California News

On December 8, 2012, AOH Brothers from Long Beach and Orange County gathered at O’Malley’s in Seal Beach for a very merry Christmas party.  It was truly great for all who were able to attend to share their Christmas spirit.  Everyone had a wonderful time!

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AOH Long Beach and AOH Orange County Commemorate Volunteer Joe McDonnell

The Joseph Plunkett-Joe McDonnell Division and guests from Orange County Divisions 2 & 3 gathered in Long Beach, CA, on July 9 to honor Vol. Joe McDonnell on the weekend of the 30th anniversary of his death from the Republican Hunger Strike of 1981. McDonnell was an unwavering Volunteer, committed to the Republican cause for Irish freedom. All the Brothers in attendance were honored and truly humbled to pay tribute to such a sound individual.

Pictured from left to right, front row: Bob Hannan, David McKenna, Daniel McGowan, Kevin O'Keefe and Kevin Spaeth. Back Row: Andrew Manning, Jim McGuirk, Chris Wittman, Jim Walsh, Eric Reiss, Mick O'Keefe, Chris O'Keefe, Jerry O'Keefe and Chuck Gildea.

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Edward Casey Award Ceremony

A great turnout of Orange County and Long Beach, California Brothers turned out to support the 7th annual AOH Edward Casey Award ceremony at the Fenians concert at Muldoon’s, Newport Beach. This prestigious AOH award was presented to Father Michael Hanifin, AOH Div 3 Chaplain for his outstanding leadership and spiritual guidance for the AOH of Orange County. Father Hanifin is in the process of helping to build the newest Catholic Church in Orange County, Santa Clara de Asis. Keep up the good work Father! 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 AOH in Orange County.

Pictured (L – R) front: Eric Reiss, David McKenna, Mick O'Keefe, and Ken Jamieson. Back row: Daniel McGowan, Jerry O'Keefe, Michael Histon, Kieran Scott, Father Michael Hanifin, Daniel Murphy, Mark Mowen, Paul Mowen (from Sydney Australia), Michael Shorey, and Jay Treanor.

Supporting Santa Clara de Asis Catholic Church

On June 10th, Orange County AOH&LAOH Hibernians came out in full force to support the 3rd Annual Brewfest at Santa Clara de Asis Catholic Church in Yorba Linda. Many thanks to Div 3 Chaplain Father Michael Hanifin for inviting us to attend. The proceeds from the worthy event go toward building the newest Catholic Church in Orange County, Santa Clara de Asis. The event was a complete success with 1000 parishioners in attendance to enjoy great food, live music, and of course, the beer tasting from local micro breweries and home brews. We are already looking forward to next years’ event.

CA State Convention

Orange County Hibernians are also in the process of planning the 2011 AOH/LAOH State Convention to be held on September 16th-18th at the Embassy Suites, Santa Ana. Complete details can be located on the AOH California State Board website at www.aohca.org All AOH/LAOH members are invited to attend.

New York News

The Richmond County Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians held its annual luncheon Sunday, April 10, 2011 at the Island Chateau, Grasmere, Staten Island. Attending the event, seated from left, bottom front, are LAOH Vice President Samantha Fisher, LAOH President Jackie Ackalitis and Elizabeth Connelly Award recipient Bernice Fisher. Standing, from left, are honorees Division 4 Margaret DelBagno, Division 2 Eileen Hayes, Division 1 Anne Gallo and First Annual Business Award recipient Jamie E. Cregin of Manhattan Beer Distributors.  The event was an astounding success.  Also acknowledged for their outstanding Hibernianism were Joan and Donald Hughes.  Their dedication to the Order has included past County Presidents for both LAOH and AOH and recently Joan was awarded the prestige of being the Grand Marshal of the 2010 Richmond County Parade.

Attending the event, seated from left bottom front are LAOH Vice President Samantha Fisher, LAOH President Jackie Ackalitis and Elizabeth Connelly Award recipient Bernice Fisher. Standing from left are honorees Division 4 Margaret DelBagno, Dvision 2 Eileen Hayes, Division 1 Anne Gallo and First Annual Business Award recipient Jamie Cregin of Manhattan Beer Distributors.

The Junior Girls of Division 3 in Kings Park NY carried the banner for the Suffolk County Ladies in the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Here they are at the end of their Fifth Avenue march.

Kings County Ladies ride the trolley during the Brooklyn Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

LAOH Orange County, NY marching in the historic 250th NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 17, 2010. The Orange County Ladies took the trophy for the best LAOH marching group.

LAOH Div 22's Judy Rose was selected Aide to Grand Marshal of the Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day Parade in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Here she is pictured with the Bishop after Mass.

Margaret McEneaney (holding plaque) with her sisters from Division 19, Gerretsen Beach, Brooklyn, NY. Margaret McEneaney was honored as this year's recipient of the prestigious St. Brigid Award. This award is given to a sister who exemplifies our motto in her Hibernian and personal life.

Greetings from the Desk of President Margaret Hennessy

On August 21th we celebrated the feast day of Our Lady of Knock.  It has been 131 years since Our Lady appeared at Knock in County Mayo, Ireland and her unspoken message has been heard around the world.  I attended Our Lady of Knock Mass held by Suffolk County, NY at Div. 2 Hall in Babylon as well as Mass in honor of our Lady in Orange County, NY.  Both Masses were well attended and It was good to see so many of our brother and sister Hibernians come together to celebrate the Eucharist and honor Our Lady. Having just returned from Turning Stone in Verona, New York the site of our next National Convention, I can say that you will be in for a treat in 2012.   The property is spacious and the staff is more that helpful.  Plans underway will make the next National Convention one to be remembered.  Getting down to business, we are trying to improve communication between the National Board, State, County, and Division Boards as well as set up a working data base of our membership.  Please, when you receive information from the National Board Officers it is important that this information be filtered to the Counties and Divisions.  Soon you will be receiving information on putting your membership list in an excel spreadsheet and forwarding an electronic copy to the National Secretary so that this data base can be established and kept up to date.  I ask everyone’s cooperation.  Also, keep that news coming on the Junior Divisions around the Country.  I ask the vice presidents or junior coordinators to submit articles to our Assistant Hibernian Digest Editor Kathleen Conway at laohkathy@yahoo.com

California News

On June 19th&20th, the AOH of Orange County had a recruiting booth at the Irish Fair at Irvine Meadows. We were able to sign up four new members to our Order: Brendan Foye, Ron Lippa, Gerald Noonan, and Josh Bastian. Many thanks to all the Brothers who offered their time and efforts in our recruiting booth, especially Jerry O’Keefe for being there all day both days. Now that is Hibernian commitment.

Pictured left to right, front row, Michael O'Keefe Jr., Katy Trenbeath, and Rory Propst. Back row, Jerry O'Keefe, James Noonan, Daniel McGowan, Mick O'Keefe, David McKenna, and Kyle O'Shea.