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Welcome to the AOH Division 21
Rockaway Beach/Breezy Point, NY
The AOH Division 21 has been serving the Rockaway Beach/ Breezy Point Communities for over 40 years. The AOH is a non-profit organization and its purpose is to promote Irish culture and foster, and perpetuate the history and traditions of the Irish people. Along with fostering our culture and history, our division holds annual fundraisers that benefit local charitable organizations.
We also march in the Rockaway, and New York City's St. Patrick's Parade's. We are always looking for new members; if you are a practicing Catholic of Irish desent and want to celebrate your Irish heritage and help your local community, please click our join/contact tab
AOH Donates Irish Fest Proceeds
Last Tuesday (June 24,2014) night, the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 21 of Rockaway Beach and Breezy Point presented the first round of checks from the proceeds of the 2nd Annual Rockaway Irish Festival. The Hibernians whose founding principles are Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity, lived up to their creed and delivered much needed checks to Saint Camillus Church and the Breezy Point Catholic Club.
Accepting a $15,000 check for Saint Camillus Parish was Pastor Richard Alhmeyer whose Parish graciously hosts the Irish Festival each year. Father Richard was overjoyed by the donation and blessed the AOH members for their generosity. He marveled at how smoothly the two day Festival of all things Irish went off and then welcomed the Hibernians back for the 3rd Annual Irish Festival next May 30th and 31st 2015.
After the donation at Saint Camillus the members came down to the Breezy Point Catholic Club and presented a $10,000 check to Catholic Club President Kier Johnson and the Club’s Board of Directors. Mr. Johnson thanked the AOH for their donation which will be used to help finish the renovations to the Catholic Club since being ravaged by Superstorm Sandy’s flood waters.
In addition to those donations the Hibernians will be donating $10,000 to Saint Rose of Lima Parish and $1,000 to the Knights of Columbus Rockaway Council where the AOH holds their monthly meetings. The Rockaway Irish Festival co-organizers AOH Queens County President John Manning and Division 21 President Mark Edwards thank the community for their outstanding support which has allowed the Festival to donate over $70,000 in the past two years.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 21 is always looking for new members. If you are proud of your Irish Catholic heritage and would like to help the Hibernians in their charitable mission, you can apply online at aoh.com or come to the next Division 21 meeting (September 30th 2014 at the Knights of Columbus starting at 7:30pm).
AOH Division 21 Rockaway Beach/Breezy Point, NY took their Major Degree on Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Bascilla at the old St. Patricks Catherdal NYC
Front row L-R. William Byrnes, Michael Foley, John Moroney, Daniel Donahue, Patrick Forde, William Gelhause, Wil Hurley Back L-R. Matthew Glynn, David Carey, Dan Reed, Phillip McManus, James Ward, Walter Rutherford, Mark Edwards, Patrick Nee, Bobby McGinn, David Edwards, Edward Shevlin
Officers and Members getting ready to enter Mass for the 39th Annual Rockaway Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade at St. Francis DeSales RC Church on Saturday March 1, 2014.
Officers and Members of AOH Division 21 Marching as a group in the 39th Annual Rockaway Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday March 1, 2014. (Left to right) James Moroney (carrying the US Flag), AOH Division 21 President Mark Edwards, AOH Queens County President John J. Manning, and John Moroney (carrying the Irish Flag)
About The Ancient Order of Hibernians
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is America’s oldest Irish Catholic Fraternal Organization founded concurrently in the coal-mining region of Pennsylvania and New York City in May,1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a series of similar societies that existed in Ireland for more than 300 years. Today the AOH exists in America, Canada, Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland, however, while the organizations share a common thread, the American AOH is a separate and much larger organization.
The Pin In My Lapel
Written in 1987 by Brother Denis P. McGowan
AOH St. Columcille Division 4, Staten Island, NY
Dedicated to the Memory of his Beloved Da, Brother Hugh P. McGowan
In the lapel of my tweed jacket,
There’s a pin of brightest gold,
No bigger than my thumbnail,
But it’s worth cannot be told.
‘Tis the Emblem of an Order
Of Irish folk proud of their land,
And their glorious religion,
Under the Lord’s command.
In Friendship we are gathered,
We strive for Unity,
To serve our Church and brethren
In Christian Charity.
We maintain Christ’s own teachings,
We guard the Irish race,
We help the sick and fallen
With the aid of God’s own grace.
Proud to be called Hibernians,
From Erin’s ancient Latin name,
By defending Catholic priests and nuns,
We earned undying fame.
This Ancient Order of whom I speak
I proudly wear their pin,
As did my loving father,
And his father before him.
That Emblem of the Order
I think is simply grand,
Has ancient Irish symbols,
To remind us of our land.
It bears the letters “A.O.H.,”
Its shape is like a shield.
It bears our famous Irish harp,
Upon a shamrock field.
The two hands clasped in friendship
In the centre of this crest,
Reminds each A.O.H. man
That brotherhood is blessed.
Rising o’er the hills of Ireland,
In the crest is the sunrise,
‘Tis the dawn of Irish freedom,
‘Tis the cause that never dies.
The four largest green shamrocks,
Symbols of the Trinity,
Remind us of the provinces
Of Erin’s antiquity.
Four mighty Irish kingdoms,
Proud and most beauteous lands,
One breaks the heart of Ireland,
Remains in Sass’nach hands.
Yes, shining bright in my lapel
Of which I’ll proudly tell,
‘Tis the Emblem of the A.O.H.
Worn in my heart as well.