Brothers from around the state of Connecticut gathered in Hartford on Saturday, May 8, for the 40th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1981 Hunger Strikers. The event was sponsored by Irish Northern Aid of Connecticut and held at Bobby Sand Circle. The memorial, which was dedicated in 1997, is the only one of its kind in the United States. The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Brother Martin Galvin, the chairman of FFAI for AOH. He gave a passionate talk on Sands and all the Hunger Strikers, and also the state of affairs in Ireland at the present time. Brothers from Divisions in … [Read more...] about Commemoration of the 1981 Hunger Strikers
Hartford AOH Division recently completed its March Calendar Raffle, which is annually one of its major fundraisers. Despite COVD-19, the Division was able to raise $2,500 from the raffle, which features a daily cash prize each day during March. The Division donated $1,000 to the Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Committee for the 2022 Hartford Saint Patrick’s Day parade. Like most parades, the Hartford event has not taken place the past two years, but we will march again in 2022! A $500 gift was presented to help rebuild the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a center serving children and … [Read more...] about Hartford AOH Calendar Raffle Benefits Parade, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and Local Charities
Michael McGovern was born in the townland of Castlefield, near Williamstown, County Galway to John Govern and Bridget Flynn in October 1847. We don't know a lot about his early life. We know that he was educated at a Hedge School. As educating Irish children was often not permitted, secret schools were organized by itinerant teachers. These schools were usually held outdoors among the hedges; hence they were known as Hedge Schools. McGovern received an education in the basics, including Latin. He also learned Irish history by the fireside listening to the older … [Read more...] about Irish American Heritage Month: Michael McGovern, the ‘Puddler Poet’
We invite you to join us online for Mass this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. You can use the links below to watch Mass celebrated by our National AOH Chaplains or stream the mass live from the Knock Shrine in Ireland. Christmas Masses from St. Paul Catholic Parish, North Canton Ohio National Chaplain Father John Keehner. Christmas Eve:4PM and 6PM Eastern TimeChristmas Day:8AM Eastern time St. Paul Church Parish Live, Click Here Christmas Masses from St. Vincent De Paul Church, San Francisco, CANational Chaplain Father Mike Healy Christmas Eve:8PM Pacific TimeChristmas … [Read more...] about Join us for Christmas Mass
The Hibernians have released a video for Veterans day recognizing the unique contributions that Irish Americans have made in service to America. While recognizing and grateful for the sacrifices that Americans of every race, ethnicity, and religion have made in defense of our country, Irish America can take pride and have a very Celtic obligation of remembrance to those of our family, no matter how extended, who served. It is incredible the prominent place that the Irish occupy on our nation’s rolls of honor, especially given that Irish immigrants and their descendants have frequently … [Read more...] about The AOH Pays Tribute To Our Veterans
While we hope we can bring a smile during these trying times in the best tradition of Jonathan Swift, the threat that Brexit and the Internal Market Bill pose to the Good Friday Agreement is no laughing matter. It is critical that we send a clear message to our elected officials, especially those newly elected, that the United States should not be played for a puppet in getting a U.K./U.S. trade deal; that we will not enter into new commitments with a Britain that has consistently failed to honor its two-decades-old commitments under the Good Friday Agreement. https://youtu.be/bqVvhF0KODk … [Read more...] about The U.S. Can’t Be Played for Puppets
Commodore John Barry, 1801 Portrait by Gilbert Stuart Per our National Constitution, September 13th is designated "Commodore Barry Day," a national holiday of the Order. If you are not aware of who Commodore Barry is, you are not alone, for sadly, you are in the company of the majority of Americans. This speaks to the importance of the day and a significance of which extends far beyond the man himself. When one looks at the 1801 portrait of Barry by Gilbert Stuart, one may get a false impression of Barry; the painting shows an old man in declining health (Barry would die two … [Read more...] about Commodore Barry Day 2020
Congressman Peter King (Malachy McAllister) has resided in the United States for over 20 years as a valued member of his community. It is regrettable that the Department of Homeland Security has chosen to ignore the life Mr. McAllister has built for himself and his family in the United States, along with his tireless advocacy for the Irish Peace Process. Instead, they only focus on an association he gave up long ago. … [Read more...] about Representative Peter King Speaks out on McAllister Deportation
The Texas State Board of the AOH presents a Virtual Happy Hour with the Blaggards! Proceeds to benefit the Hibernian Hunger project of the Hibernian Charities. Join us on Facebook Live at 7 pm Eastern, 6 pm Central THIS Saturday, June 13 for all of the Stout Irish Rock you can handle! Do us a favor and spread the word. You can help by: Visiting www.Facebook.com/TXAOH, scrolling down to the event, and click the "going" or "interested" button. Sharing the event with a post to your personal page and your division's page, encouraging others to join us and share.Giving the Texas State … [Read more...] about Texas AOH to host Virtual Happy Hour with the Blaggards, RSVP Now!
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from Dennis Parks, National Liaison... The largest Irish Road Bowling tournament in the World will take place on September 21st, 2019 in Wheeling, West Virginia. The event is sponsored and ran by the brothers of the AOH Bishop Whelan Division in Wheeling. Division President Tom Connelly and the brothers of the Bishop Whelan Division invite any and all to participate. For more information go to: https://aohwheeling.shutterfly.com/. … [Read more...] about Irish Culture is alive and well in West Virginia!
The city of Dublin is no stranger to bombs, from the British assault in 1916 to the removal of Lord Nelson’s statue in 1966 on the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Yet one that has largely been forgotten occurred 78 years ago in 1941 during WWII, referred to as ‘the Emergency’ in Ireland. The story began in April when German air raids bombed Belfast. The Belfast Blitz consisted of four German air raids on strategic targets in the city of Belfast causing high casualties. The first was on the night of 7–8 April 1941, a small attack which probably took place only to test Belfast's defenses … [Read more...] about DUBLIN BOMBED
With election season over and the turkey carved, we can finally turn to Advent. As our minds stumble over gift lists, our hearts beat with hopeful anticipation as body and soul begin preparations for the Christ Child. I know you’ve all felt it before, the magnetic pull to the manger. It terrifies and exhilarates in equal measure, you fight between the urge to rush forward or sink to your knees. Why, why this child? He seems no different than any other; the circumstances of His birth leave much to be desired, then and now. Yet instinctively we know that within His hands lies the whole world, … [Read more...] about Advent Reflections
From Mike Joyce ... As this is my first post as Liaison for the Southwest (Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona) it is probably appropriate to introduce myself – especially for those in the territory. My name is Mike Joyce and I’m in Austin, TX with my wife and young son. We’ve been in Austin for 10 years now with no plans to leave. I joined the Hibernians because I wanted an Irish Catholic experience I remembered from my childhood – thanks to countless Christmas with my grandparents in Youngstown, Ohio and an Milwaukee Irish Fest or two. Unfortunately the AOH didn’t exist in Austin, … [Read more...] about Liaison Report – Southwest
With the formal announcement this evening that Dr. Brian O’Dwyer has been selected to be the 2019 Grand Marshal of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Judge James McKay has issued the following statement: As the President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, I wish to congratulate our Brother Dr. Brian O’Dwyer of AOH Division 3 New York County on his selection as Grand Marshal to the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the largest parades in the … [Read more...] about AOH Congratulates Dr. Brian O’Dwyer on His Selection as 2019 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal
It is with a heavy heart we share that Thomas McNabb, Past National President and National Secretary Emeritus passed away peacefully last night, surrounded by family. The patriarch of the McNabb Family and a pillar of the Auburn and Hibernian Communities alike, he will always be remembered as Dad, Pop Pop, Councilor and Mr. Hibernian. Rest in Peace Brother Tom McNabb Tom will be waked this Sunday, August 5th, at the Cheche Funeral Home, 1778 Clark Street Rd., Auburn, NY 13021. Calling hours are 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at … [Read more...] about Rest in Peace Brother Tom McNabb
Meeting at their National Convention, the Ancient Order of Hibernians passed a resolution calling for the commemoration of Ireland's 1919 Declaration of Independance WHEREAS on January 21, 1919, representatives of the Irish people, elected in the thirty-two-county election of 1918 and assembled in Dublin as a National Parliament, did adopt Ireland's Declaration of Independence and ratify the Irish Republic proclaimed on Easter Monday 1916; and WHEREAS that Declaration of Independence states that the Irish people have always had a right to national freedom and self-government; … [Read more...] about AOH Resolves to promote and honor the centenary of Ireland’s Declaration of Independence.