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.

Maryland News

By Tim Harvey-State President

It has been both a rewarding couple of months and also a sad time in Maryland. In August Tom Grunwell and Allen Byrne, members of the Frederick division 1, and I helped assemble name plaques at the Medal of Honor Grove with AOH brothers from PA. What an honor to be part of this wonderful project. We then toured the Grove and gained a true appreciation for the work that has been accomplished and the work still ahead.

Sadly, September 1st brought the death of a lifelong member and the stalwart of Baltimore City div 4, Albert Guerin. “Uncle Al” as he was known to most of the Maryland Irish community was the son and brother of past Maryland State presidents. Al, his father and eight brothers were all Hibernians as are many nephews and great-nephews. In fact, division 4 was often referred to as the Guerin division. Al was out front of the division 4 booth at the Maryland Irish Festival and the chief champ cook. Uncle Al will be greatly missed.

On September 13th representatives from the Annapolis AOH and LAOH and I returned to that wonderful Commodore Barry Memorial at the USNA to place a floral spray at the memorial in remembrance of Commodore John Barry Day. I’m sure the Maryland AOH/LAOH will return to the Barry Memorial often for many years to come. On that same day in the Northern part of the state in Harford County, the St. Kevin div 1 held a Half -Way to St. Patrick’s Day dance to benefit Prince of Peace church, home of the division chaplain, Fr. Jack Ward.

More than a year ago I had been asked to give a talk on the history of the AOH in Maryland at the Second Saturday event at Irish Railroad Worker’s Museum in Baltimore. The museum, which has been the site of a number of AOH/LAOH fundraising events, performances, and Barry events, host special events/talks on the second Saturday of each month. On Oct 11, after the AOH history talk, food and music was enjoyed at a benefit for the museum and the Baltimore City div 5 charity fund in the yards behind the museum. All the food and refreshments were donated by members of division 5. I was surprised and humbled when Past State President Leo Welsh presented me with a beautiful certificate designed by State VP Jay Linahan and our resident artist Patrick Harnett. Much work and planning went into the event by division 5 members Dan Layden, Jay Linahan, Michael Flannery, and LAOH State VP Nanci Mahoney. Thanks to all who made the day a special event.

Enlarging the Order

Hibernians worked to expand the Order by recruiting at the Maryland Irish Festival on Nov. 9. From AOH Annapolis were, from left, George Hogan and Jim McCormick; AOH DC: Mike Delaney, John Patrick Walsh, Sean Fitzmaurice and Brian Curran.

Hibernians worked to expand the Order by recruiting at the Maryland Irish Festival on Nov. 9. From AOH Annapolis were, from left, George Hogan and Jim McCormick; AOH DC: Mike Delaney, John Patrick Walsh, Sean Fitzmaurice and Brian Curran.

Commemorating the Commodore

Maryland AOH President Tim Harvey and representatives for the Annapolis AOH and Anne Arundel LAOH laid a wreath at the Barry memorial on Sept 13, commemorating Commodore Barry's entrance into heaven. From left, Dennis O'Keefe, State Treasurer; John O'Neill, President of Annapolis AOH; Ann Hennley, VP Anne Arundel LAOH; Dave Aland, Annapolis AOH;  Tim Harvey, MD AOH president; and George Hogan, Chm. Charities & Missions Fund.

Maryland AOH President Tim Harvey and representatives for the Annapolis AOH and Anne Arundel LAOH laid a wreath at the Barry memorial on Sept 13, commemorating Commodore Barry’s entrance into heaven. From left, Dennis O’Keefe, State Treasurer; John O’Neill, President of Annapolis AOH; Ann Hennley, VP Anne Arundel LAOH; Dave Aland, Annapolis AOH; Tim Harvey, MD AOH president; and George Hogan, Chm. Charities & Missions Fund.

Barry Mass held in Annapolis

On Sunday, Sept 7, the Commodore Barry Division AOH in Annapolis, the Anne Arundel Division of LAOH and the LAOH Juniors  had their annual Barry Mass. The Mass was held at historic St. Mary’s church and the celebrants were Father Andrew Costello, chaplain of AOH & LAOH, and Fr. Martin Burnham, State AOH chaplain and new Deputy National Chaplain. The homily, by Fr. Costello featured stories about Fr. Reid, who found a better way to bring peace to Ireland. After mass, members gathered at Fado’s for a traditional Irish breakfast.

 

The Annapolis AOH, LAOH and the LAOH Juniors at the Commodore John Barry Mass in Sep-tember.

The Annapolis AOH, LAOH and the LAOH Juniors at the Commodore John Barry Mass in Sep-tember.

At the Barry Mass in Annapolis, Kevin Nolte of the Annapolis AOH was the piper, and the Fa-thers Costello and Burnham were the celebrants.

At the Barry Mass in Annapolis, Kevin Nolte of the Annapolis AOH was the piper, and the Fa-thers Costello and Burnham were the celebrants.

Maryland News

by Tim Harvey, State President

For years, a faithful group from Div 3 in Towson have been meeting every month, rain, shine or snow, for Irish Road Bowling. Led by Jack Smith, who is the keeper of all things road bowling, and helped by Steve Riegger, and “Iron Mike” McConnell, the group is often joined by the Brennan boys and Steve Riegger Jr or Ed Crawford and Leo Welsh.  On June 23rd the First Maryland AOH Inter-Divisional Road Bowling Tournament took place.  Members from Divs 4 and 5 in Baltimore City, Div 1 of Catonsville and a hardy team from the LAOH took part in the friendly competition.  A good time was had by all who ventured out on the half-mile course.  The best bowler and winning team took home trophies to mark their accomplishments and the entire group joined for lunch afterward at An Poitin Stil.  Many are looking forward to next year’s tournament and are joining in the monthly matches for practice.

July 26-27 brought together the Maryland AOH and LAOH for the Biennial State Convention in Solomon’s Island, MD.  The convention opened with an Aloha themed icebreaker where all had a chance to meet old and new friends.  The morning brought a continental breakfast supplied by the Carroll County LAOH followed by day-long individual meeting sessions.  I thank National Director Jere Cole and Past National President Joe Roche for attending the convention meeting.  Director Cole provided an update on the Order at the National level and Chairman Roche extended the greetings of the National President and spoke on the Re-Unite Ireland Campaign and the Barry Memorial dedication on May 10, 2014.

The business session covered a number of topics, reports from committee break-out sessions and included passage of resolutions in support of the Re-Unite Ireland effort and the Vietnam Memorial in Ireland. Funds were also appropriated for Project St. Patrick at the National and local levels.  Director Cole swore in the re-elected AOH Maryland State officers.  Following Mass and a cocktail hour, Jere Cole and LAOH National President Maureen Shelton addressed the AOH-LAOH members and their families at a banquet. The gathering enjoyed Richard Dodds from the Calvert Marine Museum who gave an interesting talk on the local history.

The surprise of the night was naming Baltimore City Division 5 member, Tom Bell, as the Maryland 2013 Hibernian of the Year for his example of truly living our motto of friendship, unity and Christian charity. Many commented that there could not have been a better choice.  Congrats go out to Tom and to the new Maryland LAOH State President, Cyrile Sincock.

Maryland AOH-LAOH at Inter-divisional Road Bowling Tournament

Maryland AOH-LAOH at Inter-divisional Road Bowling Tournament

Maryland Establishes Irish Heritage Month

On May 16th, Maryland’s Irish witnessed the finalization of a three year dream – the signing by Governor Martin O’Malley of House Bill 77 that made Irish-American Heritage Month (IAHM) law in Maryland not just for the coming year, but in perpetuity.  A delegation of Maryland and District Board AOH and LAOH were present to witness the signing and then given a private tour of the Governor’s office. Our thanks go to State Senator (and brother Hibernian) Edward Reilly who sponsored the Senate version (SB7) of the IAHM bill and Delegate Brian McHale who sponsored House Bill 77.

Part of our delegation that day was division 3 member John Cadigan and his young daughter, Susie, who served as our “official” photographer.  After the signing, John and Susie were off to lunch with their son, Tim Cadigan,(also a member of  division 3) who was preparing to graduate with the Class of 2013 at the United States Naval Academy with an Honors History degree.  His Honor History project was a paper of the 11th New York Infantry, known as the Fire Zouaves. Tim’s 3x great grandfather, Alfred Smith, served in the Fire Zouaves and was the father of Alfred E. “Al” Smith, 4-term NY Governor and 1928 Presidential Candidate.

Tim’s photo appeared on the front cover of the “Baltimore Sun” paper following graduation.  John Cadigan, is also first cousins with Alfred E. Smith IV, this year’s Grand Marshall of the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  We in Maryland are proud of Tim and wish him “fair winds and following seas.”

State Vice President Jay Linahan and I also had the pleasure in May to attend Governor O’Malley’s farewell reception for Irish Ambassador and Mrs. Michael Collins. We wish the Ambassador well in his new posting to Germany. On June 18th, LAOH State President, Kathy Lay, and I had the honor to attend the ceremony at President Kennedy’s grave at Arlington to transfer part of the eternal flame to the Emigrant Flame in New Ross County Wexford in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary for Kennedy’s visit. The moving ceremony was followed by a reception at the Ambassador’s residence.

Maryland News

by Tim Harvey, State President

Over the course of November 9-11, the Maryland AOH joined with the other Irish societies and organizations of the area that make up Maryland Irish Charities to host the annual Maryland Irish Festival. Each participating division mans a food booth and then gets to name charities to benefit from the festival proceeds. All the hard work that goes into the weekend helps to provide thousands of dollars to charitable causes.

On November 13th we officially welcomed our newest division to Maryland with the presentation of their charter to the Blue and the Gray Division in Frederick, MD. The division is already active in a number of local activities and working with the Maryland LAOH in trying to form a ladies division in the area. We are greatly encouraged by the enthusiasm the new members have shown.

The Frederick division was one of the Maryland AOH and LAOH divisions that answered the call for a Tri-State (Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC) Toy Drive to benefit those in the north affected by hurricane Sandy. On short notice many of the Maryland divisions gathered toys at various Christmas parties. Especially responsive to the call were the Frederick County division, the AOH-LAOH of Annapolis, and the LAOH of Columbia, Maryland. The toys were collected by past National Director Keith Carney for delivery to New Jersey.

At the November State Board meeting the Maryland board voted to donate $1,000 to the Hibernian Charity fund for hurricane Sandy relief with an additional $350 donation to the Crisfield, MD area for relief efforts. Various divisions in Maryland also made donations to relief efforts. The Maryland State Board also started making plans to recognize 2013 as the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the State AOH by act of the Maryland State Legislature in 1888. Each division will host an activity to be shared by all members throughout the year. Baltimore City division 5 has already marked August 17 for an AOH picnic. More plans will follow.

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Maryland News

Photo: Parade Deputy Marshals are installed. L to R: Brendan Pelan, Div 5; John Wilson, Harford Co .Div; Fr. Martin Burnham, State Chaplain; Tim Harvey, State Pres.; Terry Brennan, Towson Div.; Brian Cannon, Catonsville Div.; Robert Connerton, Annapolis Div.

   Like most everyone else, February and March brought the Maryland AOH into the full swing of Irish events. On February 26, the installation of the Baltimore St Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal, Honorary Grand Marshal, and Deputy Marshals was held at the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at a Mass celebrated by the Maryland State Chaplain, Rev. Martin J. Burnham. The Maryland LAOH’s own, Kelly Parks served as this year’s Honorary Grand Marshal. The participating AOH divisions have the honor of naming a Deputy Marshal. Following the installation, a parade fundraiser was held at Tir Na Nog in Baltimore’s harbor.

On March 9, many of the Maryland Irish community turned out for the naming of “Sally Murphy Way” near the spot where the reviewing stand for the St Patrick’s parade stood for many years. Sally was the catalyst behind that reviewing stand and made it a first class venue for watching the parade. Much pride was felt as we marched by “Sally Murphy Way” during the March 11th parade. The sign stands on one of the most traveled roads in downtown Baltimore.

On March 16, the Ocean City division celebrated their annual Mass in honor of St Patrick and dinner. The main celebrate being the Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of Wilmington. Bishop Malooly was honored to be among the Hibernians and remarked that he will put the event on his calendar for next year. The dinner honored many who extol the ideals of the AOH and featured a speaker who gave a wonder telling of his grandmother’s emigration to the US. A corned beef and cabbage dinner with music by a harpist made for a wonderful evening. The Ocean City AOH were up and ready to march in the local St Patrick’s parade the next day.

 

 

Maryland News

Dave Aland of Annapolis Division and "Commodore Barry" welcome Ambassador and Mrs. Collins to Barry fundraiser.

September brought more fundraising events. I returned from a wonderful vacation in Ireland in time to attend the annual Towson division’s crab feast. A great evening was had eating the famous Maryland steamed blue crabs, drinking Guinness and dancing to the music of Brendan Pelan. A silent auction added to the evening fundraising. The division uses the funds raised for their many charitable works.

The next evening took me to Annapolis and the John Barry Bar in O’Callaghan’s Hotel for the Annapolis division’s fundraiser for the Barry Gate and Memorial at the Naval Academy. Food, music and Irish step dancers from the LAOH juniors made it a great event. In attendance were National Director Keith Carney and D.C. Board President Ralph Day, better known to some as Commodore Barry himself. The highlight of the night was a visit and address from Ambassador and Mrs. Michael Collins.

October took Past Maryland State President, Leo Welsh and myself to Philadelphia for the National President’s Dinner. We enjoyed the great hospitality of our brother and sister Hibernians in the various Hibernian Halls visited. Everywhere we went we received a warm welcome, great food and often live music. The National Dinner was fabulous and I was touched by the speech Clara Reilly made on accepting the McBride award.

Congratulations to President Boyle on a wonderful night and the many honors bestowed upon him for his hard work on behalf of the Order.

We also kicked off our Maryland State Board 2012 Multi-Win Lottery Raffle to benefit the Barry Gate and Memorial at McGarvey‘s in Annapolis. With one ticket you have a chance to win multiple times throughout the year. A WINNER EVERY DAY! The daily winning number is based on the Maryland 3-digit evening lottery number. Only 1,000 tickets are sold at $25 each. The daily prize is $25 with special prizes awarded on St Patrick’s Day, Christmas, New Years and John Barry Day of $200 or $500. For additional information or to purchase a ticket contact George Hogan (410) 757-5714.