Passing of Past National President Eleanore Grimley

It is with deep sorrow I inform you of the death of LAOH Past National President (2002-2004) Eleonore I. Grimley. Eleonore died on Monday, April 20, 2015 of Alexandria, VA. Beloved wife of Arthur T. Grimley; cousin Diane Legelier of Montreal, Canada.

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MASS of Christian burial Wednesday, April 29 at 10:30 am at
St. Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Church, 6222 Franconia Rd., Alexandria,VA
INTERMENT at a later date. –
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Eleonore was a member of LAOH Division One, Fairfax, VA; she served in many positions and levels of the LAOH including National President from 2002-2004.
As President on September 29, 2002 Eleanor Grimley, National President Ladies AOH and Ned McGinley, AOH National President, presented Rep.Smith with the Sean MacBride Human Rights Award.
As National President on January 22, 2003 signed an agreement with Trinity College to continue the LAOH Lillian E. Fay Scholarship at Trinity College in Washington, D.C. The document updated our agreement to continue the Lillian E. Fay Scholarship with the approved stipulations agreed upon at our National Convention in Connecticut. President Eleonore Grimley, Vice-president Mary T. Leathem, Legal Counsel Patricia Doyle, and Past National President Mary B. Dolan met on
22 January 2003 with Trinity President Patricia McGuire and Anne Pauley, VP of Institutional Advancement.

_[Excerpt from __Arlington Catholic Herald, 2002]_

Eleonore Grimley, a parishioner at St. Lawrence Parish in Alexandria,was unanimously voted president of the LAOH during a three-day meeting at Foxwoods Casino and Resort in Ledyard, Conn.
Grimley has worked with the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians since 1988 when she worked to bring the Hibernians’ convention to Virginia. In 1992, she was elected to her first post on the National Board.

In her inaugural address, Grimley praised the efforts of the Lady Hibernians across the country, and encouraged them in their mission. “BE YOURSELF,” GRIMLEY SAID. “CONTRIBUTE YOUR SPECIAL AND UNIQUE TALENTS, COMBINE THEM WITH THOSE OF YOUR SISTERS AND BROTHERS AND WORK HARMONIOUSLY TOGETHER TO RESTORE ALL THINGS IN CHRIST, THROUGH THE MISSION OF OUR BELOVED HIBERNIAN ORDER.”

Eleonore Grimley was employed by CMAA and was the Director of Office and Property Management. In her position, Mrs. Grimley utilizes her extensive experience in the human resources and benefits fields and her background in the facility/property management area. She has been certified as completing a six-year professional development program for Association Executives (summer curriculum). Before joining CMAA, she worked for Fortune 500 corporations and a major trade association representing the electrical industry.
Her professional memberships include the Society for Human Resource Management and the American Society of Association Executives. Also, she is a National Officer in a LAOH and is heavily involved in local charitable associations.

Please stop and say a prayer for Eleonore and her family. May she rest in peace. Until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Mary Hogan
National President
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians

Molly O’Reilly

Molly O’Reilly was a young brave woman. She was chosen by James
Connelly to raise the Green Harp Flag of Ireland over Liberty Hall.
Molly first went to Liberty Hall to learn Irish Dancing. She heard
Connolly speak and was inspired. During the Lock Out in 1913, she
carried messages to the strikers from Connolly. After the Howth
Gunrunning, she bravely hid under her bed some of the smuggled
weapons. During the Rising, Molly served with the City Hall
Garrison. She was a courier sending messages between City Hall and
the GPO. Her activities were unknown to her father who was a
supporter of the crown. The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
honor Molly in the Commemorative Pin.

Please see the history page for an informational post on Molly O’Reilly.

Remember the Women of 1916

Marilyn Madigan, National Historian, has added two new documents. The first on is “Remember Women of 1916” and the second one is “Women of 1916 Garrison Assignments.” These are two interesting documents, please take a moment and read them. The can be found on the Irish History page.

Irish History Writing Contest New Brochure

I would like to thank all Division, County and State Irish Historians for their dedication in promoting our Irish and Irish American History. April 2015 is the 150th Anniversary of the end of the American Civil War and our topic was The Role of the Irish People in the American Civil War. It is fitting that the winners of the National Irish History Contest will be announced in early April. I hope that the Role of the Irish was remembered at your Division, County and State Meetings.

April 24, 2015 is the 99th Anniversary of the Easter Rising. I would recommend that our Divisions, Counties and States plan events throughout the year to commemorate this important time in Irish History. The topic for the 2015-2016 History Contest is The Involvement of Woman in the 1916 Easter Rising. This topic was selected to honor the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising. I have already started researching this topic. At this time, I recommend the following: Renegades Irish Republican Women 1900-1922 by Ann Matthews, No Ordinary Women: Irish Female Activists in the Revolutionary Years 1900-1923 by Sinead McCoole and Cumann na mBan and the Irish Revolution by Cal McCarthy.

Here is the new brochure: Irish History Brochure 2015-2016 “The Involvement of Women in the 1916 Easter Rising.”

A Note from National Missions and Charities Officer, Dee Ramp

The Missions and Charities donations are coming in on a steady basis from around the country from our Divisions and States and I know when we go to Convention, we are going to have a lot of monies to distribute to Columban Fathers, Columban Sisters, and Appeals for Aid.
The Divisions and States have been very generous and I wish to thank each one of them.  This is what makes our Order so special, the LAOH always gives to those we support.
Dee Ramp
National Missions and Charities Officer

Death of LAOH NJ State President

Dear Sisters,

It is with deep sorrow that I inform you of the death of Nan Mitzen, LAOH NJ State President. Nan assumed the office of NJ State President after the death of NJ State President Judy Quinn (Oct 8, 2014). Please say a prayer for Nan and our sisters from NJ. May She Rest in Peace.

Please see our “In Memoriam” Page for obituary information.

Mary Hogan, National President.

LAOH National Board mourns the passing of Fr. Theodore Hesburgh

Father Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame dies at age 97

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Fr. Hesburgh was well known in the Hibernian and Irish American Community. As a member of our LAOH National Board I had the pleasure of visiting Notre Dame University several years ago; although I did not have the opportunity to meet Fr. Hesburgh it was clear the he left an indelible mark on this great University; he played a part in making Norte Dame one of the world’s greatest centers of learning. Please stop and say a prayer for Fr. Theodore Hesburgh. 

Mary Hogan

LAOH National President

Please click on “In Memoriam” for Obituary Information and read the “President’s Message” under the National Board Tab