125th Celebration

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.

Thank you to our sponsors


Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Div. II
Congratulations to our brothers of the William J. Ryan Div. IV


Murphy Insurance
In Memory of Don Murphy
Mary Murphy, Owner

Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home
John and Andy Rosenberg, Proprietors

In Memory of John R. Taylor
Ann and Jim Rotella,
Rose and Tom Lutz,
Joseph and Mary Beth Taylor,
Chris Taylor and Doug McKinney


JET Group
Jack Tillotson, Jr., Proprietor

Barry Steel
Steve Barry, Proprietor

"Here's to four generations of Kearns Hibernians!"
Joe and Teresa (LAOH New York State Officer) Kearns

Philip E. Russell CLU, ChFC Financial Adviser
(716) 622-4114
247 East Avenue, Lockport
Email: Perussell@cambridgeresource.com

In Loving Memory of
William J. "Billy" Ryan

Thomas Ryan, Theresa Ryan Jehle,
Karen Ryan Gladden and Krista Ryan Isherwood Families

In Memory of the Deceased Members of the O'Byrne/Byrne Families
Matthew and Phyllis O'Byrne


Lester Robinson, CLTC,
Long Term Care Planner
Phone: (800) 875-0410
Email: les@lesltc.com

Brewer Insurance
Jerry and Michael Brewer, Proprietors

Sullivan's Hair Design
John Sullivan, Owner

Danna and Danna,
Attorneys at Law

Mark Danna, Esq.

Pete Sharkey

Erie Canalside Banquets
and Canal Cruises

Mike Murphy, Proprietor

Paul Cavagnaro

In Memory of
Andrew "Andy" McCann

Michael McCann

In Memory of Mae Quain
Born County Langford, Ireland
February 8, 1908
Died Jamestown, NY
November 30, 1994
Barry and Susan Griffith

In Memory of
Harry T. Harrington

John Harrington