Staten Island Hibernians Meet

At the September 10th meeting of St. Columcille Division #4, Richmond County, President Thomas F. Gray was delighted to welcome Brother Martin Crimmins, New York District 5 Director, as well as Brother Gerald Mulvaney, Richmond County President, to our monthly meeting.

The Division’s Brothers bid a heart cead mile failte to these fraternal dignitaries, as the Division’s meeting was well attended by over 35 Brothers, and we were also honored to have in attendance Br. Michael Hannon, CFC, Assistant Chaplain and faculty member of Msgr. Farrell High School on Staten Island, who led the Division’s opening and closing prayers.

The Division received a lecture on Irish history about the Hibernian Rifles and Hibernian Knights, two paramilitary fraternities of the AOH in the 1880s up to the 1920s in America, and the little-known role of the courageous Hibernian Rifles (Irish American Alliance) in the Easter Rebellion of 1916 in Dublin from Brother Denis P. McGowan (pictured right). 

The Hibernian Rifles under Commandant John Joseph Scollan joined their comrades of the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army, supported by the brave women of Cumann na mBan  (Irish nationalist women’s organization) and Na Fianna Eireann (Irish nationalist boy scouts), in the heroic fight for Ireland’s freedom. Less than 1,000 poorly-armed Irish men, women and boys faced over 10,000 battle-hardened soldiers of the British Army, well-equipped with rifles, machine guns, artillery, improvised armored cars, and even the Royal Navy gunboat Helga that shelled Dublin’s Liberty Hall, as well as unlimited ammunition and reinforcements from England.  About 40 Hibernian Rifles served in defense of the Dublin General Post Office until its surrender.

The role of the Hibernian Rifles in the Easter Rebellion of 1916 is often overlooked and forgotten by historians, but we as Hibernians can look back with pride on those brave Brothers who stood shoulder to shoulder with heroes like Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, Cathal Brugha, The O’Rahilly, Thomas Clarke, Thomas MacDonagh, Sean MacDiarmada (himself a Brother Hibernian), and Countess Constance Markievicz.

St. Columcille Division # 4 meets every second Monday at the Staten Island Elks Lodge No. 841 at 8:00 pm. The Division was established on April 3, 1970 by Brother Philip McCusker and Brother William J. Bartnett, and currently has over 196 Brothers. Several Division # 4 Brothers also serve on the Richmond County Board as officers. 

The Division is very involved with the Staten Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, the Staten Ireland Irish Fair, the Columcille Irish Cultural Center, the Hibernian Ball, and the AOH CuChulainn Celtic Warrior Major Degree Team. It also sponsors an annual memorial Mass and communion breakfast, a golf outing to support our charities, and a Saint Patrick’s Day dinner dance.

News item provided by Brother Denis McGowan; photo by Brother Kevin F. Mannion

Emerald Society of the Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Awards

Join the Emerald Society of the Federal Law Enforcement Agencies on June 29, 2017 in honoring 3 worthy individuals for their contributions to both the law enforcement & the Irish community.

ESFLEA will honor…

Emerald of the Year
Denis P. McGowan
Executive Director of Investigations for the NYC Department of Buildings 
Chief, Federal Protective Service (retired)
Member of Anicent Order of Hibernian Division #4, Staten Island, NY

Claddagh Award
Thomas Sullivan
Special Agent, DHS/Homeland Security Investigations
Board Member of LEO Only

Celtic Service Award 
Kathy O’Keefe-Burke
Financial Secretary & Band Coordinator for the Bay Ridge Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
Bagpiper, Treasurer and Band Manager of the Richmond County Pipes & Drums 
Member of Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernian Division #22, Bay Ridge, NY

$60 per person. ($50 early bird, if payment is recieved by 5/31)

The Beekman Pub
15 Beekman Street
New York, NY 10038

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
3 hours of Open Bar & Food included.

Payment can be made via: 

with a check/money order via US mail to:
ESFLEA NYC Award Reception
P.O. Box 16413
Rochester, NY 14616-0413

Questions may be directed to comittee chairperson Kevin Mannion via email at:

19th Annual Staten Ireland Irish Fair


A two-day celebration of Irish culture, music and heritage, with live traditional music, pipe and drum bands, food and games and activities for the wee people (our beloved children). Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, Thanks to the over 6,000 friends who joined in the fun last year. Our annual Irish gathering continues to grow and becomes more successful each time we get together. Our committee of volunteers have been expanding and bringing new energetic ideas to the front lines.

There is something for everyone at our festival with local & international artists playing traditional Irish & pub music live on 2 stages, The Tinker’s Shopping Village, a vast array of refreshments and the Traditional Sunday Catholic Mass. It looks like this year is lining up to be our biggest and best yet.

Local Irish dance schools, such as Mrs. Rosemary’s & Forest Haven Center For Dance, will be on hand to do some jigs and reels for the crowds.

We have Traditional Bagpipe bands featuring our local favorites The Richmond County Pipes & Drums and The Staten Island Pipes & Drums along with many others.

Our lovely Fair Hostess Fiona Molloy, a minstrel girl in her own right, will be introducing some of the hottest Irish music performers from all over the globe.

Click on the Entertainers and Schedule tabs to see who is playing and when.

Land of Leprechauns is a play center for the wee ones. Entry to Land of Leprechauns requires an additional charge at admission.

The Tinker’s Shopping Village always has a great array of Irish imports and Irish themed gifts.

We also have some of the best festival food on the East Coast, with local vendors and some traveling from NYC, Jersey Shore and Hunter Mountain.

​Please note that pets are NOT permitted on the festival grounds.

​We welcome all Staten Island Schools and local Not for Profit Organizations that wish to partner with us for the Fair.

$15.00 Admission (Children under 12 Free).  Groups of 20 or more – please email in advance, for special pricing offers.

If you have any questions, would like to volunteer, become a vendor, be an Irish Fair Corporate Sponsor or want more information on anything above please email: