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                                           Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan AOH Division 4                                                     

Newsletter Winter 2019

National, State and County News

Cead Mile Failte! A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

AOH Division 4's next meeting is First Friday, April 5th, 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


New York State Board AOH News 

Dr. Brian O’Dwyer is the 2019 Grand Marshal for the New York City Parade. He along with his aides were honored at the Grand Marshal and Aides reception on Sunday, February 25th at Antun’s in Queens. Congratulations to all. Attorney and immigration activist Brian O’Dwyer will lead the 2019 New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade as its Grand Marshal. O’Dwyer, whose father and uncle were both grand marshals, will lead the parade. He was until recently the chairman of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, and for many years the senior partner in the Manhattan law firm of O’Dwyer and Bernstien. Most recently he served as a mediator focused on divisions between the parade board and the parade committee. The O’Dwyer name, rooted in County Mayo, has been prominent in the life of New York City going back generations. This information was gleaned from an article appearing in the Irish Echo edition of October 5th. 

Orange AOH County Board News  

Michael O’Keefe of AOH Fr. Donald Whelan Jr. Division 2 has been selected by the County as Aide to the Grand Marshal Dr.Brian O’Dwyer in the 2019 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade tbe held on Saturday, March 16th. Michael is originally from Woodside Queens. He is married to Kathleen, and they have three children. He attends the Holy Name of St. Mary Church in Montgomery. He is a retired NYC Police Deputy Inspector. Currently, Mike is employed as Executive Director of Risk Management for Mt. St. Mary’s College in Newburgh. Mike holds the position of Financial Secretary for both the County as well as Division 2. A complete bio’ is located on the county’s webpage. Congratulations Michael from your Brother Hibernians at Division 4!

James O'Donnell has been selected and installed as the 2019 Grand Marshal for the Mid - Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade by the parade committee. The parade will be held in Goshen on Sunday, March 10th. Congratulations to Jim and his Aides. Jim along with his Aides were installed this Sunday, December 3rd at the AOH Joseph Duelk Jr. Division 1 Hibernian Hall in Monroe of which he is a member. Jim is a retired New York State Police Superintendent. Jim has held Orange County government positions and recently ran for congress. He has been married for over 45 years to his wife Margaret, and they have eight children who attend St. John the Evangelist Church in Goshen. Jim attended Dayton University. He originally hails from the Bronx. His father was the 1970 Grand Marshal for the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. A more complete Bio’ on Jim may be found on the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Facebook page. Congratulations Jim from Your Division 4 Brothers!

The Aides are from 10 member organizations of the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Parade Committee. James O’Malley is an Aide representing Division 4. Kevin Allen is representing Division 1 and his son Tim Allen is representing Division2.This year's Aide at Large was Kyle Roddey former Mayor of Goshen who has made having the parade in Goshen possible each year. The Installation was well attended with plenty of food, music and refreshment. George Anderson performed admirably as the event's Master of Ceremonies. More complete Bios for Jim and the 2019 Aides will be forthcoming on the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee website and on the Orange County Board website. Congratulations to Jim and his Aides!

 A Kickoff to St. Patrick's Day Event fundraiser for the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee was be held on Sunday, February 17th at the Elks Lodge located on Highland Avenue in Middletown. It ran from 3pm to 6pm. AOH Division1's Pipe and Drums Band kicked things off and they were great. The 2019 Grand Marshal James O'Donnell and his aides were recognized. Jim O'Malley did Division 4 proud in his Aide's Sash. The three members of Emish also performed their stirring Celtic music. It was a great afternoon and great to see Ron Heppes out and about and on the mend.Goes to show you can't keep a tough Irishman down for long.

The Mid-Hudson Parade Committee is asking each of its member organizations to provide a member volunteer to help with the Lineup for the parade on Sunday, March 10th in Goshen. Please contact Line of March Director Chrissy Nichols at Chrissy.d.nichols@gmail .com

The Mid - Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Grand Marshal and Aides Breakfast will take place on Sunday, March 10th, 10AM at Kuhl’s located at Highland Avenue Ext. The breakfast will follow the 9:00AM Mass to take place at St. Brendan’s Chapel on the grounds of the National Shrine to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel located on Carmelite Way across the street from the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School and Church on Waywayanda Ave. in Middletown. Parade lineup will be at 1:30pm in the Orange County Government Center parking lot Scotchtown Ave side in Goshen. Parade steps off at 2PM.

* AOH Division4 Parade uniform is balmoral, green jacket, white shirt and balck tie, black slacks, black shoes, and white gloves.

Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan O. Carm. AOH Division 4 News

Brother James O'Malley has been selected by by his Brothers in Division 4 to represent us as an Aide to the Grand Marshal in the 2019 Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Parade to be held in Goshen on Sunday, March 10th. Congratulations Jim! This is an honor well deserved. Jim has served ably as Treasurer for the Division for the last 2 years. He is originally from the Queens and attended Manhattan Prep and Manhattan College. He has been married for over forty years to his lovely wife Jayne whom he met at work. So much for no dating at work. They moved to the Town of Wallkill in 1985 and have never looked back. Jim and Jayne are the fun Aunt and Uncle in their family. Jim's hobbies are playing the drums, creating musical playlists for the entertainment of his family and friends and reading extensively. Jim says he was music google before google.

 AOH Division 4 News Please join me in welcoming the newest member to AOH Division 4 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! 

Installation of the newly elected officers took place at January 4th meeting.  Those elected are as follows: 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, and Sentinel - John Blaine. Congratulations to the newly elected Division 4 officers for 2019. NYSAOH District 8 Director Kevin Moore and NYSAOH co webmaster Kevin Cummings performed the honor of installing the new officers. The Division thanks them for their time and devotion to the AOH Divisions in the county district and state. After the meeting they joined in some refreshments and food and the sharing of conversation. 

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 Divi. 2. I plan on doing so again during the 2019.

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. Tom McDonald's brother-in-law Ed Kralick passed away recently. Condolences to Tom and his wife Ann and their family on the loss of her brother Ed.

Keep all our Brothers and their families in your prayers.


In Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity

Kevin Dooner