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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.

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2016 06 June Newsletter

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

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

June, 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, June 21st at 7 PM in the basement of Hanafin’s Pub on 312 State St in New London.  Please make an effort to attend. If any member needs transportation to a Division Meeting, due to health or vehicle problems, 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,

I am pleased to note that we swore in Joe Kelly as a new member to our division.  Please be sure to welcome Joe to the AOH when you see him.  

Five division members (Rick Connell, Victor Dowling, Rich Havens, Paul Moriarty, and Tom Yourell) made it to Worchester, Mass to attend the AOH Major Degree ceremony.  There were ca, 60+ brothers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island who attended and received the Major degree at the ceremony.  Kudos to the CT State AOH for getting a degree ceremony scheduled in our region. 

I was pleased to read that Maureen Plumleigh will row for the Kildysart Currach Rowers Club on June 4th at the Cork Harbor Festival in Ireland.  We will wait with great anticipation to hear her impressions on the event.  Closer to home ,the New London Currach club will be hosting a Regatta in New London on July 30th.  At the Regatta we'll (AOH) be adding an Irish flavor to this ancient Irish tradition of Currach racing by providing a booth with Irish literature and memorabilia. We can use several volunteers and we hope to strongly publicize this event. I hope to be there myself to help with the time keeping or other relatively lite tasks.  Let’s discuss at the June meeting how our division might help to make this regatta a success in terms of local excitement and appreciating for this Celtic sporting event.  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. 

Mark your calendars for an AOH sponsored lunch at the Thames Club in New London on July 17th.    Cormac O'Malley will be our guest speaker and he will give a talk on the role played by America in the 1916 Rising.  He is an internationally acclaimed author and his Father, Ernie O'Malley, was a leading figure for the Anti-Treaty forces in the Irish Civil War and he was an author of several books.  Cormac has extended that talent, as he has written a number of books most all about Ireland.  Social Committee Chair Bill Lacy has worked with the chef at the Thames Club to ensure a meal that will include a Cobb Salad, Pesto Crusted Chicken Breast - with Herb Roasted Potatoes, and Steamed Broccoli, toasted bread and butter, and dessert of scrumptious served with ice cream. 

The momentum to build a Ladies AOH Division continues to grow and anyone interested should contact Anne at 860-334-9104 or at anne.tortora@gmail.com.  On a related note, the AOH and LAOH will be organizing a call for members in the church bulletins during the August-September time frames.  Keep your eyes open for that and be sure to use this opportunity to bring new members to the group. 

Lastly, please keep brother Pat Kennedy in your prayers.  His father John F. Kennedy passed away this past month.  A soft spoken man, John Kennedy was a Life member of the Division and keenly interested in his Irish Heritage.  He was a great help in the 1980's when we held Currach races in New London, and, his son Pat has continued this tradition during the Celts and Currach Festivals and in assisting the New London Currach Club. We hope to have some sort of local commemoration in the area along with the event we were planning for his good friend Red Shannon who passed away in March.  Red’s commemoration event is June 10th at the Coast Guard academy.    Time TBD.  I’ll send something out by email as soon as I have details.    

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

10-Jun

TBD

New London, CT

The internment for Red Shannon at the Coast Guard Academy Chapel. Time to be finalized in a separate email to the Division when we get more specifics.

21-Jun

7:00 PM

New London

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

12-Jul 

5:30-7 PM 

New London

Book signing at Hanafin's Pub by Cormac O'Malley.   He is an internationally acclaimed author and his Father, Ernie O'Malley, was a leading figure for the Anti-Treaty forces in the Irish Civil War and he was an author of several books. 

11-14 July

All Day

Atlantic City, NJ

National Meeting of the AOH will be help in Atlantic City from July 11-14th.  We are allowed to send 5 voting delegates.  Let Rick Connell know if you plan to attend. 

17-Jul

11:45 AM

New London

AOH Lunch hosted at the Thames club.  Cocktail hour begins at 11:45 with lunch starting at 1 PM.  Cormac O'Malley will be our guest speaker and he will give a talk on the role played by America in the 1916 Rising.  Cost is $24 for adults.  A cash bar will be available. 

19-Jul

7:00 PM

New London

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

12-Aug

 

 

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

30-Jul

12:00 PM

New London

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

16-Aug

7:00 PM

New London

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

10-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. 

10-Sep

5:00 PM

East Lyme, CT

Members of our Division will gather for Mass at St. Agnes Church, Niantic, after the picnic.  We will try to bring up the gifts to commemorate Halfway to St. Patrick's Day.  Please make every effort to attend this Mass so that we will have a good turnout.  Call or email Richard Havens at (860) 739-6837 for  details. 

20-Sep

7:00 PM

New London

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

29-Sep

4-7 PM

Hamden, CT

1916: The Irish Rebellion.  Narrated by Liam Neeson, this landmark documentary tells the dramatic story of the events that took place in Dublin during Easter Week 1916, when a small group of Irish rebels took on the might of the British Empire. The documentary – featuring a combination of rarely seen archival footage, new segments filmed on location worldwide, and interviews with leading international experts – also uncovers the untold story of the central role Irish Americans played in the lead-up to the rebellion.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."

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

 

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

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.

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

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2016 05 May Newsletter

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

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

May, 2016

Division website: www.aohnewlondonct.myclubcircle.com

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

 

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CHANGE OF VENUE: The next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17th  at 7:00 PM in Hanafin’s Pub on 312 State St in New London.  Please make an effort to attend. If any member needs transportation to a Division Meeting, due to health or vehicle problems, 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,

 

I am pleased to note that we swore in two new members to our Division.  Please join me in welcoming Ed DePeter and Jim Wasniewski to the division.  Any member who has paid their 2016 dues already should have received their 2016 membership card.  If you have not received your card, please email Financial Secretary Bob Curry at bobski@snet.net or call him at (203) 314-9605.  Also contact Bob if you would like to pay your 2016 dues and have not done so already.  At our last monthly meeting, we also voted on a motion to renew and increase the amount of money we have in our CD from close to $3,000 to $5,000. I see both items as a positive metric for the health of our Division.

 

I think we can all celebrate the interim relief provided to Malachy McAllister and his family.  As you may know, Malachy fled Ireland and stayed illegally in the US after receiving death threats from Loyalist Death Squads.  Since that time, he has become a productive businessman and job creator. Through the efforts of Brother Dan Dennehy, the AOH National Immigration Chairman, and Hibernians from around the country, there was sufficient congressional support to pause his deportation and provide him with more time to mount a defense.  I want to thank our Jim Gallagher and the other Hibernians from our division who also helped get our local congressmen involved.  I sent a hand written, thank you note to Congressman Joe Courtney for his support. 

 

The dedication of the 1916 Monument in Fairfield, CT was a spectacular success.  In addition to politicians and members of the clergy, it was nice to see several generations of Irish Americans attending this event.  The Bridgeport Area AOH and the 1916 Rising planning committee did a great job with the Mass and the post dedication festivities.  Closer to home, we thank Jim Gallagher for his reading of the 1916 proclamation and Diarmuid Hanafin for hosting a showing of a documentary on the making of the movie "Mise Eire" (I am Ireland) at Hanafin’s Pub the next day.  The event drew many new faces along with the usual suspects from the division…J

Kudos to Brothers Tom Yourell, Rich Havens, and Jim Wasniewski for volunteering to help serve food to the homeless in New London this week.  Their work, along with the food preparation by Brother Bill Lacy and the coordination of Sean Moore is really making a difference for the clients at the shelter.

 

The Massachusetts State Board is hosting a Major Degree Ceremony on Saturday May 7th, 2016 at the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Center in Worcester Massachusetts. Myself, Tom Yourell, Victor Dowling and Paul Moriarty will be attending. We’ll let you know what transpired when we return.   

 

The momentum to build a Ladies AOH Division continues to grow.  Anyone interested should contact Ann at 860-334-9104 or at anne.tortora@gmail.com.

 

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-May

4:00 PM

New London

Sean and Deirdre Murtha will lead a traditional Irish music session at Hanafin's Pub, 312 State Street, New London, on Saturday, May 7 from 4-7 p.m.

7-May

12:30 PM

Worchester, MA

Major Degree Training.  Details above

8-May

3:00 PM

New London

Celtic and American folk music of the "State Street Saints" will take place on May 8, from 3 to 5 PM, in Hanafin's Pub, with the robust .

17-May

7:00 PM

NL Elks Club

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

17-May

 

 

Nationwide day to commemorate victims of the Irish Hunger

22-May

 

10 AM from Exit 92

A bus trip to Boston College's Irish Arts and Crafts Movement hosted by the IACC.  Bus fare will be $20 for members $25 for nonmembers

10-Jun

 

New London, CT

The internment for Red Shannon at the Coast Guard Academy Chapel. Time to be finalized.

21-Jun

7:00 PM

NL Elks Club

Next Monthly Meeting of the Division.  All members are welcome

24-Jun

All Day

Mystic, CT

Wooden Boat Show: June 24-26: an opportunity to display the Currachs at the Mystic Seaport. Visit http://www.thewoodenboatshow.com/

11-14 July

All Day

Atlantic City, NJ

National Meeting of the AOH will be help in Atlantic City from July 11-14th. 

19-Jul

7:00 PM

NL Elks Club

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

30-Jul

12:00 PM

New London

New London Currach Rowers Proposed Regatta Date

12-Aug

 

 

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

16-Aug

7:00 PM

NL Elks Club

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

9-Sep

5:00 PM

East Lyme, CT

Members of our Division will gather for Mass at St. Agnes Church, Niantic, after the picnic.  We will try to bring up the gifts to commemorate Halfway to St. Patrick's Day.  Please make every effort to attend this Mass so that we will have a good turnout.  Call or email Richard Havens at (860) 739-6837 for  details. 

9-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

7:00 PM

NL Elks Club

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

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