Remembering the Bogside Massacre
The Lackawanna County Ancient Order of Hibernians met in downtown Scranton at the John Mitchell Monument on Jan. 29 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Sometimes called the “Bogside Massacre,” Bloody Sunday happened on Jan. 30, 1972 in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland, in which 26 unarmed civil rights protesters and by-standers were shot by soldiers of the British Army.
Communion Breakfast honors Hosie, Toolan and Moran
The Msgr. William Farrell, Division 2, Carbondale, Ancient Order of Hibernians, held their Annual Communion Breakfast on Feb. 26 at Saint Rose of Lima Parish. Mass was celebrated at by Msgr. David L. Tressler, pastor and Division 2 chaplain. Following Mass, a reception was held in the Family Center of the Church. There were members from all Divisions of Lackawanna County, John F. Kennedy, Division 1, Scranton; O’Neill Brothers, Division 3, Minooka; Paul “Hook” O’Malley, Division 4, Scranton; Firefighter, Joseph Flannery, Division 5, Taylor; and Father Patrick D. Healey, Division 6, Scranton. This year, there were two AOH Members honored with Hibernian of the Year awards. The two members received this award for their perpetual service and dedication to the Hibernian. These two brothers live our motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity each day.
T. Gerard Hosie and William Toolan received the honors. They were presented with a proclamation, a walking stick, and a Waterford Crystal cross. Proclamations were issued: one from Jermyn Mayor Bruce Smallacombe declaring Feb. 26 as Gerard Hosie Day in Jermyn, and another from Carbondale Mayor Justin Taylor declaring Feb. 26 as William Toolan Day in Carbondale.
Also, John Moran received the Trinity Award for his outstanding dedication and hard work in keeping the Trinity Club what it is today. He also received a Black Thorn Walking Stick.