Pennsylvania Division Celebrating 95 Years

The Ladies of Montgomery County Pennsylvania Division 6 are celebrating the Davison’s Ninety-Fifth Anniversary this month.  They are the second oldest group in Pennsylvania.  Pottstown has never had an AOH Division, so the Ladies founded their own Division to promote and honor their Irish heritage.  Named the Margaret T. Welsh after the founder, several Ladies have memberships that date from the 1940’s.  Celebrations are planned.

Wreath laying at Commodore Barry Memorial, Annapolis

Members form DC and Annapolis AOH gathered at the Commodore Barry memorial on May 9 to lay a wreath on the first Anniversary of the dedication of the memorial, including Baltimore Div 5 and Annapolis Division 1 at USNA.

Remarks were made by John O’Neill, President of the Commodore Barry Division, Annapolis, MD. Special thanks to George and Annette hogan for finding the perfect wreath.

 

Introduction:

By remembering and reflecting upon the achievements of Commodore Barry and the difficulties he experienced, we are reminded that what we have today we owe in part to men that went before us.  They  went on to assure a better future for their children and their children’s children, Americans of all ages can come together to renew our national spirit so that we can meet the historic challenges of our own time. It is important to engage the youth of America in an ongoing dialogue about what they can do to assure that they are able to contribute to making the world a better place in their lifetime.

 

Welcome

“Welcome to our ceremonial observance of the dedication of the Commodore Barry Memorial, a special day honoring Commodore Barry on the first anniversary of May 10th dedication of this memorial. “Today we are paying tribute to this hero by remembering what he achieved for our country and the world, and the incredible sacrifices that they made so many years ago

“It is our hope that our children and our children’s children will always remember him and other Irish Americans like Fr Greco, Jack McInerney, Jack Flanagan and all who continue to draw strength and inspiration from their example of national unity, cooperation, integrity, courage and selflessness as we face the challenges of today and the future.”

 

Proclamations

We members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians will honor the first commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy during the dedication of a Commodore John Barry Memorial and a John Barry Memorial Gate at the Naval Academy on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The first part of the memorial was erected in January 2012 when an arch was placed over the Commodore John Barry Gate. An eight-foot-tall granite and bronze memorial will stand just inside the gate, and the area will be known as Barry Plaza. A native of Wexford, Ireland, Barry was a hero in the War of 1812.

 

Members from Baltimore Div 5 and Annapolis Division 1 gathered at the Commodore Barry memorial to lay a wreath on the first Anniversary of the dedication of the memorial.

Members from Baltimore Div 5 and Annapolis Division 1 gathered at the Commodore Barry memorial to lay a wreath on the first Anniversary of the dedication of the memorial.

Massachusetts

by William J. Sullivan

The countdown for the 98th Biennial Convention of the AOH and LAOH Mass State Boards Convention has begun. The Convention will be held in Hyannis on Cape Cod from May 29 – May 31. Planning for this convention began over a year ago and the Convention Committee is promising a great weekend of great entertainment, fine food and fun for all who attend.

Essex County Board: The Essex County AOH and LAOH County Convention was hosted by Division 18, Salem on April 12. The Convention opened with a Mass at the Home of Division 18 celebrated by Essex County Chaplain, the Rev. James A Wenzel OSA. Elected as officers for the next two years were: Richard Wall, President; Kevin Buckley, Vice President; Jack Lawless, Secretary; Paul MacDonald, Financial Secretary; Michael P. Miller, Treasurer; Thomas P. Canney, Chairman of the Standing Committee; Michael Ferrick, Marshall and Kevin Walsh, Sentinel.

Middlesex County Board: The Middlesex AOH County Convention was hosted by Division 19 of Lowell on May 3. Elected as officers for 2015 – 2017 were: Leo Falter, President; Brian Gosselin, Vice President; Brad Gosselin, Secretary and Edward McNeil, Treasurer.

An Gorta Mor Commemoration: Hibernians from across Massachusetts and New Hampshire gathered on May 3 to commemorate the Great Hunger at the An Gorta Mor Memorial in Lawrence, MA. During the prayer service, the Rev. William Lohan, remembered the Irish immigrants who perished in the Hunger, as well as the Irish immigrants, who came to the United States and made many great contributions to the City of Lawrence, and the nation as a whole.

Among those who spoke at the commemorative ceremony were: Mary R. Ryan, LAOH Past National President, who brought the greetings from the AOH and LAOH National Boards; Paul Hogan, AOH State Vice President, who brought the greetings from the AOH and LAOH State Boards; Kevin Buckley, who brought the greetings from both the AOH and LAOH Essex County Boards and Dr. Joseph Downs, Mass AOH State Historian, who was the guest speaker. At the conclusion of the ceremony, a tricolor wreath of green, white and orange carnations was placed at the memorial by Division 8 LAOH Vice President Carol Calderone and Division 8 AOHRecording Secretary, Keith Murphy. Anne Collins, of Division 8 LAOH, recited prayers in Irish for the deceased at the conclusion of the commemoration service. A reception followed the ceremony.

Division 1 Holyoke: The 7th Annual Summer Picnic Hibernian Style will be held on June 27 at The Wherehouse. The Maurice A. Donahue Scholarships will be presented. at that time. A Mass in Memory of the victims of the An Gorta Mor will be celebrated on May 17 at St. Patrick’s Chapel in St. Jerome’s Church.

Division 14 Watertown: Division 14 under the guidance of President Joe McCusker will hold a Scholarship Social on May 16. On Monday, May 25, Division 14 will participate in the Annual Memorial Day Parade. A old fashioned cookout will follow the parade.

Division 19 Lowell: Division 19 recently held elections for officers for the coming year. Heading up Division 19 are: Shawn Harrington, President and Mark McNiff as Vice President. The Division will present Cahul Dunne in Concert on Friday, October 3 at the Lowell Elks. Proceeds from this event will benefit their scholarship fund.

And that is the way we see it in the Great Commonwealth of Massachusetts. God Bless!

Massachusetts and New Hampshire Hibernians gathered on Sunday, May 3, at the An Gorta Mor Memorial in Lawrence, Massachusetts to commemorate the An Gorta Mor. The memorial was built by Division 8 AOH in Lawrence and dedicated in 2006 under the guidance and chairmanship of Past AOH National Board member, the late David R. Burke. Mr. Burke died on May 27, 2009.

Massachusetts and New Hampshire Hibernians gathered on Sunday, May 3, at the An Gorta Mor Memorial in Lawrence, Massachusetts to commemorate the An Gorta Mor. The memorial was built by Division 8 AOH in Lawrence and dedicated in 2006 under the guidance and chairmanship of Past AOH National Board member, the late David R. Burke. Mr. Burke died on May 27, 2009.

New Year’s Day Mass honoring fallen first responders

Members of the Padraig Pearse Division #1 annually arise early on New Year’s Day to assist with the celebration of Mass honoring fallen first responders at St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church in Kansas City. Missouri.

The Mass, led by Fr. Ernie Davis, is the revival of a tradition that had fallen aside. A few years ago Fr. Davis asked two volunteers to clean an old chalice he had found in the church basement. The volunteers discovered an inscription on the chalice — “In loving memory of Dennis Whalen, by his wife Anna Whalen.”

Church members learned that Dennis Whalen was a Kansas City police officer fatally shot on New Year’s Eve 1923 while answering a report of stolen property at an 18th Street pawnshop. The parish oral history relates that Anna Whalen had all of the gold and silver jewelry that her husband had given her over the years of their marriage melted into the chalice, which she donated to the church. Until the 1960’s the pastor at St. Therese who knew the Whalen’s annually offered a Mass in memory of Officer Whalen. Once the story of the chalice was known, Fr. Davis revived the tradition of a Mass expanding the intention to all fallen first responders; complete with a full gospel choir on New Year’s Day.

AOH members serve as escorts to the priest, servers and bag pipers, take up the collection, and provide whatever assistance Fr. Davis’ might need. In 2014 the Pearse Division presented a $500 check to law enforcement officers for a memorial bench to be built in honor of KCMO police officer and AOH member John O’Sullivan killed in the line of duty in 1978.

 

Missouri 1

Hibernians present scholarships to 10 students

John Cardinal D’Alton, Division 3, in Pearl River, NY, held their annual Communion Breakfast and ceremony to honor 10 young scholarship recipients at the Church of St. Margaret. The students received their awards at the breakfast that followed at the Hibernian House. The scholarship winners are, from left, top row,  Declan Moore, Matthew McGovern, Kieran Lee; front row: Mary Watters, Jules Madigan, Faith Redmond, Carley Davin, Kiera Young, Ciar

Photo by Bob Reers

Photo by Bob Reers

a O’Riordan and Jacqueline Screene.

Hibernians Respect Life

Life March 1ABrother and Sister Hibernians from across the country gathered to support the pro-life movement on January 22, the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life of America, and Timothy O’Donnell, S.T.D., President of Christendom College, addressed Hibernians that morning at the Right to Life Breakfast encouraging protection of and respect for life from conception to natural death. The same day the House of Representatives passed a bill, “H.R. 7” to restrict federal funding of abortion. Many viewed the bill as an inadequate substitute after another measure, which would have banned abortion after 20 weeks, lost support. Deputy National Chaplain Fr. Timothy Harris, AOH National President Brendan Moore, and LAOH President Mary Hogan led Hibernian contingents in the march, an impressive part of the more-than 500,000-person demonstration.

AOH sponsors 6th annual Sean Tallon Tournament

     The life and legacy of a New York City Firefighter who was killed on September 11, 2001 was celebrated in grand fashion as AOH County Boards and Divisions from around The New York City area teamed up to sponsor a region wide Gaelic sports tournament which featured over 250 youngsters in an all day event.

The 6th Annual Firefighter Sean Tallon Memorial Tournament welcomed over 24 youth teams (Under -8) from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut competing in Irish Football and Hurling. The tournament was operated in conjunction with The New York GAA Minor Board and was held at Gaelic Park in the Bronx.

The tournament was originally founded by Division #1 in Yonkers to honor a local hero killed on September 11th. Sean Tallon was a U.S. Marine Reservist and a member of FDNY Ladder 10 in Manhattan, whose firehouse is located directly across the street from The World Trade Center.

The tournament was held as a small local event involving only 4 teams for its first 5 years. However, the future of the tournament was put in doubt this year due to the fact that the field in which the event was held had to close due to renovations. An opportunity arose for the AOH to sponsor a much bigger regional tournament, but the cost of hosting an event of that size was to big for one Division to handle. Division #1 reached out to its neighboring AOH County Boards for help.   By the time the tournament was scheduled to be held, the New York, Queens, Bronx and Westchester County Boards, as well as Division #18 in Peekskill all joined in as Co-Sponsors. “The response what overwhelmingly enthusiastic” said Division One President Kevin Ellis, “They saw the potential for this to become a truly great regional event and got behind us to ensure this event would continue.”

The FDNY Ceremonial Unit Color Guard participated in the event for the first time this year, and the family of Sean Tallon also was on hand for the awards presentations. The AOH now has a very large and visible event on the GAA Calendar in New York, and additional AOH Divisions have also expressed interest in joining as sponsors for next years tournament. “This event will now continue to grow bigger each and every year” said Ellis, “This great relationship between the AOH and the GAA will ensure that both organizations become stronger.”

 

Trophies for 3 Football and 2 Hurling Divisions

Trophies for 3 Football and 2 Hurling Divisions

Every player received this medal for participating in the tournament.

Every player received this medal for participating in the tournament.

The Family of Sean Tallon with The FDNY Ceremonial Unit Color Guard

The Family of Sean Tallon with The FDNY Ceremonial Unit Color Guard

Opening Ceremonies of The Sean Tallon Tournament singing of The national Anthem

Opening Ceremonies of The Sean Tallon Tournament singing of The national Anthem

The Tallon Family presenting awards at the Sean Tallon tournament

The Tallon Family presenting awards at the Sean Tallon tournament

The FDNY Ceremonial Unit Marching onto the field at Gaelic Park in the Bronx.

The FDNY Ceremonial Unit Marching onto the field at Gaelic Park in the Bronx.

The FDNY Ceremonial Unit and Color Guard

The FDNY Ceremonial Unit and Color Guard

Four AOH County Boards and Two Divisions teamed up to sponsor the Sean Tallon Tournament.

Four AOH County Boards and Two Divisions teamed up to sponsor the Sean Tallon Tournament.

FDNY Firefighter Sean Patrick Tallon of Yonkers was killed on September 11th, 2001.

FDNY Firefighter Sean Patrick Tallon of Yonkers was killed on September 11th, 2001.

Pearse Division 2014 Irish Classic Golf Tournament

At the Jameson Table – First Liar Never Wins!

 

On a beautiful fall day, October 20th, at Kansas City’s Hillcrest Golf Course, the Ancient Order of Hibernians Pearse Division #1 KCMO held its annual Irish Classic Golf Tournament. In partnership with the Kansas City Irish Center and Museum the division hosted teams from throughout Kansas City in a fundraiser for the charities it supports.

A highlight of the round of golf is a stop at the Jameson’s Table for relaxation and exaggerated and made up stories of golfing skills. This year (from left in front) John McEvoy, Steve Page (back to camera) and Bill Quinn hosted the table which annually is a most profitable undertaking. In the picture along with two participating golfers is the Pearse Division’s good friend, Denny Dennihan (fourth from the left) the president of the Kansas City Kansas Fr. Donnelly Division.

Pearse Division Vice President Lew Hendricks headed up the golf committee and the event grew in both numbers and profit for the third year in a row. The goal of the Division and Irish Center is to have this become the premier fall event for the Irish in Kansas City.

Commemoration of An Gorta Mor, New Orleans

By John Fitzmorris III

Representatives of the Irish government and the Ancient Order of Hibernians concluded their four-day journey throughout New Orleans on Sunday with the AOH as the Order dedicated and consecrated Hibernian Memorial Park at the Celtic Cross — on the site of the former New Basin Canal that was dug by Irish immigrants in the 1830s. Heather Humphries, Minister of Arts and Culture, the Gaeltacht, represented the Republic of Ireland, which had chosen New Orleans as the site of the International Commemoration of An Gorta Mor, “The Great Hunger,” which ravaged Ireland from 1845 to 1852. Judge McKay, Jere Cole and Danny O’Connell represented the AOH National Board.

Chaired by AOH National Vice-President and Honorary Irish Consul for New Orleans James F. McKay III, the Commemoration Committee did an excellent job in showing New Orleans in a totally different light than what many tourists and those around the country would believe. Minister Humphries, along with Irish Consul General Paul Gleeson, visited the statue of Margaret Gaffney Haughery, an illiterate Irish woman who overcame personal tragedy and her own lack of education to become an angel to the orphans and destitute of New Orleans. The Minister then visited Lantern Light Ministries’ Rebuild Center of New Orleans — a homeless shelter run by Irish-born Sister Vera Butler of the Presentation Nuns. Sister Vera’s institution is more than just a soup kitchen, as it was designed to provide dignity and a fresh start for those suffering in today’s economy. After that visit, the Minister received a first-hand view of the Port of New Orleans, which was at one time the second largest port of entry for Irish immigrants to the United States.

Tulane University hosted an academic symposium that was hosted by both the Historic New Orleans Collection on Thursday and the former St. Alphonsus Church in the famous Irish Channel neighborhood on Friday. Begun with a reception and an opening welcome by Professor Laura Kelley of Tulane, the symposium provided a variety of historical and cultural perspectives on An Gorta Mor and its consequences on both Ireland and the United States. That same Friday evening, the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day club held a parade in the French Quarter that ended with a block party in front of the Irish-American Cultural Museum. To the music of the Poor Clares, parade goers and patrons got a first-hand view of how Irish-Americans celebrated their heritage and did so for a good cause as the proceeds from the block party went to Sr. Vera and the Rebuild Center.

Saturday’s events saw a traditional Irish Feís held at Kinglsey House, the oldest settlement house in the South that ministers to nearly 7,000 infants, children, youth, parents and disabled and elderly from throughout Southeast Louisiana. After a charity walk for the Hungry and Homeless, the Minister’s delegation was treated to Irish dancing, music from pipers, and even a complete Gaelic football match. The evening’s activities featured a gala at historic Gallier Hall hosted by Irish Network-New Orleans. The lovely Tara O’Grady of Queens, New York, began the evening with a series of Irish and Irish-American songs for the patrons, and she was followed by the members of the Irish Band Black ’47, who came together once again to commemorate An Gorta Mor. Patrons to the gala enjoyed excellent refreshments and dinner provided by Mr. Dickie Brennan, a member of one of the leading Irish-American restaurant families in the Gulf South region. Again, the incongruity of a gala event to mark the commemoration was balanced by the fact that all monies raised will go to provide scholarships to young men and women wishing to go and study in Ireland.

The final day of the Commemoration began with Minister Humphries visiting the grave of all the unknowns who perished in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans and Ireland are bound together in enduring senseless human tragedies, and the grave of the unknowns remains a searing legacy. From the Katrina Memorial, the delegation then went to the Celtic Cross Monument. Under beautiful skies, a big crowd watched Minister Humphries pay tribute to the Irish who dug the canal and the Hibernians who had taken over stewardship of the Celtic Cross. Now, instead of just the Cross, the surrounding four acres will be developed into a park with benches, trees and historical markers to help visitors to the site as well as joggers, walkers, and cyclists understand the meaning of the Cross. The United States Marine Corps Reserve Band opened the ceremony with a series of patriotic tunes. Ms. Kathleen Kingsmill Olsen sang the Irish National Anthem, following by the Marine band with the U.S. National Anthem. AOH State Chaplain Fr. Patrick Collum gave the invocation and retired AOH Chaplain Fr. Neal McDermott of the Southern Dominican Province consecrated the site.

Minister Humphries — assisted by Judge McKay and AOH Cardinal Gibbons Division President Ronald Burke — laid a wreath before the Cross; and the minister then sprinkled soil from County Leitrim — the home of New Orleans’ Margaret Haughery.

Finally, Judge James Kuhn of the AOH Republic of West Florida Division presented Minister Humphries with a painting of the Celtic Cross. Upon conclusion of the ceremony, the delegation and visitors were treated to an Irish picnic that brought the day’s — and the week’s — festivities to an end.

It was fitting that the Ancient Order of Hibernians brought the Commemoration to an end. The AOH has always been at the forefront of remembering those who perished in the terrible human catastrophe of An Gorta Mor and celebrating the indomitable spirit of those who came from Ireland and built this country. The Hibernians extend to Judge McKay and the entire Commemoration Committee our profoundest thanks, who made New Orleans — and the Irish in New Orleans — shine. Our thanks also go out to Irish Consul General Mr. Paul Gleeson, who helped bring the Commemoration to this city. Last but not least, we give tremendous thanks to Minister Heather Humphries. She truly represented the best Ireland has to offer and reaffirmed the bond of friendship that has always existed between New Orleans and our ancestral home.

Go raibh maith agat go mór!

Vice President Jim McKay, Minister of Arts and Culture, the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, AOH National Treasurer Danny O’Connell and National Secretary Jere Cole pictured during the Commemoration Gala at historic Gallier Hall, New Orleans.

Vice President Jim McKay, Minister of Arts and Culture, the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, AOH National Treasurer Danny O’Connell and National Secretary Jere Cole pictured during the Commemoration Gala at historic Gallier Hall, New Orleans.

Heather Humphreys, Minister of Arts and Culture, the Gaeltacht, and AOH National Vice Presi-dent Jim McKay placed a wreath at the Katrina Memorial.

Heather Humphreys, Minister of Arts and Culture, the Gaeltacht, and AOH National Vice Presi-dent Jim McKay placed a wreath at the Katrina Memorial.

Minister Heather Humphreys and Vice President Jim McKay visit with a member of the New Orleans Marine Corps Band on hand to perform at the dedication of Hibernian Park and Cross.

Minister Heather Humphreys and Vice President Jim McKay visit with a member of the New Orleans Marine Corps Band on hand to perform at the dedication of Hibernian Park and Cross.

Throughout the commemoration events, the Irish dignitaries took the time to visit with the locals who supported the Commemoration. Matt Murphy, owner of the Irish House, spoke with Consul General of Ireland in Atlanta Paul Gleeson, Minister Humphreys and Vice President McKay.

Throughout the commemoration events, the Irish dignitaries took the time to visit with the locals who supported the Commemoration. Matt Murphy, owner of the Irish House, spoke with Consul General of Ireland in Atlanta Paul Gleeson, Minister Humphreys and Vice President McKay.

Hibernians and Irish dignitaries at the dedication of the Celtic Cross at Hibernian Memorial Park.

Hibernians and Irish dignitaries at the dedication of the Celtic Cross at Hibernian Memorial Park.

 

 

 

Hibernians Welcome Irish Ambassador Anderson

AOH and LAOH National and District of Columbia State Board Presidents welcome Ambassador Anne Anderson to Washington, DC, from left, Brendan Moore, Ambassador Anderson, Maureen Shelton, Gail Depalito (DC LAOH State Board President), and Ralph D. Day (DC AOH State Board President).

AOH and LAOH National and District of Columbia State Board Presidents welcome Ambassador Anne Anderson to Washington, DC, from left, Brendan Moore, Ambassador Anderson, Maureen Shelton, Gail Depalito (DC LAOH State Board President), and Ralph D. Day (DC AOH State Board President).

At a formal dinner held at the prestigious National Press Club located near the White House, the Washington DC State Board closed out their biennial convention with a special welcome to Ireland’s new Ambassador to the United States, Anne Anderson. Newly re-elected presidents Ralph Day of the DC AOH and Gail Gorman Dapolito of the DC LAOH were honored to be joined at the head table by Ambassador Anderson and her guest, Dr. Lowe, DC Chaplain Father John Hurley, our National Presidents Brendan Moore and Maureen Shelton, as well as the president of the National Press Club, Angela Greiling Keane, as the AOH was the first to publically welcome Her Excellency to her new post.

The pre-dinner reception was graciously entertained by Brother George Rogers (past President, DC State Board) as he played the Uilleann pipes and penny whistle and the Irish Dairy Board supplied a wonderful array of Irish cheeses for the jovial crowd. The evening’s guest included Hibernians from more than six states and included National Board members Patrick Sturdy and Sean Pender as well as Maryland State president Tim Harvey, each of whom had addressed the DC Convention earlier that day. Also joining the AOH at the dinner were numerous DC Irish organizations and former Congressman Bruce Morrison and his wife as well as Norman Houston, director of the Northern Ireland Bureau.

The evening’s master of ceremonies was past-National Director Keith Carney who kept the busy program running, but also took the solemn time to read the names of the 32 AOH Brothers and Sisters who perished on 9/11 trying to save others (as the 12th anniversary of that tragic day was upcoming at the time of the dinner). The O’Neill-James School of Irish Dance began the entertainment at the banquet, including getting the audience off their feet to learn an Irish Shamrock dance and signing Happy Birthday to Mr. John Cosgrove who celebrates his 95th birthday. Mr. Cosgrove, the quintessential DC Irishman, is the Past President of the National Press Club. He addressed the dinner guests from the podium in grand fashion telling the story of his welcoming President John F. Kennedy (the only U.S. President that was a member of the AOH) to be a member of the National Press Club in 1963.

DC President Ralph Day initiated the welcome to Ambassador Anderson, followed in turn by DC Ladies President Gail Dapolito. National AOH President Brendon Moore, who provided Ambassador Anderson with an AOH commemorative 175th Anniversary coin, and National LAOH President Maureen Shelton both welcomed her warmly.

Ambassador Anderson was introduced to the dinner by National Press Club President Keane who expressed her honor as a female president of the Club to welcome the first female Ambassador from Ireland to the U.S.  Ms. Keane serves as the 106th president of the Press Club (founded in 1908 to serve the press corps in DC and now boasts membership of over 4,000 members).

Ambassador Anderson spoke eloquently to her guests. She expressed deep thanks to the United States for their leadership and support for the Good Friday Accord, as well as our immigration reform efforts underway. The Ambassador welcomed Irish Americans to The Gathering and continued support of Irish business, friendship and culture that foster our bond.  She expressed her desires to increase the association the Embassy has with the Irish community, especially the AOH/LAOH. She looks forward to the opportunities ahead to continue and promote our heritage. Ambassador Anderson is the 17th Ambassador of the Irish Republic to the United States of America. She had served in the Embassy in Washington the 1980s and reflected on how much has happened in the intervening years. She has served in the Irish Foreign Service for over 40 years and brings vast experience to the post including Ambassador to France and most recently to the United Nations.

The evening concluded with entertainment by Mr. Brian Gaffney, a celebrated DC Irish troubadour, as numerous guests lined up to pose for photographs with Her Excellency.  The dinner was a huge success and showed an enormous AOH/LAOH welcome to the Ambassador.