Feb 10, 2014

Ancient Order of Hibernians names highest award winners for 2014



Staff report

SPRINGFIELD – The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) and the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), respectively, have chosen Rosalie Pratt as Ms. Hibernian 2014 and Paul F. Hogan Jr. as Mr. Hibernian 2014.

The award is given to the member of LAOH and AOH who lives by the motto of “Friendship, Unity, and True Christian Charity.”

Pratt (pictured at left in photo) said she is proud to be a member of the LAOH. Her mother, Judy Pratt, also is a member of the LAOH and was Ms. Hibernian 2013; and her grandfather was a member of the AOH. She serves on the Maurice A. Donahue Memorial Scholarship Committee and helps to raise monies for the scholarship.  

A member of the Irish Cultural Center at Elms College, Pratt speaks the Irish Language and has been to Ireland eight times. She is a eucharistic minister at Our Lady of the Cross Parish in Holyoke and cooks for the Take and Eat weekend meals program for the elderly and homebound.

She has owned and operated R and R Variety Store on Sargeant Street in Holyoke for the last 20 years. She sponsors children in India and the Philippines, raises money for the Alzheimer’s Association, and also sponsors teams in the Holyoke youth football, baseball, and soccer leagues.

Hogan has been a member of the AOH for 38 years and has been president for the last seven years. He is the vice president of the board of the Massachusetts State AOH.

Each year, Hogan organizes a contingent of marchers and two floats in the Holyoke St Patrick’s Parade. Every six weeks, he leads a group of Hibernians who prepare and serve a meal at Kate’s Kitchen in Holyoke.

Hogan said he sees his role as “the coordinator” of all AOH events, and said he feels the award should go to the members. “There is no finer or dedicated group. The award truly belongs to them,” he said. “So, I am honored to accept the award on their behalf.”

Hogan lives in Holyoke with his son, Patrick, who also is a Hibernian and is a criminal justice major at Westfield State University. Paul Hogan works for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation as a construction inspector.

The awards will be presented at the Daniel P. Curran Irish Night on Feb. 22 at the Wherehouse? in Holyoke. For tickets, call CMS Landscaping at 413-533-3300.