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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




Saturday, November 1, 2014

President's Message November 2014


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Division One President Kevin Ellis



November 2014


Brothers,

     AOH Division One had a very busy month this October, so busy that it could have been mistaken for March!  I cannot be more proud of how our members responded and supported all the events that were held and appeared at all the places that we needed to be.  Let’s have a recap.

     The month started off with a crazy weekend.  Several of our members attended the Aisling Center Dinner Dance where we presented a $3,000 pledge to the center.  On that Sunday, Division One had 15 members present for The Annual Respect Life Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and breakfast.  Later that day we attended The American Irish Association’s Dinner dance and were presented The Irish Community Service Award for all the great work that our members perform for our community all year long.  Great job brothers!

     We had some sad news this past month as long time Division One member Tom Hanley passed away, please keep Tom and his family in your prayers.  There was also a terrible break-in and theft that occurred at Sacred Heart Church.  The thieves stole the large cross that hung over the altar, all of the chalices and ciboriums, and they also caused damage to two of the stained glass windows.  This is an outrageous act that was committed.  Brother Jack McDonald has been in constant contact with Sacred Heart and will have a full report at our membership meeting with ideas on how we as an organization can help replace any of the stolen items.

     I attended the Westchester County Board meeting and was given details on our upcoming AOH County Dinner dance preparations for January.  Once again, the Westchester County President Aidan O’Kelly Lynch and his committee are putting together a wonderful event, and I will share those details at the meeting.

     I have some truly exciting news concerning the Annual Firefighter Sean Tallon Tournament for 2015!  Since we had decided to expand the tournament and reach out for additional sponsors within the AOH, I have been amazed with the enthusiastic response from the different County Boards and Divisions willing to join us as partners.  As it stands right now, Division One will be joined by The New York, Bronx, Queens and Westchester County Boards.  Division 18 in Peekskill also joined as a full sponsor.  This has exceeded my highest hopes in ensuring that The Sean Tallon Tournament continue for this year and many more years to come.  The tournament promises to become a major event, and I hope as many members come out and join us at Gaelic Park on November 15th.  I cannot remember when so many different groups within The AOH came together to sponsor a single event, and the support that we are now receiving will certainly get attention around New York and beyond.

     Finally, we will be holding officer nominations for the next year at our meeting, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Division President for the last several years, and I ask for your continued support in 2015.  It is my hope to continue to build on the tremendous success that we have achieved, and I am confident with your support that there is nothing we cannot accomplish.


Yours in Our Motto,

Kevin Ellis, President
Division One, Yonkers


Flyer for the 6th Annual Firefighter Sean Tallon Tournament for 2014



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

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Committee

Dennis O'Brien

Marshal
Ronan O'Brien

Sentinel
Scott McGown

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