Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan AOH Division 4                                                     

November Newsletter - Fall 2019

National, State and County News

Cead Mile Failte! A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

AOH Division 4's next meeting is First Friday, December 6th, 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


AOH New York State News

Congratulations go to Jim Russell of Division 1 in Rockland County as the newly elected District 8 Director. Jim succeeds Kevin Moore of Division 2 Orange County. He will represent and work with and support the divisions of Orange and Rockland in this new position. Nothing but the best to you Jim in your new position..

 AOH Division 4 News

Brother James O'Malley has been selected by the Division's membership to represent AOH Orange County as an Aide to the Grand Marshal in the 2020 New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. Congratulations Jim! Brother Jim has been a very active member since joining the Division, and he is always willing to help out and lend a hand when needed. Jim is the Division's Treasurer as well as treasurer for the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee. His career was in the banking industry. Currently Jim works as a proctor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown, and also as a supervisor of Army West Point Sporting and Cultural Events. Jim and his wife Jane have been married for 40 years. Jane works as a nurse at Orange Regional Medical Center. They reside in the Town of Wallkill. Jim represented the Division as aide to the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade held in Goshen in 2019. You will find a complete bio' of Jim on this website by going to the Members page.

Brother Ray Patterson performed an admirable job making the Public Rosary that took place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Wawayanda Ave. in Middletown, NY on Saturday, October12th at 12PM a success. Forty-eight people participated in reciting the Rosary with Fr. Paul DeNault, pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish. It was a very sunny, pleasant day and I'm sure that helped with the turnout. Ed Burke helped in the setup of chairs and tables.

Orange County News

Congratulations go out to Kevin Cummings of Fr. Donald Whelan AOH Division 2. He has been selected as the 2020 Grand Marshal by the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee and will lead us in the Goshen, NY parade. Kevin is a past president of AOH Division 2 Cornwall as well as NYS AOH Webmaster, AOH State Organizer. Brother Kevin is also a Piper in the Hudson Valley Pipe and Drums. Kevin and his wife Rose Marie are the proud parents of three children Sean, Logan and Rebecca Ann and granddaughter Mia Rose. Kevin will be joined the day of the parade at the head of the line of march by his son Sean Patrick who has been selected by Division 2 to be the aide to the Grand Marshal- his Dad -in the parade. Kevin's complete and very impressive bio' will be posted on the County website. Installation of the grand marshal and his aides will be posted shortly. The installation will take place at AOH Joseph Duelk Jr. Division Hibernian Hall on Sunday, December 1st. Festivities usually begin about 1pm. I'll keep you updated.

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! 

Irish Day sponsored by the Mid- Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee took place on Sunday, October 20th in Washingtonville, NY at Our Lady of Lourdes Knights of Columbus.  It was well attended. The food, entertainment and  the camaraderie was great. A big Thank you goes out to all the Volunteers who helped out with the setting up of the hall and the cooking, cleanup and other various duties necessary to ensure success of the event. Brother Ed Burke and I joined other Brothers from the other Divisions as well as the LAOH in peeling the potatoes for the event. Brother Ed was by far and away a champion potato peeler. No one else was in his league. Many hands definitely made light work! Paul Cray, Pipers and the Irish Step Dancers provided plenty of entertainment. Unfortunately, Chris Turpin had to cancel his musical set due to a case of laryrngitis. Jane O'Malley, wife of Brother Jim O'Malley, won the First prize Raffle of $1000 cash. 

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 $100 a person. If you are interested, contact Tom McCarthy Division1 at Send your checks to AOH Division1 Monroe PO Box 337, 8 North Street, Monroe, NY 10950.

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. Remember also Pat McKernan's mom Mary, Paul McMahon's brother Charles, and Bill Boss's daughter Mary. Fr. Raymond Bagdonis O.Carm. passed away Thursday, October 30th.

Keep all our Brothers and their families in your prayers.

In Friendship, Unity & Christian Charity

Kevin Dooner

2020 Membership Dues
Membership dues in the amount of $30.00 are now Payable for 2020. Remittances may be made at the Meetings, or sent to the Division P.O. 436 Box or directly to The Financial Secretary:
Edmund T. Burke
7 Gardner Avenue
Middletown NY 10940


Ancient Order of Hibernians 

Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan Division 4 Orange County,

Middletown New York