Quick Jump:

2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006
 

2003

  • January 4th: Division chartered with a total of 23 members.
    Pictures:  (members)  (framed charter)

  • February 2nd: First official meeting as a division

  • March 2nd: Members present at monthly meeting unanimously vote to name division for local Irish immigrant and Civil War soldier, Bernard "Barney" Devine.

  • April 27th: Brothers Phil McDonald, Mac McGuire & Gary Ryan become 4th Degree Hibernians at Major Degree ceremony in Bowie, Maryland. Jim McGuigan in attendance as observer.

  • June 1st: Division members vote at monthly meeting to adopt the 9th Massachusetts Infantry monument (North slope of Big Roundtop) at Gettysburg.

  • July 19th: Division participates in Adams County Irish Festival as a vendor. Phil McDonald presents Derek Warfield with gift from the division.

  • August 17th: Pat Bowling represents the division during WITF-TV on-air fundraising drive.

  • September 20th: Hibernian Hunger Project spaghetti dinner raises approximately $250 in funds and food for the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen.

  • October 4th: Inaugural Irish-American Battlefield & Soldier's National Cemetery Tour sells out allowing the division to raise $250 for restoration/perpetual care of the 9th Massachusetts Infantry monument on Gettysburg battlefield.

  • October 9th: National President, Ned McGinley and National Chaplain, Fr. Patrick Sullivan visit Gettysburg and meet with division members. Short tour of Irish monuments on the battlefield the following day.

  • November 2nd: The division's first cleanup of our adopted monument (9th Mass. Infantry). Thanks to Ed Averill, Dave Cohill, Bryant Deighan, Tom Gilboy, Andrew Manley, Gary Ryan & Jim McGuigan for coming out and making quick work of it.


2004

  • January 24th: Division President, Jim McGuigan presents Dr. John Latschar, Superintendent of the Gettysburg National Military Park with check for $6600 on behalf of the Irish Cultural Society. Also presented to the Irish Cultural Society was a check for $250 from our division. This money was donated with profits made from the 2003 Irish American tour of the Gettysburg battlefield.

  • March 14th: The division holds it's first St. Patrick's Day party with music by Irishtown Road and dancing by the Celtic Reveliers. The night is a great success with approximately 150 people attending. Some of the profits raised were spent on a division banner. We also made a donation of leftover food to the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen.

  • April 25th: Division Chaplain, Fr. Larry Sherdel becomes 4th Degree Hibernian at Major Degree ceremony in Philadelphia, Pa. Jim McGuigan in attendance as observer. The degrees were held at the Philadelphia Firefighters Local 22 Union Hall. Always happy to have a priest on-hand, the assembled Hibernians encourage Fr. Larry to say a few words from the stage, which he does a great job of for being put on the spot. Numerous personal items are blessed before we head back to Adams County.

  • May 23rd: Spring cleanup of the 9th Massachusetts Infantry monument. Thanks to the following for coming out and lending a hand...Ed Averill, Pat Bowling, Tom Gilboy, Gary Ryan, Jim McGuigan & Jimmy McGuigan. (picture)

  • July 17th: Division participates in Adams County Irish Festival as a vendor.

  • October 31st: Brothers Bill Averill, Ed Averill, Dave Cohill, Tom Gilboy, Ed Loy & Kevin Murphy become 4th Degree Hibernians at Major Degree ceremony in Carlisle, PA. Jim McGuigan, Mac McGuire & Gary Ryan attend as observers. (picture)

  • November 7th: Fall cleanup of the 9th Massachusetts Infantry monument. Thanks to the following for coming out and lending a hand...Ed Averill, Dave Cohill, Phil McDonald, Jim McGuigan & Mac MacGuire. (picture)


2005

  • January 1st: Ed Averill becomes divsion's 2nd President and Phil McDonald it's 2nd Vice-President. (picture). Phil is seated next to Fr. Sherdel and Ed is next to Phil. Ed's Dad, Bill is sitting next to him.

  • January 6th: Officer's installation dinner for members and their spouses. State President, Chris Norris and District 3 Director, Mark Jago perform installation of board of officers for 2005. Plaque of appreciation is also presented to Jamie of O'Rorke's Pub. There is a photo album accessible by using the Gallery link.

  • March 13th: The division holds it's 2nd St. Patrick's Day party with music by Irishtown Road and piper (and AOH brother), Rodney Owens. The night is a great success with approximately 150 people attending. The party also served as a fundraiser for the AOH's "Hibernian Hunger Project" with a portion of the profit ($300) being donated to the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. There is a photo album accessible by using the Gallery link.

  • April 9th: Division President, Ed Averill and Jim McGuigan were on-hand as the US Park Service received checks totaling $8,000 from the Irish Cultural Society for the preservation of Irish monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield. These funds were designated specifically for the 69th PA Infantry and 116th PA Infantry monuments. The AOH of PA donated $1,000 toward this project (picture). Pictured in front of the 69th Pa. Infantry monument (left to right) are: Felix Reynolds, Pres. Dauphin County Div 1; Jack McCormick, Prof. Emer. Villanova University; Mark Jago, AOH District 3 Director; Scott Hartwig, Historian - Gettysburg NMP; Ed Averill, Pres. Adams County Div 1; Deb Frey (in period clothing), Pres. LAOH Our Lady of Knock Div; Jim McGuigan, Adams Co. Div 1 and Jim Jones, Cumberland Co. Div 2.

  • May 15th: Spring cleanup of the 9th Massachusetts Infantry monument. Thanks to the following for coming out and lending a hand...Ed Averill, Pat Bowling, Dave Cohill & Jim McGuigan

  • May 31st: Hibernian Hunger Project check presentation to Fr. Pistone for the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. Presentation was made by division president, Ed Averill with Pat Bowling (HHP Committee Chairman), Phil McDonald (VP), Dave Cohill (Treasurer) and Gary Ryan (Financial Sec.) present. Unfortunately Pat & Phil were cut out of the picture due to the cramped nature of the shooting location. Fortunately, Jim McGuigan stood back wanting no part in the picture. Click here for picture

  • July 16th: Division participates in Adams County Irish Festival as a vendor.

  • October 8th: Division's "AOH Irish Heritage Tour" of the battlefield and Mt. Saint Mary's University. While at The Mount, we visited the Grotto of Lourdes (oldest Grotto in the United States) which also features the cabin sites of Fathers John Dubois (Founder of the Mount) and John Hughes (who built St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC) as well as the 80-foot tall "Pangborn Campanile", topped with a golden statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We also had a brief visit the main campus featuring the Terrace (oldest major buildings on the Mount campus) and the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. The tour allowed us to donate $300 to the Irish Cultural Society of Maryland's "Irish Monuments Project" with this year's donation specifically benefitting the NY Irish Brigade Monument on the Gettysburg battlefield.

  • November 4th: Fall cleanup of the 9th Massachusetts Infantry monument. Note that the NPS asked us if we would clean out some brush over at Devil's Den (which we did) as the 9th Mass monument was in pretty good shape.Thanks to the following for coming out and lending a hand...Ed Averill, Phil McDonald & Jim McGuigan.


2006

  • January 11th: 2nd Annual "Officer's Dinner" at which Gary Ryan becomes the divsion's 3rd President. Officers are installed by District 3 director, Mark Jago. Gary is standing, 3rd from the left (picture)

  • February 25th: John Murphy becomes 4th Degree Hibernian at Major Degree ceremony in Philadelphia, Pa. with division president, Gary Ryan; chaplain, Fr Larry Sherdel; and Jim McGuigan observing. The degrees were held at the Philadelphia Firefighters Local 22 Union Hall. Fr. Larry was again pressed into service, offering the blessing before the candidates were brought into the room to start the degree ceremony. As always, he did a bang up job. Many of our Philadelphia area brothers stopped to talk to Father, thanking him for attending.  (picture)

  • March 17th: "Saving Private Ryan": New to the reenacting hobby, division president Gary Ryan wanted to march in the New York City St. Patrick's Day with other members of the division. Going along for the march were past-president, Ed Averill and treasurer, Dave Cohill. Along to take pictures was Jim McGuigan. Jim has photos on his website (click here)

  • March 19th: The division holds it's St. Patrick's Day party with music by Irishtown Road. The night was a great success with approximately 100 people attending. This year the party was held at a new location, the VFW Post 15 in Gettysburg. The VFW partnered with us in our "Hibernian Hunger Project" effort by matching our donation to local charities which this year benefitted both the Gettysburg Soup Kitchen and also the Adams County Food Bank. There is a photo album accessible by using the Gallery link.