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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

18th Annual Charity Golf Outing




Yonkers Ancient Order of Hibernians Hold
 18th Annual Charity Golf Outing

The Majestic Course at The Ardsley Country Club in Dobbs Ferry


     The Myles Scully Division held its Annual Charity Golf Outing this past Monday at The Ardsley Country Club in Westchester County.  Over 125 golfers attended the event, and enjoyed 18 holes of golf on a course that provided a tremendous panoramic view of the Hudson River and the cliffs of the Palisades.

Danny Mac's Foursome with AOH Members Mike Maher & Sean McEvoy

     The proceeds raised that day fund the Division’s Charity and Mission’s Program, which provides donations to Irish and Catholic Charities in the Yonkers and Lower Westchester County region.  The Program has grown in its size and scope every single year, all because of the support of our growing list of friends and sponsors. This year, the event had its largest number of sponsors ever!  Last year, the Division reported over $25,000 in charitable donations, and judging by the success of this year’s outing, we are confident that we will be able to surpass that mark!


 And They're Off!

Here is video of the start of the golf outing.



Division One would like to especially thank our
 Harp League Sponsors”

The Constantine Family has always been loyal supporters!

The Yonkers C.L.S.A.

Yonkers Firefighters Local 628

Danny Mac's Sports Bar

Laborers International Union Local 60

Moretrench

Whalen & Ball Funeral Home
  
     Special thanks to Golf Committee Chairman Tom Allison, who has worked tirelessly over the past several years and is largely responsible for this event’s unparalleled success.  Tom is stepping down as chairman this year, and it was no surprise to any of us that his last outing was his best effort yet!  Congratulations and Thank You T.A.!

Division Treasurer Mike Morley calls out another raffle prize winner

     The Officers and Members of Division One would also like to thank Andrew Balint and the wonderful staff at the Ardsley County Club who provided such a wonderful and memorable experience.  This despite the fact that the club’s main clubhouse suffered major damage from a fire over the winter months.  Everyone was impressed with the professionalism and attentiveness of the entire staff.  All those who attended the event were committed that they will be returning next year!

 
Golfer were impressed with the tremendous service they received!


      We would like to thank all of our Lunch and Hole Sponsors this year!  2015 saw the most sponsors in the 18 year history of this event!  It is because of their loyal and unwavering support that we are able to perform the work that we do all year long.  We look forward to seeing all of our friends and supporters next year!









Monday, April 13, 2015

Historian's Report - April 2015







The Countess of Irish Freedom

By Mike McCormack



The Countess as a Young Feminist


     She was called the Countess of Irish Freedom by playwright Sean O’Casey and though she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, she spat it out and risked her life for the common people of Ireland that she loved so much.

     Constance Gore-Booth was born into a well-to-do Anglo-Irish family on Feb. 4, 1868 in London.  Her father had a large estate in Co. Sligo where she moved in the circles of the Protestant Ascendancy growing up as a noted horsewoman and a crack shot as well as a beautiful young woman.  Yet, she couldn’t help comparing her life to the lives of the poor dispossessed Irish families who surrounded her father’s estate.  Even when she later married into wealth and privilege, she never forgot the plight of the common Irish.  She studied art and in 1898, attended the Julian School in Paris. It was there she met Count Casimir Markievicz from a wealthy Polish family.  Even though he was Catholic, they were married on Sept. 29, 1901.  Constance Gore-Booth was now the Countess Markievicz.

Countess Markievicz

     In 1903 they moved to Dublin where she began to make an impression as a landscape artist. She and Casimir founded the United Arts Club in 1905 but she soon tired of this life.  Nature should provide me with something to live for, something to die for, she said. Then in 1906 she found that ‘something.  She rented a cottage in the Dublin hills formerly rented by poet, Pádraic Colum.  He had left old copies of revolutionary publications like The Peasant and Sinn Féin there.  Reading these, Constance found the cause to inspire her life.  In 1908 she became active in nationalist politics, joining Sinn Féin and Maud Gonne’s women’s group, Inghinidhe na hÉireann founded to support Irish and boycott British goods. She went to England in 1908 and stood for election against a young man named Winston Churchill.  She lost and returned to Ireland where she founded Fianna Éireann in 1909, an organization similar to the boy scouts, but focusing on military drill and the use of firearms. Pádraic Pearse would later say that without Fianna Éireann, the Volunteers of 1913 would not have arisen.  By 1911 she was an executive member of both Inghinidhe and Sinn Féin.  She was jailed for the first time for demonstrating against the visit of King George V to Ireland.   She also involved herself in the labor unrest of the time, running a soup kitchen during the Great Dublin Lockout of union workers in 1913 and supporting labor leaders James Larkin and James Connolly.  Her activity took a toll on her marriage and Casimir left for the Balkans and joined the Imperial Russian cavalry during WWI.

     As the war began, Constance was in the center of the nationalist activity in Dublin which exploded in the Easter Rising.  Most women in the movement participated as nurses or by running messages through the streets; not the Countess!  As part of Connolly’s Citizen Army, she was second in command to Michael Mallin at St. Stephen’s Green, supervised the erection of barricades and was in the middle of the fighting. Driven from the Green, they occupied the College of Surgeons and held it until ordered to surrender by James Connolly after the rising.  The Countess kissed her automatic pistol before handing it over.  The English officer who took their surrender was a distant relative of hers and he offered to drive her to jail.  No offence, old feller, she said, but I much prefer to tag along with my own.  At her court martial she told the court, I did what was right and I stand by it.  She was taken to Kilmainham jail where she sat in her cell listening to the volleys of the firing squads as her comrades were murdered.  She too had been sentenced to death, but General Maxwell commuted this to life in prison on ‘account of the prisoner’s sex.’  She told the officer who brought her the news,  I do wish your lot had the decency to shoot me.  Moved by the faith of her comrades, she vowed to become a Catholic and when released in the General Amnesty of 1917, she kept her promise and became a Catholic.

She was directly involved in the fighting during the Easter Rising

     The fire within her had not been extinguished by the tragic events of 1916, and she continued the struggle. In 1918 she was jailed by the Brits during a phony ‘German Plot,’ aimed at breaking anti-conscription forces in Ireland.  While in prison, she became the first woman elected to the British Parliament, running as a Sinn Féin candidate.  She refused to take the oath of allegiance to the King and was denied her seat, but when the first Dáil Éireann was formed two months later, she was appointed the first Minister of Labor and went on the run.  She was jailed twice during the War of Independence and was released to attend the Treaty debates.  When the Irish Civil War broke out she was once more involved in the fighting, helping to defend Moran’s Hotel in Dublin. Later she toured the US raising funds for the Republican cause. After the Civil War she regained her seat in the Dáil, but her politics ran her afoul of the Free State government and she was jailed again. Along with 92 other women prisoners, she went on hunger strike and was released after a month. She joined Eamon de Valera’s Fianna Fáil party in 1926 and was elected as one of it’s candidates in 1927.


Countess Markievicz Irish Postage Stamp

     However, a month later she became sick.  She had given away the last of her wealth and died in a public ward among the poor where she wanted to be. It may have been appendicitis, but many said it was simply overwork. She could have lived a life of leisure, insulated from the trials and tribulations of the common man, but she gave it all up and intentionally risked her life for the people she came to love and respect.  When her body was taken to the Republican plot at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, for burial, as many as 300,000 people turned out on the streets to bid her farewell.  At her graveside, Eamon de Valera gave the eulogy.

     As the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising approaches and people are searching for history’s heroes, they should be told the story of Constance Gore-Booth, she was truly the Countess of Irish freedom.




Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The 2015 St. Patrick's Day Marching Season



They Don’t Call It March for Nothing!

Yonkers Hibernians Participate in Area St. Patrick’s Day Parades


Division One Marching in The 254th NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade



      The St. Patrick’s Day Marching season is often referred to as the “High Holy Month” by the members of The Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Myles Scully Division of Yonkers once again maintained a very busy parade schedule.   


The Rain did not slow us down in The White Plains Parade

     The Division participated in four parades this year, marching in White Plains, Sleepy Hollow, New York City and Yonkers.

 
Division One Marching in The Sleepy Hollow St. Patrick's Day Parade

     This year was very special as two of our members were honored as Aides to The Grand Marshal in different parades.  Kevin Hartnett was honored as an Aide in the Sleepy Hollow Parade, and Division One Sentinel Scott McGown was chosen at The AOH Aide to the Grand Marshal in the 60th Annual Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


Scott McGown (left) with Grand Marshal Tim Rooney Jr. and Aides

     Participation within the membership has increased each year, with over 40 members marching on 5th Avenue in New York City in the 254th Annual NYC Parade.  An additional 12 parade sashes were ordered this year to meet the increasing demand by members to march.

The Myles Scully Division #1 founded the Yonkers Parade in 1956

     We would like to congratulate our Hibernian Brother Larry McCrudden, who achieved a historic milestone this year as Co-Chairman of The Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.  Larry has served on the Yonkers Parade Committee for all 60 year of its existence!


Here is a Video Slideshow of our Parade Season in 2015




     So another St. Patrick's Day Parade season is in the books, and the members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians can take pride in how they once again led by example and will always serve to protect and preserve the true message of St. Patrick's Day!



DIVISION OFFICERS

Chaplain
Father Eric Raaser

President
Kevin Ellis

Vice President
Jim Walsh

Recording Secretary

Robert Eggen

Financial Secretary
Dan Mulvey

Treasurer
Mike Morley

Chairman Standing
Committee

Dennis O'Brien

Marshal
Ronan O'Brien

Sentinel
Scott McGown

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Division One
P.O. Box 1020
Yonkers, NY 10703

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