McGuinness-McDonald Division Forms in Orange County

On Wednesday, December 4th, the first meeting of the McGuinness-McDonald Division was held at the home of Hugh Connolly in Warwick, Orange County. Over the past year, the prospective division members, led by Brian McCabe,held many unofficial meetings to plan their formation as New York’s newest division. The evening event saw 17 members take the oath of the Order. The swearing-in ceremony was immediately followed by a meeting in which the new members chose their officers to lead them over the coming year. Once the votes were cast for officers, the installation of officers ceremony was performed by national, state, county officers in attendance. In attendance for the evening events and to officiate was Dan Dennehy, National Director for the New York Metro Area and NYAOH District 8 Director, Jim Russell, Kevin Cummings, NYAOH Co-Webmaster and Past State Organizer, and Orange County Board Officers, Ed Burke, County President and Jack Graham, County Treasurer. Representing Rockland County was Cy Hughes who assisted with the ceremonies.

Speaking about the Order’s newest members, National Director Dan Dennehy said to the Orange County Brothers in attendance and who each represented Orange County’s three other divisions, ” They will be a great addition to your county because they have taken great consideration in planning their start. Speaking directly to the county officers Dennehy stated: “You, as county officers should act as mentors to these,the new division officers of the McGuinness-McDonald Division.”  President Ed Burke presented the new division with funding to purchase officer medallions and a gavel to conduct their meetings.  President Burke invited the new members to participate in upcoming county activities and events and to visit the AOH Halls –homes to Division 1 in Monroe and Division 2 in Cornwall.

The newly installed officers of the McGuinness-McDonald Division  are:

  • Brian McCabe, President
  • Peter Riley, Vice President
  • Michael Connolly, Recording Secretary
  • James McLaughlin, Financial Secretary
  • Matthew Segota, Treasurer
  • Brian Currid, Chairman of the Standing Committee
  • Kevin Murphy, Marshal
  • John Kelly, Sentinel
  • Hugh Connolly, Historian
  • Thomas Connolly, Webmaster

The division was named after Martin McGuinness who was an Irish republican politician who, as a member of Sinn Féin, was the deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland from May 2007 to January 2017. And Detective Steven D. McDonald who was a New York City Police Department patrolman who was shot and paralyzed on July 12, 1986. The shooting left him quadriplegic. McDonald forgave his attackers and traveled the county to lecture on the importance of forgiveness. Both men greatly admired in the Irish American community.

Unquiet Graves: The Story of the Glenanne Gang

Alan Brecknell from the Pat Finucane Center will present the documentary Unquiet Graves: The Story of the Glenanne Gang which details how members of the RUC and UDR, (a British Army regiment) were centrally involved in the murder of over 120 innocent civilians during the recent conflict in Ireland.  It will detail how these members worked hand in hand with known sectarian murderers in the targeted assassinations of farmers, shopkeepers, publicans and other civilians in a campaign aimed at terrorizing the most vulnerable in society. Now known as the Glenanne Gang, the group of killers rampaged through Counties Tyrone and Armagh and across into the Irish Republic in a campaign that lasted from July 1972 to the end of 1978.

The film is narrated by academy award nominated actor Stephen Rea and directed by award winning director, Seán Murray.
Admission is free and open to all.  Doors open at 7pm for a meet and greet with the film presentation at 7:30. Documentary is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Board Meeting and Testimonial Dinner

The NY State Board Fall Meeting will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Melville, NY beginning at 10:00 AM.  Officers and committee chairs are asked to bring 75 copies of their semi-annual reports.

Melville Marriott 
1350 Walt Whitman Road

Melville, NY 11747


The Melville Marriott at 631-423-1600 for information and room reservations.


State President’s Testimonial Dinner

Join us at the Testimonial Dinner honoring Vic Vogel, President, New York State AOH on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Melville Marriott, 1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747 ( The awarding of the 2018 NYS AOH Burns-Hayes Award to William “Bill” Powers of the AOH Thomas Carroll Division, Buffalo, New York will also take place as part of the evening’s festivities.

The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a celebratory Mass followed by the dinner beginning at 7:00 p.m. Music will be by “Great River Junction.” Dinner tickets are $125 and include choice of Entrée’, Salad, Dessert and include a three hour open bar.

Follow the links for Dinner Registration Forms and Journal Ad Contacts.

Hotel Rooms are available Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd at $139/Night @ AOH Rate (does not include taxes).  Please use code: Ancient Order of Hibernians. The Reservation Number: 631-423-1600.  Book your group rate for NYS Ancient Order of Hibernians.

For more information, please contact Walter Butler, Event Chair at or at 631-384-3971


Spring AOH/LAOH Meetings and Events a Success

The NY State Board spring meeting weekend started early in East Durham on Friday, May 4, 2018 with the NYS AOH James F. Hayes Golf Classic and the Austin V. Carew Scholarship Fund event held at Sunny Hill Golf Course.

View additional photos courtesy of John O’Connell

The spring meeting took place the next morning on at the Shamrock House.  The meeting was well attended with a standing-room only crowd. AOH members in attendance from across the Empire State heard board officers and committee chairs report on activities that occurred since the last board meeting in the fall.

View additional photos courtesy of John O’Connell

Reports included the success of the “Ireland’s 1918 Freedom Mandate” event which took place on April 24th at the New York State Capitol Building, the formation of two new divisions in Westchester and Queens and other reports on polictical education, immigration, charity and missions and district director reports.

Members were also introduced to the new Executive Director of the Irish American History Museum (IAHM) in Albany. Dr. Elizabeth Stack thanked the NY AOH membership for their unwavering support of the museum and its mission and spoke passionately about her own experiences as a immigrant.

On hand for the meeting were National Board officers: President Hon. James F. McKay III, Vice President Daniel O’Connell, Secretary Jere E. Cole, Jr., and Treasurer Sean Pender along with National Directors: Liam McNabb, Dan Dennehy, Denny Parks, and Bill Sullivan. Other national committee chairs were also in attendance.

During the meeting, members from the many divisons who submitted their annual Charity and Missions report were presented with certificates of recognition for all the charitable activities carried out by their brothers in their divisions. 

President Vic Vogel announced a new initiative to have at least one Irish language Mass be said in each of the many NYAOH counties and districts. Upcoming events were discussed including the upcoming National AOH/LAOH Biennial Convention which will take place at the Galt House in Louisville, KY, July 11 – 14th, 2018. The 2019 NYS State Convention Chair, Liam McNabb released information for the NYS AOH/LAOH Convention which will be held in July 2019.

Saturday afternoon festivities included Father Henry Reid’s BBQ Fundraiser held at McGrath’s Edgewater Resort and LAOH fundraisers and Kentuckey Derby events held at Gavins. The weekend was capped off with a well attended Sunday Pilgramage Mass which was held at the Our Lady of Knock Shrine.

View additional photos courtesy of John O’Connell

Saratoga Division Supports Local Parish Outreach Program with Raffle Proceeds

Kevin Quinn – Marshal, Bobbi Gentile – MTC Volunteer and Don McHenry, Past Division President.



Members of Commodore John Barry Division #1 of Saratoga Springs made a $700 donation to Mother Theresa’s Closet, which is part of the Holy Trinity Parish in Johnstown, New York. The volunteers collect and distribute paper goods, personal items, soap etc., to help with the needs that social service programs don’t fill. Funds for the donation were raised from the Division’s Masters Tournament Ticket Raffle that was held earlier this year.




2016 James F. Hayes Annual Golf Classic

James F. Hayes Golf Classic

The James F. Hayes Annual Golf Classic will take place this year at the Sunny Hill Resort and Golf Course. The date of the event is Friday, April 29, 2016. This fundraising event is run in conjunction with the semi-annual board meeting which will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Please see attached flyer for all the information including hotel reservations for AOH group. The rates are very reasonable and a fun weekend is guaranteed.  If you need any additional information or any questions, feel free to email Mike Byrne, NYS Sports Chairman at or call 516-782-4762.

Hayes Hole Sponsor