Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan AOH Division 4                                                     

June Newsletter - Summer 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 Board of Ancient Order of Hibernians will hold its Annual State Convention Wednesday, July 10th thru Saturday, July 13th at the Albany Hilton. For information call 518-489-1752 or  Liam Mcnabb at   For room availability contact Valerie at the Albany Hilton 518-427-3038.

The Orange County AOH Biennial Convention was on Saturday, May the 18th. The newly elected Orange County AOH officers are as follows: Edmond Burke - President, Michael O'Keefe - Vice president, Treasurer - John Graham, Financial Secretary- Neal O'Riordain, Recording Secretary - Bill Kirnan, Marshal - John Greehy, Standing Committee Chairman - Ronald Heppes, Sentinel - Kevin Dooner. This is a two year term. Congratulations!

AOH Division 4 Memorial Day Commemoration. On Memorial Day is Monday - May 27the AOH Divisions of County joined the Catholic War Veterans in honoring our deceased veterans in Goshen. There was a morning sunrise service that began at St, John's Cemetery and ended at the Orange Blossom Monument in Goshen. Six site's were visited where veterans of all US wars were honored with prayers and a military salute.  AOH Division 4 was well represented. Thank you Brothers for your taking time to remember our veterans. A breakfast was served following the services, hosted by the Fourth Degree, St. John’s Knights of Columbus at the Senior Center.

AOH Division 4's Golf Committee will be holding a second meeting on Thursday, June 20th 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.

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