Nassau County President Mike Byrne was elected by the AOH National Board to the Board of Directors of the Hibernian Charity.
He was born in County Roscommon, Ireland on August 18, 1962 to Patricia and James Byrne. He has three brothers and three sisters. He graduated high school from CBS Roscommon in 1980. He went on to college in Athlone and Carlow, where he graduated as a fitter welder after four years.
Michael immigrated to the United States in 1986, where he met his future wife, Rosemarie Horohoe, fell in love, and got married in September of 1988. They are the proud parents of four children, Fiona, Michelle, Conor, and Declan.
He has always promoted Irish heritage and culture. He joined the AOH Padraic Pearse Div 3 in 1989. He came up through the ranks within his division. He served as Marshal for two years, Treasurer for four years, and President for two years. He has been the St Patrick’s Day Dance Chairman for the past eight years.
Michael has been an active member of the AOH Nassau County Board, serving as Financial Secretary for two years, and is currently in his second two-year term as Nassau County President.
Michael is a founding member of the Long Island Gaels Gaelic Football Club. The club was organized in 2000. He was the first President of the minor board, which was organized in 2004 and currently has five underage teams, from under-8 to under-16. Michael has been Club Treasurer for both the minor board and senior board for the past eight years. He has also held the position of Dance Chairman since 2002. He is very involved with the Club, raising money through several different fundraisers, card games, picnics, horse races, pub quizzes, and various other events.
Michael has been an active member of the Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens since 1987. As a home improvement contractor, he has played an active role in the renovations to the center in Mineola, Long Island.
Michael has proudly marched in the New York St Patrick’s Day Parade for 22 years with the AOH in different capacities, from Division Marshal to County Board President. He considers it a great honor to have been chosen as Aide to the Grand Marshal, Ray Kelly, in 2010.
Michael has attended all County, State, and National conventions for the past 20 years. He feels that his experience with fundraising, his confidence as a leader, and his love of everything Hibernian would make him an ideal candidate for the Hibernian National Charity Board of Directors.