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2013 Honoree Brendan Moore

AOH National President Brendan Moore (R) with Feis Piping Chairman Jim Burke

AOH National President Brendan Moore (R) with Feis Piping Chairman Jim Burke

A proud member of AOH Division #3, Rockland County, New York, Brendan Moore served as National Board Freedom For All Ireland Chairman for fourteen years. He also served in that capacity for eighteen years on the New York State Board and for twelve years on the Suffolk County Board. During that period, he raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the support of the dependents of Irish Republican prisoners incarcerated in British jails, while also seeking to educate Americans regarding the broad range of injustices resulting from British occupation of the Six Counties. With the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and the release of most of the prisoners, Moore’s fundraising efforts were directed toward counseling and vocational training programs to assist ex-prisoners, as well as justice initiatives in the north of Ireland. In 2002 and again in 2004, AOH convention delegates elected him to the post of National Director. In 2006 he was elected AOH National Treasurer at the organization’s convention in Boston, and in 2008 he was elected National Vice President in New Orleans.

Brendan was elected AOH National President by the delegates attending the 2012 National Convention. He has sought to review and update current AOH programs, especially in terms of online communication and recordkeeping. In addition, his constant theme has been the need within the organization to encourage, train, and trust younger leadership at every level. He initiated the AOH’s “Storm Relief Program” whereby, in partnering with the LAOH, Hibernian-to-Hibernian financial assistance was provided in many areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Commenting on the overwhelming success of this effort, Moore stated: “This has been Hibernianism at its best. Together, we have been a source of hope for those who felt there was no hope!”

Having retired after thirty-four years as a high school English teacher, Brendan Moore was hired with the rank of Lecturer at St. Joseph’s College and, in addition to teaching there, supervised and evaluated the College’s student teachers.  A graduate of La Salle Academy, Manhattan, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Washington, D.C.’s Catholic University. He received his Master’s Degree in English Literature from New York University, and an additional Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York’s Baruch College.

Brendan’s father, the late John Moore, immigrated to New York from Ferbane, County Offaly, and his mother, the late Bridget Murphy Moore, hailed from Warrenpoint, County Down. He is married to the former Eileen McNulty, a member of LAOH Division #3. The proud parents of two sons, Brian, a teacher at Pearl River High School, and Sean, a physical therapist, the Moores consider themselves blessed with the addition of two wonderful daughters-in-law, Deirdre and Lauren, along with five adored grandchildren-Aidan, Darragh, Seamus, and (“The Twins”) Shannon and Kevin.