Freedom for All Ireland Christmas Appeal

As we approach the holiday season the AOH is beginning this year’s Christmas Appeal. Our National Officers are asking for a commitment from everyone to participate and support FFAI with a donation or fundraising event. Please donate and help the AOH and LAOH make the difference in occupied northeast Ireland. Help make Freedom for All Ireland, not an aspiration or endeavor but the reality for those Irish people still denied it; Don’t let them down!!!

I am counting on the support of Hibernian organizations across North Carolina to make a meaningful contribution to this year’s annual Christmas appeal. I would also hope that some Hibernian Brothers will make individual donations as well. The National FFAI Chair Martin Galvin has just received the special premiums or gifts for $1000 donors to the Christmas Appeal. This year the premium is a mounted bodhran (see attached photo), specially made for AOH or LAOH donors by Tyrone ex-prisoners. Your FFAI contributions mean a great deal and these specially made premiums show how highly we are regarded in Ireland. Our donations to carefully chosen charities through monies raised by the FFAI Annual Christmas Appeal, alongside our political and educational campaigns, arethe cornerstone of our FFAIinitiative.The National FFAI Chair Martin Galvin has just received the special premiums or gifts for $1000 donors to the Christmas Appeal. This year the premium is a mounted bodhran (see attached photo), specially made for AOH or LAOH donors by Tyrone ex-prisoners. Your FFAI contributions mean a great deal and these specially made premiums show how highly we are regarded in Ireland. Our donations to carefully chosen charities through monies raised by the FFAI Annual Christmas Appeal, alongside our political and educational campaigns, are the cornerstone of our FFAI initiative.

Brexit threatens an economic catastrophe across Ireland but especially in occupied northeast Ireland. History shows us that in bad economic times that it is the Nationalist communities which suffer the loss of economic opportunities. Already the stage is set for a return to the conflicts of the past, the refusal to adopted an Irish Language Act, both Scotland and Wales have language acts. The Stormont Assembly does not function because of unionist bigotry which creates an opportunity for direct rule by England. Britain still denies truth and justice to the families of victims murdered by the crown or loyalist agents in places like Ballymurphy or Loughinisland. Instead of opening the door to Irish national freedom, Britain and the DUP want to nail that door shut. America can make a difference, but only if the AOH and LAOH, as the Voice of the Irish in America, lead the way.

2019 AOH & LAOH North Carolina State Convention October 11-12, 2019

2019 AOH & LAOH North Carolina State Convention & Major Degree
2019 NC AOH State Convention Registration form (250 downloads)

Host City: Wilmington
Host Division: New Hanover County AOH Division 1
Dates: October 11-12, 2019 (Friday – Saturday) with a Major Degree on Saturday at 1pm
Hotel: Homewood Suites Wilmington/Mayfaire, 6732 Swan Mill Rd, Wilmington, NC
Hotel Phone: 910-791-7272

AOH Hotel Registration Link:

Use Group Code – AOH

Hotel Room Rates:
1 King Studio Suite: $149/night + tax (2-night min. $336.74/2 nights)
2 Queen 1 BR Suite: $159/night + tax (2-night min. $359.34/2 nights)
Deadline for the group rate is Monday, August 26th

Convention Registration Fee: $25 ($30 after 8/26)
AOH Member Banquet Fee: $35 ($40 after 8/26)
Box Lunch Saturday: $10
Major Degree: $35 (Paid to your home division’s Financial Secretary)
Note: the Shamrock Degree is a prerequisite for the Major Degree.

Make checks payable to: New Hanover County AOH Division 1

Send registration and checks to:

Jim O’Reilly – Financial Secretary
304 St. Kitts Way
Winnabow, NC 28479

Email questions to: Frank Reck at

Convention Schedule:
Friday 10/11/2019
3:00p: Registration begins
– Friday evening pizza and movie event included in registration cost.
Saturday 10/12/2019
9:00a–12:00p: Saturday Convention Session
12:00p–1:00p: Lunch
1:00p–3:30p: Major Degree
5:00p: Mass at St. Mark’s Church, Wilmington
– St. Mark’s is at 1011 Eastwood Rd, Wilmington, 1 mile from the hotel
6:30p–7:30p: Cocktail hour in St. Mark’s Social Hall
7:30p–10:00p: Banquet – traditional Irish Dinner catered by Sweet & Savory
– The banquet will feature music by Ewe’s Tree; a cash bar will be available

March 2019 declared Irish American Heritage Month in North Carolina

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared March 2019 as Irish American Heritage month!

Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and our divisions will be holding events throughout the entire month promoting Irish American Heritage. Keep an eye on our Facebook page this month for frequent posts featuring various Irish Americans.

AOH Southern States Response to Hurricane Florence

Worthy Brothers All,

Over the last several years our divisions have aided hurricane victims in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, and right here in Lumberton NC. That tradition of responding with Christian Charity goes back even further to Hurricane Katrina when it hit New Orleans over a decade ago. Now we are faced with “Florence“ and the possibility that our local, state, and regional communities will need our aid. As our worthy State AOH President Pat Tracey has urged, over the next days and weeks we need to work together in UNITY, both within our own divisions and also with our other four NC AOH Divisions to be ready to serve those in need due to Hurricane Florence. Will be in touch and will need volunteers to step up to respond to whenever and wherever “Florence“ hits!

In our Motto “Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity“.

Brother John M.
NC Missions and Charity Chairman

St. Brendan the Navigator AOH Division 2 Annual St. Patrick’s Celebration Dinner and Show

The St. Brendan the Navigator AOH Division 2, is presenting their annual St. Patrick’s Celebration Dinner and Show on March 10, 2018 at Msgr. Kerin Family Center at St. Mark Catholic Church, 14740 Stumptown Rd., Huntersville, beginning at 6:30pm. Entertainment includes the kilt-kicking Celtic band, “Banna”, along with Irish Step Dancers. Admission includes a traditional Irish dinner and dessert. Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 years of age and under.  For more information contact Ray FitzGerald at (704) 992-1702 or 



Andy Cooney – Enchanted Music of Ireland

Sunday March 11, Gibsonville NC
Dinner & Show Package
Overnight Package also available

Monday March 12, Pinehurst, NC

The Enchanted Music of Ireland Tour comes alive as Andy Cooney once again gathers together the finest musicians, dancers and performers to ignite their audiences in the Irish tradition.

Andy Cooney, has 7 Carnegie Hall sellouts under his belt and recently filled The David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center with The New York Tenors on December 12, 2016. His outstanding voice and dynamic stage presence has always been a favorite among young and old everywhere. His talent and versatility provide the ability to deliver a song directly to the hearts of his audience. Andy is surely one of the greatest singing sensations on Irish Music scene today. Christened “Irish America’s Favorite Son” by The New York Times, it’s a title he truly deserves. Andy Cooney, one of “The New York Tenors” along with New York Italian Tenor Christopher Macchio and New York Puerto Rican Tenor Daniel Rodriquez been receiving high critical acclaim. Andy has recorded 19 albums to date including “Bright Brand New Day” with Phil Coulter and his Orchestra. Andy and Phil frequently tour together and recently completed a 3 week tour of the US in March 2017. 

Andy’s latest CD “Irish Country Skyline”, released in the summer of 2016 was a journey back to his Country music roots. This release has been getting huge airplay all over Ireland and the UK with his hit singles “On The Eighth Day” and “My Rose of Ballinrobe” both written by Andy. Andy Cooney is also known for his Cruise of Irish Stars that annually draws over 1000 Irish and Irish Americans on a Caribbean Cruise enriched with the finest Irish entertainment including the great Ronan Tynan.

Shauna McStravock is a native of Ardboe, Co. Tyrone a region steeped in history with a rich musical heritage. Influenced by a love of local music throughout her young years, Shauna was drawn to singing and performing. School concerts and plays expanded her musical interests and happily enabled her to perform in front of her first live audiences. This set the stage for her appearance as a contestant on Glor Tire in 2015 bringing her talent to a national audience. Singing is in her family genes, most notably her aunt Jolene was lead vocalist with ‘The Country Flavour Band’ in the 1980’s. Since then Shauna reached a long held ambition by releasing her first album entitled “In The Middle of Love”. This young lady in her mid 20’s has already shared the stage with some of the best and brightest names on the Irish & Country music scene include the Bellamy Brothers, Daniel O’Donnell, Nathan Carter, Mike Denver, Philomena Begley plus many more.


The Book of Kells: A Masterpiece of Irish Art lecture RESCHEDULED

Belmont Abbey College presents a lecture by Professor Jaroslav Folda:

The Book of Kells: A Masterpiece of Irish Art

Tuesday March 20th @7:30pm

The Mezzanine (Upstairs in Student Commons)

This lecture is free and open to all.


For more information please contact:
Dr. Patrick Wadden
— OR —
Prof. Farrell O’Gorman


This event is sponsored by the St. Gregory the Great Minor in Christianity and Culture and by the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin passes away

The Most Reverend William G. Curlin, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Charlotte, died on Dec. 23, 2017, at Carolinas Medical Center of cancer. He was 90 years old.

Bishop Curlin was the third Bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte, serving from 1994 until his retirement in 2002.

Champion of the poor, comforter of the sick and the dying, friend of St. Teresa of Calcutta, Bishop Curlin preached the love of Jesus Christ during more than 60 years of priestly ministry, first in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and the past 23 years in the Charlotte diocese. His lifelong commitment to Christ and His Church was epitomized by his episcopal motto “Sentire Cum Christo” (“To Think With Christ”).

In a statement, current Bishop Peter J. Jugis asked the faithful of the diocese to pray for the happy repose of Bishop Curlin’s soul.


Read the article in its entirety here:

Wake County Division Thanksgiving Donation

The Helping Hands Mission is known for aiding Wake County’s low income, elderly, homeless, disabled and handicapped communities. Each year the Wake County AOH drops off donations for the Helping Hands Mission’s Thanksgiving “Love” Basket program. Each basket contains a turkey, stuffing, canned goods and more to help provide a Thanksgiving meal for those less fortunate in Wake County. This year the AOH dropped off over 40 turkeys, several hams and numerous boxes of food to the New Bern House.

Many thanks goes to D’s Bottleshop in Wakefield which served as a drop off location for our food drive and hosted a Thanksgiving party with Ewes Tree Irish Band, which is made up of division members.

As an additional note, because of the success with the Food Drive at D’s we will be setting up a Toy and Coat Drive for Christmas. We will be dropping off donation collection bins to D’s Bottleshop in Wakefield, Patrick Jane’s Bar & Bistro in Cary, Pat Murnane’s Irish Pub in Wake Forest and The Stags Head in Raleigh. The Helping Hands Mission is asking for donations of Educational Toys for ages birth to 5 years old as well as warm gloves, scarves and coats for Operation Warm Clothing. We will drop the donations off to the New Bern House on Dec 23rd.





Hibernians Veterans Update

SOURCE: Ancient Order of Hibernians in America


I would like to thank and congratulate all of the Veterans who belong to the AOH. We owe each of you a debt of gratitude. It is because of your work we enjoy the many freedoms we have in the United States of America.

In honor of the Hibernian Veterans, I share a poem that National Veterans Affairs Chairman Jim Green sent along. I invite all Hibernians to watch this recording of the poem in honor of our Veterans:

Also Thanks to Brother Green and Brother Cole, you will notice a change on our membership cards this year indicating Veteran Status for all Veterans who are identifies on your division membership list. The National Office is in the process of sending each division their current membership list in order that we may have the most up to date addresses, any misspelled names corrected, e-mail address added and corrected if necessary and now an indication of veteran status.

In additional to the indication on your membership card, your division will now have an opportunity to purchase an AOH USA Veterans pin for each of your division Veterans. I have included a photo of the new pin and an advance order form. Any division using this form to order their pins by December 1 will receive their pins in our first mailing with no shipping fees. After December 1, normal shipping fees will be added to your order.

This pin exclusive to AOH USA Veterans is a small token of our continued appreciation for your service.

In our Motto

James McKay

AOH updates and reminders:

The AOH is kicking off our national membership campaign. All Hibernians are encouraged to follow us on Facebook and . We ask that all members share our promotional material on their social media and encourage everyone to visit our webpage for membership information.

AOH Labels will be arriving in your mailbox soon. All label donations will directly support Hibernian Charities. Please take the earliest opportunity to make you Label donation.

National Pro-Life March, January 19, 2018, Washington DC. Watch WWW.AOH.COM for details. All Hibernians are invited to attend.

2018 National Convention. Save the Date, 2018 National convention, July 11, 12, 13 and 14th, in the Galt house, Louisville Kentucky. Booking details will follow in the next AOH Update!