What is the Ancient Order of Hibernians In America?
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a Catholic, Irish American Fraternal Organization founded in New York City in 1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a parent organization, of the same name, which has existed in Ireland for over 300 years. While the organizations share a common thread, the North American A.O.H. is a separate and much larger organization.
AOH Division 8 was formed in Glen Cove in 1954. It was later named the “Mike Moran Division 8” in honor of a much beloved deceased member.
The Order evolved from a need in the early 1600’s to keep the Catholic faith alive in occupied Ireland when England implemented its dreaded Penal Laws there. The AOH worked to aid and comfort the people by whatever means available. Similarly, the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America was founded May 4th, 1836 at New York’s St. James Church, to protect the Church from the “Know Nothings” and their followers. At the same time the vast influx of Irish Immigrants fleeing the Great Hunger in Ireland in the late 1840’s, prompted a growth of Irish social societies in the U.S. – the largest of which was, and continues to be, the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Active across the United States, the Order seeks to aid the Irish, both socially and politically. The many Divisions and club facilities located throughout the U.S. traditionally have been among the first to welcome new Irish Americans. Here, the Irish culture — art, dance, music, and sports are fostered and preserved. The newcomers can meet some of “their own” and are introduced to the social atmosphere of the Irish-American community. The AOH has been at the political forefront on issues such as immigration reform, economic development here and in Ireland, human rights; the right to life; and a peaceful and just solution to the issues that divide Ireland.
The Order provides a continuing bridge with Ireland for those who are generations removed from our country. The AOH sponsors many programs associated with promoting our Irish Heritage such as the IRISH WAY PROGRAM.
You may seek admittance to the FINEST Irish Catholic Organization in the World — all we would ask is for you to live our motto of:
“Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity”.
Dia ‘s Muire dhuit!
(God and Mary be with you!)