A Message from NYSAOH President Victor Vogel


Jim Scott, a great Hibernian and Past President of J.F.K. Div. 1, Schenectady County was in a bad vehicle accident last evening. His injuries are extensive, but he is stable. He has a long road in front of him, however I’m told he is talking and being the “Jimmy” we all know …

Please join the State Board and myself in offering prayers for strength and a speedy recovery. 


Vic Vogel
NYS AOH President

Dan Dennehy for National Director Fundraiser

Join Us in Showing Support
Dan Dennehy for National Director

dan_dennehySaturday, June 18, 2016

AOH Division 19
“Baile Na Ngael” Home of the Irish
2750 Gerritsen Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11229

Noon- 5 PM

$25.00 Per Person
includes “Unlimited Food and Beverages”

Live Music performed by:
“The Brooklyn Bards”

All proceeds are going towards Brother Hibernian Dan Dennehy’s campaign for AOH National Director

For more information and tickets, please contact:

NYS AOH Vice President
Victor J. Vogel at 631-513-9721
NYS AOH Treasurer
John J. Manning at 917-589-0047

For anyone not able to attend but wishing to make a donation please send your donation checks payable to:
AOH Queens County President
John Manning
204-10 9th Ave
Breezy Point, NY 11697
Memo line: Dan Dennehy Fund

Download the event flyer

State Board Spring Meeting Announced

Shamrock HouseThe NY State Board Spring Meeting will take place in East Durham on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Shamrock House beginning at 10:00 AM.

Officers are asked to bring 75 copies of their reports.

Shamrock House
Rte. 145
East Durham, NY 12423

Contact Info for Shamrock House East Durham

Read more about the James F. Hayes Golf Classic to be held at the Sunny Hill Resort and Golf Course or register to golf or sponsor a hole.

Additional information on the evening events and on the Mass at the Our Lady of Knock Shrine to follow.

Join Us in Observing the 1916 Rising

Proclamation_of_1916Join us for an historical day beginning with a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue and 50th St. where immediately following the Mass there will be a Grand Procession to the Irish Consulate located on Park Ave. and 51st Street. The Consulate will be the site of the commemorative reading of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

Tim McSweeney, NYAOH President has requested that all AOH Divisions, who plan on attending this event, come in “full regalia” which includes the wearing of ceremonial sashes and the display of division, county and state officer medallions. Division and county board banners are encouraged along with US and Irish national flags for the procession through the streets of Manhattan.

There will be a reception at the Irish Consulate which is by invitation only. However, the NY County Board will arrange several “after party” locations for AOH members at participating restaurants and pubs in the immediate area.  Further details will be shared as they become available. Please contact Tom Beirne, NYAOH District 4 Director and Event Coordinator at tombeirne4@hotmail.com with questions and to provide approximate numbers for those attending the Mass.


2016 NYS Hibernian Bowling Tournament


The 2016 NYS Hibernian Bowling Tournament will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm. The event which is sponsored by the Fr. Tansey, Division #5 in Albany County.

$30.00 per Bowler
Price includes Bowling and Banquet
Special pricing for “Banquet Only”

4 person team format

Playdrium Bowling Center
363 Ontario Street
Albany, NY 12208

Awards and Dinner:
Albany Hibernian Hall
365 Ontario Street
Albany, NY 12208

LAOH Teams, Single Bowlers, Cheerleaders and Peanut Gallery Always Welcome!
RSVP by March 17, 2016

Please see attached flyers below for all the information.

If you need any additional information or have any questions, feel free to contact Kevin O’Reilly at koreill1@nycap.rr.com or 518-528-5063 or John Holland at termtav@hotmail.com or 518-935-7298.

Bowling Flyer

Bowling Sponsor


Copies of “The Road to Rebellion” Donated to Library

Goshen Library DonationOn December 4th, ten copies of the book entitled “The Road to Rebellion” by AOH Historian Mike McCormack were donated to the Goshen Public Library and Historical Society by the Orange County Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The Road to Rebellion is an illustrated account of the causes leading to and the events during the Easter Rising of 1916 in Ireland. The AOH will be celebrating the upcoming centennial of the Easter Rising which led to Ireland’s independence.

Accepting the donation was (center) Matthew Gomm – Director of the Library. Presenting the books were (left) Thomas McDonald President of the Orange County AOH and (right) Patrick Lahiff, Orange County AOH Freedom for All Ireland Chairman. The library is part of the Ramapo Catskill Library System, serving public libraries in Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, and Southern Ulster Counties, New York. The books will be available to 51 libraries within the system.

The gifts were made possible by a donation from NY State AOH Freedom for All Ireland Chairman – Ciaran Geraghty.

Keep St. Patrick in the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Add your voice and be heard…
Sign the petition by clicking hereSt Patrick

 Keep the Spirit of St. Patrick and Democracy in the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Concerned Members of the Affiliated Organizations of the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

For over two centuries, the Irish American community of New York has proudly celebrated their Patron Saint Patrick, their ancestral Homeland of Ireland, their faith and American patriotism by marching annually on the Feast of St. Patrick. Since 1992, the Parade has been operated .by St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Inc., a corporation whose sole purpose is to conduct in cooperation with the broader Irish American community a parade in honor of St. Patrick, the principles of the Roman Catholic Church and the culture and tradition of the Irish and Irish American people. Many of us had believed that the inclusion of an LGBT group in last year’s parade led by his Eminence Cardinal Dolan as Grand Marshal signaled an end to past. controversies and would allow the parade to once again focus on all that is right and important about St. Patrick’s Day and the parade.

Alas, it seems the Board has forgotten that the Affiliated Organizations are the backbone of the parade; some of them have been marching in the parade. For over a century and many of their members for generations. The Board of Directors continually marginalized the Affiliated Organizations, which pay annual dues, support fundraising events and who, per the bylaws, and are supposed to have a democratic voice in the parade.

We are deeply concerned with an agenda published by St. Patrick’s Day Parade Inc. Chairman Dr. John Lahey for a meeting to be held on 10/29 concerning revisions to the corporation’s bylaws. Among the agenda items are:

  • Removal of the section which states “The Parade will be held in honor of St Patrick, the Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of New York and the Patron Saint of Ireland.”
  • The elimination of the election, by democratic process, of the officers of the parade committee by the affiliated organizations; depriving the affiliated organizations of any voice in the parade.
  • The creation of a new executive committee, replacing the elected Parade Committee, answerable only to Dr. Lahey and the Board to administer the parade.
  • The removal of the requirement that members of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee be of Irish descent
  • The removal of the requirement that members of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee be Roman Catholic.

In proposing these changes, Dr. Lahey highlights the fact that recent appointments to the Board were made contrary to the current bylaws and are thus null and void as well as any board decisions made since, specifically the appointment of persons who are employees, of Quinnipiac. University and report to Dr. Lahey as subordinates in his role as president of that University.

Dr. Lahey and the Board cite the need for inclusion in the parade yet the creation of special “executive committees” and the disenfranchisement of organizations that have marched and supported the parade for decades contradict those sentiments. They wish to remove the only purpose and meaning of the parade and to place it totally under the control of a small ruling body.

We request that the proposed executive board meeting and all changes to the bylaws of the parade be suspended and that a meeting of the between the Board, Committee, and Affiliated Organizations be convened as soon as possible. Our ancestors came to this country to escape the rule by elites and this meeting is more than appropriate and long overdue.

Add your voice before October 29th and be heard…

Click Here to Sign the Petition

The 2015 Freedom For All Ireland Night


The Albany LAOH & AOH cordially invite members and guests to attend the 2015 Freedom For All Ireland Night on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 6:30pm, Hibernian Hall, 375 Ontario St., Albany, NY 12208.

Sean PenderGuest of Honor and Recipient of the 2015 Fr. Murphy Award will be Sean Pender, Past National Director FFAI and AOH National Board Director , NJ-DE-MD.

Music by Kilrush.  Ticket price is $25.00 per person.  Table reservations are required.  The evening festivities will include raffles, food and prizes.

For reservations and information, contact: Dolores Desch at laohdolores@yahoo.com or Ray McDermott at 518-421-9945 or rmcderm1@nycap.rr.com