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2016 09 September Newsletter

Ancient Order of Hibernians: John P. Holland Division Monthly Newsletter

P.O. Box 1463, New London, CT 06320

September, 2016

Division website: www.aohnewlondonct.myclubcircle.com

John P. Holland Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/AOHJPH

 

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TIME CHANGE: The next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30 PM rather than 7 PM in order to start the film at 7 PM at  Hanafin’s Pub on 312 State St in New London.  Please make an effort to attend. If any member needs transportation to the Meeting, please email or call Jim Gallagher at (860) 739-8216. 

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A Letter from the President

 

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends of the Hibernians,

 

We had a surprisingly active month of August.  Since the last newsletter,

-          the Club hosted a table and helped the New London Currach club on July 30th with their Currach regatta.  There was a nice after party at Hanafin’s and many of the visitors had a great time enjoying food and drink.

-          Brothers Richard Havens, Jim Wasniewski and Sean Moore served dinner at the Homeless Shelter on Friday, August 5.  Sean took about half of the leftovers to the Covenant House behind St. Mary’s the next morning and they were very grateful for the food. 

-          On August 11th, there was a great turnout at the Public Library for the talk and film showing of "No Deck to Strut Upon” : a film on the contributions of Irishman John P. Holland to the modern fleet of subs.  We should recognize the terrific hospitality of the Groton Library staff who helped organize the audio-visuals and video-taped the talk and film. 

-          The weather was oppressive during the celebration of the Feast of the Assumption on Aug 14th.  Nonetheless,  we had several Hibernians attend the Mass and processed on the shortened route from Fort Trumbull and through the neighborhood. 

-          Anne Tortora did a great job organizing a Mass to celebrate the anniversary of the Lady of Knock on August 21st at St. Mary’s.  Members of our Division and their wives processed into the Mass and we ended the celebration with a wonderful singing of Lady of Knock.  There was plenty of food in the post-Mass pot luck brunch and an enthusiastic turnout of parishioners.  Well done Anne..!

-          Lastly, Hibernians across the state gathered in New Fairfield, CT for the annual AOH softball tournament.   The weather was perfect in terms of being sunny, but not too hot.  It was nice to see so many generations attending the event: some playing softball, but many just having a good time enjoying the weather, food and drink. 

 

We have a few Items coming up in September that I would like to draw your attention to:

·         Please RSVP for the annual Family Picnic on Saturday, September 17th as we’d like to get a strong turnout for this event.  The cost is $10 per adult, and children under 12 are free. We’ll start serving food around 2-2:30 PM, but we will have the pavilion from 1:30 PM till sunset. Food will be organized by our own Bill Lacy and will include a great selection of burgers, hot dogs, salad and desserts. Water and soda will be provided but if you prefer to drink something else, feel free to bring your own beverage of choice (BYOB). We’ll provide the music.

·         There will be a showing of the Irish Documentary "Mise Eire" at Hanafin's Pub on September 20th at 7 PM.  Admission is free and the event is open to the public. The event is sponsored by the New London Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, in New London, CT. The Documentary, Mise Éire (I Am Ireland), was produced in 1959 by Gael Linn, the Irish-language and culture advocacy group. Released in January of 1960,  it tells of events in Ireland leading up to, during, and immediately after the 1916 Easter Rising, extensively using original footage such as newsreels from the time. Perhaps the most stunning footage revolves around the Easter Rising. We see the build-up to that event, including the 1915 funeral of O’Donovan Rossa, the old and last Fenian leader whose death in America after years of abuse in a British jail became a major rallying cry for the nascent Irish freedom movement.  Viewers will learn firsthand about Irelands 1916 Rebellion, which led to Ireland's independence. 

o   To show Mise Eire at 7 PM, AOH members who want to attend our Monthly meeting on September 20th need to be ready to start at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will be brief. 

o   As a special treat, Hanafins will have several beers from Shebeen Brewery on tap for this film event.  Shebeen is the Irish Gaelic word for illegal brewhouse, or speakeasy.  The brewery is located in Wolcott and the head brewer is from Dublin.  The beer should make a nice pairing with the film watching. 

·         Lastly, mark your calendars: The Division will be hosting a special Mass and brunch at St. Edmund's Retreat on October 16th at Enders Island in Mystic.  Dairmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin, will be in town to receive the 13th annual St. Edmund's Medal of Honor that weekend.  He has agreed to host a special Mass at 10:30am that is open to all.  There will be a brunch following the Mass that is being sponsored by the NL Ancient Order of Hibernians.  Tickets to the brunch will be ca. $25/person.  Contact Joe Kelly at jsphkelly1@hotmail.com or call him at (860) 434-2396 to order your tickets to the brunch. 

 

Submitted by Rick Connell on behalf of the Officers in the AOH John P. Holland Division.

 

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Calendar of Events:  Please make an effort to attend and support these upcoming Division events. 

 

Date

Time

Place

Details or Comments

16-Sep

9:00 AM

Hope Valley, RI

The Irish Coastal Club (ICC) is hosting their annual David Maloney Memorial Golf outing on Friday Sept 16th. Proceeds provide three scholarships for college bound high school students.  The fee is $125 for the all-inclusive package. If you just want to join us for a delicious lunch it's$ 25.  Hole In One contest will be a 2016 Toyota Corolla S.  A Guinness Toast prior to shotgun start at 9:00 AM.  Contact Eileen Maloney at emaloney1154@yahoo.com

17-Sep

2:00 PM

East Lyme, CT

Our NL AOH Annual Picnic will again be in McCook Park, Niantic (after Labor Day) at the Pavilion.  Please RSVP ASAP so we can get an estimated headcount and plan the food. 

20-Sep

6:30 PM

New London

NOTE TIME: Monthly Meeting of the Division at Hanafin's Pub.  All members are welcome to attend.

20-Sep

7:00 PM

New London

Showing of the Irish Documentary "Mise Eire" at Hanafin's Pub. 

29-Sep

4-7 PM

Hamden, CT

The showing of the documentary "1916: The Irish Rebellion" narrated by Liam Neeson, is an initiative of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. This event will feature a screening of the documentary followed by a panel discussion by faculty at Quinnipiac University and the University of Notre Dame. The event is part of the celebration "Remembering the Easter Rising: Ireland 1916 at Quinnipiac University."

7-Oct

6:30 PM

New London

Several Brothers will serve food at the Homeless Hospitality Center at 178 Huntington St in New London.  Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to volunteer to help serve food.

10-Oct

10:00 AM

Stonington, CT

The Division's 14th Annual Bob Butler Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Pequot Golf Course.  Call or email Fran DePeter for more info at 860-443-3791

16-Oct

10:30 AM

Mystic, CT

Special Mass and brunch at St. Edmund's Retreat on Enders Island in Mystic in honor of Dairmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin.  The Mass at 10:30am that is open to all.  Tickets to the brunch will be ca. $25/person (TBD).  Contact Joe Kelly at jsphkelly1@hotmail.com or call him at (860) 434-2396 to order your tickets to the brunch. 

16-Oct

1:00 PM

Waterbury, CT

Connecticut AOH/LAOH Past State Presidents' Fall Event at the Waterbury Hibernian Hall.  For more info, call Dave Howe at (203) 767-6519

18-Oct

7:00 PM

New London

Next Monthly Meeting of the Division at Hanafin's Pub.  All members are welcome to attend.

15-Nov

7:00 PM

New London

Next Monthly Meeting of the Division at Hanafin's Pub.  All members are welcome to attend.

19-Nov

10:00 AM

New London

Visit to St. Mary's Cemetery to pay our respects to deceased members and their spouses.  Email or call Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 for more details.

20-Nov

9:00 AM

New London

We will be wearing our sashes and celebrating Mass at St. Joseph's Church just ahead of our Communion Breakfast.  It would be great if we could get a good turnout for the event as our Division Chaplin, Fr. Mark, is the Pastor at St. Joseph's.

20-Nov

10:30 AM

New London

Annual Communion Breakfast at the US Coast Guard Academy. Guest Speaker is Kathleen  M. McGrory

10-Dec

 

 

Human Rights Day: An occasion to highlight the situation in the north of Ireland)

20-Dec

7:00 PM

New London

Next Monthly Meeting of the Division at Hanafin's Pub.  All members are welcome to attend.

 

2016 Division Officers: Chaplain: Father Mark O’Donnell; President: Rick Connell; Vice President: Bernie Shea; Financial Secretary: Bob Curry; Treasurer: Vic Dowling; Recording Secretary: Russell Carr; Standing Committee Chair: Bill Lacy; Marshall: Brian Moore; Sentinel: Jim Shake; Past President: Jim Gallagher.

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In Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity

Sláinte agus beannacht    Good health and God’s blessing

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2016 08 August Newsletter

Ancient Order of Hibernians: John P. Holland Division Monthly Newsletter

P.O. Box 1463, New London, CT 06320

August, 2016

Division website: www.aohnewlondonct.myclubcircle.com

John P. Holland Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/AOHJPH

 

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The next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 16th at 7 PM in the private meeting room of Hanafin’s Pub on 312 State St in New London.  Please make an effort to attend. If any member needs transportation to the Meeting, please email or call Jim Gallagher at (860) 739-8216. 

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A Letter from the President

 

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends of the Hibernians,

 

We had a hot but active month of July with the Cormac book signing and his keynote address at our annual luncheon at the Thames club.  Both events were well  attended and we have a nice set of pictures on our Facebook page if you’d like to have a look.  www.Facebook.com/AOHJPH

 

Our last big event in July will be the Currach regatta hosted by the New London Currach club on July 30th from noon to 5 PM.  The AOH and organizers for the Southeastern CT LAOH will be hosting a table at the outing and several members have agreed to man the table and help out with the races as needed.  Please email or call Jim Gallagher at (860) 739-8216, myself (860-867-7866), or Kathy Walburn (kwalburn@snet.net, or 860-460-3504) if you would be interested to attend and perhaps help out with the event.  I attended the Currach event last year and it was a thrill to watch the clubs from Boston, Philadelphia and other large cities compete.  Several of the rowers were 1st generation Irish and were conversing in Gaelic with each other.

At our last monthly meeting, we discussed several items of interest to the Division

·         It appears that we may not be able to host a Green Mass at the Norwich Cathedral prior to the Norwich Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.  We are looking into other options and will explore if we should re-locate our Green Mass to a Church in New London and host a Green Mass prior to the New London Parade.  Stay tuned for more details and many thanks to Paul Moriarty for his stewardship of this popular event. 

·         We have worked out the technical details to show the Irish Documentary "Mise Eire" at Hanafin’s Pub.  We have tentatively set the date of the showing for September 20th, but the exact time will be firmed up over the next couple weeks. 

·         Sean Moore is leading an effort to help serve food to the homeless of New London on the 1st Friday of the month.  The food is provided by Brother Bill Lacy and Aramark corporation, and Sean would like to identify volunteers for each of the dates we would be scheduled (Aug 5th, September 2nd, etc.).  If you are free and would be willing to help serve food to those in need, please contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058. 

  

We have quite a few events on the calendar for August.  The details are below in the Calendar of Events section.

·         August 11th: Brother Jim Gallagher will give a talk and show a film on John P. Holland: the Irishman for whom our division is named at the Groton Library at 6:30 PM.   The admission is free and the talk is open to the public.

·         August 14th: Members of our Division, their families and the public are invited to attend the 9:30 AM Mass at St. Joseph and walk to/from the Church to Fort Trumbull to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption with our Division Pastor Fr. Mark. There is always a nice picnic sponsored by Tony D’s following the walk at Fort Trumbull. 

·         On Aug 21st  there will be a 9:30 AM Mass to commemorate the Feast of Our Lady of Knock at Saint Mary's Church.   Following the Mass, there will be a pot luck brunch reception in the Parish center.  The Mass and brunch are open to the public.  For more information or to coordinate what to bring, contact Anne at 860-447-1431 or anne.tortora@gmail.com

 

Sadly, I heard from Diarmuid that his father, Con, passed away in Ireland after a long illness.  Please keep him and the Hanafin family in your prayers. 

 

Submitted by Rick Connell on behalf of the Officers in the AOH John P. Holland Division.

 

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Calendar of Events:  Please make an effort to attend and support these upcoming Division events. 

Date

Time

Place

Details or Comments

30-Jul

12:00 PM

New London

New London Currach Rowers Regatta.    Volunteers are needed and welcomed to attend the event.

5-Aug

6:30 PM

New London

We will serve food at the Homeless Hospitality Center at 178 Huntington St in New London.  Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to volunteer to serve on the 1st Friday of the month.

11-Aug

6:30 PM

Groton

Brother Jim Gallagher will give a talk "John P. Holland: Life and Career" at the Groton Public Library (52 Newtown Rd, Groton, CT).  The presentation will include a showing of the film "No Deck to Strut Upon."

12-Aug

 

 

The 102th Anniversary of John P. Holland's death

12-Aug

7:00 PM

Old Lyme

Brother Bill Lacy will be providing refreshments to support a fundraising Fashion Show at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme.  Tickets are $20 / person and the proceeds will help to  support Right to Life activities.

14-Aug

9:30 AM

New London

The Division will attend Mass at St. Joseph and walk to/from the Church to Fort Trumbull to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption with Division Pastor Fr. Mark.  Call Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 for more details.

16-Aug

7:00 PM

New London

Next Monthly Meeting of the Division at Hanafin's Pub.  All members are welcome to attend.

21-Aug

9:30 AM

New London

Mass and Pot Luck Supper to honor the Lady of Knock.  For more information or to coordinate what to bring, contact Anne at 860-334-9104 or anne.tortora@gmail.com

2-Sep

6:30 PM

New London

We will serve food at the Homeless Hospitality Center at 178 Huntington St in New London.  Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to volunteer to serve on the 1st Friday of the month.

17-Sep

2:00 PM

East Lyme, CT

Our NL AOH Annual Picnic will again be in McCook Park, Niantic (after Labor Day) at the Pavilion.  For info on the park, visit http://www.discovereastlyme.com/things_mccooks.php. Please RSVP to Dave Meara at (860) 437-0698 or email him so we can get an estimated headcount and plan the food. 

20-Sep

6:30 PM

New London

Next Monthly Meeting of the Division at Hanafin's Pub.  All members are welcome to attend.

20-Sep

7:00 PM

New London

Showing of the Irish Documentary "Mise Eire" at Hanafin's Pub. 

29-Sep

4-7 PM

Hamden, CT

The Documentary "1916: The Irish Rebellion" narrated by Liam Neeson, and featuring a combination of rarely seen archival footage, new segments filmed on location worldwide, and interviews with leading international experts will be shown.  The documentary is an initiative of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. This event will feature a screening of the documentary followed by a panel discussion by faculty at Quinnipiac University and the University of Notre Dame. The event is part of the celebration "Remembering the Easter Rising: Ireland 1916 at Quinnipiac University."

7-Oct

6:30 PM

New London

We will serve food at the Homeless Hospitality Center at 178 Huntington St in New London.  Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to volunteer to serve on the 1st Friday of the month.

10-Oct

10:00 AM

Stonington, CT

The Division's 14th Annual Bob Butler Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Pequot Golf Course.  Call or email Fran DePeter for more info at 860-443-3791

16-Oct

1:00 PM

Waterbury, CT

Connecticut AOH/LAOH Past State Presidents' Fall Event at the Waterbury Hibernian Hall.  For more info, call Dave Howe at (203) 767-6519

18-Oct

7:00 PM

New London

Next Monthly Meeting of the Division at Hanafin's Pub.  All members are welcome to attend.

4-Nov

6:30 PM

New London

We will serve food at the Homeless Hospitality Center at 178 Huntington St in New London.  Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to volunteer to serve on the 1st Friday of the month.

15-Nov

7:00 PM

New London

Next Monthly Meeting of the Division at Hanafin's Pub.  All members are welcome to attend.

19-Nov

10:00 AM

New London

Visit to St. Mary's Cemetery to pay our respects to deceased members and their spouses.  Email or call Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 for more details.

20-Nov

10:30 AM

New London

Annual Communion Breakfast at the US Coast Guard Academy. Guest Speaker is Kathleen  M. McGrory

20-Nov

9:00 AM

New London

We will be wearing our sashes and celebrating Mass at St. Joseph's Church just ahead of our Communion Breakfast.  It would be great if we could get a good turnout for the event as our Division Chaplin, Fr. Mark, is the Pastor at St. Joseph's.

2-Dec

6:30 PM

New London

We will serve food at the Homeless Hospitality Center at 178 Huntington St in New London.  Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to volunteer to serve on the 1st Friday of the month.

10-Dec

 

 

Human Rights Day: An occasion to highlight the situation in the north of Ireland)

20-Dec

7:00 PM

New London

Next Monthly Meeting of the Division at Hanafin's Pub.  All members are welcome to attend.

 

2016 Division Officers: Chaplain: Father Mark O’Donnell; President: Rick Connell; Vice President: Bernie Shea; Financial Secretary: Bob Curry; Treasurer: Vic Dowling; Recording Secretary: Russell Carr; Standing Committee Chair: Bill Lacy; Marshall: Brian Moore; Sentinel: Jim Shake; Past President: Jim Gallagher.

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In Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity

Sláinte agus beannacht    Good health and God’s blessing

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New London, CT 06320

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