Missing Pat

Dear Brother and Sister Hibernians,


July 19, 2013, was the first anniversary of the passing of Pat Shannon.

We members of St. Patrick’s Division 2 still feel the loss of his knowlwedge and leadership but most of all his friendship. The past year was difficult, but was made easier by the support we received from the National, New York State and Suffolk County boards as well all of our fellow Hibernians nationwide. As head of the Tara Court Major Degree team and all of his hard work, Pat’s loss was felt across the country.

Please keep Pat, his wife, Della, and son, Kevin, in your prayers. And Pat, until we meet again, may God hold you in the Palm of his hand.

Man, I miss that smile!!!

Yours in Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity,

Jerry Belmont

President, AOH Division 2

Babylon, NY

Webmaster’s Report: Joe McDonald

Brothers, this is 2013, and it’s time we all move into the 21st century. It is imperative that all AOH divisions create some sort of online presence, but if you do, make sure that you do it right. Too many times, a division will look at free hosting as a way to save money. Unfortunately, you also get what you pay for and many times, those free hosts force ads, which you do not control, onto the website and these ads could contradict what the AOH believes in.

In the past few months, I have been approached by a number of AOH states boards, county boards and divisions about how to set up their web hosting and what to do about divisions with modest means who want websites but can’t put together the financial commitment.

A good solution and one we implemented in Nassau County is to get a hosting plan that will allow multiple websites hosted on the same plan. So if a county has five divisions, instead of every division paying $60 a year, the county will pay for the plan — which will cost about $100 a year — and allow each division to host on the plan. And the funny thing is that many of these counties and states already have the hosting capabilities to do this, but just don’t know it.

If the hosting is paid for then the division is only responsible for the domain name, which costs a modest $15 a year.

Once implemented, the shared hosting also allows the higher jurisdiction a little oversight on what is being put on the division websites.

But doing nothing will only hurt the division in the long run. Take pride in your website and make sure you keep it updated. A poor looking site will hurt not just your division but every AOH division. To an outsider, every site is seen as a reflection of the AOH.

Ancient Order of Hibernians 22nd Annual Irish Fall Festival

The largest Irish festival on the east coast begins on Thursday, September 19, and concludes on Sunday, September 22 in North Wildwood, New Jersey. This festive four-day event is sponsored by James J. Reilly, AOH Division 1.

The success of this festival has been overwhelming, and continues to draw more and more people each year. With over one hundred vendors, sixteen food vendors, and an estimated crowd of over 200,000, this gathering will definitely be the place where you want to be!

The activities begin on Thursday, September 19, at 7:30 a.m. with a round of GOLF at the Cape May National Golf Course, Route 9 and Fairway Drive, Cape May Court House (2 miles south of Route 47).  The fee is $90 on or before September 5 and $100 after September 5 and includes golf fees, continental breakfast, cart, cap, buffet, beer and many prizes. Space is limited and reservations are suggested. For additional information, please contact the AOH.

On Thursday evening, the festival will begin where Olde New Jersey Avenue meets the ocean. The tent at The Pointe at Moore’s Inlet will be transformed into a boxing arena. Ten amateur boxing bouts, sanctioned by the MAA/USA, will feature the Harrowgate Boxing Club, Philadelphia, PA vs. the Holy Family Boxing Club, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The event is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For advanced ticket sales please call 215-465-1778 or 609-970-0601.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the FESTIVITIES will take place on Olde New Jersey Avenue. Here the street vendors will display their Irish memorabilia, and the food vendors will offer a variety of Irish and non-Irish treats. This activity begins at 8 a.m. each morning and continues until 7 p.m. On Friday and Saturday there will be free LIVE ENTERTAINMENT continuously from noon to 10:30 p.m. Stop by and visit the AOH table for additional information.

Saturday begins with a 5K RUN. If you are interested, you can sign up at 8 a.m. at the AOH tent (between 1st and 2nd Avenues) on Olde New Jersey Avenue. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Saturday at 10 a.m. the BRIAN RILEY PIPE EXHIBITION will take place at the field located at 8th and Central Avenues. This event attracts thousands of spectators. Come see and hear some of the best pipe bands in the East!

Also on Saturday, the AOH will host free IRISH DANCE LESSONS at the Anglesea Volunteer Fire House, located in the heart of the festival activities at 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

On Sunday, everyone is welcome to celebrate our faith and heritage at Saint Anne’s Roman Catholic Church in the Notre Dame de la Mer Parish, Glenwood and Atlantic Avenues, Glenwood and Atlantic Avenues for 10:30 a.m. MASS. There will be a procession from the main entrance to the altar by the Protectors of the Faith Guards, the Cape May County Emerald Society Honor Guard and a liturgical bag piper soloist.

Sunday at 12:30 p.m., the PARADE begins at 20th and Surf Avenues and will continue to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenues.

The Irish Fall Festival is honored to announce that Jere Cole, National Director of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America will serve as the 2013 Grand Marshal. In addition, we are honored to have Seamus Boyle, AOH Past National President, as a special guest. All AOH organizations are welcome to be a part of this celebration of Irish history and heritage. The parade also will feature Miss North Wildwood, many fraternal organizations, bag pipe bands, Irish dance groups and much, much more.

The official IRISH MUSIC TENT, featuring continuous Irish entertainment throughout the weekend is located in the municipal parking lot across from The Pointe at Moore’s Inlet. The Irish Music Tent will feature non-stop entertainment by Broken Shillelaghs, Celtic Connection, Sean Fleming Band, Secret Service, 2 U (the world’s second best U2 show), Belfast Connection, Screaming Orphans,  and Derek Warfield and the Young Wolftones. For discount weekend admission tickets, $20.00 for all three days, please call 215-397-5909.

Irish food and entertainment will be available at most of the clubs and pubs in North Wildwood all weekend long.

As always, bus service will be available from the Anglesea Fire Hall – 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenue along Surf Avenue to 26th Street. Additional bus service will be available through Wildwood and Wildwood Crest.  For detailed information, please call 609-884-5230 or visit gatrolley.com.

As a result of this extremely successful annual fund raising event, the AOH achieves significant charitable accomplishments. These contributions reflect the loyalty and ideals which have helped to strengthen our families, community, and national character.

This festival is sponsored, in part, by Budweiser and Greater Wildwood Tourism Improvement and Development Authority. The AOH would like to acknowledge and thank Mayor Bill Henfey, City Council and the City of North Wildwood for their annual support of this event.

For additional information contact the AOH at 1-800-IRISH-91 or www.cmcaoh.com.

California News

Orange County and Long Beach brothers join to honor the heroes of 1916

The Orange County California Board, the Michael J. Farrell Sr. Division #2 and the Jerry O’Keefe Division #3 held their AOH 1916 Easter Commemoration at the VFW in Anaheim on May 30. The 1916 Commemoration was started in 1967 by Andy Finnerty, past AOH Orange County Board President. This AOH Commemoration was held to honor all the fallen heroes for Irish freedom in 1916 and in the years that followed.

David McKenna, Long Beach Division Vice President, delivered a wonderful speech as the keynote speaker and Daniel Murphy, past Orange County Board President, kept the program moving as master of ceremonies. Jerry O’Keefe, past National Director, gave a moving rendition of Padraic Pearse’s oration at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa. Kieran Scott, Orange County Division #2 President, read the 1981 roll of honor, and Tim Weston shared the 1972 roll of honor.

Eamonn Knuff entertained the crowd by performing all our Irish favorites, Katherine Futterer sang a wonderful rendition of Grace, and Terry McCarthy graced the day and led the Flag processional with his bagpipes. Many thanks to Jeff Gallagher for producing such a wonderful program journal. Special thanks to Paul Gilbrook, Commemoration Chairman for providing his leadership and guidance.

Overall the commemoration was a complete success! We were able to raise several hundred dollars profit toward keeping the tradition alive, as well as providing a proper tribute to the heroes of the 1916 Easter Rising.


On July 14th, AOH Division #3 held their 9th annual Edward Casey Award ceremony at the Fenians courtyard concert at Muldoon’s in Newport Beach. This presitigious AOH award was presented to Jerry O’Keefe, past AOH National Director for more than 40 years of service to the AOH and the Irish Community of Orange County, California. There was a great turnout of Hibernians who came together to honor Jerry O’Keefe’s accomplishments.

This AOH award is named in honor of the late Edward Casey, (Father of Terry Casey, lead singer of the Fenians), a Hibernian leader from the early 1960’s in Orange County. Edward Casey was the inspiration and mentor to early Hibernians organizing the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Orange County.

Pennsylvania News


On May 19, 2013, LAOH Allegheny County PA Division 7 of Turtle Creek celebrated a Mass for their living and dead members at St. Colman’s Parish in Turtle Creek PA. Father Markel, AOH Division 17’s Chaplain, celebrated the Mass. This is a yearly tradition for LAOH Division 7 with a special remembrance for Sr. Peggy Flaherty CDP, for whom Division 7 was named in November 1997.


Mary Ellen O’Neill Division #4, Washington County, Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. welcomed new Member – Jean Magiske. (Sitting) Next to her is Rose Venanzi, Irish Historian. Jean Magiske was installed by Division President and Past National President, Dorothy Weldon (Left Front) on May 4, 2013 at the Home of President Weldon. Next to Weldon, Susan Chappel, Vice-President, Margaret Foyle, Dottie Taylor, Carole Seader, Patricia Loversidge, Gloria Tracey, Laura DeBor, Missions and Charities, Peg Might, Secretary, Ruth Oates and Mary Rosick – sister of New Member, Jean Magiske


North Carolina News

The Ladies of the St. Brendan the Navigator Division in Wilmington, NC, celebrated the Christmas holidays with the AOH Division at the Hilton Hotel in Wilmington, NC. At this celebration gathering the Ladies announced their charitable donations and agencies for the 2012 year.  They were:  Interfaith Refugee Ministry, Cape Fear Literary Council, St. Mark Schools St. Mary Schools, Columban Fathers, Columban Sisters, Precious Life Center,

Help Center of Federal Point, Life Line Pregnancy Center, NHRMC Hospitality House,

Share the Bounty and Boy Scout Troop 215.

An extra donation was made especially for Christmas for the people affected by the Newton, CT tragedy and was sent to St. Rose of Lima RC Church to be distributed to the needy and grieving families.

LAOH President, Maureen Quinn, states,” This past year has been a very busy and productive year. We have achieved our goals and look forward to a successful year in 2013. I would like to thank all our Ladies for their hard work and dedication to our projects this year; we are successful because of them.”

The Ladies are presently working on the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Parade and their Irish Soda Bread Sale in March.

Irish Historian, Hope Cusick, announced that the 2013 Irish Essay Competition is now open for students in grades 7 through 12 to enter their essays. If anyone is interested in writing an essay (he or she does not have to be Irish to enter) should contact the LAOH website or contact Hope at hopeque@aol.com.

Back Row L to R: Nora Barton, Jo Rutherford, Constance McEnaney, Joyce Bussewitz, Linda Riesmeyer and Betty Zoeller Front Row: L to R: Bernadine Hanratty, Hope Cusick. President Maureen Quinn and Lynn Purcell

Back Row L to R: Nora Barton, Jo Rutherford, Constance McEnaney, Joyce Bussewitz, Linda Riesmeyer and Betty Zoeller
Front Row: L to R: Bernadine Hanratty, Hope Cusick. President Maureen Quinn and Lynn Purcell

Washington DC News

In November, we participated in our annual Mass for our deceased members, which was celebrated at the historic Franciscan Monastery in Washington. We looked so lovely filling out the pews wearing our tri-color sashes. The Franciscans welcomed us there and announced our presence from the altar.
On December 2nd, the combined AOH and LAOH divisions hosted their annual Christmas party. Our newest AOH division from Catholic University was well represented. A group of young ladies who are also students at Catholic University, were in attendance and are hoping to start a LAOH division there also.

We enjoyed ourselves at the annual Maryland Irish festival in Timonium, and were delighted to lend our support to the raising of funds for the John Barry Memorial.

Our ladies were pleased to have supported the AOH Toy Drive for the children of New York and New Jersey who have suffered tremendous personal losses from hurricane Sandy. These toys were distributed to these children on Saturday, December 22.

John McInerney, President of the John F. Kennedy, Division 5, has started a petition to the Honorable Rushern Baker, County Executive of Prince George County, Maryland, to join President Obama and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, in proclaiming this coming March as Irish Heritage Month. We are in the process of circulating petitions and gathering support for this worthy cause.


Alabama News

The Father Trecy Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians formed in the North Alabama area in 2011 and recently marched in the 35th Huntsville St. Patrick’s Day parade. This was the first time that an AOH division marched in the parade and the first time the Father Trecy Division marched in a St. Patrick’s Day parade. In May, Paul Gleeson, the Consul General of Ireland in Atlanta, spoke with the Father Trecy Division and the Irish Society of North Alabama. (www.shamrockalabama.org).

Connecticut News

President Bill Flannery presided over a very successful State Board meeting in Naugatuck on October1, during which reports were made and plans were developed for future events. A high point of the meeting was the unanimous endorsement of Frank Kearney Jr. of Meriden for the position of National Treasurer. Connecticut Hibernians are particularly proud of Frank and the excellent job he has done in every position of responsibility he has held in the AOH.  The Connecticut State Board would not enjoy a favorable financial position today if it were not for the work that Frank did as State President.

It was also announced at the meeting to hearty applause that the Hartford AOH Division and the newly formed Hartford LAOH Division would host the 2013 State Convention.

The Hartford Division is currently engaged in a vigorous membership drive. President Flannery also announced that Dave Reisdorf of Bridgeport is the new State Webmaster (dorfeelt@aol.com)

Connecticut Hibernians are particularly interested in the success of the Barry Gate project at Annapolis because of the work that was done by the late Tom Egan who worked tirelessly in his role as National Director to obtain the proper recognition of Commodore John Barry as the First Flag Officer of the United States Navy.

Despite the looming presence of Hurricane Irene, the First Connecticut Softball Bash went off as scheduled on August 25.  The event was put together by Bridgeport AOH activities Chairman Jim Murray. Over 40 members from the Bridgeport, Danbury and New Haven Divisions participated. The lads from Danbury walked away with the winner’s trophy and Manager Jason King promised to host the 2nd annual Bash in Danbury next year. Kudos to Jim Murray and all others who made this a successful event that brought together many young Hibernians, which cannot but help the promotion of Hibernianism in Connecticut.

Both the Danbury and Waterbury Freedom For All Ireland committees are doing great things. Danbury, led by Owen McDonnell, is working toward getting the City of Danbury to support a resolution for a United Ireland, while Waterbury, under the leadership of Joe Flaherty, commemorated at Bobby Sands Circle in Hartford the 30th anniversary of the death of the hunger strikers.

Most Divisions in Connecticut will be holding Masses for deceased members in November with Waterbury and New London having the distinction of holding commemoration ceremonies at the large Celtic Crosses that they own in local cemeteries.

Other items of note include:

Waterbury recently honored Past State President Bill Scully as Hibernian of the Year.

Meriden has been promoting Irish culture by holding Ceili Dances in its recently refurbished John & Dot Kasey Hall.

Danbury Hibernians completed their 17th annual Greater Danbury Irish Festival in September and held their annual Celtic New Year Celebration on Halloween under the chairmanship of John Feeney. Danbury and Stamford will both be providing turkeys to the needy for the Holidays while the JFK members from Bridgeport continue their fine work at the Merton Center.

Stamford, New London and Danbury also held golf tournaments. Danbury Vice-President Jim Palardy drew over 100 golfers for a shotgun start on October 15.

Send any news to: Phil Gallagher (jpgallagherct@sbcglobal.net)


A wreath was laid at Captain George Anthony's grave in New Bedford, MA, on July 29, 2011. From left, Frank O'Connor (MA), John Duddy (American Flag), Dick Wall (MA), Tom Yourell (Irish flag), Captain Eric Jones, Commander, USCG Barque EAGLE, Joe Walsh (MA), Lt. Jeff Janaro, Ops Officer, USCG Barque EAGLE, John Todd (MA), Sean Moore and Brian Moore (holding banner).

New London’s John P. Holland Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians recently initiated a commemorative ceremony as part of its mission to preserve and promulgate Irish heritage.  The ceremony combined an event from the history of Irish freedom in America with New London’s heritage as home of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, with the Academy’s historical roots in New Bedford, MA, and with a tribute to the Coast Guard’s life saving heritage. Aware that the Barque EAGLE was going to make a stop in Ireland’s County Waterford as part of this summer’s cruise, and that it would also be stopping in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on its return cruise, AOH Division Vice President James Gallagher approached the skipper of the EAGLE, Captain Eric Jones, with a suggestion to tie the two stops together.  He loaned Captain Jones his copy of an appropriate historical book describing an heroic and daring 19th century Irish American seafaring event that serves as a milestone in the quest for human freedom.

In 1875 an old whaling vessel, the CATALPA, was purchased and restored in New Bedford by the Clan na Gael with the aim of freeing six Irish prisoners held in captivity in a British jail in Freemantle, Australia. The successful venture from New Bedford to the west coast of Australia is described in Peter Stevens’s 2002 book, “The Voyage of the Catalpa.” The Catalpa’s Captain George Anthony, with no ties to Ireland, agreed to lead the voyage because of his sense of fair play and humanitarianism. His actions during this voyage went well beyond the call of duty as he risked his life and career to effect the rescue.

Following the success of the voyage, the British Government banned Captain Anthony from sailing the seven seas in whaling vessels and from visiting any British ports, thereby ending his career at sea. Captain Anthony died in 1913 and is buried in New Bedford.

Brother Gallagher asked Captain Jones if he would like to participate in the laying of a wreath at Captain Anthony’s gravesite during his New Bedford port stop. Captain Jones was honored to pay his respects to a Yankee sea captain whose courage was representative of America’s championing of freedom. On July 29 the simple ceremony was attended by officers of the EAGLE, and by members of the State of Massachusetts AOH and the New London AOH. Captain Jones laid a beautiful wreath, courtesy of the Massachusetts AOH State Board, at Captain Anthony’s grave, while bagpiper Paul Boyle ( Div. 9, Plymouth) provided the background musical lament. Also, Peter Ryan, Great-Great Grandson of Captain Anthony, and a native of New Bedford, displayed some memorabilia belonging to Captain Anthony. Participating in the event were: from the New London, CT Division – Sean and Brian Moore, John Duddy, Tom Yourell and Jim Gallagher, and, from the Massachusetts AOH, State President Dick Wall (Div. 10, Lynn), State Treasurer Frank O’Connor (Div. 8, Lawrence), Joe Walsh and John Todd (Div. 9, Plymouth).

Captain Jones noted that the event was a fitting component in an educational journey for the crew of the Eagle; they sailed and met members of the Irish nautical team in Waterford; their return voyage approximated that of the legendary 6th century sailing path of St. Brendan’s voyage to the Americas, and they participated in this celebration of American freedom in the initial home of the Coast Guard training center, prior to the building of the present Academy in New London, CT.

As an epilogue to this adventuresome story it should be noted that in 1876 some of the funds raised in celebration of the successful voyage of the Catalpa were used by the Clan na Gael to give John P. Holland his start as a submarine developer. The U.S. Navy had recently rejected Holland’s proposal. In 1900, it was Holland’s Boat No. 6 that became the U.S. Navy’s first modern submarine, the SS-1, thus establishing the U.S. Naval Submarine Service.

Michigan News

Presenting a check to Sr. Patricia Fisher, principal of St. Joseph’s Academy in Adrian, and April McCaskey, principal of Sacred Heart School in Hudson, was Patrick Maguire, left, president of the AOH Adrian Division, and Tom Brennan, AOH division officer. St. Joseph Academy and Sacred Heart School are the only Catholic schools in Lenawee County, and appreciate the Hibernian’s donation each year.

The Adrian Division is celebrating its 17th year serving the community.