Rockland County Emerald Ball

Each year the start of the St. Patrick’s Day season begins with the Rockland County Emerald Ball and once again, the Rockland County Men’s and Ladies’ Ancient Order of Hibernians invite you to support this special event. The Emerald Ball is a night to celebrate our Irish culture and traditions with great friends, food, music, and also serves as the primary fundraiser for the 56th Annual Rockland County AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s ball will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Pearl River Hilton at 7 p.m. As always, we will honor individuals who distinguish themselves through their actions and personify our motto of “Friendship, Unity & Christian Charity.” As such, we are proud to announce that our 2018 honorees are:

Hibernian of the Year: William Young
Businessperson of the Year: Neill Acer, Defiant Brewing Company
Parade Commander: Francis T. Duffy, USMC
Grand Marshal: Emmett Woods
Aide to the NYC Grand Marshal: James Russell

There are a variety of ways that you can support this year’s event including attending the Emerald Ball, sponsoring an ad in our journal, attending the Parade Day Breakfast, or making a direct donation. The cost to attend the Emerald Ball is $125 per person and the Parade Day Breakfast is $35 per person. Details for purchasing tickets and journal ads or making a direct donations can be found on the enclosed form as well as on our website at

We thank you in advance for supporting the 56th Annual Rockland County AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade!


John McGowan
Rockland County AOH President

Lillian Murphy
Rockland County LAOH President

 2018 Emerald Ball
February 24th at the Pearl River Hilton Cocktail Hour 7 p.m.–8 p.m., Dinner & Dancing 8 p.m.–12 a.m. with the Bainbridge Avenue Band

Parade Day Breakfast
March 18th, at the Pearl River Hilton, immediately following the Parade Mass

56th Annual Rockland County AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 18th, 1 p.m., Middletown Road to Central Avenue in Pearl River

Pearl River Hilton
500 Veterans Memorial Drive, Pearl River, NY 10965 845.735.9000 – Special room rates available, mention Rockland Co. AOH Emerald Ball

Souvenir Journal Sponsorship Information

NY State Fall Meeting Announced

The NY State Board Fall Meeting will take place in Pearl River on Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10:00 am at the Pearl River AOH Hibernian House, 28 Railroad Ave., Pearl River, NY 10965. 

The Holiday Inn in Orangeburg, New York has set aside rooms for this event. Reservations can be made by calling (845) 359-7000. Please mention the Ancient Order of Hibernians when making your reservations. The rate of $109.00 is available for Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th

Officers are asked to bring 75 copies of their reports.

Click here for information regarding the Rambling House Event on Friday evening, November 3rd, at Hibernian House in Pearl River.


Pearl River St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Rockland County Parade Sunday March 17. 1:30 step off from Pfizer Lab parking lot at Middletown and Crooked Hill Roads in Pearl River.

Sponsored by Rockland County Mens and Ladies AOH.

Grand Marshal Msgr. Edward Weber, Parade Commander Sgt. Kieran Murphy, 69 regiment. Businessman-Emmett Woods.

Hibernian of the Year – Teresa Morris (LAOH Member).



Div.1–Dan Donahue – Aide
Bobby Fitzsimmons – Battalion Commander
Div.3–Bill Young – Aide
Sean Walsh – Battalion Commander
Div.4–Brian Tesseyman – Aide
Pat Withers – Battalion Commander
Div.5–Mike Tracey – Aide
James Schutz -Battalion Commander


Div.2-Siobhan Daly O’Neill – Aide
Div.3-Eileen Beirne – Aide
Div.4-Heather Bowie – Aide
County-Terese Hartey-Adametz
Battalion Commander – Lillian Murphy

NY’s Hibernians in convention McNabb elected state presiden

Photo Credit: John O'Connell

New York’s Hibernians held their 96th biennial convention in Pearl River, Rockland County, July 13 to 17.

Michael J. McNabb of Auburn, second from right, was elected state president; James Burke, second from left, of Massapequa, was elected vice president; Timothy McSweeney, right, of Selkirk, was elected secretary; and Victor J. Vogel, left, was elected treasurer. Fr. Henry Reid, center, of Port Jefferson Station, was appointed state chaplain.

The convention was a wonderful experience, organized to perfection by A. Warren Scullin
Convention Chairman and his committee. And a big thanks to the Pearl River and Rockland County Hibernians for their hard work to make sure everything ran smoothly. They were great hosts.


President’s Message

I start by thanking all of the Delegates for their support at our AOH/NYS Convention. I look forward to traveling our great state and meeting with as many of you as I can.

I would like to thank Charles “Chip” McLean for his leadership the past two years.

I congratulate the new Ladies State President, my cousin, Denise Sobus. I look forward to working with her and her Board the next two years.

I would also like to congratulate all the newly elected and appointed Officers of both the LAOH and AOH New York State Boards.

I must also thank Pearl River for hosting an outstanding Convention.

There is much work ahead for the new Board. We will have a wrap up meeting in Pearl River as soon as all the reports are completed.

We will also be going to Saratoga to go over the contract for the 2013 AOH/NYS Convention on November 5, 2011.

I am pleased to announce that Steve Curran will be the 2013 AOH/NYS Convention Chairman. The local Chairman will be Chris Burgman.

The new AOH/NYS Web Site is up and running. I thank Web Master Joe McDonald for all the time he dedicated to completing this endeavor.

Our next AOH/NYS Board Meeting will be held in Schenectady, NY on Saturday October 22, 2011. The day will start at 9:00am with a Pro-Life Mass. The Board Meeting will start at 10:30am SHARP.  At 2:00pm the AOH/NYS Mixed Doubles Bowling will be held followed by a dinner at the Schenectady Hall. I hope you are able to participate in all three events.

New York State Elects New Officers

One of the main reasons the New York State Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians meets every two years in convention is to elect its new board of officers.

The 2011 gathering in Pearl River was no exception.

Michael J. McNabb of Auburn, NY ran unopposed for the position of President, while James Burke of Massapequa, NY and Timothy McSweeney of Selkirk, NY also were elected to the to the positions of Vice President and Secretary, respectively without any competition.

That didn’t mean there wasn’t drama. Victor J. Vogel, who hails from Islip, NY won a three person race for State Treasurer. Vogel beat out Thomas Beirne and John Hyland for the position.

The other competitive race was for the site of the 2013 convention where Saratoga, NY bested Nassau County for the location, which will take place from July 10 – July 13, 2013.

The fully elected appointed board can be viewed on our officers page.

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


Yours in our motto,


A. Warren Scullin
Convention Chairman


Joe Byrne and the Ancient Order of Hibernians

Joe Byrne arriving at JFK airport. (L to R) Congressman Eliot Engel, Eileen Byrne, Joe Byrne, Matt Reilly (member of the Fort Worth Five), Moira Reilly and Mairead Byrne is out in front.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians was formed in New York City in 1836 for many reasons, one in particular was to protect young Irish men who had recently immigrated.  While Joe Byrne was not considered by many to be “new” to America, his unjust arrest was enough for all who belonged to the AOH/LAOH to stand up and fight for him.

Early Friday morning, on July 28th, 2006, Joe and his family were met by 20 Armed U.S. Marshals at their home.  Joe’s daughter, Mairead, then three years-old, was the first to see these men.  Joe was arrested and brought to Valhalla, were he was locked up until his release on Friday, September 8th, 2006.  On that Friday morning, no one knew why Joe had been arrested.  The U.S. Marshals told his wife, Eileen, that Joe would be brought before a judge in White Plains at 10:00am.  It was there that they learned that Ireland had asked the United States Government to honor an extradition request of one Joseph Simon Byrne.

In 1996 and early 1997, in Dundalk, County Louth, Joe had been picked up for questioning regarding a robbery. Joe answered the Gardai’s questions and was released on his own recognizance.  Later in 1997, Joe went back to Gardai Station and informed them he planned on moving to America.  “Any problems?” he asked, “none” replied the Gardai.  In 2001, Joe had settled in Pearl River with his future wife when he needed to renew his Irish passport.  This was done in the Irish Embassy and his passport was mailed back to his home in Pearl River.  In 2004, Joe applied for his Green Card.  He reported on his application that he had been questioned in Dundalk Gardai Station about the robberies.  When INS asked the Irish Government about Joe’s reputation, he was issued a Certificate of Good Standing from Ireland.  Joe’s Green Card had also been sent to his address in Pearl River.

Sometime in 2005, the Irish Government issued an extradition order for Joe.  No one knows why it took the U.S. Marshals over a year to find Joe, but I will always remember a quote in the local Journal News on Saturday, July 29th – “You can run, but you can’t hide.”  I have since forgotten the name of that US Marshal, but clearly, Joe was not hiding in Pearl River.  He could be found on just about any job site, in Hibernian House, at a Division 3 meeting, Shop Rite, marching on the avenue for Rockland’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, etc…  He was truly out and about in town.

I received the first of many calls regarding Joe’s situation around 6:15am that awful Friday morning.  I immediately started making phone calls to members of AOH/LAOH Division 3 and one person actually went and woke up our local Town Councilman.  Throughout the course of the day, as the bad news travelled, I received phone calls from many AOH/LAOH members, asking what they could do to help.  I remember thinking then – if the number of phone calls was enough, Joe would be home by midnight.  Of course, it didn’t happen that way, but no member of the AOH/LAOH walked away from Joe, his family or Division 3.  As each call was answered, they were all told the same thing, reach out to your politicians and ask them to join New York State Congressman Eliot Engel in helping get Joe out of jail.

From July 2006 till February 20th, 2008, I always knew that Joe and his family could count on the AOH/LAOH to help try and put a stop to his extradition.  But on that fateful day of February 20th, 2008, word came down that then Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, had signed Ireland’s request for Joe’s extradition.  On February 29th, 2008, Joe arrived back in Dundalk, County Louth.

While Joe’s fight shifted from America to Ireland, the AOH/LAOH in America never forgot about Joe and from the e-mails I received over the past 29 months, all of you kept the faith that Joe would one day come back to America.  From New York to California, Wisconsin to Texas, Maine to Arizona, Florida to Washington and everywhere in between, all of you never forgot about Joe and the injustice that was done to him and his family.  You all had one goal in mind – to reunite Joe with his family, right here in the United States of America.   One of my last e-mails to all in 2008 stated:  “While we came up short on the extradition, we know that the nobility of the Irish character is to be never broken by temporary defeat but to come back stronger and more determined than ever. “

Oh, how true those words are!  And I am proud to say that with Joe’s return to the United States on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 (one day short of a four year nightmare), it was due in part to Congressman Eliot Engel and his belief in Joe’s innocence and every member of the AOH/LAOH.  We proved that we will never let the nobility of the Irish character be broken and we will always come back stronger and more determined than ever.  God Bless the AOH/LAOH.  I am extremely proud and humbled to be a part of this organization.  United We Stand, Divided We Fall!  Good Luck, God Bless and God Speed to one and all!  Thanks for an awesome job!