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.

News from Massachusetts

by William J. Sullivan

 

Division 18 in Salem hosted the fall meeting of the AOH Mass State Board at their Division Home. A ceremony honoring Commodore John Barry followed the State Board Meeting.

Hibernians from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, gathered at the World Trade Center’s Seaport Hotel on the Boston Waterfront on October 9 for the fifth Annual Golden Bridges Awards Luncheon. Among those honored was Bill Sullivan, President of Division 8 in Lawrence and a member of the AOH National Board. Bill was the recipient of the David R. Burke Golden Bridges Award. The Luncheon and awards were sponsored by the Irish Echo.

On Sunday, November 9th Hibernians from across the Bay State attended the AOH and LAOH State Boards Brunch that was held at the Home of Division 11 AOH in Peabody. The Consul General of Ireland, Breandán Ó Caollaí, who was the featured speaker. A Mass at St John the Evangelist Church in Peabody preceded the brunch. Other AOH events of note are as follows.

Essex County Board: The AOH Essex County Board held a fundraiser at the Home of Division 10 in Lynn on October 24. The event was well attended and a great and fun time was had by all who were present. The AOH and LAOH Essex County Memorial Mass for AOH & LAOH Deceased Members was held on October 26 in Austin Hall on the campus of Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. The Mass was celebrated by the newly appointed Essex County Chaplain, the Rev. James Wenzel. OSA. A social with refreshments followed the Mass.

Division 1, Holyoke: On October 11, Division 1 had a successful fall foliage ride on the Pioneer Valley Railroad. Paul Hogan has been reelected Division President. On November 2 and December 7, AOH and LAOH members will volunteer at Kate’s Kitchen, a local food pantry. The Division’s Annual Christmas Party will be held on December 1 and the Children’s Christmas Party on December 14.

Division 8, Lawrence: The Rev. John Delaney has been appointed as the new Chaplain of Division 8 AOH and LAOH. A Lawrence native, Father Delaney presently serves as Pastor of Sacred Hearts Parish in Bradford. Division 8 held a Thank You America Concert featuring Cahul Dunne on November 7, which saluted the men and women of our Armed Forces. On December 10, the Division’s Annual Christmas Party will be held at the Claddagh, with entertainment by Seamus and Eileen; and the Division’s Annual Children’s Christmas Party will be held December 13. The Installation of Officers will take place early in 2015.

Division 9, Plymouth: The Father John Murphy on October 5 observed the 100th Anniversary of the 20 foot Celtic Cross in Cohasset Memorial Cemetery that was erected by the Massachusetts AOH and LAOH in 1914 as a memorial to the unidentified victims of the Brig St. John, which sank off the coast of Cohasset in 1849. The day began with a Memorial Mass held at Saint Anthony’s Church in Cohasset. Following the Mass, Dr Catherine Shannon spoke on this historic event. Following the presentation, Hibernians gathered at the Cohasset Central Cemetery at the Memorial to lay a wreath and recite prayers for the deceased.

Division 14, Watertown: Division 14 has had a busy fall season. On September 26 a “Nite at the Races” was held at their Division home. The Division continues to hold their monthly suppers on the first Thursday of each month, which have become more popular each and every month. Division 14’s Hibernian Charities Committee held a Halloween Mini Golf Night at the club on October 24. All in attendance had a spectacular time!

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

Massachusetts Hibernians enjoyed the fine hospitality

by William J. Sullivan

Massachusetts Hibernians enjoyed the fine hospitality of the Saint Louis Hibernians and the sites of St Louis while attending the National Convention. Upon returning to the Bay State, they received news that their chaplain, the Rev. William F. Waters OSA, was being transferred to Philadelphia in mid August. Father Waters also served as Chaplain to the Essex County Boards and Division 8 in Lawrence. Father Bill, a Philadelphia native, has been reassigned as Pastor of Saint Augustine Parish in Philadelphia. A reception for Father Waters was hosted by Division 8 at the Claddagh in Lawrence on August 13.

A Committee of AOH and LAOH members has been busy making plans for the AOH and LAOH State Boards Banquet which will be held in Peabody on November 9. The Consul General of Ireland, Breandán Ó Caollaí, will be the featured speaker at the dinner. A Mass at St John the Evangelist Church in Peabody will precede the banquet.

Bay State Hibernians were delighted to hear that Bill Sullivan, President of Division 8 in Lawrence and a member of the AOH National Board has been selected as the recipient of the David R. Burke Golden Bridges Award which will be presented at the Golden Bridges Luncheon on October 9 at the Seaport Plaza Hotel and World Trade Centre in Boston. The Luncheon and awards are sponsored by the Irish Echo Newspaper. Past recipients of this award include Ambassador Ray Flynn and Kathleen O’Toole.

Division 18 in Salem will host the fall meeting of Mass State Board on September 13 at their Division Home. A commemorative ceremony in memory of the Commodore John Barry will follow the State Board Meeting. Other AOH events of note are as follows.

 

Division 1, Newburyport: Division 1 held their annual Yankee Homecoming Irish Sunset Cruise on August 3, and the Division marched and sponsored a float in Newburyport’s Annual Homecoming Parade on August 7.

 

Division 8 Clinton: The Rev. Joseph Nally has been appointed the new Chaplain of Division 8 in Clinton. Father Nally will be installed as Chaplain at their September 11th Meeting.

 

Division 8, Lawrence: Division 8’s Hibernian Family & Friends Outing will be held on September 14 at the Greater Lawrence Community Boating Grounds in South Lawrence. The Rev. Patrick Armano, a member of Division 8, will celebrate a Mass at Noon on the grounds of the Boating program. The Division is also in the midst of planning a concert featuring Cahul Dunne for November 7.

 

Division 11, Peabody: Division 11 on August 22 held their 5th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit their scholarship fund at the Meadow in Peabody. The following day, Division 11 members and friends were treated to a steak and lobster dinner at the Division Home.

 

Division 36, Worcester: Division 36 will host a concert featuring Niamh Dunnet and Sean Og Graham on September 14 at their Hibernian Cultural Center.

 

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

Honoring Fr. Waters

Massachusetts Hibernians gathered  in mid August for a reception to honor Father William Waters OSA, to recognize Father Waters’ many years of service to the AOH and LAOH. Pictured from left are Joyce Buckley, LAOH Essex County President; Dick Wall, Mass AOH State President; Jack Lahey, AOH Essex County President; Anne Marie Nyhan-Doherty, Division 8 LAOH President; Margaret O’Connor, LAOH State Treasurer and Bill Sullivan, Division 8 AOH President.

 

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Massachusetts News

by Bill Sullivan

The AOH in Massachusetts has been on the move with numerous events that have taken place over the summer months or will take place during the fall of 2013. Here is a roundup of some AOH happenings in the Bay State.

John Boyle O’Reilly Memorial Exercises:  The Annual John Boyle O’Reilly Memorial Exercises was held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline at the grave of John Boyle O’Reilly.  AOH and LAOH State Chaplin, the Rev. William Waters OSA, celebrated a Mass at the grave of this great Irish patriot. AOH State President, Richard Wall and LAOH State President Paula Paoli, placed a wreath on the grave following the Mass. A reception followed the Mass and Memorial Exercises at the home of Division 14 AOH in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Lady of Knock Mass: On Sunday, August 18th, Hibernians from across Massachusetts gathered at Saint John’s Church in Clinton, MA for the annual Lady of Knock Mass, sponsored by Division 8 LAOH, Clinton.  Following the Mass, a short prayer service was held at the Lady of Knock Shrine on the grounds of Saint John’s Church. A social with refreshments followed in Saint John’s parish center.

Irish Consul General Leaves Boston: Michael Lonergan, Consul General from the Republic of Ireland to Boston, for the past four years, has been transferred to Dublin and has been replaced by the Vice Consul to New York, Brendan O Caollai.  Michael Lonergan has been a very good friend to the AOH and the Irish Community of Greater Boston and New England. An overflowing reception at Skipjack’s in Boston, hosted by Division 8 AOH, Lawrence was held in his honor on Friday, August 2, 2013.

Division 1, Roslindale: Division 1 of Roslindale will host an AOH Red Sox Night at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday, September 17th. Members of AOH and LAOH Divisions throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire are expected to be in attendance at this annual ½ way to Saint Patrick’s Day event.

Division 1, Newburyport: Division 1 AOH in Newburyport hosted a cruise off the coast of this historic seaport in the north eastern part of the Bay State during Yankee Homecoming week in late July, and the Division marched in the Annual Yankee Homecoming Parade as well on August 4th. Both events were well attended by many Hibernians and friends of Division 1.

Division 8, Lawrence: Division 8’s Hibernian Family & Friends Outing will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the Greater Lawrence Community Boating Grounds, in South Lawrence, MA.  Division Chaplain, the Rev. William Waters OSA, will celebrate a Mass at Noon on the grounds of the Boating program. Boat rides on the historic Merrimack River, games, music, great food, refreshments and boatloads of fun will be in store for all who attend. The Division is also planning a day trip to the Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT in November.

Division 19, Lowell: Division 19 of Lowell will hold their Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, September 16th at the Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut, MA. On Saturday, September 21st Division 19 AOH and LAOH in Lowell will host Ireland’s “Happy Man” Cahal Dunne at the Lowell Lodge of Elks.

Division 9, Plymouth: The Father John Murphy Division 9 AOH of Plymouth, MA on Sunday, October 6, 2013 will host a Memorial Mass at Saint Anthony’s Church in Cohasset for those lost aboard the Brig St. John, which sank off the coast of Cohasset in 1849. Following the Memorial Mass, a wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Cohasset Central Cemetery. In 1914 the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians of Massachusetts, erected a twenty foot Celtic Cross as a memorial to the unidentified victims at this cemetery.

Division 36, Worcester: Division 36 AOH in Worcester has announced that entertainment will take place every Friday and Saturday during the fall in their pub, the Fiddlers Green, at the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Center. All visiting Hibernians are welcome to drop by and join in the fun.

 

…and that’s the way we see it in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts – God Bless!

Division 8 AOH, Lawrence, Massachusetts recently hosted a reception at Skipjacks in Boston for the Irish Consul General to Boston, Michael Lonergan, who has been assigned to Dublin after serving four years at the Consulate in Boston. Pictured, from left, are Bob Collins, Freedom for All Ireland Chairman of Division 8; Division 8 AOH President Bill Sullivan; Patricia C. Burke of Lawrence; AOH Essex County President Jack Lahey, also a member of Division 8in Lawrence and Attorney John Foley of Boston.

Division 8 AOH, Lawrence, Massachusetts recently hosted a reception at Skipjacks in Boston for the Irish Consul General to Boston, Michael Lonergan, who has been assigned to Dublin after serving four years at the Consulate in Boston. Pictured, from left, are Bob Collins, Freedom for All Ireland Chairman of Division 8; Division 8 AOH President Bill Sullivan; Patricia C. Burke of Lawrence; AOH Essex County President Jack Lahey, also a member of Division 8in Lawrence and Attorney John Foley of Boston.

 

 

 

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The AOH/LAOH State Convention was held in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the weekend of May 3rd – 5th. All four AOH State Officers were reelected. They are: Dick Wall, State President; Paul Hogan, State Vice President; Keith Murphy, State Secretary and Frank O’Connor, State Treasurer. Bill Sullivan, AOH National Board and Past State President served as Master of Ceremonies at the Installation Banquet and moderated the AOH/LAOH Joint meeting. The next AOH/LAOH State Convention will be held in Hyannis in late May, 2015.

Essex County Board: The Essex County AOH and LAOH County Convention was hosted by Division 11, Peabody on Sunday, April 7th. Elected as officers were: John T. Lahey, President; Richard Wall, Vice President; Secretary, Kevin Buckley; Financial Secretary, Paul MacDonald; Treasurer; Paul O’Brien; Chairman of the Standing Committee, Jack Lawless; Marshall, Bill Mahoney and Sentinel, Joseph Danahy. On June 29, the Essex County Board held a meeting at the Home of Division 18 AOH in Salem, MA.

An Gorta Mor Commemoration: Hibernians from across Massachusetts and New Hampshire gathered on Sunday, April 28, 2013 to commemorate the Great Irish Famine at the An Gorta Mor Memorial on the grounds of Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The Memorial Service, which was hosted by Division 8 in Lawrence, was attended by a capacity crowd which included AOH and LAOH National, County, State, Division officers and members, civic and local leaders, as well as family and friends of the AOH and LAOH. Rev. Bill Waters OSA, State, County and Division Chaplain, led the prayer service. Frank O’Connor Jr., Division 8 Historian, was the featured speaker.

Division 1 Holyoke: Joseph O’Connor and Barbara Twohig were named Hibernians of the Year by Division 1. Division 1also held a Great Hunger Mass on May 19th at Saint Jerome’s Church in Holyoke. On June 22nd the Division held their annual picnic at the Wherehouse.

Division 8 Lawrence: Division 8 held their annual Scholarship social on June 12th. At the event, Robert A. Crowley, Division 8’s Scholarship Chairman, presented the awards to: Kurt R. Gauthier, Cara McCarthy, Marissa Reardon and Colleen M. Sullivan. The Division is in the midst of planning their annual outing which will be held on Sunday, September 15th on the grounds of the Lawrence Community Boating Program in Lawrence.

Division 10 Lynn: On July 15th, Division 10 honored the memory of AOH Past State Secretary and Essex County President, the late Paul Harrington, with the naming of their Cultural Center, which Paul helped establish, in his memory. A large gathering of Division members, as well as Hibernians from other Divisions attended along with Paul’s family and friends. A reception followed the program.

Division 14 Watertown: Division 14 under the guidance of President Joe McCusker hosted a Past President and Award Night on Saturday, April 27th. Leo Falter, Past President of Division 14, who led the Division for the past, 6 years, was honored at this event. Hibernian leaders from across the state were in attendance. Division 14 held a Scholarship Social on May 17th. On Memorial Day, May 27th Hibernians from across the state, gathered to march with their brother and sister Hibernians from Division 14 in support of Watertown Strong! Watertown was the scene of a daylong lockdown in pursuit of the Marathon Bomber on April 19th.

Division 18 Salem: Division 18 on April 29th held an autograph signing fundraiser by Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins for the Martin Richard Family Fund in conjunction with the Salem Five. This fund was established for the family of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy killed along with two others in the Boston Marathon bombings on Aril 15th. The Division is planning to hold their Annual AOH Summer Outing on August 10, 2013 at Camp Naumkeag in Salem.

Division 19 Lowell: Division 19 under the direction of President Evans is working on their annual Charity Golf Tournament which will be held at Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut on September 16th. On September 21, the Division will host a Cahal Dunne performance. Angus McDonald is heading up this night of great entertainment, song and laughter.

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

The Massachusetts AOH/LAOH recently held their State Convention in Plymouth, MA. Seated, from left, are National Director Joe Brady; AOH/LAOH Massachusetts State Chaplain the Rev. William Waters OSA; AOH State President Richard Wall; Standing, from left, AOH National Board and Past State President Bill Sullivan; AOH State Vice President Paul Hogan; AOH State Treasurer Frank O'Connor and AOH State Secretary Keith Murphy.

The Massachusetts AOH/LAOH recently held their State Convention in Plymouth, MA. Seated, from left, are National Director Joe Brady; AOH/LAOH Massachusetts State Chaplain the Rev. William Waters OSA; AOH State President Richard Wall; Standing, from left, AOH National Board and Past State President Bill Sullivan; AOH State Vice President Paul Hogan; AOH State Treasurer Frank O’Connor and AOH State Secretary Keith Murphy.

On June 12, 2013, Robert A. Crowley, Lawrence, Massachusetts Division 8’s Scholarship Chairman, presented the Division's Annual Scholarship awards at the Divisions Annual Scholarship Social. Pictured from left are Mike MCarthy, member Division 8 AOH; Cara McCarthy, Scholarship Recipient; Kurt R. Gauthier, Scholarship recipient; Tracy Peters; Colleen M. Sullivan, Scholarship recipient; Donna Sullivan and Timothy Sullivan, Member Division 8 AOH. Not pictured is another Scholarship recipient Marissa Reardon, who was unable to attend.

On June 12, 2013, Robert A. Crowley, Lawrence, Massachusetts Division 8’s Scholarship Chairman, presented the Division’s Annual Scholarship awards at the Divisions Annual Scholarship Social. Pictured from left are Mike MCarthy, member Division 8 AOH; Cara McCarthy, Scholarship Recipient; Kurt R. Gauthier, Scholarship recipient; Tracy Peters; Colleen M. Sullivan, Scholarship recipient; Donna Sullivan and Timothy Sullivan, Member Division 8 AOH. Not pictured is another Scholarship recipient Marissa Reardon, who was unable to attend.

Another case of Hibernians supporting Hibernians

 

On May 27, Watertown, Massachusetts, had its annual Memorial Day Parade, however this year was a little different. The parade was just a short time after the Boston Marathon bombing that shook the world from another senseless act of violence. It was a pretty intense week, which ended about a week later with the second bomber being caught in Watertown not far from AOH Middlesex County Division 14. Many of the members live in that community and were pretty shook up over that whole day.

Like any other drastic event, Hibernians stepped up to show support for other Hibernians. There were over 300 members from the AOH & LAOH throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire to march shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters from Division 14. There was the Pipe and Drum band from Manchester, NH, leading the way with the state officers carrying the state AOH & LAOH banners right behind. Then there were members with the flag from the 4 Provinces of Ireland along with the 32 county flags, thanks to the Brothers and Sisters form the Worcester division who came in on a bus of almost 30 members. The AOH float from Division 1 Holyoke Mass. driven by our State Vice President Paul Hogan behind that, followed by numerous members walking and other vehicles.

There were members from Div. 8 Lawrence, Div. 10 Lynn, Div. 1 Holyoke, Div. 36 Worcester and Div. 14 Watertown. The AOH stretched more than two blocks and was very noticeable by their support for the community that just went through a lot. We also had members from AOH Division 1 Newport Rhode Island drive up with our District Director Joe Brady and RI State President Rick O’Neil as they marched with us.

— Submitted by Dick Wall, President, Massachusetts AOH

Massachusetts News

Bridges in Boston

On Friday, November 9, 2012 the Irish Echo Golden Bridges Awards Luncheon was held in Boston, Massachusetts. The David R. Burke Golden Bridges Award was presented to Kathleen O’Toole, former Boston Police Commissioner and former Chief Inspector of the Garda Inspectorate. Pictured left to right are: Dan O’Toole, retired Boston Police Officer; Kathleen O’Toole, award recipient; Jack Lahey, AOH Essex County President; Patricia Burke, the widow of David R. Burke; Bill Sullivan, AOH National Board; Bob Collins, Mass State Board; and Martin O Muilleoire of the Irish Echo.

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On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, Division 8 in Lawrence, Massachusetts held their Annual Christmas Celebration. During the festivities, Francis A. O’Connor, Sr., was presented his AOH National Life Membership Certificate, Membership Card and Medallion. Pictured left to right are: Keith Murphy, AOH State Secretary; Bill Sullivan, Division President; Frank O’Connor, Sr., Award Recipient; George J. Thomas, AOH National Life Member; and Jack Lahey, AOH Essex County President. All five men are members of Division 8 AOH in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, Division 8 in Lawrence, Massachusetts held their Annual Christmas Celebration. During the festivities, Francis A. O’Connor, Sr., was presented his AOH National Life Membership Certificate, Membership Card and Medallion. Pictured left to right are: Keith Murphy, AOH State Secretary; Bill Sullivan, Division President; Frank O’Connor, Sr., Award Recipient; George J. Thomas, AOH National Life Member; and Jack Lahey, AOH Essex County President. All five men are members of Division 8 AOH in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

News from Massachusetts

The AOH in Massachusetts has been on the move over the last several months.

On the occasion of Boston’s selection as the international location for the Irish Government’s annual commemoration of the Great Hunger, the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, delivered a lecture on the famine and its impact on Ireland and Boston at Faneuil Hall in Boston on Saturday, May 5, 2012, to a capacity crowd. The lecture was followed by a musical program featuring Irish and local musicians, produced by WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan. Following the program at Faneuil Hall a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Boston Irish Famine Memorial at which the Boston Police Force ‘Gaelic Column’ Band performed. A Community Reception followed at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center later that day where President Higgins greeted over 350 guests. AOH and LAOH members from throughout Massachusetts and New England attended many of these events.

On Sunday, May 6, the Rev. Robert Reed of Boston Catholic TV celebrated a Mass in memory of the victims of the Great Hunger. AOH and LAOH members throughout the state attended the televised Mass at Catholic Television Studios.

Hibernians gathered on Saturday, June 16, 2012 for the John Boyle O’Reilly Memorial Exercises at Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline. The Mass was celebrated by AOH State Chaplain, Father William Waters OSA . A reception followed at the Home of Division 14 AOH in Watertown.

Essex County Board AOH: The AOH Essex County Board held their quarterly meeting in Newburyport, which was hosted by Division 1 of Newburyport on May 12. The AOH and LAOH Essex County Boards are working on details for the Annual Memorial Mass for the deceased members and Coalition which will be held in the fall. Essex County Presidents Jack Lahey and Kathleen Savage are heading up a large committee for this event.

Division 8  AOH Lawrence: On Sunday, May 6, 2012, Division 8 AOH held a Commemoration of the Great Hunger at the An Gorta Mor Memorial in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence.  A host of County, State and National AOH and LAOH representatives attended along with other dignitaries. Dr. Joe Downes, AOH State Historian, spoke on the Great Hunger to the large gathering. Tom Cuddy, a member of Division 8 sang the National Anthems of the United States and the Republic of Ireland. The Rev William Waters OSA, Division 8 Chaplain and AOH State Chaplain led the prayer service at the Memorial. A reception followed the Commemoration service.

News from Massachusetts

The AOH in Massachusetts has been on the move over the last several months. Here is a roundup of AOH Happenings.

Representatives from over 100 Massachusetts Irish-based organizations met on Saturday, October 1, for an all-day conference at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Massachusetts. Following the conference, a reception, hosted by Michael Lonergan, the Consul General to Boston, was held at the Consul General’s offices in downtown Boston. A dinner followed at the Back Bay Hotel. Members from the AOH and LAOH from across the state were in attendance.

Brig St. John Commemoration
The Father John Murphy Division 9 AOH of Plymouth, Massachusetts, on Sunday, October 9, hosted a Memorial Mass at Saint Anthony’s Church in Cohasset for those lost aboard the Brig St. John, which sank off the coast of Cohasset in 1849. Following the Memorial Mass, Hibernians from across Massachusetts gathered at the Cohasset Central Cemetery to lay a wreath and recite prayers for the deceased at the site where, in 1914, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians of Massachusetts, erected a 20-foot Celtic Cross as a memorial to the unidentified victims.

Essex County Board AOH
The AOH and LAOH Essex County Board held their Annual Memorial Mass on Sunday, October 30, in the Faculty Chapel in Austin Hall at Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts. The Mass was celebrated by Essex County and Division 8 Chaplain, the Rev. William Waters OSA. A coalition followed the Mass in Austin Hall. At the conclusion of the Mass, Father Waters was presented with a traveling Mass Kit from both boards.

Division 19 AOH/LAOH Lowell
Division 19 AOH and LAOH in Lowell hosted Ireland’s “Happy Man,” Cahal Dunne, on Saturday, October 29, at the Lowell Lodge of Elks in Lowell. Dunne, who has appeared on David Letterman, Entertainment Tonight and who has also performed for several American Presidents played to a sellout crowd!

Golden Bridges Awards
Two dynamic days of events took place in Boston on November 10 and 11 to spotlight Northwest Ireland — in particular Co Donegal and Derry City — in order to cement the bonds of business, culture, education and friendship across the Atlantic. Over these two days: a seminar, a roundtable discussion at the Massachusetts State House, a business breakfast at University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as the fourth annual Golden Bridges Luncheon at Boston’s Seaport Hotel, where the David R. Burke Golden Bridges Award was presented by Patricia Burke, the widow of the late David R. Burke, to Arthur McCabe. Also honored at the Golden Bridges Award was Past AOH National President Jack Meehan for his work with the undocumented Irish. A large delegation of Massachusetts AOH and LAOH members attended. Among the special guests in attendance was Gerry Adams T.D.

Division 8 AOH/LAOH Lawrence
Division 8’s Annual AOH/LAOH Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday evening, December 7, at the Claddagh Pub & Restaurant. A large gathering of AOH and LAOH members, family and friends is expected to feast on a grand buffet while they sing and dance the night away to the music of the Silver Spears Irish Show band.

Sincere sympathy is extended to two great Hibernians from Division 8 in Lawrence who left us since our last issue of the Hibernian Digest – Timothy J. Buckley, long time member of Division 8 and a Past Irishman of the Year, and James F. Retelle, long time Financial Secretary of Division 8 and also a Past Irishman of the Year. May God grant them eternal rest.

Massachusetts News

Massachusetts AOH & LAOH just held their 96th Biennial State convention in Sturbridge Mass.  We were lucky to pull this off seeing that just 2 days before we were to begin, a tornado touched down less than ¼ of a mile away from the Host hotel where our convention was held.  All went well just the same.

Hibernians from across the Bay State gathered in Sturbridge, Massachusetts for the 96 Biennial Convention of the AOH and LAOH Massachusetts State Boards on the weekend of June 3 – 5, 2011. We had distinguished guests from out of town attend our convention, LAOH National President Margaret Hennessy and her husband Jack from New York, Jere Cole Jr. , National Director from New Jersey, Danny O’Connell, National Director from Ohio, Frank Kearney, former National Director from CT. We were grateful that they took time out of their busy schedules to attend.

Elected to lead the AOH over the next two years were: President: Richard Wall of Div 10 in Lynn, Massachusetts; Vice President: Paul Hogan of Div 1 in Holyoke, Massachusetts; Secretary: Keith Murphy of Div 8 in Lawrence, Massachusetts and Treasurer: Francis A. O’Connor, also of Div 8 in Lawrence.  Elected to lead the LAOH State Board for the next two years was Beverly Horowicz of Div 18 in Salem, Massachusetts. Delegates at the Convention approved a $500 donation for the Barry Gate and Memorial Project.

Pictured (L – R) Mary B. Ryan (LAOH Missions & Charities), Anne-Marie Nyhan-Doherty (LAOH State Secretary), Paul Hogan (in back AOH Vice President),Paula Paoli (LAOH Vice President), Dick Wall (AOH President), Jack Lahey (standing in for Keith Murphy AOH State Secretary), Beverly Horowitz (LAOH President), Margaret O’Connor(LAOH Historian), Frank O’Connor (in back AOH Treasurer), Kathleen Hair (LAOH Catholic Action), and Mary Whidden (LAOH State Treasurer).

News from Massachusetts

By Bill Sullivan

 

On Saturday, June 18th a large gathering of AOH and LAOH officers and members attended the annual John Boyle O’Reilly Memorial Exercises at Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Mass was celebrated by the Re. William F. Waters OSA, Chaplain to the Essex County Board and Div 8 in Lawrence. Joseph Downs, AOH State Historian and a member of Div 19 in Lowell, Massachusetts, was the speaker. A reception followed the Memorial Exercises at the home of Div 14 in Watertown, Massachusetts.

On Sunday, June 19th, AOH and LAOH State Officers and members attended the annual Catholic Television Hibernian Mass which was broadcast across the state. At the conclusion of the Mass, both State Boards made a very generous donation to Boston Catholic Television.

Other events of interest which recently took place in Massachusetts were:

 

175th AOH Anniversary Commemoration: Hibernians from across Massachusetts and New Hampshire gathered on Sunday, May 15, 2011 to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of the founding of the AOH in America at Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel Mausoleum on the grounds of Saint Mary-Immaculate Conception Cemeteries in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The 1 pm Mass, which was celebrated in the Chapel Mausoleum by the Rev. William F. Waters OSA of Merrimack College and Chaplin to Div 8 and the Essex County Board, was attended by a capacity crowd which included AOH and LAOH National, County, State, Division officers and members, civic and local leaders, as well as family and friends of the AOH and LAOH. In his homily, Father Waters noted that the members of the AOH, which was founded by Irish immigrants, have made many great contributions to the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts and the nation as a whole.

Following the Mass, a ceremony was held at the An Gorta Mor Memorial on the grounds of the cemetery and in close proximity to the Chapel Mausoleum. At the commemorative ceremony, Francis A. O’Connor, Div 8 AOH Vice President and immediate Past AOH Essex County President, sang the National Anthems of the United States and the Republic of Ireland. Kathleen Rafuse of Div 10 LAOH in Lynn and LAOH Massachusetts State President, brought greetings from the LAOH State Board to those assembled. Richard Wall, also of Div 10 AOH of Lynn and AOH State Vice President, brought the greetings from the AOH Massachusetts State Board. Helen Mathison of Div 8 LAOH in Lawrence and LAOH Essex County Vice President, brought the greetings from both the AOH and LAOH Essex County Boards. Div 8 AOH President and AOH National Board Officer, President William J. Sullivan, brought the greetings from the AOH and LAOH National Boards and Div 8 AOH and LAOH. At the conclusion of the ceremony, a tricolor wreath of green, white and orange carnations was placed at the memorial, which was dedicated in 2006 to the victims of the great hunger in Ireland during the mid to late 1840’s.  A reception followed the ceremony at the Memorial.

Major Degree: On Sunday, June 5th, a large delegation oh AOH members from Lawrence, took their Major Degree at the Home of Div 1 in Newport, Rhode Island that was given by the Tara Court Degree Team. A coalition by Div 1 of Newport followed the ceremonies. Paul Hogan, newly elected AOH State Vice President announced that the Massachusetts State Board would sponsor the Major Degree this coming October at a location to be announced in the very near future.

Scholarships: Robert A. Crowley, Chairman of Div 8 AOH’s Scholarship Committee in Lawrence, on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 presented Div 8’s 2011 Scholarship Awards.at the Claddagh Pub and Restaurant in Lawrence.  Receiving the awards were: Meghan Maloney Burke, daughter of Robert Burke of Andover and granddaughter of Robert Burke of Lawrence; Anne-Marie Farrell, daughter of Brian Farrell of Wilmington; Tonicia Gauthier, granddaughter of Robert A. Gauthier of North Andover  and Julianne Jacobs, daughter of James Jacobs of Lawrence. A reception followed the presentation of the awards. This was the thirty-first continuous year that Div 8 has presented scholarships to the children and grandchildren of its members

That’s the word from AOH in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Stay well and have a great summer. God Bless!