Massachusetts News

The AOH/LAOH State Convention was held in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the weekend of May 3rd – 5th. All four AOH State Officers were reelected. They are: Dick Wall, State President; Paul Hogan, State Vice President; Keith Murphy, State Secretary and Frank O’Connor, State Treasurer. Bill Sullivan, AOH National Board and Past State President served as Master of Ceremonies at the Installation Banquet and moderated the AOH/LAOH Joint meeting. The next AOH/LAOH State Convention will be held in Hyannis in late May, 2015.

Essex County Board: The Essex County AOH and LAOH County Convention was hosted by Division 11, Peabody on Sunday, April 7th. Elected as officers were: John T. Lahey, President; Richard Wall, Vice President; Secretary, Kevin Buckley; Financial Secretary, Paul MacDonald; Treasurer; Paul O’Brien; Chairman of the Standing Committee, Jack Lawless; Marshall, Bill Mahoney and Sentinel, Joseph Danahy. On June 29, the Essex County Board held a meeting at the Home of Division 18 AOH in Salem, MA.

An Gorta Mor Commemoration: Hibernians from across Massachusetts and New Hampshire gathered on Sunday, April 28, 2013 to commemorate the Great Irish Famine at the An Gorta Mor Memorial on the grounds of Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The Memorial Service, which was hosted by Division 8 in Lawrence, was attended by a capacity crowd which included AOH and LAOH National, County, State, Division officers and members, civic and local leaders, as well as family and friends of the AOH and LAOH. Rev. Bill Waters OSA, State, County and Division Chaplain, led the prayer service. Frank O’Connor Jr., Division 8 Historian, was the featured speaker.

Division 1 Holyoke: Joseph O’Connor and Barbara Twohig were named Hibernians of the Year by Division 1. Division 1also held a Great Hunger Mass on May 19th at Saint Jerome’s Church in Holyoke. On June 22nd the Division held their annual picnic at the Wherehouse.

Division 8 Lawrence: Division 8 held their annual Scholarship social on June 12th. At the event, Robert A. Crowley, Division 8’s Scholarship Chairman, presented the awards to: Kurt R. Gauthier, Cara McCarthy, Marissa Reardon and Colleen M. Sullivan. The Division is in the midst of planning their annual outing which will be held on Sunday, September 15th on the grounds of the Lawrence Community Boating Program in Lawrence.

Division 10 Lynn: On July 15th, Division 10 honored the memory of AOH Past State Secretary and Essex County President, the late Paul Harrington, with the naming of their Cultural Center, which Paul helped establish, in his memory. A large gathering of Division members, as well as Hibernians from other Divisions attended along with Paul’s family and friends. A reception followed the program.

Division 14 Watertown: Division 14 under the guidance of President Joe McCusker hosted a Past President and Award Night on Saturday, April 27th. Leo Falter, Past President of Division 14, who led the Division for the past, 6 years, was honored at this event. Hibernian leaders from across the state were in attendance. Division 14 held a Scholarship Social on May 17th. On Memorial Day, May 27th Hibernians from across the state, gathered to march with their brother and sister Hibernians from Division 14 in support of Watertown Strong! Watertown was the scene of a daylong lockdown in pursuit of the Marathon Bomber on April 19th.

Division 18 Salem: Division 18 on April 29th held an autograph signing fundraiser by Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins for the Martin Richard Family Fund in conjunction with the Salem Five. This fund was established for the family of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy killed along with two others in the Boston Marathon bombings on Aril 15th. The Division is planning to hold their Annual AOH Summer Outing on August 10, 2013 at Camp Naumkeag in Salem.

Division 19 Lowell: Division 19 under the direction of President Evans is working on their annual Charity Golf Tournament which will be held at Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut on September 16th. On September 21, the Division will host a Cahal Dunne performance. Angus McDonald is heading up this night of great entertainment, song and laughter.

And that is the way we see it in the Great Commonwealth of Massachusetts. God Bless!

The Massachusetts AOH/LAOH recently held their State Convention in Plymouth, MA. Seated, from left, are National Director Joe Brady; AOH/LAOH Massachusetts State Chaplain the Rev. William Waters OSA; AOH State President Richard Wall; Standing, from left, AOH National Board and Past State President Bill Sullivan; AOH State Vice President Paul Hogan; AOH State Treasurer Frank O'Connor and AOH State Secretary Keith Murphy.

The Massachusetts AOH/LAOH recently held their State Convention in Plymouth, MA. Seated, from left, are National Director Joe Brady; AOH/LAOH Massachusetts State Chaplain the Rev. William Waters OSA; AOH State President Richard Wall; Standing, from left, AOH National Board and Past State President Bill Sullivan; AOH State Vice President Paul Hogan; AOH State Treasurer Frank O’Connor and AOH State Secretary Keith Murphy.

On June 12, 2013, Robert A. Crowley, Lawrence, Massachusetts Division 8’s Scholarship Chairman, presented the Division's Annual Scholarship awards at the Divisions Annual Scholarship Social. Pictured from left are Mike MCarthy, member Division 8 AOH; Cara McCarthy, Scholarship Recipient; Kurt R. Gauthier, Scholarship recipient; Tracy Peters; Colleen M. Sullivan, Scholarship recipient; Donna Sullivan and Timothy Sullivan, Member Division 8 AOH. Not pictured is another Scholarship recipient Marissa Reardon, who was unable to attend.

On June 12, 2013, Robert A. Crowley, Lawrence, Massachusetts Division 8’s Scholarship Chairman, presented the Division’s Annual Scholarship awards at the Divisions Annual Scholarship Social. Pictured from left are Mike MCarthy, member Division 8 AOH; Cara McCarthy, Scholarship Recipient; Kurt R. Gauthier, Scholarship recipient; Tracy Peters; Colleen M. Sullivan, Scholarship recipient; Donna Sullivan and Timothy Sullivan, Member Division 8 AOH. Not pictured is another Scholarship recipient Marissa Reardon, who was unable to attend.

Another case of Hibernians supporting Hibernians

 

On May 27, Watertown, Massachusetts, had its annual Memorial Day Parade, however this year was a little different. The parade was just a short time after the Boston Marathon bombing that shook the world from another senseless act of violence. It was a pretty intense week, which ended about a week later with the second bomber being caught in Watertown not far from AOH Middlesex County Division 14. Many of the members live in that community and were pretty shook up over that whole day.

Like any other drastic event, Hibernians stepped up to show support for other Hibernians. There were over 300 members from the AOH & LAOH throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire to march shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters from Division 14. There was the Pipe and Drum band from Manchester, NH, leading the way with the state officers carrying the state AOH & LAOH banners right behind. Then there were members with the flag from the 4 Provinces of Ireland along with the 32 county flags, thanks to the Brothers and Sisters form the Worcester division who came in on a bus of almost 30 members. The AOH float from Division 1 Holyoke Mass. driven by our State Vice President Paul Hogan behind that, followed by numerous members walking and other vehicles.

There were members from Div. 8 Lawrence, Div. 10 Lynn, Div. 1 Holyoke, Div. 36 Worcester and Div. 14 Watertown. The AOH stretched more than two blocks and was very noticeable by their support for the community that just went through a lot. We also had members from AOH Division 1 Newport Rhode Island drive up with our District Director Joe Brady and RI State President Rick O’Neil as they marched with us.

— Submitted by Dick Wall, President, Massachusetts AOH

Honoring David R. Burke

Mrs. Patricia Burke, the widow of David R. Burke, speaks to those assembled following the unveiling of the plaque honoring her late husband. Aside of Mrs. Burke is her son Kevin Patrick Burke. Francis A. O’Connor, AOH Essex County President and Division 8 Treasurer, stands in the background.

The Rev. James T. O’Reilly Division 8 of Lawrence, Massachusetts and the Irish Foundation of Lawrence will honor the late David R. Burke with the dedication of a plaque in his memory at the An Gorta Mor Memorial in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, 29 Barker Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 1 PM. Former Ambassador to the Vatican, Raymond Flynn, will be the principal speaker. Ireland’s Consul General to Boston, Michael Lonergan, as well as other representatives of the Irish Government are expected to be in attendance.  AOH and LAOH National, State, County Officers, as well as AOH and LAOH Division Officers throughout Massachusetts are expected to attend. Public officials and civic leaders on the national, state and local levels as well as many other Irish organizations throughout the New England area will also be present for the dedication. A reception followed the dedication at the Claddagh Pub and Restaurant in Lawrence.

David R. Burke was a member of Division 8 for over 40 years and served as an officer in various capacities on the National, State and County Boards as well as on the Division level. An enthusiastic supporter of Irish history and culture, he was instrumental in organizing and orchestrating annually Irish Heritage Month in the City of Lawrence. David Burke was the founder and President of the Irish Foundation of Lawrence, Inc., as well as the founder of the Irish Room and Hibernian Collection at the South Lawrence Branch Library, which houses one of the largest collections of Irish books, media, memorabilia and periodicals in the Northeast. David Burke chaired and led the campaign to build the An Gorta Mor Monument in Lawrence in 2006. Mr. Burke was the recipient of the Irish Echo’s Golden Bridges Award in 2007, as well as the recipient of the AOH National Board’s Sean MacBride Humanitarian Award in 2007.

Mr. Burke served organizations well beyond his Hibernian and Irish circles. An employee of the Lawrence Housing Authority and volunteer for the City of Lawrence on many fronts, he was a board member of Lawrence’s International Institute, the Advisory Board of Lawrence Heritage State Park, the Immigrant City Archives, the Lawrence Cultural Alliance, the Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Public Library, as well as a host of other organizations. A lifelong resident, advocate and supporter of the City of Lawrence and Irish history and culture, he was a tireless worker whose work will forever live on in the annual celebrations of Lawrence’s Irish Heritage Month, the Hibernian Collection, the AOH and the Irish Foundation. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, David R. Burke died on May 27, 2009. He was survived by his wife, Patricia and a son, Kevin

The Rev. James T. O’Reilly OSA Division 8, Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Irish Foundation and the Irish American Community of Greater Lawrence built and dedicated in May, 2006 a monument as a tribute to the Irish of Greater Lawrence. The An Gorta Mor Memorial consists of two tablets, a shamrock tablet made out of Barre Granite, along with a Celtic Cross. The cornerstone from the original Hibernian Home on White Street in Lawrence built in 1887 is also part of the Memorial.

Four bronze tablets honor the three Past AOH and LAOH National Presidents from Lawrence: AOH  Past National President John E. Fenton; AOH  Past National President Joseph P. Kerrigan; LAOH  Past National President Margaret M. Webb; as well as Division 8 LAOH Foundress, Katherine A. O’Keefe O’Mahoney are included. The Celtic Cross has the inscription of the four Irish Provinces: Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught and the names of the 32 Counties of Ireland in English and Irish, as well as two inscriptions. A time capsule is included as part of the memorial where loved ones names have been placed as a means of honor and respect.

On November 7, 2010 a bronze plaque will be added to the An Gorta Mor Memorial to honor the memory and celebrate the life and accomplishments of David R. Burke, lifelong Lawrencian, one of the most outstanding Hibernians in the history of Division 8 AOH and one of the greatest Irish Americans of our lifetime.