The Ancient Order of Hibernians
THE BATTLE OF BENBURB
Fri, 01 Jun 2018 10:29:20 +0000

The 17th century dawned in Ireland during the 9 years war of the northern Chieftains against the Crown. By 1602 that conflict was over; Red Hugh O’Donnell had been poisoned, the Irish had capitulated, and Queen Elizabeth was dead. Against the treachery that threatened their heirs and families, the noblest Chieftains of the north   The […]

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In Light of Prime Minister May’s Lack of Confidence in Northern Ireland Wishing to Remain in the UK, Hibernians Call for Referendum
Wed, 16 May 2018 12:48:42 +0000

In an open letter to the Congressional Friends of Ireland Caucus, the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) asked for their support in calling for the British Government to honor its commitment to hold a referendum on the North of Ireland forming a part of a united Ireland in light of statements made by Prime Minister […]

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Statement from AOH Catholic Action Chair on the Forced Resignation of House Chaplain Fr. Patrick Conroy, S.J.
Wed, 02 May 2018 23:20:11 +0000

The tenth chapter of the Gospel of St. Matthew underscores the cost and requirements of proclaiming Jesus’s message to the Church. “One’s enemies will be those of his own household,” is the stark reality Christ presents those of us who would preach that gospel message. Those passages have become prescient in light of the recent […]

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THE BLACK IRISH
Tue, 01 May 2018 09:00:31 +0000

Dubh (Doov) in the Irish language means dark or black and is used to describe someone by the color of their hair as in Roisin Dubh (Dark Rosaleen) or Hugh Dubh O’Neill (Black Hugh O’Neill), an Irish patriot of the 17th century best remembered for his defense of Clonmel in 1650. He was also nephew […]

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Recent Recipient Visits AOH Monument at the Medal of Honor Grove
Sat, 14 Apr 2018 16:14:18 +0000

Medal of Honor Recipient  Jim McCloughan and his wife Cherie recently visited the AOH Monument at the Medal of Honor Grove in Valley Forge Pennsylvania.  Jim was recently awarded the Medal of Honor for distinguished actions as a combat medic assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, during the […]

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National President McKay speaks out on Good Friday Agreement at 20
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:08:25 +0000

On March 22, 2018, and a month before the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, out Worthy President Judge James McKay testified before the Helsinki Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. The Commission, at the behest of Co-Chair Chris Smith of New Jersey, was holding a hearing, “The Good Friday Agreement at 20: […]

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The Bold Beauties from Bodyke
Sun, 01 Apr 2018 13:50:08 +0000

The O’Halloran sisters, Annie, Honoria and Sarah, lived with their parents and brothers, Patrick and Frank, in Bodyke, Co. Clare as tenants of the notorious Col. John O’Callaghan. Michael Davitt’s Land League forced the Irish Land Act of 1881 to allowed tenants to appeal for Court adjudicated rent reductions and, in some cases, eventual ownership. […]

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Irish American Heritage Month: The Irish Contribution to America’s Independence
Fri, 30 Mar 2018 20:37:51 +0000

DID YOU KNOW that when America was born, the Irish were there? The Irish, both Protestant, and Catholic, were a major part of Washington’s volunteers from foot soldiers to high ranking officers. When increased Crown exploitation drove the colonists to protest, among the loudest were the Irish who had no great love for the Crown, […]

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An Irish American Angel in America’s West
Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:00:32 +0000

There were many Irish women among the settlers of the American West, and one of the best known in her time was a lady from County Cork named Ellen Cashman. Ellen came to America, like so many others, fleeing the effects of the Great Hunger.  She arrived in Boston in 1850 with her mother, Fanny, […]

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AOH President testifies about Good Friday Agreement
Mon, 26 Mar 2018 20:28:19 +0000

Hon. James F. McKay III, President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, testifies at a Helsinki Commission hearing entitled “The Good Friday Agreement at 20,” chaired by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Co-Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe Share List

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James Duane, The Irish American Who Rebuilt New York
Mon, 26 Mar 2018 08:00:38 +0000

Did you know that the island of Manhattan in New York was once totally destroyed and was rebuilt by the son of an immigrant from Co. Galway, Ireland?  He was one of the first Irish-Americans to wear that title and his name was James Duane.  He was born in New York to Irish immigrant parents […]

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Irish American Heritage Month: The Angel of Andersonville
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:16:41 +0000

Did you know that an Irish Catholic Priest Rev. Thomas O’Reilly threatened General Sherman with a mutiny by the Irish Catholics in his army if he torched the church district of Atlanta at the start of his infamous march to the sea and that General Sherman backed down and the entire church district was saved, […]

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Timothy Murphy, the Irish American Who Turned the Tide at Saratoga
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:53:27 +0000

Did you know that an Irish America soldier was responsible for turning the tide of the most important battle of the American Revolution? His name was Timothy Murphy and he had served with distinction on the frontier, was part of General William Thompson’s Pennsylvania Rifle Battalion which became the First Continental Regiment and he served […]

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Irish American Heritage Month: The Sullivan Brothers, “We stick together”
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:32:36 +0000

DID YOU KNOW that in the annals of America’s heroes, there is scarcely a brighter entry than that of the fighting Sullivan brothers?  Born in Waterloo, Iowa to Railroad conductor Tom Sullivan and his wife Alleta, George, Francis, Albert, Joseph, and Madison grew up the best of friends in the closeness of an Irish family […]

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Irish American Heritage Month: Colonel Eileen Collins, A Child of Immigrants Who Attained the Stars
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 04:00:58 +0000

On July 30th, 1999, 30 years and two days after the first successful moonwalk, Irish American Colonel Eileen Marie Collins became the first woman to command a U.S. spacecraft. Eileen Collins was one of four children born to immigrant parents from County Cork who had settled in Elmira New York. At an early age Eileen […]

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Who is St. Patrick?
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 02:55:27 +0000

Each year around March 17, the name of St. Patrick appears in every major publication in the civilized world – sometimes with honor and sometimes with scorn – often due to the conduct of those who celebrate his memory at affairs which bear his name.  Of the many things written about this holy man, some […]

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Irish American Heritage Month: Patrick Gallagher, USMC
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:33:31 +0000

Patrick Gallagher was born in Derrintogher, County Mayo Ireland on February 2, 1944. At the age of eighteen, as so many you Irish men and women before him, Patrick immigrated to the United States and the promise of a new life filled with opportunity. He quickly started on the immigrant dream: studying law while working […]

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Ancient Order of Hibernians Thank Senator Schumer and Secretary Spencer for Recognition of Cpl. Gallagher in Destroyer Naming
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 02:22:39 +0000

The Ancient Order of Hibernians wish to express their gratitude to Senator Charles Schumer and Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer for their announcement that the Navy’s newest Destroyer, DDG-127, shall be christened the U.S.S Gallagher in fitting commemoration of the bravery and sacrifice that Corporal Patrick Gallagher, USMC, displayed during the Vietnam War. […]

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Irish American Heritage Month: The Irish Whales
Mon, 12 Mar 2018 04:00:51 +0000

Did you know that the first Gold Medal winner in modern Olympic history was the son of Irish immigrant parents and that Irish athletes dominated Olympic track and field events for the U.S. for the first two decades of the 20th century? The first to win was James Connolly and he was born on October […]

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Irish American Heritage Month: John Philip Holland, Inventor of the Modern Submarine
Fri, 09 Mar 2018 01:43:29 +0000

Did you know that an Irishman invented the first modern submarine? His name was John Philip Holland and he was born in Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland, on February 24, 1841. He experienced the Irish potato failure suffering poor eyesight as a result. His father was a member of the Coast Guards and young John inherited […]

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