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   Private Barney Devine
   Adams County, Division 1
   Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
   Chartered: January 4, 2003

Welcome to the home of the first
Adams County, Pennsylvania division in AOH history

    The latest division scéal (news):

  • Next meeting: Our next meeting will be at 1PM on August 6, 2017 @ Garryowen Irish Pub (upstairs), 126 Chambersburg Street, Gettysburg.

  • 2017 Adams Co. Irish Festival: Since 2001, the shady grounds of Moose Park have been home to Adams County’s only Irish Festival. After a successful re-launch last summer following a hiatus in 2014, this year’s celebration of Irish culture and heritage promises to be one of the biggest ever with over 30 vendors of Irish merchandise, crafts, food and beverages. Also on hand will be a Civil War living history encampment by the 69th Pennsylvania Irish Volunteers, an all-things-whiskey display by Dill’s Tavern and a demonstration of Celtic pictograph stone carving. The Potomac Valley Irish Wolfhound Club will also return with their gentle giants. Please click on the festival flier to the right for a full size version with all the details, or visit the festival's website directly at: Adams County Irish Festival

  • PA AOH Vehicle License Plate: Bobby Sand Div 1, Dauphin County has worked with PennDOT to create the the AOH license plate for your vehicle. Please refer to the following links on how to apply for the license plate as well as the forms needed. For a larger version of the plate, click the picture to the right.

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    General Information
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    FAQ (PDF)

The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a Catholic, Irish American Fraternal Organization founded in New York City on May 4th, 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 on 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"

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