NY Hibernians March for Life

The Annual National March for Life took place on Friday, January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC.  AOH State officers and members of the AOH and LAOH marched along with thousands more to show the Order’s support for the Unborn.

NYS AOH Board members (l-r) John Manning, NYS Treasurer; Timothy McSweeney, NYS President; Thomas Beirne, NYS District 4 Director and Keith Reynolds, NYS Organizer


Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) televising some of the many NYS AOH and LAOH members, including NYAOH State Chaplain Father Henry Reid who joined thousands of other marchers in Washington for the Annual Right to Life March.


The National AOH Board was well represented: (l-r) Dennis Parks, National AOH Director; Daniel O’Connell, National AOH Vice President; Timothy McSweeney, National AOH Organizer/NYS AOH President; and John Patrick Walsh, National AOH Pro-Life Chairman


Additional televised coverage of the NY AOH and LAOH contingent.


Veteran’s Affairs Chairman Honored at Nassau County Feis


AOH New York State Veteran’s Affairs Chairman Jack Ryan (center) with New York State President Tim McSweeney, NY State Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid and members of the AOH NY State Board.

Jack Ryan was honored by Nassau County Feis Committee. Jack has been active with the Feis since 1975, serving as Chairman and currently serves as Treasurer. Jack is a AOH National Life Member, and has also served 2 terms as an AOH State District Director. Jack currently serves on the New York State Board as the Chairman of The Veteran’s Affairs Committee.


Timothy McSweeney, Isabella McSweeney (medal winner, beginner reel) Mike Bryne, Nassau County Feis Chairman



State President’s Testimonial Dinner

Tim McSweeney Testimonial Dinner

Tim McSweeney, NYS AOH President

A Testimonial Dinner to honor New York State AOH President Timothy McSweeney is planned for Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge Street, Albany.  The dinner will also be the occasion for the presentation of the 2016 NYS AOH Burns-Hayes Award to James Kelly of Joseph Duelk Jr., AOH Division 1, Orange County.

The Fall New York State AOH Board meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th at 10 a.m.

The evening agenda includes:

  • 4pm Mass, Historic St. Mary’s Church (next to Hilton Albany)
  • 5pm Cocktails
  • 6pm Dinner

Music by the “Michael Clarke Band”

Dinner Tickets are $100 and include choice of entrée, salad, dessert and a three hour open bar. Please see the dinner registration form for additional information.  The RSVP deadline for the dinner is October 28th.

A special hotel room rate has been secured members and friends for Friday, Nov. 4th and Saturday, Nov. 5th at $139/night (tax not included).  For reservations, please call 866-691-1183 and use Code: 1AOH.  For additional hotel information and directions visit www.hiltonalbany.com/To receive the special discounted rate you must reserve your hotel room by Friday, September 30th.

Download the Testimonial Dinner Journal Advertising Form to place an advertisement in our souvenir journal honoring New York State AOH President Timothy McSweeney and James Kelly, 2016 NYS AOH Burns-Hayes Awardee.

Download the Testimonial and Award Dinner flyer. For more information, please contact Liam McNabb, Event Chair, at liammcnabb@hotmail.com or at 518-489-1752.

Division #21 Rockaway Beach-Breezy Point Rocks the House in Queens

Rockaway Irish Festival Raises Over

$15,000 for Catholic Charities


Shilelagh Law take the stage at the 4th Annual Rockaway Irish Festival.

AOH Division #21 in Rockaway/Breezy Point sponsored the 4th Annual Rockaway Irish Festival this past weekend. The 2 day event featured live music and cultural displays and exhibits.


Mark Edwards, NYS President Timothy McSweeney, and Queens County President John Manning address the crowd.

Initially organized in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the festival has grown to become one of the premiere Irish Festivals in New York State.


Capacity crowds at The Rockaway Irish Festival

Organizers have stated that initial figures amount to over $15,000 was raised to benefit local Catholic Charities.


John Manning, Tim McSweeney, Mark Edwards with Denny McCarthy of Shilelagh Law

Congratulations to all the members of Division #21 who worked tirelessly to make The Rockaway Irish festival a smashing success!


Organizing members of AOH Division #21 Rockaway/Breezy Point can be proud of their accomplishment!

Sullivan County AOH Hosts Benefit for Jeffersonville Parade


NY State President Tim McSweeney with Division #1 President J.P. Graham and Members of Division #1 Sullivan County

The Sullivan County Division #1 held a very successful and well attended event to benefit the Jeffersonville St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Well over 150 people packed the Clare Inn in Youngsville.

The Celtic Blend Band provided entertainment, as attendees vied for an ample amount of prizes in the Raffle.

Founded in 2014, Sullivan County Division #1 has grown in membership, and has become a model division in a rural community.

President’s Message for February 2016

As we gear up for the Lenten and St. Patrick’s season, let’s remember the reasons we joined this organization: Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. From time to time this message gets lost and some Brothers may tend to stray from the dictates of our Order. Please stop and reflect what this organization means to you.

I can’t say it’s been a long winter, because let’s face facts, it hasn’t been too wintry lately, but trust me I’m not complaining.

Members of the State Board have been hard at work on many different projects, many of which you will read about in this newsletter.

Since our last issue I’ve had the pleasure to attend many installations, dinners, fundraisers and meetings around the State. I thank the Brothers who provided me the finest in Hibernian Hospitality. In January, I and members of the Board traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the Annual March for Life. The threat of a blizzard did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the participants. As a first time marcher, I was in awe of the spirit of the thousands of high school and college students we encountered. It truly gives me hope that the future of the Pro-Life movement in this Country will thrive for years to come.

1916 Educational Programming Grants
Need based educational grants are available to divisions and counties who are planning educational programs open to the public. The goal of the grant program is to provide funding to subsidize the cost of events that not only educate our members, but the public to the events surrounding the 1916 Rising. Each district within the state will be allocated funds. Our 1916 committee will consider each grant application and determine the events qualified to receive funding. Limited funds are available. A grant application is attached to this newsletter.

The NY State Board Spring Meeting will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016, beginning at 10:00 AM, at the Shamrock House 2388 State Route 145 East Durham, N.Y. 12423.

President Timothy McSweeney

President Tim McSweeney Installed as Albany Grand Marshal

TimGMNY State President Tim McSweeney was installed as the 2016 Grand Marshal of the 66th Annual Albany St. Patrick’s Parade at a banquet held in his honor on Saturday, February 20, 2016.  The banquet was hosted by the members of Fr. Henry Tansey, Division 5 in their Albany hall and attended by members of the many organizations comprising the parade committee.  Also in attendance were numerous past grand marshals who came out to honor Grand Marshal Tim McSweeney on his day. Tim was joined by members of the McSweeney clan including his wife, Kala and daughter Isabella who performed an Irish step dance to honor her proud father.  Tim’s sisters Maura and Eileen and brother, Daniel were on hand for the festivities and reminisced with stories about “growing up with Timmy.”

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Joining President McSweeney in the honors as his aides were Brother Hibernians, Ciaran Geraghty, NYAOH FFAI Chairman who attended with his wife Jennifer and his daughter and Paul Collins, Parade Committee Legal Counsel and forty-year member of Division 5 who was seated at a table surrounded by family and friends.  More than 180 Albany area Irish came out for the evening filled with music, food, dancing and merriment. Contingents from the state board, county and divisions from across the state rounded out the crowd. Acting as Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Brother Hibernian Liam McNabb, NY AOH Political Education Chair,  whose commentary was both touching, and at times, comical with comments on Tim McSweeney’s singing and dancing abilities.

The evening included performances by the Farrell School of Irish Dance and music by the Tommy Flynn Band.  Tim was further honored with a City Council of Albany proclamation proclaiming February 20, 2016 as Grand Marshal Tim “Timmy” McSweeney Day.

The Albany St. Patrick’s Parade is scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

President McSweeney To Be Installed as Grand Marshal

GM_Tim-McsweeneyNY State President Tim McSweeney will be installed as the 2016 Grand Marshal of the 66th Annual Albany St. Patrick’s Parade at a banquet held in his honor on Saturday, February 20, 2016.  The banquet will be hosted by Fr. Henry Tansey, Division 5 in their Albany hall.

Joining President McSweeney in the honors will be Brother Hibernians, Ciaran Geraghty, NYAOH FFAI Chairman and Brother Paul Collins who have been selected as Aides to the Grand Marshall.

The Albany St. Patrick’s Parade is scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

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State Officers Participate in the March for Life in Washington


Members of The AOH New York State Board on Constitution Avenue Marching in the March for Life in Washington D.C.


Members of the AOH New York State Board were not about to let something as trivial as a major blizzard stop them from taking part in the largest Pro-Life event in the world as they participated in the National March for Life in Washington D.C. on Friday.



The Annual March takes place every January 22nd, which is the Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Roe v. Wade Case. The march has attracted over 800,000 participants in recent years, although this year weather conditions were expected to reduce the number taking part.


AOH District of Columbia State President John Walsh with New York State President Timothy McSweeney

The NY Hibernian group consisted of NYS Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid, NYS President Timothy McSweeney, NYS Treasurer John Manning, NYS District Director Tom Beirne, and NYS Organizer Keith Reynolds.



Members attended a breakfast hosted by the AOH District of Columbia State Board before the March for Life.

The day began with a mass and breakfast that was hosted by The AOH Washington D.C. State Board, where they were joined by fellow Hibernians from around the country who had also travelled to Washington for the event. The day’s events began with a rally at the Washington Monument followed by a march to the U.S. Supreme Court building.



Cold temperatures and a blizzard warning could not stop the Hibernians from New York!

The Ancient Order of Hibernians is honored to stand with those who advocate for the sanctity of all human life! To find out more about the National March for Life, please visit their website at: