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Sunday, May 31, 2015

City of Yonkers Memorial Day Parade 2015



AOH Myles Scully Division Marches in Annual Yonkers Memorial Day Parade

AOH Division #1 marching in The Yonkers memorial Day Parade

The Officers and Members of The AOH Myles Scully Division #1 were proud to participate in the Annual Yonkers Memorial Day Parade on Saturday.

Large crowds at the step off of the Yonkers Memorial Day Parade

The parade stepped off on McLean Ave. at 1pm and proceeded to The Bajart American Legion Post, where a solemn ceremony was held honoring those who gave their lives in defense of freedom and liberty.

The AOH received a warm response along the parade route

The Yonkers Memorial Day Parade is always held on May 30th, regardless if it happens to fall on the 4th Monday.

Marching in The memorial Day Parade is a tremendous honor!


We thank the parade committee for inviting us to march, and we look forward to participating in this event each and every year!



Friday, May 29, 2015

AOH Supports Sacred Heart High School Annual Golf Outing



Yonkers AOH Supports Sacred Heart High School at Annual Golf Outing

Members of AOH Division #1 at Sacred Heart's 3rd Annual Golf Outing

     The members of AOH Division #1 hit the links in support of Sacred Heart High School at its Annual Golf Outing which was held on May 28th at Dunwoodie Golf Course in Yonkers.


Sacred Heart is the only Catholic High School in Yonkers


     Sacred Heart is the only Catholic High School in the City of Yonkers and has been providing quality education since it’s founding in 1923.
Proceeds from the golf outing support the high school’s scholarship fund.


It was a perfect day for golf!

     Division One has a proud history of supporting Sacred Heart, including the purchase of computers for its new technology lab several years ago.  The Myles Scully Division #1 is proud to support Catholic Education in the City of Yonkers!






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!









Saturday, May 2, 2015

Irish Historian's Report - May 2015

Irish Historian’s Report


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







BRIAN BORU


Brian Boru at the Battle of Clontarf in the Year 1014


     A centenary is a 100-year anniversary and next year we will commemorate the Centenary of the Easter Rising.  However, last year Ireland commemorated a millennium, or a thousand year anniversary, of the Battle of Clontarf in which the power of the Vikings in Ireland was forever broken – the only country to ever do so.  Wherever Vikings settled, they took control, but when they tried to control Ireland they failed.  For two centuries they attacked towns and monasteries, making quick raids and plundering wherever and whenever they could.  Their failure came at the hands of Brian mac Kennedy in 1014.


Brian Boru was The Last High King of Ireland


Born near present day Killaloe, Co Clare on the west side of the River Shannon, he was the youngest son of Kennedy, Chief of the Dal Cassian.  His eldest brother Mahon was to succeed as Chieftain so Brian was sent to Clonmacnoise to become a monk.  At the monastery he learned to read, write and appreciate his heritage.  He studied military leaders & tactics and learned to despise the Viking raiders who were plundering Irish monasteries.  In 951, word came that Brian’s parents had been killed by Vikings and he left the monastery to seek revenge.  Mahon, who was now Clan Chieftain, announced he was making a treaty with the Vikings of Limerick, but Brian objected!  He and a group of followers left the clan and began raiding Viking camps.  Though few in numbers, his men defeated larger forces and his fame spread throughout Munster attracting many more to his banner.  As Viking raids continued, Mahon realized that Brian had been right.  He renounced his truce with the Vikings and the two brothers joined forces.  They took Cashel from another Celtic Chieftain who had made an alliance with the Vikings to stay in power.  Mahon then realized that Limerick was too close to Cashel and his stronghold in Co. Clare so; Viking power in Limerick had to be eliminated.


Statue of Brian Boru

     In 968, the two brothers defeated the Vikings in Limerick and ruled peacefully for eight years over Clare, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Limerick.  However, the Vikings returned in 976, and Mahon attended what was to have been a peace conference with a Chieftain named MacBrain and his Viking allies.  At the meeting, Mahon was killed.  Brian was now the undisputed Chieftain and he attacked and defeated the forces that had slain his brother.  After fortifying his power in the south, Brian built a fleet of ships to patrol the Shannon and defeated the Vikings in Waterford.  Brian then set his sights on the Vikings of Dublin who had allied with the King of Leinster and were raiding the center of Ireland.  With the support of Malachy, the King of Meath at Tara, who controlled the northern part of Ireland, they beat the Vikings of Dublin in 1000.  Brian allowed the Vikings to stay, but an annual tribute was imposed.  It’s for that reason that Brian MacKennedy became known as Brian Boru or Brian of the Tributes.  Brian now led his army to Tara, where his ally, Malachy, ruled.  Brian’s reputation was so wide-spread that Malachy submitted with little resistance and Brian Boru was now High King of all Ireland.


Ireland marked the 1,000 year anniversary of the battle in 2014

Brian’s reign as High King lasted 12 years and the country prospered.  Monasteries and schools destroyed by Vikings were rebuilt as were roads, bridges and churches. Illuminated manuscripts and delicate metal work that had been hallmarks of monastic art saw a rebirth.  Trade increased and emissaries were even sent to Scotland and Wales to solicit tribute in return for the protection of the King of Ireland.   Brian built his palace, Kincora, on a hill overlooking a shallow part of the Shannon where tribute cattle could be driven across.  Today it is the town of Killaloe and a Catholic Church stands on that hilltop.  In its day, Kincora was the most noble of all the halls in Ireland.  Throughout his reign, Brian fought challenges from minor Chieftains who refused to submit to his authority, but by 1011, all regional rulers had acknowledged him as High King.

Re-enactment of The Battle of Clontarf in 2014

Then, in 1012, Maelmora, King of Leinster, rebelled.  Knowing he would need help to defeat Brian, he invited the return of the Vikings, who were eager for revenge.  Sigtrygg Silkbeard, a Dublin Viking leader, called on Vikings from Orkney to the Isle of Man as well as rebellious Vikings from Limerick, Waterford, Wexford and other towns Brian had subdued.  To Dublin they came and were joined by a few Irish chieftains who saw this as a chance to quit their obligation to Brian and avoid their annual tributes.  Brian saw this as a threat to his plans for a better Irish nation.  He regretted letting the Vikings stay in Ireland as long as they promised to be loyal.  He would now have to settle this for good.  Brian called the clans for support and even received troops from ‘Wolfe the Quarrelsome’ and other Vikings whom he had left to rule their own territories.  It was to be Irish and their Viking allies against Vikings and their Irish allies.  Brian set out for Dublin and the final battle.  In the early dawn of Good Friday, March 25, 1014, the army of High King Brian Boru assembled on the field of Clontarf, just north of Dublin.  Brian, at 73-years old, was too old to lead so the army was commanded by his son Murchad.  Brian was safe behind the lines with his personal guard.  The battle was a bloody clash lasting all day.  By evening the Vikings were pushed back into the sea and the rest of the rebels fled back to Dublin.  The Irish chased them and those who had been guarding Brian joined in the chase.  Brian, meanwhile, knelt in prayer in his tent giving thanks for the great victory and envisioning a New Ireland.  A Viking warrior named Brodar, who had fled the battle, came across Brian in his tent.  He saw that there were few men guarding the King and he hacked his way through Brian’s attendants and came up behind the King of Ireland, kneeling in prayer.  It is recorded that Brian, startled by the noise behind him, turned and drew his sword, prepared to defend himself.  He slashed Brodar’s leg, but it was too late.  Brodar’s sword was already descending and cut off Brian’s head.   The High King of Ireland was dead, but Brodar did not escape to brag of his treachery.  Brian’s furious men seized the wounded Brodar and dispensed proper justice to the man who had killed  the greatest leader that the Irish had ever known.  They left him tied to a nearby tree – with his own intestines!


Brian Boru Grave Marker St. Patrick's Cathedral, County Armagh

Brian’s body was taken to Armagh, the ecclesiastic center of Ireland, and was entombed in the wall of St. Patrick’s cathedral.  His army had been victorious and Ireland had become the only country to break Viking power.  After 1014, there was never another Viking raid in Ireland.  After Brian’s death, Malachy returned as High King and Dalcassian strength was reduced to Munster only.  Viking presence remained in Ireland; their power crushed, but as Brian had decreed – only as merchants and traders.  Eventually they adopted Irish manners and customs and were absorbed into the mainstream of Irish life.  Although the position of High King was filled from time to time after Brian’s death, Ireland would never again have a ruler who controlled the entire country as Brian had.  Brian Boru was in fact, the last true High King of the Irish.  Centuries later, when Thomas Davis wrote his inspiring ballad A Nation Once Again, the reign of Brian Boru was his reference.

Note:
In 977 A.D., when Brian defeated the Vikings of Limerick, he made them a tribute tribe.  Led by ‘Wolf the Quarrelsome’, they soon became close allies to Brian with Wolf himself sometimes referred to as Brian’s “brother-in-arms”.  Wolf survived the Battle of Clontarf, but lost his “brother-in-arms” when Brian was killed.  He watched Ireland return to factional fighting and knew there would never be another High King like Brian Bóru. He left Ireland and travel to the Viking colony in Iceland.  As he sat around the fires on cold Icelandic nights he retold the story of the Battle of Clontarf, and of the man he knew as a friend for 37 years. His memoirs were written down and became part of the Icelandic Sagas.  They are considered more factually accurate than any other accounts for he had attended every council meeting with Brian and was better informed than any other author.




Friday, May 1, 2015

President's Message for May 2015


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Division One President Kevin Ellis







April 2015

Brothers,


     The Month of May is upon us and there will several important events over the next 30 days.  I would first like to congratulate all of our members who have been working so hard these last few weeks to make our Annual Charity Golf Outing a success.  I attended one of the committee meetings last week and I can tell you everyone is working hard this year.  We are looking very good as there has been a good flow of new sponsors this year.  This is the result of efforts of all of our newest members, and it is very encouraging to see.  I have no doubt that 2015 will be the best outing yet!

     Aside from the golf outing, there are a few things that I must bring to your attention. 

     Our Division was saddened this month of the news that Bob Eggen’s Father had passed away. Bob’s dad had been in ill health for quite some time.  I was personally moved and inspired by Bob’s compassion and dedication as he tended to his father at home for all that time. It was heartwarming to see so many of our members attend the wake. Please keep the entire Eggen Family in your prayers.

     The Saint Columbkill Knights Major Degree Team has announced that they will exemplify The Major Degree of our Order on Saturday, May 30th at The Hudson Valley Irish Center in Peekskill.  The Major Degree is very important and should be achieved by every member of our Division.  I hopefully will have more details at our membership meeting on May 6th.  Please make plans now to be in attendance on May 30th if you have not yet received your Major Degree.

     By now I would hope that most of our members who are planning to attend the AOH New York State Convention have already made their hotel reservations and have sent in your registration forms.  Please visit the convention website at www.nyaoh2015.com where you can download the necessary forms.  The convention is an event that should not be missed.  You can always contact me directly is you have any specific questions about the A.O.H. Convention.

     The Spring A.O.H. New York State Board meeting will be held on Saturday, May 2nd at the Shamrock House in East Durham at 10:00am.  I will be attending this meeting and will have a full report for the entire membership at our meeting at Burke’s on May 6th.

     Our Division also reached an important milestone as we have passed 1,000 followers on our Twitter feed!  We currently have the most followers of any AOH page on Twitter.    Our social media outlets are the best source for up to date information on all of our events and activities, so please follow the Division One page if you use Twitter and encourage your friends to do the same.

     I would be remiss if I didn’t also note that our Charity Golf Outing will be held on May 4th, which is the date of our organization’s founding in New York City in 1836.  Be sure to wish your fellow Hibernian’s a Happy 179th Birthday while you are enjoying your golf!

     I look forward to seeing all of you at The Ardsley Country Club on May 4th!


Yours in our Motto,


Kevin Ellis, President
Division One, Yonkers


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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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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