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2011 Christmas Appeal Consider Giving Because… Sean Pender, FFAI Chairman In April, I received a request from the Connecticut AOH /LAOH convention to make a presentation regarding Freedom For All Ireland and specifically the yearly Christmas appeal. This request afforded me the opportunity to prepare a detailed look into the history and performance of our yearly appeal. The result was that I developed a presentation that I have been honored to present at several conventions this summer. It gives a brief history of the AOH and our support of a United Ireland, it traced our involvement and support of the struggle for Irish freedom from the end of the 19th century to today, it reviewed the groups we support, where the funds go, and why those funds are still so important. In the last 10 years the Christmas Appeal has raised over $570,000. This is a number of which we can all be proud. An analysis of the donations show that we have a dedicated core group of donors who fund a great portion of the appeal and a participation rate from AOH divisions that is surprising low. Last year’s appeal served as a perfect case in point. The 2010 appeal generated just under $61,000 and, of that, almost two thirds — or about $40,000 — was the result of 25 donations from boards, divisions and one individual. All of these 25 donations were over $1,000. The final $21,000 was the result of 157 donations of less than $1,000 and raffle returns of almost $2,000. Whether the donation was $5 to $6,500 all donations are greatly appreciated and the sacrifice noted. The alarming result of this analysis is that nationally, out of 370 AOH divisions, only 96 contributed or a disappointing 25 percent. So this year, 2011, I want to once again appeal to those who historically support our appeal to continue your support. But I want to target the 75 percent of divisions that do not give and ask that you consider giving this year.

Immigration Report Dan Dennehy

Meeting in the West Wing of the White House on Irish-specific immigration matters.

A groundbreaking meeting of immigration advocates representing select European and Mediterranean countries was held recently in the West Wing of the White House. At the invitation of the White House and former Rep. Bruce Morrison of Morrison Visa fame, Past National President and current National Political Education Chairman Ned McGinley and I joined Ciaran Staunton of ILIR and Stella O’Leary of Irish American Democrats at two high level meetings. The first meeting addressed the broad issues of the represented countries. The need for focus on the issues of Irish immigrants, future flow and that of our undocumented was presented by our delegation with White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley in attendance. The case for Irish E3 Visas and other Irish-specific immigration continued on page 6

In This Issue… National Board Members with Congressman Tim Ryan at Maryland convention.

Consider giving because: The third principle of our national constitution’s preamble states one of the purposes of our organization is: To aid and advance by all legitimate means the aspirations and endeavors of the Irish people for complete and absolute independence, promoting peace (with justice) and unity for all Ireland. Our Christmas appeal helps work toward “One Island, One Ireland with Justice for All.” Be a part of it. The groups we support are helping to build confidence and trust in cross-community and reconciliation efforts. Consider giving because: Our job is not finished in the North until there is a United Ireland inclusive of all people’s rights. The groups we support are fighting for these rights and justice for those who have been deprived of rights and truth in the past. Consider giving because: there are ex-republican prisoners who spent large portions of their lives unjustly jailed. They never

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Project St. Patrick Report 2011 Ed Wallace, National Chairman PSP This year has seen the highest number of applications for Project St. Patrick Vocation Grants from seminaries and novitiates. A total of 123 applications — 97 from seminarians and 26 from religious sisters — shows an increase of 22 from 2010. Project St. Patrick is a joint Catholic Action program of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. It was created in 1995 to encourage vocations and to support Priests, Seminarians and Religious, spiritually, emotionally and financially. Individual $500 PSP Vocation Grants are awarded annually through an application and selection process that runs from Jan. 1 to May 1 of each year. These grants help cover expenses of men studying for the priesthood or diaconate and women studying for the religious life. The need is great but our funds are low. This year, the PSP Committee of nine was able to award a total of $36,000 ($20,00 from Hibernian Charity PSP and $16,000 from LAOH PSP). We were able to award vocation grants to 59 seminarians and 15 novices. In addition, an outright grant of $1,500 was awarded to the Little Sisters of the Poor who sent in a number of applications. Winners of the 2011 grants came from NY, CA, LA, MN, WI, MA, OR, MO, OH, TX, DC, MD, PA, NJ, IN, CT, ME and AL. Six applicants were either members of the Order or related to a member of the AOH or LAOH. State, County and Division Boards and all Hibernians need to be unwavering in our support for vocations, helping those who are called to serve our Church. One important way to do this is to encourage vocations within your families and communities and help more workers in the vineyard of Our Lord continued on page 4

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NATIONAL BOARD OFFICERS Rev. Thomas M O’Donnell. . . . . . . . . . . . . Nat’l Chaplain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rev. Henry Reid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deputy Nat’l Chaplain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rev. Joseph Pearce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deputy Nat’l Chaplain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seamus Boyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nat’l President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brendan Moore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nat’l Vice Pres. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas D McNabb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nat’l Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James McKay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nat’l Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keith Carney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nat’l Director Northeast. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jere Cole . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nat’l Director Northeast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair Catholic Action Len Byrne. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nat’l Director South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair Pro Life Christopher Norris. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . National Director Northeast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair Charities & Missions Daniel O’Connell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nat’l Director Midwest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nat’l Organizer Michael O’Connor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nat’l Director West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anti Defamation Mike McCormack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nat’l Historian/Archivist . . . . . . . . . . . . . George J Clough, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nat’l Legal Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John O’Connell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nat’l Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eugene Burns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nat’l Web Master . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sean Pender. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair Freedom For All Ireland . . . . . . . John J Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair Veterans Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Dennehey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair Immigration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair Irish Way Program . . . . . . . . Ned McGinley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Co-chair Nat’l Policital Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joe Roche . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Co-chair Nat’l Policital Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Shannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair Ritual & Degrees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vincent Lysaght . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair Notre Dame Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Donohue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair Constitution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edward Dougherty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair Hibernian Hunger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edward Wallace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair Project St Patrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liam McNabb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair 2012 Nat’l Conv. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joe Roach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Co-Chair Oversight Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nick Murphy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Co-Chair Oversight Committee. . . . . . . . George Clough, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Co-Chair Oversight Committee. . . . . . . . . . LIVING PAST NATIONAL PRESIDENTS John J. Meehan, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2006 - 2008 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ned McGinley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2002 - 2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edward J. Wallace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1994 - 1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George J. Clough Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1990 - 1994 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicholas Murphy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1986 - 1988 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joseph A. Roche . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1982 - 1986 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas D. McNabb. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1978 - 1980 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

This famous photo of John Pesce, left, helping a burned man to get away from the carnage on the streets of downtown Manhattan on September 11, 2001, with the assistance of a Port Authority officer, right, has been seen around the world. Our brother John was then a senior detective in the NYPD Detective Bureau’s Manhattan Wanted Apprehension Team. John is now a retired Detective-Investigator, and is our AOH South Florida State Organizer. John is disabled as a result of injuries he sustained that awful day. We salute our fellow Hibernian and all the first responders who acted so unselfishly and with such a sense of duty.

9-11 Our Lost Brothers and Sister Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas sforaf da anamacha

May God give eternal peace to their souls Florence M. Gregory Charles Houston Richard Fitzsimons Dennis Devlin Gerard T. Nevins Kevin C. Dowdell Arthur Warren Scullin Sean Fegan Richard Muldowney Jr, Maurice V. Barry Liam Callahan Thomas E. Gorman Steven Huczko Donald J. McIntyre Jim Nelson Bruce Reynolds Mike Wholey Peter Milan

LAOH Div 22, Brooklyn, NY AOH Div 19, Brooklyn, NY AOH Div 14, Nassau County, NY AOH Div 2, Orange County, NY AOH Div 2, Orange County, NY AOH Div 21, Queens County, NY AOH Div 9, Queens County, NY AOH Div 8, Rockland County, NY AOH Div 2, Suffolk County, NY AOH Div 8 Hudson County, NJ AOH Div 8 Hudson County, NJ AOH Div 8 Hudson County, NJ AOH Div 8 Hudson County, NJ AOH Div 8 Hudson County, NJ AOH Div 8 Hudson County, NJ AOH Div 8 Hudson County, NJ AOH Div 8 Hudson County, NJ OH Div 2, Monmouth County,NJ


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and retention of members. It gives members the different ways to attract members, keep them when you have them and how to keep them active in a division. It explains how to recruit new members and, as Danny says, don’t worry about new divisions, get the members involved and the new divisions will follow. Dan Dennehy has spoken at many conventions and his knowledge on immigration and the undocumented Irish is invaluable. He is available to send you information or answer questions on these subjects at any time and he can be reached by email at Brothers, since our last Hibernian Digest issue we have been busy attending convenBrothers we are very lucky to have such committed men like these on our board and I tions, picnics, festivals and other Hibernian functions. As you know by now we have a can assure you that all our elected and appointed officers are working hard and keeping new editor for the Digest, John C. O’Connell from Glen Cove, NY. All future submissions the best interest of the AOH at heart for you the members. should be sent to him at I was sad to accept the resignation On a final note I want to ask you to work as hard as possible to make a dream come of Keith Carney but it is a very time consuming and difficult job to do. true. Jack O’Brien and John McInerney, two members from the Washington D.C. area, I attended the New York State convention in Pearl River where I met many of the delhave been working tirelessly for many years on honoring Commodore John Barry. I met egates and friends whom I have been friends with for many years and again met some with these two gentlemen shortly after I was elected national president in 2008 and new friends and was delighted to partake in many of the meetings and festivities. It was appointed them both as the National Board co-chairmen of the Commodore Barry at this convention that Brendan Moore and I interviewed the new editor and before the Memorial Project. I attended meetings with them and after being denied permission, these convention ended he had accepted the appointment. I want to congratulate Michael two men re-submitted and changed the memorial and began a letter-writing campaign in McNabb and his new slate of officers who were elected and wish them well over the next favor of the memorial. The Naval Academy‘s Superintendent received so many letters of two years and thank Chip McLean for his service to the state and the AOH in general over support for the memorial from Senators, Congressmen, Governors, retired Naval Officers, the past two years. clergy, Organizations and individuals that the Academy finally took them seriously. In I then attended the Pennsylvania state convention in King of Prussia where the deleAugust of 2010 a delegation met with representatives of the Naval Academy and verbal gates worked harder than ever to accomplish what they wanted to do with one day less permission was given. On January 11, 2011 (1/11/11) final approval was given for the gate in their schedule. This is the first PA state convention on a two-day schedule rather than a and memorial for Commodore John Barry. three-day schedule, which was due to the economy and to save the delegates one day in I attended the fundraiser for the Barry Project in Baltimore on August 13th and the hotel and one less entertainment function to attend. According to all accounts from the although it rained most of the day it was a huge boards, everything worked out well and all success. Divisions from Maryland and One thing that really impressed me at all these conventions business was conducted in the two days. Washington D.C. did a tremendous job of Congratulations to Tom O’Donnell who will is the enthusiasm of the members over the putting this day together. John McInerney and lead Pennsylvania for the next two years, and I Commodore Barry Memorial and the presentations Jack O’Brien were very much appreciative of all thank Denny Donnelly for his service for the put on by our National Board chairmen. the people who attended including Ned past two years. Good luck to both of these fine McGinley, Keith Carney, Jere Cole from the gentlemen. National Board, Gerry & Kathleen Murphy from Division 39 Phila. Margaret Hennessey I attended the Maryland convention in Cumberland, MD, which is near the West from the LAOH, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick from Philadelphia and people from other Virginia border and a beautiful part of the country. I had never been there before and it parts of the country, and all donated checks to the Barry memorial. The total raised for this was a beautiful hotel and surroundings. The convention went well with the business of day was in the region of $15,000 and a check was given to these two men to be delivered the state being conducted and again meeting new friends and renewing friendships with to the Naval Academy representatives along with a letter signed by Ned McGinley people I have not seen in many years. As I was reminded by one of these friends, Leo President of the Hibernian Charity, John, Jack, Bob, April and myself. This check will pay Welsh, we are the old guys now and that is what we used to call other people not too many for the erection of the Barry Gate, which is phase 1 of the Barry Project and hopefully will years ago. be completed by the end of October this year. The remaining money must be raised before One thing that really impressed me at all these conventions is the enthusiasm of the we can start phase two, which is the memorial itself in the Barry Plaza. We are well on our members over the Commodore Barry Memorial and the presentations put on by our way to making this a reality with well over $50,000 already raised or pledged. National Board chairmen. Sean Pender, Freedom for All Ireland Chairman, has a Brothers, I leave you with this quote, please do your part: “Brothers, noble causes make PowerPoint presentation that explains the FFAI in a way that everyone understands and, for generous hearts. Let none of us lose this golden opportunity to educate future generawithout exception, every convention I have attended people say we did not know all this tions of Naval and Marine officers of the contributions of our noble Irish heritage in the information that Sean just showed us. foundation of our nation. Commodore Barry made great contributions to our freedom. Do The LAOH are especially thankful to Sean for his presentation of who we donate to, not let this opportunity pass us by due to lack of funds. Show your Irish pride and please how much, why, what it means to the recipients and how thankful they are to receive it. If contribute generously.” anyone wants to get a copy of this presentation, please contact Sean and show it at your Brothers, please remember the National Board Meeting, National President’s Dinner, meetings. Sean MacBride Award Presentation in Philadelphia on the weekend of October 7-9th Danny O’Connell has put together a terrific PowerPoint presentation on organizing

About People and Places Like all of you, I look at the desk calendar and wonder how to fit in or balance what is upcoming, along with what needs to get done. Those desk calendars work both ways though. They not only point us forward, but also provide a record of where we have been and what we have done (or didn’t get done!). I flip back and see the faces of wonderful AOH and LAOH people I was able to re-connect with at the New York State Convention in Pearl River, some of whom I have been blessed to know for decades. Then there was the Virginia State Convention. While the July heat wave rendered Richmond hot-hot-hot, the welcome of our AOH Brothers was both refreshing and invigorating. Two conventions — in two different regions — and one AOH. Great people and friends I never would have met if I had never joined the Hibernians. Something we should all think about often! The LAOH National President’s Testimonial Dinner is on the calendar and “HATS OFF TO MARGARET HENNESSY!” She is a lady who has gone out of her way to assure that the AOH and LAOH partnership endures and thrives, with her own spirit of cooperation as an example for all of us. The “Big Guy’s” dinner is set for October. National President Seamus Boyle has been extraordinary! I wish there were some way to clock the hours he has spent on planes, trains and automobiles — traveling to do the work of the Order during these past three years. However, it’s the many 5 a.m. (and sometimes earlier) emails that get one wondering if he ever really stops.

About Major Degrees For the past eight months, National Rituals Chairman Pat Shannon and National Historian Mike McCormack have been collaborating on editing and updating The Rituals Book. Copies have been made available to Chairmen of Major Degree Teams for study and reaction. Some preliminary discussion is planned for the October National Board meeting in Philadelphia, with further consideration and possible adoption set for the 2012 National Convention. Thanks Pat and Mike for all you do. If you are within travel distance of the following locations, seek out your members who need to take the Major Degree; contact the appropriate people listed below if any of your members will be attending. Please note that only those who are already AOH members are eligible to take the Major Degree. Date 10-02-11

Team Tara Court

Degree Location Worcester, MA

10-02-11 10-09-11

Isle of Erin Schenectady

Bucks County, PA Schenectady, NY

10-23-11 10-23-11 11-12-11

Tara Court Div 2, Suffolk, NY Isle of Erin Philadelphia, PA Cu-Chulainn Monmouth Co., NJ

Contact Phone/Email Dick Thompson 617-755-8467 Jim Hansen Michael Glenn 518-505-3588 Walter Butler 631-736-2171 Jim Hansen Jack Sullivan

About Junior Divisions During July and August, National Organizer Danny O’Connell and I worked on editing and committing to disk the “Information and Forms Packet” for establishing a Junior Division. Please contact me — — if there is interest on your end. And thanks Danny. National Hibernian Digest, September-October 2011


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It hardly seems possible that we are only weeks away from our National President’s Dinner in Philadelphia. It is also hard to believe that my tenure as National Treasurer will be winding down in six or seven months. How time flies! Before you know it, we will all be looking at a changing of the guard in Turning Stone. We have been through some difficult economic times since 2008 and are in the middle of one even as you read this. In spite of the challenges, we have managed to maintain our savings intact. Through the advice of counsel, our oversight committee and brothers involved the financial industry, we reverted to a cash position last year. At this time it has been good advice as “cash is king.” The IRS problem continues to be a headache for many of our divisions, and has especially become a frustrating experience for some of our financial secretaries across this country. However, those divisions who continue to attempt to file are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. We are discovering that since 2007, when the new IRS regulations came into existence, it has been a learning curve for both the Service and ourselves in regard to non-profit organizations. All financial secretaries must also remember that our per capita tax increase begins on Jan 1, 2012 when each member will be assessed $12 instead of $8 for National dues. This will allow our organization to breathe a little easier at the end of each year when our cash flow is at its lowest. This dues increase occurred in Cincinnati in 2010 but was not to take effect until Jan 1, 2012. The last dues increase was 25 years ago and you can understand why National Treasurers were getting nervous every year in December. Please remember that divisions who have not paid their per capita tax will not be allowed to register for our National Convention in Turning Stone. You will hear more about this in the next few issues of the Digest. I look forward to seeing many of you at the President’s Dinner in Philadelphia. God Bless.

Moving? Notify the Financial Secretary of your Division! Send your new address and the mailing label from the front page of The Hibernian Digest to: Thomas McNabb 31 Logan Street Auburn, NY 13021-3925

175th Anniversary Members’ Photo & Story Album Seamus Boyle, National President Since 1836 the Ancient Order of Hibernians has been a place of refuge and comfort to incoming Irish immigrants. The many Divisions and club facilities help the new arrivals adjust socially and economically. In celebration of the 175th Anniversary, and the traditions and legacy of the Hibernians, we are putting together a special, commemorative Members’ Story and Photo Album. This publication will let you tell of what the Irish-American experience means to you and your family. It can be anything as personal as the story of your ancestors, coming to America, or your participation in the AOH, or as broad as Irish-American traditions, values common among Irish Americans, or community involvement. Through these personal photos and narratives, you will see the evolution of the Irish American culture and the eternal bridge to our ancestors, and realize the individual growth we all have experienced as Hibernians. Every Irish American, past and present, shares an extraordinary bond. Collectively, you have experienced many different things. You are all connected through your Irish heritage, and this publication will help you to stay connected. In addition to documenting our history, this commemorative edition will also serve as a comprehensive reference of Irish Americans everywhere in the United States and Canada. You will be able to submit a four-color photograph as well as up to a 300 word story. Besides being a substantial 8 ½ x 11 full color edition for you to own, a portion of the total project proceeds will benefit the AOH. The National AOH office has selected Harris Connect as their trusted partner to research and produce this commemorative publication. The Chesapeake, Virginia based publisher has worked with many fraternal organizations, and we encourage you to participate in this project as part of your Irish American birthright. Members will be contacted by phone, email and mail starting in late September. Be on the lookout in the near future for your chance to participate. Thank you for your support and effort in making this Ancient Order of Hibernians 175th Anniversary Members’ Story & Photo Album yet another way to record and preserve your own personal legacy as well as the ancestral connection we enjoy in this country and beyond.


once complained about their situation, rather these men and women have returned to the communities they were fighting for and defending, to make their communities better. These ex- prisoner groups we support continue to need our help to overcome decades of injustice and prejudice. Consider giving because: there are ex Irish republican prisoners in this country who have never received a peace dividend for supporting the Good Friday Agreement and helping promote peace in the North. These men — even after living in this country for over two decades as model citizens, without a mark on their records, having paid taxes and raised children who are American citizens — still live with the uncertainty of never knowing when and if they could be denied continued residence. They need our continued support.

I appeal to those who historically support our appel to continue your support. But I want to target the 75 percent of divisions that do not give and ask that you consider giving this year. Consider giving because: there are more children in the North of Ireland today speaking the Irish language than there has been in generations. Despite the best efforts by those who continue to use subtle forms of discrimination, the Irish language is experiencing a revival in the North. The groups we support are helping continue this renaissance. Consider giving because: a society that is evolving from over three decades of war needs support to overcome some of the collateral damage of those times. We have supported community groups who have tried to reduce suicides, fund after-school programs for the most economically deprived and provide counseling for those who still deal with the grief and the loss of many years ago. Finally, consider giving because: if we don’t, no one else will. The sad fact of the matter is that the great majority of the groups we help do not have many other avenues for funding. This makes the dollars they receive so critical. I do not want to take one penny away from any of the charities we support with our divisions and boards; I only ask that you make it a point this year to give something to the Christmas Appeal. Thank you for your consideration. Note: Christmas Appeal packets should be in divisions and boards by the time this edition is published, the packet will also be available online in a PDF at, then from the left hand side of page choose national programs, then choose Freedom for All Ireland… Included in the packet online will be information on the 2012 Trip to the North (formerly Bloody Sunday Tour)…. Thanks to all those divisions that donated over $1,000 to last year’s appeal for your patience in receiving your recognition award. The company that had provided the customized hurling sticks went out of business unexpectedly. All $1,000 donors have received a beautiful framed print entitled Vindicated, Bloody Sunday. A very limited amount of prints ($25) and framed prints ($75) will be available for purchase the weekend of the National President’s dinner. To reserve your copy email ….Many thanks to the Brothers and Sisters in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland who invited me to their conventions to give the FFAI/Christmas appeal presentation ….Congratulations to Clara Reilly, the Sean MacBride award winner.

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through the 2011 Project St. Patrick Easter Appeal. Annual donations of any size (at any time of year) will help us help more applicants. For each donation of $500 (or more), we ask that you submit a name of a beloved chaplain (or lay person), living or deceased, and we will name a Vocation Grant in his or her honor. In lieu of flowers, we encourage use of the PSP Memorial Cards, which is a “living” donation to support seminarians and religious and will go a long way to support PSP. AOH PSP donation checks should be made out to: Hibernian Charity, and in memo section write: Project St. Patrick and send checks to Frank Kearney Jr., Sec. Hibernian Charity, P. O. Box 391, Meriden, CT 06451 or through PayPal on the Hibernian Charity website. LAOH PSP donation checks should be sent to Carol J. Sheyer, LAOH Catholic Action Officer, 121 South B Street, Hamilton, OH 45013. Memorial Cards can be obtained from Ed Wallace, Frank Kearney, Tom McNabb or Carol Sheyer via their email addresses in Digest.

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9/11 — Remembering — Ten Years Later Certain moments of history are etched in our minds. People can remember where and what they were doing when moments of triumph or tragedy have occurred. In my lifetime, I have had flashbacks of various historical events. When I was a young lad of 7, I can recall being at a movie with my older sister on Sunday afternoon, December 7, 1941, when the announcement was made that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. On October 13, 1960, I was present at Forbes Field when Bill Mazeroski hit the walkoff home run giving the Pirates the victory over the Yankees in the World Series. I did not have a ticket for the game, but a buck and a Roman collar would get a priest into any Pittsburgh sporting event in 1960. On November 22, 1963, I was in my living room at St. Kieran Rectory praying my Office when my pastor, with tears in his eyes, told me that President Kennedy had been shot and killed.

There is nothing soft about love. It is the most dangerous act in the world. If we can’t love, we can’t forgive. On September 9, 2001, I was present at the U.S. Tennis Open Championship in Flushing Meadows, New York. During a break in the tennis match from the top of Louis Armstrong Stadium I looked to the west and could see the magnificent skyline of New York City. The brilliance of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center glistened in the afternoon sun. It was hard to imagine that two days later I would be in my Tribunal Office of the Diocese of Pittsburgh when the report came over the TV that a plane had crashed into one of the towers. Within a short time another plane crashed into the second tower. Suddenly, the Twins Towers were no more. America was under attack. As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, we are thinking a lot about closure and even more about the failed power of revenge. We are still encumbered with anxiety, wasted money and wasted time because we are not safer now than we were then. All over the country we have spent enormous amounts of time and money on “Emergency Preparedness.” However, sometimes you cannot prepare for an emergency any more than you can achieve closure. The same might be true of the money, life and time wasted on the undeclared wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While we fully support our brave men and women who are risking their lives in these wars, we may wonder why they are really there. Ten years after the horror of 9/11, the mastermind of the attack, Osama Bin Laden, has been found and killed. In the death of the individual, who came to personify the terrorist act, we have a chance for another kind of closure. Those who know the search for closure intimately know that it never really happens. The 9/11 attack was a terrible tragedy. It was a tragedy with causes in a larger human tragedy, the failure to get along across cultural and religious lines. That failure led to a lack of respect, and this led to fanaticism and terrorism. When a tragedy happens, it often steals our hope. In addition to hope, the world is in need of forgiveness. Used carelessly, forgiveness loses its meaning and can even sound obnoxious when people tell other people they need to forgive the wrongs done to them. Those who advocate forgiveness often don’t know what they are talking about. But the truth remains: There is really no end to the suffering if we can’t forgive. There is no end game. The wronged become hateful the way the wrongdoers were hateful, and the terrorists win again. Forgiveness is costly. It is not a word to be thrown around lightly. Finally, love is needed above all. So many wrongly imagine that love is soft, like kindness. There is nothing soft about love. It is the most dangerous act in the world. If we can’t love, we can’t forgive. We think our security is in bombs and borders, when actually it is in the risks we take for each other. Revenge has not made us safe. What will make us safe is re-centering our communities in hope, love and forgiveness. Only with hope, love and forgiveness will it be possible to have true peace. If we truly wish to be Christians, we must love peace, we must make our own the cause of peace, we must meditate on the real meaning of peace, we must conform our minds to the thought of peace. Peace must be based on moral and religious principles, which will make it sincere and stable. Remember the words of the Lord Jesus: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.” May the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy inspire all of us to work for peace, beginning in our own communities, in our beloved United States and with our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

Have you ever been in a situation where you just did not know what to do? Where, no matter how long and hard you thought about it, you could not seem to come up with a solution, with a direction, with an answer? And then, while talking about it with someone, that person was able to give you some words of wisdom that seemed to break through the fog and give you a clearer picture of the next step? National Hibernian Digest, September-October 2011

It was a rainy day in Baltimore at the Irish Shrine to Irish Railroad Workers on Lemmon Street for the first national fundraiser for the Commodore Barry Memorial at the U.S. Naval Academy. Over 200 people attended the event including members of the AOH and LOAH from Maryland, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania as well as members of the Friendly Sons of Ireland, and the Police Emerald Society. Attendees included National Presidents Seamus Boyle (AOH) and Margaret Hennessy (LAOH) and AOH Charities President Ned McGinley joining the State presidents of Maryland Tim Harvey (AOH) and Kathy Lay (LAOH) and DC president Bob April to see over $18,500 raised for the Memorial. I am proud to say that my Division, the Commodore John Barry Div. in DC, donated $2000 at the event. A great effort by the AOH and LOAH in Baltimore was put forth to organize this successful event and a high water mark has been set (that’s a nautical term) for future fundraisers to exceed the amount raised. By the time you read this article I will have also attended another fundraiser in Annapolis. I encourage all states to hold fundraisers to help this cause and use the Commodore Barry facebook page – drop me a line and I will get you signed up on that page! I attended the Pennsylvania State Convention in King of Prussia and enjoyed seeing many friends. I was honored to meet Brother Jim Cawley before he addressed the business meeting. Jim is Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania and also serves as a division president. I was pleased to see Tom O’Donnell elected President. I have known Tom to be a fervent worker always behind the scenes and taking very little credit for his efforts. My congratulations go out to him and all of the newly elected board members – you have my support and trust in your future efforts in the keystone state. I also attended the Maryland State Convention at the Rocky Gap resort in Maryland – located in the western pan handle of the state close to West Virginia. It was nice to see my good friend Tim Harvey re-elected as president of Maryland. The ice breakers on Friday night at Maryland conventions can be a sight to behold and this year’s talent show did not let me down. One issue facing Maryland is trying to save an AOH stained glass window donated to St. Patrick’s Church in Baltimore city in 1899. The Church is being sold by the Archdiocese to a Baptist church. Stay tuned for updated information in my next column. I was happy to be able to address the convention before departing for the Virginia State Convention held the same weekend. I was on to the VA Convention held in Richmond. I arrived in time for the Mass celebrated at the hotel by His Excellency Bishop Emeritus Sullivan. Congratulations to the new VA president Chuck Curran. I have known Chuck for many years and have great faith in his leadership ability. Good luck to him and his new officers. The Commonwealth is in good hands. The banquet was enjoyable and I was honored to have my friend and outgoing President Rich Aleksy provide me with the opportunity to speak at the dinner. One of the highlights of the past month was my visit to Jermyn, PA to visit with State Director Joe Hosie and his cousin Gerald. My son was visiting the University of Scranton and we headed to Jermyn after meetings at the University. My son and I were treated to warm Pennsylvania hospitality and a tremendous history lesson of the Irish in PA and especially in the once segregated (English on one side and Irish on the other) town of Jermyn. See you at the President’s Dinner in October -

Enjoying the Barry Memorial fundraiser in Baltimore with former New York President John Hennessy.

All of us have been in situations where someone has given us words of wisdom. We also have been bearers of words of wisdom to others. Words of wisdom are invaluable tools on the journey of life. Taking time out to listen to someone and then to speak into his or her life from your own experience is an act of compassion and of intimacy. Discerning words allow us to come alongside one another and walk through life’s ups and downs together. This month, look for ways that you might be able to share a wise word with someone. First, make sure to listen actively. Actively listening means taking the time to truly listen to what someone is telling you. Let them talk freely. Ask good questions to help that person clarify the situation for you and for him or herself as well. Do not be afraid to share your own thoughts and experiences. Just as someone once helped you by sharing their wisdom and experience, your own words will also lift up someone else. So give someone the gift of a wise word this month!


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“To be Irish is a Blessing, to be a Hibernian is an Honor.” This quote is displayed with pride by many Hibernians on clothing, letterhead, newsletters, vehicles and much more, and rightfully so. Today, I stand before you as a Hibernian, blessed and honored. Early Sunday morning, August 21, I was involved in a one-car accident that the state highway patrol claim I was lucky to survive. When my car slammed into a tree backwards off the interstate at over 60 miles per hour, I wasn’t lucky, I was blessed. By the grace of God, I survived without even a broken bone. Many have commented that my hard Irish head saved me; I know it was God who placed an angel on my shoulder that day.

There is nothing soft about love. It is the most dangerous act in the world. If we can’t love, we can’t forgive. In my vehicle with me was my trusted laptop, including my Hibernian Digest article due to be sent later that morning to our new editor, John O’Connell. As I cleared the trauma team I asked my sister to call Seamus and let him know of the delay. When I learned she left a message I then insisted she call Sean Pender to be sure Brother O’Connell knew I would be delayed. The result of these calls was prayers from my brothers, which without question led to a quick recovery. Special thanks to our new editor who allowed me some extra time to recreate my article. I am sure we all have felt the blessing of the Irish over the years and understand what an Honor it is to stand with our Hibernian brothers. This is the basic fabric of recruiting new Hibernians from the ranks of the Irish Catholic men from around the country who have not yet received the honor of being a part of the Largest Irish Catholic Organization in the United States of America. In each article since I have become the National Organizer I have asked you to assist in growing our Order by recruiting one new member each and every year. The sales pitch is easy and the discussion should be centered on why the potential member is not a member. We need you to grow our Order and recruit at least one member each and every year. I enjoyed the honor of attending many state conventions and presenting a recruiting PowerPoint addressing the recruiting process. At each stop I had the opportunity to share ideas, and with each stop we updated the presentation to reflect these new ideas. I am currently working to place this updated presentation on a video that can then be used at the division level as well. I understand that many of us are unable to attend the convention, however also understand the important role that each and every Hibernian plays in the success of our Order. Once completed, we will place the video online and we will make efforts to get the DVD to each division. In addition to the recruiting presentation, I am working with Sean Pender to get his FFAI presentation online as well. We recorded both presentations during the Maryland Convention as the first step in the process. I am hoping to find a few students from Youngstown State or a few Hibernian brothers to assist me in this project, since this is a bit beyond my talents. If you have any thoughts on the project or are able to assist, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Again, thank you for the prayers as I know your prayers have expedited my recovery. Remember, recruit a new member today and, as always, contact me if I can be of any assistance to you. God Bless, Danny O cell 330-518-4450

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National AOH Immigration Chairman Dan Dennehey, second from left, recently paticipated in a groundbreaking White House conference on immigration issues.

issues were discussed in detail at the second Irish-issue focused meeting. The need for the E3 visa to create future flow of over 10,500 visas annually and methods to resolve the plight of the Irish undocumented were discussed with representatives of the White House and Homeland Security. Bruce Morrison described how compliance with immigration laws by those who desire to live and work in the U.S., coupled with a fair, renewable quota of visas for participating nations, is the way forward. An amended E3 would provide a legal channel with indefinite renewal for Irish applicants and their spouses. I reiterated Ireland’s many contributions to U.S. Homeland Security. The innovations in Customs and Immigration at Shannon and Dublin Airports, as well as the Shannon Stopover for our U.S. military entering and exiting the theater of the war against terror are examples of how Ireland has benefitted the U.S. It’s not hard to imagine that the last friendly face a U.S. soldier sees before entering a hostile war environment is an Irish one in Shannon Airport. Ireland’s hospitality to the troops and willingness to aid the U.S. in these advancements should be reciprocated by allowing Irish people to live and work in the U.S. safely and securely, armed with a working visa that has proven so elusive for so many years. This opportunity to present our views at this level is a credit to the working relationship that we in the AOH have created with Bruce Morrison nearly 25 years ago and more recently with advocates like Stella O’Leary, the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform and the U.S. and Irish governments. The summer at State Conventions, much attention focused on the issues of Northern Ireland and immigration. I was invited to speak at the Ohio, NJ and NY Conventions to discuss our immigration initiatives. At the NY convention, Matt Morrison of Thar Saile addressed the Convention and the overflowing and overlapping Immigration and FFAI meetings with a passionate speech on the long fight of his and his colleagues to attain Green Cards and the right to travel freely. Their role in the Good Friday Agreement is acknowledged by all involved and yet it seems that Homeland Security has prevented any real momentum in the resolution of their immigration status. We con-

tinue to staunchly support Thar Saile and will do what is needed to help end their long fight successfully. I also joined Malachy McAllister, NJ State President and National FFAI Sean Pender, National Director Jere Cole and past National Immigration Chair Michael Glass in a meeting at U.S. Senator Menendez’ office to reinforce U.S. Senate support for Malachy, his family and that of the other detainees. I would like to thank the more than 50 members of the AOH from NY, OH, NJ, MA, CT and elsewhere who volunteered to become their State, County and Division Immigration Officers since the beginning of the year. I am heartened by their inquiries and communication regarding immigration. The LAOH immigration and legislation Chairs in several states, and Linda Hart, in particular, have been tremendous in keeping members and those they meet informed of our immigration issues. The AOH Preamble states that the purpose of the AOH is to encourage an equitable U.S. Immigration law for Ireland, and cooperate with all groups for a fair American Immigration Policy. I ask that you consider becoming your Division’s Immigration Chairman and contact me with any questions or concerns: Dan Dennehy, 22 Andre Lane, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567, by email: or phone (914)588-2710. I would like to thank Alan Farrelly, Vice Consul of New York Consulate General of Ireland, for his assistance to our Irish American community, its Irish immigration centers in New York, and members of the AOH, like NYS Secretary Tim McSweeney, in their aid of distressed Irish immigrants across the U.S. Alan now departs for a new assignment in Ireland at the Foreign Affairs Department. Up to his last days in his NY post, Alan remains dedicated to his work and his love for this country shown by the many miles he traveled both on and off the job. Slán agus beannacht, Alan! Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers Emerald Isle Immigration Center; Cross Care migrant emigrating_from_ireland_usa.htm Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform; Thar Saile

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Director’s Report by Len Byrne By now, almost all of the State Conventions are finished. I would like to congratulate all the new State Officers on their election to office. I attended the Pennsylvania State convention and was honored to assist National President Seamus Boyle with the installation of the new State Board. Knowing these men and their past accomplishments as I do, I am confident that they will serve our Order well. I continue to be amazed by the generosity of our members. Numerous reports have come in since our last convention and I am overwhelmed by the continued support to our charities. During this summer, reports have been coming in at a slower rate. But I understand this, as summer is the time for vacations. As autumn continues, I know we will getting back to our good works. All reports are tallied and recognition will be given at our next National Convention. Mission and Charities forms can be found on line at The forms are selfexplanatory. Fill in all the requested information and send them to me at or mail to 925 Campbell St., Williamsport, PA. 17701. Adh mor.

It is the middle of August and I hope all have had a wonderful summer. These are definitely the “dog days” of summer. What better way to celebrate the dog days than with a good Irish festival and, of course, an AOH family picnic. Our Division’s family picnic was just this week. It is great way for lady and men Hibernians to get together with their families. We had a great combination of the four B’s: Burgers, Brats, Beer and Blarney. The kids always have a great time finding the money in the hay. Using a bale of hay for a kid’s game is definitely a western cowboy idea (see photo). Next week I have the honor of formally presenting two young ladies from Pueblo, Colorado, their National History Day AOH Award of two round-trip tickets to Ireland. In talking to National Historian Mike McCormack, these two ladies’ prestigious award came up in our conversation. I agreed to travel to Pueblo to present them their award. I think it’s the least we can do for their efforts. Now, Montana to Pueblo, Colorado, is about 900 miles away. But here in the west we just call that a “road trip.” This is the season for State Conventions. September will be a busy month as the Montana and the California State Conventions are scheduled. I want to remind us all to be vigilant and continue to fight against those who defame or insult our Irish ethnicity and that we will not support businesses that insult us. Let me know how I can help.

Save the Date October 7-9, 2011 Join the 175th Anniversary Celebration and the Bi-Annual President’s Dinner Golf Outing- Friday morning October 7th Contact Joe Byrne 215-219-3779 AOH National Board Meeting 9am President’s Dinner & Award of Sean MacBride Award to Clara Reilly Radisson Hotel Trevose NE Philadelphia 215-638-8300 National Hibernian Digest, September-October 2011

My thanks to Bob Mott and others in the South region who have helped in my new role as National Director — South. As with any new assignment, much work is going on learning the territory. I ask all Brothers in the Southern territory to use my e-mail and keep me in touch and I hope to be able to see many of the States. Conventions for North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida are set. I will be attending South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. North Carolina coincides with the President’s Dinner and Louisana was already in the works before I took office. I look forward to a very productive Southern Region.

Well that was a nice summer, wasn’t it? And now that everyone is back from their vacations and all the divisions are meeting again, it’s time to write up some helpful tips for you. Over the summer, I was named the New York State Webmaster – a site you can find at I totally redesigned the interface. While coding the site, I had to make sure any changes to the template would work on all the various browsers available. This is not as easy as it sounds and sometimes nothing can be done. As a designer, I do like the curved corner look on the sites, which are not available on older browsers, so the look will be different, depending on how old a version of your browser you are using. More importantly, though, it’s extremely important to keep updated with the latest software. Once a browser is out of date, security issues pop up and your computer could be vulnerable to attacks from the outside. A simple free download could present hundreds of dollars of repairs if you don’t keep your browser updated. Yet, even if you do have the latest software, there are a number of options available to you, for your browsing pleasure. Much like the way it was in the late 1990s, there’s a browser war going on. Unlike back then, where there was the Coke vs. Pepsi option of Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator, there’s a number of options for you to surf the Internet. Internet Explorer 9 – The dominant browser in the early 2000s, where almost 90 percent of computers browsed with Microsoft’s entry. Today it is less than 40 percent and dropping. Part of the reason why IE is under assault is because it was late to the party with a number of functions, such as tabbed browsing, current versions of web layouts, and built in search engines. Yet Microsoft has caught up with IE and since it comes with your computer, many still use the browser. But many have also flocked away and are staying away. Mozilla Firefox 6 – The old Netscape closed down back in 2003 and the non-profit Mozilla Foundation received the technology. Firefox – my browser of choice – is now in version 6, but going to version 7 probably by the time you read this, has taken about 25 percent of the market. The best thing it has going is the outside “add-ons” for the browser, which will give the user some extra functionality. So for a designer like myself, it makes it easier to see a site while it is being developed, and for you, plug-ins for Facebook and Twitter will help you browse the Internet much faster. Google Chrome 13 – Google’s entry into the market, gives a very clean and compliant layout, while also running JavaScripts at a much faster rate. Some don’t like Chrome because of Google’s liberal privacy policy, where they will collect your information for their own use. But if that’s not a problem for you then Chrome is an excellent browser. The fastest growing browser with about 18 percent of penetration in the market. Apple Safari 5 – With the same layout system as Chrome, Safari will give you a nice layout, and will run fast. Although a Windows version is available, most users of Safari are on Macs, iPhones and iPads. Opera 11.5 – One of the older browsers out there and a premium buy up until a few years ago. Opera is very innovative and many of the features on all browsers today originally came from Opera. Put out by a Norwegian company, it only has about 2 percent of the market, but does have a popular mini version for cell phones. Those are your choices and generally you go with what suits your personality. You can’t go wrong with any of the browsers as long as you use the latest version. Comings and Goings – I would be remiss if I didn’t say a few words about Keith Carney. Over the last year, Keith has become a very good friend of mine. I challenge you to find a harder working guy in Washington, D.C. as he covers Congress on a daily basis. He worked hard with the Digest and made it into a very good paper, by utilizing the membership for its content. But the Editor of the Digest is a tasking job that took many hours out of his work schedule. He moves on from this position, but fortunately stays on as National Director. Over the next year, I am sure he will do a bang up job as he completes his term. Fortunately, though, Keith’s loss won’t be felt as deep at the Digest. President Boyle and Vice President Moore hit it out of the park when they named John O’Connell as the new Editor. For full disclosure, I am the current president of John’s Division 8 in Glen Cove, New York, and have worked with him over the past number of years. Besides being a good Hibernian, John is also an excellent editor with the Herald Community Newspapers on Long Island. Over my career in the media, I have worked with various editors and from my experience as a writer, John is someone you want editing your work. Careful not to take out your voice, he makes sure everything written is clean and improved. He will be a tremendous asset for the Digest.


There are memorials and there are memorials. Some bring happy memories like the Tom and Katty Clarke Memorial at Manorville, Long Island, indicating that the patriotic family happily lived and farmed there before returning to Ireland to engineer the 1916 Rising. There are some that inspire pride in the accomplishments of our ancestors like the battlefield memorials at Antietam and Gettysburg. But then there are those which bring the sadness associated with a tragic event like the many memorials to the victims of the Great Hunger. None should be forgotten, but sadly, some are! One in particular is a memorial to two horrible shipwrecks that took place off the south shore of Long Island in the winter of 1836. The ships, Bristol and Mexico, both needlessly broke up in storms waiting for pilot boats to guide them through the narrows and into New York Harbor. In both cases, the majority of passengers were Irish men, women and children fleeing conditions in Ireland and all 216 were lost. In one case, the Pilot’s preferred not to work on Sunday and in the other case, the Pilot’s had adjourned to a saloon to ring in the New Year. Meanwhile, the stranded passengers cries could be heard by nearby residents all through the night until they slowly tapered off beneath the sounds of the storm. The morning light revealed many, who had lashed themselves to the deck to avoid being washed overboard, embedded in blocks of ice. They froze to death where they stood praying, in sub-zero weather, just 200 years off the Long Beach shore in sight of the land of their dreams. Only their tears made it to shore. For the full story, see Echoes of Irish History in this issue. Today, 139 of the victims sleep in the Mariners Burial Ground in the Rockville Cemetery, 45 Merrick Rd, Lynbrook where a monument was erected in 1840 to commemorate the tragedy. On November 19 at 10 AM, a group will meet there to mark the 175th anniversary of the two wrecks. There will be a collation of coffee and pastries at Historian Art Mattson’s home (28 Hart Street, Lynbrook) following the ceremony where guests will be able to view his newly discovered oil painting, The Wreck of the Mexico, painted in 1837 by noted maritime artist, James Fulton Pringle. Art is a local historian, author of Water and Ice: The Tragic Wrecks of the Bristol and Mexico (Lynbrook Historical Books, 2010, illustrated) who has been promoting this remembrance for years with the Gaelic Society of St. Agnes Cathedral and The Historical Society of East Rockaway and Lynbrook. I hope it’s a cold morning so that we will be able to realize a bit of what they suffered. See you there. In keeping with history, youngsters in grades 6 through 12 should now be working on their National History Day entries. For more information on how to do that go to NHD.ORG . For questions regarding registration, you can also contact the National History Day office at 301-314-9739. This year’s topic is made for the Irish; it is Revolution, Reaction and Reform in History. In order to qualify the revolution doesn’t have to have been successful, but each one did bring about change, for better or worse. What were the results of the 1798 rising; Emmet’s 1803 rebellion; the 1848 Young Ireland rebellion; the 1867 Fenian rising; the 1916 Easter Rising; the 1919-21 War of Independence or any of the Troubles. Were they justified, did they lead to change or just sew the hydra’s teeth for new rebellions? And what about the reforms like Grattan’s Parliament, the Land League or the Home Rule Bill. And what of the only rebellion that ever took place outside the land the rebel’s were trying to free – when Clan na Gael invaded Canada to swap it to England for Ireland. I can’t wait to do the judging next June! I hope one of yours will be there too. The revised History of the AOH being prepared for the 175th Anniversary is done. All that is left is to go to print. I thank the states, county’s divisions and groups who sponsored a page of the history, your names will live as long as the book does. It has been a 10-month effort and worth every minute of it. To those well-meaning members who missed the opportunity, we’ll probably do it again in 25 years, so stick around. However, there is no 25 year window on the construction of the Commodore Barry Memorial at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. The AOH convinced the Navy that Commodore Barry was worth a memorial and they agreed to allow us to erect one. But, we must do it! This is probably the most significant event to take place in Irish-American history. Think how proud you will be to tell your grandchildren that you were a part of erecting that impressive monument to that great Irish-American. Send a check today, no matter how small, made out to Hibernian Charity with Barry Project on the memo line to BARRY PROJECT, PO Box 391, Meriden, CT 06450. Remember, it’s your heritage; defend it .

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Is ait an mac an saol. Life is strange. Anseo in oirthuaisceart na tíre, bhí crith talún agus hairicín again faoi cheann seachtain amháin! Here in the north-east of the country, we had an earthquake and a hurricane in one week! Buíochas le Dia, ní dhearna ceachtar acu a lán damáiste. Thank God, neither did a lot of damage. Bhí mé i bhfoirgneamh ard i limistéar chathair Nua-Eabhraic nuair a chrith an talamh. I was in a tall building in the vicinity of NYC when the earth quaked. Is léir cad é a bhí i mo cheann agus i gceann an uile dhuine ar dtús. It’s obvious what was I and everyone else thought at first. Deich mbliana ó shin, bhraith daoine eile crith ina bhfoirgnimh. Ten years ago, other people felt a shaking in their buildings. Bhí an-fhaoiseamh orainn nuair a fuaireamar gur tharla an crith céanna i Nua-Iorsaí agus ar fud na háite. We were very relieved when we found that the same quake was felt in New Jersey and all over. Is fearr crith talún ná ionsaí sceimhlitheoireachta, gan aon agó. An earthquake is better than a terrorist attack, without reservation. Sa hairicín, bhí craobhacha ar an talaimh, agus bhí a lán daoine gan aibhléis. In the hurricane, there were branches on the ground, and a lot of people lost electricity. Bhí tuilte in áiteanna. Some places had floods. Fuair cúpla duine bás, trí thimpiste. A couple of people died, in accidents. Ach den chuid is mó, thángamar slán as. But for the most part, we came out OK. Cuireadh imní go leor ar gach éinne roimhe, ach is fearr a bheith ullamh in aisce ná gan a bheith ullamh agus thíos leis. They worried us good ahead of it, but it’s better to be ready for no reason than to not be ready and the worse for it. Is dócha go bhfuil a fhios ag gach éinne cad a b’fhéidir a bheith ann lena leithéid. I suppose that everyone knows what could have happened. Ní fheadar agus mé ag scríobh an colún seo an mbeidh aon hairicíní eile againn, ach is dócha go mbeidh. I don’t know as I write this column if there will be other hurricanes, but I guess there will be. Guím nach mbeidh aon cheann acu go dona. I pray none will be bad. Bíonn a fhios againn aon uair go mbíonn hairicín ag teacht, na laethanta seo. We know when hurricanes are coming these days. Bímid ábalta ullmhú rompu. We can prepare for them. Ní dhéanaimid na rudaí cearta i gcónaí, cinnte, ach bíonn deis againn sin a dhéanamh. We don’t always do the right things, but we have a chance to. Is rud difriúil an crith talún. Earthquakes are different. Ní féidir dúinn fós réamhaisnéis a thabhairt fúthu ar chor ar bith, ach amháin nuair a tharlaíonn ceann, bímid réasúnta cinnte go mbeidh cinn bheaga eile ina dhiaidh. We can’t predict them at all, except that when one happens, we can be pretty sure small ones will follow it. Nach beag sinn sa saol seo! Aren’t we small in this world! Bhraith na milliúin daoine an crith talún seo, i breis is dosaen stát, fiú i gCeanada. Millions of people felt this earthquake, in more than a dozen states, even in Canada. Nach beag sinne! Aren’t we small! Nach mbíonn an uile rud a tharlaíonn i lámha Dé? Isn’t everything in the hands of God? Braithimid ar thrócaire Dé i gcónaí. We always depend on God’s mercy. Déanann Dia a chuid, agus déanaimidne ár gcuid. God does his part, and we do ours. Bíonn daoine dár gcosaint. People protect us. Deich mbliana ó shin, bhíomar soineanta. Ten years ago we were naïve. Ach ó shin i leith, táimid slán mar gheall ar dhaoine san FBI, CIA, na póilíní, agus daoine nach iad. But ever since, we are safe because of people in the FBI, CIA, the police, and others. Bímis buíoch díobh i gcónaí, agus buíoch de Dhia, nach raibh a leithéid de 9/11 againn arís. Let us be grateful to them always, and thank God, that we’ve not had another 9/11. Agus go háirithe, bímis buíoch de na saighdiúirí agus mairnéalaigh a thóg an troid chucusan a thosaigh é, agus a bhíonn dár gcosaint thar sáile. And especially, let us be thankful to the soldiers and sailors who took the fight to those who started it, and who constantly protect us overseas. Go mbeannaí Dia iad go léir. God bless them all. Tarlaíonn tubaistí nádúrtha, agus uaireanta ní bhíonn aon chosaint againn orthu. Natural disasters happen, and sometimes we can’t protect ourselves from them. Uaireanta eile, déanann daoine áirithe obair a chabhraíonn linn agus bíonn deis againn sinn féin a chosaint. Other times, certain people work to help us and give us a chance to protect ourselves. Ach maidir leis an sceimhlitheoireacht, níl aon rud nádúrtha ann. But as far as terrorism goes, there’s nothing natural. Olc glan atá inti. It’s pure evil. Ní maith le héinne go bhfuil sí ann. Nobody likes that it exists. Ach is féidir breith a thabhairt ar dhaoine mar gheall ar a gcuid naimhde. But it’s possible to judge people by their enemies. Is breá liom gur naimhde na Stáit Aontaithe agus aon duine a fhearann sceimhlitheoireacht. I love that anyone who commits terrorism is an enemy of the United States. Agus is fíor-bhreá liom go bhfuil na fórsaí faoi airm agus fórsaí an dlí againn mar atá. And I truly love that we have the armed forces and forces of the law that we have. Beannacht Dé ar Mheiriceá. God bless America. Agus go ndéana Dia trócaire orainn i gcónaí. And may God always have mercy on us. Go gcoimeáda Dia agus ár gcairde slán sinn go deo! May God and our friends keep us safe forever!

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Irish American Heritage Month J J Kelly, Chairman As I write this, we are still in the “dog days” of August. But as you read this, we will certainly be into fall – which means we will be less than six months until March – and all those events that happen during that month. Of course, I am referring to parades, parties and other activities that always surround St. Patrick’s Day and Irish American Heritage Month. Be aware that the members of our national IAHM committee, consisting of John Schell, Neil Cosgrove and myself, have been busy in a number of different areas, including contacts with the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the Department of Education and various members of Congress. As these efforts bear fruit, we will be reporting on them. We need to stress, however, that we as an Order have to support Irish American Heritage Month, and not rely on “the other guy” to do the job. We should be celebrating IAHM with specific programs at all levels, from Division through State. If we don’t do that, it is hard to ask others to recognize March as Irish American Heritage Month. We encourage you to start NOW! It is never too early to start planning your programs – coordinating with local governments, libraries, schools, etc. Special congratulations to the New York State Board. In Convention this year, they passed a resolution to encourage the recognition of March as Irish American Heritage Month. The resolution is too long to be totally included in this article, however some of its most important points include: • All state and county boards and all divisions will commit themselves to remember the vital contributions made by Irish Americans during IAHM. • The History Committee of each county and division will encourage recognition and appropriate events at our schools, universities and other public institutions. • Ask for fair and equal recognition of IAHM comparable to the recognition these institutions expend on other Heritage Months. Well done, New York State Board. If other jurisdictions have made comparable resolutions, please let us know. Finally, thanks to you all for all you do to support and promote our Irish heritage, and to support our goal of making Irish-American Heritage Month a permanent, recurring event, not dependent on an annual Presidential Proclamation.


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In Memoriam Fr. William Barnaby Faherty, the well known Jesuit historian and author, died Aug. 22 at St. Louis University Hospital. He was 96 and had been a Jesuit for nearly 80 years. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Aug. 24 at St. Francis Xavier College Church. Despite declining health, Father Faherty, the prolific author of more than 40 books in several genres, was working on a book about early St. Louis. A St. Louis native, he was the son of an Irish Catholic father and a Protestant mother. He attended St. Louis University High School. In a newspaper article in the early 1980s, Father Faherty said he gave much thought to becoming a priest during his high school years and cited the influence of an instructor who was a Jesuit priest. He entered the Society of Jesus at age 17 at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant on Sept. 1, 1931. He earned a master’s degree in medieval history at St. Louis University in 1938, a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology in social history in 1945 and a doctorate in theology in 1949, both from St. Louis University. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 21, 1944, by Bishop Paul C. Schulte at St. Mary’s College in Kansas. From 1948 to ’56 he taught history and sociology at Regis College in Denver, Colo. During this time he wrote a practical guide based on theological reflection, “The Destiny of the Modern Woman in the Light of Papal Teachings.” He returned to St. Louis and from 1956 to ’63 was writer and pamphlet editor for the Queen’s Work Press. From 1963-84, Father Faherty was professor of history at St. Louis University and was professor emeritus at SLU until his death. From 1980 to 2002 he was curator of St. Stanislaus Museum on the site of the original Jesuit novitiate in Florissant, and from 1984 to 2000 he was the archivist for the Missouri Province Archives and later the Midwest Jesuit Archives in St. Louis. He served as archivist emeritus for the Jesuits’ Missouri Province until his death. Father Faherty was also a well-known speaker, giving numerous talks for the Sacred Heart Program and regularly preaching retreats at White House. “As an author and speaker he was always concerned with reaching the ordinary person,” said Jesuit Father J. Daniel Daly, socius for the Jesuits Missouri Province. Michael Joseph Brassil Michael Joseph Brassil, 70, of St. Louis, MO, passed away on July 18, 2011. Mike was born in Astoria, New York, to Michael and Juliann, of County Kerry, Ireland. He served in the Army during the Berlin Crisis. He moved to St. Louis in 1966. He owned and operated multiple Ziebart franchises. He was an Officer of American Legion Post #101. He was a longtime President of the Cardinal Glennon Division 2 in St. Louis and served as Missouri State President. Mike was honored by his brothers as Hibernian of the Year and served as Chairman of the AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Louis. He played Irish music

for over 30 years and led his own group, playing at nearly all Hibernian functions and at many restaurants and other local activities. He was a major force in securing the 2014 National Convention for St. Louis. He was buried with full military honors at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. All those who came into contact with him will miss his enthusiasm and dedication to all Irish causes. His three sons, Patrick, Daniel and Sean, and two sisters, Sheila and Maureen, survive him. Daniel “Dan” P. Lyons, 60, of Camp Hill, PA, passed away on Monday, July 25, 2011, in the Hershey Medical Center. He was born November 9, 1950, in Philadelphia, a son of Phillip Lyons and Anna Flynn. Prior to his retirement, he was an IT Specialist with IBM for more than 23 years. Dan was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church; the Notre Dame Club of Gettysburg, serving as Vice President and 2011 recipient of their Corby Award; the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Cumberland County; and a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Hibernian Frank McKamey said of Brother Lyons, “Dan Lyons was a proud founding member of the Michael Collins Div. 1 Cumberland County, Pennsylvania AOH. He severed in a variety of positions, including Past President, Vice President, Financial Secretary and also served as Cumberland County President. Dan was a true Hibernian in every sense and was instrumental in many ongoing projects to this day, such as our Catholic Education Awards program, the Adopt a Monument Clean Up at Gettysburg National Park and proudly lived his Irish heritage everyday. Dan was known all over the state of Pennsylvania for his passion of all things Irish and AOH.” He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Patricia A. Lyons, of Camp Hill, and sons Joseph W. and his wife, Sarah Lyons, of Pittsburgh, and his grandson due to arrive in December; and Daniel P. and his wife, Hanna Lyons, of Alexandria, VA. Also surviving are two brothers, James and John Lyons, of Philadelphia, as well as his large and loving extended family. Mass of Christian Burial was conducted at noon on Friday July 29, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Camp Hill. Memorial contributions may be made to Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, c/o University Development, P.O. Box 852, Hershey, PA 17033.

God looked around His garden And found an empty place. He then looked down upon the earth And saw your tired face. He put his arms around you And lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful He always takes the best. He saw the road was getting rough And the hills were hard to climb, So He closed your weary eyelids And whispered "Peace be thine". It broke our hearts to lose you But you didn’t go alone, For part of us went with you The day God called you home. 9

From the Editor… by John C. O’Connell I’d like to use this, my first column in the Hibernian Digest, to introduce myself. I joined the Mike Moran Division 8 in Glen Cove, Nassau County, in 1997 and made my Major Degree the same year. In 2004, I was elected Division 8 President and served three consecutive terms. I served as Nassau County Recording Secretary from 2005 to 2007 under the leadership of then County President Ray McCann. I was elected County President in 2007, serving until 2009. I have helped with the journal of the Nassau County Feis, and perform one of the roles on our county Shamrock Degree Team. In 2009, I was designated by the county board to be the Aide to Grand Marshal Michael Gibbons in the 248th marching of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. What a glorious day that was! I’ll remember it as one of the best of all my days. Appointed by State President Chip McLean as State Publicity Chairman in

2009, I was thrilled to be on the state board! Imagine that, I thought. That brings us to the 2011 New York State Convention, one I will never forget! I headed to Pearl River that weekend enthusiastic and a little nervous about my candidacy for New York State Director, District Six. Even though no one had announced a run against me, I still had my campaign cards and lapel flag pins to give out. (I still have some, by the way.) I was elected director, and I have been reappointed to the state publicity chairman office by our new worthy State President Mike McNabb. As though being elected director in New York and renamed publicity chairman were not humbling enough, National Vice President Brendan Moore told me on Friday night that the National President wanted to see me. What the heck could I have done so wrong that the National President wanted to see me? Seamus Boyle asked me if I would become the Editor of the National Hibernian Digest. What a shock! I accepted. Until Brendan announced the appointment at the convention, I wasn’t sure it was really true. Brothers, when I joined our Order 14 years ago — at the suggestion of Glen Cove, NY, Hibernian Paul Long — and especially when I participated in my Major Degree

Echoes of Irish History by Mike McCormack The immigrant voyage of millions of Irish to America in the nineteenth century was staggering in its hardship. Many know of the Coffin Ships during the Great Hunger and the incredible death toll associated with the 6 to 8 week journey in inadequate vessels designed for hauling cargo rather than passengers. However, little known but just as significant were the tragedies attending those who fled Ireland before An Gorta Mor of 1845. Before that tragedy, emigration from Ireland accounted for one- third of all traffic across the Atlantic. Between 1825 and 1840, 220,000 Irish emigrated to the U.S. at a time when there were few maritime regulations in place. There were many reasons for the exodus, not least of which was ten regional potato failures between 1800 and 1845. The need for workers since the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 and a growing demand for workers for a growing railroad network, promised a better life in America. Perhaps none who ventured across the Atlantic seeking that better life had as tragic an end as the 100 or so men, women and children who set forth on October 16, 1836 on the ship Bristol and the 116 who followed 8 days later on the ship Mexico. Some were seeking opportunity while others were being sent for by family who had gone before and found that opportunity. Sadly, both vessels wrecked off Long Island’s South Shore within weeks of each other and the doubletragedy shocked all who read the headlines. The wrecks were the deadliest maritime accidents in U.S. history to that time. They brought about sweeping changes in the U.S. government’s handling of the maritime industry, with measures to insure safer travel along the Atlantic seaboard, including the formation of the U.S. Coast Guard. The Bristol departed Liverpool on Oct. 15 and reached the shores off Far Rockaway on Sunday, November 20 awaiting a pilot boat to guide them through the Narrows into New York Harbor. The pilots were an exclusive group of 60 local boatmen who, though licensed, were self-employed and unregulated. The pilots ignored the captain’s signal, preferring not to


The Digest is a gathering of Hibernians where we can hear from each other no matter how far apart, gain inspiration, mourn the loss of our AOH and LAOH members, reflect, get ideas, see what events are happening, and learn to better live our motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. ceremony, I had then and there become what I was perfectly proud of becoming, a brother of my fellow Hibernians. I had become what my father before me had become in Flushing, Queens County: a member in good standing of the AOH. My loved ones were proud of me. I knew my Limerick-born father and Leitrim-born mother were smiling down from Heaven. I thank all my fellow Hibernians in Division 8, on the Nassau County Board, and now the Suffolk Board for their encouragement. And I thank Seamus, Brendan and the National Board for the confidence they have placed in me. And I ask all of you for your prayers that I may be worthy. Forgive me if in this, my first issue as editor, you see a few errors here and there, or if something you sent didn’t make it this time. There were more submissions than could fit in one issue, so to all those who got left out, I’m sorry. Be patient with me.

work on Sunday! Prevailing nativist attitudes were antiimmigrant and anti-Catholic and the Bristol passengers were considered of little significance. Later that evening, a storm and strong currents drove the Bristol onto Rockaway Shoals. The ship grounded and the captain sent the passengers below to give the crew a better chance to work when a tremendous wave swept the life boats from the deck, tore off the hatches and filled the ship with water. Of the passengers below, none but a few close to the hatch were saved. Not a sound was heard as 60 souls were flushed unprepared, into eternity.

I look forward to making the Digest the best we can, useful, informative and easy to read. I ask you to send me suggestions on how to make it better without necessarily making it bigger. Write to EditorHibernian I am proud to be the Hibernian Digest editor. It is the one and only place for Hibernians to “gather,” to see what their fellow Hibernians are doing all around the country. On a state scale, we do that when we attend conventions; we meet our brother and sister Hibernians and learn what their divisions and county boards and individuals are working on for the Order. Well, that’s exactly what the Digest is for. It’s a gathering of Hibernians where we can hear from each other no matter how far apart, gain inspiration, mourn the loss of our AOH and LAOH members, reflect, get ideas, see what events are happening, and learn to better live our motto of friendship, unity and Christian charity.

Wreck of the Mexico (courtesy of Art Mattson)

The Mexico left Liverpool 8 days later, but had a more difficult crossing, encountering constant storms. She arrived on New Year’s Eve. Captain Charles Winslow signaled for a pilot, but callously, the pilots had adjourned to a Manhattan saloon to ring in the New Year. Winslow tried to keep the ship away from the treacherous shoreline while he waited for a pilot to respond to his signals, but currents and a storm carried his ship toward the shore at Long Beach. The ship was overloaded with a cargo of iron bars and coal, which added to the difficulties in controlling her. In the opinion of the owners, that was the more valuable cargo as ship and cargo were well insured while the 139 lowvalue passengers were considered disposable. The crew, hampered by freezing temperatures, lost both lifeboats in launch attempts. At 3 p.m. a rescue boat reached the Mexico, led by courageous 51-year-old local, Raynor Smith, who braved the perils of the storm with a 6-man crew. He and his men took in Capt. Winslow, 4 crew members, and 3 passengers. The remaining terrified passengers were left behind praying that the boat, or others like it, would return. Fifteen minutes later the ship struck bottom, not more than 200 yards from shore. As the storm intensified, locals gathered on the beach and built a bonfire in hope of more survivors. They wept as they listened to the screams and cries of the passengers slowly fade away beneath

the sound of the howling wind. The next morning, the bodies of the victims were seen where they had tied themselves to the bow or other parts of the ship to keep from being washed overboard. They were encapsulated in ice. Of the 104 victims, two-thirds were women and children. It is believed that none drowned, but all froze to death where they clung, praying in sub-zerodegree weather in sight of the land of their dreams. The only thing that made it to shore were their tears. Today, the victims of both Bristol and Mexico sleep in the Mariners Burial Ground at Rockville Cemetery in Lynbrook, NY. A monument, unveiled in 1840, commemorates the tragedy. An annual commemoration on the third week of November is open to the public and well attended by descendants of those whom the victims had hoped would be their friends and neighbors. Lynbrook Village Historian and author of Water and Ice, Art Mattson, recently learned of a forgotten painting by renowned marine artist, James Pringle that was up for auction at Cape Cod. He made the trip and couldn’t believe his fortune when he returned with the painting: The Wreck of the Mexico. It now hangs over his fireplace in his Lynbrook home, although he really needs no reminder of the most tragic shipwreck in Long Island history. As the son of immigrants, he said, I am thankful for brave people like these – the risk takers who made America what she is today.

National Hibernian Digest, September-October 2011

Maine News Maine held its first Irish Picnic in Whitefield on Saturday, August 1. It was hosted by the State of Maine’s newest AOH Division, Lincoln County Division 1 Ancient Order of Hibernians. A sincere thank-you to all the venders and members who sponsored the picnic. The Irish Picnic was held on the grounds of St. Denis Church, in Whitefield, Maine. There were several groups to play and sing Irish music and dancers up on the stage and the guests were able to sing along with them or just sit back and enjoy the day. It was a gorgeous summer day and several tents had been set up to provide shade from the warm sun. The Knights of Columbus and their wives had set up tables in the Church Hall for a White Elephant sale and had homemade strawberry short cake and goodies. The main meal of the day consisted of BBQ Chicken, fresh corn on the cob, donated by a member, with all the fixings. It was the first big event for the local chapter that started with plans in January when our President, Robert King Sr., challenged us to have this picnic. One of the members, Robert King Jr. volunteered to be chairman and he asked for members to volunteer to head up different committees and everyone pulled together to make this day a huge success. The committees got together and were hoping that we could at least break even at the end of the day. It was a lot of work by all of the members and their families but when the day had ended there was money to be handed over to the treasurer.

Connecticut News The First Annual Connecticut AOH Softball Bash was hosted by the JFK Division of Bridgeport on the 27th of August at Foote Field in Milford. The event was organized under the leadership of Bridgeport Division activities chairman Jim Murray. We don’t know who the trophy winner will be as we go to press but we do know that the event had been widely anticipated in Connecticut AOH circles and that all the profits will go to the ANGELS FOR ALEX fund. Division 7 of New Haven sponsored a

cruise around the Thimble Islands on Long Island sound on Sunday night July 31. Saturday August 13 saw two AOH events. In Meriden the annual family picnic held on the spacious grounds of the AOH Hall drew a substantial and wellsatisfied crowd of adults and children who enjoyed the lovely weather and the fine music of the Rock of Cashel. Other activities planned in Meriden are a Ceili Dance on September 25, Mass for Deceased Members on November 12, the Annual Turkey Drawing on November 18, and an Art Auction on December 3. On August 13th in Danbury, Kevin Hearty and his committee held their annual Pub Night fundraiser for the local Hibernian basketball team. Local Irish

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At our next meeting we will have a critique of the events of the day and then start our plans for next year’s Irish Picnic. We also had a big bonus at the picnic and that was in recruiting seven new members and one of them is a retired Priest. We look forward to meeting and welcoming these new members. We have accomplished so much in just a short period of time and look forward to what will be coming down the road in the near future.

troubadour Patrick Hearty entertained an enthusiastic group of attendees. The Freedom For All Ireland Committee of the Danbury AOH under the chairmanship of Owen McDonnell is very actively raising public awareness and pursuing support for a United Ireland. Back in Bridgeport, Dave Howe informs us that Hibernians Richard W. Owens and his wife Debbie Owens are to be congratulated on being named coGrand Marshals of the March 16, 2012 Greater Bridgeport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The Grand Marshal’s Ball is schedule for November 5, 2011 and tickets can be obtained by calling Dave at: 203767-6510.

On September 18, Father Mark O’Donnell, Chaplain of the John P. Holland AOH of New London, celebrated a Memorial Mass for the victims of the Irish Hunger of 1845-1850. This event was sponsored by the New London Division in support of the Ad Hoc Hunger Committee and its efforts to commemorate each year the millions of Irish who died or were forced to immigrate because of the inhumane cruelty of British rule. Following the Mass, celebrated at St Agnes Church in Niantic where Father O’Donnell is pastor, a video presentation was shown in the church Hall where the price of admission was a non-perishable food item that was donated to a local Food Pantry. (

Illinois News

NY’s Hibernians in convention. McNabb elected state president

New York’s Hibernians held their 96th biennial convention in Pearl River, Rockland County, July 13 to 17. Michael J. McNabb of Auburn, second from right, was elected state president; James Burke, second from left, of Massapequa, was elected vice president; Timothy McSweeney, right, of Selkirk, was elected secretary; and Victor J. Vogel, left, was elected treasurer. Fr. Henry Reid, center, of Port Jefferson Station, was appointed state chaplain. The convention was a wonderful experience, organized to perfection by A. Warren Scullin 2011 AOH/LAOH - NYS Convention Chairman and his committee. And a big thanks to the Pearl River and Rockland County Hibernians for their hard work to make sure everything ran smoothly. They were great hosts.

Division President Pat Hickey, left, and Golf Chairman Bob Simpson at the Division 1, St. Clair County, Illinois 31st Annual Irish Open Golf Scramble on June 11.

St. Clair County Illinois The Michael P Keeley Division 1, St. Clair County, Illinois, held its 31st Annual Irish Open Golf Scramble on June 11. There were a total of 68 golfers. The division raised over $3,200 — their most successful tournament ever — which will be donated to local charities and the Illinois Special Olympics. Richard “Foz” Ryan, the event originator, was unable to attend due to health reasons.

Missouri News Members of the St Louis-area Ancient Order of Hibernians celebrated Mass on Aug. 20 to honor Our Lady of Knock, Father Harrison, a member of the St Louis Chamber Chorus, was the celebrant and beautifully sang ‘Our Lady of Knock’ after Communion. Oliver Cromwell had wanted the landless Irish forced west, and to settle in places like the Burren in Clare, known “to have not wood enough to hang a man, water enough to neither drown him, nor earth enough to bury him.” This is the area that the apparition of Our Lady of Knock had appeared to more than a dozen local people in this tiny village in County Mayo in August 1879. This area, which Cromwell thought so little of, has been blessed by Our Lady’s appearance, and it was our honor to thank Our Lady on this day by the members of the AOH. National Hibernian Digest, September-October 2011


Kansas News

The Father Bernard Donnelly Division of Kansas, located in the greater Kansas City Metro area and the only formal Hibernian group in the state, recently held a special meeting to induct three new members into our group. We want to welcome David West, Matt Fitzmorris, and Rusty Murray into our group. We know that they will be great additions for us. This brings our membership to over 70 now. We also recently completed our second annual AOH Garage Sale. We did this in cooperation with and on the grounds of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Our members cleaned out their basements, garages, and closets. We split the proceeds with Catholic Charities and what we didn’t sell we donated to them. It was a win-win for both organizations. Like many parts of the country, we have endured some brutally hot days this summer. One of our longtime members, Charlie Lamonte, came up with the wonderful idea to take up a collection and donate money to the Bishop Sullivan Elder Cool program. Through this program they donate air conditioners and fans for the poor and elderly. Thanks to Charlie’s efforts we raised $325. The people at The Bishop Sullivan Center were extremely grateful and touched. We have two important events in September for which we are preparing. The first is our second annual Irish Classic Golf Tournament. We do this in conjunction with our brothers on the Missouri side, The Padraig Pearse Division, and the Kansas City Irish Center. Proceeds from the tournament benefit all parties. The second event is our participation in the annual Kansas City Irish Fest. This festival of Irish song, dance, and culture has grown to be a major attraction in the Kansas City area. It is held on the grounds of the beautiful Crown Center Pavilion. It attracts crowds estimated at 50,000 people over the Labor Day weekend. The festival has counted on us to man one of the gates and beverage token booths for so long now that last year they designated our gate “The Hibernian Gate”. We have also humbly accepted the honor over the last several years to be both the ushers and the honor guard for the Mass that is held on Sunday on the grounds of the festival. We look forward to another wonderful KC Irish Fest.

Texas News The brothers of the Columcille Division, San Antonio, Texas, are honored to announce the ordination to the permanent diaconate of Daniel T. McShane. Dan was born in Chicago and grew up in St. Louis. He graduated from the University of Missouri—Columbia in 1975 and married Sherri Chandler later that year. He began a career in the railroad industry that brought him to a variety of assignments around the country. McShane came to San Antonio in1991 when he was named a vice president of RailTex, Inc., the world’s largest regional railroad holding company. Dan and Sherri have two children, Sara Coons and Patrick McShane. Dan has been permanently assigned to St. Pius X Church in San Antonio. He works full-time as its pastoral associate, managing the business office and operations of the parish. Prior to his ordination, Dan served as an acolyte at Mass, an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, a lector, trains and schedules lectors for the parish and presides at a weekly Word and Communion service at a nursing home in the parish boundaries. He regularly presides at funeral vigils and graveside committals. He is the spiritual director for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference, assists with RCIA and taught confirmation preparation and spiritual formation to the seventh-grade students in the parish school. Dan is also a member of the Fourth Degree in the Knights of Columbus. The Columcille brothers gave Deacon Dan a Celtic cross stole at the reception. May Dan’s service to Christ and his fellow man be filled with love and compassion and may he live a long, holy life bound by the Breastplate of St. Patrick.

Tim O’Sullivan, left, president Columcille Division, Deacon Dan McShane, Tim Pat O’Connor, president Texas State Board and Fr. Francis McHugh, pastor St. Pius X Church.


Louisiana News The Louisiana Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Ladies AOH held their bi-annual State Convention on Saturday, July 23 at St. Dominic’s Church and School in New Orleans. The event was well attended by members from the five Divisions throughout the state. The convention was chaired by Past State President Patrick Sens. Outgoing State President Richard Burke gave a report on the current state of the organization along with a summary of the highlights from his tenure. Despite many challenges, the Louisiana AOH has grown, prospered and has made many charitable contributions to the community over the past several years. National Treasurer James McKay III was also in attendance and gave a report on the current state of the National AOH. Other highlights from the day include many spirited and productive committee breakout sessions and a joint session with members of the Ladies AOH for a presentation by Keynote Speaker, author Mary Lou Whidmer, who discussed the history of the Irish in New Orleans and Margaret Haughery, an Irish immigrant widow who championed the cause of orphans in the New Orleans area in the 19th century. After the business of the convention was completed, elections for state officers were held and newly elected officers were chosen as follows: Joseph Casler (State President), Kenneth Farrell (State Vice President), Matthew Ahearn (Secretary) and B.J. Eckholdt, Jr. (Treasurer). At the conclusion of the elections, an installation mass was celebrated by Father Neal McDermott and the aforementioned officers were duly sworn in to their respective offices. The day concluded with a deliciously prepared steak dinner enjoyed by the membership. Many toasts were made to the outgoing State Officers, incoming State Officers and to all things Irish and Hibernian. A good time was had by all.

The officers of the newly elected Louisiana State Board are, from left, Matthew Ahearn (Secretary), Joseph Casler (President), Kenneth Farrell (Vice President) and B.J. Eckholdt, Jr. (Treasurer).

Virginia News The Virginia State Boards of the AOH and LAOH held its 2011 Biennial Convention July 22-24, 2011 at the Richmond Holiday Inn, Koger Convention Center. In the Celtic tradition, all AOH and LAOH Divisions were invited to present performances that described their Divisions in order to win the first place in line for dinner. National Vice President Brendan Moore was the guest of honor and Keynote Speaker Chuck Curran, at the Convention Banquet. The following State Officers were Virginia President elected for the 2011- 2013 term: J. Charles “Chuck” Curran of Burke, President; Bruce A. Denault of Stafford, Vice President; Eugene J. “Gene” Bransfield, Sr, of Alexandria, Secretary; and, William R. “Bill” Halpin of Locust Grove, Treasurer. The State Board congratulates outgoing President Rich Aleksy and looks forward to the chartering of a new AOH Division in Alexandria by former National Director and native of County Offaly, Ireland, Pat Troy.

South Carolina News As this is my last letter as President of the South Carolina State Board, I wish to thank all those who have helped make the last two years a success for the state. New Divisions, increased membership, a Major Degree team, working with our Scottish brothers and, most importantly, an increased sense of brotherhood from all our members around the state are all a plus. A special thank you to my fellow Board members and I look forward to helping each one of you in the future. We are closing in fast on our Convention. Plans are almost complete and a special thanks to Jim Nettles for his efforts, and thank you to Seamus Boyle, the AOH National President, and Margaret Hennessy, LAOH National President, for their attendance. October 21 and 22 — barring a hurricane — should be beautiful in Charleston. On September 20, Patrick Shannon will be coming to Charleston to review our Major Degree Team and help them prepare for the Convention. Plans are to offer the degree at Convention. I want to thank Neil Diamond for all the work he has done pulling this together. Distribution of $1,500 was made to three men just ordained on July 1. Our membership is growing in part due to relocations from other parts of the country at the same time the priests do not relocate. This causes a continuing need for additional priests. Anything the AOH can do to support this effort should be encouraged. Don’t forget our roots were based on protecting our Priests. —Len Byrne National Hibernian Digest, September-October 2011

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Bergen Division 32 competed in the 2nd annual Tank Pull Challenge for the Wounded Warrior Project in Clifton, New Jersey. The team was led by Bergen 32’s founding president, John Connelly. There were three competitions, including fastest time, least amount of weight and team that raised the most money. The event raised more than $100,000 in monetary donations and donated goods. The day was filled with the competition, entertainment and a variety of foods. New Jersey President and FFAI Chair Sean Pender pulled with the Bergen 32 team. National Director Jere Cole, New Jersey State Secretary Bob Carr and State Treasurer Sean Hughes also attended. Plans are already in the works for Tank Pull 2012 in June! Additional information can be found at www.tankpul- NJ AOH Sept 11th Memorial at the Msgr. Crean Hall Hamilton NJ NJ AOH and LAOH Presidents Sean Pender and Judy Quinn are both members of the divisions that call the Hibernian Hall in Hamilton NJ home. They are pictured here with AOH Division President Vince McKelvey. Judy is a member of LAOH Division 6 and Sean is immediate Past President of Msgr. Crean Division 1. Past NJ President and National Director Jere Cole is chairing the annual November memorial mass that will be held on Saturday, November 12 at noon at St. Patrick’s Pro Cathedral in Newark. The mass will in a special way remember the nine NJ Hibernians lost on 9/11. For more info visit

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.

Msgr. Crean Division President with NJ LAOH President Judy Quinn and NJ AOH President Sean Pender

ºPreparing for AOH California State Convention in Orange County Sept. 16-18 Orange County and Long Beach Brothers gathered at O’Malley’s: Front row from left, are Kevin Spaeth, David McKenna, Jerry O’Keefe, Michael Sean O’Keefe II, and Daniel McGowan. Back row, Tim O’Keefe, Paul Gilbrook, Daniel Sugrue, Chris O’Keefe, Kevin Farrell, Jeff Gallagher, Andrew Manning, Eric Linden, Terry McCarthy, Ken Jamieson, Mick O’Keefe, Kevin OKeefe, and Jim Walsh.

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.

Leo F. Haley elected National Commander Catholic War Veterans

At Tank Pull NJ Sean Hughes, Sean Pender, Jere Cole, Division 32 President Kevin Blute; Bob Carr and Event Co-Chairman John Hughes

National Hibernian Digest, September-October 2011

Ancient Order of Hibernians National Life Member Leo F. Haley, a charter member of John F. Kennedy Division No.2, Schuylkill County, Pottsville, Pennsylvania, was elected to the office of National Commander of the Catholic War Veterans of the United States of America, Inc. at their recent convention in Orlando, Florida. Haley has been a member of the A.O.H. since July 1966. He has served as Division President since 1968 and County Board President 1972 to 1974, Pennsylvania State President 1975 to 1979 and was appointed as National Chairman of the Constitutional and Ritual Committee by the late National President Edward J. Fay in 1974. He was awarded a National Life Membership in 2002. He is the founder of the Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade held in Pottsville since 1976 and was recognized in the “Irish American Who’s Who” published in 1984. A veteran of the United States Navy, he served aboard the U.S.S. Canisteo AO-99, during the Korean War. He joined the Catholic War Veterans (CWV) in 1963 and was elected Commander of his Post, 1051 Pottsville, in 1993 – an office he retains to this day. He has served in various offices, on various levels over the years, including Department (State) Commander and all the subordinate offices on the National Board. The Catholic War Veterans of the United States, Inc. was founded in 1935 by a former World War I Chaplain, Msgr. Edward F. Higgins, in Astoria, New York. The Astoria Post No.1 is still active today. That same year, Pope Pius XI bestowed his blessing on the C.W.V., and in 1940 the organization was officially charted by the Congress of the United States. National Commander Haley invites all his Hibernian Brothers and Sisters who are Veterans of the United States Armed Forces to join him as a member of the Catholic War Veterans. For information contact the National Catholic War Veterans, USA, Inc., 441 North Lee Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2301.


Maryland News It has been a busy summer in Maryland. First, more than a hundred AOH/LAOH members and guests attended the Maryland AOH-LAOH State Convention at the Rocky Gap Resort and Lodge in Cumberland. The weekend kicked off with a talent contest at the icebreaker Friday night. State Secretary, Michael Willis, won the judges over with his rendition of Danny Boy to take first prize. Saturday was a full day of meetings for the men and ladies with a joint presentation by Sean Pender on the efforts of the Freedom for All Ireland committee, which was a learning experience for all. I was much appreciative to have so many of our National Board members in attendance. National President Seamus Boyle provided information on the efforts of the National Board, the 175th Anniversary celebrations, and information learned from other conventions he has attended. Seamus was also able to update the members on events taking place at the Medal of Honor Grove. The Maryland State Board voted to contribute $500 to the restoration of the MoH Grove. National Director Danny O’Connell gave a very informative talk and led a discussion on organizing and membership. Many were eager to go out and recruit new members. National Director Jere Cole gave an update on the 175th Anniversary medallion and I think he was able to make a few sales. National Director Keith Carney addressed the delegation about the on-line Digest and how he could assist the Maryland AOH on a number of projects. Members from the Allegany County division in Cumberland provided a talk on the obstacles and hurdles they ran into and overcame to have a Celtic cross erected on federal property along the C&O canal in memory of the workers killed in building the canal. Following the reports of the various State committees and an update of the activities of the divisions around the state, elections were held and I’m happy to report that the State Board was re-elected. Installation of the officers was conducted by Danny O’Connell and Jere Cole. After a Mass in the hotel, dancing by the LAOH Jrs, and a very enjoyable banquet, more fun was had in the hospitality suite late into the night to close out the convention. A few members managed to get in a round of golf before heading home on Sunday. Coming off the convention, plans were in full swing to organize the first official fundraiser for the Barry Memorial in Annapolis. Members from Division 5 in Baltimore worked with John McInerney and Jack O’Brien to pull together a team consisting of brothers from the D.C. area to include Keith Carney and D.C. President Bob April, Maryland AOH and LAOH, and the Maryland Friendly Sons of St. Patrick to plan the event. Several planning sessions were held to work the logistics and get everything donated. A goal of $10,000 was set. Letters were sent to all the Irish organizations in the Baltimore area and committee members reached out to area businesses. The event was planned for the Irish Shrine and Railroad Workers Museum and the committee worried about the heat that Baltimore had faced all summer given this would be an outdoor event. Well, as Irish luck would have it, we had rain. With a few tents and room in the museum and adjoining houses to shelter the almost 200 people in attendance, over $16,000 was raised. National President Seamus Boyle, Hibernian Charity Chairman Ned McGinley and LAOH National President Margaret Hennessey were on hand for the check presentations as were Directors Keith Carney and Jere Cole. I thank the National Board members for their attendance in support of how much the Oder is behind this worthy cause. Also in attendance was a number of the Friendly Sons of St Patrick from Philadelphia. (John

Barry was a member of the Friendly Sons). We cannot thank enough the team of John McInerney and Jack O’Brien for their dedication. Donations were also received from the Baltimore Police and Fire Department Emerald Societies, Irish Northern Aid, Irish Charities of Maryland, Baltimore City Divisions 4 and 5, Baltimore County Division 1, and the D.C. State Board. The Maryland AOH and LAOH State Boards gave $1,000 each. A highlight of the event was the signing of a letter to accept the contract with the Naval Academy. –Tom Harvey

Back in July, I listened to something that I never thought I would ever hear from a Fine Gael politician, let alone the Taoiseach himself: a rebuke, not of an individual Bishop, but of the Vatican itself. This reproach was brought about upon the presentation of the report of the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne, which presented evidence of obstruction by members of the hierarchy in Cloyne, with the collaboration of the Papal Nuncio. At the heart of this controversy was the implementation of the policy agreed upon by the Irish Bishops, around the document Child Sexual Abuse: Framework for a Church Response. Upon investigation of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Cloyne, it was discovered that the policy set forth in the Framework document was not implemented, and was dismissed by a representative of the former Bishop, Monsignor O’Callaghan. Complicating this was the agreement by the Papal Nuncio (the Representative of the Vatican to the government, and an advisor to the nation’s

fact other members of the Episcopacy have been attempting to bring the healing that is needed to the Church in Ireland. Such as Archbishop Martin of Dublin, who at the Liturgy of Lament and Repentance, at St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral, spoke the following: Someone once reminded me of the difference between on the one hand apologising or saying sorry and on the other hand asking forgiveness. I can bump into someone on the street and say “Sorry.” It can be meaningful or just an empty formula. When I say sorry I am in charge. When I ask forgiveness however I am no longer in charge, I am in the hands of the others  Only you can forgive me; only God can forgive me. I, as Archbishop of Dublin and as Diarmuid Martin, stand here in this silence and I ask forgiveness of God and I ask for the first steps of forgiveness from of all the survivors of abuse. The fact is that many of us in the Hierarchy feel sorrow and remorse for what has been done, and we look for a way to bring healing, to our brothers and sisters who have suffered abuse, to those who have had their faith in the Church shaken by the scandal, and for ourselves as we struggle to reconcile the love we have for Christ’s Church, while recognizing the evil that has been done by our brother priests. Even the Taoiseach acknowledged that not every priest shares


Bishops), with Monsignor O’Callaghan, on points of Canon Law. From a purely Canonical perspective, Monsignor O’Callaghan and Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, the Nuncio, might arrive at their position; however, I cannot agree with it. I do agree with Taoiseach Kenny in his calling for compliance in reporting the sexual abuse of minors; in this I believe he speaks for every Catholic in Ireland when he said: I believe that the Irish people, including the very many faithful Catholics who — like me — have been shocked and dismayed by the repeated failings of Church authorities to face up to what is required, deserve and require confirmation from the Vatican that they do accept, endorse and require compliance by all Church authorities here with, the obligations to report all cases of suspected abuse, whether current or historical, to the State’s authorities in line with the Children First National Guidance which will have the force of law. Is it anti-Catholicism to call for the Hierarchy to take responsibility and even for its members to be accountable? No, in

Ned McGinley, left, Tim Harvey and Seamus Boyle.

Danny O’Connell, left, Keith Carney, Tim Harvey (MD President) Jere Cole, Seamus Boyle, Sean Pender, Jay Linahan (MD Vice President).

in the responsibility for what happened: Clericalism has rendered some of Ireland’s brightest, most privileged and powerful men, either unwilling or unable to address the horrors cited in the Ryan and Murphy Reports. This Roman Clericalism must be devastating for good priests ... some of them old ... others struggling to keep their humanity ... even their sanity ... as they work so hard ... to be the keepers of the Church’s light and goodness within their parishes ... communities ... the human heart. Personally, I thank the Taoiseach for his words, and I pray that all of us can begin to rebuild the Church, in Ireland, in America, and throughout the world, and with the Grace of Christ, that we may be made worthy of the gift of His Church.

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National Hibernian Digest, September-October 2011

Ohio News Ohio concludes successful convention The Holiday Inn, Boardman, Ohio, was the venue for the 78th biennial convention of the Ohio State Board. While in Boardman, Hibernians from across the state took part in deliberations, meetings, seminars and workshops. The main business, however, was the election of new officers, setting an agenda for the next two years and determining resolutions. Current State Board President Joe Casey was elected without opposition. Supporting him during the next two years will be Mike McKenzie, Vice President; Ron Hagan, Secretary; Jim Wade, Treasurer; and Directors Bob Harper and Tom Harvey. Monsignor John Cody is Ohio’s Deputy Chaplain. President Casey made numerous appointments to round out his support staff. Additional energy was generated throughout the Convention by the visit of National Directors Danny O’Connell, Jere Cole, Sean Pender and Dan Dennehy. Ohio Congressman and fellow Hibernian Tim Ryan (D-17) addressed the Saturday evening banquet. National Director O’Connell was awarded the Ohio State Board’s Commodore Barry Award for his work in the Order. Instituted in 2005, it is awarded annually to a Hibernian at the forefront of the AOH in Ohio. Since joining, O’Connell has demonstrated his leadership by volunteering his services and talent. He has continually led the Order in areas of his endeavor, which have included immigration and organization. Today, Ohio boasts 15 AOH Divisions and nine LAOH Divisions. It was decided the beautiful city of Dublin, Ohio, in Franklin County, just outside Columbus, will host the next Ohio State Board Convention in 2013. For additional information about the AOH and LAOH in Ohio visit or

Riverfront Irish Festival donates back to local charities The Riverfront Irish Festival presented checks to some of the charities at the recent AOH St. Brendan Division meeting. The festival is held the 2nd weekend in June every year in downtown Cuyahoga Falls, OH. This year marks the 18th year for the festival. Much of the proceeds go back to the community with this year’s charities: Right to Life, St. Bernard’s Hot Meals, St. Vincent De Paul, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Knights of Columbus, Archbishop Hoban High School, Akron Celtic Guard, and Cuyahoga Falls Athletic Department. For more information

St. Bernard’s hot meals (left to right): AOH St. Brendan Financial Secretary Doug Conrad, St. Bernard’s Hot Meals Tony Smith, AOH St. Brendan President Hugh Laughlin

Ohio State Board Officers Tom Harvey, left, Bob Harper, Ron Hagan, Jim Wade and Mike McKenzie at the convention.

Second Annual Irish heritage Night at the Mud Hens by the Toledo’s Lucas County John P. Kelly division. On August 11th Irish dancers from the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance and Molly’s Irish Dancers danced before the game and in between two of the innings along with bagpipers, and Irish singers sang the National Anthems of the United States and Ireland. Toledo Irish Americans were honored by throwing out the “First Pitch.” AOH State of Ohio President Joseph Casey, Father Marty Donnelly, Hibernian chaplain, and Jim Poland, former president of the Toledo Irish American Club all got to throw at the first pitch ceremony. Division Financial Secretary Matt Cassidy and former Hibernian Maury Collins led the singing of “take me out to the ballgame” at the seventh inning stretch. Donations made to the food bank at The Historic Church of St. Patrick in honor of the memory of the Great Irish Famine.

St. Vincent De Paul (left to right): AOH St. Brendan Past President John Conley, St. Vincent De Paul Joyce Sprowl, AOH St. Brendan President Hugh Laughlin

Right to Life (left to right): AOH St. Brendan Past President John Conley, Right to Life Patrick D’Andrea ESQ, AOH St. Brendan President Hugh Laughlin

State of Ohio AOH President Joseph Casey

National Hibernian Digest, September-October 2011


Ladies Hibernian News President’s Greetings from … Margaret Hennessy

located on the grounds of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis. The LAOH worked hand in hand with the AOH in having Commodore John Barry recognized as the First Flag Officer of the United States Navy. The Barry memoriSeptember is al will be an inspiration to the midshipupon us and I keep men at the Naval Academy. wondering where I commend the Ladies of Division 1 the summer has in Butte Montana for their hard work gone. It has been a and dedication. Nine years ago the very busy summer Ladies found the graves known as with all of the State Babyland in Holy Cross Cemetery to be Conventions. I the resting place of 500 babies and todattended the New dlers who died in the early 1900’s of Margaret Hennessy Jersey, Ohio and influenza. When found, it had been New York State Conventions in July. reduced to a weed patch. The Ladies Unfortunately, the Conventions for set about to restore the gravesite and it New York and Pennsylvania took place took a lot of hard work and determinaduring the same week so I was not able tion. Now, nine years later the archway to attend the Convention in and monument are complete and Rev. Pennsylvania... Congratulations to the Tom Haffey of St. Ann’s Catholic newly elected officers and to the outgo- Church recently blessed them. This is ing offices thank you for a job well what we are about, showing the meandone. ing of our Motto of Friendship, Unity, On Saturday, August 13th the first and Christian Charity. National Fundraiser for the The 10th anniversary of the tragedy Commodore John Barry Memorial was of September 11th is upon us. Please say held in Baltimore, Maryland, The com- a prayer for all those who lost their lives mittee put together a great day at the as well as the families and friends who Irish Railroad Workers Museum and I lost loved ones, and for those who surencourage all of our Ladies to support vived and are still suffering from ill this project and to help in raising the health. funds needed to complete this I am looking forward to seeing Memorial. The final Memorial will everyone at the Interim National Board include a Barry Gate and Monument Meeting on the tenth of September.

FGFGFG Ladies AOH National Board Rev. John V. Ahern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chaplain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sr. Phylis O’Down, OP . . . . . . . . . .Deputy Chaplain . . . . . . . . . Margaret Hennessy . . . . . . . . . . . . .President . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maureen Shelton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Hogan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Theresa O’Connell . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patricia A. O’Connell . . . . . . . . . . . .Irish Historian . . . . . . . . Sarah Mains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Missions & Charities . . . . . Carol J. Sheyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Catholic Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathleen Conway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Asst. Digest Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anne-Marie Nyhan-Doherty . . . . . . . .Immigration & Legislation. . . . . Patricia Rattigan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .FFAI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patricia E. Doyle, Esq . . . . . . . . . . .Legal Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elizabeth Colgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .LAOH Webmaster . . . . . . . Agnes O’Leary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fundraising Chair . . . . . . . . . Peggy Comish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Supply Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sheila Lynch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Auditor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Ellen Pelletier . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jewelry Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

PAST NATIONAL PRESIDENTS Mary Ryan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marlboro, MA Dorothy Weldon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Monongahela, PA Mary T. Leathem . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Convention Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Troy, NY Eleonore Grimley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alexandria, VA Mary B. Dolan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .North Brookfield, MA Peggy Cooney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pittsburgh, PA Mary Paglione . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. Lucie West, FL Kathie Linton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Notre Dame Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Uniontown, OH Terry Kelleher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Notre Dame Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . Redwood City, CA Mary B. McEnery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Providence, RI Sheila M. Clifford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Waterbury, CT


Vice President Maureen Shelton This has been a busy summer as many of our State Conventions are taking place. I went to the Ohio Convention a day early so I could meet with the Junior Division, Golden Rose of Ireland, Mahoning County. I attended their meeting and had the honor of presenting the girls with the new Junior Medallions. The girls had won first place in the scrapbook contest at our National Convention and used this money to purchase the new Medallions. The Junior Coordinator, Sally Murphy Pallante, was kind enough to arrange a dinner at her home so I could meet with a counselor from The Ulster Project who the Juniors had worked with. The girls created a poster with doves placed on it with a message of hope from each of them that the counselor could take back to Northern Ireland. I was a wonderful evening spent with the girls; their enthusiasm is uplifting, it gives me much hope for the future of the LAOH. I was able to attend the Ohio State Convention and the New York State Convention and participate in the meetings and activities. It was special to be there when ladies I have worked with and known for a number of years be installed as the new State Officers. I know that all the ladies will have such a positive effect in their State. As I write this, I am preparing for the upcoming Interim Board Meeting and Testimonial Dinner for our National President in New York. I look forward to seeing many of our ladies in September.

Freedom For All Ireland Pat Rattigan As I write this article, it is hard to believe that Labor Day will be upon us shortly, I honestly do not know where the time goes but here we are approaching the fall, (hark do I hear jingle bells in the far off distance), the Christmas Appeal takes the spotlight. At our convention this past July in Pearl River New York, Sean Pender was invited by the State Presidents to give a presentation on the Charities our annual Christmas Appeal support and it was very enlightening. Our appeal supports an array of groups; the vast majority of our donations will continue to support those who sacrificed so much for Irish freedom including those ex-prisoners in the US seeking to regularize their status and organizations that work for truth and justice but we also support and help assist cross-community opportunities, and aid in reconciliation efforts. (For info on groups we support visit the FFAI page of the AOH national website) I hope that we continue to get great individual support through $10 club donations. But to set this year’s appeal apart from all other we need to increase the percentage of boards and divisions that donate to the appeal. With all our successes we still have less than 55% of all divisions and boards donating to the appeal. I ask that all State, County and Division Presidents make it a point this year to stress the importance of supporting the appeal in your area of responsibility. Every division and board should make a donation regardless of size. Please read Sean’s column for the Appeal particulars as I did not want to be redundant. Remember Ladies, please mail your donations to me to be logged in and I will move the checks along to Sean. You can also designate the charity(s) from the list you wish to support by noting them on the memo section of your check if you choose to do so. A mailing will follow shortly. Secondly, I would like all of you to put a new book on your reading list – “In The Time of Famine” by author Michael Grant. The paperback version is available at: All eBook reader versions (Barns & Noble Nook, Kindle, Sony, etc.) can be found at Here is a brief synopsis of the book In 1845 a blight of unknown origin destroyed the potato crop in Ireland triggering a series of events that would change forever the course of Ireland’s history. The British government called the famine an act of God. The Irish called it genocide. By any name the famine caused the death of over one million men, women, and children by starvation and disease. Another two million were forced to flee the country. With the famine as a backdrop, this is a story about two families as different as coarse wool and fine silk. Michael Ranahan, the son of a tenant farmer, dreams of breaking his bondage to the land and going to America. The passage money has been saved. He’s made up his mind to go. And then—the blight strikes and Michael must put his dream on hold. The landlord, Lord Somerville, is a compassionate man who struggles to preserve a way of life without compromising his ideals. To add to his troubles, he has to deal with a recalcitrant daughter who chafes at being forced to live in a country of “bog runners.” In The Time of Famine is a story of survival. It’s a story of duplicity. But most of all, it’s a story of love and sacrifice.

LAOH Supply Chair Peggy Cornish I hope everyone has had or is going to have a productive State Convention. Out here on the west coast we are getting ready for our convention in September. I was glad to see several states take advantage of ordering supplies on consignment for their state conventions. It helps to see the supplies as many of them have been updated. I am looking forward to meeting many of you at the Interim Board meeting and at Margaret Hennessy’s dinner. Remember to contact me with your needs: National Hibernian Digest, September-October 2011

California News

Georgia News The Richmond 1 Division would like to give a shout out to one of the most dedicated members of our organization Ruth Smith. She has been the Division President for two terms, the State President for two terms and now holds the office of Treasurer for the Division. Ruth has done so much for the Catholic Church, Charity, Volunteering, and helping others. Even with her husband, AOH Member Ed Smith who has been ill, she continued to do charity work for the Veterans, Catholic Social Services and still manages to line dance when she can. She attends all National Conventions and as many State Conventions as possible. Georgia considers itself to be

Ruth Smith, Immediate Past President of LAOH Augusta Ga.

truly blessed to have her in our organization and in our lives and realizes sometimes we need to thanks those that are still with us and are still so dedicated to the LAOH. Thanks Ruth for all that you do

Connecticut News Connecticut has recently grown with the addition of the new Hartford LAOH Division. It has been many years since Hartford had a ladies division and we are all glad to have this one started. These ladies are enthusiastic and energetic so they will surely have a successful club. All at both the Meriden Annual Family Picnic and the Waterbury Annual Family Picnic had a good time. It’s so nice to see the future Hibernians running around. The Ladies have been busy with helping charitable and community events. The Waterbury Ladies have been selling a cook book, made up from members tried and true recipes, to benefit their scholarship fund. The New Britain ladies have been selling very unique handmade bracelets to benefit their Relay-For-Life team. The Meriden ladies are again one of the sponsors for the Strides Walk for Diabetes and participate with a team. Long time member, Past State President, and current FFAI Chair Kay Egan thanks everyone for their card and well wishes. She is happy to report that she ended up not needing the hip replacement surgery just yet. Kay also wants to remind everyone that beginning in September she will be collecting monies for FFAI again

Orange Co. California Ladies ran the Ambassadors booth at The Grand National Irish Fair in Irvine, California. Left-right: Kate McCarthy, Kathleen Votaw, Tristen Sherman, Helen Brennan, Joan Smith and Kathy Llera.

Pennsylvania News At the recent PA State Convention, Immediate Past State President Mary Ann Lubinsky presented Kathleen Fanning of Philadelphia Division 39 with the 2011 Anna C. Malia Ruddy Award. The award is presented at the Biennial Convention to an outstanding Pennsylvania Hibernian in acknowledgement and appreciation of her actions and deeds within the LAOH as well as her community. Scranton PA resident Anna C. Malia Ruddy was elected the first National President of the LAOH in 1906. She held the office for six years, and continued to be active in the LAOH for another fifty years.

Maryland News Our 54th Biennial LAOH-AOH Convention was held at the Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort in Western Maryland in July. The interest and participation of the delegates made for a successful and meaningful conference. Our Junior sisters joined us for the weekend making us very proud as they led the procession for the opening ceremonies and the installation mass and provided great entertainment during our social. At a joint session with featured speaker Sean Pender, National FFAI chair, LAOH Baltimore City, Division 1 was awarded a “Vindicated” poster in recognition of their $1000 contribution to the FFAI Christmas Appeal. The 2011-2013 Maryland State Board officers are: Kathy Lay, President, Cyrile Sincock, Vice-President, Jane Lunney, Secretary, Verna M. Watts, Treasurer, Janet A. Brown, Irish History, Betty Weiderhold, Missions and Charities, and Pat Zaccari as Catholic Action. On August 13th, the Maryland State Board along with AOH, Division 5 Baltimore City, and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick along with a core group of volunteers launched the Maryland fundraising campaign for the Commodore John Barry Memorial to be erected at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis. At the event, which, was held at the Irish Railroad Workers Museum in Baltimore, LAOH State Board President Kathy Lay presented a check for $1000 to the cause. During the summer, Worcester County, Division 1, through their Irish Outreach Program, helped many of the 250 Irish students who came to Ocean City as seasonal employees. Baltimore County, Division 14 is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in September. In addition, during the Fall, The State Board will be sponsoring a Fashion Show featuring Irish apparel, a Day of Recollection, and participation in the annual Greater Baltimore Heart Walk.

Congratulations Sr. Phylis O’Dowd At the New York State Convention, National Deputy Chaplain Sr. Phylis O’Dowd O.P. received a commendation celebrating her fifty years as a Hibernian.

National Hibernian Digest, September-October 2011

From the recent Pennsylvania State Convention, National Board Officers with newly-elected PA State Board Officers: First row from left: Colleen Bowers, Immediate Past State President; Sarah Mains, National Missions & Charities and Past State President; Dorothy Weldon, Past National President and Past State President; Mary Ryan, Immediate Past National President; Theresa O’Connell, National Treasurer. Second row from left: Shirley Murphy, State Catholic Action; Rae Dispaldo, State Treasurer; Sheila Lynch, National Auditor; Maria Gallagher, State Missions & Charities; Mary Ann Amesbury, State Historian; Maureen Lavelle, State President; Ellen McCrane, State Secretary; Nancy Cullen, State Vice-President; Sr. Louise Grundish, Past State Chaplain.

Virginia News The Lieutenant Colonel John A Dowd, USMC, Divisions of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) and Ladies AOH presented John F. Kane Scholarships to fifteen students during a reception at the Montclair Country Club on Sunday, August 7th. The scholarship board is composed of the AOH and the LAOH presidents and vice presidents. We have been adding to the scholarship pot now that the amount is dwindling like all the other investments. It is a joint effort all the way. The Kane Scholarship Fund was established by Jack Kane in honor of his father. Always appreciative of his Catholic University education, and eager to help the children and grandchildren of his fellow Hibernians, Jack endowed the scholarship fund in 1996. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the scholarship program. Thanks to Jack Kane’s generosity, since its inception the fund has distributed over $140,000 to 154 recipients. The AOH and LAOH are dedicated to promoting Irish heritage and preserving the Catholic faith. They support additional charitable activities such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Fisher House, Tepayac Family Clinic, ACTS, Birthright, and Catholic Charities.


New York News

In New York’s “SPIRIT OF ST. BRIGID PROJECT” this year, our volunteers arrived early for the State Convention and had the privilege to assist People to People, Inc. that is located in Nanuet, NY. People-to-People is a non-profit organization with the premise “Helping our neighbors through difficult times with dignity.” People to People is the largest food pantry in Rockland County. They have a clothing closet, back to school program, winter coat program and several other programs for the community they serve. While registering and picking up their volunteer shirts, the ladies shared some coffee and donuts before heading out to our site. Loretta Reidy from Rockland County, a regular volunteer at People to People, led our caravan of cars to the facility. Once at the facility, our ladies bagged macaroni, stocked the food pantry, sorted through new and gently used clothing, sorted children’s books and even did some shredding for the office. Way to GO volunteers! Priscilla Dawes the Program Manager and Diane Serratore Executive Director said, “Our great spirit and hard work was felt throughout the facility.” Through the donations of LAOH sponsors of this “Spirit of St. Brigid Project” shirts were purchased for our volunteers. Extra shirts were purchased and sold to our members. The remaining monies after expenses totaled $959.39. A check was drafted for People to People, Inc. in this amount.

Irish Historian Patricia O’Connell “Hear Ye, Hear Ye” the 2011-1012 National LAOH Irish History Writing Contest information is available from the Irish Historians in each state where there is an active Division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. The topics for this year’s contest are as follows: LEVEL 1 (Grades 6-7-8) “The Story of Annie Moore – Irish Immigration to America” and for LEVEL 2 (Grades 9-10-11-12) “The Irish and the Building of the American Infrastructure.” Students who are enrolled in parochial, private, or public schools or who are home-schooled are eligible to participate in the National LAOH Irish History Writing Contest. The Contest begins September 1, 2011. All student papers are to be submitted to the Division Irish Historian no later than January 20, 2012. All students are expected to follow the 2011-2012 National LAOH Irish History Writing Contest Student Information, Contest Rules, and Guideline Sheet that is available from your Division Irish Historian or this information may be downloaded from the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. website, The rules for this Irish History Writing Contest may differ from the rules that students are expected to follow in their schools or in other contests in which the students choose to participate. Only those student papers that follow the 2011-2012 National LAOH Irish History Writing Contest Student Information, Contest Rules, and Guideline Sheet will be considered for awards in this contest. The 2011-2012 National LAOH Irish History Writing Contest Judging Criteria should also be reviewed by the students who choose to enter the contest so that they are aware of the categories that the judges will be reviewing as they evaluate each student paper. All student papers are judged blindly so that all papers are judged without prejudice. The judges at each level in the contest shall determine whether awards are to be given and whether any student papers are to be forwarded to the next level within the Contest for further award consideration. The Awards at the National Level of the 2011-2012 National LAOH Irish History Writing Contest are specified as follows: LEVEL 1 – 1ST Place Winner $500, 2nd Place Winner $250, 3rd Place Winner $125, and a maximum of two (2) Honorable Mention Winners $50 each and for LEVEL 2 – 1st Place Winner $1,000, 2nd Place Winner $500, 3rd Place Winner $250, and a maximum of two (2) Honorable Mention Winners $100 each. It is important for all students and all persons interested in supporting students as they begin their research to develop their paper that the following documents be carefully reviewed: (1) 2011-2012 National LAOH Irish History Writing Contest Information, (2) 2011-2012 National LAOH Irish History Writing Contest Student Information, Contest Rules, and Guideline Sheet, and (3) 2011-2012 National LAOH Irish History Writing Contest Judging Criteria. These documents are available through the Division Irish Historians or you may download the documents from the LAOH website, under the Irish History Contest “Button.” Thank you to all LAOH members for your support to the 2011-2012 National LAOH Irish History Writing Contest. Good Luck to all students as you begin to learn more Irish History as you research and develop your paper. If you have further questions, you may contact the LAOH National Irish Historian Patricia A. O’Connell by phone, 309-681-0262, or by email,

Indiana News Our Lady of Knock Division 1, Indianapolis, Indiana is having a busy summer. We kicked off with a power point presentation of the AOH Bloody Sunday delegation to Derry for commemoration and final march of that event. We are sharing the presentation with other Irish organizations upon request. The CD is a 17 minute program featuring the Collusion Wall in Belfast, The Bogside murals and museum and the Kilmainham Prison as well as a list of groups supported by the Christmas Appeal. If any group is interested in the program, they may contact Alice Davis: The CD is free. The OLK Book Club is reading The Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd. The story takes place in the north, 1981 and is a study in contrasts. It compares the ancient and modern commitment to love of people. It portrays innocence in a character from Wales and introduces discussion on the consequences of choice. The Division is in full swing in preparation for our participation for Indy Irish Fest, our major fund raiser on September 16, 17 and 18. The Irish Fest Chairs are Mary Ellen Morris and Nancy Tindall-Sponsel. The Group is also preparing for a celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Knock under the chairmanship of Joyce McMullen. Beside the Memorial Mass for deceased members, Joyce is also preparing for OLK garage sale. Jane and J.J. O’Brien hosted the annual summer social event celebrating and thanking members and guest for their continued support. The garden setting, sharing of food was delightful and visiting with friends made for a delightful evening.

Ohio News Ohio Elects New Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians State President Mary Higgins, a dedicated Hibernian for over 28 years, was unanimously elected to the position of LAOH State of Ohio President. Her passion for history and tradition of the Order along with her spirit of volunteerism has inspired her in her own division LAOH Countess de Markievicz Division #1 Franklin County. There she has held all the offices within her division including president several times. She has served on the state level and attended state conventions almost every year since 1986 with her mother Carol who supports her in her many Hibernian endeavors. Mary is a member of St. Matthias Church in Columbus, OH where she is a lector and Eucharistic minister, and she is also a member of the Catholic Record Society for the Diocese of Columbus, which she records and researches the history of the Diocese. This research encouraged Mary to research her own family’s genealogy where she found her great-great grandfather James A. Devine was a member of the AOH in the late 1800’s in Ross County, OH. She is looking forward to a successful term as LAOH President in the state of Ohio and continues the traditions of belonging to this great Order. Medina County Missionaries receive National Charter at 78th Biennial AOH/LAOH Ohio State Convention. The new divisions celebrated their first anniversary in February 2011 and were very excited to receive their official charter. The membership chose their name the Irish Missionaries, in honor of Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity- a mission to care for “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, and all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone”. They were also featured in a in the Cleveland newspaper “Getting to know you” section for Irish history and good works of the order. For more information about the Irish Missionaries please contact

Left to right: LAOH National President Margaret Hennessey, LAOH State of Ohio President Mary Ann Weber, Past LAOH State of Ohio President Colleen McKenzie, National LAOH Catholic Action & LAOH State of Ohio Organizer Carol Sheyer, Irish Missionaries President Marie Hickey, Vice President Irish Missionaries Marybeth Crystal, Irish Missionaries Secretary Agnes Bullock.

Pictured at the Ohio Convention: Left to Right: LAOH NATIONAL PRESIDENT Margaret Hennessy, New York; LAOH NATIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT Maureen Shelton, Michigan; LAOH NATIONAL CATHOLIC ACTION CHAIR Carol J. Sheyer, Ohio.

National Hibernian Digest, September-October 2011

Suffolk County NY New LAOH Div. 4

Sitting left to right: Elizabeth Kreamer, Degree Team Guardian, MJ Fitzgerald, Division President, Margaret Hennessy, National President, Pam Larkin Schiavarelli, Suffolk County President. Second row left to right: Katelyn Pulling Mistress at Arms, Tina Tortoso, Courtney McCord, Patricia Moynihan - Recording Secretary, Catherine Farrell, Sylvia Kellershon - Vice President, Alison McGowan Catholic Action Officer, Chery Manniello - Missions & Charities Officer. Third row left to right: Carole Donaghy - Sentinel, Nancy Gaska

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North Carolina News State Board The NC State Convention will be held on October 7 and 8 in Willington, North Carolina. Current State President John Ryan will be leaving the board after 10 years of service. John has held the Treasurer and Vice President positions since 2001.

ABOVE: The Governor Thomas Burke, Wake County Division 1 hosted several youths from Northern Ireland on July 6. The youths were part of the Ulster Project of Eastern NC in Greenville. The Ulster Project brings 12-15 Northern Ireland Protestant and Catholic youth to the States for a month. The division has hosted a cookout for The Ulster project for several years. RIGHT: The St. Brendan the Navigator, Mecklenburg County Division 1 was honored with an official sign for its work on the Adopt a Stream program. The division cleans a local stream in Huntersville, NC, twice as year as a community service project. The division has also contributed to the Commodore Barry fund.


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