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

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 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.

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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 or Ray McDermott at 518-421-9945 or


AOH NYS Board -The 16th Annual James F. Hayes Golf Classic

The New York State Board of The Ancient Order of Hibernians is proud to announce that they will be hosting The 16th Annual James F. Hayes Golf Classic on Friday, May 1, 2015 at The Sunny Hill Resort & Golf Course in Greenville, New York.

Registration and Sign-In for this event will open at 8:30am, with a shotgun start to follow.  The golf outing includes a continental breakfast, golf, cart, A BBQ lunch at the turn, and an awards dinner following the conclusion of golf.

The cost will be $80.00 per golfer, and hole sponsorships are available at $100.00 per hole.

Attention! – All hole sponsorships must be received by April 1, 2015.  This is due to the requirements of a new sign vendor that was recently obtained for this event.

Please make all checks payable to: The Austin V. Crew Scholarship Fund.

Please mail all applications and sponsorships to: Mike J. McNabb, 9 Throop Avenue, Auburn, NY 13021.  You can contact Mike at email: .

Room Reservations made be made at the following AOH sponsors.

Gavin’s Irish Country Inn – (518) 634-2582

Shamrock House – (518) 634-2897

Stack’s Lamp Post Motel – (518) 622-9703


Freedom For All Ireland Christmas Appeal Fundraiser

The AOH New York State Board will host a fundraiser for The Freedom for All Ireland Christmas Appeal on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm.  The event will be held at O’Rielly’s Bar and Kitchen, 21 West 35th Street in Manhattan.

There is a $20.00 suggested donation.  The event will feature entertainment, food cash bar and raffles. 

All proceeds will go to the AOH FFAI Christmas Appeal, which benefits community and charity organizations in The North of Ireland.

Groups requesting financial support from the FFAI Christmas Appeal must promote those programs that encourage cross community cooperation, economic development, social change, cross border collaboration, Irish history and language education, nationalist infrastructure maintenance and construction efforts, and Irish unification initiatives based on peace and justice for all throughout all of Ireland.

For more information, please contact AOH New York State FFAI Chairman Tim Myles: (516) 660-7456 or

Groups that have received FFAI Christmas Appeal support

Belfast National Graves: Support for the upkeep of Belfast republican graves and memorial.

Cairde: A self-help initiative by the republican prisoners from the Strabane area, to assist with the needs of prisoners and their families as a result of the political conflict in Ireland.

Cuimhneamh: A “living history” project initially funded by Newry & Mourne Local Strategy Partnership. Its aim is to compile an extensive and ongoing archive of people’s memories and experiences from the early 20th century to the present day for the South Armagh and North Louth areas.

Green Cross, AnCuman Cubrach (Belfast): Provides material assistance to the families of people bereaved in the Troubles and to assist in the alleviation of hardship within the community.

Mary’s Gift ( This foundation is a US-based charitable endowment fund providing support to Irish-Immersion schools in the Six Counties. Donations are distributed to preschool, primary and post-primary schools where all subjects are taught in the Irish language.

Omagh Basketball Team ( Their goal is to bring children from all sides of the community and teach them to work together, using basketball as a tool.

Pat Finucane Centre in Derry and Newry ( The group is dedicated to research and documenting individual cases of conflict related to loss of life following a specific request from a relative, and finding innovative alternatives for families seeking redress. This is to counterbalance when there is an inability of the criminal justice system to provide for justice.

Relatives For Justice in Belfast and Dungannon ( Their aim is to provide appropriate support for the victims of State violence and collusion within a safe environment. They engage the courts, request investigation, create awareness and provide information. They lobby the Congress and Senate with AOH partnership support.

Saint Patrick Centre ( Located beside Saint Patrick’s Grave in Downpatrick, County Down, the Saint Patrick Centre is the only permanent exhibition in the World dedicated to the memory of the Patron Saint of Ireland. It is a centre for Tourism, reconciliation and is dedicated to all the people of Ireland. It helps to boost local tourism economy in an area hard hit by the troubles, thereby helping to bring normality and stability to the Mid Down area.

Tar Anall in Belfast ( Tar Arnall offers support services required to empower and provide opportunities for Republican ex-prisoners and their families, who have been adversely affected by the conflict in Ireland. They provide training and education services, welfare support, and job skills development. They promote an ethos of self-help, personal achievement and self-empowerment.

Thar Saile: An Irish-American organization dedicated to working for the rights of former Irish Political POWs in the United States. Their mission is to achieve a permanent solution to the immigration issues (including deportation and extradition from the U.S.) facing former Irish Republican Political Prisoners residing within the United States.

Holy Cross Ardoyne Trust in North Belfast: This group worked for the creation of a cross community Family Centre on Crumlin Road. Support enables the group to continue the essential cross-community work and concentrate their efforts on reconciliation and the improvement of community relations within North Belfast through the Family Centre Development project.

Coiste na n-larchimí in the Six Counties ( Coiste is the representative group supporting former IRA ex-prisoners and assisting them in building a just peace in Ireland. They lobby and advocate on their behalf. They provide services such as welfare advice, family support, training for employment, emotional support and counseling. They are also involved in peace building and dialogue activity, establishing projects aimed at deepening respect between former combatant groups, and building understanding of the political institutions.

AOH-New York State President’s Testimonial Dinner

The AOH Michael F. Hogan Division #15 and The LAOH Sister Catherine McAuley Division #14 of Nassau County are proud to host The 2014 AOH New York State President’s Testimonial Dinner at The Melville Marriott on Saturday, November 8, 2014.


The event will honor The AOH New York State President James J. Burke and The LAOH New York State President Carol A. McTigue.  This dinner will be held in conjunction with the Fall AOH New York State Board Meetings.


The evening will start with a mass at The Melville Marriott at 5:30pm.  The cocktail hour will begin at 6:30pm in the hotel’s atrium.  The dinner will commence at 7:30pm with music provided by Dennis Gallery & Celtic Justice.  Tickets for this dinner will be $85.00 per person.


There will also be a commemorative journal for this event.  Prices for advertising are

Full Page- $100

Half Page- $60.00

1/4 Page- $40.00

Patron Listing- $10.00

The deadline for journal ads is October 6, 2014. 


Please make checks payable to: AOH Testimonial Dinner Committee

Please mail checks and journal ads to : Testimonial Committee, 4711 Merrick Road, Massapequa, NY 11758


For those seeking accommodations, reservations can be made by calling the Melville Marriott at (800) 228-9290.  Use the code (AOH/LAOH) when making your reservation.  The rates are $129.00 plus tax per night.  Reservations rates are good thru October 7,2014.



AOH Division 5 Bronx – Awards Benefit


The Officers and Members of  The  Ancient Order of Hibernians, Bronx Division #5 invite you to their Annual Awards Ceremony to be held on Sunday, October 26th at The Rambling House Bar and Restaurant in The Woodlawn section of The Bronx.  The event will run from 3pm- 7pm and will honor 4 special individuals who have contributed greatly to The Irish Community.

The Division will present awards to:

Timothy McSweeney- AOH New York State Vice President

Ray O’Hanlon – Senior Editor of The Irish Echo Newspaper

Judge William Mogulescu – Irish Civil Rights Lawyer

Jerry Collins – Member of  The Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and Local American Legion Post Chaplain

This promises to to a very special event! Admission is @25.00 with a cash bar.


For more information, please contact Martin Galvin, Division 5 President at

or call (718) 324-8726.

AOH Divisions 8 & 9 Suffolk County – Annual Golf Outing


Two great AOH Divisions in Suffolk County are combing their efforts and hosting a Golf Outing on Monday, October 13th at The Pine Ridge Golf Club in Coram, NY!  The event will be hosted by The Father Francis Fitzgerald Division #8 of Selden, and The Father Murphy of Boollavogue Division #9 of Port Jefferson.  The event will honor Sean Worell and will begin with registration starting at 11:00am and a shotgun start at 12 Noon.

The cost is $150.00 per golfer and will include golf, cart,BBQ, buffet dinner with lots of raffles, giveaways, prizes and much much more!

For more information or to register for this event, please contact Gene Wynn at (631) 682-3150 or Joe Kelly at (516) 375-0625.


NYS Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid’s Pilgrimage to Ireland

Join New York State AOH Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid as he leads a pilgrimage to Ireland!  The trip will be from October 5-14 2014 and will travel to cities such as Dublin, Down, Belfast, Derry, Galway and Wicklow!


† Round trip airfare to Dublin from New York
† Accommodations for 8 nights in Ireland (or similar):
~ Oct 6 – 8 / 2 nights: The Gresham Hotel, Dublin
~ Oct 8 – 10 / 2 nights: Ramada Plaza Hotel, Belfast
~ Oct 10 – 11 / 1 night: White Horse Hotel, Derry
~ Oct 11 – 12 / 1 night: Connacht Hotel, Galway
~ Oct 12 – 14 / 2 nights: The Gresham Hotel, Dublin
† Irish Breakfast each morning (Lunch at Carberry;s Pub on Day 4 only)
† Dinner each evening
† Touring by private coach throughout and as per itinerary
† Services of your driver as guide throughout your stay
† Dublin City guide for half day Tour on Day 2
† Entrance fees
† Mass daily
† Porterage of one suitcase at hotels only      

Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents


For more information, you can contact 206 TOURS at (800) 206-TOUR (8687) or visit the pilgrimage web site at



Annual Respect Life Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral N.Y.C.




The Archdiocese of New York will hold it’s Annual Respect Life Mass on October 5, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City at 10:15am.  This mass will once again be co-sponsored by The New York State Ancient Order of Hibernians and The Sisters of Life Religious Order.

Members of The AOH are requested to line up on the steps of The Cathedral starting at 9:30am.  The assembly location will be at the corner of 51st Street and 5th Avenue.  Dress code for this event is dark conservative suits with AOH Medallions and Sashes.

There will be a breakfast hosted by The AOH NY County Board after Mass.  The breakfast will be held at Maggie’s Place, 21 East 47th Street.  There will be a $25.00 fee for a buffet breakfast with a cash bar.  The breakfast is scheduled to begin at 11:30AM.

For more information, please contact Tom Beirne, AOH NY County President at (646) 584-1918 or

Relevant Links for this event:

Maggie’s Place –