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AOH SYRACUSE DIVISION:
WHO WE ARE/WHAT WE DO

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The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) is a Catholic, Irish-American fraternal organization.

The United States-based AOH was founded in New York City in 1836 and traces its roots to Ireland's AOH, which was founded over 300 years ago. The AOH's initial goal, both in Ireland and in the United States, was to protect the Church and clergy from anti-Catholic sentiment. In the 1830's, anti-Irish/anti-Catholic sentiment was extremely prevalent. AOH members guarded the Churches and nearby communities from attack by bigoted organizations such as the "Know-Nothings".

The AOH in America grew quickly during the 1840's as a result of massive Irish immigration occurring at that time. The immigration was driven mainly by Ireland's terrible "Great Famine".

Today, the AOH serves the Irish and Irish-American communities through charitable and community service works. The AOH Syracuse Division helps support charitable organizations in the Syracuse area and throughout the world. We foster and promote Irish culture including music, dance, sports, history, and language. Currently, the AOH Syracuse Division has approximately 310 members.

As always, the AOH is at the forefront of many Irish-related issues such as immigration and the MacBride Legislation. The AOH's Freedom for All Ireland Committee works for a peaceful and just resolution to the issues that divide Ireland today.

The finest, brightest, and biggest Irish-based organization in the United States welcomes all who are Irish-born or are of Irish descent !!

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