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):

  • Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis: On Saturday, July 14th, we lost our brother, Charlie Kauffman, 76, of Waynesboro, PA. Charlie was a teacher at both Fairfield and Chambersburg High Schools as well as the Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown, Maryland. In addition to Adams County AOH, he was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1426 and a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Waynesboro. Charlie was a great guy, liked by all. He will be greatly missed by the members of our division. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Charlie, his family and friends. May his faithful soul be at the right hand of God.

  • Monthly Meeting: Our meetings are held on the 1st Sunday of the month at 1PM. Location is upstairs at Gettysburg's only authentic Irish pub, the Garryowen Irish Pub, 126 Chambersburg Street, Gettysburg. Note that meetings are open only to credentialed AOH members.

  • Adams County Irish Festival: The 18th annual Adams County Irish Festival will be held on Saturday July 21st from 10AM-6:30pm at Moose Park (100 Moose Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325). There will be Irish music all day long as well as vendors featuring Irish goods & merchandise. We also have food & beer vendors. Coolers are not allowed nor are pets (Service dogs excepted). Lawn chairs are suggested as this is an outdoor venue without seating. Admission is $10 with children under 12, free. The festival benefits local hunger relief organizations.

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.

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