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Question: What is the Ancient Order of Hibernians ?

   

Answer: The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a Catholic, Irish American Fraternal Organization founded in New York City 4 May, 1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a parent organization, of the same name, which has existed in Ireland for over 300 years. However, while the organizations share a common thread, the North American A.O.H. is a separate and much larger organization. 

The Order evolved from a need in the early sixteen hundreds to protect the lives of priests who risked immediate death to keep the Catholic Faith alive in occupied Ireland after the reign of England's King Henry VIII. When England Implemented its dreaded Penal Laws in Ireland, various secret social societies were formed across the country. These groups worked to aid and comfort the people by whatever means available. Similarly, the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America was founded May 4th, 1836 at New York's St. James Church, to protect the clergy, and church Property from the "Know Nothings" and their followers. At the same time the vast influx of Irish Immigrants fleeing famine issues in Ireland in the late 1840's, prompted a growth of various social societies in the USA - the largest of which was, and continues to be, the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Active across the United States, The Order seeks to aid the newly arrived Irish, both socially, politically. The many Divisions and club facilities located throughout the U.S. traditionally have been among the first to welcome new Irish Americans. Here, the Irish culture -- art, dance, music, and sports are fostered and preserved. The newcomers can meet some of "their own" and are introduced to the social atmosphere of the Irish-American community. the A.O.H has been at the political forefront for issues concerning the Irish, such as; Immigration Reform; economic Incentives both here and in Ireland; the human rights issues addressed in the MacBride Legislation; Right-To-Life; and a peaceful and just solution to the issues that divide Ireland.

The Order has also provided a continuing bridge with Ireland for those who are generations removed from our country. The A.O.H sponsors many of the programs associated with promoting our Irish Heritage such as the IRISH WAY PROGRAM. You may further seek admittance to the FINEST Irish Catholic Organization in the World -- all we would ask is for you to live our motto of:

   Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity"


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2016 11 November Newsletter

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

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

November, 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, November 15th at 7 PM at the New London Elks Lodge, 81 Washington St., 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,

With the sale of Hanafin's Pub this November to a new owner, please note that we will move our monthly meeting back to the New London Elks Club on 81 Washington Street.  The meeting will begin at 7 PM.  We will discuss the recommendations from the Nominations Committee for 2017 officers, and the potential trip to the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven to visit the exposition entitled “Fleeing Famine:  Irish Immigration to North America 1845-1860”.

We had an exceptionally active October:

·         Starting with the very successful golf outing, Fran DePeter did his usual fantastic job organizing and coordinating the various fundraising and golfing activities.  While we are still collating invoices and expenses, the initial read is that this year’s fundraising was one of the most successful yet.  Many thanks to Fran and to all the Brothers who contributed to or otherwise helped manage the day’s events including Bill Lacy, John Sullivan, Sean Moore, Tom Kenny, Tom Foley, John Melia, Stamford AOH, Jim Stephenson, Tom Dyer and Hanafin's Public House.

·         The Division hosted a special Mass and brunch at St. Edmund's Retreat on October 16th at Enders Island in Mystic in honor of Dairmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin.  We had a terrific turnout of over 35 people including Division members, family and friends. Many thanks to Joe Kelly for his leadership in coordinating all the RSVPs, the kitchen support and the payments.      

·         …and last but not least, Brother Victor Dowling was invested as a Knight of Malta at St. Matthews Cathedral in DC on October 16th.  Congratulations to Victor and his family.

November is always a special month for us with three annual activities that generate a lot of member interest:

·         Jim Shake and Sean Moore will lead the annual Gravesite Commemoration at St. Mary’s Cemetery in New London on Saturday, Nov. 19th.  Please plan to get there before 10 AM.  There is no fee and no need to register in advance.  Division Chaplain Father Mark will say a few words to commemorate the Brothers and their family who have passed. 

·         Sean Moore has confirmed we will meet for the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, Nov.20th at St. Mary's Church in New London to honor the deceased members and friends of the AOH.  We will be wearing our sashes at this event and many of us will go from the Mass directly to the annual Communion Breakfast.

·         Lastly, the Annual Communion Breakfast will be at 11:30 AM at the Coast Guard Academy in New London on Sunday, Nov 20th.   In addition to the meal and regular program of AOH events, we have invited a guest speaker, Kathleen McGrory, to give a presentation entitled “Heroes and Heroines of Easter Monday 1916”.  An abstract of her talk is below.  If you plan to go, please email Mike Gallagher or email /call Sean Moore (860) 443-2058, as we need a headcount estimate.  Please remember to bring a photo ID in order to get through security at the academy.  A driver’s license will do. 

o   The Irish Proclamation of 1916, first read publicly at the start of the Easter Monday Rising, begins with the words, "Irish men and Irish women." It is unique among all declarations of independence for its inclusion of both men and women in its address to all hearers, and posterity. Because of the stories of pre-Christian, matriarchal Ireland in the ancient days of Queen Maeve, Emer and Irish goddess Macha, and the legends and histories of Christian Ireland up to the present day, we now know that Irish heroes and heroines have labored together as partners in a mutual endeavor: to maintain and preserve the best traditions of Irish freedom and Irish culture. But not until the 21st century have we been able to put names  to the faces of those mostly anonymous women--77 of them--who fought or worked behind the scenes on Easter Monday 1916 and were sentenced without trial to British prisons. Several of them were condemned to death, like the men, by court martial, without legal representation. But at the last moment, the women's sentences were commuted to imprisonment. On November 20th at the USCGA we will go behind the scenes at Dublin's GPO and other strategic outposts to meet the Irish rebels who seized those strategic posts on Monday, April 24th 1916.  In this centennial year 2016, we will hear the stories of the men and women who accomplished the small revolution that turned the certain defeat and blood sacrifices of the 1916 Easter Rising into the long-term victory of Irish independence.

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

4-Nov

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 serve on the 1st Friday of the month.

15-Nov

7:00 PM

New London

Monthly AOH Meeting at the New London Elks Club.  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

9:30 AM

New London

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

20-Nov

11:00 AM

New London

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

2-Dec

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 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

Monthly AOH Meeting at the New London Elks Club.  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 10 October Newsletter

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

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

October, 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, October 18th 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 busy September which began with wonderful weather for the AOH annual picnic. Bill Lacy provided his usual assortment of delicious food and his efforts were complimented by Jim W’s authentic Clam Chowder.  Special thanks to Rich Havens and Dave Meara for helping to set up and clean up as well as providing a nice raffle prize for the attendees. 

The highlight of the month was the September 20th film and cultural event at Hanafins.  We showed Mise Éire (I Am Ireland); a documentary that was produced in 1959 by Gael Linn, the Irish-language and culture advocacy group. It provided a lot of useful context to the events leading up to the 1916 rising and the events thereafter that let to Irish Independence.  We had some technical difficulties getting the DVD to play on the large screen with sound. Lucky for us, the movie was in Gaelic with English subtitles so we could still enjoy the film.  As part of the film event, Shebeen Brewery did a “Tap Takeover” and introduced three beers from their brewery.  Shebeen is the Irish Gaelic word for illegal brewhouse, or speakeasy, and the head brewer and his mother (both from Dublin), joined us for the event.   

I also want to thank Bernie Shea for sending out his bi-annual membership notices to the churches in the Norwich diocese. His efforts have resulted in at least one applicant stepping forward.  Let’s hope more will come.     With this email, I also attach an updated application form which may be useful to help recruit new members.  Please help us grow our membership by reaching out to your family and friends of good character who meet our membership criteria.

Lastly, I wanted to mention that our the Division's 14th Annual Bob Butler Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Pequot Golf Course on October 10th.  Fran DePeter leads this effort which is our largest, single fundraising event of the year.   Even if you do not golf, if you are able to show up and hold a clipboard or help in other small ways, it will really make a difference.  For more info on playing in or supporting this event, call or email Fran at 860-443-3791

BIG EVENT IN OCTOBER: 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 10:30 am 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.  We will need to get a headcount ahead of the event, so please RSVP to Joe Kelly at jsphkelly1@hotmail.com  or call him at (860) 434-2396 to let him know if you will attend and, if so, how many people you will bring.   

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

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 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

10:30 AM

Mystic, CT

The Division will be hosting a special Mass and brunch at St. Edmund's Retreat on 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 (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.

4-Nov

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 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

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

2-Dec

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 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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