Who are the Hibernians?
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is America’s oldest Irish Catholic fraternal organization founded concurrently in the coal-mining region of Pennsylvania and New York City in May, 1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a series of similar societies that existed in Ireland for more than 300 years.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Inc.. (AOH) of today continues to evolve in an effort to meet the needs of today’s Roman Catholic Irish American males. Active across the United States, the Order seeks to provide its members with divisions and club facilities where a common brotherhood is shared. Here, participation in our religion and Irish culture —art, dance, music and sport are encouraged, fostered and preserved; all the while staying true to our ideal of providing aid to the newly arrived Irish, both socially and politically.
The AOH in America continues to stay in the political forefront of issues concerning the Irish and Irish-Americans. In addition to our efforts to aid in a peaceful and just solution to the issues that divide Ireland, issues such as Immigration Reform: Right to Life; human rights issues addressed in the McBride Legislation and other relevant causes continue to make up the core of our local, state and national agendas.
Information about the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Connecticut can be found on the Connecticut State Board Website, www.ctaoh.com.
More information can be found on the Ancient Order of Hibernians National website, www.aoh.com.