The Dennis Collins Division of the Ancient order of Hibernians presented eight students with scholarships on July 21, 2013. L-R Stephen Ferris, Scholarship Committee Chairman; Carly Shugart; Molly Sheekey; Mary Lehane; Sarah O’Sullivan; Matthew Perry; Patrick Dugan; Gabrielle Hermes; Division One President Robbie Lehane. James Cunningham was not present.
The Rhode Island State Convention joined with the 135th anniversary of the Dennis E. Collins Division 1 of Newport for a gala weekend on September 16-17 in Newport.
Rhode Island was honored with the presence of National President Seamus Boyle and National Vice President Brendan Moore. They were accompanied by their wives, Berna Boyle and Eileen Moore, to events beginning with a family cookout on Friday night. President Boyle and VP Moore spoke to many R.I. Hibernians and were able to discuss the philosophy of the Order with people in the Newport community.
State President Rick O’Neill was impressed with how well the national officers were received by the general public and has heard from several that Seamus and Brendan have won the hearts of many.
More than 80 Hibernians (delegates and observers) attended the state convention on Sept. 17. Boyle and Moore energized the convention with reports on the working of the Order at the national level.
The delegates voted to re-elect Rick O’Neill as president and Tim Burns as treasurer. They also voted to elect Ed Kane as vice president and Steve Ferris as secretary for the two-year term.
On Saturday evening, the Dennis E. Collins Division Pipe and Drum Band led the Hibernians the quarter mile to St. Augustin Church for Mass celebrated by Rev. John McNulty and concelebrated by the Rev. Francis O’Loughlin, division chaplains. The mass was offered for all living and deceased Hibernians. At a reception afterwards, National President Boyle presented the Collins Division President Robbie Lehane with an award in recognition of the division’s 135th anniversary.