AOH’s Erin Degree Team honored with Hibernian Friendship Award
The local AOH Notre Dame Division #1 of Montgomery County’s Isle of Erin Degree Team received the “Hibernian Friendship Award” at the 12th Annual Fleadh an Earraigh of the Joseph E. Montgomery AOH Division 65.
The award was presented to Degree Team President Jim Murphy from AOH Division 65 President Patrick Mulhern. The Joseph E. Montgomery Division is rich in history and charity works have just celebrating their 120th Anniversary.
The award ceremony took place on April 15th at the Spring Valley Banquet Hall in Springfield. The Isle of Erin Degree Team was founded by our late Brother, Paul McNulty in 1994. The degree team was certified by then the National Director of Rituals/Degrees, Al O’Hagan on March 26, 1995. Paul died assisting Brother O’Hagan and the Round Tower Major Degree Team in 1995, when an artificial heart valve Paul had ruptured. Al O’Hagan was Chief of Escorts of the Round Tower, the position Paul would have had.
To date, the Isle of Erin Major Degree Team has conducted 89 Major Degree ceremonies, bringing more than 3,400 Brothers into the full membership of the AOH. The Isle of Erin Major Degree Team is very happy to receive this Hibernian Friendship Award from our Brothers of Division 65 and the Degree Team thanks them for bestowing this Honor to the Team.
Pictured from left are: Howard Williams, Honor Guard Captain; Jack Schneider, Business Manager/Trustee; Mike Brown, Treasurer; Don Lilick; Jim Murphy, Team Leader; Jack Rodenbough;Terry McGraw; Tom O’Hagan; Wilber Powers, James Mohr; Pete Hand.