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THE MOST DEFINING MOMENT IN IRISH HISTORY, II
Sun, 06 Jan 2019 05:22:45 +0000

Last month, we presented the circumstances that led up to the most defining moment in Irish history. They included growing nationalism, extending voting privilege to all men over 21 and women over 30 (from 701,475 registered in 1910 to 1,936,673 in 1918) and then, the UK General election on 14 December 1918. In the Irish […]

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Catholic Action – January Update
Tue, 01 Jan 2019 06:32:53 +0000

To All Hibernians: In the early part of January, we are still within the Christmas season. The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God (Jan. 1) is a holy day of obligation. At the Baptism of the Lord (January 13) , we pass from the Christmas season to a segment of Ordinary Time prior to […]

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KING-NEAL-DOYLE BACK BALLYMURPHY JUSTICE
Sat, 29 Dec 2018 20:06:55 +0000

Three key Congressional leaders on Irish issues, Peter King, Richard Neal and Michael Doyle, sent a bipartisan letter to British Ambassador Kim Darroch, citing the crucial implications of the Ballymurphy Inquest for all Troubles legacy issues. The three Congressmen acted after meeting Carmel Quinn during her multi-state American tour representing the Ballymurphy Campaign and Relatives […]

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Let Our Pride in Our Heritage be a Candle in the Window
Sun, 23 Dec 2018 19:33:21 +0000

One of the most beloved Irish Christmas traditions is “The Candle in the Window.” The popular story behind this tradition is that a candle is placed in the window as a light to guide Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and as a sign that they would be welcomed if they wish to break their journey […]

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From the Desk of President McKay
Sat, 22 Dec 2018 23:18:03 +0000

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2018 Freedom For All Ireland Christmas Appeal
Thu, 20 Dec 2018 17:13:49 +0000

Please donate to this year’s CHRISTMAS APPEAL. Together we can make a difference. All checks must be made out to “Ancient Order of Hibernians”. Payments should be sent to AOH-FFAI at PO Box 271 West Nyack NY 10994. Please refer to our Information Packet for more details. Click here for the 2018 Freedom For All […]

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2019 AOH Ireland Tour
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 20:05:25 +0000

Tour Dates:    Sunday February 10th thru Tuesday February 19th Costs:             Double Occupancy $1050* Working with Derry Blue Badge Tours we have once again put together a historical/political and educational tour of the North for 2019. Space is limited to 40 travelers; reservations will only be held based on receipt of non-refundable deposits. Click […]

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DECEMBER FFAI 2018 BULLETIN
Sat, 08 Dec 2018 01:13:59 +0000

A chairde: FFAI ISSUES UPDATE A- Ballymurphy Massacre Inquest opens- Forty-seven years after the Ballymurphy Massacre, new Inquests opened in Belfast, as family members of the 11 victims, many holding hands, witnessed the proceedings. The Inquest was technically limited to the 10 victims shot dead by British troopers between August 9th-11th,1971 in the Ballymurphy section […]

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Advent Reflections
Mon, 03 Dec 2018 16:53:08 +0000

With election season over and the turkey carved, we can finally turn to Advent. As our minds stumble over gift lists, our hearts beat with hopeful anticipation as body and soul begin preparations for the Christ Child. I know you’ve all felt it before, the magnetic pull to the manger. It terrifies and exhilarates in […]

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AOH Westchester Division 18 Peekskill Awards its Veterans
Sun, 02 Dec 2018 04:01:32 +0000

Division 18 Peekskill had a festive gathering today where it awarded Hibernian Veterans pins And a certificate to its members. These veterans participated in World War II Korea Vietnam & the Gulf Wars. You’re so welcome and I newest member Tim Murphy who received the Silverstar for valor in Vietnam. President Clive Cronin was assisted […]

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Catholic Action – December Update
Sat, 01 Dec 2018 16:44:01 +0000

To All Hibernians: After spending many weeks in the liturgical cycle of Ordinary Time, in December we begin a new liturgical year with the first Sunday of Advent (December 2) and pass through the liturgical season of Advent into that of Christmas. Advent represents the time of preparation for the coming of the Savior. The […]

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THE MOST DEFINING MOMENT IN IRISH HISTORY
Sat, 01 Dec 2018 15:24:38 +0000

As 2018 ends, we recall that a century ago was a time of great change in Ireland. The Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) goal of Home Rule, an Irish parliament under the Crown, was supported by many before 1916, but Britain’s reaction to the Rising struck them like an Irish Pearl Harbor. The British secretly court-martialed […]

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Irish American Heritage Museum Honors Tom McNabb
Fri, 30 Nov 2018 17:31:11 +0000

11/30/18 – Colonie NY Tom McNabb’s legacy reached far beyond his service to the AOH. The Irish American Heritage Museum was one of the organizations that benefited from Tom’s hard work and commitment. The Museum recently honored Tom at their annual Gov. Hugh Carey Gala. Pictured is Liam McNabb accepting the award from Museum Executive […]

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Call to Action: Call for the Speedy Confirmation of Edward Crawford as Ambassador to Ireland
Thu, 29 Nov 2018 01:56:06 +0000

Brothers, It has been 676 days since the US has had an Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland. In that time, over seventy ambassadorial appointments have been made. It is simply unacceptable given the historic relationship between the United States and Ireland and the countless contributions of Ireland’s sons and daughters to America that this post has […]

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Ballymurphy Massacre Campaign for Justice Concludes
Sat, 24 Nov 2018 17:08:39 +0000

Stating, “the Ballymurphy Massacre families need American help in their 47-year battle for justice”, Carmel Quinn, a sister of one of 11 victims of the massacre, John Laverty, concluded a five-state American tour sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The tour came on the heels of the attacks by 150 Tory MPs and British […]

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Award Winning Ballymurphy Documentary
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:53:05 +0000

As  Ms. Carmel Quinn, sister of Ballymurphy victim John Laverty visits the United States in a tour coordinated by the Ancient Order of Hibernians to bring awareness to the Ballymurphy Massacre and the need for justice; members may find this award-winning documentary informative on the atrocities that occurred between August 9th and 11th 1971.  It […]

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader calls for “full, independent international inquiry into unjustified killings by British paratroopers”
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:15:45 +0000

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with Ms. Carmel Quinn, sister of Ballymurphy victim John Laverty.  Mr. Laverty was killed in an incident called the “Ballymurphy Massacre” that occurred at the start of British government’s policy of internment without trial in Northern Ireland.  Over the course of three days, members […]

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Vote this Nov. 6th.
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 18:31:43 +0000

This coming Tuesday, November 6th is Election Day. As the preamble to our AOH constitution notes, one of the purposes of this organization is to encourage civic participation. There is no greater civic duty in a democratic republic than to exercise ones right to vote. As the late Fr. Theodore Hesburgh noted “Voting is a […]

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Catholic Action – November Update
Fri, 02 Nov 2018 15:48:45 +0000

In November, we conclude Ordinary time for the liturgical year with the Feast of Christ the King on the last Sunday of the month (Nov. 25). November is a month to remember the departed, especially on All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2). The Solemnity of All Saints (Nov. 1) is a holy day of obligation. Thanksgiving […]

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A LEGACY OF WW1
Fri, 02 Nov 2018 14:47:59 +0000

One hundred years ago this month, the War to End All Wars concluded as an armistice was signed at 5 AM on November 11, 1918. Because of the six-hour time difference, in America it was the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month – a remarkable coincidence! And again, the Irish were […]

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