Members of the Francis P. Beirne, Division 9, NY County, presented their $30,000 donation to Monsignor Donald Sakano, Pastor at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. The Division’s donation will allow the Old Cathedral to install motorized translucent doors into the catacombs under the Cathedral. The Crypts are the final resting place of many notable Hibernians and other distinguished early Catholics of the Archdioceses of New York. Pictured, from left, are Bill Reilly, President Martin Beirne, Frank Beirne, Steve Flynn (Treasurer), Denis McCarthy (Vice-President), Tom Beirne (NY County President), and Monsignor Sakano (NY County Chaplain & Pastor).
On Easter Monday, the Nassau County Board of the AOH hosted the annual commemoration at the Irish Monument in Mineola. More than 200 people attended the noontime service.
Tim Myles, Nassau Co. VP and NYS FFAI chairman, was the event chairman. Readings were given by AOH & LAOH members. Mike McCormack, AOH National Historian, was the guest speaker. Fr. Henry Reid gave the invocation. Div. 15 provided the color guard.
Among the honored guests were Ireland’s Deputy Consul General Anna McGillicuddy, NYS Pres. Jim Burke and LAOH State Pres. Carol McTigue.
The Irish monument that honors the men who died in 1916 in the cause of Irish freedom was erected in 1979 through the work of Irish organizations in the county that comprise the Irish Monument Committee. Brother Donal Mahoney is the chairman of the committee and was the events MC.
At the Nassau County 2016 Memorial were, from left, Christopher Thompson, President of Div 5, Suffolk and Chairman of the 1916 Suffolk County Memorial; Past President Division 8 Robert Lynch; Past President Division 8 John Hanley; Past Queens County President Ed Rice; Nassau County Officer Rich O’Neill; Nassau Division 15 President Ken Ferguson; Nassau County Hisptoria Joe Gleason; Suffolk Division 8 Past President Richard Cremins; State FFAI Chairman Tim Myles; State Webmaster Joe McDonald; National Director Chip McLean; Nassau FFAI Chairman Vic Sackett; Past Nassau County President Ed Friel; Nassau County Recording Secretary Peter Begley; Master of Ceremonies Donal Mahoney; Past Nassau County President Mike Byrne; Division 15 Brother Patrick Nugent; New York State President Jim Burke; Irish Radio celebrity Kevin Westley; Past Queens County President Warren Scullin; Past Nassau Division 17 President Andy Healey; Nassau Division 11 President Jack O’Brien; Division 14 Brothrer Ted McTeague; Division 14 Past President Warren Cadiz; and Division 14 Past President Jim Henry.
The New York State Board held its annual board meeting in the Catskill Mountains at the beginning of May to discuss state AOH business. Hibernians from all over the state, as well as National President Brendan Moore and National Treasurer Dan O’Connell, and NY’s own National Historian Mike McCormack attended the meeting. The State LAOH also had their state board meeting. The day after the meetings, the AOH and LAOH joined for Mass at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham.
John Cardinal D’Alton, Division 3, in Pearl River, NY, held their annual Communion Breakfast and ceremony to honor 10 young scholarship recipients at the Church of St. Margaret. The students received their awards at the breakfast that followed at the Hibernian House. The scholarship winners are, from left, top row, Declan Moore, Matthew McGovern, Kieran Lee; front row: Mary Watters, Jules Madigan, Faith Redmond, Carley Davin, Kiera Young, Ciar
a O’Riordan and Jacqueline Screene.
The Schenectady AOH Degree Team will be holding a Major Degree on June 14 at the Schenectady AOH Hall with candidates expected to arrive at noon. Cost is $20 per candidate and contact is Michael Glenn, chairman/Ard Righ, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 518-505-3558.
The Msgr. James Ruddy Division of the AOH in Watertown, NY, received a donation of this photo of the 48th Bi-Annual Convention in August 1912. The photo was taken in front of Watertown’s Holy Family Church. The important image was donated to the division by Janie ( Radigan ) Barbalich, who was given it by her Grandmother Elizebeth Radigan.
Also, the Msgr. Ruddy Division recently honored our member, Bernard Burke, with his membership card. Brother Burke is turning 100 years old. With him for the celebration were, from left, Bernard Lawlee, Patrick Keogh, Richard Lawlee, Edward Wallace, Nic Durr, Michael Ruddy, George Sheehan and, of course, Bernard Burke in the chair. !!
At noon sharp, on Sunday, May 3, and under fair skies and warm weather, members of the Dutchess County AOH, Msgr. Sheahan Division One, assembled and, wearing their sashes, proudly took their places in the front pews of Our Lady of The Rosary Chapel, in Poughkeepsie.
Their purpose for being there was two-fold; one to attend a special International Famine Memorial Mass, in remembrance of An Gorta Mor, the Great Hunger, which took place in Ireland during the years of 1845-1851, leaving more than one million people dead, and another million emigrating to America, and other lands. That shameful event is one that must never be forgotten, nor ever happen again. Secondly, the Division was there to bear witness to its Annual Hibernian Hunger Project; and to present a check in the amount of $1,500 to the Hyde Park Food Pantry, to feed the hungry.
As many of our brother and sister Hibernians know, Irish Police Officer Brian Hanrahan was shot and seriously wounded during a robbery attempt this past January in New Orleans. Hanrahan and his father were on holiday. The older Hanrahan, a driver/guide for CIE Tours in Ireland, was not with his son at the time of the shooting.
The Irish House restaurant, along with other member organizations in the Irish Network of New Orleans, held a fundraiser for Brian Hanrahan on January 31st. Judge James F. McKay, AOH National Vice President and Honorary Consul of Ireland in Louisiana, stated that additional fundraising by the AOH and the Emerald Society were underway to assist the family with their significant expenses.
One day after the shooting, Murt O’Shea, a driver/guide for CIE who regularly works with Officer Hanrahan’s father, called Kevin Smith, an officer in AOH Division 7 in Suffolk County, NY. Kevin had been on a Division 7 trip to Ireland the previous year and O’Shea and Hanrahan were the drivers for the group of 80 Hibernians. As a close bond had developed between the drivers and the group, O’Shea hoped that Division 7 might be able to help. As a Police Officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Smith was able to do some initial fundraising and was also able to facilitate the transportation of Brian Hanrahan’s wife and mother to New Orleans. Kevin then spoke with Dave Ring, President of Division 7. Dr. Ring had, during his time as Dean of Students at Dowling College and with the AOH, scheduled many trips through CIE and had worked with Officer Hanrahan’s father on some of those trips. Smith and Ring decided to work to put together a fundraising effort. They contacted Meg Allen, CIE Sales Manager for New York to see if they could work together on the fundraising effort. Meg contacted Brian Stack, Executive Vice President of CIE Tours International, who approved CIE’s donation of a five day “Taste of Ireland” tour for two to be raffled off as a fund raiser. He also agreed to donate the round trip airfare for two from JFK in New York.
The trip will be raffled off with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Hanrahan Family. Division 7 has donated the printing and promotion costs. The raffle will have one thousand tickets at $25 per ticket. The hope is to sell all of the tickets and donate $25,000 to the family. The raffle drawing will be held on Friday, January 8, 2016, or sooner if the tickets sell out.
Kevin Smith will be reaching out to law enforcement agencies to assist with this fundraiser. Vic
Vogel, AOH NY State Secretary, who also is acquainted with Brian Hanahan’s father, has agreed to lead the fundraising effort on the state and national levels by reaching out to his colleagues in statewide offices across the Hibernian nation.
As always, when someone is in need, the AOH, LAOH and other members of the Irish American Community are there in force. It is hoped that these raffle tickets will sell quickly so that we can ease the recuperation of Brian Hanrahan. For more information or if you can help by selling raffle tickets, you can contact Dave Ring and Kevin Smith at email@example.com or Vic Vogel through the NY AOH Website.
NY State AOH President James Burke and LAOH President Carol McTigue were feted on Nov. 8 at their testimonial dinner at the Melville Marriott Hotel.
Preceded by well attended state AOH and LAOH board meetings earlier in the day, Hibernians from all around the New York, from Buffalo to Babylon, from Albany to Staten Island, enjoyed the evening’s music, dancing and presentations, topped off with he awarding of the Burns-Hayes Award — the state’s highest honor — to John Egan.
The wonderful evening’s proceedings were moderated by none other than National and State Historian Michael McCormack.
Photos by John O’Connell
AOH Div 8, Selden recently celebrated it annual Hibernians of the Year dinner dance at their Irish Culture Center. This year’s honorees were LAOH member Dorothy (Dotty) Dunne and AOH member Kevin McCormack.
Dotty was a charter member and first president of LAOH Division 9 formed in Port Jefferson in 1969. When LAOH Division 9 merged with nearby LAOH Division 8 in Selden in 2010 to form LAOH Division 8/9, Dotty continued her service to the LAOH as well as to her church, Hope House and the many other fund-raising charities which mark the character and value of this delightful member of our Hibernian community. She brought her creativity to this new amalgamation and now chairs an annual Pig-in-a-Poke auction, a successful Ladies Tea Party and never says no to assist any other charitable activity.
Kevin McCormack has been a member of the Order and a Bagpiper since 1981. He started out in the Roisin Dubh Pipe Band of Division 7, E. Islip and continued playing the pipes (earning a full Scholarship) with the Iona College Pipe Band. After college he joined the Inis Fada Pipe Band in Mineola and later joined the Siol na h’Eireann Irish Pipe Band that was forming in his own AOH Division 8 where he has been a proud member and teacher ever since. He has been an Officer in Division 8 and President of the Middle Country Hibernians Corporation. While he was President of the Corporation, he orchestrated a complete renovation of the Hibernian Hall and was instrumental in having the Middle Country Hibernians become the proud sponsor of the Boy Scouts, Troop #229. Kevin has participated in many fundraising events for Scholarships given by Division 8 every year and always takes time from his personal life to pipe at parades, weddings or funerals. He is also a worker at the Long Island FEIS.
At the Hibernian of the Year dinner dance, Kevin was also presented with his 25-year membership pin by his proud father, National, State and Division Historian Mike McCormack.