MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS


  Membership in the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. is confined to men 16 years and older who are practicing Roman Catholics of Irish birth or descent and who are citizens of United States of America or who have declared their intentions to become citizens of the United States of America.


Associate memberships are also available to those who do not meet the aforementioned qualification.

It is a standing rule that Applications for Membership that languish without action for longer than 6 months are discarded.

Notifications for induction dates and times, through the Shamrock Degree, are sent to all applicants.
Those who have applied prior to this 6 month period, and are serious about joining the A.O.H., need to reapply for admission and make arrangements to attend a Shamrock Degree ceremony within the next six month.


Those interested in membership must stop into the Hall to submit an application as they must have an active member sponsor them and sign the form.

Please check the Bartender Schedule page here for days and times the hall is open.


Monsignor Lawrence E. Giblin Division One
Broome County, NY

2024 Mary Curry Memorial Scholarship on LAOH page.

2023 Event Pictures, click here.


Meetings Held Every Second Tuesday of the Month 

Next Meeting: March 12, 2024 @ 7:00 pm​

IRISH HISTORY - Bill Burke


The Celts and the Celtic Cross: What is the Celtic Cross? We know it is a cross with a circle, but it is much more than that. We see it everywhere; in churches, on jewelry, in cemeteries, and tattooed on the arms of our young people. (At least two are displayed in our hall). It is a testament to the power of symbols. The Celtic Cross is a unique symbol that blends the Christian cross with Celtic art.

So. who were these Celtics with their crosses. Most historians now believe the Celts moved slowly into Ireland, an influx that took maybe 2 centuries. They were warriors, iron age people, and artisans. The Celts brought with them a culture of mythologies, stories, and laws. but it was all unwritten. Somethings are therefore uncertain. However, by about 200 B.C. one group of Celtics known as the Gaeil had displaced much of the original population. They gave the island its language, now known as Gaelic or Irish. They didn’t develop a central national unity, but they did establish local warlord kingdoms by building hillforts and securing much of the surrounding countryside. They did have specific sanctions for every crime and no one – not even the kings- were above the law. It was a stratified society with kings, lawyers, druids, and poets at the top. At lower levels were freemen and slaves.

As Ireland moved toward Christian conversion, an escaped slave, now known as St. Patrick, returned to Ireland in the year 431. He returned as an evangelist and began converting many of the Celts to Christianity. Of the many legends of St. Patrick, one is told of how he used the Celtic Cross to link Celtic traditions to Christianity. It is said that he used the circle, (something that the Celts already held sacred), to represent the eternal everlasting love of God, and the cross to stand for the sacrifice of Christ. In this fashion the Celtic Cross came to being. There are many other theories, and it may be that the Celtic cross was developed only for practical reasons. Simply put; if you carve a cross from stone it is likely to break due to its shape. However, if you add a circle to the cross it becomes much stronger and less likely to break. One can also add intricate decorations to the circle for aesthetic purposes.

The above is an incomplete history, but for sure the Celtic Cross has been around for a long time. It has been found on monasteries and monuments throughout ancient Ireland and Europe. It also gained a great deal of popularity in the Celtic Reivival of the 19th century. At that time, it became a symbol of Irish identity and national pride. It is a symbol of our heritage, religion, and historical culture. So, if you wear or display the Celtic Cross, remember it is a prominent symbol of Ireland, and an item of complex symbolism that represents Catholic and Celtic traditions. It connects our spiritual beliefs, cultural roots, and shared heritage. It is a symbol of long-term significance. Wear it with reverence and honor. Submitted by Bill Burke -Sources: History of Ireland, Killeen/Christianity. Com, Bernock/Routledge Encyclopedia.

AOH FINANCIAL NEWS


The 2024 AOH membership cards will be arriving soon. We’d appreciate you paying your dues at your earliest convenience. The dues are $40.00. Drop off or mail your payment to: AOH Hall, 148 Main St., Binghamton, NY 13905. Attn: Mark Kadlecik. If you have an address change, please let us know. It’s the only way we can keep our records straight and ensure you’ll get all the mailings.

Hall Phone: 607-724-5588
​148 Main Street; Binghamton, NY 13905

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CORPORATION NEWS


Corporation News- March events at the hall. March 1-BC Celtic Pipers- 5:15. March 2-parade day- afternoon pipers and Irish dancers evening John Tobias 6-9. March15- John Tobias 6-9... St. Patrick’s Day Shambles 4-7. March 23- Old Friends 6-9. Enjoy the season and stay safe. Tom Kelly Corporation President.

Tom Kelly Corporation President.

 Parade Committee.

Parade Day 2024 is March 2, 2024

Parade Day is March 2. Upcoming events: March 2 parade day mass 11:30-parade 1:30-post parade party until 6:00 at Seton. March 10 Breakfast at the hall from 8-12 which supports the parade day mass. March 15 Friday Flag Raisings-Johnson City at 9:00AM and Binghamton at 11:30AM.


The theme this year is -“St. Patrick let there be peace”.