Meehan to receive Golden Bridges Award

In 2007, Mairtin O Muilleoir, publisher of the Irish Echo, announced the Golden Bridges award, to be annually presented in tribute to those who had built golden bridges of prosperity and investment between the U.S. and the North of Ireland.

This year, the recipients are author Mike MacDonald, Mary McAleer of the Irish American Partnership and AOH Past National President Jack Meehan. Jack was nominated by Boston’s undocumented Irish community for his more than 30 years of service to that cause.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon to be held at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Centre, Boston, on November 11. The guest speaker will be Gerry Adams, TD. Our congratulations to Jack.


Bishop O’Connell joins Polar Plunge to raise $100,000 for Catholic education

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. joined the NJ AOH in Atlantic Ocean to benefit Catholic schools in the fifth annual Polar Plunge held in Sea Bright. Organized by Division 2 of Monmouth County, the Polar Plunge raised over $100,000 in support local Catholic schools by providing tuition assistance to families. Since it began in 2007, the event has grown in popularity and attracted more schools each year from Monmouth and Ocean Counties, as well as schools from the Diocese of Metuchen.  There is confirmation that the Bishop jumped in the cold ocean waters at the event. Prior to the plunge, Bishop O’Connell celebrated Mass with the AOH at Mary, Mother of God Church in Middletown, NJ.

Pictured (L – R) National Director Jere Cole, Former NJ State President Jack Sullivan (event organizer) and Bishop O’Connell with members of the AOH at the event.