by Division 32 Publicity Director John F. O’Donnell
Division 32 Brother Joe Hickey reported a slight increase in donations collected over the previous year for Miseracordia Candy Days April 24th and 25th at the busy Northwest Chicago intersection of Milwaukee, Devon and Nagle. Joe said we Hibernians collected $4,694. despite April 25 being the type of April day that brings May flowers, but Hibernians dodged the raindrops to benefit the 600+ special needs residents of the Catholic run Miseracordia residence. Joe and everyone out manning the corners and collecting in the adjacent shopping center deserve a pat on the back!
Brother Thomas P. Gollogly was buried May 2nd and Brother Mike Shanahan said the mass at the church Thomas was raised in, Our Lady of Lourdes. In his eulogy, Father Mike mentioned that Tom volunteered at the soup kitchen at Lourdes where the Hibernians host feedings, such as the April 1st Easter ham dinner. The next scheduled Hibernian event at the Lourdes soup kitchen is a Wednesday, June 17th BBQ prior to our monthly executive meeting.
Brother Martin Moriarity is retiring soon from Tempel Steel, and his smartphone has the countdown in days, hours, minutes logged onto it, and Martin is not shy to show the countdown to those asking about this special day. Congrats to Martin !
This reporter attended the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and I recommend any and all northern based brothers needing a warmup to march in it or view it, as it is massive fun- and your Div. 1 brothers in Savannah of Brian – Jimmy- Peter- Will etc. will take good care of you. The estimated turn out this past year was 750,000+ revelers and 300+ floats- and all this on a Tuesday. There were contingents of Chicago Police and Firemen marching too. If you plan to march bring your walking shoes as the parade route is over> 3 miles. It was warm too, at 85 degrees- but no northerners were heard complaining.
In the next edition we will have the winners of our May 29th golf tournament to publish. Our annual golf event- thru the sponsorships- is our largest fundraiser of the year. Brother John Malloy, an attorney, is donating shirts for golfers and sponsors. Brothers Mike O’Malley and Dan Helfenbein are the golf chairs. For details on this, and all Division 32 events, please visit our website of AOOH.ORG. We have golf signup and sponsorship forms on our newly revised website.