LAOH Albany JFK Division 1

LAOH Albany JFK Division 1 This is the public page for the Albany Division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. (LAOH).
A Sisterhood of Irish and Irish-American, Catholic Women, The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians is a National organization officially recognized in Omaha, Nebraska in 1894 as the “Daughters of Erin.” In 1906, the name was changed to “Ladies Auxiliary to the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America”. In 1984, the Ladies voted to change their name to “The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.” In 2004 we have been officially incorporated on our own as Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc.
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Please continue to share this and contact the White House for Malachy McAllister. IMPORTANT UPDATE TO KEEP MALACHY IN TH...
06/04/2020
Contact the White House | The White House

Please continue to share this and contact the White House for Malachy McAllister.

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO KEEP MALACHY IN THE U.S.:

We found out that the White House switchboard will not be active for the foreseeable future. Please update your call to action to ask supporters, instead of calling the White House to contact them directly online using the following very easy procedure:

STEP ONE: Visit this website: www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ (you may use the link below).

STEP TWO: There are some simple pull-down box entries, the first for “Contact the President, and, then, for your name, address, etc.

STEP THREE:

There is then a box labeled “What would you like to say?”; just copy and paste the following into that box:

“I am making an urgent appeal to President Trump, who has been supportive in the past, to prevent the June 5 deportation of Malachy McAllister, an ardent supporter of the Irish Peace process, who, as a law-abiding resident of the U.S. for 24 years, has become a job creator and essential member of our Irish American community. This effort has received support from bipartisan members of Congress and Cardinal Dolan. Last Thanksgiving, President Trump stated his desire to see a permanent resolution to Mr. McAllister's effort to stay in the USA. As an active Irish American voter, I implore our President to keep Malachy here. Thank you.”

The fastest way to send questions, comments, concerns, or well-wishes to the President or his staff.

Update: Convention in Orlando now a Virtual Convention...
06/02/2020

Update: Convention in Orlando now a Virtual Convention...

2020 AOH-LAOH National Convention Goes Virtual

Keep Malachy McAllister in the U.S.
06/02/2020

Keep Malachy McAllister in the U.S.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

We have found out this morning that the White House switchboard will not be active for the foreseeable future. So we'd like to ask you update your call to action to ask that instead of calling supporters use the following link as a simple way to directly comtact the White House. Tweets have also been working well and should be continued and encouraged.

Simply follow these three steps:

Step one:

Access the contact the White House Web Page at whitehouse.gov/contact/

Step two:

There are some simple pull-down box entries, the first for “Contact the President, and, then, for name, address, etc.,

Step three:

There is then a box labeled “What would you like to say?”; just copy and paste the following:

“I am making an urgent appeal to President Trump, who has been supportive in the past, to prevent the June 5 deportation of Malachy McAllister, an ardent supporter of the Irish Peace process, who, as a law-abiding resident of the U.S. for 24 years, has become a job creator and essential member of our Irish American community. This effort has received support from bipartisan members of Congress and Cardinal Dolan. Last Thanksgiving, President Trump stated his desire to see a permanent resolution to Mr. McAllister's effort to stay in the USA. As an active Irish American voter, I implore our President to keep Malachy here. Thank you.”

Museum of Free Derry
05/27/2020

Museum of Free Derry

"We are the people of struggle. Ours is the culture of change."

05/23/2020
Friends of Sinn Féin USA

Friends of Sinn Féin USA

This week Martin McGuinness would have turned 70. Martin travelled many times to the US to promote the cause of Irish Unity. Everywhere he travelled he made friends. We remember him as an inspirational leader and a friend. Here is our tribute to Martin. Share with us any memories you have of him.

05/19/2020
RTÉ News

RTÉ News

A church in Balally in south Dublin, has become a memorial to people who have lost their lives here due to Covid-19. Over 2,000 small white crosses have been placed on the red brick walls of the Church of the Ascension of the Lord | https://bit.ly/2LH5eyX

Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
05/18/2020

Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians

Classic photos by Gerard Harlay being shown by the Museum of Free Derry.
05/16/2020

Classic photos by Gerard Harlay being shown by the Museum of Free Derry.

Life goes on in Derry 1972, by Gerard Harlay.

Mullingar news and views
05/14/2020

Mullingar news and views

For all you ex Pat's...... Mullingar's Mary Finch is working very hard over in New York, U. S. with the Irish Echo.
She would love to hear from you......
About your experience during the pandemic in America.
If you have pals in the US would you mind giving a share please and thanks ☘️☘️☘️❤️

05/14/2020
Sinn Féin Ireland

An historic ruling today where The British Supreme Court has ruled that Gerry Adams was unlawfully interned by the British state. This is expected to impact the internment of many other former Republican prisoners.

Former Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams responds to the news that the British Supreme Court has ruled that he was unlawfully interned by the British state and as a consequence his convictions for attempting to escape from Long Kesh have been quashed.

05/11/2020
Irish American Heritage Museum

Irish American Heritage Museum

Another #MuseumMonday at the Irish American Heritage Museum as we look at some of the tools that were used to get the cleaning done at home. Many Irish immigrant girls came to American and worked as maids for a few years, so this work and tools would have been familiar to them. #IrishMuseumsOnline #MuseumatHome

05/09/2020
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians

Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians

Today is an Important day in LAOH History. The 40th Convention of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians met in Omaha Nebraska in 1894 The Convention was held from May 8-10. The Ladies Auxiliary was approved at this time. Returning home from the Convention, Divisions began to form. Congratulations on celebrating our 126th Anniversary.

05/07/2020
Riverdance

Riverdance

From their homes in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, Spain, Australia, Moldova, Ukraine & Russia as well as those dancers who have swapped their dancing shoes for scrubs, the Riverdance cast have come together while being apart to say 'thank you' to all frontline and essential workers,
as well as the people at home who continue to do their part in the fight against COVID-19. #TogetherApart #staysafe #riverdance

05/06/2020
RTÉ News

RTÉ News

A centuries-old tradition has been kept alive in Co Westmeath, against the backdrop of Covid-19 restrictions. The lighting of the Bealtaine Fire at the Hill of Uisneach took place at sunset last night, with only a handful of people present.

05/06/2020
05/04/2020
Sinn Féin Ireland

May 5 marks the 39th anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands. His death after 66 days on hunger strike was noted around the world and brought attention to the cause of Irish Freedom. May he Rest In Peace 🇮🇪.

The 5th May marks the anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands on Hunger Strike. He was the first of ten republican prisoners to die that terrible summer of 1981.

The determination of the men in the H Blocks and the women prisoners in Armagh ultimately defeated the British government's criminalisation strategy. The enduring legacy of the hunger strikers is to be found all around us.

For everyone interested in freedom and justice and peace in Ireland it is a time to reflect on the lessons of the past and to commit to continuing the struggle to achieve a just, fair and equal united Ireland

Irish American Heritage Museum
05/04/2020

Irish American Heritage Museum

On this day in 1916, Joseph Mary Plunkett was executed in Kilmainham Gaol for his role in the 1916 Rising. Plunkett was one of the seven men who signed the Proclamation declaring a new Provisional Government of the Irish Republic. He knew as he signed it that it would lead to him being executed if the rebellion failed. Hours earlier he had married Grace Clifford. Fr Eugene McCarthy of St James’ Church in St James’ Street officiated at the wedding in Kilmainham just before midnight on May 3rd, 1916.

On their wedding certificate, Joseph Plunkett was listed as a bachelor with an occupation of ‘gentleman’ and Grace Gifford was listed as a spinster with an occupation of artist.

The two British soldiers who were “witnesses’ were John Smith and John Lockerby (Sgt 3rd Battalion, The Royal Iniskillen Regiment).

Grace gave a statement of that evening in 1949: On the evening of May 3rd, 1916, she was, she said, taken to Kilmainham Gaol at 6.00 pm and kept waiting until around 11.30 pm.

"When I saw him, on the day before his execution, I found him in exactly the same state of mind. He was so unselfish he never thought of himself. He was not frightened, not at all, not the slightest.

I am sure he must have been worn out after the week’s experiences, but he did not show any signs of it - not in the least. He was quite calm.

I was never left alone with him, even after the marriage ceremony. I was brought in and was put in front of the altar; and he was brought down the steps; and the cuffs were taken off him; and the chaplain went on with the ceremony; then the cuffs were put on him again. I was not alone with him - not for a minute. I had no private conversation with him at all. I just came away then".

She spent that night in the bell-ringer's home until she was awakened at 2 am as the military had sent a car for her to take her back to Kilmainham. Here she saw Joe for the last time, on the morning of his execution. The couple had just ten minutes together, but they were never alone:

"There would be a guard there, and you could not talk. …… I was just a few moments there to get married, and then again a few minutes to say good-bye that night; and a man stood there with his watch in his hand, and said: 'Ten minutes'".

Following her second visit to Joe, Fr. McCarthy escorted her to a convent on Thomas Street where she spent the remainder of the night. The next morning, she went to her sister Katherine’s home on Philipsburg Avenue in Fairview.

Grace always claimed she knew nothing of the plans for the Rising, and that she and Joe never talked about it:

“I shall have to read a book about the Rising as I know nothing of the military history of it”.

However, after Joe’s execution, Grace became much more politically active and decided to devote herself through her art to the promotion of Sinn Féin policies and resumed her commercial work to earn a living.

She was elected to the Sinn Féin executive in 1917. Following the Treaty debates in 1921-1922, Grace became an anti-Treaty advocate and was, herself, imprisoned in Kilmainham.

During her time in the prison, Grace painted many pictures on the \wall of her cell, including a picture of the Madonna and Child, a reproduction of which (see right) can be seen through the door to her cell today.

When she was released in 1923, Grace had little money and no employment. For years Grace received nothing, so she began legal proceedings against her husband's parents, Count and Countess Plunkett in 1934. Finally, the Count and Countess settled out of court, and Grace was paid £700, plus costs.

Grace Gifford Plunkett died suddenly, and alone, on 13 December 1955, in an apartment on South Richmond Street.

After a funeral at St Kevin’s Church attended by the President of Ireland, Seán T. O’Kelly, she was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. The Museum has a painting of Grace in their collection.

Jim McCann made their story famous during the 1980's with a song written by Frank and Seán O'Meara.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMf6IyJI0e4

05/04/2020
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan

Great parade to wish AOH Albany Division 5 member Norm Shea a Happy 90th Birthday! 🎉🎂

Next stop for the #Albany Birthday Parade: New Scotland Woods to celebrate Norm Shea’s 90th birthday. Happy Birthday, Norm!!

Thank you to the Albany Police Department, Albany Fire Department, Ancient Order of Hibernians, and neighbors from across the City for coming out and celebrating Norm.

05/01/2020
Tuatha Dé Danann - Áirc Damhsa

Tuatha Dé Danann - Áirc Damhsa

It is said that on the 1st of May many years ago, a mist descended on the Iron Mountain of Sliabh an Iarainn in County Leitrim and from this mist came the Tu...

Well Done to all the members!
05/01/2020
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to receive $5,000 donation

Well Done to all the members!

Latham, NY (WRGB) - The United Irish Societies of the Capital District along with Albany St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee are now donating $5,000 to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. Each year, the UISCD'S St. Patrick's day Parade Committee works to organize and raise funds to suppo...

04/30/2020
TG4

TG4

Níl aon seisiún ceoil cosúil le seisiún ceoil i dteach Patsy O'Grady anois! 🎶
Beidh Cormac Begley agus a athair ag freastal ar cheann Dé Domhnaigh ar #SlínaB.

04/28/2020
Seo Linn

Beautiful rendition of this piece. Have a listen...

Work would be fully underway in Conamara and Gaeltachtaí all around the country around now getting ready for the summer courses... It's a pity but necessary! This is one of our favourite pieces that we did in collaboration with TG Lurgan. The choir sound magnificent under Jenny's capable hands as always. Looking forward to things getting back to normal! Loved working on this and hope ye enjoy it too!

Bheadh an obair réitigh faoi lán seoil faoi láthair i gConamara agus i nGaeltachtaí ar fud na tíre do na cúrsaí samhraidh... mór an trua ach an cinneadh ceart dár ndóigh! Seo ceann de na píosaí is fearr linn a rinne muid i gcomhar le TG Lurgan. Tá an cór chomh binn le ceol na n-éan mar a bhíonn i gcónaí faoi chúram cumasach Jenny. Ag tnúth go mór le go mbeidh na coláistí lán aríst agus go mbeidh taoide an tsaoil ina bharr láin an athuair! Thaitin sé go mór linn an píosa ceoil seo a dhéanamh agus tá súil againn go dtaitníonn sé libh anois!

#irishmusic #gaeilge #folk #tradition

04/24/2020
RTÉ News

Celebrating Irish Republic Day

The 1916 Proclamation is read outside the GPO #rte1916

Forgotten Ireland
04/23/2020

Forgotten Ireland

#OTD 23rd April 1014 - Brian Boru (Brian Mac Cennétig) The Last Great High King of Ireland (Ard-Rí) goes to battle against enemies who rose in revolt against him on Good Friday morning as the Battle of Clontarf approached.

Brian gathered his troops and gave an inspiring speech before leading his men into battle. The battle ground consisted of many smaller battles, the fighting was fierce and brutal and lasted until the break of day.

The Battle of Clontarf claimed the lives of over 10,000 people. While praying for battle victory, Ard-Rí Brian Boru was slain in his tent by a passing Viking, Brodir of Man. He was triumphant on the day but he made the ultimate sacrifice in losing his own life.

The Battle of Clontarf is a key event in the history of the Vikings as it ended the power of the Vikings in Ireland as well as being the final chapter in the dramatic career of the Greatest High King of Ireland Brian Boru.

#irishhistory
Source: battleofclontarf.net

Interesting photos captured by Gerard Harley and being posted daily to the Museum of Free Derry page. This one is especi...
04/22/2020

Interesting photos captured by Gerard Harley and being posted daily to the Museum of Free Derry page. This one is especially poignant.

Today's picture from Gerard Harlay. I'd suggest a caption competition, but I'd be a bit nervous about what might come back!

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