Mark Thompson Speaks on Behalf of Relatives for Justice

January 10-15th, 2018 – Mark Thompson ended a near week long emergency American tour which generated a new Congressional initiative, five public events and formal proclamations of support by the New York State Senate, Assembly and local governments. Sponsored by the New York State Board Ancient Order of Hibernians, the tour brought together other Irish American organizations, and commitments to help Relatives for Justice (RFJ) and the victims they represent break the deadlock on legacy truth. View some of week’s event photo album.

Thompson is a founding member and CEO of RFJ who fulfills the group’s mission in providing a proactive and holistic approach to support families affected by conflict and human rights violations. His continuing work provides effective support for redressing human rights abuses and providing a wide range of services and support for those affected in Ireland.

Hibernian Efforts Spotlighted on Radio Broadcast

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Brother Thomas Beirne, NYAOH District 4 Director and Catholic Action Chair was interviewed on Sunday, April 30, 2017 on the WABC Radio Talk Show “Religion on the Line” 

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The subject of the interview was the life of Martin McGuinness and his contributions  to the peace efforts, the traditions behind a “Month’s Mind” Memorial Mass and New York County AOH Division #9’s sponsorship of the Mass held in honor of the late Martin McGuinness at St. Patrick’s Cathedral the previous Monday, April 24th, 2017.  

Participating in the broadcast was Rabbi Joseph Potasnik and Deacon Kevin McCormick. Calling in during the broadcast was John Manning, NY State AOH Treasurer, with comments and compliments for Brother Beirne and his division brothers.

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.


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:

N.Y. Hibernians Volunteer for Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden

Hibernians Assist with Distribution of Communion for 20,000 Worshipers

Pope Francis celebrated Mass for over 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden

Over 50 members of The New York State Ancient Order of Hibernians were honored to serve as volunteers at The Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at Madison Square Garden on September 25th (view photos).  The Mass was the culminating event involving the first ever visit to New York City by Pope Francis. The Pope’s dizzying schedule that day included an address to The United Nations General Assembly, a visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and a Parade through Central Park.

The AOH Volunteers for The Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden

The AOH Volunteers for The Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden

The Hibernian contingent included AOH New York State President Timothy McSweeney, New York Treasurer John Manning and other members from Divisions around the NYC Metropolitan area and from areas as far away as Albany. The AOH member’s responsibilities included crowd control as well as assisting clergy members with the daunting task of distributing Communion to over 20,000 worshipers. There was no lack of enthusiasm amongst the Hibernian volunteers, and all recognized that they had a very special and important part in a truly once in a lifetime event.

Keith Padraig, Timothy McSweeney, John Manning, and Tom Beirne

Keith Padraig, Timothy McSweeney, John Manning, and Tom Beirne

The volunteer effort was spearheaded by AOH New York State District #4 Director Thomas Beirne, who organized the Hibernian effort in conjunction with The Archdiocese of New York. “This is truly an extraordinary event and will ensure great memories for our members” said Beirne, “The Hibernians are always happy to help.”

Timothy Cardinal Dolan & Pope Francis embrace during the Mass at Madison Square Garden

Timothy Cardinal Dolan & Pope Francis embrace during the Mass at Madison Square Garden

The New York State Board would like to thank all of our members who took the time to assist in a very important event. The dedication and sacrifice of our membership is something that we always take pride in!