COMMODORE DEKAY CEREMONY – JUNE 17TH

At 6:30 pm on Tuesday evening June 17th the Division will hold a brief ceremony at Commodore George Coleman DeKay’s grave site in St. George’s Cemetery at 319 Front Street in Hempstead. This event will honor his extraordinary efforts to deliver aid to the Irish devastated by the famine.

Attendees are encouraged to bring any clean used clothing and canned goods for donation to St. George’s Church whose rector is graciously hosting this event.

Members should wear business attire (with sashes, medallions and berets for those who have them.)

George Coleman DeKay (1802-1849), an American citizen of Dutch/Irish descent and also a Commodore in the Argentine Navy, lobbied Congress to contribute a ship and spent large amounts of his own money to provision it to transport aid for Ireland during the 1847 famine.

Congress, as a result of his efforts, authorized the temporary removal of armaments and the transfer of the frigate Macedonian to civilian control under his command.

Commodore DeKay sailed from New York for Ireland on June 15, 1847 with 12,000 barrels (approximately 1.700 tons) of provisions, donated by private citizens of the United States, and arrived in Cork on July 16th.

DIVISION 7 RECRUITMENT EVENT MARCH 9, 2014

After Mass on Sunday March 9th, Division 7 will hold a special recruitment event at Miller’s Levittown Ale House, 3046 Hempstead Turnpike from 1:00 to 3:00PM.

The tariff is $25.00 per person and attendees will enjoy corned beef and cabbage, Kona Big Wave Beer, Irish music and Irish Dancing.

Reservations must be made by March 3rd and can be secured by an email to Brother Dennis Dunne at ddunnesr@aol.com.

Checks payable to AOH Division 7 should be forwarded to:

AOH Division 7 Recruitment Event
c/o American Legion Post 1711
3123 North Jerusalem Rd
Levittown, NY 11756

NASSAU COUNTY FEIS & FESTIVAL – 2013

The 41st Annual Nassau County Feis & Festival will be held on Sunday, September 15th at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

There will be Irish Step Dancing and Bag Piping competitions; Traditional Irish Singing; Vendors and Children’s Games. Mass will be celebrated on-site at 11:00AM.

Adult admission is $10.00 (under 16 free) and all are invited and encouraged to attend.

2013 Officer Installation

The installation of the 2013 slate of officers will take place at our next monthly meeting on February 13th at American Legion Post 1711. 3123 n Jerusalem Rd, Levittown.

All members are encouraged to attend this meeting to support your elected officers.

AOH National Hurricane Sandy Relief

Many parts of the Northeast have been devastated. Hurricane Sandy has left us with unimaginable misery in terms of destruction, dislocation, and despair. Areas with extremely high concentrations of Hibernians truly resemble war zones where dark and heatless homes faced this frigid morning with temperatures averaging 25 degrees.

I realize you have seen the tremendous loss on TV. A neighbor of mine told me that when a newscaster showed people burning their own furniture to stay warm, he had to stop looking at the evening news.

But we, as Hibernians, cherish an Irish Catholic legacy that compels us not to look away, but instead to consistently respond to the needs of those among us and around us. If we are to fulfill the enduring mission of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, then we know that it is our responsibility to reach out with assistance and the support of our prayers so that spirits broken by a sense of helplessness will not soon be crushed by an added burden of hopelessness.

In an emergency conference call last night, the AOH National Board unanimously voted to donate $25,000 for AOH Storm Relief. In addition, a program has been authorized to both process donations and provide an opportunity for Hibernians impacted in various ways to request assistance from their Hibernian Brothers. We are counting on the generosity of our State Boards, County Boards, Divisions, and all Hibernians everywhere. If every Division, County Board, and State Board were to contribute at least $200, we would total well in excess of $100,000 without even counting the generous donations from each of our members!

HOW TO MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION:

  • All checks MUST be written: Pay To The Order of Hibernian Charity.
  • Memo portion of your check MUST read: AOH Storm Relief.
  • Send all donations to Edward Dougherty, Hibernian Charity Sec—7236 Brous Ave, Phila, PA 19149

AOH Storm Relief Request Forms available from: State Presidents OR aoh.com (website)  OR from Seamus Boyle–3097 Willits Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114 (shay39@comcast.net)

Brothers, because the will of God is the need of the hour, I ask this entire Order to please respond generously and immediately.

Fraternally and gratefully,

Brendan Moore
AOH National President

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