FRIENDSHIP, UNITY, CHRISTIAN CHARITY
“To be Irish is a Blessing, To be a Hibernian is an Honor.”
The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), founded in New York in 1836, is an Irish-Catholic fraternal organization. Members must be Catholic and either Irish born or of Irish descent 16 years of age and older. Its purpose to act as guards to protect Catholic Churches from anti-Catholic forces in the mid 19th century, and to assist Irish Catholic immigrants.