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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.

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United Ireland Proclamation from the Long Beach City Council

1916 AOH Easter Commemoration in Orange County, CA — From left, front row: Eric Reiss, Mick Byrne, Mick O'Keefe, and Mark Mowen; second row, seated: Andy Finnerty, Jerry O'Keefe, Michael O'Keefe Jr., Jeff Gallagher, Ken Jamieson, Daniel Murphy, Daniel McGowan, and Tim Weston. Back row: Tristan Wolffe, Elijah Moynahan, Molly Moynahan, Jesse Moynahan, Olen Daugherty Jr., Craig Phildius, David McKenna, Tom Mullan, Jimmy McSorley, Peter O'Brien, Andrew Manning, Jim McGuirk, Chris Wittman, Devon Stone, Paul Gilbrook, Olen Daugherty Sr., Brent Smith, Terry McCarthy, Seamus McCullough, and Eamonn Knuff.

On March 13, 2012, AOH Brothers David McKenna and Andrew Manning from the Joseph Plunkett––Joe McDonnell Division in Long Beach, California stood before the Long Beach City Council and urged their elected officials to issue an official unanimous proclamation in support of a free and united Ireland. Thanks to the support of our good friend, Councilman Patrick O’Donnell, the proclamation was issued and presented to us in a beautiful frame. As Brother Andrew noted in his presentation before the Council, “When a free and united Ireland takes its rightful place among the nations of the world, the great city of Long Beach, California will justifiably hold its head high and smile with pride as a true friend of our brothers and sisters in Ireland.” Through this action, we are, my brothers, one step closer to fulfilling the promise of so many generations of Hibernians –– Tiocfaidh ár lá. The Joseph Plunkett––Joe McDonnell Division encourages all of our brothers to take similar action in their respective cities, counties, and states.

Easter Rising commemoration in California

On April 7th, the Orange County 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. This AOH Commemoration event was held to honor all the fallen Heroes for Irish Freedom in 1916.

David McKenna, AOH 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. Tim Weston gave a moving rendition of Padraic Pearse’s oration at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa. Daniel McGowan, Long Beach President, read the 1981 roll of honor, and Jerry O’Keefe, past National Director shared the 1972 roll of honor. Also a special presentation was made and a beautiful plaque was given to Andy Finnerty, past Orange County President, for his years of dedication and guidance for the 1916 Commemoration since 1967.

Eamonn Knuff entertained the crowd by performing all our Irish favorites, 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, and special thanks to Mick O’Keefe, 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. Erin Go Bragh!

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On April 23rd, the Orange County Board, the Michael J. Farrell Sr. Div 2 and the Jerry O’Keefe Div 3 held their AOH 1916 Easter Commemoration at the VFW in Anaheim.  This AOH Commemoration event was held to honor true Irish Patriots, Bill Ashe, and Andy Finnerty, AOH Div 2 charter members, as well as honoring all the fallen Heroes for Irish Freedom in 1916.

Dan McGowan, AOH Long Beach Division President delivered a wonderful speech as the keynote speaker and Jerry O’Keefe, past National Director, kept the program moving as master of ceremonies. Tim Weston, gave a moving rendition of Padraic Pearse’s oration at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa, as well as reading a letter from Gerry Adams wishing the AOH of Orange County a successful commemoration. Daniel Murphy also gave a passionate tribute of the 1916 Roll of Honor.

Eamonn and the Ravens entertained the crowd by performing all our Irish favorites, 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 Jerry O’Keefe, 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. Erin Go Bragh!

Front row (L – R) David McKenna, Bob Brennan, Jerry O’Keefe, Michael Sean O’Keefe II, Daniel McGowan, Daniel Murphy, Tim Weston, and Eamonn Knuff. Back row: Seamus McCullough Terry McCarthy, Olen Daugherty, Chuck Gildea, P. J. McKenna, Jim McGiurk, Mick O’Keefe, Mark Mowen, Chris Wittman, Kieran Scott, Eric Linden and Tristen Wolffe.

 

San Francisco Holds 160th Parade

 

The United Irish Societies of San Francisco held their 160th parade on Saturday, March 12, 2011 in San Francisco. Prior to the Parade, a Mass was held at Saint Patrick’s Church in downtown San Francisco. The theme of this year’s parade was “Giving Back” Honoring Irish Contributions. The Parade started at 11:30AM at 2nd and Market Streets and ending at the Civic Center Plaza. Throughout the day, there was a Festival at the Civic Center Plaza which included Music, Arts, Food and other activities. The Grand Marshals were Maureen and Michael Moriarity. The Honorary Grand Marshals were Pat Cooper, Frank Fee, Dan Kelleher, Florence Lynch Keighran, Eileen Moriarity, Garry O’Reilly and John Ring. Two of the Honorary Grand Marshals were San Francisco Ancient Order of Hibernian members. John Ring was a member of AOH Division 5 and at the time of his passing was Vice President of the San Francisco AOH County Board. Dan Kelleher was Past President of AOH Division 17 and held elective positions on the AOH California State Board. His wife, Terry Kelleher, is Past President of the National Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. John Ring and Dan Kelleher were dedicated members to the Ancient Order of Hibernians and their contributions will be missed in the future. The AOH/LAOH Divisions in the Parade represented San Francisco and Sonoma Counties. San Francisco AOH Divisions 5 and 17 and Sonoma Division 1. LAOH Divisions were represented by San Francisco 1, San Francisco Columbia Division 2 and San Francisco Father Yorke Division 3.

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California passes SR45 Supporting Reunification of Ireland

The California State Senate voted overwhelmingly on August 31, 2010 for a resolution expressing its strong support for Irish reunification and urging the California Congressional delegation to support the final reunification of Ireland by all peaceful means.

The measure, SJR 45, introduced by Senators Leland Yee (San Francisco) and Ellen Corbett (San Leandro) flew through the California Senate, which is not surprising given that California was one of the first states to endorse the MacBride Principles and has a long history of supporting human rights in Ireland.

The resolution received support from a large number of influential Irish organizations from throughout California including the California Ancient Order of Hibernians, California Irish Cultural Society, The United Irish Societies of San Francisco, The San Francisco Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA),  The San Diego Irish American Historical Society, The Orange County Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, The Long Beach Commodore of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, The Irish American Unity Conference (S.F. Chapter) and Campaign for a United Ireland.

California joins a growing chorus of state and local governments, and local organizations that have passed similar resolutions. These include the state of Massachusetts, the New Jersey General Assembly, Lawrence, Massachusetts, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Cleveland, and Rockland County, N.Y.

Michael J. Farrell Sr. Division Celebrates 15th Anniversary

There was a great turnout of California Hibernian Brothers for the 15th Anniversary of the Michael J. Farrell Sr. Division. Many thanks to John Farrell for offering his home in San Clemente and providing the great barbecue for the guests.

We had a very lively and productive meeting discussing the matter of the Order and our upcoming AOH events: Danny’s on Oct. 16th, Division #2 elections at my home on Nov. 13th, and the Friends Outside and AOH County Christmas parties on Dec. 11th (complete information will be in the Newsletter). I also had the privilege of swearing in two new Brothers, Brian Farrell, and Mark Corcoran.

After the meeting, a tribute was offered on our namesake, Michael J. Farrell Sr.  Jerry O’Keefe shared with us how Michael mentored him and had helped him to start the Brothers of St. Patrick Division in 1971. Jerry shared many of the fond memories of his dear friend and how much he meant to the success of the AOH of Orange County.

We were also lucky to have with us Pat Bergin, past National Director, who swore in and helped to charter the Michael J. Farrell Sr. Division 15 years ago. Pat recognized that the Division was on the right path and that we need to keep up the good work we do for the Order. Michael J. Farrell Jr. and John Farrell also added their appreciation for naming the Division after their father, and were optimistic about our future success. The event ended with a moving tribute by Terry McCarthy, playing his bagpipes to honor our namesake, Michael J. Farrell Sr. It was a great day of Orange County Hibernians.

15th Anniversary of the AOH Michael J. Farrell Sr. Division - Pictured (L to R) - Front row: Pat Bergin, Kevin Farrell, Eric Linden, Michael J. Farrell Jr., John Farrell, and Brian Farrell. Back row: Jerry O'Keefe, Chris O'Keefe, Garrett O'Doherty, Kevin O'Keefe, Bill Phillips, Mark Corcoran, Tim Weston, Mick O'Keefe, Michael Sean O'Keefe, James Treanor, Daniel Murphy, Bob Hory, Bill Donahue, and Terry McCarthy. Not pictured but in attendance were Chuck Gildea, and Jeff Gallagher.

Sister Eymard Flood receives 2010 Edward Casey Award

On August 22nd, the AOH Jerry O’Keefe Division #3 of Orange County, California presented the sixth Annual AOH Edward Casey award, and what a day it was for the Irish! I was extremely proud to be part of the ceremonies and to witness Sister Eymard Flood receive this year’s award. In fact, Sister Flood was the first woman to receive this prestigious award. Sister was a very popular choice with the Brothers and Sisters of our great Order. She was very appreciative and most gracious in her comments regarding Edward Casey, the Casey family, and receiving the award. Many of Sister’s co-workers and friends were there to join her and all of us at such a wonderful event.  Many thanks to Terry Casey and the Fenians, Muldoon’s, Ken Jamieson, Chuck Gildea, and the entire Casey Family for making such a great day happen. We are already looking forward to hosting the next Edward Casey Award.

Pictured (L to R) Chuck Gildea, past State President, Ken Jamieson, Division #3 President, Sister Eymard Flood, LAOH Chaplain, LAOH Division #1, Terry Casey, lead singer of the Fenians, and Jerry O'Keefe, Orange County Board President.