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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Irish Republic Day in Yonkers



April 24th Declared Irish Republic
Day in City of Yonkers



AOH Division #1 at Yonkers City Hall Before Council Meeting


The Ancient Order of Hibernians attended the Yonkers City Council Meeting on April 12th to participate in ceremonies marking the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.


Hibernians Seated In the Council Chambers at Yonkers City Hall

The Hibernians presented The City of Yonkers with a large framed copy of the Irish Proclamation of Independence on behalf of the city’s Irish Community.  The City Council approved a resolution calling for April 24th to be declared “Irish Republic Day” in the City of Yonkers.  A framed copy of the resolution was presented to the members of the AOH Myles Scully Division #1, which was founded in Yonkers in 1891.  Copies of the resolution were to be sent to the Irish Embassy in Washington and the Office of the Irish Consular General in New York City.


Yonkers Irish Republic Day Resolution

Division President Kevin Ellis addressed the City Council before the beginning of the meeting to thank the council members for helping commemorate an important event in Irish & American History. “The Easter Rising changed the course of history for Ireland, and the Proclamation was a document ahead of its time.” said Ellis, “The proclamation is was also unique in its reference to the exiled children in America.”

Mike Morley Reads the 1916 Irish Proclamation of Independence


Division Treasurer Mike Morley then read aloud the text of the 1916 Easter Proclamation in front of the entire City Council and guests in attendance.


Hibernians with Members of The Yonkers City Council


We would like to thank City Council President Liam McLaughlin and the members of the Yonkers City Council for welcoming us to City Hall!

City Council Pres. Liam McLaughlin with Division #1 Pres. Kevin Ellis





Monday, April 4, 2016

AOH Supports Yonkers Member in Need




Myles Scully Division #1 Supports Fundraising Benefit for Yonkers Hibernian

 
Jimmy Casey Benefit was held at Danny Mac's in Yonkers

     The members of the AOH were out in force on April 2nd to help support a fundraising benefit for a fellow Hibernian in Yonkers.  Jimmy “Big Poppa” Casey is a proud member of Division #1 in Yonkers and suffered a terrible injury back in January during the Blizzard of 2016.  He is a popular figure in the local Yonkers Community, where he has organized and run the Annual Toys for Tots program over the last 14years.

Division #1 Member Jimmy Casey

     Jimmy had slipped on ice in front of his home the night of the blizzard and was knocked unconscious by the fall.  Jimmy lay exposed to the elements where over 2 feet of snow fell in subzero temperatures.  He was not discovered until the next morning where he was found clinging to life.  He was stabilized by doctors, but he suffered from extreme frostbite on both of his hands which subsequently required the amputation many of Jimmy’s fingers.  The benefit was organized to assist with Jimmy’s medical and rehabilitation expenses.

Large crowds at The Jimmy Casey Benefit

     “The outpouring of support from the AOH was tremendous,” said Division President Kevin Ellis, “Once we put the word out, the response was almost immediate.”  Checks began arriving shortly there after from Divisions and individual Hibernians across New York State.  Support even came away from as far as Chicago, Illinois & Roanoke, Virginia. “We were blown away when we received a check from Division #32 in Chicago,” said Ellis. “We even had individual members from Long Island drive up to show support for Jimmy.”

Jim & Nancy Walsh with Jack McDonald and Judge Mike Doran

     A total of over $2,000 was received at the time of the benefit, and additional donations are expected in the near future.  When combined with the contributions of Division #1 and its members, the total was brought to over $4,000.

Members of Division #15 Massapequa with Yonkers Treasurer Mike Morley

     Jimmy Casey continues to remain in the hospital during his recovery, and it is still unclear at this point when he will be able to return to a normal life once he is released.  There were many at the benefit who took notice of the large AOH presence at the benefit.  “The AOH is not just a fraternal organization, it is a true brotherhood,” said Ellis, “That quality shined through for everyone to see here today, Jimmy has a tough road ahead, but he will know that he has his Hibernian brothers standing with him.”

Division #1 Members with Westchester County Pres. Aidan O'Kelly Lynch

     Division #1 is still accepting donations for Jimmy Casey.  You can send your donations by mail to AOH Division #1 Yonkers, c/o Jimmy Casey Fund, P.O. Box 1020, Yonkers, NY 10703.







Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade Season




Yonkers Hibernians March in Local
St. Patrick’s Day Parades

 
Division #1 Yonkers marching up 5th Avenue in New York City

     The Myles Scully Division #1 of Yonkers was visible in many places this month as its members participated in many of the local St. Patrick’s Day Parades that were held across Westchester County.  The Division marched in a total of 4 parades over the span of 7 days in what turned out to be one of the most successful parade seasons ever!

Stepping onto Mamaroneck Ave. in the White Plains Parade



     The first parade took place in White Plains on March 12th, where Division #1 marched proudly behind the Rockland County AOH Pipe Band up Mamaroneck Avenue.  This parade is fast becoming a favorite of the membership and we thank the parade committee for hosting us once again this year.

Division #1 marching in White Plains

     The next day, Division #1 marched in the 20th Annual Sleepy Hollow St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  This was a special day as Dennis O’Brien, who is a Division Officer, was chosen as an Aide to the Grand Marshal John Dunleavy.  Congratulations to the members of AOH Division #11 Tarrytown for the great work they do in organizing this parade!

Division #1 Members at The Sleepy Hollow Parade

     St. Patrick’s Day is always a special day for the AOH, and this year was no exception as The Myles Scully Division marched in the 255th Annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  It was a great day with above average temperatures and we were able to see so many of our friends and supporters as we made our way up 5th Avenue! We were honored to march behind Senator George Mitchell, who served as this years Grand Marshal and was instrumental in helping the Peace Process in the North of Ireland become a reality!

Division #1 passes the Reviewing Stand in the NYC Parade


Here is a video of Division #1 in The NYC Parade



     The fourth and final Parade on March 19th was the 61st Annual Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Our members take exceptional pride of a parade which was created by The Myles Scully Division back in 1956.  Dennis O’Brien was the AOH Aide to The Grand Marshal, who this year was Patrick Quinn.  Pat Quinn was the original creator of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has risen over $220 million toward finding a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Division #1 led the procession into Mass at St. Barnabas Chapel and then assisted with formation duties.  Our members did an excellent job getting the over 5,500 marching out onto McLean Ave.  We then took our place of honor as the last marching unit to come up the Emerald Mile.

Division One marching in The Yonkers St. Patrick's' Day Parade

     Congratulations to those “Iron Man” members who were able to attend all four parades this year!  The members of Division #1 once again showed how Hibernians march with respect, honor and dignity.

Rooftop view of Division #1 in the Yonkers Parade






Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Message 2016



HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

Today Marks the 255th Annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade



The oldest, largest, and grandest parade in the world!


As has become customary, every year we re-post our St. Patrick’s Day Message first printed in 2011 for the book entitled  

“250 Years of the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade.”



"For 255 years we've marched, through adverse times and weather.  We've marched in this sacred parade through years of occupation, persecution, and poverty.



 We've marched through years of famine, war, discrimination and hate; years of working the killing jobs that no one else would take.

 We triumphed over all with a courageous and joyful spirit that is uniquely Irish.



 Through it all we survived and never wavered; we held the banner high; we never let the standard drop.

 

 And as always, we marched.



 Today we remember the millions of marchers who came before us, those magnificent Irish souls whose struggles have given us all we have today.  We pray for them, we honor them; and we ask God to grant us the grace to always be as strong as they were.



  On this momentous day let us rededicate ourselves to the struggle.  May we always band together to help each other, and bravely fight to overcome the world's adversities.  May we always hold the banner high and never drop the standard.  And may we teach our children and our children's children to do the same.


Whatever the future brings, let us meet it with the hope, faith and happiness of our forebears.



And always…..LET US MARCH."



 May God bless this parade, all who march in it, and all those who work to maintain, preserve and protect the true spirit and message of St. Patrick’s Day.



DIVISION OFFICERS


Chaplain

Rev. Matt Janeczko OFM

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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CONTACT US

Mailing Address:

A.O.H. Myles Scully
Division One
P.O. Box 1020
Yonkers, NY 10703

Email Address:

aohyonkers@gmail.com

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