The NY State AOH held their first Annual 7 a side Adult Gaelic Football Tournament in Gaelic Park on Sunday April 8th. Ten teams participated in the competition. The teams hailed from Nassau County, Suffolk County, Connecticut, Boston, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. The opening teams paraded around the field behind a group of approximately 40 musicians from three different pipe bands – The Kerry Pipers, Glor na Gael, and Tara Pipes and Drums.
The games were exciting and played at a fast pace. A large group of Hibernians and true Gaelic lovers braved the cold weather to show their support.
St. Barnabas were the triumphant team who took home the cups! They beat NY Celtics in the final of the B Division and they beat the Aidan McAnespies from Boston in a closely contested match in the final of the A Division. Hats off to St. Barnabas! This team calls the Bronx home. All their players are Irish American. They came up through the ranks from the NY Minor Board of the GAA.
All the money raised from this event will go directly to college scholarships for students active in the Gaelic Athletic program. We plan on making this an annual event. What better way to promote our Irish heritage and culture! These young Irish Americans are the future members of the AOH and LAOH. Let them know who we are what we stand for.
NYS AOH Sports Chairman
AOH New York State President Vic Vogel and National Director/New York State P.E.C. Chairman Liam McNabb were recently in Albany to meet with members of the New York State Legislature to promote the Order and the many issues for which we support. Meetings included several members of the Assembly and Senate which included many proud Hibernians.
The visits included the following Hibernians:
Assembly Meetings: Michael Cusick (D-Richmond County), Gary Finch (R-Cayuga), Michael Fitzpatick (R-Suffolk) and Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster County).
Senate Meetings: Terry Murphy (R-Putnam County), Tom O’Mara (R-Chemung County), Phil Boyle (R-Suffolk County), Tim Kennedy (D-Erie County) and Marty Golden (R-Kings County).
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all; I hope everyone has the opportunity to celebrate our Patron Saint in a way that expresses the true ideals of the Order. I’ll look for you on the Avenue!
I would like to congratulate and thank the New York State Chairs for their outstanding accomplishments to date. Many of their events are known to the general membership, but not nearly all of them. I would like to recognize some of the highlights:
Tom Beirne: Catholic Action – Miles for Miracles that raised more than $15,000.
Martin Galvin: FFAI – The Mark Thompson Speaking Tour that raised awareness of the plight of Relatives for Justice.
Kevin Cummings: Organizer – Two new divisions organized in NYS in the past year with an assist from Tim McSweeney.
Jack O’Brien: Pro-Life – March for Life in Washington, DC had a significant Hibernian presence due to his networking.
Mike Byrne: Sports – Organizing the Inaugural Annual NYS AOH Irish Football Tournament at Gaelic Park coming this April.
Kevin Ellis and Kevin Cummings: Webmasters – Continued excellence in maintaining the highly professional NYS AOH Website.
Liam McNabb: PEC – Initiative in contacting the NYS Irish Legislators’ Society regarding NYS AOH Resolution.
Dermot Moore: Special Projects – Hosting Rambling House, NYS Board Meeting and Mark Thompson event in Style!
Dan Dennehy: Immigration – Involvement on numerous occasions with government officials taking up the case of the Irish.
Mike McCormack: History – Donating many of his historical, non-fiction books to the Irish Cultural Collection at the East Islip Library.
Brian Clancy: Buy Irish – Organizing the Celtic Connection in Suffolk County that will soon be introduced to other Counties.
Barry Heathwood: Commodore Barry – Donating Commodore Barry material for the Irish Cultural Collection at the East Islip Library.
Tom McKenna: Editor – Continued excellence in publishing the Empire State Hibernian.
Matt Buckley: Charities and Missions and Barry Griffith: Deputy Charities and Missions – Documenting charitable donations of all counties and divisions according to the new guidelines enumerated in the NYS AOH By-Laws.
John O’Connell: Publicity and Jeff Nisler: Deputy Publicity – Documenting events in NYS for publication in the National Digest.
John Ryan: Veterans’ Affairs – Keeping our veterans aware of their rights. Thank you for your service!
Jim Russell: Scholarship – Placing all scholarship information on the NYS Website.
Pete Durkee: Calendar – Always working toward 100% sales.
Jim Burke: Audit Committee and Deputies Kevin O’Reilly, Ken Ferguson and Mike McNabb – Maintaining and establishing guidelines within which the NYS budget should operate.
Jack Ryan: Liaison – Establishing Food Pantry programs in conjunction with the NYS LAOH.
I am truly blessed to have the advantage of working for this group of talented Chairmen. Given the opportunity, there is no limit to the success they will achieve.
I look forward to seeing my Hibernians Brothers at the next State Board Meeting in East Durham on May 5, 2018. Please be prepared to discuss Delegates to the National Convention.
I would like to thank all the Brothers who attended the November New York State Board Meeting and for contributing so much to its success. I would like to thank the Brothers of Rockland County, Division Three, for hosting a very enjoyable social event on Friday night and the meeting on Saturday. Special thanks to Dermot Moore for helping me plan the weekend.
Since becoming New York State President in July, I have been involved in a variety of activities. I have been in touch with National AOH President, Jim McKay, Florida State President, Jim Cahill, and Houston, Texas, Division One President, Kevin Buechler, regarding the hurricanes and the needs of our Hibernian Brothers. An appropriate donation from the New York State Board was sent to National Hibernian Charities. I have participated in conference calls between the AOH National Board and State Presidents and Vice Presidents. I have attended the National Board Meeting and the National President’s Testimonial Dinner in New Orleans, Louisiana. I have maintained frequent communication with New York State Elected and Appointed Officers and County and Division Presidents. I have participated in numerous AOH events throughout New York State and I look forward to participating in many more during my term of office.
I am extremely proud of the efforts and contributions the Elected and Appointed Officers of the New York State Board. There are many excellent events and programs that will take place in the upcoming months thanks to their dedication. As always, they will be listed on our website. Your support of these efforts is greatly appreciated.
As New York State President, my goal is to encourage and support all Elected and Appointed Officers to perform their respective duties at the highest possible level. In order to advance the Good of the Order, I will use the authority granted to me by our Constitution, the traditions of our Order and good common sense to ensure your success. Please feel free to share with me any ideas you might have that express our goals. I will be pleased to help in any way I can. Use this term of office to your best abilities. Your success is paramount!
The Fall State Board Semi-annual Meeting took place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Hibernian House in Pearl River — home of Rockland County Division 3. The meeting was well attended with a standing room only crowd.
(View a photo album of the day’s event courtesy of John O’Connell)
Reports from the Executive Board Members and District Directors were delivered along with reports on Right to Life, Buy Irish, Website and Social Media, Publicity, Empire Hibernian Newsletter, Special Projects, Freedom for All Ireland, Charity and Missions, Veteran’s Affairs, NYS Scholarship, Sports, Catholic Action, Historian and the Organizer’s report. NY National Directors Liam McNabb and Dan Dennehy also spoke about Political Education and Immigration.
AOH members in attendance from across the state heard state officer and committee chair reports on activities since the last board meeting. Reports on upcoming events included a fundraiser on November 12th for the Restoration of the Emmet Graves Project being carried out by the newly formed Westchester County Division 17. Additional upcoming events include the Peekskill Division 18’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Dance on Saturday, November 18, 2017 and the Bronx County AOH Annual Dinner Dance to be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Rory Dolan’s where NYAOH President Vic Vogel will be among the honorees.
National officers like Tim McSweeney, Brendan Moore and John O’Connell and gave a short update on the recruiting initiatives of the new Marketing, Promotion and Advertising Committee. Programs like the ‘Why I’m a Hibernian’ effort were explained. The many project help recruit new members and retain existing members. All NYS members are asked to participate by submitting a short paragraph or two explaining why they chose to become a Hibernian and to expand on the benefits of being a Hibernian. They intend to use the best responses in various social media campaigns, on the national and state websites, and in other media. They are also encouraging Hibernians to make brief, informal videos that will enable brothers to tell potential membership candidates “in person” why they are Hibernians and why other Irish-American Catholics should join, and how.
You are cordially invited to the Bronx County AOH Annual Dinner Dance to be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Rory Dolan’s, 890 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. This year’s event is dedicated to the Manchester Martyrs of 1867.
This year’s honorees are:
- Vic Vogel, President, NYS Ancient Order of Hibernians
- Gerard Fitzgerald, President, Uniformed Firefighters Association
- Eileen Mannion Collum, Eileen’s Country Kitchen/The Heritage Bar & Restaurant
- Bea Castiglia-Catullo, Founder, R.A.I.N. (Regional Aid for Interim Needs, Inc.)
Music by – The Kitty Kelly Band. See the flyer below for more information.
A successful Nassau County Irish Feis and Festival was held on Sunday, September 17, 2017. The event was sponsored by the Nassau County Ancient Order of Hibernians and promotes Irish arts, culture, history and helps “keep the traditions alive” and well throughout central Long Island. This year’s event showcased over 400 Irish dancers, nine bagpipe bands, numerous Irish musicians and traditional Irish singers, Irish language speakers and storytellers. The Feis also played host to vendors selling Irish-themed jewelry, clothing and other wares.
In the photo on the right: New York State AOH President Vic Vogel (also a bagpiper with the Roisin Dubh Irish Pipe Band) visits with A. Warren Scullin, Nassau County AOH Organizer in the NYAOH Recruitment Tent. Brother Scullin and other Nassau County AOH members provided information to men and women seeking admission to the AOH and LAOH.
Additional photos of the day’s funfilled events and competitions are available courtesy of John O’Connell and can be viewed here.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians of New York elected Victor Vogel as its new State President at its 99th Biennial Convention which was held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel and Convention Center in Buffalo, New York. The convention which ran from July 12 through July 15 was attended by more than 500 delegates from all regions of New York State. The AOH currently has over 16,000 members in New York State.
(l-r) New York State Officers: Treasurer Thomas O’Donnell, President Victor Vogel, Vice President Thomas Lambert and Secretary John Manning.
President Vogel, who will serve a 2 year term, is a Life Member of the AOH and hails from Islip, NY. He was first elected to the State Board as a District 6 Director in 2009.
President Vogel succeeds outgoing New York State President Tim McSweeney, who was congratulated for having a very successful term of office. Past President McSweeney continues to serve as a National AOH Board Organizer.
Tom Lambert of Buffalo was selected as New York State Vice President, John Manning of Queens was chosen as New York State Secretary, and Thomas O’Donnell of Niagara Falls was elected New York State Treasurer.
Brian Clancy was honored as Hibernian of the Year at the Suffolk County Division 3’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance held on March 11, 2017. Brian received the Commodore John Barry Medal from NY AOH Vice President Victor Vogel. Also in attendance was NY AOH Secretary Tom Lambert and Suffolk County President Jack Ryan.
Pictured (l-r) NY AOH Vice President Vic Vogel; Brian Clancy, Division 3 Suffolk County Hibernian of the Year; Suffolk County President Jack Ryan and Tom Lambert, NY AOH Secretary.