Our friends from Crossmaglen spoke about the tourism opportunities in South Armagh recently in front of a standing room only crowd in Pittsburgh, PA. Large portions of the group were Hibernians from both Pennsylvania and Ohio. Many in attendance stayed in the Cross Square Hotel during the recent FFAI Christmas Appeal tour. This is the third such trip for Project Crossmaglen, which has been largely ignored by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. With the help of Sean Pender, FFAI Chairman and Dan Dennehy, Immigration Chairman, they were able to schedule a joint presentation for New York and New Jersey Hibernians as well. When planning your next trip please keep in mind Crossmaglen, which has its first new hotel in over 100 years.
As this is my last letter as President of the South Carolina State Board, I wish to thank all those who have helped make the last two years a success for the state. New Divisions, increased membership, a Major Degree team, working with our Scottish brothers and, most importantly, an increased sense of brotherhood from all our members around the state are all a plus.
A special thank you to my fellow Board members and I look forward to helping each one of you in the future.
We closing in fast on our Convention. Plans are almost complete and a special thanks to Jim Nettles for his efforts, and thank you to Seamus Boyle, the AOH National President, and Margaret Hennessy, LAOH National President, for their attendance. October 21 and 22 — barring a hurricane — should be beautiful in Charleston.
On September 20, Patrick Shannon will be coming to Charleston to review our Major Degree Team and help them prepare for the Convention. Plans are to offer the degree at Convention. I want to thank Neil Diamond for all the work he has done pulling this together.
Distribution of $1,500 was made to three men just ordained on July 1 to the Priesthood. Our State Board truly believes that one of the cornerstones of our monetary giving should be to support our seminarians and the recently ordained. Our membership is growing in part due to relocations from other parts of the country at the same time the priests do not relocate. This causes a continuing need for additional priests. Anything the AOH can do to support this effort should be encouraged. Don’t forget our roots were based on protecting our Priests.
by Antoinette Cronin
The Naugatuck Division had their family picnic at the Hop Brook Dam. We had about 30 people in attendance with delicious side dishes made by the ladies of the LAOH to accompany the hot dogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Irish music was provided and a good time was had by all. The LAOH purchased a space for a booth at the Harvest Moon Festival, on the Naugatuck green, to sign up Irish ladies who wished to join our Division. Our booth was decorated with green tablecloths, American and Irish flags and yellow, green and white balloons with Irish music. We served donut holes and apple cider. A Christmas party is in the works for Dec. 4th but plans have not been completed.
Division 32 of Greene County in the Catskills is very proud to announce that Catherine Mary Sielaff was a First Place winner at the Irish History Contest for Greene County. She is also the First Place winner in the Elementary Division for the National. Catherine received a Celtic cross and chain from the Division’s Irish Historian Mary Ann O’Sullivan at the AOH and LAOH Early Fall Dance on August 14. Greene County Ladies are very proud of their many accomplishments.
Division 32 of Greene County proudly announced that their Mass Rock is at the Irish Cultural Center on Route 145, East Durham, New York. The first Mass was celebrated there on June 12 with a great crowd in attendance. Division 32 would like to invite all those who would like to attend next year on June 4, 2011 at 11:00 AM. This will be an annual Mass said at this site. Thanks go to Rev. Jeremiah Nunan and Msgr. Charles Coen for the beautiful celebration at the first Mass.
Division 10 of Mercer County, New Jersey held its third annual Gael Scoil for children on March 6 and 7 at Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Most remarkable is that we sold out. Enrollment for our two day program has doubled every year for the three years it has been in existence and this year we could not have accepted any more students. The Gael Scoil is not a fund raiser for Division 10 and most of the material we present is available for free or at a very low cost and the kids love it. Many of them were returning for their third year. Our Gael Scoil Committee is comprised of just five AOH members. We meet once a week and produce a high quality product that is in demand throughout the region. One of the goals we set for ourselves is to encourage other Divisions to put their own Gael Scoil together. We haven’t been successful in achieving that goal as of yet. Our Committee would be happy to help any Divisions get their programs rolling. Meanwhile the Committee is already thinking about our 2011 program and how we can expand to allow more kids to attend. Please follow this link for pictures and information on our program. http://www.aohdiv10.org/
Jersey Brothers Raise Money for Injured Soldier
On April 17, 2010 The Fr. Mychal Judge/ Hudson 1 Division attended a fund raiser for Iraqi war veteran Brendan Marocco. The division had 20 members in attendance. Alex Marocco, Brendan’s dad, spoke to fellow brothers of the rehabilitation that Brendan is doing. Jim O’Donnell, AOH Div1 Financial Secretary said it best “We had to come” when thanked by Alex Marocco. Almost a year to the day, in the early morning hours of April 12,2009 Brendan’s unit was returning from a night mission, his vehicle was hit directly by a Explosive Fired Projectile (EFP). The attack killed a fellow soldier. Brendan lost both arms and legs, had a severed carotid artery, fractured face and eye socket and a pierced eardrum. Brendan was saved by his platoon medic and fellow soldiers long enough to be transported to a US Army trauma hospital in Tikrit, Iraq. Today Brendan is currently recovering and undergoing physical and occupational therapy at Walter Reed hospital. A trust has been set up, to help Brendan when he returns home. The fund will offset costs for Brendan and his family to make his home compatible to his disabilities. The AOH/Hudson 1 is planning a fund raiser for Brendan is the fall. If you would like to know more about Brendan, please visit his website at www.brendan morocco.org. He is one remarkable person, a real inspiration.
New Jersey State Board Endorses National Candidates
The NJ State Board on Saturday April 17th at a board meeting endorsed the following candidates running for office this July in Cincinnati Ohio at the National Hibernian Convention:
Jere Cole – Director
Seamus Boyle – President
Brendan Moore – Vice President
Tom McNabb – Secretary
Jim McKay – Treasurer
Danny O’Connell – Director
Keith Carney – Director
All incumbents and candidates were unanimously endorsed. “It’s the leadership and experience and energy that makes these men great leaders”, stated State President Cole