A Message from NYSAOH President Victor Vogel


Jim Scott, a great Hibernian and Past President of J.F.K. Div. 1, Schenectady County was in a bad vehicle accident last evening. His injuries are extensive, but he is stable. He has a long road in front of him, however I’m told he is talking and being the “Jimmy” we all know …

Please join the State Board and myself in offering prayers for strength and a speedy recovery. 


Vic Vogel
NYS AOH President

President’s Report – December 2018

President Vic Vogel

It was great to see so many Hibernian Brothers at the November New York State Board Meeting.  I want to thank those Brothers who organized and attended the meeting and the Testimonial Dinner.  I am extremely grateful!

I want to congratulate the Officers of the New York State Board for their continued efforts to preserve and advance our Irish Culture and the Good Work of the Order.  I want to thank the many Counties and Divisions for their participation and leadership in bringing to fruition the Good Work of the Order.  There are many New York State Hibernian events to look forward to in the upcoming months.  Please consult the NYS AOH Website for specific details.

I would like to repeat an objective that I wrote in my last report.  As New York State President, I want to encourage and support all Elected and Appointed Officers of all jurisdictions 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.  I am asking you to use your term of office to achieve your greatest goals.  Please feel free to share with me any ideas you might have toward that end.  Your success is my goal!

In closing, I would like to wish all of my Hibernian Brothers and Sisters and your Families a Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy and Holy Christmas. God Bless Us All!

State President’s Testimonial Dinner

Join us at the Testimonial Dinner honoring

Vic Vogel
President, New York State AOH

In conjunction with the presentation of the 2018 NYS AOH Burns-Hayes Award to
William “Bill” Powers
AOH Thomas Carroll Division, Buffalo, New York

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Melville Marriott
1350 Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747
*6:00 p.m. Mass / *7:00 p.m. Dinner

Music by “Great River Junction”
Dinner Tickets are $125 and include choice of Entrée’, Salad, Dessert, Three Hour Open Bar

Dinner Registration Forms and Journal Ad Contacts:

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Hotel Rooms are available Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd
$139/Night @ AOH Rate (does not include taxes)
Code: Ancient Order of Hibernians
Reservation Number: 631-423-1600
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For more information, please contact Walter Butler, Event Chair:
wbutler547@aol.com or at 631-384-3971

Fr. Henry Reid Receives National Life Membership

Father Henry Reid, NY State Chaplain for the Ancient Order of Hibernians has been awarded National Life Membership. Father Reid received his Life Member medallion at the Suffolk County AOH Board meeting held on October 17, 2018 at Division 9’s John Hennessy Hall in Mt. Sinai, NY. 

In attendance was NY AOH State President and National Life Member Vic Vogel, National Life Member Walter Butler, NYS AOH Secretary John Manning, Suffolk County AOH President Jerry Belmont, along with other NYS Board officers, Suffolk County Board and division officers and members.

Father Reid was ordained in 2006 at the age of 37 for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y. He is currently the Pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Patchogue, NY. Congratulations Father Reid!

Photo provided by Jeff Nisler

County Observes Gaelic Mass Day

(r-l) AOH National Director Dan Dennehy, Bronx County President Bob Nolan, AOH State President Vic Vogel, County Legislator David Tubiolo, and National and State FFAI Chair and Division 5 President Martin Galvin

It was officially “Gaelic Mass Day” on Saturday, September 8th, as Hibernians led by New York State President Vic Vogel, and joined by local Irish community groups and parishioners, gathered for an Irish language Mass at St. Barnabas Parish. The day began with County Legislator David Tubiolo, announcing Westchester’s proclamation and presenting copies to New York State AOH, host Bronx AOH Division 5 and St. Barnabas Parish. The Gaelic Mass which was said by St. Barnabas Pastor Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald, and brought together fluent Irish speakers with many who never before heard the Mass said in the language of their ancestors, may now become an annual event.

View the event photo album


Among the AOH officers leading the march into the Church were State President Vogel, National Director Dan Dennehy, District Director Aiden O’Kelly Lynch, Bronx County President Bob Nolan and Division 5 President Martin Galvin. They followed Piper Dermot Moore, a son of the late Mary Holt Moore, who had been a key figure in the Bronx Gaelic League.AOH and Ladies AOH sashes and medallions made a colorful display.Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald welcomed everyone in English to the Mass offered in Irish for “all those persecuted for their Catholic faith and Gaelic language”. Woodlawn residents and Irish speakers, Division 5 Vice-President Ray Leyden, Aoife Farrell of Aisling and Mairead Greenan of Emerald Isle Immigration did the readings. Musician and Irish singer Dawn Doherty played and sang beautifully, while Daithi McLaughlin of the Brooklyn Gaelic Club assisted with the Irish hymns. 


In his sermon Fr. Fitzgerald said “the Catholic faith in Ireland, like the Irish language had survived centuries of persecution and penal laws intended to wipe it out. Our ancestors had defied everything, attending outlawed Masses said by outlawed priests to keep their language and faith alive. We will survive the problems of today and come through stronger than ever.”  

Following the Gaelic Mass, Martin Galvin President of host Division 5 said:

“We were overwhelmed by the help and encouragement we immediately got for “Gaelic Mass Day”. The parish, AOH statewide, local Irish community groups, Irish language clubs, and musicians contacted us offering help. We have already been asked to have an Irish language Mass said annually and other AOH Divisions, want to follow through on the idea originally suggested By Vic Vogel.

The Irish language is an important and indestructible part of our Irish heritage. We did not anticipate the deep appreciation which even those like me who regrettably do not understand Irish would feel.”

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Martin Galvin
NAOH National and State FFAI Chair
President, Bronx Division 5 AOH

State Officers Meet With Consul General of Ireland

On Wednesday, May 9th, President Vic Vogel, Vice President Tom Lambert,  Secretary John Manning and Treasurer Tom O’Donnell met with Consul General of Ireland Ciaran Madden in Manhattan.   This was a very productive meeting and will hopefully lead to a great working relationship going forward.

7 A-side Adult Gaelic Football Tournament a Success

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. 

View the event photo album

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. 

Michael Byrne
NYS AOH Sports Chairman


AOH State President and PEC Chairman Meet with Legislators in Albany

Liam McNabb, Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D- Richmond County), Vic Vogel. Assemblyman Cusick is a Hibernian and President of the Irish American Legislator’s Society


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.


AOH New York State President Vic Vogel and Senator Phil Boyle (R- Suffolk County).


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).

Senator Terry Murphy (R- Putnam) and Vic Vogel

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!