AOH Southern States Response to Hurricane Florence

Worthy Brothers All,

Over the last several years our divisions have aided hurricane victims in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, and right here in Lumberton NC. That tradition of responding with Christian Charity goes back even further to Hurricane Katrina when it hit New Orleans over a decade ago. Now we are faced with “Florence“ and the possibility that our local, state, and regional communities will need our aid. As our worthy State AOH President Pat Tracey has urged, over the next days and weeks we need to work together in UNITY, both within our own divisions and also with our other four NC AOH Divisions to be ready to serve those in need due to Hurricane Florence. Will be in touch and will need volunteers to step up to respond to whenever and wherever “Florence“ hits!

In our Motto “Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity“.

Brother John M.
NC Missions and Charity Chairman

St. Brendan the Navigator AOH Division 2 Annual St. Patrick’s Celebration Dinner and Show

The St. Brendan the Navigator AOH Division 2, is presenting their annual St. Patrick’s Celebration Dinner and Show on March 10, 2018 at Msgr. Kerin Family Center at St. Mark Catholic Church, 14740 Stumptown Rd., Huntersville, beginning at 6:30pm. Entertainment includes the kilt-kicking Celtic band, “Banna”, along with Irish Step Dancers. Admission includes a traditional Irish dinner and dessert. Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 years of age and under.  For more information contact Ray FitzGerald at (704) 992-1702 or aohmeck2@aol.com 

 

 

Andy Cooney – Enchanted Music of Ireland

Sunday March 11, Gibsonville NC
Dinner & Show Package
Overnight Package also available

Monday March 12, Pinehurst, NC

The Enchanted Music of Ireland Tour comes alive as Andy Cooney once again gathers together the finest musicians, dancers and performers to ignite their audiences in the Irish tradition.

Andy Cooney, has 7 Carnegie Hall sellouts under his belt and recently filled The David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center with The New York Tenors on December 12, 2016. His outstanding voice and dynamic stage presence has always been a favorite among young and old everywhere. His talent and versatility provide the ability to deliver a song directly to the hearts of his audience. Andy is surely one of the greatest singing sensations on Irish Music scene today. Christened “Irish America’s Favorite Son” by The New York Times, it’s a title he truly deserves. Andy Cooney, one of “The New York Tenors” along with New York Italian Tenor Christopher Macchio and New York Puerto Rican Tenor Daniel Rodriquez been receiving high critical acclaim. Andy has recorded 19 albums to date including “Bright Brand New Day” with Phil Coulter and his Orchestra. Andy and Phil frequently tour together and recently completed a 3 week tour of the US in March 2017. 

Andy’s latest CD “Irish Country Skyline”, released in the summer of 2016 was a journey back to his Country music roots. This release has been getting huge airplay all over Ireland and the UK with his hit singles “On The Eighth Day” and “My Rose of Ballinrobe” both written by Andy. Andy Cooney is also known for his Cruise of Irish Stars that annually draws over 1000 Irish and Irish Americans on a Caribbean Cruise enriched with the finest Irish entertainment including the great Ronan Tynan.

Shauna McStravock is a native of Ardboe, Co. Tyrone a region steeped in history with a rich musical heritage. Influenced by a love of local music throughout her young years, Shauna was drawn to singing and performing. School concerts and plays expanded her musical interests and happily enabled her to perform in front of her first live audiences. This set the stage for her appearance as a contestant on Glor Tire in 2015 bringing her talent to a national audience. Singing is in her family genes, most notably her aunt Jolene was lead vocalist with ‘The Country Flavour Band’ in the 1980’s. Since then Shauna reached a long held ambition by releasing her first album entitled “In The Middle of Love”. This young lady in her mid 20’s has already shared the stage with some of the best and brightest names on the Irish & Country music scene include the Bellamy Brothers, Daniel O’Donnell, Nathan Carter, Mike Denver, Philomena Begley plus many more.

 

The Book of Kells: A Masterpiece of Irish Art lecture RESCHEDULED

Belmont Abbey College presents a lecture by Professor Jaroslav Folda:

The Book of Kells: A Masterpiece of Irish Art

Tuesday March 20th @7:30pm

The Mezzanine (Upstairs in Student Commons)

This lecture is free and open to all.

 

For more information please contact:
Dr. Patrick Wadden
patrickwadden@bac.edu
— OR —
Prof. Farrell O’Gorman
farrellorman@bac.edu

 

This event is sponsored by the St. Gregory the Great Minor in Christianity and Culture and by the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin passes away

The Most Reverend William G. Curlin, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Charlotte, died on Dec. 23, 2017, at Carolinas Medical Center of cancer. He was 90 years old.

Bishop Curlin was the third Bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte, serving from 1994 until his retirement in 2002.

Champion of the poor, comforter of the sick and the dying, friend of St. Teresa of Calcutta, Bishop Curlin preached the love of Jesus Christ during more than 60 years of priestly ministry, first in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and the past 23 years in the Charlotte diocese. His lifelong commitment to Christ and His Church was epitomized by his episcopal motto “Sentire Cum Christo” (“To Think With Christ”).

In a statement, current Bishop Peter J. Jugis asked the faithful of the diocese to pray for the happy repose of Bishop Curlin’s soul.

 

Read the article in its entirety here: http://catholicnewsherald.com/149-news/obits/2593-curlin

Wake County Division Thanksgiving Donation

The Helping Hands Mission is known for aiding Wake County’s low income, elderly, homeless, disabled and handicapped communities. Each year the Wake County AOH drops off donations for the Helping Hands Mission’s Thanksgiving “Love” Basket program. Each basket contains a turkey, stuffing, canned goods and more to help provide a Thanksgiving meal for those less fortunate in Wake County. This year the AOH dropped off over 40 turkeys, several hams and numerous boxes of food to the New Bern House.

Many thanks goes to D’s Bottleshop in Wakefield which served as a drop off location for our food drive and hosted a Thanksgiving party with Ewes Tree Irish Band, which is made up of division members.

As an additional note, because of the success with the Food Drive at D’s we will be setting up a Toy and Coat Drive for Christmas. We will be dropping off donation collection bins to D’s Bottleshop in Wakefield, Patrick Jane’s Bar & Bistro in Cary, Pat Murnane’s Irish Pub in Wake Forest and The Stags Head in Raleigh. The Helping Hands Mission is asking for donations of Educational Toys for ages birth to 5 years old as well as warm gloves, scarves and coats for Operation Warm Clothing. We will drop the donations off to the New Bern House on Dec 23rd.

 

 

 

 

Hibernians Veterans Update

SOURCE: Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Brothers,

I would like to thank and congratulate all of the Veterans who belong to the AOH. We owe each of you a debt of gratitude. It is because of your work we enjoy the many freedoms we have in the United States of America.

In honor of the Hibernian Veterans, I share a poem that National Veterans Affairs Chairman Jim Green sent along. I invite all Hibernians to watch this recording of the poem in honor of our Veterans:

https://youtu.be/0MfoQ0CLq9A

Also Thanks to Brother Green and Brother Cole, you will notice a change on our membership cards this year indicating Veteran Status for all Veterans who are identifies on your division membership list. The National Office is in the process of sending each division their current membership list in order that we may have the most up to date addresses, any misspelled names corrected, e-mail address added and corrected if necessary and now an indication of veteran status.

In additional to the indication on your membership card, your division will now have an opportunity to purchase an AOH USA Veterans pin for each of your division Veterans. I have included a photo of the new pin and an advance order form. Any division using this form to order their pins by December 1 will receive their pins in our first mailing with no shipping fees. After December 1, normal shipping fees will be added to your order.

This pin exclusive to AOH USA Veterans is a small token of our continued appreciation for your service.

In our Motto

James McKay
President….

AOH updates and reminders:

The AOH is kicking off our national membership campaign. All Hibernians are encouraged to follow us on Facebook and www.aoh.com . We ask that all members share our promotional material on their social media and encourage everyone to visit our webpage for membership information.

AOH Labels will be arriving in your mailbox soon. All label donations will directly support Hibernian Charities. Please take the earliest opportunity to make you Label donation.

National Pro-Life March, January 19, 2018, Washington DC. Watch WWW.AOH.COM for details. All Hibernians are invited to attend.

2018 National Convention. Save the Date, 2018 National convention, July 11, 12, 13 and 14th, in the Galt house, Louisville Kentucky. Booking details will follow in the next AOH Update!

 

2017 AOH & LAOH North Carolina State Convention October 6-8, 2017

2017 AOH & LAOH North Carolina State Convention & Major Degree

Host City: Raleigh

Host Division: Wake County Division #1, Gov. Thomas Burke Division

Dates: October 6-8, 2017 (Friday – Sunday) with the Major Degree on Sunday at 11am

Hotel: Holiday Inn, Downtown Raleigh 320 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

Hotel Phone: 919-832-0501

AOH Hotel Registration Link: https://www.holidayinn.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=hi&localeCode=en&regionCode=1&hotelCode=RDUSC&_PMID=99801505&GPC=AOH

Hotel Room Rates: $119 per night double occupancy (taxes not included)

Convention Registration Fee: $20
AOH Member Banquet Fee: $65
Guest Banquet Fee: $50

The State Board and the Wake County Division will be sponsoring a Major Degree for eligible AOH members on Sunday October 8, 2017 at 11 am. Degree Registration is $35 with $25 going directly to the degree team. Each candidate must register thorough their division.

2017 NC AOH State Convention and Banquet Registration form (160 downloads)

 

Convention Schedule:

Friday 10/6/2017
3:00p Registration begins in the hospitality suite
 Saturday 10/7/2017
10:00a Hospitality suite reopens with registration available.
11:00a-2:00p Business Meeting begins. This room must be cleared by 2pm to allow for the banquet set up
5:00p Mass @ the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral (offsite due to lack of available rooms)
        The Cathedral is located ~2.5 miles from the hotel:
        715 Nazareth St,
       Raleigh, NC 27606
6:00p-7:00p Cocktail Hour with cash bar
7:15p Dinner begins
8:15p-10p Banquet with Irish Dancers and Ewe’s Tree (Irish band)
10:00p Hospitality Suite opens
Sunday 10/8/2017
10:00a Degree rooms open – available through 1:00p
10:15a Shamrock degree begins
10:45a Major degree candidate registration
11:00a Major degree begins

March 2017 declared Irish American Heritage Month in North Carolina

2017 NC Governors Proclamation

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared March 2017 as Irish American Heritage month.

Brother John M. Ryan

Brother John M. Ryan, a past officer of the North Carolina AOH and the Governor Thomas Burke AOH Division (Wake County), passed away on August 5, 2016.

Online Obituary

John Michael Ryan

JULY 30, 1941 – AUGUST 5, 2016

YOUNGSVILLE

John Michael Ryan, 75, of Youngsville, NC passed away on August 5, 2016 surrounded by family. John was born July 30, 1941 to John and Barbara (Smith) Ryan (both deceased) and grew up in the Albany, NY area with his brother Walter (also deceased).

He is survived by his spouse of 37 years, Anne Fitzsimons Ryan, three children; Mary Elizabeth (Brad) McAdams of Raleigh, NC, Shawn (Amber) Ryan of Richmond, VA, and Scott (Jessica) DiMartino of Charleston, SC, his grandchildren Ella, Jack, Connor, Alexandra, Meghan and Jake, and his beloved dog, Marley.

John was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a computer and business systems developer while that field was in its infancy. He received an Associate Degree in Accounting from Albany Business College and taught computer math at Ulster Community College in the late 1960’s. His career included long tenures with Xerox and IBM. At various times he called Albany, NY, Saugerties, NY, Rochester, NY, Sacramento, CA, and finally Youngsville, NC home. Stationed in Naples, Italy during his enlistment, his personal and professional travels also took him to New York City, Cairo, Egypt and Copenhagen, Denmark among other places.

John will be remembered for his love of God, family, friends, the New York Yankees, horse racing and his Irish heritage. A parishioner at St. Catherine’s of Siena in Wake Forest, he enjoyed men’s bible study and service to his parish and his community. As a boy visiting his great aunt, Sister Mary Michael Ryan, in the Bronx, he developed a life-long passion for the Yankees, and he attended many games – the apex being Game 1 of the 1998 World Series. Horse racing was another love, which he shared with many dear friends. He loved nothing more than a summer weekend in Saratoga – win or lose. Throughout his life he remained devoted to his Irish and Roman Catholic heritage and is a past President of the Rochester and Raleigh Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Despite his many interests he always had time for his family and friends – you would find no one more loyal, generous, humorous or caring in your corner.

The family would like to recognize the many extraordinary caregivers from REX Hospital, UNC Cancer Center and Transitions LifeCare who ministered to John and our family over the last few weeks of John’s life. We appreciate your attentiveness, compassion and willingness to learn about the man in your care.

Visitation is Tuesday evening, August 9th from 6-8:00 PM at Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main St. Wake Forest, NC. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10th at 11:00 AM at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 600 W Holding Ave, Wake Forest, NC.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The USO at uso.org, an organization founded in the year of his birth, and which he supported regularly.

A service of Bright Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest, NC(919) 556-5811 www.brightfunerals.com