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.