Rockland County 1916 – 2016 Rising Celebrations

2016 Commemoration

Final plans are now underway for the 1916 Easter Rising commemoration in Rockland County.  We would again like to make you aware of our plans:

Friday, April 22, 2016:  Hibernian House and Division 3 will be hosting a Rambling night of music and poetry at Hibernian House, 26 Railroad Avenue, Pearl River, N.Y.  Read more here.

Saturday, April 23, 2016:  A bus will be departing from the Pearl River Hilton to attend the National AOH/LAOH Easter Rising commemoration at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC.  The bus will be leaving Pearl River at 11:30 a.m. and will be returning back to Rockland County at 3:15 p.m.  The bus again will be departing New York City at 6:30 p.m. for the return trip to Rockland County.  The cost of the bus is $ 20 per person. Read more here.

Saturday, April 23, 2016:  Our friends at Irish Northern Aid will be holding their 1916 Commemoration Dinner at Leonard’s of Great Neck at 7 p.m.  For further information, please contact Brian Pearson at 845-825-0800. Read more here.

Sunday, April 24, 2016:  Buses will depart from the Pearl River Hilton to the GAA fields in time for mass to begin at 10:30 a.m.  Immediately following mass, we will hold our ceremony at the GAA fields with a reading of the 1916 Proclamation and procession of various Irish groups.  A luncheon will follow at the Pearl River Hilton at 2:00 p.m. The cost for the luncheon is $ 40 per person.  Read more and RSVP here.

Finally, The Bobby Sands chapter of Irish Northern Aid will be honoring National AOH President, Brendan Moore and Chairman of Structure Tone, Jim Donaghy on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Pearl River Elks.  All proceeds from the journal are being donated to the Rockland 1916 Commemoration Committee.  Read more regarding the journal and social that follows.

Rockland County AOH, New York
Men’s County Board – James Russell, President
Ladies’ County Board – Lillian Murphy, President

New York State Convention Information

Dear Fellow Hibernian:

The 96th Biennial 2011 AOH/57th Biennial LAOH New York State Convention will be held at the Hilton Pearl River, 500 Veterans Memorial Drive, Pearl River, N.Y. 10965, from Wednesday, July 13 through Sunday, July 17.

You can make a reservation with the Hilton Pearl River by calling (845) 735-9000. When making your reservation say “AOH Convention.” The room rate is $143 a night and is available two days before and two days after the convention. Reservations must be made no later than June 26, 2011.

Room reservations can also be made with the Holiday Inn Orangeburg, 329 Route 303, Orangeburg, NY 10962, by calling (845)359-7000. As with the Hilton Pearl River, when making your reservation say “AOH Convention”. The room rate is $129 a night and is also available two days before and two days after the convention. Reservations must be made no later than July 5, 2011

In addition, mail your convention registration form to the following address:

Mr. Timothy O’Neill and Ms. Carmel Reilly
Convention Registration Committee Co-Chairs
P.O. 182
Pearl River, NY 10965

Please make your check or money order payable to AOH NYS Convention.  A convention registration form postmarked on or before June 1, 2011 will be $210.  After June 1, 2011 the cost will be $235.

For further information including package details please go to www.nyaoh.com.

 

Yours in our motto,

 

A. Warren Scullin
2011 AOH/LAOH-NYS
Convention Chairman

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New York News

John F. Kennedy, Division #1, Schenectady New York, to Host Celebration

The Schenectady Ancient Order of Hibernians will be hosting the 3rd Annual Celtic Faire – A Celebration of the Seven Nations, from Noon until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2010. The Faire is designed to acquaint the attendees with Celtic food, music, culture, and heritage. The Faire will be located on the Jay Street Pedestrian Mall from State Street to City Hall in Downtown Schenectady. Music stages at each end of the Mall will feature local Celtic bands Flynn 529, St. James’ Gate, Who’s Your Paddy?, Emerald Dawn and more. Performances by the Schenectady and Albany Pipe Bands and the step dancers from Farrell’s School of Dance will round out the entertainment.  There will be food and craft vendors; a local farmers’ market; and children’s activities. A Bonnie Knees contest will be held in front of Lennon’s Irish Shop over the course of the day. The highlight of the event will be the drawing for the grand prize in the Faire raffle, a trip for two to Ireland, on June 25th. Tickets are $15 or 2 for $25, and are available by email request. The Faire is sponsored by The Gazette, Guinness and Coors Light. For more information, contact at celticfaireaoh@yahoo.com or www.aohjfk.org.

Pearl River Celebrates Irish American Heritage Month

In recognition of March being Irish American Heritage Month, Dermot Moore, the president of Division III of Pearl River, NY presented the trustees of the Pearl River Library with a check for $300.00.  The money was used to purchase books and CDs related to Irish Heritage to add to the library’s holdings. The Division worked with the staff to select appropriate materials covering topics as diverse as Newgrange, the role of the Cumann na mBan and a biography of Fr. Duffy and music from O’Carolan to Clannad.  The Library showed its appreciation by the display of a large poster throughout March, drawing attention to the AOH’s gift and recognizing March as Irish American Heritage Month.  The Division hopes that these books and CDs will help convey the message of the important role played by the Irish and Irish Americans not only in March, but throughout the year.

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Albany AOH Honors Division Chaplain

Fr. Capistran Hanlon, O.F.M., long time Chaplain of The Father Henry Tansey Division #5 in Albany, NY, was honored at a reception sponsored by Siena College and AOH Division #5.  Fr. Capistran retired from active duty as Division Chaplain as well as recently retiring from Siena College as a Sociology Professor.  Fr. Capistran faithfully served as AOH Division #5 Chaplain since 1982, shortly after the tragic and sudden death of his close friend and AOH Division #5

Chaplain Father Henry Tansey. Fr. Capistran, a native of Rutherford, NJ, entered the Franciscan Order in 1953 and was ordained to the priesthood on March 12, 1960. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado and is a retired Professor of Sociology at Siena. He has published widely in his field and is well known for his work with the native peoples in Arizona. Along with his teaching ministry, Capistran helps in parishes in the Albany Diocese by celebrating liturgy and preaching; he has been Vicar in the Siena Friary for eight years, and served as Chaplain to the Colonie Police Department. Fr. Capistran is well-known in the Capital District for his continued support and dedication to the Irish American community as a Hibernian but he was also active with the Albany Police Pipe & Drum Band and was supportive of the Albany LAOH Division and Capital District Irish American Center.  Fr. Capistran has close ties to many Hibernian families and always made himself available to celebrate significant events that included weddings, Christenings and anniversary parties.  Fr. Capistran was also helpful in offering his services and guidance at wakes and funerals of friends and Hibernians.  The reception to honor Fr. Capistran was well attended and attracted a broad representation of AOH members, community leaders and families of the Irish American Community.  AOH Division #5 presented Fr. Capistran with a Waterford crystal Celtic Cross in appreciation for his many years as a committed Hibernian and Division Chaplain.  Fr. Capistran was also presented with gifts from friends but was most notably recognized by Fr. Kevin Mullen, O.F.M., Ph.d, Siena College President and Albany Hibernian.  Fr. Kevin spoke of Fr. Capistran’s Irish nature, academic achievements and his impact on the Siena College student community as a teacher and mentor. At Fr. Capistran’s request, proceeds and gifts from the reception were donated to the Albany AOH and LAOH Scholarship Fund at Siena College in the name of Fr. Henry Tansey and Bill Dooley, deceased New York State Trooper and member of the Albany Police & Drum Band.

(L to R) Back Row: Michael McNabb, NYS AOH Vice President, Tim McSweeney, NYS AOH Treasurer and Patrick Hale, President of the Capital District Irish American Association. Front Row: Kevin O'Reilly, Albany Div. 5 President, Fr. Capistran Hanlon, OFM, Honoree and Fr. Kevin Mullen, OFM, President of Siena College.

New York FFAI Success

Albany NY AOH Div. 5 Chairman for the Freedom for All Ireland, Ciaran Geraghty, had the Albany City Common Council pass the resolution that Rita O’Hare and Sean Pender talked about at this year’s Fr. Murphy Award Banquet, with regard to the value of a free and united Ireland.  It was passed unanimously, on March 15th. Division member Cliff Nolan, traveling to Rory Dolan’s in Yonkers to hear Martin McGuinness speak on the 17th, was asked to bring a copy along in the hope of seeing and presenting it on his behalf.  It worked out well as the picture shows, and was greatly appreciated.

(L to R) Maryann Tucker, Martin McGuinness, Patty Nolan and Cliff Nolan

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