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Monday, December 15, 2014

Division Officer Installation Ceremony 2014



Ancient Order of Hibernians of Yonkers Installs Division Officers for 2015

 
Aidian O'Kelly Lynch, Mike Flynn & Newly Installed Officers


     The Myles Scully, Division #1 of Yonkers installed its slate of officers for the upcoming year at a ceremony that was held at The Dunwoodie Golf Course Catering Hall on December 13th.  Over 50 people attended the event that was open to the public. 

 
Preparations Complete for the Installation Ceremony

     The installation ceremony was performed by Aidan O’Kelly Lynch, The President of The AOH Westchester County Board.  Official Observers included AOH New York State District Director Michael Flynn, and AOH Bronx County Officer John Hyland.


AOH Division One Officer Sashes

     “The ceremony is where the officers pledge to guide this Division forward with dedication, humility, and sacrifice.” said President Kevin Ellis, “It’s also when all of our members pledge their loyalty to the AOH and to each other as fraternal brothers.”


Kevin Hartnett, Mike Flynn, and Jack McDonald

     The Officers are President Kevin Ellis, Vice President Jim Walsh, Recording Secretary Bob Eggen, Treasurer Mike Morley, Financial Secretary Dan Mulvey, Chairman of Standing Committee Dennis O’Brien, Marshall Ronan O’Brien and Sentinel Scott Mcgown.  All officers are elected to annual terms.


Here is a short video highlight of the Installation Ceremony





     Division One would also like to thank Larry Conley from The Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, who did a wonderful job leading our officers in the ceremony.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Division Officer & Christmas Gathering



AOH of Yonkers Officer Installation 
& Christmas Gathering Event





Monday, December 8, 2014

Historian's Report December 2014


Irish Historian’s Report


Division One is honored to share Irish History articles provided by The National Historian of The Ancient Order of Hibernians






LIGHTS FROM THE PAST

By Mike McCormack - AOH National Historian


Newgrange, County Meath

     There are more than just Christmas lights illuminating the darkness as the sun rises on the Winter Solstice in Ireland.  On December 21, a marvelous event occurs at Bru na Boinne.  On a hill in the Boyne Valley of Co. Meath stands a complex of three monuments to the early settlers of Ireland, and their civilization: Knowth, Dowth and Newgrange.  Built more than 5000 years ago, they are among the oldest man-made, still-standing structures on the planet.  Newgrange, in particular, is surrounded by enormous standing stones.  A magnificently carved kerbstone lies before the entrance to its 65-foot passage which runs to the center of the mound where three chambers are formed of interlacing stones.  The passage is the most interesting part of the structure for it is inclined at precisely the proper angle to align astronomically with the rays of the rising sun on the winter solstice.  At dawn on December 21, the shortest day of the year and the point at which the power of the sun begins its annual return, the rising sun’s rays shine through a portal above the entrance, travel along the inclined passage and illuminate a symbol on the rear wall.  This only happens on December 21 and partially on the two days before and after.  And it has been happening precisely at that time for the past 5000 years or more.  At other times of the year, the rising sun casts shadows on the kerbstone from the standing stones indicating the times for planting, harvesting and other events.

The Entrance Stone at Newgrange
     Ancient Irish manuscripts say it was built by the Tuatha De Danann, early inhabitants of Ireland who were such an advanced civilization that the Celtic settlers who came after them considered them magical and guided by the heavens.  Today, we know that part of their ‘guidance’ came in the form of their advanced knowledge of astronomy – knowledge unsurpassed in the known world at the time.  To the Celts, Bru na Boinne was a domain of the gods, a palace of the otherworld, and a burial place of Chieftains.  Knowth and Dowth are also astronomically aligned with celestial events.  Knowth, the oldest mound of the three was built some 500 years before Newgrange and is also astronomically aligned with the setting sun on the winter solstice.
In spite of the amount of verifiable information available on this historic site, some still stand with their backs to Newgrange, and stare in awe at Stonehenge, marveling at the antiquity of a site constructed 1,000 years later.  Or they wonder at the pyramids which were only started hundreds of years after Boyne Valley monuments were completed.  Finally, in 1989, the New York Times, which is ever slow to credit Irish accomplishments, noted that a British journal had announced that the astrological alignment of Newgrange appeared to be by design rather than by accident.  Welcome aboard!  Now that we’ve got their attention, it might be time to tell them about the other sites!



     The Bru na Boinne complex is only one of four major passage tomb sites in Ireland.  The others are Lough Crew, Carrowkeel and Carrowmore. They all date from before 3000 BC; all consist of cruciform (three) chambers at the end of a passage and are covered in most instances by a mound.  A unique style of stone carvings are found on all, including lozenge shapes, leaf shapes, and circles, some surrounded by radiating lines.  At Lough Crew, Co. Meath there are also three parts on hilltops – Carnbane East and West and the third, less well preserved, is at Patrickstown.  The cairn in Carnbane East is directed to receive the beams of the rising sun on the spring and autumnal equinox – the light shining down the passage and illuminating art on the back wall.



     Carrowkeel in Co. Roscommon is a beautifully situated megalithic hill top passage tomb cemetery, consisting of 14 passage cairns, all are round in shape except one, which is a long oval shape consisting of a forecourt and cruciform passage grave. This is a classic Irish passage tomb, consisting of a passage leading to a central chamber with three equally spaced side chambers.  The most interesting feature of this tomb is a portal above the entrance, just like the one at Newgrange, but unlike Newgrange this one is aligned to the midsummer sunset.

Illuminated Passageway on The Winter Solstice
     Carrowmore in Co. Sligo is the largest and one of the most important megalithic sites in Europe.  Over 60 tombs have been located and the oldest pre-dates Newgrange by 700 years.  This Bronze Age cemetery holds the largest collection of megaliths in Ireland – a mixture of passage graves and dolmens – and is the second largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Europe.  Researchers place the bulk of the megaliths in Carrowmore at between 4300 and 3500 BC, more in keeping with Neolithic dating but still unusually early. The whole scene is overlooked by Listoghil and Queen Maeve’s tomb on Knocknarea – the largest tomb in Ireland.

     December 21st is coming and Bru na Boinne will again receive its annual message from the sun telling man that the days will now get longer and the long night of winter is coming to an end.  Hopefully the long night of ignorance about Irish accomplishments is ending as well.






Monday, December 1, 2014

President's Message December 2014



PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Division One President Kevin Ellis



December 2014

Brothers,

      The Christmas Season is upon us once again, and it usually during this time of year that we tend to look back and bring to mind all of our blessings.  As a group, we certainly have much to be appreciative and thankful for.

     I am extremely thankful to all of our Hibernian Brothers who came together to sponsor The 6th Annual Sean Tallon Memorial Tournament!  The event was able to reach an entirely new level this year and we owe a great deal of gratitude for all of the AOH County Boards and Divisions who joined us as sponsors of this important tournament.  Their support has not only ensured that this event will continue, but will grow in size and scope as well.  Special thanks to The Tallon Family and The FDNY Ceremonial Unit, Tom Beirne, John Manning, Aidan O’Kelly Lynch, Bob Nolan, and Vic Versace who are now welcome partners in promoting Irish Culture thru youth sports.

      In December we will have our final nominations for our Division Officers at our meeting/year end party at The Lakers A.C. on December 5th.  We will then have our first public AOH Installation Ceremony at Dunwoodie Golf Course on December 13th.  I would encourage all of our members to make every effort to attend the installation with their families.

      The initial details for the upcoming 2015 AOH New York State Convention have been made available, and we discuss this at our membership meeting on December 5th.

      It is also dues time!  Our AOH Membership Cards for 2015 will be available at our January meeting, so please get your membership dues of $35.00 in as soon as possible.

      Also remember that we are once again holding our Division One Annual Super Bowl Pool again, so reserve your boxes early.  See Brian Hartnett for details.

     I would like to extend all of you and your families my very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year!


Yours in our motto,


Kevin Ellis, President
Division One, Yonkers







Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The 6th Annual Sean Tallon Tournament



AOH of Greater New York Sponsors 6th Annual Sean Tallon Tournament

The FDNY Ceremonial Unit and Color Guard at Gaelic Park

     The life and legacy of a New York City Firefighter who was killed on September 11, 2001 was celebrated in grand fashion as AOH County Boards and Divisions from around The New York City area teamed up to sponsor a region wide Gaelic sports tournament which featured over 250 youngsters in an all day event.

Tough Competition at Gaelic Park in the Sean Tallon Tournament

     The 6th Annual Firefighter Sean Tallon Memorial Tournament welcomed over 24 youth teams (Under-8) from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut competing in Irish Football and Hurling.  The tournament was operated in conjunction with The New York GAA Minor Board and was held at Gaelic Park in the Bronx.

Young Hurlers at the Sean Tallon Tournament

     The tournament was originally founded by Division #1 in Yonkers to promote Irish Culture and to honor a local hero killed on September 11th.  Sean Tallon was a U.S. Marine Reservist and a member of FDNY Ladder 10 in Manhattan, whose firehouse is located directly across the street from The World Trade Center. 

The Tournament is held to Honor Firefighter Sean Tallon of Yonkers

      The tournament was held as a small local event involving only 4 teams for the first 5 years. However, the future of the tournament was put in doubt this year due to the fact that the field in which the event was held had to be closed due to renovations.  An opportunity arose for the AOH to sponsor a much larger regional tournament, but the cost of hosting an event of that size was to big for one Division to handle.  Division #1 reached out to its neighboring AOH County Boards for help.   By the time the tournament was scheduled to be held, the New York, Queens, Bronx and Westchester County Boards, as well as Division #18 in Peekskill all joined as tournament co-sponsors. “The response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic” said Division One President Kevin Ellis, “They saw the potential for this to become a truly great regional event and got behind us to ensure this tournament would continue.”

The Family of Sean Tallon present Awards at the Sean Tallon Tournament

        The FDNY Ceremonial Unit Color Guard participated in the event for the first time this year, and the family of Sean Tallon also was on hand for the awards presentations.  The AOH now has a very large and visible event on the GAA Calendar in New York, and additional AOH Divisions have also expressed interest in joining as sponsors for next years tournament.  “This event will now continue to grow and become bigger each and every year” said Ellis, “The great relationship  that we have established between the AOH and the GAA Minor Board will ensure that both organizations become stronger.”

All Players Received a Medal for Taking Part in the Tournament

        Special thanks to The Tallon Family, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, The FDNY Ceremonial Unit & Color Guard, The GAA Minor Board President David McIntyre, The AOH New York County Board President Tom Bierne, The AOH Queens County Board President John Manning, The AOH Bronx County Board President Robert Nolan, The AOH Westchester County Board President Aidan O’Kelly Lynch & AOH Division #18 Peekskill President Vic Versace.

4 County Boards and 2 Divisions Teamed Up to Sponsor the Tournament




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

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