Resolution J427-2013

Honoring the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 7, Our Lady of Knock Division upon the occasion of celebrating its 50th Anniversary

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  • Feb 12, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 12, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 5, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division
7,  Our Lady of Knock Division upon the occasion of celebrating its 50th
Anniversary

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize  and  pay
tribute to those organizations which foster ethnic pride and enhance the
profile of cultural diversity which strengthens the fabric of the commu-
nities of New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor  the
Ancient  Order of Hibernians Division 7, Our Lady of Knock Division upon
the occasion of celebrating its 50th Anniversary; and
  WHEREAS, The Ancient Order of Hibernians  (AOH)  is  America's  oldest
Irish Catholic Fraternal Organization; the AOH in America was founded at
New York's St. James Church on May 4, 1836; and
  WHEREAS,  Today,  the AOH exists in America, Canada, Ireland, England,
Wales and Scotland; while the organizations share a common  thread,  the
American AOH is a separate and much larger organization; and
  WHEREAS,  In the early 1960's the population of Islip Town was growing
rapidly; part of this growth was the Irish and the Irish American commu-
nity; and
  WHEREAS, In 1962, a group of men in the Islip community began  working
on  creating  a division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) in the
town; and
  WHEREAS, On February 24, 1963, The Ancient Order of  Hibernians  Divi-
sion 7, Our Lady of Knock Division was organized; the following men were
the founding members: Patrick Fitzpatrick, President; Peter Bulfin, Vice
President;  John Reilly, Recording Secretary; Thomas Slattery, Financial
Secretary; Fintan Stapleton, Treasurer; Reverend James Howard, Chaplain;
John Burke; Martin Burke; Albert Camey; Michael Collins; Charles  Fagan;
Thomas  Gannon;  William  Kilgallen; Patrick Maloney; Stephen McCormick;
Patrick O'Brian; Patrick O'Kane; and James Walsh; and
  WHEREAS, The division originally met at the Collins Inn but eventually
was able to purchase land and build a hall; the hall has  expanded  over
the  years  and now includes a meeting hall, a pub, several offices, and
storage space; and
  WHEREAS, Many family and church activities take place annually at  AOH
Division 7, along with dozens of charitable fundraisers; and
  WHEREAS,  Since  its  founding, AOH Division 7 has donated hundreds of
thousands of dollars to many worthy causes; its members  also  regularly
give service to the community; and
  WHEREAS,  One  of  the  highlights of AOH Division 7's history was the
creation of the East Islip St. Patrick's Parade by the  founding  member
John Reilly in 1966; he ran the parade until his death in 2006; and
  WHEREAS,  Today,  the  parade continues as the John P. Reilly Memorial
East Islip St. Patrick's Parade and has become a  major  event  for  the
local community; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative Body is proudly moved to honor and commend
the members, past and present, of the AOH Division 7 who have labored so
conscientiously to secure and improve the quality of life for the  resi-
dents  and  community it serves; noting the significance of its unremit-
ting efforts to build a commonality of interest and pride of cooperative
achievement, inherent in the values of community and family  life;  now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division  7,  Our  Lady  of  Knock

Division  upon  the occasion of celebrating its 50th Anniversary; and be
it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 7, Our Lady of Knock
Division.

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