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CONGRATULATIONS to Brother Mike Slattery’s  Grand Marshall of the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Please come out and support Mike on this special day. 

A proud tradition will continue on March 17th as the 2002 Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade prepares to march down Broad Street, starting at Noon.  Leading the march will be Grand Marshal Michael J. Slattery and Deputy Grand Marshal Karen E. Golding.


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AOH Divisions of New Jersey

Somerset: >For the St. Patrick Div 1, Somerset County

- James McSorley, Jr. President, 81 Miry Brook Rd. Hamilton NJ 08690 [609-587-4427]

Ocean #2 - Jack Nosti, President, 838 Forepeak Drive Forked River,NJ 08731 [609-971-3933]

- Larry Erwin President, (PO Box 834) 38 Halsted St. Newton NJ 07860 [973-383-8685]

Union #3 - Paul Bulger President 5 Raleigh Avenue Cranford NJ 07016 [908-276-0533]

Essex #3 - Thomas Corcoran President, 76 Sandford Place Newark NJ 07106 [973-375-1662]

Middlesex #3 - Jack Ligouri,Jr. President, 61 Sheppard Pl. Fords,NJ 08863 [732-225-0927]

Camden #4 - Dennis McCormack President, 5 Tanager Ct. Adubon Park NJ 08106-1830 [856-546-7459]

Salem #1 - Donald Scanlan President, 260 Birch Street Carneys Point NJ 08069 [856-299-2586]

Union #2 - Joseph Sullivan (PSP) President, 222 Franklin St. Elizabeth,NJ 07206 [908-352-6260]

Cape May #1 - Michael Fay President, 225 East 5th Avenue Wildwood NJ 08260 [609-729-1502] [609-441-3080]

Somerset #1 - Vincent Reh President, 17 E. Brown St Somerville NJ 08876-1601 [908 722-6595]

Middlesex #1 - Thomas Tighe, 25 Harrison St. Sayreville,NJ 08872 [732 613-0148]

Ocean #1 - John Cronen President,226 Cornelius St. Bayville,NJ 08721-3507 [732-269-0274]

- John Sullivan President, 3 Comanche Drive Middletown NJ 07748-3701 [732 833-1955w/732 291-5708h]

Essex #9 - Michael McGlynn President 12 Midvale Avenue Fairfield NJ 07004 [973 227-6078]

- Declan Gallagher President, 134 So. King St. Gloucester,NJ 08030 [856-456-4894]

Camden #3 - Daniel Sullivan President, 22 Hiawatha Road Somerdale NJ 08003 [856 783-2539]

- Sean Kane President, 46 Mountain Ave Warren NJ 07060 [908 647-1226]

Hudson #7 - Ken Evans President 545 Davis Ave Kearny NJ 07032-3603 [201 997-0941]

- Kevin Weldon President 1108 Raymere Ave Wanamassa NJ 07712 [732 531-2580] [fax 732 222-5100] e-mail: KMW1219@

Hudson #8 - John O'Donnell President 174 W. 31st St Bayone NJ 07002-1806 [201 339-0573]

Monmouth County Board- Tom Mahon President 315 Linda St. Belford,NJ 07718-1306 [732-787-5377]

ST. Patrick's Day and the AOH
By: Gerry Curran Deputy National Historian

 As we again prepare for the Feast of our Order's patron this March 17th we should be aware that the general American celebration of the holiday leaves many American Irish and the Irish in Ireland bewildered or, at best, indifferent. In Ireland, most regard the day as a holyday and see the American counterpart as somewhat ridiculous if not sacrilegious. In America, St. Patrick's Day has, unfortunately, become a collection of extravagant parades, shamrocks and leprechauns on napkins and party hats, chartreuse apparel, maudlin Irish-American songs, and green beer in which the nexus between the Irish and alcoholic drink is reaffirmed. Even serious efforts to properly venerate the saint's memory, in the form of well meaning but often speculative and somewhat farfetched biographies of St. Patrick, do little to educate their readers about the evolution of the day as a cultural celebration. Few special interest or news accounts in the contemporary media tell the fascinating story of how St. Patrick's Day has become an American national institution. In those that have made the attempt, fewer have properly accredited the Ancient Order of Hibernians with the crucial role it has played in this development.

Although St. Patrick's Day parades can be traced to Boston in 1737 and New York in 1762, these events were relatively simple processions that were common in Ireland and other areas of Europe on saints' feast days. These processions were always religious in nature and were largely unnoticed by the larger Anglo-Saxon Protestant population in the United States. As the Catholic Irish population in America slowly grew, stereotypes of the Irish and cultural prejudice against them grew as well. Situated as the English colonies were between French and Spanish settlements (both Catholic), anti-Catholicism was rife in America from the beginning. As early as 1799, frightened Irish Catholics on New York's Lower East Side defended their national dignity against native-born Americans who paraded through their neighborhoods on St. Patrick's Day bearing insulting effigies (dubbed "Paddies") of the glorious saint.

The custom of "Paddy making" became widespread in the early 1800's and continued unabated until the middle of the nineteenth century. These provocative caricatures incensed those affronted by them. The social historian George Potter described the "Paddy" as: "an effigy dressed in rags, its mouth smeared with molasses, sometimes wearing a string of potatoes around its neck or a codfish to mock the Friday fasting and with a whiskey bottle stuck out of one pocket...set up in a public place on the eve of St. Patrick's Day."

In the 1820's Protestant Ulster immigrants brought the Orange order to New York. By 1824 the order was strong enough to again insult Irish Catholic sensibilities by parading all day on July 12th (the anniversary of the infamous "victory" of the Protestant William III over the Catholic James II and his Irish allies at the Boyne River in 1690) with orange and purple flags through the Catholic community in Greenwich Village singing "Croppies Lie Down", "Protestant Boys", and "Boyne Water". As Irish Orangeism and American nativism combined to promote discrimination against Catholics, most immigrants retreated into the safety of the Catholic Irish communities and the institutions that emerged to protect them - the Catholic Church, the Democratic party and the organizations of the Irish nationalist movement - the largest and most prominent of which was the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Organized in New York and Pennsylvania in 1836 the A.O.H. grew rapidly, appealing to a broad segment of the Irish Catholic community by asserting issues of self-defense and social and economic justice, as well as Irish nationalism. It also spread to other cities and states by appealing to the similar grievances of canal and railroad laborers, and their nationalistic sentiments (this growth of the Order also helped increase the number, size, and significance of St. Patrick's Day celebrations in cities throughout the nation).

In 1853, the Order was chartered by the state of New York and also appeared in its first St. Patrick's Day parade under the name Ancient Order of Hibernians. From this date on, the A.O.H. played a dominant role in the development of the parade and was ultimately destined to assume total responsibility for the parade tradition. Writing in 1923,   former National Historian John O'Dea stated: "The feature of the Order which impressed the public in the early days of our American annals was the great procession on St. Patrick's Day. The romantic attachment for their native land and the precepts of Ribbonism had made a reverence for the immortal apostle a part of the creed of every Irishman. For almost fifty years these St. Patrick's Day processions were the chief public functions of the Order, not only in New York City, but in every city where the Order had found a foothold."

During the July 4, 1853 Independence Day parade in New York, members of the A.O.H. were attacked at Abingdon Square when a wagon and team of horses were driven into the marchers and bloody fighting broke out between the Hibernians and elements of the "Know Nothing" organizations led by the shameful bigot Bill Poole. With "Know Nothing" attack a genuine threat, an unusually large number of Irish units of the state militia, including the 69th, the 9th, and the 72nd regiments, as well as many volunteer units, acted as escort to the parade on the following March 17th. Protection of their community in general, and of the marchers in particular,  motivated these men (many of whom were A.O.H. members). Their demeanor stood in striking contrast to the proverbial Irish faults of violence, indolence, and intemperance with which the popular media of the time portrayed them. The inclusion of these military units helped transform the St. Patrick's Day procession into the parade we recognize today.

Moreover, in 1856, Peter R. Gaynor, A.O.H. National Delegate (the title then used for National President) led the Father Mathew Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society in the parade. This famous Irish temperance organization helped bring a new dimension of order to the line of march and deflated the myth that the Irish were, as suggested by Henry Cabot Lodge: "...a hard-drinking, idle, quarrelsome, and disorderly class, always at odds with the government."

By the beginning of the Civil War and in large part due to the efforts of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the New York St. Patrick's Day parade was no longer a small and simple procession. As a result of its unqualified success (and our Order's rapid growth) St. Patrick's Day parades became a feature of every substantial American city. The celebration of St. Patrick's Day has become a symbol not only of devotion to our patron saint and ancestral home but also of our constitutional right to freely assemble in our streets as respected American citizens.

As we prepare for St. Patrick's Day let us recall those brave Hibernians who defended their right to express devotion to our faith with their lives. Let us pray for them as we honor the institution they helped create.


Historical Articles


    by Mike McCormack National Historian


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 4 May,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. However, while the organizations share a common thread, the North American A.O.H. is a separate and much larger organization.

The Order evolved from a need in the early sixteen hundreds to protect the lives of priests who risked immediate death to keep the Catholic Faith alive in occupied Ireland after the reign of England's King Henry VIII. When England Implemented its dreaded Penal Laws in Ireland, various secret social societies were formed across the country. These groups 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 clergy, and church Property from the "Know Nothings" and their followers. At the same time the vast influx of Irish Immigrants fleeing famine issues in Ireland in the late 1840's, prompted a growth of various social societies in the USA - 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 newly arrived Irish, both socially, 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.

The Order has also provided a continuing bridge with Ireland for those who are generations removed from our country. The AOH sponsors many of the programs associated with promoting our Irish Heritage such as the IRISH WAY PROGRAM.

You may further 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!

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Membership in the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. is confined to men 16 years and older who are practical Roman Catholics of Irish birth or descent and who are citizens of United States of America or who have declared their intentions to become citizens of the United States of America.

To Request information about joining the Ancient Order of Hibernians please follow the following Instructions:

1. Check to see if there is an AOH Division in your state. 

2. If there is an AOH Division in your state please contact them directly.

3. If there is not an AOH Division in your state then please send us an E-mail with the following information:
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Los Angeles County Board Web Site
AOH Division 2, Orange County, Ca.
John A. Gildea Div. #3 and Ladies A.O.H . Mary McWhorter Div. #58
Naugatuck, Connecticut AOH/LAOH, Division 1
John Downey Div.#1 New Britain, CT.
James J. Comerford Division 1, Pinellas County, Florida

Msgr. Daniel J. Bourke Div. I Savannah
AOH Tara Division, Atlanta, Georgia
Maryland State Board
Massachusetts State Board
A.O.H. Div. 1 Barnstable Co. Cape Cod MA.
Rev.O`Reilly, Div.8   Lawrence,MA.
Msgr. Thomas M. Lane Division One, Newburyport, MA
AOH Division 16 (Marlborough, Massachusetts)
Patrick Pearse Div#1, Kansas City
AOH Fr. Flanagan Division #1, Omaha, NE
New Hampshire:
William J. Shanahan - Division 1, Manchester
New Jersey:
A.O.H. District 9 Montclair

New Jersey Hibernians
AOH Div 1, Hamilton
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Inc. - Sussex County, NJ Division 1
A.O.H. Divison #2 of Ocean County
A.O.H. Commodore John Barry Division 1, Gloucester County, NJ.

New York:

Joseph Duelk Jr. Division #1 Orange County, Monroe
AOH Division 8, Nassau County
The Round Tower Degree Team
LAOH, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Albany AOH Division 5, Fr. Tansey Division
Suffolk County, Long Island
Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division #18 Peekskill, N.Y.(email)
LAOH, Division 15, Whitestone, Queens County

Dr. Richard Curran Division of NY; Monroe Co.; Division 7
LAOH Saint Maura Div 1, Monroe NY
Albany, Division 5
Our Lady of Knock Div7, East Islip NY
A.O.H. Cattaraugus County Division 2
AOH - Queens County Board
AOH John P. McGuinness, Division 14, Nassau Co.

Ohio AOH Web Page
John F. Kennedy Division #1, Dayton
Patrick Pearse Division- Columbus
Sean MacBride Division #1, Trumbull County
Akron Ancient Order of Hibernians
LAOH Div 5 Cleveland, Ohio

John P. Kelly Division,  Lucas County, Ohio
Pennsylvania State Board
Ancient Order of Hibernians-Division 32-South Philadelphia
AOH Division 39 (Monsignor Thomas J. Riley Division) Philadelphia/Tacony
AOH Division 17 (Father Aloysius McGonigle ) of Northeast Philadelphia
Friar Hegarty Div#1, York County
AOH Division 61 Joseph Patrick Schickling, Philadelphia
Father Aloysius McGonigal Div 17, Philadelphia
Alec Campbell, Mauch Chunk Division 1, Carbon County
Jack Kehoe, Division 1 Girardville
St. Brendans, Division 1, Reading Berks, Pa.
Emerald Isle Division #1, Northumberland County, PA
A.O.H. Wolfe Tone Division 1 / Pittston PA
Montgomery County Div.2 Sean MacBride Div. Glenside , PA.

Michael Collins Division One Cumberland County, PA
Black Jack Kehoe, Division 4, Delaware County, PA
Rhode Island:
AOH, Warwick Division #1, Kent County, RI
South Carolina:
St Columba Division, Richland Division #1
James Dardis, Division 1 in Knoxville
Virginia State Board
General Thomas Meagher Division, Fredericksburg, Virginia

The Major James Henry Dooley Division#1, Henrico County,Virginia
Seattle AOH Div. 1
Washington D.C.
Commodore John Barry Division of Washington, D.C.
Charles Carroll Div #2 Wash D.C. (Meets in Bowie, MD)



I hereby apply for admission into the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Inc., and agree that my reception and continuance in said Order shall depend on the truthfulness of my answers to the questions which are hereto attached, which answers are made by me for the purpose of gaining admitted to the order.
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My Name is ________________________________________ Occupation _______________________________

Age ________ Born on ___________________ Are you Irish by birth or descent? _______________________

What was your mother's maiden name? ____________________________________

Are you a Roman Catholic? ______________ Have you complied with your religious duties? ____________

Name of your Parish or Church ___________________________________________________________

Do you belong to any society to which the Catholic Church is opposed? _________________

Your Residence: _________________________________________________________

City: ________________________________________ State: ______________ Zip Code _____________

Business Address: _______________________________________________________

Home Phone # ___________________________________ Business Phone # ______________________

Were you ever previously a member of the AOH? Yes __________ No ___________
If yes, in what city or town and state?______________________________________________________
What was your previous membership number (if available)? ___________________________________
What was the reason and date of your withdrawal? _____________________________________________________

I do solemnly pledge my sacred word and honor that the answers I have given to the above questions are true.

Signed:_____________________________________ and dated this ______ day of _____________ in the year ________.


I hereby certify on my honor as a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. that I am acquainted with the above applicant. I know him to be a practical Catholic, and one worthy in every way to become a member of this Order.

Signature: ___________________________________________

Print Name: __________________________________________



I hereby certify that this application has been read to me at a regular meeting and that the applicant has been elected by the membership of this division on the

_____________ day of _____________________, 20_______.

Signed: ____________________________________________




Your committee to whom was referred the application of:


would respectfully report that we have investigated the qualifications of said applicant for membership in the Order and recommend him for said membership.

Signature: ________________________________________



I hereby certify that the initiation fee of $________ has been paid on the

______________day of _______________________, 20_______

Signed: ___________________________________________

AOH National Office: 31 Logan St., Auburn, NY 13021
Phone [315] 252 6996