Queens County, NY
Rockaway Rovers Champions of the 6th Annual Firefighter Sean Tallon Memorial GAA Tournament on Saturday, November 15, 2014
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
From left to right: Walter Cooper, Queens County AOH President, Kieran Mahoney AOH Division 9 President and Queens County AOH Recording Secretary, and previous AOH Queens County President John Manning
About the AOH
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, America’s largest Irish Cultural organization was founded in Ireland over three hundred years ago during the dreaded "Penal Law" years as a secret organization to help the local Irish when Catholic churches and schools were plundered. The AOH was organized in New York City nearly 200 years ago to help the struggling Irish.
The early Irish societies were born of a need in the mid-fifteen hundreds to protect the welfare of fellow Irish Catholics, and especially the clergy who risked immediate death to keep the Catholic Faith alive in occupied Ireland after the Penal Laws of 1691. These various secret societies were formed across the country to aid and comfort their people by whatever means was available. Similarly, the AOH in America was founded at New York's St. James Church on May 4,1836 by men emulating these Irish societies, to protect the clergy and churches from the violent American Nativists who attacked Irish Catholic immigrants and Church property. At the same time the vast influx of Irish Immigrants fleeing Ireland’s Great Hunger in the late 1840's, prompted a growth in many Irish societies in the USA - the largest of which was, and continues to be, the AOH.