William J. Ryan Division IV Ancient Order of Hibernians Celebrates 125 years of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity - September 23rd, 2018.
On September 23, 2018 the AOH William J. Ryan Division IV celebrated its 125th Anniversary with a number of festive events.
As always, our commemoration began with a beautiful mass celebrated with the Ladies AOH Division II by our chaplain, Fr. Walter Szczesny at St. Patrick’s Church at All Saints Parish in Lockport, N.Y. Highlights of the mass included our traditional guarding of the church prior to mass, the sharing of green carnations with all women and girls in attendance and Irish music by Ginny Miller and Bagpiper Joe Bauschnagel.
Immediately following mass we assembled at Erie Canal Banquets and Cruises for a brunch and program with keynote speeches welcoming our guests (President Jim Langton), reporting the history of our division (Br. Barry Griffith) and reviewing the storied accomplishments of our namesake, William J. Ryan (Br. Tom Ryan, his grandson). In honor of the Lockport Irish who helped build the Erie Canal, a canal cruise eastbound to Middleport was then enjoyed by many in attendance and our comradery was further celebrated in the singing and dancing to the music of Tom Keefer. We really rocked the boat!
Afterward the division acknowledged its connection with our founding fathers in the form of an old fashioned “smoker” held at Groff’s Tavern on Union St. where members and many “friends of the Hibernians” enjoyed a relaxing cigar while reminiscing about our past and looking forward to our future.