October 7, 2017 by Richard Smith
The South Carolina State Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians elected James Lawracy as its new State President at its 10th Biennial Convention which was held at the Ocean Creek Resort in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on October 6th, 2017.
The convention was attended by representatives of the divisions and State Board of South Carolina. Other State Board officers elected include Bob Dillon as Vice President from St Columba division in Richland County, Bill Toomey State Secretary from Joseph McGarry division of Horry County and Richard Smith from Bishop Patrick Lynch division of Beaufort County.
Also elected were District Directors from each of the five divisions of the state. The elected state directors are District #1 Thomas Kinnally of Horry County, District #2 Dave Hart of Dorchester County, District # 3 Daniel Regan of Greenville County ,District # 4 Brent Hall of Richland County and District #5 John O’Neill of Beaufort County.
Following the Business meeting for the convention the Shamrock and Major degrees were offered to members from the South Carolina and Georgia.
The convention mass was celebrated by State Chaplin Rev. Timothy Gahan. The State Officers were installed following the mass. A convention reception and dinner followed the mass. The Guest speaker for the dinner was the Irish Counsel General Shane Stephens based in Atlanta.