Knock Visionary John Curry Laid to Rest At St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral


Members of the AOH were honored to participate in a very special Mass that was held this weekend at The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City.

John Curry, one of the 15 witnesses to the apparition of the Virgin Mary in Knock, Ireland in 1879 was reinterred in the walled cemetery on the Basilica grounds after a Requiem Mass celebrated by Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

It was discovered several years ago that John Curry had been placed in an unmarked grave on Long Island after his death in 1943. Cardinal Dolan, along with Fr. Gibbons, the Pastor of Knock Shrine worked to have his remains brought to St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral for a proper Christian Burial.

Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians assisted in the celebration of the Mass. The AOH Capital District Honor Guard was also present and worked with the Knights of Columbus in ensuring the ceremony was respectful and dignified. Several AOH Chaplains con-celebrated the Mass and were lead by State Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid.

The New York State Board congratulates National Hunger Chairman Thomas Beirne and his committee on helping to organize a very successful and solemn event!

Spring AOH/LAOH Meetings and Events a Success

The NY State Board spring meeting took place in East Durham on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Shamrock House.  The meeting was well attended with a standing room only crowd.

AOH members in attendance from across the state (below) heard state officer and committee chair reports on activities since the last board meeting. Reports on upcoming events included the Requiem Mass and Reburial of John Curry on May 13, 2017 and the upcoming 99th New York State AOH Biennial Convention and the 59th LAOH Biennial Convention which will take place at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo, July 12 – 15th, 2017.

Brother Hibernians from the host division for the East Durham meeting, Greene County Mass Rock Div. 2 (above), stand outside Lady of Knock Church in East Durham for our Order’s annual pilgrimage.  Jimmy Cuff (far right), Division President, was assisted by many Greene County Hibernians to welcome the AOH and LAOH for our annual State Board meeting.  The NYS AOH Board thanks them for their Irish hospitality.

The weekend events included “Karen’s Carnival” honoring LAOH New York State President and Sister Hibernian, Karen Keane, of LAOH Albany Division 1 who is ending her term as president.  The lively event was held at Gavin’s Country Inn following the state meeting. 

View the photo album slideshow of the weekend events here (Courtesy of John O’Connell –