Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan AOH Division 4                                                     

May Newsletter - Spring 2019

National, State and County News

Cead Mile Failte! A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

AOH Division 4's next meeting is First Friday, June 7th 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


New York State Board AOH News New York State Ancient Order of Hibernians will hold its Annual State Convention Wednesday, July 10th thru Saturday, July 13th at the Albany Hilton. For information call 518-462-6611.

The Orange County AOH Biennial Convention will be held on Saturday, May the 18th. The convention will begin at 10AM. The location is AOH 1 Hibernian Hall in Monroe. All Division 4 officers are expected to attend. If unable to attend they are to notify Division 4 president Kevin Dooner in order that a delegate for voting purposes may be selected and approved by the County's election committee. Please contact or by phone at 845-343-8892 if you as a Division 4 officer are unable to attend. All Brothers are invited to attend. Please bring your 2019 Dues Card.

AOH Division 4 Memorial Day Commemoration. Once again we take time to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. Memorial Day is Monday - May 27th and the Catholic War Veterans are honoring our deceased veterans in Goshen. There will be a morning sunrise service that will start at 7:00AM at St. John’s Cemetery followed by St. James Cemetery, Slate Hill Cemetery, Orange County Veterans National Cemetery then the Orange Blossom Monument.

 A breakfast will be served following the services, hosted by the Fourth Degree, St. John’s Knights of Columbus at the Senior Center. All who take part in the services are invited.

Our Division has supported this memorial service in years past and we are inviting other Divisions to join us. We will park our cars at Elsie’s and the Goshen Police station about 6:30 to 6:50am and carpool to St. Johns’ Cemetery. It will put our cars within walking distance of the breakfast at the Senior Center. Parade dress with black pants, green jackets and balmoral is requested.

Brothers, this is a wonderful way to remember our veterans and does not tie up the whole morning, please make the effort to attend.

AOH Division 4's Golf Committee will be holding a meeting on Thursday, May 16th at 12pm at Taco Bell 211 East in MIddletown across from Walmarts. Brother John Higgins is Golf Committee Chairman. We are looking for new sponsors as well as golfers.If you are interested in helping out, please join us for this lunch meeting. We have held this tournament named after deceased Brother Patrick Cochrane who committed greatly his time and effort to the division in the 90s and early 2000s.Brothers you are reminded that this is the Division's primary fundraiser for the year. These funds go towards allowing the division to contribute to causes, events and other organizations that the Brothers have voted on and deem worthy of our support.

A Welcome to AOH Division 4 our newest Brother Paul Mc Mahon. Paul is a Goshen resident and a St. John the Evangelist parishioner. He found out about us from reading the Division's ad in the church bulletin.  Paul was installed as a Brother Hibernian at the March 1st meeting. I will reach out once again to the parishes of Orange County for recruits during the year. Your assistance Brothers is crucial to the recruitment of new Hibernian Brothers!

A Final Congratulations to Grand Marshal Jimmy O'Donnell this year's Grand Marshal for the Mid Hudson St.Patrick's Day Committee. Great heartfelt speech on your Irish Bronx roots at the Kuhl's Breakfast on Sunday, March 13. The same to Division 4's own Jim O'Malley our 2019 Aide to Jim O'Donnell in the Goshen parade as well as to Division 2's Michael O'Keefe Orange County's AOH Aide to the New York City Grand Marshal Brian O'Dwyer. You did us Proud fellas!

Congratulations to George Anderson of Division 1 Monroe who won the Mid Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee's Trip to Ireland with the $1000 dollars of spending money.

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.                                             

Reminder: Dues for 2019 are due Brothers!

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. Keep Michaela Cummings (Mike's wife) and Brother Tom Cavanaugh,Julia Newberry daughter of Brian Newberry, Carol Ross Ray Patterson's sister, as well as Tom McDonald's brother-in-law Ed Kralick who passed away recently. Condolences to Tom and his wife Ann and their family on the loss of her brother Ed. AOH Division 2's Tom Quillan of Cornwall also passed away this last month.

Keep all our Brothers and their families in your prayers.


In Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity

Kevin Dooner



Ancient Order of Hibernians 

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


Ancient Order of Hibernians 

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