President Riley, Organizer McEntee and brothers Clark and Coates attended our AOH State Quarterly meeting. Following the meeting, five Division Brothers earned their Major Degree. Congratulations to Brothers – Brian Doyle, Larry Clark, Bob Whearty, Buck Coates, and Dave Lewis!
The AOH Virginia State Freedom For All Ireland (FFAI) sponsored the Molly Maguire and Yuengling Brewery Tour and organized by FFAI co-chairmen Jim McLaughlin and Terry Riley. The trip started out with a private tour and tasting at the Yuengling Brewery, the oldest Brewery in America, located in Pottsville, Pa. Brothers Cooney, Doyle, Kilday and Riley represented our division. We then travelled to the Schuylkill County Jail where many of the Maguires were hung, including alleged ringleader Back Jack Kehoe. Charismatic Irish Immigrant Black Jack Kehoe and other Hibernians were targeted by coal company owner Franklin Gowen and utilizing the Pinkerton Agency to infiltrate the AOH concocting a murderous conspiracy led by AOH members who met at Black Jack Kehoe’s Hibernian House Tavern located in Girardville, Pa. Ultimately, over 20 Hibernians were hung based on false evidence and testimony. Irish Catholic prejudice was rampant, especially against Irish involved in the labor movement and workers’ rights. We then travelled to the Hibernian House Tavern. Our entertaining host and tour guide, Black Jack Kehoe’s grandson Joseph Wayne, seen behind the bar of his Hibernian House tavern in pictures below, provided a tour of the tour of his tavern, including AOH meeting room, and the chains and cell door that imprisoned Black Jack prior to his execution on December 18, 1878. Mr. Wayne provided extensive background on the Maguire story. Mr. Wayne obtained a pardon for Black Jack Kehoe from the governor of Pa. on the 100th anniversary of his execution. Joseph Wayne is currently the President of the AOH Black Jack Kehoe Division 1. Great time.
We had record participation with 24 brothers in attendance. Two new Brothers were initiated, Bill Beach and Blaise Fortier. Welcome aboard Brothers.
New Brothers Brendan O’Neil, Buck Coates, and Patrick McElwain, received Snazzy Certificates of Membersip (Photos Attached). Presentations by Bill McCarthy on Irish State of Affairs and Division Historian Pat Cushing on the Molly Maguires were very informative. Military update by Brendan Cooney was appreciated by our service members. Even Brother Kilday was happy with the receipt of his special award for his outstanding efforts in support of Christ House.
Many thanks to John & Laura for hosting a great Oktoberfest on 10/14! Fun, food, and lessons in hatchet throwing!
Thanks to our Division and Brother Volunteers, led by Commander Kilday, feeding 60 hungry Alexandrians at Christ House in Old Town on October 12. Awesome to see a young boy lead adults in prayer, blessing the meal.
AOH All Stars:
Bill and Kelly McCarthy
AOH President Terry Riley and Vice President Pat Cushing presented Past President Bill McCarthy with a plaque and medal recognizing his outstanding leadership promoting Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity.
Brother John O’Donnell & his wife, Laura, with Ambassador Mulhull at the dinner on Sept. 9.
P.S. Don’t forget to RSVP for The 8th Annual O’Donnell’s Oktoberfest Party!
Welcome new and old members! Doors open at 6:45PM & meeting begins at 7:30PM upstairs at Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub on King Street in Alexandria.