also about recognizing some important members of the community. It was a chance for local organizations — from emergency squads to food banks — to shine. Dowling, and other parade organizers, said the parade remains a community-oriented event, where rowdier celebrators mix with families and children – and where everyone has a good time. “The key theme that we try to stress is respect,” Dowling said. “Everyone is respectful of each other and we have a good time.”

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The Easter Rising Remembered on Long Island

By Joe McDonald

 

On April 25th, more than 150 people attended the annual Easter Rising memorial service in Mineola, NY. At a location behind the courthouse, stands the now completed Irish memorial, a testament to those who gave their lives for Ireland’s freedom in the early 20th Century. Sponsored by the Irish Monument Committee each Easter Monday, the one hour ceremony allows all those present to remember the martyrs of 1916.

The committee is comprised of various Irish organizations including the Nassau County Board of the Ancient order of Hibernians, the Nassau Police Emerald Society, the Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens, the Irish Culture Society of Garden City, Irish Northern Aid, The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and the Irish Americans in Government.

“It’s important to have this ceremony”, said Nassau County AOH Freedom For All Ireland Chairman Vic Sackett, “because after 800 years of oppression by the British, Irish leaders who knew very well what freedom was, had the courage to plan and train an uprising to would have some chance of success.  Although the rising was not successful, within two years, it rallied the Irish population to elect their own representatives and government, which then declared the 32 County Republic in 1919.”

This year’s ceremony, which was headed by the Police Emerald Society, included remarks from Consul General of Ireland Noel Kilkenny, and Leitrim County Councilor Martin Kenny. Kilkenny spoke about those who died in the Easter Rising and why it is important for people to believe in freedom and independence, while Kenny remarked about the culture of Ireland and how it is not a Catholic Protestant rivalry, but the mentality of peasants vs. planters.  “And the Irish people rose above the peasant mentality to become something more,” he remarked. “Now the planters need to change their way of thinking, for Ireland to become the great county it can be.”

The monument has been located behind the Nassau County Court House since 1979, albeit unfinished. Recently, Irish groups throughout Long island decided to complete and renovate the project. Two years ago the top was put on the monument, a harp with 32 strings representing the 32 counties and the names of 15 who died on the base. Last year, flowers, lights and a walkway were added and to finish it off benches will be installed and the plaques will be placed back onto the memorial.

The memorial concluded with a laying of a wreath at the monument.  “It’s rather unique that the Easter Rising is remembered on public ground in the United States,” said AOH Brother Robert Lynch. “I can’t think of any other place in America that has something dedicated to such an important event.”

Color Guard at the Easter Rising Memorial. Photo by Jim Henry

Div. 11 Hicksville marches proudly in the NYC Parade

The Mohawk Valley Irish Cultural Center will be built in Utica, NY

by John E. Fox

 

The Mohawk Valley Irish Cultural Center will be built in West Utica following discussions with city leaders, Great American Irish Festival Inc. organizers said. An Irish cultural center not only would be a benefit to West Utica’s Brewery District, but it bodes well for the entire city, Mayor David Roefaro said.  “It’s a win-win for everybody,” Roefaro said. “That piece of property is passionate to the Irish,” he said of the parking lot at Cooper and Columbia streets, where the former St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church was founded in the 1850s. The $2 million project — funded almost exclusively from proceeds of the Great American Irish Festival — will yield a two-story building with an authentic Irish pub, kitchen, meeting rooms and office space. Matthew Sullivan, director of the festival, will serve as executive director of the center. A variety of Irish organizations, including the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, will make use of the space, Sullivan said. Construction of the 2-story multi-purpose, 10,000 square foot facility will include, a full basement, a banquet hall that will be able to accommodate about 300 people, a full commercial kitchen, an authentic Irish Pub, a cultural room, a meeting room as well as office spaces. Construction of the building will begin, “as soon as the weather will allow,” Sullivan said, adding that “We wanted this to be an investment in the hub of downtown and we wanted to be part of Varick Street, with the brewery,” A groundbreaking ceremony emceed by Utica Fire Chief Russell Brooks and attended by about 150 people was held at 623 Columbia St. was held Thursday, St. Patrick’s Day.  Brooks commended Sullivan for his efforts and joked about the fallacy of the phrase, “the luck of the Irish.”  “The Irish got where we are by hard work and fighting for what we believe in,” he said. The center site was once home to the first Irish Catholic parish in the city, St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, which was founded in the 1850s but disbanded and later demolished in the 1960s. “This site is sacred ground for the Irish community,” Sullivan said. The plan has been through the city zoning and planning boards and has gained all necessary approvals Sullivan said. The entity that will run the center will be a non-profit, registered with the State Education Department as a Historical Society with Collections. The Irish pub will be open to the public and should be part of the Varick Street bar scene. Sullivan first began working on the project in 2003 through his involvement with the AOH, Brooks told the gathered crowd. Though some of the money came from other sources, both Sullivan and Brooks said no government money is involved. The ceremony also included several prayers from local priests, bagpipe tunes, the Irish and American national anthems and Irish ballads. Shortly after a procession down Varick Street, a robust party was held at the Celtic Harp.

The Honorable Michael Dwyer named Grand Marshal

by John E. Fox

Judge Michael Dwyer

Oneida County Court Judge Michael Dwyer was named as the grand marshal for Utica’s (NY) 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, said Kevin Dowling, the parade director. Dwyer is a “standup” person who is very deserving of being named grand marshal and has a difficult job as county court judge, “He works very hard for this community,” Dowling said. Dwyer said there are many others who deserve the honor just as much or more than he does. “I am very proud, and also very humbled,” Dwyer said. 141 groups turned out for the annual parade down Genesee Street this year, according to event director Kevin Dowling. Other participants included seven bagpipe bands, nine or ten additional musical groups and a plethora of service organizations – all of which made their way from Oneida Square to Columbia Street.

“This is the third largest parade in the state behind New York City and Buffalo,” Dowling said. “Last year, we counted about 2,000 people marching in the parade. With 33 more units that entered this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if we got up to 2,500.” Many say for them the parade is a way to honor their ancestors by remembering Irish traditions and traditional music.

“I see the pride in being Irish; just being Irish you know, having it in your blood, but it represents the day and the spirit and the holiday,” said parade attendee Michael Collins.

Parade goers say the event wasn’t just about celebrating their heritage, but also about recognizing some important members of the community. It was a chance for local organizations — from emergency squads to food banks — to shine. Dowling, and other parade organizers, said the parade remains a community-oriented event, where rowdier celebrators mix with families and children – and where everyone has a good time. “The key theme that we try to stress is respect,” Dowling said. “Everyone is respectful of each other and we have a good time.”

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On Feb. 27th, the Glen Cove Div 8 presented sashes to its Grand Marshal and Aides for the Parade that was held on March 20th. Pictured (L – R) Division 8 LAOH President Lisa Forgione, Aide to the Grand Marshal Jim Burke, Aide to the Grand Marshal Carol McTigue, Grand Marshal Andy Stafford, Div 8 President Joe McDonald

AOH Div 14 donation to the Mary Brennan Soup Kitchen

 

Tim Myles (L) and Jim Henry (R) present a donation to Stephan Robinson (Center) at the "Mary Brennan Soup Kitchen" in Hempstead, NY.

Our Lady of Knock Division held 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal’s Ball.

On Saturday February 26, 2011, AOH Our Lady of Knock Div 7, Suffolk County, NY held its 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal’s Ball. Div 7 honored long time member and community leader Kevin Boyle, Sr. Kevin is a United States Navy Veteran, Past Hibernian of the Year, and volunteer for all Hibernian activities. In addition to many family members and friends, the Ball was attended by National, State, County and Division officers from both the AOH and the LAOH. They all acknowledged Kevin’s commitment to our motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. By honoring Kevin, we honor ourselves.

Pictured (L – R) Kneeling – Ch. of Comm. Tom McHugh, Mar. Shawn O'Neill, Sent. John Owen, Sec. Dr. Dave Ring. Standing – Fin. Sec. Larry Wolff, VP Mac McFadden, Suffolk Pres. Brian Clancy, NYS Past Pres. John Hennessy, Nat. VP Brendan Moore, Aide Kevin Boyle Jr., Grand Marshal Kevin Boyle, Aide Herman Boyle, Treas. Tom Davis, NYS VP Mike McNabb, NYS Sec. Jim Burke, Pres. Vic Vogel. (Photo courtesy of Maureen Meier)


Bronx Hibernians Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Parade Installation

Bronx Hibernians gather at the Installation dinner at Antun’s Restaurant to congratulate John J. Casserly on his selection as an aide to the grand marshal for the New York City St Patrick’s Day parade on March 17th.

Pictured (L – R) Christopher Butler, John J. Hyland, Bronx Aide – John J. Casserly, Parade Chairman – John T. Dunleavy, Bronx County President – Martin Keller, Robert F. Nolan and John Quinn.

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Leitch Wins 2010 New York State AOH Scholarship

Pictured at the check presentation ceremony (L-R) St. Patrick's Division 2 President James Dawes, Alex, and his father Brian Leitch.

The Scholarship Committee of The NYS Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians recently announced Alexander J. Leitch of St. Patrick’s Division #2, located in Babylon, in Suffolk Co., NY as the individual winner of the 2010 scholarship contest. This competition is conducted throughout the entire state annaully with a cash prize of $2000 , based on maintained merit over a four year period. Alex graduated in the top ten from Babylon Jr/Sr High School in their AP Honors program, and was a member of the AOH Jr. Boys at Division 2, he is the son of Bro. Brian H. Leitch and his mother Gwynn.  Leitch started his climb to the State Award by also winning the Division 2, Maurice R. Quinlan Memorial Scholarship for 2010. This Scholarship carries with it a $3000 award, over four years. Alex is currently attending Hofstra University, where he was given the Presidential Award and is participating in their Honors College For Music Education, a field he plans to pursue.

Stafford Named Glen Cove Grand Marshal

Andrew Stafford at the 2009 Parade

The Glen Cove St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee – the only Hibernian run St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Nassau County – named Andrew Stafford the Grand Marshal in its 23rd annual march to take place March 20, 2011. Stafford, 48, immigrated to the United States with his wife Pauline back in 1988 and settled into the North Shore of Long Island. As someone dedicated to Irish culture, he joined the AOH in 1996, receiving his Major Degree the following year. During his tenure in the Order, Andrew served as Division 8’s Marshal, Vice President – a position he held three times – and President.  And ever since he joined the Order, he served on the Parade Committee, acting as Treasurer early on and then holding a 10 year tenure as Chairman from 2001-2010. Due to his dedication to the AOH and also the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Committee unanimously named his Grand Marshal of the 2011 Parade. He lives with his wife Pauline and daughters Aisling and Caoimhe in Locust Valley, NY.  Stafford will be aided by AOH New York State Secretary Jim Burke and LAOH New York State Secretary Carol McTigue.

Division 16 Makes Annual Donation

: Pictured (L – R) Veronica Yates – President Ladies AOH, William McCormack – President AOH, Grace Murphy – past President LAOH, Michelle Quirello – President Hospice Care, Ed Reilly – Treasurer AOH, Dan Hickey – Financial Secretary AOH, James McHugh Fund Drive Co Chair AOH, Kevin Galvin – Recording Secretary AOH, Margaret McHugh – LAOH, Ann Cullinane – LAOH

On November 30, 2010 the AOH Division 16 and Ladies AOH Division 16 donated $5,239.00 to Hospice Care of Westchester/ Putnam Counties. The presentation was made at the annual “Tree of Life “ceremony held at the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco, NY. Hospice Care, (Visiting Nurse Association) a non-profit home health care agency provides home health services to patients with advanced illnesses.

On December 18, 2010 the AOH donated $5,239.00 to Rosary Hill Cancer Center located in Hawthorne, NY. Rosary Hill Home is run by the Dominican Sisters and provides hospice care for incurable cancer patients who are unable to afford care for themselves.

Since 1992 the AOH has donated $179,453.00 to Hospice Care of Westchester/Putnam and Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne, NY and other organizations.  The fund raising drive was administered by Chairwoman Grace Murphy and Co-Chairman James McHugh. The Division is grateful to the following parishes for their help- St. Patrick’s-Armonk, St. Elizabeth Seton-Shrub Oak, St. Mary’s-Katonah, St. John’s-Chappaqua, St. Mathias-Bedford, St. Patrick’s-Yorktown, St. Patrick’s-Bedford, St. Francis of Assisi-Mount Kisco, and St. Lawrence O’Toole-Brewster

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 16 was formed on September 13, 1891 consisting of men of Irish descent and practicing Roman Catholics living in the northern Westchester County area. The Division has a long and distinguished history of supporting different community groups in the area as well as hosting northern Westchester’s annual Mount Kisco St. Patrick’s Day parade since 1991.  The Division is pleased to announce that our St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held on Saturday March 12, 2010 in Mount Kisco. For further information or an application please write to the above address, email President William McCormack at wfmccormack@optonline.net, or visit our website at www.AOHDIV16.org.

John King Named Nassau County’s Aide to the Grand Marshal of 2010 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

John and Geraldine King with Grand Marshal Mary Higgins Clark

Nassau County AOH and LAOH are proud to present John King as their 2011 Aide to the Grand Marshal for the 250th St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

John joined AOH Division 7 in 1990.  He has served as President of that division and is currently Financial Secretary.  John also serves on the Nassau County Board as Political Education Chair and sends emails daily to all the divisions.  John attends all meetings, parades, marches, and pro-life rallies in the NY area, Albany, and Washington DC.  John is a active member of the Nassau County AOH Feis Committee raising funds for the commemorative journal.

John and his wife Geraldine for 34 years have three married sons, John, Jack, and Joseph.  They have one granddaughter, Keira.  He considers it a great honor to be selected as an Aide to the Grand Marshal, Mary Higgins Clark.

Niagara County Division 1 past Division president Bill Paterson and Scholarship chairman Jim Andrews presenting a check to Samantha Martineau of Niagara Catholic High school for her first year scholarship. Division 1 sponsors four students each year, one in each High school grade.

Niagara County Division 1 President Michael McNerney presenting a check to Sisters Beth and Barbara of the local Heart and Soul. The food pantry serves meals daily for those in need. Division One supports the Heart and Soul both financially and by serving.

Members of Division 15 in Massapequa, NY enjoyed their annual Christmas Dinner Dance and Annual Installation on December 12th. Pictured (L – R) Thomas Rooney, Mike Greene, Ken Ferguson, Division 15 President Padraic Nugent, Frank Ryan, Jim Wall, John Hennessey, Mike Byrne, Joe Campbell, Jim Burke, Tom Kinnally

The men and Ladies of the East Durham, NY, Mass Rock Divisions 2 and 32 respectively, installed their new officers on December 5. Tim O’Sullivan was re-elected AOH President and Patricia Steinhauer took the reins for the LAOH. The Divisions were installed by Kevin Cummings and Maryann O’Sullivan. The divisions host the annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock in East Durham.

Watervliet AOH Supports Senior Center

Pictured (L – R) Jeff Collett (Division President), Barbara Collett, Bruce Hidley, John McAvoy, John McAvoy Jr., Theresa Ashline (Exec. Director of Senior Center), Scott Gardner and Sister Jane.

Receiving word that the Watervliet Senior Citizen Center’s annual Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t going to happen this year due to lack of funds, the Watervliet AOH Division responded.  The William F. Fennelly AOH Division in Watervliet, New York, presented a $1500 check to the Watervliet Senior Center to fund the annual event.

Jeff Collett, Division President, and the Division officers recognized how important the event is to the men and women of the Senior Citizen Center, especially since many of the members do not have families or somewhere else to go to have Thanksgiving dinner.

“We felt it was very important that the residents of the Senior Center, members of our community, including some Brother and Sister Hibernians, continue to have this very special tradition of celebrating dinner with each other,” said President Collett.

Many Division officers and members proudly represented the Division when the check was presented to the Senior Center.  Representatives from the Senior Center reported the seniors are extremely grateful to have the support of the Hibernians in keeping the Center’s wonderful tradition and event going.

AOH Old Newsboys

Rich Walsh and AOH Syracuse Division President Dave Lynch kicking off the "AOH Old Newsboys Christmas Toy Fundraiser"

Over 40 volunteers from the Syracuse Commodore John Barry Division’s “AOH Old Newsboys” team hawked special editions of the Syracuse Post Standard on December 10th & 11th raising $15,400 for the Syracuse Christmas Toy Fund. The “Old Newsboys” Newspaper sale is a 78 year old Syracuse tradition sponsored by the Syracuse Post-Standard that originated in the Depression to buy coal to help heat the homes of the poor. All of the proceeds raised now go to the Syracuse Christmas Bureau (a joint venture of the United Way & Salvation Army) to buy food, toys and clothing for needy families at Christmas. This year on December 22, 2010 saw 2,700 families and kids pick up food, clothing and toys at the downtown OnCenter to make their Christmas a bit brighter.

Eight AOH father & son pairings were noted as well as one grandfather –grandson team selling the newspapers in 30 degree weather.  The Syracuse AOH team led by “Captain” Rich Walsh set a record for the 8th year in a row as the top money raiser of the 25 teams participating. 2010 was the Syracuse AOH’s 41st year participating in the Syracuse communities Old Newsboys Newspaper Sale Fundraiser.

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Each August 21st on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Knock, a Mass is celebrated at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Middletown, New York. A crowning of Our Lady follows the Mass.  The following organizations participated in the celebration: Orange County Divisions 1, 3 and 4; Orange County Ladies Divisions 4 and 5 and the Orange County Irish American Society of Middletown Irish Heritage Festival.  Orange County AOH Div. 4 is named in honor of Father Emanuel Hourihan, O.Carm., the priest who was instrumental in bringing the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock to the site.

STATE PRESIDENT HONORED.

Charles “Chip” McLean, the popular president of the New York State AOH was honored at a testimonial dinner in his honor at the luxurious Staaten on Staten Island, New York.  Mike McCormack was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and was his usual happy self as he introduced the County, State and National dignitaries who came to salute New York State’s President.  Past NY President, Mat Nelligan was also the recipient of the fifth annual Burns Hayes Award which was presented at the Dinner.  The Burns Hayes Award, named for two beloved pasta NY State Presidents, is the highest honor that the NY State Board can bestow.  Previous recipients have been Rev John Ahern, Tom McNabb, Mike McCormack and John Hennessy.

Frank Fox Division Holds Annual Collection

The AOH Frank Fox Div 16 and the Ladies AOH Div 16 are pleased to announce that their annual collection for Rosary Hill Cancer Center in Hawthorne and Hospice Care (Visiting Nurse Association) of Westchester/ Putnam will be taking place during the fall at area churches.  Since 1992 AOH Div 16 has donated over $168,975 to these two and other community organizations in northern Westchester County.  The AOH is deeply grateful to all who help support our collection. Div 16 meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. For further information or an application contact President William McCormack at email-wfmccormack@optonline.net. or Chairwoman Grace Murphy at 914-218-8874 or Chairman James McHugh at 914-232-3766.

Myles Scully Division 1 Yonkers supports Cancer Benefit for Yonkers Police Sergeant

The officers and members of the Myles Scully Div 1 of Yonkers attended a benefit for Yonkers Police Sergeant Roy McLauglin, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer.  The Division presented the organizers of the event with a $4,000 pledge of support.  The “10-13” Event (Officer Needs Assistance) was attended by thousands of supporters from across the community.  The all day event showcased live music, a sports memorabilia auction, and a performance by the Pipes and Drums of the Police Police Department, is the father of 4 young children and is facing ever increasing medical expenses as he fights this terrible disease.  “We were honored to help support Sergeant McLaughlin as he goes Emerald Society of Westchester County.  Money was also being raised to support brain cancer awareness, thru the sale of specially colored wristbands.  Sergeant McLaughlin, a 12 year member of the Yonkers through a very difficult time in his life” said Div 1 President, Kevin Ellis.  “We are just a small part of a much larger community effort to see him get through this.” The event was co-sponsored by the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association and the Yonkers Captains, Lieutenants, and Sergeants Association.  For more information or to make a donation, please contact Tom Phelan at (914) 525-2834.

Meredith McLaughlin, sister of Yonkers Police Sergeant Roy McLaughlin (center), with Division President Kevin Ellis and members of Division 1 Yonkers

New York State AOH Respects Life at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Members of the NYS AOH attended the annual Respect Life Mass held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on October 3rd, 2010.  NYS President Charles McLean and LAOH State President Meg Redling led the large contingent of Hibernians up the center aisle and were warmly greeted by Archbishop Timothy Dolan.  The large group consisted of members from all five boroughs of New York City, as well as from the surrounding suburbs.  In his homily, Archbishop Dolan reminded the congregation that the Right to Life was not only a right proclaimed by God, but is also a founding principle of the United States. He said “God saw a reign of life, not destruction; a kingdom of life, not extinction; a culture of life, not of death; that’s God’s vision”.  He also assured the crowd that the culture of life will ultimately prevail.  The mass was co-sponsored by the AOH and the Sisters of Life, a religious order founded in 1991 by the late John Cardinal O’Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life.

Pictured (L – R) Tom Bierne (NY County Pres.), Meg Redling (LAOH State Pres.), Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, Charles McLean (NYS Pres.), James Burke (NYS Secretary), John Pesce (Florida State Organizer), John Ellis, and John Hyland (Bronx County Board)

John Francis O'Rourke former five-term President of Division 19, Kings County, New York, married Joyce Gilroy of Staten Island on Sept. 11th, 2010 on Staten Island at the Hilton Gardens Hotel.

Nassau County Supporting Wounded Warriors

On Saturday, September 11th, Division 11th of Hicksville held its annual golf outing at the Rockhill Country Club in Manorville, Suffolk County.  Members of Division 11, those who were golfing and others assembled for some shared words and a moment of silence to remember the heroes who had fought and died in the 9-11 attacks. “Amazing Grace” played by Bob McCann of Div 15 on the bagpipes broke the morning air in tribute.  At the 10th hole, memorial and sponsor signs were set up for the golfers to pause at and reflect upon before teeing off. For the fourth year in a row, part of the proceeds from this event was set aside to be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project.  Division President Phil Baumgartner thanked all those who planned and participated in this annual event. Joseph Barry Council 2520 of the Knights of Columbus for the use of their facility, Recorder and Past President Harry Deegan for running this fundraising event, Bill Jankowski and his wife Carol for all of their golf event experience that helped make the day a success, the Kennedy brothers, Dan and Tom for cooking, John Kilganon, our bartender, Vice President and Past President Billy McGough for his assistance, and for all the golfers and sign sponsors for their support in helping Division 11 meet its goal in regards to raising money for the Wounded Warriors Project. To find out more information about this organization, click onto: WWW.WOUNDEDWARRIORSPROJECT.ORG

Nassau County holds 38th Annual Feis

Nassau County held its 38th Annual Feis and Irish Festival on September 21st at Molloy College in Rockville Centre. In addition to dancing, band, music, singing, art and soda bread contests, the Feis honored Irish Examiner Publisher Paddy McCarthy for his efforts of spreading Irish culture. Almost 2000 people attended this year’s Feis, which was considered one of the best put on in the county.

Nassau County President Mike Byrne introduces Paddy McCarthy with Nassau County Vice President and Feis Chairman Sean O’Rourke on the left and LAOH Nassau County President Mary Jo Walsh on the right. (Photo by John O’Connell)

Long Beach Irish Day

Over 30,000 people attended the 2010 Long Beach Irish Day and Festival, held on October 2nd in Nassau County, NY. Summerlike weather in early fall, helped the turnout as the streets were lined with green and vendors selling food and Irish memorabilia. The Day was sponsored by St. Brendan the Navigator Div 17 in Long Beach with representation from National, State, and County officers.

Members of the AOH get ready for the Long Beach Parade. (L to R) Parade Chairman Mike Sullivan, John King, NYS Publicity Chair John O’Connell, Joe Gleason, Hibernian Digest Online Editor Joe McDonald, Division 17 Jr. Past President Andy Healey, NYS President Chip McLean, NYS FFAI Chair Tim Myles, and Rich Hennessey.

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FFAI October fundraiser held at O’Reilly’s in New York City

Pictured (L – R) are FFAI Chair – Sean Pender, Nat’l Director Jere Cole, and Immigration Chair Dan Dennehy

Pictured (L – R) are Vince Tyer (Pearl River Pres.) Dermot Moore (Rockland Co. Pres.) Jim Burke (NYS Sec.) Jack Ryan (NYS VA)

Members of the AOH get ready for the Long Beach Parade. (L to R) Parade Chairman Mike Sullivan, John King, NYS Publicity Chair John O’Connell, Joe Gleason, Hibernian Digest Online Editor Joe McDonald, Division 17 Jr. Past President Andy Healey, NYS President Chip McLean, NYS FFAI Chair Tim Myles, and Rich Hennessey.

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Seafood Raffle

New York’s Nassau County AOH Div 8 is proud to announce that the drawing for its Annual Seafood Raffle for 2010 was held on June 27, 2010. Winners received fresh seafood for their 4th of July barbeques.  Congratulations to Grand Prize winners Barbara Donohue and Barney Lough who won lobster dinners for 6 people which included lobsters, corn, salad and two bottles of wine.  Other prize winners were Lynn Giordano, Katherine Rezza, Larry Rush, Shaun Byrne, Joseph McDonald and Laura Lyman. Congratulations to all and we hope you enjoyed the seafood.  Division 8 would like to thank Jim and Sophie McCabe, Michael Harrington, Lisa Forgione and the Ladies AOH, The Glen Cove Printery and all those who participated in the raffle.

Pictured is (L to R) Barbara Donohue and her daughter Barbara, Division 8 President John J. Hanley and Victoria Hanley

Richmond County AOH Members and their wives receive the Four Chaplains award for community service. Pictured at the Merchant Marine Academy are (L to R) Norm Nilsen, Walter Osborn, James Haynes and John Woods. Seated are William Reilley, Pat Nilsen, Mary Noon and Michael Ducey.

Richmond County AOH Div 4 held their fourth annual wounded warriors project dinner which collected $15,000.00 for the project. Pictured (L to R) Tony Fanelli CWV, Walter Osborn AOH Div 4 member dinner chairmen, awardees Colonel Dawson, Sergeant Herbst and Lieutenant Raznazk with AOH Richmond County President & dinner co-chair James Haynes III.

Members of Westchester County NY AOH/LAOH Division 16 gathered at St. Francis of Assisi Chapel for a mass for deceased members- Monsignor Edward Donovan, Martin Barry, Jr., Thomas Finn, Thomas Foley, Marie Healy, Angelina Hurton and Mary McGovern. The mass was conducted by Division chaplain Father Steven Clarke. Afterwards as the AOH and LAOH gathered downstairs, they were joined by County President Brian Kelly.  President Kelly and Division President William McCormack presented an AOH Life Membership to Division member Peter McKenna. Peter has been a member since 1957, having served as County President twice and as Division President three times. Peter was Grand Marshal of the 1995 Mount Kisco St. Patricks Day parade. At the Division meeting that night a new member Christopher Hurley was inducted. His deceased grandfather was an AOH member and his father is a current member of Division 16.   On June 13, 2010 the AOH and LAOH gathered for Irish stories for young and old by renowned storyteller Jonathan Kruk.

New Member and Life Member recognized. Pictured (L to R) Christopher J. Hurley, new member Christopher J. Hurley, new Life member Peter McKenna and NYS Division 16 President William McCormack

John Cardinal D’Alton Division 3, Pearl River Awards $10,000 in Scholarships

This year, the John Cardinal D’Alton division gave out $10,000 in scholarships in support of our Irish American values that stress the importance of education and our duty as Hibernians to pass on our history and culture to the next generation.  In addition to being reviewed on their Academic, Cultural and Community Service activities, the applicants also had to take an examination on Irish and Irish American History drawn from material provided in the monthly history articles featured in the division newsletter and website. The awards were made as part of Division 3’s annual Communion Breakfast.  Guest of honor and Speaker was Mrs. Mary Holt Moore a well respected scholar of Gaelic and Irish History, not to mention a direct descendant of General Joseph Holt, Commander of the Wicklow Rebels in 1798 and a second cousin to Seán Mac Diarmada, one of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation and martyr in the cause of the Irish Republic. It is the Division’s hope that applicants will not only come away with a scholarship, but also an appreciation of the important role the Irish have played in shaping our world and nation.

Flanked by Scholarship Committee members Martin Davin (left) and Larry Kane (right) are this year’s Division 3 Pearl River, NY Scholarship winners.

Division 1 Yonkers Announces Winners of the “Commodore John Barry Memorial Medal”

The officers and members of the Myles Scully Division 1 of Yonkers are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Commodore John Barry Memorial Medal. The award was made available to all Catholic Elementary Schools in the city of Yonkers for the first time this year.  The award is given to a graduating student who excels in U.S. History and/or Social Studies.  A total of 9 schools chose to participate in this year’s award program.  The schools and winners are as follows:  St. Ann’s School – Drita Nikac, St. Paul the Apostle School – Michael Donnelly, Christ the King School – Kevin Dronzek, St. Anthony’s School – Tyler Chen, St. Eugene’s School – Erin Thomas, St. John the Baptist School – Chelsea Dua, Sacred Heart School- Sean Crosby, St. Peter’s School – Jerry Thompson III, The Annunciation School – Julia McGarvey. The award is dedicated to the memory of Commodore John Barry, an Irish Catholic immigrant who is recognized as the father of the United States Navy.  He was awarded Navy Commission #1 by President George Washington in 1798, making him the first flag officer of the U.S. Navy.  Commodore John Barry’s accomplishments embody the immigrant struggle for success and serves as an example for all young students today.

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John F. Kennedy, Division #1, Schenectady New York, to Host Celebration

The Schenectady Ancient Order of Hibernians will be hosting the 3rd Annual Celtic Faire – A Celebration of the Seven Nations, from Noon until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2010. The Faire is designed to acquaint the attendees with Celtic food, music, culture, and heritage. The Faire will be located on the Jay Street Pedestrian Mall from State Street to City Hall in Downtown Schenectady. Music stages at each end of the Mall will feature local Celtic bands Flynn 529, St. James’ Gate, Who’s Your Paddy?, Emerald Dawn and more. Performances by the Schenectady and Albany Pipe Bands and the step dancers from Farrell’s School of Dance will round out the entertainment.  There will be food and craft vendors; a local farmers’ market; and children’s activities. A Bonnie Knees contest will be held in front of Lennon’s Irish Shop over the course of the day. The highlight of the event will be the drawing for the grand prize in the Faire raffle, a trip for two to Ireland, on June 25th. Tickets are $15 or 2 for $25, and are available by email request. The Faire is sponsored by The Gazette, Guinness and Coors Light. For more information, contact at celticfaireaoh@yahoo.com or www.aohjfk.org.

Pearl River Celebrates Irish American Heritage Month

In recognition of March being Irish American Heritage Month, Dermot Moore, the president of Division III of Pearl River, NY presented the trustees of the Pearl River Library with a check for $300.00.  The money was used to purchase books and CDs related to Irish Heritage to add to the library’s holdings. The Division worked with the staff to select appropriate materials covering topics as diverse as Newgrange, the role of the Cumann na mBan and a biography of Fr. Duffy and music from O’Carolan to Clannad.  The Library showed its appreciation by the display of a large poster throughout March, drawing attention to the AOH’s gift and recognizing March as Irish American Heritage Month.  The Division hopes that these books and CDs will help convey the message of the important role played by the Irish and Irish Americans not only in March, but throughout the year.

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Albany AOH Honors Division Chaplain

Fr. Capistran Hanlon, O.F.M., long time Chaplain of The Father Henry Tansey Division #5 in Albany, NY, was honored at a reception sponsored by Siena College and AOH Division #5.  Fr. Capistran retired from active duty as Division Chaplain as well as recently retiring from Siena College as a Sociology Professor.  Fr. Capistran faithfully served as AOH Division #5 Chaplain since 1982, shortly after the tragic and sudden death of his close friend and AOH Division #5

Chaplain Father Henry Tansey. Fr. Capistran, a native of Rutherford, NJ, entered the Franciscan Order in 1953 and was ordained to the priesthood on March 12, 1960. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado and is a retired Professor of Sociology at Siena. He has published widely in his field and is well known for his work with the native peoples in Arizona. Along with his teaching ministry, Capistran helps in parishes in the Albany Diocese by celebrating liturgy and preaching; he has been Vicar in the Siena Friary for eight years, and served as Chaplain to the Colonie Police Department. Fr. Capistran is well-known in the Capital District for his continued support and dedication to the Irish American community as a Hibernian but he was also active with the Albany Police Pipe & Drum Band and was supportive of the Albany LAOH Division and Capital District Irish American Center.  Fr. Capistran has close ties to many Hibernian families and always made himself available to celebrate significant events that included weddings, Christenings and anniversary parties.  Fr. Capistran was also helpful in offering his services and guidance at wakes and funerals of friends and Hibernians.  The reception to honor Fr. Capistran was well attended and attracted a broad representation of AOH members, community leaders and families of the Irish American Community.  AOH Division #5 presented Fr. Capistran with a Waterford crystal Celtic Cross in appreciation for his many years as a committed Hibernian and Division Chaplain.  Fr. Capistran was also presented with gifts from friends but was most notably recognized by Fr. Kevin Mullen, O.F.M., Ph.d, Siena College President and Albany Hibernian.  Fr. Kevin spoke of Fr. Capistran’s Irish nature, academic achievements and his impact on the Siena College student community as a teacher and mentor. At Fr. Capistran’s request, proceeds and gifts from the reception were donated to the Albany AOH and LAOH Scholarship Fund at Siena College in the name of Fr. Henry Tansey and Bill Dooley, deceased New York State Trooper and member of the Albany Police & Drum Band.

(L to R) Back Row: Michael McNabb, NYS AOH Vice President, Tim McSweeney, NYS AOH Treasurer and Patrick Hale, President of the Capital District Irish American Association. Front Row: Kevin O'Reilly, Albany Div. 5 President, Fr. Capistran Hanlon, OFM, Honoree and Fr. Kevin Mullen, OFM, President of Siena College.

New York FFAI Success

Albany NY AOH Div. 5 Chairman for the Freedom for All Ireland, Ciaran Geraghty, had the Albany City Common Council pass the resolution that Rita O’Hare and Sean Pender talked about at this year’s Fr. Murphy Award Banquet, with regard to the value of a free and united Ireland.  It was passed unanimously, on March 15th. Division member Cliff Nolan, traveling to Rory Dolan’s in Yonkers to hear Martin McGuinness speak on the 17th, was asked to bring a copy along in the hope of seeing and presenting it on his behalf.  It worked out well as the picture shows, and was greatly appreciated.

(L to R) Maryann Tucker, Martin McGuinness, Patty Nolan and Cliff Nolan

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