Please click on the link for the Newsletter from National Historian Marilyn Madigan on the Commemoration. This is also posted on the Irish History Page.
With the guidance of our LAOH President, Mary Hogan, I am sending an urgent message on behalf of AOH Brother Malachy McAllister. Brother Malachy is a fine upstanding family man of impeccable integrity who I have personally met. These consistent attempts to deport him back to Northern Ireland and separate him from his children in the United States needs to stop. Quoting the Irish Echo newspaper, “Malachy McAllister fled his birth place with his young family two decades ago, following death attempts from Loyalist death squads who shot 26 bullets into his Belfast home while the McAllister children were inside. A staunch advocate of the
Good Friday Agreement, Malachy owns two businesses providing employment to 14 US workers and has community ties and strong support from the AOH and Irish American organizations. He has been served with imminent deportation – order issued for April 25th.”
Please take a few minutes to read this message and to call your
Congressman or Congresswoman to support this initiative to stop this injustice from taking place.
Attached is the letter from the President and me and a copy of a letter Congressman Crowley will be sending to ICE and the Immigration Secretary and our Secretary of State, John Kerry. This letter requests that the McAllister Deportation be stopped.
Also attached is a copy of a letter to send to your respective
congressman/woman for support of Congressman Crowley’s letter.
There is also a link to an online petition for Facebook and websites but I must stress that you are requested to contact your representatives as well.
PETITION TO STOP THE DEPORTATION:
If you so desire to read more about this issue, please do not hesitate to contact me.
In Friendship, Unity, & Christian Charity,
LAOH National Immigration and Legislation Appointee
As National Irish Historian, I am honored to announce the Winners of the 2015-2016 National Irish History Writing Contest.
The theme for 2015-2016 was “The Involvement of Women in the 1916 Easter Rising”. Thank you to all the State Irish Historians for promoting our history.
Winners for Level 1
1st Place $500 Maureen Pham Pennsylvania
2nd Place $250 Mary Grace Murphy Pennsylvania
3rd Place $125 Margaret Duffy Massachusetts
Honorable Mention $50 Ashlyn Garthwaite Ohio
Honorable Mention $50 Emerson Chirpich Missouri
1st Place $1000 Ciara O’Brien Maryland
2nd Place $500 Tiarnan Brennan Michigan
3rd Place $250 Dominik Fill Massachusetts
Honorable Mention $100 Gabe Whitney New York
Honorable Mention $100 Timothy Gordon Michigan
Yours in Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,
LAOH National Irish Historian 216-470-3773 email@example.com
March 17, 2016
I am enclosing a copy of the Irish Proclamation; the Proclamation was read on the steps of the General Post office (GPO) Dublin Ireland by Padraig Pearse on April 24, 1916. Just after 12 noon on Easter Monday, April 24th, 1916, Patrick Pearse read the Easter Proclamation declaring Ireland’s right to be free. The seven signatories of the Irish Proclamation Padraig Pearse, James Connolly, Thomas Clarke, Thomas MacDonagh, Sean MacDermott, Joseph Plunkett & Eamonn Ceannt were all executed by the British Government for their efforts in trying to secure a free Ireland!
As you may know, the National Boards of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America in conjunction with the Irish Consulate’s office in New York will celebrate the Centenary of the Easter Rising: ALL ARE INVITED.
MASS at 1pm in St. Patrick’s Cathedral (5th Ave & 51st St.) Manhattan, New York on Saturday, April 23, 2016. If you or any of your members can attend this event please notify me via email of who will be attending so we may hold seats for you in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. All members attending should be at the Cathedral no later than 12:15pm; if you have not claimed your seat by then it may be given away.
All members attending should be dressed appropriately and wearing your sash if you have one. Any divisions, County or State Boards attending may choose to bring their banner for the procession. This Mass will be attended by many Irish groups so it is important that I be notified by March 30, 2016 of how many seats you will need for the Cathedral. MaryHogan@LadiesAOH.com In Subject line-please note “1916 Church seats”.
After Mass there will be a piped procession from the Cathedral to the plaza at 345 Park Avenue where the office of Ireland’s Consul General is located; approx. 3 blocks, city cabs are available for those who do not wish to walk. There will be a public ceremony at the plaza including the reading of the Proclamation and speeches to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland (approx. 1 hour). This will conclude our public ceremony.
For those LAOH Divisions and members that are unable to join us in New York I would like each division to do some type of event to commemorate this historic anniversary in Irish history. Some suggestions are: a Mass to remember the dead, a PUBLIC READING OF THE EASTER PROCLAMATION, possible a lecture by a local historian about the Easter Rising, a gathering at a local Irish Historical site, a reception or public gathering in your community to educate others about our history etc.
There are many Irish exhibits/posters available through our website www.LadiesAOH.com that may be downloaded and printed for a history display.
Our LAOH pin Remembering the Women of the Rising is available for purchase by our members and also as gifts to be presented to honored guests. This is one of the few pins honoring the role the women played in the 1916 Rising. See our website or Contact Peggy Cornish for info and purchase LAOHPeggy@AOL.com .
Please remember to watch our website and Hibernian Digest for any updates and most importantly invite the press to publicize your event; take photos and write a story about your event and send the articles and photos to our Webmaster Sandi Swift webmaster@Ladiesaoh.com and to our Publicity Chair Kathy Conway Publicity@Ladiesaoh.com to be included in our records.
Yours in Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity
Mary Hogan National President Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Inc.
Thank you, Marilyn Madigan, for the Easter Blessings for the members of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.
If you have facebook, here is the link to the Facebook Page our National Historian, Marilyn Madigan created. It is a wealth of information.
Amazon, which regularly markets itself as a modern 21st century innovator, is selling merchandise promoting bigoted ethnic based stereotypes defaming people of Irish Heritage. A small sampling of these products include:
- “Straight Outta F*ck It Let’s Drink” St. Patrick’s Day Triblend T-Shirt
- “Kiss Me I’m Irish Or Drunk Or Whatever” St. Patrick’s Day Baseball Sleeve Shirt
- “St. Patrick’s Day Good Day to Get Drunk” Juniors 3/4 Sleeve Raglan T-Shirt
- Juniors “Let’s Get Ready To Stumble” Funny St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirt
- “Drunk 1” and “Drunk 2” Shamrock Irish Drinking Party Group Team T-Shirt
- “IRISH TODAY HUNGOVER TOMORROW” St Patrick’s Day T Shirt
These Amazon products perpetuate bigoted clichés and tropes directed at people of Irish heritage certainly exceed Amazon’s prohibited products guidelines; we ask why then are they permitted for sale at Amazon? We do not believe that Amazon would allow the sale of a product emblazoned with “_____ TODAY HUNGOVER TOMORROW” if that blank was filled in by any other ethnic group.
We, the undersigned, believe there is no room in the 21st century for the bigoted ethnic based stereotypes of the 19th. No heritage or culture should be the subject of the defamation exhibited by these products denigrating people of Irish Heritage nor should drunkenness and irresponsible drinking be glorified or a subject of humor. We call for Amazon to immediately remove these items and issue an unconditional apology to the Irish community.
Click The Link Below to Sign the Petition: