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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.

 

At Division 32’s annual St.Patrick's bash on March 14 at DePaul College Prep High School, Brothers Jim Mulligan, left, and Tim Moriarity "shoot the breeze" between corned beef sandwiches.

At Division 32’s annual St.Patrick’s bash on March 14 at DePaul College Prep High School, Brothers Jim Mulligan, left, and Tim Moriarity “shoot the breeze” between corned beef sandwiches.

Jack Morrissey, left, and standing next to him is Tom Conlin, as they are being sworn in as new Hibernian Brothers May 6th in the beautiful and time honored ceremony respectful of AOH traditions.

Jack Morrissey, left, and standing next to him is Tom Conlin, as they are being sworn in as new Hibernian Brothers May 6th in the beautiful and time honored ceremony respectful of AOH traditions.

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By Director John F. O’Donnell

Division 32 has announced two Feed The Homeless events in keeping with the spirit of An Grota Mor. Prior to Thanksgiving, a hot turkey dinner will be served at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on Chicago’s Northside on Wednesday, November 19th and on Wednesday, December 17th, Christmas gift packages and a hot dinner will be served at the same location. Both events qualify Catholic school student food servers for the Ed Morley Service Scholarship points consideration. Some 150+ guests are expected at each event. A number of Division 32’ers were parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes growing up and they are delighted to return for these events.

On Sunday, Oct. 26th, 90 Bears fans watched their Monsters of the Midway take it on the chin big time from the Patriots at a party held at the Irish American Heritage Center organized by Hibernian and blood brothers, Jim and Kevin O’Malley. There were football squares, a silent auction, and raffles to keep interest in the lopsided game. Melt in your mouth Harrington’s Corned Beef was catered in to ease the pain of the blow out loss to Tom Brady’s bunch. And Massachusetts Brothers: this writer and my guest for the party know the family of Patriot’s backup QB Jim Garroppolo, who is from Arlington Heights, IL. We did not expect to see Jim in the game, but there he was after Tom Brady took a well deserved rest.

Division 32 has also set the date of Saturday, December 13th for their annual Christmas Party. For more details or to participate in any Division 32 event, feel free to check our website of AOOH.ORG.

AOH Awards presented

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Division 32 President Ray Prendergast, from left, presented their Division 32 Ken Sullivan Man of the Year Plaque to Sean O’Dowd Sat. Sept.6th at their annual picnic in Niles, IL. At right is Division 32 Chaplain Father Dan McCarthy.  Sean is a Division 32 past president, as well as a tireless fundraiser on the state and county levels. At the August national convention in St. Louis, Sean learned more about immigration reform and now has put that on his agenda.  Congratulations to Sean from all Division 32’ers for his Ken Sullivan 2014 Man of the Year recognition.

 

 

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At their annual picnic Saturday, Sept. 6, in suburban Chicago, Division 32 announced their Ken Sullivan Man of the Year as Past President Sean O’Dowd, and also handed out six Ed Morley Service Scholarship Awards to students receiving a Catholic education.  Pictured from left are John Moriarity, Div. 32 Charity Committee- Ray Pendergast, Div. 32 President-  Ed Morley Scholarship recipient Tom Fergus of Notre Dame High School, and Div. 32 Trustee Tom Burke.  A great time was had by the close to 200 picnic attendees on a glorious day in the ’70s, and congrats to horseshoe contest winners Dennis Gollogly and John Bauer.  And special thanks to the Byrnes Bros. who manned the grills, and doled out delicious veal brats and other bbq’d items all day.

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Bob Simpson – Div 1 – Golf Chairman

The Michael P Keeley Div 1, St Clair Co., Illinois, held its 33rd annual golf tournament on June 8. The tournament was renamed to the “Foz” Ryan Memorial Irish Open Golf Tournament, in memory of its originator, Richard “Foz” Ryan. The tournament was held at Yorktown Golf Course, Belleville. Twenty foursomes participated and the event had its most successful year ever. All of the money raised will be distributed to local charities, including the Illinois Special Olympics. As always, everyone enjoyed themselves.

 

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Hibernian Hunger Walk

Illinois 1 Representing the AOH in the Chicago Hunger Walk were, from left, Martin Moran, Joe McGovern, John Curtin, Kevin Gill and John Donovan. Photo by Dianne Donovan

On June 23, members of John F. Kennedy Division 59 in Chicago participated in the annual Hunger Walk to support food depositories in the area.  The hike started at Soldier Field along Chicago’s lakefront, proceeded south past McCormick Place, then returned to Soldier Field for prayer and celebration.  Walking were Division President John A. Donovan IV and his wife Dianne; Financial Secretary Joseph McGovern, who also coordinated Catholic Charities South Office participants; Trustees John Curtin and Martin Moran; and Kevin Gill with his daughter Shannon.  The Division raised funds for the St. Blase pantry, where the Division volunteers and provides a financial contribution for dinner feeding the poor.  More than 11,400 participated from the Archdiocese of Chicago and other concerned organizations.

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The Illinois State Board welcomes Chicago’s new Consul General of Ireland for his first public event since arriving in the United States, the Illinois State convention. The back row of the picture includes John A. Donavan, State Treasurer; Tom Hoffman, Immediate Past President; John L. Martin, State President and Robert Simpson, State Vice President. Seated are Aidan Cronin, Consul General of Ireland and Danny O’Connell National Director. Not present for the picture was State Secretary Kevin Riordan.

Danny O’Connell presented two awards during the Illinois convention for divisions that donated $1,000 or more to the FFAI Christmas Appeal. Receiving their framed Bloody Sunday Vindicated poster from O’Connell are Sean O’Dowd, President of Chicago Division #32, on the left, and Dann Haney, President of Peoria Division # 1 on the right. Congratulations to these divisions for continued great work on behalf of Freedom for All Ireland.

AOH Division 32 on Chicago’s Northwest side recently announced Fr. Daniel McCarthy, Division Chaplain for the past 10 years, as the recipient of their Ken Sullivan Hibernian of the Year award for 2011. The announcement was made following Fr. McCarthy’s celebration of Mass at our annual picnic at Bunker Hill on September 10. The award was given in recognition of his outstanding service to the organization and Fr. McCarthy was both surprised and extremely grateful for the award.

Fr. McCarthy recently retired after 44 years in the priesthood. He celebrated his retirement Mass at St. Tarcissus Parish in Chicago, where he has served as Pastor for the past 11 years. The Mass was celebrated with six Brother-Priest concelebrants and many friends and family members participating in the celebration.  A party was held following Mass with parishioners from St. Tarcissus and each of Fr. McCarthy’s other assignments in attendance.  Representation from Division 32 was also strong.

Fr. McCarthy was ordained a Deacon in June 1966 and served his Deacon internship at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, IL.  He was ordained to the priesthood in April 1967 after attending St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in suburban Mundelein. His first assignment was as Assistant Administrator for Angel Guardian Orphanage in Chicago. He also served at several other parishes including as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Victory, St. Mathias and St. Tarcissus and Pastor at St. Timothy and St. Tarcissus Parishes.

Division 32’s Annual Picnic on September 190th was an enjoyable day with family and friends. Thanks to Picnic Chairs Pat Flaherty, Mike Hill and Ed Morley, Bernie Byrne and family for manning the grills and providing the Guinness, and the Lady Hibernians for their tasteful decorations. We also announced the winners of our five $500 scholarships for Catholic education from those grade school and high school participants in our Soup Kitchen, Misericordia Candy Day or other charitable events. The winners were Tom Hoffman Jr., Sean Moriarty, Pat Moriarty, Joseph Suerth and Cordelia Bella.

Division 32 again helped with the parking duties for Misericordia’s Annual Family Fest the day after our picnic. Misericordia cares for over 650 developmentally disabled adult and children at their facility on Chicago’s North side. This one-day event raises over $1,000,000 for the critical support Misericordia provides to those most in need. Since the event was held on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, a moment of silence was observed at noon for those who died or whose lives were forever changed on that day.

Thanks also to Division 59 for hosting the Illinois State Convention in Alsip on September 17. The new State Officers were voted in and National Director Danny O’Connell spoke to the group about Membership. Aidan Cronin, the new Irish Consul General, also made his first public speech in his new role at the State Convention.

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The Michael P Keeley Division 1, St. Clair County, Illinois, held its 31st Annual Irish Open Golf Scramble on June 11. There were a total of 68 golfers. The division raised over $3,200 — their most successful tournament ever — which will be donated to local charities and the Illinois Special Olympics. Richard “Foz” Ryan, the event originator, was unable to attend due to health reasons.

Division President Pat Hickey, left, and Golf Chairman Bob Simpson at the Division 1, St. Clair County, Illinois 31st Annual Irish Open Golf Scramble on June 11.

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The Michael P Keeley Division 1, St Clair County, Illinois held its 30th Annual Irish Open Golf Scramble on June 12, 2010.  There were 13 four man teams participating.  The event raised more than $2800 which will be distributed to local charities and the Illinois Special Olympics.  We were fortunate to have Richard (Foz) Ryan the event originator attend and socialize with the players.

President Gish Johnson (left) and Pat Hume (right) welcoming the players.

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Chicago’s Charity Work Begins with Feeding the Poor

Division 32 in Chicago continued their commitment to charitable works by sponsoring the Soup Kitchen at Our Lady of Lourdes in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood on March 31st. In 2009, Division 32 fed some 570 homeless, unemployed and poor people at the three Soup Kitchens we sponsored for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Division 32 also donated approximately $22,000 and 296 man hours to 75 different charitable causes in 2009. The largest donations were for $1,000 to Special Olympics, Misericordia Home for the developmentally disabled, Freedom for All Ireland (for the 7th year) and support for the Military. We also donated $500 to Seminarian Jim Riordan, whose two brothers are Division 32 members, and $500 to the Irish Flood Victims. The majority of the donated funds were raised at Division 32’s Annual Golf Outing, which will be held this year on May 14th at Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling, IL. under the capable guidance of Mike O’Malley and Dan Helfenbein. Division 32 was recently awarded 1st Place for Marching Units in a Regional Entry for the 2009 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. After marching in this year’s parade, we held our annual St. Patrick’s Party at Gordon Tech H.S. Over 300 adults and children attended and enjoyed a feeding feast as Kevin Riordan and his crew cooked and served over 200 lbs. of corned beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes and fresh rye bread. Jim O’Malley coordinated all of the other details of the party, including the band, the hall, beverages and hot dogs for the kids. The new Officers for Division 32 were recently installed, including President Sean O’Dowd, Vice President Don Kehoe, Treasurer Dave Suerth, Recording Secretary John Resch and Financial Secretary Pat Flaherty. Special thanks to Past President Kevin O’Connor for his leadership and guidance over the past two years.

Division 32 President Sean O'Down receiving a plaque for 1st Place Marching Unit in 2009's St. Patrick's Day Parade from James T. Sullivan, General Chairman of the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Michael P Keeley Division 1, St Clair County IL, hosted its 13th annual Top of the Morning 5K run on March 8, 2010.  The run was a huge success.  There were over 1300 runners (an increase of 400 runners from the 2009 run), making it the largest 5k run in the St Louis metropolitan area.  A special thank you to Mike Toolen, owner of running start in Shiloh IL.  His effort is what made this event so successful.