Commemorating the Easter Rising

On April 4 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Anaheim, CA, members of the Joseph Plunkett-Joe McDonnell (Long Beach), Orange County and San Diego Divisions, joined together to organize and participate in the 99th commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising.

The men who gave their lives in the fight for Irish freedom were honored in a series of presentations, all of which were delivered with poise and compassion. Of particular note were the well-crafted words of guidance for our troubled times from Sister Eymard Flood, and an impeccable recital of the O’Donovan Rossa funeral oration by Tom Raboin. Chris Wittman read the 1916 Roll of Honor and Tristan Wolffe gave an inspired reading of the Easter Proclamation.

Terry McCarthy piped in the procession of flags and Eamon Knuff and Michael Kelly of Sligo Rags provided traditional music and song. AOH brother Mick Byrne delighted the crowd with his stirring and thought-provoking keynote address, while flanked by the dedicated men and women of the 3rd West Cork Brigade. Our thoughts now turn to next year and the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

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On July 14th, AOH Division #3 held their 9th annual Edward Casey Award ceremony at the Fenians courtyard concert at Muldoon’s in Newport Beach. We had a great turnout of Orange County and Long Beach brothers who came together to support this great event. This prestigious AOH award was presented to Jerry O’Keefe, past AOH National Director, for his 40 years of outstanding service and commitment to the Irish Community of Orange County.

This AOH award is named in honor of the late Edward Casey, (Father of Terry Casey, lead singer of the Fenians), a Hibernian leader from the early 1960s in Orange County. Edward Casey was the inspiration and mentor to early Hibernians organizing the AOH in Orange County.

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Orange County and Long Beach brothers join to honor the heroes of 1916

The Orange County California Board, the Michael J. Farrell Sr. Division #2 and the Jerry O’Keefe Division #3 held their AOH 1916 Easter Commemoration at the VFW in Anaheim on May 30. The 1916 Commemoration was started in 1967 by Andy Finnerty, past AOH Orange County Board President. This AOH Commemoration was held to honor all the fallen heroes for Irish freedom in 1916 and in the years that followed.

David McKenna, Long Beach Division Vice President, delivered a wonderful speech as the keynote speaker and Daniel Murphy, past Orange County Board President, kept the program moving as master of ceremonies. Jerry O’Keefe, past National Director, gave a moving rendition of Padraic Pearse’s oration at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa. Kieran Scott, Orange County Division #2 President, read the 1981 roll of honor, and Tim Weston shared the 1972 roll of honor.

Eamonn Knuff entertained the crowd by performing all our Irish favorites, Katherine Futterer sang a wonderful rendition of Grace, and Terry McCarthy graced the day and led the Flag processional with his bagpipes. Many thanks to Jeff Gallagher for producing such a wonderful program journal. Special thanks to Paul Gilbrook, Commemoration Chairman for providing his leadership and guidance.

Overall the commemoration was a complete success! We were able to raise several hundred dollars profit toward keeping the tradition alive, as well as providing a proper tribute to the heroes of the 1916 Easter Rising.

 

On July 14th, AOH Division #3 held their 9th annual Edward Casey Award ceremony at the Fenians courtyard concert at Muldoon’s in Newport Beach. This presitigious AOH award was presented to Jerry O’Keefe, past AOH National Director for more than 40 years of service to the AOH and the Irish Community of Orange County, California. There was a great turnout of Hibernians who came together to honor Jerry O’Keefe’s accomplishments.

This AOH award is named in honor of the late Edward Casey, (Father of Terry Casey, lead singer of the Fenians), a Hibernian leader from the early 1960’s in Orange County. Edward Casey was the inspiration and mentor to early Hibernians organizing the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Orange County.

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On December 8, 2012, AOH Brothers from Long Beach and Orange County gathered at O’Malley’s in Seal Beach for a very merry Christmas party.  It was truly great for all who were able to attend to share their Christmas spirit.  Everyone had a wonderful time!

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United Ireland Proclamation from the Long Beach City Council

1916 AOH Easter Commemoration in Orange County, CA — From left, front row: Eric Reiss, Mick Byrne, Mick O'Keefe, and Mark Mowen; second row, seated: Andy Finnerty, Jerry O'Keefe, Michael O'Keefe Jr., Jeff Gallagher, Ken Jamieson, Daniel Murphy, Daniel McGowan, and Tim Weston. Back row: Tristan Wolffe, Elijah Moynahan, Molly Moynahan, Jesse Moynahan, Olen Daugherty Jr., Craig Phildius, David McKenna, Tom Mullan, Jimmy McSorley, Peter O'Brien, Andrew Manning, Jim McGuirk, Chris Wittman, Devon Stone, Paul Gilbrook, Olen Daugherty Sr., Brent Smith, Terry McCarthy, Seamus McCullough, and Eamonn Knuff.

On March 13, 2012, AOH Brothers David McKenna and Andrew Manning from the Joseph Plunkett––Joe McDonnell Division in Long Beach, California stood before the Long Beach City Council and urged their elected officials to issue an official unanimous proclamation in support of a free and united Ireland. Thanks to the support of our good friend, Councilman Patrick O’Donnell, the proclamation was issued and presented to us in a beautiful frame. As Brother Andrew noted in his presentation before the Council, “When a free and united Ireland takes its rightful place among the nations of the world, the great city of Long Beach, California will justifiably hold its head high and smile with pride as a true friend of our brothers and sisters in Ireland.” Through this action, we are, my brothers, one step closer to fulfilling the promise of so many generations of Hibernians –– Tiocfaidh ár lá. The Joseph Plunkett––Joe McDonnell Division encourages all of our brothers to take similar action in their respective cities, counties, and states.

Easter Rising commemoration in California

On April 7th, the Orange County Board, the Michael J. Farrell Sr. Division #2 and the Jerry O’Keefe Division #3 held their AOH 1916 Easter Commemoration at the VFW in Anaheim. This AOH Commemoration event was held to honor all the fallen Heroes for Irish Freedom in 1916.

David McKenna, AOH Long Beach Division Vice-President, delivered a wonderful speech as the keynote speaker, and Daniel Murphy, past Orange County Board President, kept the program moving as master of ceremonies. Tim Weston gave a moving rendition of Padraic Pearse’s oration at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa. Daniel McGowan, Long Beach President, read the 1981 roll of honor, and Jerry O’Keefe, past National Director shared the 1972 roll of honor. Also a special presentation was made and a beautiful plaque was given to Andy Finnerty, past Orange County President, for his years of dedication and guidance for the 1916 Commemoration since 1967.

Eamonn Knuff entertained the crowd by performing all our Irish favorites, and Terry McCarthy graced the day and led the Flag processional with his bagpipes. Many thanks to Jeff Gallagher for producing such a wonderful program journal, and special thanks to Mick O’Keefe, Commemoration Chairman, for providing his leadership and guidance.

Overall the commemoration was a complete success! We were able to raise several hundred dollars profit toward keeping the tradition alive, as well as providing a proper tribute to the heroes of the 1916 Easter Rising. Erin Go Bragh!

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AOH California State Convention: Pictured from left are Andrew Manning, Eric Linden, Michael O'Keefe Jr., David McKenna, Daniel McGowan, Mick O'Keefe, Daniel Murphy, Chris Wittman, Daniel Murphy, Kevin Spaeth, Paul Gilbrook, Austin Daly, Jerry O'Keefe, Bob Hannan, Ken Jamieson, Jim Walsh, and Mark Mowen.

We had a great turnout of our Orange County Hibernians for the AOH California State Convention in September. I would like to thank all the Brothers who showed their support for Dan McGowan, and his Long Beach Brothers. These Brothers continue to show up in full force and represent the Order with style and grace, even with their Division being challenged once again without a valid reason.

I was really proud of all the AOH Officers who stood up and stated their opinion in the State meeting in support our Long Beach Brothers, especially Chuck Gildea, Pat Cahill, Jeff Gallagher, Pat Bergin, Kieran Scott, Eric Linden, and Jerry O’Keefe. For once, I was not the bully in the room, but I did add my two cents when it was needed. This was one of the proudest moment I have been part as a Hibernian over the last 20 years.

Many thanks to all the Brothers who donated their own money to stock the Hospitality room, especially Ken Jamieson, Jerry O’Keefe, David McKenna, Eric Linden, Austin Daly, Chris Wittman, Kieran Scott, Tim Weston, and all the other Brothers who donated for the final refreshments run on Saturday night. Thank you so much.

On top of this, the AOH California State Board election results was unanimous and went in our favor with our own Ken Jamieson being elected State President; Patrick Cahill, State Vice President; Jeff Gallagher, State Secretary; and Daniel McGowan, State Treasurer. Please show your support for incoming California State Board.

Many thanks to the Ed McEntee and Jerry DeRyan, the outgoing State Board officers for their unwavering support.

And one final accolade to my wife, Melanie, who put up with all the changes at the last minute to ensure we had a successful Convention. Well done, my love!

AOH Long Beach and AOH Orange County Commemorate Volunteer Joe McDonnell

The Joseph Plunkett-Joe McDonnell Division and guests from Orange County Divisions 2 & 3 gathered in Long Beach, CA, on July 9 to honor Vol. Joe McDonnell on the weekend of the 30th anniversary of his death from the Republican Hunger Strike of 1981. McDonnell was an unwavering Volunteer, committed to the Republican cause for Irish freedom. All the Brothers in attendance were honored and truly humbled to pay tribute to such a sound individual.

Pictured from left to right, front row: Bob Hannan, David McKenna, Daniel McGowan, Kevin O'Keefe and Kevin Spaeth. Back Row: Andrew Manning, Jim McGuirk, Chris Wittman, Jim Walsh, Eric Reiss, Mick O'Keefe, Chris O'Keefe, Jerry O'Keefe and Chuck Gildea.

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Edward Casey Award Ceremony

A great turnout of Orange County and Long Beach, California Brothers turned out to support the 7th annual AOH Edward Casey Award ceremony at the Fenians concert at Muldoon’s, Newport Beach. This prestigious AOH award was presented to Father Michael Hanifin, AOH Div 3 Chaplain for his outstanding leadership and spiritual guidance for the AOH of Orange County. Father Hanifin is in the process of helping to build the newest Catholic Church in Orange County, Santa Clara de Asis. Keep up the good work Father! This AOH award is named in honor of the late Edward Casey,(Father of Terry Casey, lead singer of the Fenians), a Hibernian leader from the early 1960’s in Orange County. Edward Casey was the inspiration and mentor to early Hibernians organizing the AOH in Orange County.

Pictured (L – R) front: Eric Reiss, David McKenna, Mick O'Keefe, and Ken Jamieson. Back row: Daniel McGowan, Jerry O'Keefe, Michael Histon, Kieran Scott, Father Michael Hanifin, Daniel Murphy, Mark Mowen, Paul Mowen (from Sydney Australia), Michael Shorey, and Jay Treanor.

Supporting Santa Clara de Asis Catholic Church

On June 10th, Orange County AOH&LAOH Hibernians came out in full force to support the 3rd Annual Brewfest at Santa Clara de Asis Catholic Church in Yorba Linda. Many thanks to Div 3 Chaplain Father Michael Hanifin for inviting us to attend. The proceeds from the worthy event go toward building the newest Catholic Church in Orange County, Santa Clara de Asis. The event was a complete success with 1000 parishioners in attendance to enjoy great food, live music, and of course, the beer tasting from local micro breweries and home brews. We are already looking forward to next years’ event.

CA State Convention

Orange County Hibernians are also in the process of planning the 2011 AOH/LAOH State Convention to be held on September 16th-18th at the Embassy Suites, Santa Ana. Complete details can be located on the AOH California State Board website at www.aohca.org All AOH/LAOH members are invited to attend.

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On April 23rd, the Orange County Board, the Michael J. Farrell Sr. Div 2 and the Jerry O’Keefe Div 3 held their AOH 1916 Easter Commemoration at the VFW in Anaheim.  This AOH Commemoration event was held to honor true Irish Patriots, Bill Ashe, and Andy Finnerty, AOH Div 2 charter members, as well as honoring all the fallen Heroes for Irish Freedom in 1916.

Dan McGowan, AOH Long Beach Division President delivered a wonderful speech as the keynote speaker and Jerry O’Keefe, past National Director, kept the program moving as master of ceremonies. Tim Weston, gave a moving rendition of Padraic Pearse’s oration at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa, as well as reading a letter from Gerry Adams wishing the AOH of Orange County a successful commemoration. Daniel Murphy also gave a passionate tribute of the 1916 Roll of Honor.

Eamonn and the Ravens entertained the crowd by performing all our Irish favorites, and Terry McCarthy graced the day and led the Flag processional with his bagpipes. Many thanks to Jeff Gallagher for producing such a wonderful program journal. Special thanks to Jerry O’Keefe, Commemoration Chairman for providing his leadership and guidance.

Overall the commemoration was a complete success! We were able to raise several hundred dollars profit toward keeping the tradition alive, as well as providing a proper tribute to the heroes of the 1916 Easter Rising. Erin Go Bragh!

Front row (L – R) David McKenna, Bob Brennan, Jerry O’Keefe, Michael Sean O’Keefe II, Daniel McGowan, Daniel Murphy, Tim Weston, and Eamonn Knuff. Back row: Seamus McCullough Terry McCarthy, Olen Daugherty, Chuck Gildea, P. J. McKenna, Jim McGiurk, Mick O’Keefe, Mark Mowen, Chris Wittman, Kieran Scott, Eric Linden and Tristen Wolffe.

 

San Francisco Holds 160th Parade

 

The United Irish Societies of San Francisco held their 160th parade on Saturday, March 12, 2011 in San Francisco. Prior to the Parade, a Mass was held at Saint Patrick’s Church in downtown San Francisco. The theme of this year’s parade was “Giving Back” Honoring Irish Contributions. The Parade started at 11:30AM at 2nd and Market Streets and ending at the Civic Center Plaza. Throughout the day, there was a Festival at the Civic Center Plaza which included Music, Arts, Food and other activities. The Grand Marshals were Maureen and Michael Moriarity. The Honorary Grand Marshals were Pat Cooper, Frank Fee, Dan Kelleher, Florence Lynch Keighran, Eileen Moriarity, Garry O’Reilly and John Ring. Two of the Honorary Grand Marshals were San Francisco Ancient Order of Hibernian members. John Ring was a member of AOH Division 5 and at the time of his passing was Vice President of the San Francisco AOH County Board. Dan Kelleher was Past President of AOH Division 17 and held elective positions on the AOH California State Board. His wife, Terry Kelleher, is Past President of the National Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. John Ring and Dan Kelleher were dedicated members to the Ancient Order of Hibernians and their contributions will be missed in the future. The AOH/LAOH Divisions in the Parade represented San Francisco and Sonoma Counties. San Francisco AOH Divisions 5 and 17 and Sonoma Division 1. LAOH Divisions were represented by San Francisco 1, San Francisco Columbia Division 2 and San Francisco Father Yorke Division 3.

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West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco

The seventh annual RIGHT TO LIFE WALK began at 11:00AM with people gathering at the Justin Herman Plaza at the foot of Market Street on Saturday, January 22, 2011. More than 40,000 people participated in the walk from the San Francisco Embarcadero Waterfront to the Marina Greens.

Ten California Bishops including Archbishop George Neiderauer, San Francisco Bishop William Justice, San Francisco Bishop Robert Mc Elroy, San Francisco Retired Bishop Ignatius Wong, Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, Santa Rosa Bishop Daniel Walsh, San Bernardino Bishop Rutilio Del Riego , Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto, Stockton Bishop Stephen Blaire, Orange County Bishop Tod Brown participated in the WALK.

Prior to the WALK a Catholic Mass was held at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco beginning at 8:00 AM.

LAOH Saint Brigid’s Mass and Brunch

The annual Mass and Brunch was held at the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco on Sunday, February 6, 2011. There were approximately 100 members of the LAOH and AOH in attendance representing San Francisco and Sonoma Counties.

Pictured above, seated from left to right are Jerry O'Keefe, Ken Jamieson. Kieran Scott, Joe Harvey, Dan McGowan. Back row: Eric Linden, Tim Weston, Eamonn Knuff, Bob Hannan, Kevin O'Keefe, Kevin Farrell, Kevin Spaeth, Eric Reiss, Chris O'Keefe, Chris Wittman, Jim Walsh, Tim O'Keefe, Ron Lippa, and Mick O'Keefe

Eric Linden is presented AOH plaque by Kieran Scott and Mick O'Keefe for his years of service as the Michael J. Farrell Sr. Division (2009-2010)