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.

State Board Meeting May 31, 2014

Brothers, the state board meeting will be held on Saturday May 31 from 11o’clock to 1 o’clock, at St Paul the Apostle Catholic Church located at 2715 Horse Pen Creek Rd, Greensboro NC. We have meeting rooms 9 and 10. Division Presidents and state board officers please forward reports to state secretary.

“Gang of 8” to keep a viable Irish component in Comprehensive Immigration Reform.


The Preamble in our AOH National Constitution, Item 7 states that a main purpose of our
To encourage an equitable U.S. immigration law for Ireland, and to cooperate with groups for a fair American Immigration Policy. I, like so many Hibernians before me, have spent much of my life working towards the day when we can fulfill the requirements of our Preamble. I am grateful for the opportunity of the past three years of working as your National Immigration Chairman as entrusted to me by National President Brendan Moore and previously by PNP Seamus Boyle.

During the past three years, a “Coalition on Irish Immigration Reform” was formed and comprised of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform, the Embassy of Ireland, Catholic clergy and the AOH, represented by me as your National Immigration Chairman. Together, we have worked to secure a legal path for Irelands’ undocumented and secure future flow for Irish immigrants. Much of this work was behind the scenes and without publicity due to the emotions and mood of the US on immigration. Many times we depended on individuals in our organizations to facilitate contact, meetings and dialog with legislators, labor leaders and other lobbyists to carve out an Irish element to immigration reform.

Earlier today the coalition of US Congressmen known as the Gang of 8 unveiled their Immigration Bill known as The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Act. Seen as a rare time of cooperation in a historically divided Congress, the Bill addresses sweeping changes to our outdated and arcane immigration laws and border security. Our Coalition worked hard to lobby the “Gang of 8” to keep a viable Irish component in Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Today, I can tell you that we were successful in that regard.

Many of the people that will benefit from the new bill are not from Ireland, but it does indeed address the future flow of Irish Immigrants. This will be provided by adding real visas for anyone from Ireland who has at least a high school education or its equivalent, or has, within 5 years, at least 2 years of work experience in an occupation which requires at least 2 years of training or experience.

The bill also removes the plight of the undocumented Irish by allowing them, an albeit slow, but legal path to US citizenship. The undocumented Irish will be allowed to travel home to visit Ireland, and live and work legally in the US while they await their green cards, and ultimately US citizenship. The undocumented must have been in the US before December 31, 2011 to qualify.

Brothers, don’t be confused by debates over immigrant and “non-immigrant” visas with regards to the Irish. The reform bill addresses many of our concerns on paths to citizenship that previous “stand alone” bills denied. Comprehensive Immigration Reform is now possible and Irish people will have a real opportunity from this legislation to create a new life for themselves in our great National and to continue to contribute to the important bonds between Ireland and the US.

Today is just the beginning of the future work of the Coalition and our Order on this great effort. I will be asking you, your appointed Immigration Chairmen and our Brothers and Sisters to help in attaining the successful passing of this reform in the coming months. Right now you can call your legislators and urge them to support this bill, the ‘‘Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,’’ that provides future flow for Irish immigrants and ends the plight of our undocumented. Feel free to ask me any questions that you may have regarding the Bill or how you may help.

Yours in Our Motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,

Dan Dennehy
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America Inc.
National Immigration