March 2017 declared Irish American Heritage Month in North Carolina

2017 NC Governors Proclamation

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared March 2017 as Irish American Heritage month.

Brother John M. Ryan

Brother John M. Ryan, a past officer of the North Carolina AOH and the Governor Thomas Burke AOH Division (Wake County), passed away on August 5, 2016.

Online Obituary

John Michael Ryan

JULY 30, 1941 – AUGUST 5, 2016


John Michael Ryan, 75, of Youngsville, NC passed away on August 5, 2016 surrounded by family. John was born July 30, 1941 to John and Barbara (Smith) Ryan (both deceased) and grew up in the Albany, NY area with his brother Walter (also deceased).

He is survived by his spouse of 37 years, Anne Fitzsimons Ryan, three children; Mary Elizabeth (Brad) McAdams of Raleigh, NC, Shawn (Amber) Ryan of Richmond, VA, and Scott (Jessica) DiMartino of Charleston, SC, his grandchildren Ella, Jack, Connor, Alexandra, Meghan and Jake, and his beloved dog, Marley.

John was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a computer and business systems developer while that field was in its infancy. He received an Associate Degree in Accounting from Albany Business College and taught computer math at Ulster Community College in the late 1960’s. His career included long tenures with Xerox and IBM. At various times he called Albany, NY, Saugerties, NY, Rochester, NY, Sacramento, CA, and finally Youngsville, NC home. Stationed in Naples, Italy during his enlistment, his personal and professional travels also took him to New York City, Cairo, Egypt and Copenhagen, Denmark among other places.

John will be remembered for his love of God, family, friends, the New York Yankees, horse racing and his Irish heritage. A parishioner at St. Catherine’s of Siena in Wake Forest, he enjoyed men’s bible study and service to his parish and his community. As a boy visiting his great aunt, Sister Mary Michael Ryan, in the Bronx, he developed a life-long passion for the Yankees, and he attended many games – the apex being Game 1 of the 1998 World Series. Horse racing was another love, which he shared with many dear friends. He loved nothing more than a summer weekend in Saratoga – win or lose. Throughout his life he remained devoted to his Irish and Roman Catholic heritage and is a past President of the Rochester and Raleigh Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Despite his many interests he always had time for his family and friends – you would find no one more loyal, generous, humorous or caring in your corner.

The family would like to recognize the many extraordinary caregivers from REX Hospital, UNC Cancer Center and Transitions LifeCare who ministered to John and our family over the last few weeks of John’s life. We appreciate your attentiveness, compassion and willingness to learn about the man in your care.

Visitation is Tuesday evening, August 9th from 6-8:00 PM at Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main St. Wake Forest, NC. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10th at 11:00 AM at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 600 W Holding Ave, Wake Forest, NC.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The USO at, an organization founded in the year of his birth, and which he supported regularly.

A service of Bright Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest, NC(919) 556-5811

March 2016 declared Irish-American Heritage Month in North Carolina

2016 Governor’s Proclamation

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has declared March 2016 as Irish-American Heritage month.

Governor Thomas Burke Division 2016 St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance

The annual Governor Thomas Burke Division Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday, March 5th, 2016 at 6:30 pm. The fun-filled evening will be held atSt. Michael the Archangel’s Parish Center, 804 High House Rd, Cary, NC. A buffet of traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie,  vegetarian option, potatoes, salad and Irish soda bread will be the fare for the night – wine and beer is included in the ticket price. A DJ will play Irish favorites and other great dance tunes and Irish Dancers from Tríonóide Academy of Irish Dance will start the festivities. The winner of the Trip for four to Ireland Raffle will be drawn during the evening with the raffle proceeds being presented to national and local charities.

Dinner Dance Tickets are $30 per person – to purchase contact Eddie Foley at 919-217-1264.

Governor Thomas Burke Division St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance 2016

St. Brendan the Navigator AOH 2016 St. Patrick’s Celebration Dinner & Show

St. Brendan the Navigator 2016 Hibernian Dinner Flyer

St. Brendan the Navigator AOH Proudly Presents Our 2016 St. Patrick’s Celebration Dinner & Show

 When: Saturday, March 12, 2016
6:30pm to 10:00pm

Where: St. Mark Catholic Church
Msgr. Kerin Family Center
14740 Stumptown Road
Huntersville, NC 28078

Featuring the Kilt-Kicking Celtic Band “banna” playing lively Irish songs, followed by a set by the Rince na h’Eireann School of Traditional Irish Step Dancers. Tis a grand time you’ll be having when you join us at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

Tickets: $25.00 per Adult
$15.00 Children 12 and Under

For Reservations: e-mail: or contact:
Ray FitzGerald at (704) 992-1702
Dick Seymour at (704) 960-4500

Ticket Includes: Entertainment, Irish Dinner, Dessert and Coffee
Beer/Wine Cash Bar *50/50* Raffle Prizes, Silent Auction


ROTHAR TURAS St. Patrick’s Cycling Classic March 19th, 2016

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day week with this great 6th Annual bike ride!
Saturday March 19, 2016
Greensboro, North Carolina

+   Sign-in open at 8:30 AM. 
+   Riders off at 10 AM sharp.
+   Your choice of 4 Routes: 8 miles, 20 miles , 45 miles or 64 miles
Cue sheets & marked routes.
+   Sag wagon support.
+   $25 standard adult entry (This includes a $10 discount with early signup. $35@ day-of-event.)
+  $15 Youth (12-19 years) entry (a $10 discount with early signup. $25@ day-of-event.)
+   A delicious hot meal after
+   Door prizes! Including a chance to win a trip to Ireland*!
+   Rest stops manned by the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
+ Start/finish at cycles de ORO Bike Shop, Greensboro

Greensboro Ancient Order of Hibernians presents check to Down Syndrome Network

George Huber (left), the president of Greensboro’s Ancient Order of Hibernians, and Dale Brown of Cycles de Oro give a check to Ellen Bishop of the Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro on Jan. 7. The money was raised at the 2015 Rothar Turas charity ride.


North Carolina’s Driver License Offers “Veteran” Label

Qualified North Carolina military veterans are now able to carry the designation “VETERAN” on their driver licenses and identification cards.

Thanks to a law passed by the General Assembly, veterans who have been honorably discharged from the US Armed Forces who present their DD-214 discharge form can apply at a driver license office for the new designation. This designation will assist military veterans to obtain military discounts from a wide variety of retailers and service providers without having to show their discharge form. Putting the designation on the driver license enables the state’s veterans to show their photo ID and their veteran status at the same time.

Veterans who are interested in applying for the designation should take their DD-214 discharge form to their local driver license office to show they have been honorably discharged.  They can request the designation be added to their license at their next renewal at no additional harge.  If they would like to add the designation at any other time, they may present the discharge form and request a duplicate license at a driver license office.  There will be a charge for the duplicate license.