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-  Beautification Project -
An Gorta Mor Monument
St. Scholastica Parish
by
AOH Citrus County Division
Robert Dunton, President

  
Greetings AOH Brothers, LAOH Sisters and Friends of the Ancient Order of Hibernians,

 Recently we had the pleasure of visiting the AOH Citrus County Division as part of a Membership Drive at St. Scolastica Church. Prior to the two masses we were outside under tent, and then attended mass.

 Some will remember that in 2000 the Citrus County Division donated a 10ft. Celtic cross to the parish in remembrance of An Gorta Mor, The Great Hunger. Prior to mass we were escorted over to the area on the grounds where the monument is located. 

 As one draws near, a feeling of remembrance of the plight our ancestors faced over takes you. We had both seen pictures of the monument but they did not compare to being there, and it's prominence.

 Following quiet reflection we, along with Citrus County Brother Walter Whitney talked about when it was erected, the Divisions storied history as the once largest AOH Division in Florida and it's commitment to Irish Heritage and Culture.

 As we continued on our three day visitation of Divisions and looked at the pictures we had taken of the monument and area surrounding it we could not help but say the same thing, "We need to beautify this area". Through time, nature has taken its course and become overwhelming for our Senior AOH Brothers to maintain.

 When we returned from our travels and shared our experience with our fellow State Officers, they felt the same in their feelings to beautify this area and renew our commitment to the remembrance of the 4 million Irish lives lost. 

 Father Michael Smith the Parish Pastor was very receptive when approached with our idea. Working with the Parish and the Division we have created a design to "Do a face-lift". Plans are to clear the area of dead vegetation, trim bushes and trees, install benches, replace mulch and plant flowers.  Tools small to large will be provided, just bring yourself and gloves.

 We hope that you feel as we do, and will participate in the reclaiming of this area, and the creation of a place of reflection.

We invite you to join
AOH Citrus County Division #1
and the
AOH
Florida State
Board

Saturday February 18th
St. Scholastica Parish

4301 W Homosassa Trail
Lecanto, FL  34461
10:00am to 2:00pm

Following our day of service, arrangements will be made to clean up and dress well in time for the 6:00pm mass. For those wishing to stay over, we will be visiting Dillon’s Irish Pub. The owners Jennifer and Ron promise their usual Irish welcome and great hospitality with Bartender Flaherty pulling the pints!

We will be staying the night at a nearby hotel (very reasonable) and again raising the Hibernian tent at St Scolastica prior to the 9:00 and 11:00am masses on Sunday. You are welcome to join us.

 For some of you receiving this message it would be 2-3 hour drive to Citrus County. We understand, it is for us also.

 When we compare a few hours of gardening to the suffering if the Irish people during An Gorta Mor the decision to drive a few hours becomes easy. Yes. There are small jobs and big jobs for everyone. If you join us to “cheerlead” that’s OK Too!

 If you are not physically able to be there and want to support the project with a monetary donation for flowers and supplies it would be very welcome, and most appreciated. Your contribution will help us reclaim, beautify and return this area to a place of reflection. 

 As we draw near to St. Patrick's Day what better way to renew our personal remembrance to those who died in Ireland. Many our relatives.

 Join us as we build our Irish pride, renew our presence in the St. Scolastica Parish Community and share the story of An Gorta Mor.

 In the motto of our Order; Cairdeas, Aontacht agus Chríostaí Carthanachta (Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity),
     

             Greg Seán Canning        Séamus
                         Greg Sean Canning                             Jim Rukosky
                                  President                                  Vice President
                              AOH Florida                                 AOH Florida
                                                            

Contributions may be sent to:
AOH Citrus County
 3318 W Kevin Ln
   Lecanto, FL 34461-9137



 

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