Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan AOH Division 4                                                     

September Newsletter - Fall 2019

National, State and County News

Cead Mile Failte! A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

AOH Division 4's next meeting is First Friday, October 4th, 2019 at  7:30pm at the Dikeman Engine & Hose Company in Goshen. 

2019 AOH Division 4 Officers:

President - Kevin Dooner, Vice-President - Ronald Heppes, Financial Secretary - Edmund Burke, Recording Secretary - Thomas B. Quinn, Treasurer - James O'Malley, Standing Committee Chairman - Patrick McKernan, Marshal - Robert Heppes, Sentinel - John Blaine



Ancient Order of Hibernians 

Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan Division 4 Orange County, Middletown New York


AOH Division 4 News

AOH Division 4's 19th Patrick E. Cochrane Annual Golf Tournament took place on Friday, August 16th at the Monroe Country Club. The tournament was a great success. We had 30 golfers and 30 Tee Sponsors thanks to John Higgins our Golf Committee chairman, committee members Ron Heppes, Ray Patterson, Ed Burke, Pat Lahiff, Tom McDonald and Pat McKernan. It was a nice sunny, pleasant day for a round of golf. The Cochrane family his wife Shelley, brothers, children, nieces and nephews and friends up from Florida and other not so near locations joined in the golf. It was great to have them with us. Pat was certainly with us in spirit that day. Prizes were distributed for longest drive and closest to the pin. I will try to get the names of all the winners from the golf committee.

Brother Ray Patterson is looking to get the word out about the Public Rosary to take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Wawayanda Ave. in Middletown, NY on Saturday, October12th at 12PM. It usually is held in the parking area between the rectory and the parish center.

Orange County News

The AOH Orange County Board will hold its next meeting on Sunday, September 15th at Cornwall AOH Division 2 Fr. Donald J. Whelan Division starting at 2pm. All AOH Division members in good standing are invited to attend. Just be sure to bring your up to date Division membership card.

Newly elected Orange County Board officers for 2019 are as follows: President Edmond Burke, Vice Pres. Michael O'Keefe, Financial Secretary Neil O'Riodain, Treasurer Jack Graham, Standing Committee Chairman Ronald Joseph Heppes, Marshal John Greehy, Sentinel Kevin Dooner, Recording Secretary William Kirnan. They were elected at the May18th meeting. Congratulations to our newly elected Brothers! 

Orange County Communion Breakfast will be on Sunday, October 13th at St. Anastasia Church in Harriman. The Mass will be at 9am with breakfast to follow at the AOH Joseph Duelk Jr Division 1 Hibernian Hall in Monroe. Dennis Mulcahy of Project Children will be the featured guest speaker and will bring us up to speed on the BREXIT situation and how it effects Ireland.

The Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee will be sponsoring Irish Day on Sunday, October 20th in Washingtonville , NY at Our Lady of Lourdes Knights of Columbus Hall from 1pm to 7pm. Volunteers are needed to help out with the set up of the hall and with the cooking, cleanup and other various duties required to ensure success of the event. If you would like to help out contact Kevin Dooner at 845-342-8892, or Ed Burke at Many hands make light work! Each year all parade committee member organizations join together in recruiting volunteers. As of this moment Paul Cray and Chris Turpin will provide the entertainment as well as the Irish step dancers. There will be raffle prizes. First prize $1000 cash. 2nd prize ticket to Giants versus Dallas, Green Bay or Eagles game including parking pass. Winner's choice of which game you'd like to attend. 3rd Prize $100. Raffle tickets will sell for $5 each. Three for $10. Admission is $10 a person $25 a family.

Newly elected officers for the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee are: Pres. Steve Gibbons, Vice Pres. Kevin Strommer, Treasurer James O'Malley, Financial Secretary Oona Theresa and Recording Secretary William Kirnan. Congratulations to all!

AOH Joseph Duelk, Jr. Division will be holding its 50th Anniversary Dinner on Sunday, November 17 at the Otterkill Country from 1pm to 5pm. Entertainment will be provided by the Chris Turpin Band. Tickets are $80 a person. If you are interested, contact Tom McCarthy Division1 at See Upcoming Events page for more info'.

The Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan O.Carm. AOH Division 4 is an Irish Catholic men's organization. In order to be considered for membership you must be a practicing Catholic and be able to claim a bit of Irish ancestry through either parent. Our members belong to several parishes throughout Orange County. During the month of September, we recruited for new members via parish bulletins. We will renew efforts to do so in the upcoming year especially during the months preceding St. Patrick's Day. The motto of our fraternal organization is Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. Recruiting new members via family, friends, coworkers and fellow parishioners are the ways we have recruited in the past. Recently though some of our newest members have come to us from the National and New York State AOH organizer Kevin Cummings of AOH Division 2.

AOH Joseph Duelk Jr. Division1 Monroe is in the process of recruiting Catholic young men ages 8-15 to form an AOH Junior Boy's Division. This Division is called the Louis Allen Division. AOH Division 1 President Thomas Flynn and Orange County Board President Thomas McDonald have contacted John S. Burke CHS to attract young men attending there to consider joining an AOH Junior Boy's Division. If you have family members or know someone who would be likely and deserving candidates, please have them contact me and I will obtain the pertinent information and put them in contact with Brother Tom Flynn and /or Brother Tom McDonald.                                             

1st Lieutenant Louis Allen of the 42nd Infantry Division of NY Army National Guard was mortally wounded by a claymore mine in Iraq and died on June 8, 2005. He was a Physics and Earth Science teacher at George S. Baker High School in Tuxedo. He lived with his wife Barbara and their 4 boys in Milford, Pennsylvania. His Gold Star parents are Bob and Vivian Allen of Chester. Bob is an AOH Division 1 member. Lieutenant Louis Allen's death and the death of a fellow officer are tragic in that they were caused by the cowardly actions of a soldier in his command. That soldier who was accused and essentially admitted to his cowardly act, recently died in the state of Florida.

Remember to keep in your prayers our deceased Chaplains, Fr. Robert Greco, Fr. Jack Logan and Fr. James Matthias DesLauriers and AOH Division Brothers who have passed away especially Brothers Michael Garay and Dennis Simmons. Also remember Brother John Greehy of Division 2 who is undergoing weekly radiation for skin cancer. My Aunt Kathleen Moffatt and retired NYS Senator William Larkin passed away recently, and I ask that you remember them in your prayers.

Keep all our Brothers and their families in your prayers.


In Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity

Kevin Dooner