AOH Omaha St Patricks Day Parade
Written on February 3, 2016
AOH Omaha St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Route: Starts at 15th & Howard Streets, go EAST on Harney to 11th Street, SOUTH to Howard Street, and WEST to 14th Street. Scroll down for parade route.
For more Parade information, please contact AOH Father Flanagan Division:
Route: Starts at 15th & Howard Streets, go EAST on Harney to 11th Street, SOUTH to Howard Street, and WEST to 14th Street.
HISTORY OF AOH SARPY
THE ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS
What is the Ancient Order of Hibernians?
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a Catholic Irish-American Fraternal Organization founded in New York City on May 4, 1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a parent organization of the same name that has existed in Ireland for more than 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 1600’s 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 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.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians in America was founded on May 4, 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 the famine in Ireland in the late 1840’s prompted the growth of various social societies in the USA – the largest of which was and continues to be, theANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS.
The many Divisions and club facilities across the United States serve a focal point for the preservation of Irish Culture – art, dance, music and sports. The A.O.H. has been in the political forefront for issues concerning the Irish such as: Immigration Reform; economic incentives both here and in Ireland; the Human Rights issues both here and in Ireland; the Human Rights issues addressed in the MacBride Legislation; Right to Life, and working for a peaceful and just solution to the issues that divide Ireland. Where the need exists the Order still seeks to aid the newly arrived Irish both socially and politically.
The Order has also provided a continuing bridge with Ireland for those who are generations removed from our ancestral home. The A.O.H. sponsors many programs associated with promoting our Irish heritage such as the IRISH WAY.
Members of the A.O.H. come from all walks of like, social and economic backgrounds yet they enjoy the fraternal fellowship in our Irish heritage.