Who we are!

The Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Inc. was organized in New York in 1836. It is the oldest Catholic lay organization in the United States. The original organization dates back to the 16th century in Ireland. It was born on the fires of persecution as a defense against anti-Catholic activities during and after the Cromwellian and Williamite wars.
Active across the United States, The Order seeks to aid the newly arrived 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 for issues concerning the Irish, such as; immigration reform; economic incentives both here and in Ireland; the human rights issues addressed in the MacBride Legislation, Right-To-Life and a peaceful and just solution to the issues that divide Ireland today.

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Men's - St Brendan Division

Saint Brendan of Clonfert or Bréanainn of Clonfert (c. 484 - c. 577) (Irish: Naomh Breandán ) called "the Navigator", "the Voyager", or "the Bold" is one of the early Irish monastic saints. He is chiefly renowned for his legendary quest to the "Isle of the Blessed," also called St. Brendan's Island. The Voyage of St. Brendan could be called an immram (Irish navigational story). He was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.

Women's - Annie Moore Division

Annie Moore (April 24, 1874 - 1923) was the first immigrant to the United States to pass through the Ellis Island facility in New York Harbor.
Moore arrived from County Cork, Ireland aboard the steamship Nevada on January 1, 1892, described in one account as her fifteenth birthday. As the first person to be processed at the newly opened facility, she was presented with an American $10 gold piece.