NY and NJ AOH South Armagh tourism event

The AOH State Boards of New York and New Jersey are proud to co-sponsor the Project Crossmaglen presentation at Harbour Lights on Wednesday May 2nd at 530pm.  Harbour Lights is located on the 3rd floor of Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport (corner of South and Fulton Streets in Lower Manhattan).

This event is open to the public, complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

Gene Carragher proprietor and Fiona Kieran, manager of the Cross Square Hotel in Crossmaglen, along with Colm Murphy of Matthews Tours will present a program on tourism in South Armagh. Working on its core strengths South Armagh is ready to tell the world what it has to offer and to showcase itself as one of the best kept secrets in Ireland.

The Crossmaglen area was often times closed off to the traveler for over 30 plus years during the Troubles but it is now ready to display to the world what it has to offer.  The region’s natural beauty is highlighted by Slieve Gullion, which was just recently classified as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   In addition to its beauty South Armagh offers the visitor an area rich in Archaeology, Heritage, Literature, Music, Folklore and Political and Border history. The strong and proud people of the area are ready to tell its story and offer world class hospitality.

The area also is home to one of Ireland’s best Gaelic football clubs, the Crossmaglen Rangers.

The Building of the First Hotel, The Cross Square Hotel, in almost 100 years in Crossmaglen, the continued expansion of the Ti Chullian Centre, Mullaghbawn and the formation of the South Armagh Chamber of Commerce has been a catalyst in the development of tourism in South Armagh.

Gene, Fiona and Colm have come to the US with no assistance from governing or council bodies. They are here not to ask for donations but to thank Irish Diaspora for their support and belief in the border region throughout the ‘troubles’ and to encourage individuals and groups to ‘Come Home!’ to see the economic development and tourism  in the South Armagh Area.  The group hopes to build on 2013 which is Board Failte’s year of the ‘Gathering’.  What better time to encourage the US market to come home and explore the Ireland and its border region!

Colm Murphy states ‘it is our aim to illustrate the development of the South Armagh region and to invite individuals and groups to the Crossmaglen/ South Armagh Area”.

So come out to Harbour Lights on Wednesday May 2nd at 530pm to learn more about tourism in Crossmaglen and South Armagh, The Emerald Jewel of Ireland!  You will be glad that you did.  Help support the colourful past and help create the Colourful future of Crossmaglen.

For more information contact Sean Pender NJ AOH President at  609- 462- 7056; or NY AOH Freedom for All Ireland Chairman Dan Dennehy at 914-588-2710

Annual Northern Ireland Christmas Appeal Fundraiser

Cortland Manor, NY – September 28, 2011 – The New York State Freedom for All Ireland Committee of the Ancient Order of Hibernians has announced its annual Northern Ireland Christmas Appeal Fundraiser to be held on October 13, 2011, at Harbour Lights Restaurant located on Pier 17 of the South Street Seaport.

“The good will and outreach for the Christmas Appeal each year brings direct results to the people of the North,” said NY State FFAI Chairman Dan Dennehy, “ and helps Americans have a better understanding of the needs of the people of Northern Ireland.”

Admission is included in a minimum donation of $50 to the annual appeal, and includes music and food. There will also be a cash bar.

There will be a number of speakers on the agenda who will address the struggle for a United Ireland, including

  • Clara O’Reilly (Relatives For Justice) 2011 AOH Sean McBride Humanitarian Award Winner
  • Matt Morrison (Thar Saile)
  • Steve McCabe & General James Cullen (Brehon Law Society)
  • Sean Pender (AOH National FFAI Chair & NJ State President)

All monies donated that night will go to the AOH’s annual Christmas Appeal, which has raised and distributed over $570,000 in direct aid to the people of Northern Ireland.

Last year, the AOH was able to make donations to 21 organizations throughout Northern Ireland and the United States, including:

  • Bloody Sunday Families, Derry
  • Cairdre, Strabane
  • Holy Cross, Ardoyne, Belfast
  • Justice for the Forgotten, Dublin & Monaghan
  • Mary’s Gift USA—for Irish speaking schools in the North
  • Omagh Basketball Club & Omagh Choir
  • Pat Finucane Center, Derry & Newry
  • Relatives for Justice, Belfast & Dungannon
  • Thar Saile, USA

For more information about the event please contact NY State FFAI Chairman Dan Dennehy at (914) 588-2710 or by email at ffai@nyaoh.com.

About the Northern Ireland Christmas Appeal:  Since 2001, the AOH’s Christmas Appeal has raised and distributed over $570K of direct aid to make positive change in the lives of many people in Ireland. Last year the Christmas Appeal was able to make donations to 21 organizations throughout the North of Ireland & USA.

 About the Ancient Order of Hibernians: Founded in 1836, the Ancient Order of Hibernians is the largest Irish Catholic organization in the United States, with almost 35,000 members nationwide and almost 10,000 in New York State. Membership is open at all men age 16 and over, who are of Irish birth or ancestry, and are practicing Catholics. For more information, please visit their website at www.nyaoh.com.com or contact Nassau County Organizer Tom Lambert at organizer@nyaoh.com.

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