President Boyle’s Letter To Urban Outfitters

Mr Hayne, as the National President of the largest Irish American Organization in the United States, the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, it is with great displeasure that I must write to you and ask that you immediately remove the disgusting products you have for sale in your stores depicting the Irish as Drunks and defaming the Irish Nation and the Patron Saint of Ireland, St Patrick.

St Patrick’s Day, March 17th, is a day when the Irish celebrate the patron saint of Ireland and yes we do celebrate in a respectful manner with many of us starting the day by attending Mass prior to marching in parades. There are those few who use this day as an excuse to over celebrate but that does not give you or anyone else the right to defame and debase a whole race of people by selling the garbage that you display in your stores.

For you or anyone else to have articles like the trucker’s cap depicting a drunk vomiting shamrocks or selling jugs such as the Leprechauns Piss Jug is culturally offensive and uncalled for. If this is the way you must make your money by debasing a whole race of people I can assure you that with over 40 million people in this country claiming Irish ancestry they will not be your customers after this display of arrogance and disrespect to a whole nation.

I ask, would you have the same type of garbage depicting the African American, Jewish or Muslim Nations emblazoned on your product? I think not. Why do it to the Irish? Perhaps it is because we are Catholic and you think you can get away with it, or is because you think we do not care about our heritage or perhaps because you just dont care about our nationality. Well Mr Hayne, we do care about our Heritage, our Religion and what the perception of us as a nation is, so I am sure you will be hearing from many more of our proud Irish American people throughout this country and abroad.

Thousands of our people shop at you stores throughout the country and with help of the news media, Irish and catholic organizations and the general public we will get the word out that Urban Outfitters does not have any respect for the Irish people or the Catholic Religion and we will ask them to Boycott your establishments.

If you have a change of heart and decide to do the right thing by immediately removing this offensive product from your stores please contact me and I will make sure that our people continue to shop your business.

Seamus Boyle National President
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Inc

Anger Over St. Patrick’s Day Items: MyFoxNY.com

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President’s Message Feb. 2012

The division installations are over for another year. I would like to thank all the divisions who invited me to attend their installations this year. I had the honor to install 3 of my cousins as division presidents, 2 cousins as division officers and my son, Emmett, as a division sentinel.

Now St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. This means many parades and celebrations. I ask all Brothers to remember we are paying homage to OUR Patron Saint. PLEASE be respectful in all you do during this season.

I would like to invite any Brother and his family who would like to join the NYS Board as we march up 5th Avenue on March 17th. There is a dress code. No jeans, tennis shoes (sneakers) or sweat shirts.

Our Spring NYS Board Meeting will be held in East Durham on May 5, 2012. I am expecting a multitude of candidates for national office to be in attendance. This will be a great chance for our members to meet these candidates in a non convention pressured atmosphere.

As I mentioned in the previous ESH, The National Convention will be held at Turning Stone July 9th – 13th 2012. Delegates should make their room reservations ASAP. I am expecting our State to have a FULL Delegation.

Have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day and a Holy Easter.

Your in our Motto,

Michael J. McNabb
IBTGOG