President’s Report – March 2018

Vic Vogel

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.

President’s Report – December 2017

Vic Vogel

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!

Fall AOH/LAOH Meetings Concluded

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.

Bronx County AOH Annual Dinner Dance

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.


45th Annual Nassau County AOH Feis

Photo Courtesy of John O'ConnellA 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.

NYS AOH Installs New Officers At Convention

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.

Pictured above are some of the District Directors who joined the executive board officers following their installation, which was held at the conclusion of the Closing Mass in Buffalo’s St. Joseph’s Cathedral.


The eight District Directors who were also selected by the delegates, will oversee the day to day operations of the Order in their respective regions. For a full list of New York State AOH officials, please visit the officer’s page on this site.

Suffolk’s Clancy Honored as Hibernian of the Year

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.

AOH NY Vice President Helps Spread St. Patrick’s Day Cheer in Amityville


AOH New York State Vice-President Vic Vogel paid a visit to Dominican Sisters of The Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse in Amityville on St. Patrick’s Day to play his bagpipes for over 130 resident and retired Nuns who live there.  The Motherhouse offers resident and nursing home care for retired Nuns and was founded in 1873.

“The Sisters are such generous people and I just could not refuse the opportunity to play for them” said Vogel, who then walked and played throughout the halls of the residence for those residents who were confined to bed and could not attend the main event in the center’s cafeteria. Vic is hopeful that this will become an annual tradition for years to come.


New York State Vice President Vic Vogel with Sister Mary Nolan and The Dominican Sisters of The Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse in Amityville


New York News

On Feb. 27th, the Glen Cove Div 8 presented sashes to its Grand Marshal and Aides for the Parade that was held on March 20th. Pictured (L – R) Division 8 LAOH President Lisa Forgione, Aide to the Grand Marshal Jim Burke, Aide to the Grand Marshal Carol McTigue, Grand Marshal Andy Stafford, Div 8 President Joe McDonald

AOH Div 14 donation to the Mary Brennan Soup Kitchen


Tim Myles (L) and Jim Henry (R) present a donation to Stephan Robinson (Center) at the "Mary Brennan Soup Kitchen" in Hempstead, NY.

Our Lady of Knock Division held 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal’s Ball.

On Saturday February 26, 2011, AOH Our Lady of Knock Div 7, Suffolk County, NY held its 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal’s Ball. Div 7 honored long time member and community leader Kevin Boyle, Sr. Kevin is a United States Navy Veteran, Past Hibernian of the Year, and volunteer for all Hibernian activities. In addition to many family members and friends, the Ball was attended by National, State, County and Division officers from both the AOH and the LAOH. They all acknowledged Kevin’s commitment to our motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. By honoring Kevin, we honor ourselves.

Pictured (L – R) Kneeling – Ch. of Comm. Tom McHugh, Mar. Shawn O'Neill, Sent. John Owen, Sec. Dr. Dave Ring. Standing – Fin. Sec. Larry Wolff, VP Mac McFadden, Suffolk Pres. Brian Clancy, NYS Past Pres. John Hennessy, Nat. VP Brendan Moore, Aide Kevin Boyle Jr., Grand Marshal Kevin Boyle, Aide Herman Boyle, Treas. Tom Davis, NYS VP Mike McNabb, NYS Sec. Jim Burke, Pres. Vic Vogel. (Photo courtesy of Maureen Meier)

Bronx Hibernians Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Parade Installation

Bronx Hibernians gather at the Installation dinner at Antun’s Restaurant to congratulate John J. Casserly on his selection as an aide to the grand marshal for the New York City St Patrick’s Day parade on March 17th.

Pictured (L – R) Christopher Butler, John J. Hyland, Bronx Aide – John J. Casserly, Parade Chairman – John T. Dunleavy, Bronx County President – Martin Keller, Robert F. Nolan and John Quinn.