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Friday, June 9, 2017

Commodore John Barry Medal Winners Announced for 2017


Yonkers AOH Announce Recipients 
of Commodore John Barry 
Scholastic Medal

Commodore John Barry - Father of the US Navy
     

     The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Myles Scully-Division #1 of Yonkers is proud to announce the winners of The Commodore John Barry Memorial Medal for 2017.  The award is made available to all Catholic Elementary Schools in The City of Yonkers. The award is named after Commodore John Barry, an Irish immigrant who lived to become known as The Father of The United States Navy.

     Commodore Barry received Navy Commission #1 from President George Washington in 1798, making him the first flag officer of the newly formed U.S. Navy.  The Commodore Barry Medal is awarded to a graduating student who has excelled in U.S. History/Social Studies.  The award consists of a certificate of merit along with a medal which is worn around the neck.

The Commodore John Barry Memorial Medal

     The awards will be presented to each student at their school graduation ceremonies beginning the weekend of June 10th.


Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Sacred Heart School – James Pardo

St. Ann’s School – Lisa Mardjonovic

St. John the Baptist School – 
Raymond Murphy & Nicholas DeMatteo

St. Anthony’s School – David Conway

St. Peter’s School – Joseph Chirurgi

St. Paul the Apostle School – Conor Rice

St. Eugene’s School – Giancarlo Petrino

Friday, June 2, 2017

Yonkers Division Donates to Stepinac High School


Yonkers Division’s Donation Helps Archbishop Stepinac High School Acquire New Technology


John Walsh Presents Donation to Stepinac President Fr. Tom Collins


     The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Myles Scully Division #1 of Yonkers recently presented a donation to Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains that will help the school to continue implementing its new learning technology platform.

     Division #1 member John Walsh presented a $1,000 donation to Fr. Tom Collins, who is the President of Stepinac High School.  John is a graduating senior from Stepinac this year and is the son of Division #1 Vice President Jim Walsh.


     The funds will be used to purchase new Samsung Chromebooks for student use. School officials explained that new technology is becoming a necessity in today’s learning environment.

“     Since our school uses a blended learning environment where the teacher uses online resources that include Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), digital textbooks, and my Pearson Online Labs, the use of mobile devices is becoming more and more important every year.” said Stepinac Advancement Officer Patrick Massaroni, “The ability to acquire additional Chromebooks will only add to our ability to ensure that every student has the resources to use our digital platforms regardless of the circumstances.”


New Chromebooks will be purchased with funds provided by the AOH


     Division #1 Yonkers has also supported other local Catholic High Schools with donations for computers labs at Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers and Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale.


     The funds provided by the Hibernians were raised at the AOH Yonkers Annual Charity Golf Outing which is held each spring at the Ardsley Country Club in Dobbs Ferry.



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Irish History for June 2017

Historian’s Report

THEY HAPPENED IN JUNE

by Mike McCormack, NY State Historian


June is a remarkable month in Irish History as so many things occurred in that month over the centuries.  For Example:

On June 1, 1866, a Fenian Army invaded Canada and captured Fort Erie with the intent of seizing all of Canada and trading it back to England for Ireland’s freedom.  They went on to beat a British force at Ridgeway before being stopped by the U.S. closing off the border behind them and cutting off their supply lines.  A trip to the Ridgeway battlefield might be a good idea during the coming New York State convention.

On June 3, 1974, patriot Michael Gaughan, on hunger strike in Parkhurst Prison for political prisoner status, died after force-feeding.  Six guards would restrain him at the top of the bed, stretch his neck over the metal rail, force a block between his teeth and force a feeding tube down his throat through a hole in the block. Michael’s brother described him noting: His throat had been badly cut by force feeding and his teeth loosened. His eyes were sunken, his cheeks hollow and his mouth was gaping open. He weighed about 84 lb.  He’d been force-fed 17 times at the end of his 64-day hunger strike. After he died at age 24, his family stated it was from food lodged in a lung punctured by the force-feeding tube.

On June 4, 1798, Lord Edward Fitzgerald, leader of the United Irishmen, died of wounds received during his capture. He was a Lord, brother of Ireland’s leading peer and tremendously popular with the common people. Since a public trial would be embarrassing and might start the rising they feared, the British decided that although his wounds were not serious, they would not be treated.  The bullets were left in his shoulder, and the wound infected.  Septicaemia spread through his body and tortured his mind.  Mad with fever, he shouted, Dear Ireland, I die for you, and My country, you will be free. Then, after 16 days of intense pain, Lord Edward Fitzgerald died of his wounds.

On June 5, 1646, Owen Roe O’Neill, a brilliant strategist who had returned from Spain to fight for Ireland, defeated the British at the Battle of Benburb.  It was the first major win for the Irish who lost only 300 men to Gen. Munro’s 3,000.

On June 20, 1764, Theobold Wolfe Tone was born to introduce a new Republican concept to Ireland that has been followed to this day.  His idea of joining Catholics, Protestants and dissenters together to oppose the Crown for Ireland’s freedom became the basis for all the Republican movements from the Young Irelanders to Sinn Fein.

On June 21, 1877, a day remembered as Black Thursday, four members of the AOH accused of being members of an imaginary group called the Molly Maguires, were hanged in Mauch ChunkPA.  A special gallows had been constructed so that all four lives would be ended at the exact same time.  In 1979, Jack Kehoe, reputed leader of the Mollies was posthumously pardoned and the Governor of PA recognized the group as part of the fledgling mine workers union of that historic period.  On June 21, 1997, 120 years later, a memorial Mass was attended by 100 descendants of those hanged and members of the AOH at the jail where they had been hanged.

On June 28, 1920, after hearing of British atrocities in Dublin, Irish soldiers in the British Army in India engaged in the legally prescribed manner of peaceful military protest. They laid down their arms and declared that they would fight for the Crown no more. They were immediately arrested and confined in brutal conditions.  Private James Daly, who was declared to be the instigator, was sentenced to death and became the last member of the British Army to be executed by firing squad.

On June 22, 1922, the Provisional government of the Irish Free State bombarded the Four Courts which had been seized by anti-treaty IRA forces.  Many count that as the start of the Irish Civil War in which more than 2,000 were killed before it ended in May, 1923 – less than one year later!

On June 29, 1848, leading members of the Young Ireland confederacy, who had been traveling Ireland organizing a rising, were surrounded in Ballingarry, Tipperary.  After a lengthy gun-battle they were defeated and the dreams of another rising died.  James Stephens and John O’Mahony escaped and fled to France while Michael Doheny fled to America.  They would all revisit the dream and later form the Fenian brotherhood.

These are only a few of the historic events we recognize in June.  There are also important births like Edmund Ignatius Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers (June 1, 1762); teacher and author Sinead DeValera (June 3, 1878); James Connolly, Irish Citizen Army leader and 1916 commander (June 5, 1868); Wm Butler Yeats (June 13, 1865); tenor John McCormack (June 14, 1884); and Charles Stewart Parnell (June 27, 1846) among others.  We also lost some great people like Matt Talbot, servant of God (June 6, 1925); Saint Colmcille (June 9, 597); Tenor Frank Patterson (June 10, 2000); Molly Malone, who died of a fever (June 10, 1886); and Journalist Veronica Guerin who was gunned down on a Dublin street (June 26, 1996).  Also, on June 16, 1904James Joyce had his first date with the love of his live, Nora Barnacle.  It is the date he later memorialized as the day everything takes place in his masterpiece Ulysses and is remembered today as BLOOMSDAY!

These dates and many more which happened, not only in June, but on every day of the year are listed on the 2018 Calendar of Men’s & Ladies Irish and Irish-American Historical Events available from Pete Durkee (518) 274-8448. The calendars also provide the opportunity to win more than $10,000 in prizes, so give Pete a call.

President's Message for June 2017



PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Division One President Kevin Ellis

JUNE 2017


Brothers,

     Summer is just around the corner!  I am definitely looking forward to our summer break.  (There are no Division meetings in July or August). Division #1 Yonkers had another tremendously successful year and I have to thank each and every one of you for the hard work and dedication you have shown every step of the way.  Let me highlight a few things as we prepare for a well deserved rest.

     I attended the AOH New York State Board Meeting in East Durham last month and I will have all of the reports and information available to you at our meeting.  We learned of a bill in Congress that could indirectly have a terrible impact on The MacBride Principles and the AOH is mobilizing to make sure that effort is stopped.  Information on this bill should have arrived in your email inboxes a few weeks ago.  I would encourage every member to please follow the instructions on how to contact our congressional representatives and alert them to the danger that The MacBride Principles face if The Financial Choice Act of 2017 passes.  Please contact me directly if you have any questions about this.

     The AOH Westchester County Board elected Brian Duffy of Division #11 Tarrytown as our new County President.  I am sure all of you will do everything to support him in his new role.  I would like to congratulate outgoing County President Aidan O’Kelly Lynch on serving 2 very successful terms and we are proud to endorse his candidacy for AOH District #4 Director.

     Thanks to all of our members who marched with Division #1 in the annual Yonkers Memorial Day Parade.  We had a very strong showing and this is very important for our Division.

     The Westchester County Board Manchester Martyrs Memorial Dinner is scheduled for Friday, June 23rd in Peekskill and we need members to submit their journal sponsorships ASAP.  If you require a sponsorship form I can provide you one.  This will be the final event before the State Convention in July.

     The State Convention will be held in Buffalo the week of July 10th.  Any members who wish to attend as delegates must submit their names to me as soon as possible so our County Delegation can have accurate credentials for you when you arrive.  Please notify me if you have not already.

     Finally, I would remind everyone of Danny Mac’s Annual Golf Outing to benefit St. Brigid’s GFC will be held on July 17th at Van Cortlandt Golf Course in The Bronx.  We are very thankful for all the support we receive from Danny Mac’s and we should support those who support us!  Event Flyer can be found below.

     I wish you and your families a very enjoyable and relaxing Summer, and we will see you all in September!


Yours in Our Motto,



Kevin Ellis, President

Division #1 Yonkers


Danny Mac's 2017 Golf Outing Flyer

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

Email Address:

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