Charter Presented to Thomas Addis Emmet Division 17 of Westchester County

Dan Dennehy, AOH National Director and Westchester County AOH Organizer was on hand to present the “newly minted” official charter from the National Board Ancient Order of Hibernians to the officers and members of the Thomas Addis Emmet Division 17 of Westchester County

Assisting in the presentation on May 7, 2018 was NYS Director Aidan O’Kelly-Lynch and in whose presence, dozens of new division members were sworn into the Order.  In presenting the charter to President James McGlashin (above center), Brother Dennehy commented on how pleased he was to be in the company of such “fine, young Hibernians!”

Brother Dennehy extended congratulations to President James McGlashin and his officers and in particular to Division 17 Treasurer Clive Anderson, owner and president of Pelham Funeral Home who opens his company’s doors to give the divison a meeting space. Congratulations were also offered to Westchester County President Brian Hugh Duffy, National Organizer Tim McSweeney, NYS Organizer Kevin Cummings, NYS Treasurer John Manning and to all those who played a role in brining the new division to fruition.

Photos courtesy of Dan Dennehy

State Honors the Order and Ireland’s 1918 Freedom Mandate

Hibernians from Suffolk to Buffalo, led by State Presidents Victor Vogel and Jacqueline Clute, were applauded in the New York State Senate and Assembly chambers and won State Legislative Resolutions honoring “Ireland’s 1918 Freedom Mandate”. The AOH and LAOH picked April 24th,the calendar day of the 1916 Rising, to honor the historic election where Ireland stunned Britain by voting  for the Easter Rising and a free Irish parliament or Dail Eireann. The ceremonies in both state houses preceded a celebration at the Albany AOH Hall, where Senator Boyle presented a framed copy of the State Senate Resolution to the State Presidents. Click to view the event photo album.

Gathering of State, County, Division officers on the steps of the New York State Capitol in Albany

SENATE

Senator Boyle opened the state Senate session with the “Irish Freedom Mandate 1918” topping the agenda. The bill, already passed in both the Senate and Assembly, recounted the history of the 1918 Freedom Mandate, then went on to commend the AOH-LAOH for making sure this key chapter in Irish history was properly remembered in New York State.

Despite a last minute schedule change and early morning session, a strong AOH-LAOH delegation attended, led by both State Presidents, National Secretary Karen Keane, State Secretary John Manning, Hibernian Digest Editor John O’Connell, State Treasurer Regina Begley, Past Presidents Jim Burke, Tim McSweeney, Chip McLean,and FFAI Chairs Dolores Desch and Martin Galvin among other state and county officers.

Senator Boyle spoke of the import of the resolution and his pride in being a member of the AOH. Senator Martin Golden, then stood to speak about his own pride in Irish heritage, his wish for the reunification of Ireland and the major part in Irish history played by the “exiled children in America.” Senator Klein then talked about the Irish desire for freedom and hardships the Irish overcame, in common with the experiences of so many American immigrants to America. (Read a copy of the Resolution).

The Senators stood and applauded the AOH and LAOH for raising this important issue. The Senate then suspended and permitted the AOH-LAOH to come forward for photographs.

(l-r) LAOH FFAI Chair Delores Desch, Senator Philip A. Boyle, NYAOH President Vic Vogel, LAOH President Jacqueline Clute, Martin Galvin, NYAOH FFAI Chair, and Senator Martin J. Golden

ASSEMBLY

Nearly 100 AOH-LAOH members packed the gallery for the Assembly session that afternoon. State VP Tom Lambert, National Directors Dan Dennehy and Liam McNabb, LAOH State officers Joann Gunderson and Cathie Doherty among many others joined as Speaker Carl Heastie welcomed the delegation. Bronx County President Bob Nolan was designated by his cousin Assemblywoman Nolan to sit alongside her as a special representative for the AOH-LAOH.

Assembly Sponsor Cusick spoke about how the legislature honored the 100th anniversary of 1916, and should not forget that in 1918, Ireland voted popular support for the freedom proclaimed in 1916 and to have a free Irish parliament. Assemblywoman Nolan followed also spoke about the resolution.

State county and division officers are joined on the floor by NYS Senators and Members of the Assembly

EVENT

Hibernians then went to the Albany AOH Hall for a celebration co-hosted by AOH Division 5 led by Ciaran Geraghty and John Levendosky and LAOH Division 1 led by Dolores Desch and Cathy Davis.

The formal presentation of the State Resolution by Senator Phil Boyle to State Presidents Jacqueline Clute and Victor Vogel

The highlight of this event was the formal presentation of a framed copy of the State Resolution by Senator Boyle to State Presidents Victor Vogel and Jacqueline Clute. State President Vogel noted that Senator Boyle was a member of the AOH and thanked him and all the Senators and Assembly members who voted for these important Irish resolutions and all the AOH-LAOH members who lobbied for their support.

An Aide to State Comptroller DiNapoli spoke about the Comptroller’s backing on the MacBride Principles and recently the McGuinness Principles.

National Director Liam McNabb praised the united effort from around the state which had gotten the votes to pass these Resolutions.

New York State AOH Freedom For All Ireland Chair Martin Galvin noted:

“The 1916 Rising and Proclamation were the beginning of freedom for 26 of Ireland’s 32 counties. This year we mark the centenary of the 1918 all-Ireland election where by electing 73 Sinn Fein candidates out of 105 pledged to a free Irish Parliament rather than a British parliament, the Irish shocked Britain and voted popular support for the Rising and freedom. Sadly we must remember that Britain’s response was to jail many of those elected, outlaw the Irish parliament and today  six counties are still denied freedom for all Ireland.

LAOH FFAI Chair Dolores Desch then concluded by speaking about the 1918 Irish election, where women were allowed to vote and Sinn Fein campaigned on a platform of national freedom as proclaimed in 1916. She called for support for initiatives such as the McGuinness Principles to finally see that freedom for all of Ireland.

Photos and photo album courtesy of John O’Connell of oconnellphotos.com

Saratoga and Watervliet Divisions Install Elected Officers in Combined Ceremony

Liam McNabb, AOH National Director, Tim McNulty, Saratoga AOH Vice President, Mark Scully, Watervliet AOH President and Tim McSweeney, AOH National Organizer

In a joint ceremony, Officers of the Watervliet and Saratoga Divisions of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) were installed at a dinner which was hosted at the Watervliet Hibernian Hall.

AOH National Director Liam McNabb presided over the installation ceremony with the assistance of National Organizer Tim McSweeney, and Past NYS President Peter Durkee. New York State District #1 Director Owen Cole and Albany County President Tim Weklar served as Marshals during the ceremony.

Newly sworn in Division Leaders shared their vision for the New Year and will actively work to grow the Order.

 

AOH Leadership and Organizing Seminar

A Leadership and Organizing Seminar will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The seminar will cover many topics to assist AOH divisions in increasing and retaining their membership.  The seminar will be led by AOH National Board Organizer/NY State AOH President, Tim McSweeney and AOH National Board Director for NY, Liam McNabb  All AOH members are welcome to attend. 

John Manning Honored at Great Irish Fair of New York

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AOH NY State President Tim McSweeney with John Manning and President of the Irish American Building Society Marty Cunningham

AOH New York State Treasurer John Manning received the “Celtic Cross Award” at The 35th Annual Great Irish Fair of New York, which was held at Coney Island this past weekend.  The Great Irish Fair was founded by The AOH of Kings County and is now run under the direction of the Irish American Building Society.

The Society website stated that John Manning was presented the award because he is a “Person who exemplifies devotion to faith and the Irish expression of that faith here in New York City in the 21st century.”

To view John Manning’s bio on the honorees list, please visit this link:

http://thetablet.org/the-celtic-cross-award-2016/

 

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John Manning addressing The Awards Committee at the Great Irish Fair of New York.

 

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John Manning with other Irish Community Leaders & Honorees at The 35th Annual Great Irish Fair of New York

 

 

President’s Message for September 2016

Tim McSweeney

I hope everyone is enjoying the last days summer. I’ll remember the summer of 2016 as the summer that New York State AOH went unified to the National Convention and came home successful. The tremendously successful election of Dan Dennehy and Liam McNabb as National Directors, proved that NYS voting as one voice is the way to go. But, Dan and Liam didn’t get elected because they are from NY; they were elected because they are truly worthy leaders. I’d be remiss if I did not thank Brendan Moore and Chip McLean who completed very successful tenures on the National Board. (And Congrats to Chip on his retirement after 38 years with the FDNY) I look forward to seeing everyone in Albany in November.

President Timothy McSweeney

AOH Leaders Return to Where it All Began

A Visit to the Birthplace of the AOH in America

AOH National President Brendan Moore, Rev. Raymond Nobiletto, NY Past State President  Jim Burke and current AOH NY State President Tim McSweeney stand before a plaque commemorating the founding of The AOH in America

AOH National President Brendan Moore, Rev. Raymond Nobiletto, NY Past State President Jim Burke and current AOH NY State President Tim McSweeney stand in front of St. James Church before a plaque commemorating the founding of The AOH in America

On August 18th, 2015, National President Brendan Moore, NYS President Tim McSweeney, Past NYS President Jim Burke and Albany Div. 5 Treasurer Bernie Harney were treated to a tour of St. James Church in lower Manhattan hosted by Rev. Raymond Nobiletto, Pastor of Church of the Transfiguration.  The Transfiguration Parish recently acquired the St. James Church Building, where the AOH in America was founded in May of 1836.

The Sanctuary of the Church has not hosted a mass in over 4 years and has fallen into disrepair. Workers are removing the ceiling of the Sanctuary, as it is in danger of total collapse. Many other rooms and basement of the building are in need of restoration.
Fr. Nobiletto’s goal is to transform the Sanctuary into a multi-use community center and recreation area for the Parish School. The basement of the building will become a science lab for the school.

The delegation briefed Fr.Nobiletto how much of an important role that St. James played in the history of our order. Further meetings will be planned with Fr.Nobiletto to discuss the role of the AOH assisting in preserving this historic site.