FFAI Sean Pender

I hope that all have enjoyed the summer months; it has certainly been a hot one. I would first like to mention that due to a transposition error on my part I failed to list the AOH and LAOH Division 22 of Philadelphia as contributors of a $1,000 donation to the most recent Christmas Appeal. My sincere apology for the error and sincere thanks to the members of the LAOH and AOH for their tremendous donation.

In late May, a fine Irish Catholic gentleman, Harold “Bud” Thompson, passed away at 88 years young. I had the absolute honor of being on several trips to Ireland with Bud and his son, Chris, attending Bloody Sunday marches, and our most recent trip in March and April of this year. On our last trip Bud was an integral part of our delegation, he attended all of our events in Belfast and Derry. Bud and Chris coordinated a visit to meet the Ballymurphy Massacre families; Bud held court at the Kinturk Tyrone AOH hall with the children who entertained us, he proudly led the Belfast Easter commemoration march up the Falls Road to Milltown Cemetery in a black taxi, he asked questions regarding the PSNI at our Good Friday presentation and, in a moment I’ll always remember, Bud gave us two songs at the Derry AOH Hall. At 88 years old he was as sharp as a tack and an absolute joy to be with. After our visit to Milltown Cemetery where we attended the Easter Commemoration and stood by in the very bitter cold listening to speeches we couldn’t wait to get back to the bus for some much needed warmth. Bud got on the bus after getting out of the black cab and as we were defrosting he said dryly, “I’m glad to be back in the bus, it was getting warm in that cab.” Before Bud and Chris left for home I made it a point to take a Fathers and Sons picture of them with myself and my son, Tadhg. It is my sincere hope that some day I will have the same loving relationship in my latter years with Tadhg that Bud and Chris have.

To Bud, well done good and faithful servant, you will be missed but never forgotten; To Chris, your love and devotion to your Dad is an example that we can all learn from.


Shortly after you receive this edition of the Hibernian Digest the yearly Freedom for All Ireland Christmas Appeal packets will be mailed to all divisions and boards. This year, instead of me writing of the importance of the Christmas Appeal and the continued need for support, I have asked members who have traveled to Ireland and met the groups on our trips to tell you instead. It is my intention to include more contributions in upcoming Digest issues from members and groups in the hope that this information will confirm the need for our Appeal and answer any questions members may have regarding it. As always, I am available to answer any questions regarding the appeal just drop me an email at paddyspeed@yahoo.com



Jere Cole National Director

            As you know I have been on this trip for many years. We have met many people and listened to many stories about the struggle in the North.

For me I can say it has been Educational, Informative & Rewarding it has offered a unique perspective on life in the North during that time. You cannot explain the feeling you receive from the people you talk to about what was going on. We must continue this trip to let our “IRISH” brother & sister we still care about their hope & dreams. 



Dan Dennehy National Immigration Chairman:

            I have been a participant in the past 3 FFAI tours.
Three years ago we marched with the jubilant Bloody Sunday families and listened to the families of Ballymurphy, Coalisland and many others involved with Relative’s for Justice, felt the warm gratitude of the wonderful youths of the Omagh Choir and Basketball Team, visited Iveagh House for the first time and met the young mayor of Belfast, Niall O’D. Two years ago we visited the stunning beauty of the Giants Causeway, DownPatrick and Armagh, met the wonderful people of Crossmaglen and South Armagh and participated in a pivotal Unite Ireland Conference.
This Easter Week we met the beautiful people of the Short Strand, Belfast, Derry, Tyrone and Dublin, joined in numerous Easter Commemorations’, hosted a 15th Anniversary Good Friday Agreement Conference, and were given unbelievable access to Iveagh House, Glasnevin Cemetery, and Padraig Pearse birthplace by legendary historians, (Shane McThomais and Ruan O’Donnell) dignitaries (Niall Burgess and Joe Byrne), artists (Robert Ballagh) and writers (Tim Pat Coogan).

These trips are important because they are productive, informative and fun. Chairman Pender surpasses himself each year as the trips become more connected, involved and well received by the legislators, activists and ordinary people of the cities and communities that we visit. Great friendships between Hibernians from across the US are forged each year on these trips and last long after the FFAI tours.





Christopher Thompson, ESQ Long Island New York:

Bobby Sands said it best – “Our revenge will be in the laughter of our children.”  I started to travel to Northern Ireland when I was in the 10th grade.  That was over 34 years ago.  I have watched the Christmas Appeal grow into a beacon of peace allowing organizations that receive little, if any, financial support from the government to reach across religious barriers once thought unbreakable – changing the minds of the youth of Ireland even if one mind at a time.  Perhaps, that is the laughter Bobby Sands spoke of.

Also, I told you how I came about sending a $1,000 donation by not drinking coffee.  This year, my dad raised $3,150.00 from his grave simply by asking for donations instead of flowers.  People should know this is an option – especially those of us who visit and support the work FFAI does.
Thank you for your hard work Sean it’s greatly appreciated and sorely needed.



Stephen M. Dick Jr.

Albany County Treasurer

            There is NO substitute for the experience I had going on the FFAI Tour last year.  The opportunity to meet the people that lived the history can never be replaced by history books, movies, or the like.  To have had the chance to speak to past prisoners, to see historical memorabilia from the troubles in person, and listen to the stories of the families still seeking justice was more profound than I had even imagined.  I look forward to getting another chance to return in 2014.





 Kathleen Savage LAOH Massachusetts

I don’t think it should make any difference that it’s 15 years after the GFA to continue funding most of the charities that the AOH has supported.  I definitely would like to see checks still going to Mary’s Gift to promote the Irish Language. The Belfast National Graves because the upkeep of the graves will always be needed.

The Pat Finucane Centre & Relatives for Justice because families of loved ones who were murdered by the Crown Forces have a right to know the Truth and Peace will only come with Truth & Justice. The cross-community projects should continue to be helped by the Christmas Appeal as this is the pathway to Peace (David Ervine Trust – Omagh Basketball Club). St. Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, Tar Anall, Thar Saile, and Coiste should continue to be on the list of recipients of the Christmas Appeal. I would also like the AOH to once again give to the Suicide Prevention Centre. It seems to be happening more & more in the North. Just a few weeks ago Fr. Matt Wallace, a great priest who helped so many in Belfast, took his own life. I think for now these charities still need our help.



Robert Bollbach Westchester County NY

            For the past two years I have had the privilege of traveling to Ireland with my fellow AOH Brothers and Sisters.  I have seen the good works of the funds we raise and the positive effects they have on the organizations and the people they serve. We have visited Belfast, Derry, Armagh, Crossmagelen, Downpatrick, Kinturk, Loughlinisland and Dublin.  Everywhere we went the message from the people of Northern Ireland was the same. THANK YOU for the voice of the AOH in America on their behalf. Thank you for our friendship and thank you for the funds we give to them to help support their programs. We have reached out to many different aspects of the community.  Many friendships and lifelong bonds have developed as a result of the Freedom for All Ireland campaigns.  We have seen firsthand the great work done by Relatives for Justice under Mark Thompson and his dedicated team in Belfast.  We are proud to have supported for many years John Kelly and the families from Bloody Sunday in Derry. We work with a school in Twinbrook (home of Bobby Sands) where ALL classes are in the Irish language. To quote Bobby Sands, “our revenge will be the laughter of our children”. We have witnessed the joy and laughter of the children. We support groups that help former prisoners, the Republican Graves Association and once you meet him, you will not forget “the coach” who established a cross-community basketball team and now a league in Omagh.
This year was the 15th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement that brought an end to The Troubles and peace to Northern Ireland.  At the two conferences I attended in Downpatrick and in Derry, the message from the AOH was very clear. We stand behind the Good Friday Agreement and we will continue to use our influence and make sure that our voice is heard until all aspects that were agreed upon 15 years ago are fully implemented.

Irish American Heritage Month

By Neil Cosgrove, Chairman


“… local AOH Divisions are hereby urged to unite in this worthy mission by appointing Divisional IAHM Committees charged with developing and implementing strategies for the promotion and expansion of Irish-American Heritage Month celebrations in taxpayer supported institutions”

That was a resolution passed by the Order at its national convention in July 2004.  How is your Division doing with this charge?  Do you have a Divisional IAHM Committee? Does your County or State?  If not, now is the time to start one.  When you read this column we will be approximately six months away from Irish American Heritage Month 2014, and the time for planning is now.  The protection and furtherance of our heritage is one of our reasons for existence as an organization and a basic duty of us as Hibernians.  If we are not foursquare behind IAHM, no one else will be.  To those of a pessimistic bent, I point to the fact that other Heritage initiatives often began with the idea of one person and are now nationally recognized.  Are we saying that the Irish can’t succeed where others have?  The history of our people says a resounding “NO”, the Irish have always succeeded when others said they couldn’t.

Strategies for promoting Irish American Heritage Month need not be overly elaborate or expensive.  Does your area have a person or site connected to Irish Heritage (what area in the United States doesn’t?).  How about a Divisional IAHM commemoration of that person or place in March, coordinating with local press coverage?  Does your division run a scholarship contest with an essay portion?  Do any speak to the role of the Irish in the History of America?  Again, why not coordinate their publication by your local paper in March?  What a great message not only on our Heritage, but the fact that it is alive and well amongst the next generation.  Ask your local schools and libraries what are they doing to recognize Irish American Heritage Month and be prepared to back this up with a commitment to lend you and your divisions support and expertise.   The time for action is now, while we have an opportunity to get on organizations calendars and have time to prepare.  Also, begin reaching out to your elected officials and ensure that Irish American Heritage Month will be proclaimed in your State.  As a wise man once noted “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”  Let’s make Irish American Heritage Month 2014 a success.

Our Heritage is who we are and why we are the way we are.  I was reminded at the NY State Convention in the recognition of some of the many Divisions that came to the aid of their fellow citizens, both Irish and non-Irish, what a truly remarkable group that Irish Americans are.  I believe that the overwhelming aide of the Irish American Community, especially you my Brother and Sister Hibernians, is a direct result of our heritage making us “the way that we are.”  Let us always be proud of “who we are” and ensure that proud heritage is recognized and carries forward into subsequent generations.  That is why Irish American Heritage Month is such an important program.

If you have ideas on how to promote Irish American Heritage Month, if you wish to contribute to this worthy effort please do not hesitate to contact me at Neil.Cosgrove@aoh.com


Missouri News

The Easter Rising was commemorated by a march to the Republican Monument in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. Past National President George Clough was joined by Missouri State President John Wilson and Ladies Missouri State President Loretta Sheerin and members of Divisions from St. Louis City and County, St. Charles County, Missouri and St Clair County, Illinois.

The program included the reading of biographies of some of the men and women who participated in the Rising and the reading of the Easter Proclamation.

The Monument was built to commemorate those who are buried there who participated in the wars for Irish Independence. The Commemoration has been held each year and plans are already being made for the special Commemoration of the One Hundredth Anniversary in 2016. Those attending the 2014 National Convention in St. Louis will be able to visit the Monument while at the Convention.

Veterans Affairs

With our country, and especially our Armed Forces, so actively engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan for so many years, it is sometimes difficult to realize that our previous major military commitment, the Vietnam War, is fifty years old. But it’s true! On January 14th of this year, the Department of Defense announced its program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The major objectives of this program are to:

  • Highlight the service of the armed forces during the Vietnam War as well as the contributions of other federal agencies that supported the armed forces,
  • Thank and honor vets of the Vietnam War including prisoners of war, those listed as missing in action, and to thank and honor the families of those veterans,
  • Pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States,
  • Highlight advances in technology, science and medicine related to military research during that period, and to
  • Recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by our allies during the Vietnam War.

The logo designed for this commemoration is explained in detail at the official web site for the 50th Anniversary at http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/aboutlogo.aspx. It is very interesting. I recommend it to you.

On a personal note, I was honored and pleased to be able to represent the AOH at the recent Episcopal Ordination of the newest auxiliary bishop of the Military Archdiocese, Bishop Neal J. Buckon. Bishop Buckon is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. A distinguished military graduate, he served on active duty for seven years as a regular army officer in the infantry! His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab. He was accessioned into the Chaplain Corps in 1996, where he served until his retirement from the army in December 2010. Please offer your prayers for Bishop Buckon and all those clergy of the Military Archdiocese as they continue to serve our service men and women, their families, and all those involved with the VA hospitals. Bishop Buckon is a wonderful example of so many of our clergy who have served on active duty in our armed forces and subsequently found their vocation as priests or religious.

Finally, please remember to thank a vet or an active duty soldier, sailor, airman or Marine. They are a constant reminder that our cherished freedom is not free.


On Beechmount Street in West Belfast there is a wall that is a stark reminder of the work that still needs to be done to bring justice to those lost to British state sponsored murder.  A sign at the beginning states: “This wall is dedicated to the families who have fought and are still fighting for truth and justice for their loved ones. It is also dedicated to all those who have died as a result of state sponsored killings” What follows are hundreds of photos with the victims names, their date of death and the words Murdered by Crown forces/unionist paramilitaries under their photo.  While there are pictures of some people that were well known like Pat Finucane, they are mostly photos of those known only to family members like the picture just above and to the right of Finucane’s that shows the picture of Joseph, Jeanette and Bridget Dempsey a family murdered on August 27, 1976.

In December family members of the Ballymurphy massacre victims of 1971 visited New York City and Capitol Hill.  They met with Irish Americans including many of our members to talk about their campaign for justice and in DC they met with U.S. Representatives to review the status of their case.  Unbelievably and not widely known is that the same British military unit that would kill the victims of Bloody Sunday in January of 1972 murdered eleven people in the Ballymurphy section of West Belfast in the summer of 1971. In Ballymurphy there was no media to capture the events and the plight of those eleven murdered has been relegated with the hundreds of others murdered still seeking justice.

The existence of this wall and the visit by these family members will temper somewhat the sense of justice that will no doubt be prevalent in Derry on January 30th at what might be the last ever Bloody Sunday commemoration march. This is not meant to understate the importance of this year’s historic march but rather to remind us all that our work is not done.  While we are filled with a sense of satisfaction and relief for the Bloody Sunday families it is important to remember that hundreds of other families throughout the North crave the same justice that the families of Bloody Sunday have been able to experience.

That is why this year on the Bloody Sunday tour, in addition to joining tens of thousands of marchers in Derry, the 50 plus members of the AOH and LAOH on the 2011 Bloody Sunday tour will also visit the families of Ballymurphy, visit the wall on Beechmount street and reaffirm our support in seeking the truth for all those killed.  There is a shared sense of pain, loss and grief that is palpable in the North that only the truth for all victims can ease.

Notes: The march in Derry will no doubt be a very moving and powerful day as we share with the Bloody Sunday families and the city of Derry a sense of truth and final justice.  More details and photos on this momentous event will be in the next issue of the Hibernian Digest.

Special thanks to the AOH and LAOH members of Baltimore for hosting a FFAI fundraiser in December.  Great work by Stacie Guerin, Mike Mellet and Cathy Reinholdt for organizing this event.


The Cincinnati convention is over and congratulations to Jim Magee and Judy Leddy National Co-Chairs of the 95th National Convention and to the entire delegation from Ohio for a marvelous convention. I would like to thank all my fellow Hibernian brothers for their support of my candidacy as National Director. It will be an honor and privilege to serve you for the next two years in that office. Throughout this country, from East to West and North to South we truly belong to a great organization. In Montana we will soon celebrate a milestone.  Our Anaconda Division No 1 will be celebrating their 125th anniversary of continual service.  We invited all Hibernians to the commemoration on September 10th through the 12th so we can show you our Montana hospitality.  For more information check out Anaconda’s web site: http://www.anacondaaoh.com/.  These next two years will be exciting times for our National and local organizations. The Anaconda Division has set a good example by having its members working together as a team for a century and a quarter.  I firmly believe we can accomplish just about anything if we have a “can-do” attitude and work together. I am committed to serving you as a National Director.  Let me know how I can help.  My email is mikeoconnor@hibernian.org and my phone number is 406-461-2209.

Washington DC News

I write this hoping everyone had a safe and enjoyable summer. The National Convention in Cincinnati was a great time. I only wish that more Brothers could have attended from the DC State Board. The turnout overall was good, but I’m sure many more would have liked to have been there. The Convention was well planned and coordinated with many meetings, sessions and places to be, yet there was still time enjoy each other’s company. Thank you to our Brothers in Ohio for a great job hosting. I would like to proudly say that at the Convention – our own Division 2, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, won a National award for Missions and Charities. The DC State board congratulates the newly elected National Board, especially our own DC Board member, Brother Keith Carney, as National Director. The DC State Board along with the State Boards from Maryland and Virginia hosted a Tri-State hospitality suite for all to enjoy. We had many visitors from the Convention stop by and enjoy our entertainment and refreshments. I believe the coup de grace was the Cincinnati Ice Cream topped with Bailey’s Irish Cream on Friday evening. All Brothers should start planning to attend our next National Convention in 2012 in upstate New York. Now that summer is about done, the DC State Board is gearing up for the fall. We will be holding our September State Board meeting and Mass aboard the D.S.S. Commodore John Barry in commemoration of his birthday. Also on our agenda is to establish two new Divisions in Southern Maryland, the birthplace of American Catholicism. We also hope to host a few fundraisers to support our many charities. Plans are already shaping up the annual Right to Life Breakfast in January. These endeavors will require a lot of effort, but I am sure we are all up to the task. Lastly, I ask you to continue to pray for vocations and families.

Director’s Report – Mike O’Connor

The Cincinnati convention is over and congratulations to Jim Magee and Judy Leddy, National Co-Chairs of the 95th National Convention and to the entire delegation from Ohio for a marvelous convention.

I would like to thank all my fellow Hibernian brothers for their support of my candidacy as National Director. It will be an honor and privilege to serve you for the next two years in that office. Throughout this country, from east to west and north to south we truly belong to a great organization.

In Montana we will soon celebrate a milestone.  Our Anaconda Div 1 will be celebrating their 125th anniversary of continual service.  We would like to invite all Hibernians to the commemoration on September 10th through the 12th so we can show you our Montana hospitality.  For more information check out Anaconda’s web site: http://www.anacondaaoh.com/

These next two years will be exciting times for our National and local organizations. The Anaconda Division has set a good example by having its members working together as a team for a century and a quarter.  I firmly believe we can accomplish just about anything if we have a “can-do” attitude and work together. I am committed to serving you as a National Director.  Let me know how I can help.  My email is mikeoconnor@hibernian.org and my phone number is 406-461-2209.

AOH/LAOH Join the Bloody Sunday March in Ireland

Once again Sean Pender, AOH FFAI Chair, organized a wonderful and very informative trip to the Six Counties of Ireland with the help of Coiste & Relatives for Justice.  It all coincided with the “38th Bloody Sunday Commemoration and March”.  There were fifteen AOH/LAOH members that made the trip including our National LAOH President, Mary Ryan and National Immigration Chair, Anne-Marie Nyhan-Doherty.

The tour met in Belfast on Friday and that afternoon we attended a reception at the Scoil Na Fuiseoige which is the Irish speaking school located in Twinbrook, West Belfast.  The AOH/ LAOH presented a generous monetary gift of $5,000.00 in memory of our own David Burke from Division 8, Lawrence, MA.  The children and teachers were waiting for us when we arrived, we were told the children patiently stayed after school (even though it was a Friday afternoon) as they  wanted to meet the American’s that were coming to their school.  The teacher explained that the children were going to put on a play for us in Irish; we would probably recognize it even though most of us don’t understand the Irish language.  It was “A Christmas Carol” and I must say it was simply delightful to watch and to listen to the children speaking Gaelic.  They also sang several “Irish songs” and then played the tin whistle, there was no shortage of talent at this school and the entire show was just a joy to watch.  The staff was so grateful to receive our donation and it will most certainly be put to good use.  I couldn’t help but think of Dave and how proud and happy he‘d be at our remembering him in such a special way. A plaque will be put up in the school to honor his memory, what a wonderful way to begin this tour!!!

Later that evening we went downtown to a couple of local pubs and found out then that a social was on at the O’D’s for Pol Brennan so naturally we all ended going there.  What a pleasure it was to see Pol and to see that he seems to be adjusting so well being back in Ireland. The place was packed with all Irish Republicans and there were so many of the ex-POWs that I recognized from years past.  It was so nice to see them all there for their comrade Pol.  Unfortunately, the next day his father passed away but at least Pol and his family were able to be with him during that time.

We then traveled on to Derry and once again on the Saturday evening before the Bloody Sunday Commemoration, we were at the AOH Hall on Foyle Street in Derry for Mass.  We were warmly welcomed by all our AOH brothers.  They graciously served tea and sandwiches after Mass and before the presentations were given.  Sean Pender presented checks to the Pat Finucane Center, Relatives for Justice, The Cairde ex-political group from Strabane,etc.  He then gave out the Hurley to the members present representing the different AOH/LAOH Divisions, State Board, and National Boards that donated over $1,000 to the Christmas Appeal.  I’m very proud to say, a Hurley was given to the LAOH National Board, New Jersey LAOH State Board and LAOH Division 1 Baltimore City.  Our LAOH sister, Catherine Reinholdt, Division 1, Baltimore City was in attendance with other members from her Division.  It was a pleasure to meet them all and to hear about the fundraiser they had where they raised $1,100 for the Christmas Appeal.

Sunday morning we attended the solemn wreath laying ceremony for all victims killed on that horrific day Jan 30, 1972.  It was very sad indeed to think that they still haven’t been told the truth about that fateful day and they’re still waiting on the Saville Report.  Afterwards, we were given a tour of the murals done by the Bogside Artists which told the story of events that unfolded in Derry during the Troubles.  In the afternoon, we assembled for the Commemorative march and rally.  It seemed like there were larger numbers of people marching that day which was great to see.  After the march, we stood and listened to what each family member had to say about their loved ones that were killed that day as they held their photo for everyone to see. Martin McGuiness was then the main speaker of the day and as usual gave a brilliant speech.

After the march, Eamon Daly from the Omagh Basketball Club met with us at the AOH hall.  He’s bringing his under 14 team to CT, NJ, NY and Boston this summer.  This is a cross community team and maybe the first time these youngsters have ever met others from the other side of the community.  The parents are also very involved and also getting to meet each other from the Protestant and Catholic communities.  I’m proud to say this is one of the many projects our Christmas Appeal helps.

Over the course of the trip, we met with representatives from the Pat Finucane Center and also Relatives for Justice.  They’re both working tirelessly to bring truth and justice to families who have lost loved ones, in part, through collusion with the security forces.  We heard from families who lost loved ones on Bloody Sunday and also during the Ballymurphy Massacre.  The Ballymurphy Massacre occurred August 9th through the 11th, 1971 when 11 innocent people were gunned down by the occupation forces.  It was heartbreaking to hear their stories of what transpired over those three days.

One of the highlights of the tour was a visit and tour of Stormont.  There we met with Raymond McCartney.  Raymond is now an MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) for Foyle (Derry) since 2004 but at one time had spent several years in prison and took part in the 1980 hunger strike from 27 October to 18 December, he was released in 1994.  The next day we got the news that a deal had been struck between the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) and Sinn Fein for the devolution of policing to the Six Counties of Ireland. This was great news to hear and certainly a historic moment in the Peace Process!!!

In Belfast we met a representative from the David Ervine Trust (one of the groups the Christmas Appeal donates to).  It’s named after David Ervine who was once a member of the UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force- a Loyalist paramilitary group).  He served time in prison but questioned his involvement in the UVF.  He later became instrumental in securing the Loyalist cease-fire of 13 October 1994 and supported the virtues of peace and reconciliation for Northern Ireland.  The David Ervine Foundation is a cross-community effort to help people from both sides of the community in securing grants, etc.  In his own words, David stated, “There are great opportunities for Northern Ireland, we just have to grasp them”.

In gratitude of all the AOH has done to help The Holy Cross School/Trust in Belfast we were asked to be their guest for lunch.  We were warmly greeted by Fr. Gary Donegan who gave us a bit of history on the school and church.  Fr. Donegan also told us of the events that took place in 2001 when the school children were constantly harassed on their way to school.  The entire group was then seated and an elegant lunch was enjoyed by all.

There were more presentations given at the “Felon’s Club” in Belfast to Coiste, Green Cross, An Cumann Cabbrach, and the Belfast NGA (National Graves Association) Liam Shannon.  All and all, it was a great trip; we experienced once again the traditional kindness and warm hospitality unique to Ireland during our eight day visit and a special thank you to Sean Pender, AOH FFAI National Chair for his gracious leadership throughout our trip.  Wishing you all a blessed Easter and a happy spring!