Irish Americans: AOH Division 8 and LAOH Division 8/9

Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Division 8 and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) Division 8/9 are located in Selden, Long Island, New York and consist of members from the villages of Centereach, Selden and surrounding areas. Formed in 1968, they are one of nine Divisions of the AOH and LAOH Suffolk County Boards dedicated to charitable activities, educational scholarships and the promotion of Irish culture in their communities. Their Hibernian Culture Center on Magnolia Drive in Selden is the site of Irish History, Irish Language and Bagpiping lessons as well as social functions and rentals.

 The AOH 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.

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Legacy Stories from the Americans All Heritage Honor Roll

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AOH Division 8 and LAOH Division 8/9 New York (January 1967 - ?) Irish Fraternal Organization, AOH, LAOH

Suffolk County, Long Island, New York AOH Division 8 was organized in January 1967 by AOH NY State Organizer Jack Reynolds. Charter Officers were President Bob McGrory, Vice President Joe McCarthy, Secretary Bill Regan, Financial Secretary Ed Reynolds, Treasurer John Keane and Chaplain Father Sheridan. By November 1967, an enthusiastic group of ladies formed an Auxiliary with Nora Reynolds as President.

Mike McCormack New York (June 8, 1938 - ?) Irish, Ireland, Author, Musician, Historian, AOH

Mike McCormack is a former columnist for the Irish Echo and feature writer for the Arizona Desert Shamrock, San Francisco Gael, Florida Irish American, Hibernian Digest, as well as St Patrick’s Monthly and Ireland’s Eye magazines in Ireland. He helped organize a Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and served as Secretary, Vice President, and President before his knowledge of Irish history earned him the post of Division Historian.