The AOH was well represented by those from near and far at the 2019 Annual AOH Tailgate at the Yale Bowl. Noreen, John and Maeve Pigott from Kildorrery, County Cork, Ireland joined Colin and Nikki Ryan from Orlando, Florida and Dan and Mike Ryan, a member of the John J. McIhinney AOH Division from Doylestown, Pennsylvania along with a throng of JFK Division AOH Officers, Brothers and families for a President Mark Ryan “Tailgate Extravaganza”.
Grills were operational only minutes after the caravan of fifteen cars arrived in Lot D. A full breakfast, of Irish bacon, eggs, sausage, puddings and fresh rolls was served to bolster our stalwart band. The cooks were busy all day preparing deep fried turkey, pulled pork, fresh clams, chicken wings, hot dogs, hamburgers, meatballs, sausage and peppers and much, much, more.
“The Game” as it is known between Harvard and Yale was a noteworthy event going into double overtime and nearly being called for darkness. The Yale Bowl does not have field lighting! The halftime proceedings were interrupted by a student led protest against global warming. John Pigott of Kildorrery, Cork Ireland upon hearing of the protest picked up the Irish flag and ran straight into the melee. When asked about his position on global warming, he stated, “I’m all for it. We could use a bit more heat in Cork. We’re perished from the cold!”