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!