Hibernians to hold annual St. Patrick’s Day party March 18

St. Patrick’s Day celebration – Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward recently proclaimed Sunday, March 18 as a day of remembrance, celebration and appropriate recognition of Saint Patrick. The Ancient Order of Hibernians will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Fulton Polish Home March 18 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be music from The Flying Column Irish Show Band and entertainment from the Kinlough Academy and Butler-Sheehan Academy of Irish Dance. Pictured are Hibernians James Brannan, Dan Mahaney, Bob Jennings and Woodward (front). -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

by Nicole Reitz

The Ancient Order of Hibernians in America formed in 1836 to promote national unity and Christian charity in Ireland.

The Fulton Division 2 Ancient Order of Hibernians was founded in 1971 and early charter members include Bud Shinnick and Charlie and Bob Callen.

The goal of the Hibernians is to promote the ideals of the people who gave their lives for the cause of Irish freedom.

Fulton’s Harold J. Flynn Division requires two traits from its members. “We are the most unique fraternal organization in the country in that you have to be both Irish or of Irish decent and be a Roman Catholic,” said Hibernian Bob Jennings, who is also the group’s public relations chairman.

The Fulton division involves itself in year long community events and has also refurbished tombstones at the Old Irish Settlement Cemetery on Rathburn Road in the Town of Oswego.

According to Jennings, the cemetery had fallen on hard times and was in need of help.

As an ongoing project, the local Hibernians took it upon themselves to clean and repair the headstones, some of which date back into the early 1880s. They have cleaned the grounds, fixed fences, installed flagpoles and replaced the headstones of three Civil War veterans.

-Look for the full story in the Saturday edition of the Valley News…

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