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The District of Columbia State Board of the AOH is an Irish-American fraternal organization serving the area of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. This area consists of the District of Columbia and the Maryland Counties of Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert and Saint Mary’s.  Being located in our Nation’s Capital enables us to take part and host unique experiences such as marching annually in the Washington DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, National Pro-Life March, and hosting the Arlington National Cemetery Ceremony.

Our individual Divisions host various events, Masses, fundraisers, and social functions to promote the goals of the AOH and to promote Irish culture and heritage in the Archdiocese and beyond.  Click here to learn about membership as we are always looking to have more proud Irish join our ranks!


*******UPCOMING EVENTS*******

 

AOH/LAOH DC State Board Christmas Party featuring a fine Christmas feast for a price of $20 per person ($10 for kids under age 10) and a live performance by the Culkin School of Dance bringing you into the Christmas spirit!  Please RSVP to attend:  mat_greenwood@hotmail.com

December 3, 2016 from 1-5pm in the downstairs ballroom at the KofC Cherry Hill Hall at 9450 Cherry Hill Road College Park, MD 20740 christmas-party-ad-2016

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*******MEDIA HAPPENINGS*******

The House adopts H.R. 4564 – Robert Emmet Park Act of 2016, sponsored by Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), designating “Robert Emmet Park” at the corner of 24th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW in Washington, DC. A wonderful speech by Congressman Crowley (NY).  (Video courtesy of http://www.FedNet.net)   



Easter Rising Commemoration U.S. Capitol Tree Planting Ceremony- 
May 18, 2016. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, Irish Ambassador Anne Anderson, Congressional Friends of Ireland, and other numerous members of Congress planted a tree on the Capitol grounds to commemorate the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising   (Video courtesy of http://www.FedNet.net)


Multiple Articles on Robert Emmet Statue Re-dedication: The re-dedication ceremony was hosted in cooperation by the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institute, the Irish Embassy, the AOH, and the IAUC on 4/27/2016.  – View video of event here:  https://vimeo.com/164494943

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Looking to show your AOH pride?  1. Purchase various types of AOH shirts & jackets: Click to see link    2.  Purchase an AOH sash for upcoming parades and formal events:  Click to see link 

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Archbishop John Hughes Memorial:  The AOH, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and Knights of Columbus worked together to honor Archbishop Hughes, who was instrumental in the early days of the AOH at the Basilica of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, with fine monument in his honor- Click Here for More Info

New Irish Studies Program in DC:  The Catholic University of America (CUA) is now offering a new Certificate in Irish studies!  It is being offered as an undergraduate program for CUA students focusing on the languages and culture of Ireland from a variety of scholarly perspectives.  Click here to read program history   Click here to read about Irish Studies Certificate

Press Release from our AOH National Anti-Defamation Chairman concerning the British Channel 4 TV Commissioning a Comedy Based on “The Great Hunger” (An Gorta Mor):  Click Here – UPDATE – on 1/6/2016 Channel 4 stated that it no longer has plans to produce this show –Click here to read more

The Way Home: The History of the AOH video now added to our Videos page.  A wonderful video on the history of our fine organization!  To also view on YouTube, Click Here

Display Ship Barry’s Departure from the Navy Yard in Washington, DC:  Click Here to see article concerning the departure and scrapping of the DS Barry and the departure ceremony on October 17, 2015

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In Memoriam:  It is with great sadness that we lost a fellow DC Hibernian in John McInerney on 5/7/2014.  He was a fine Catholic gentleman who was inspirational to many in the AOH across the nation.  He was responsible for the organization of many DC AOH events and most notably was a key figure, along with Jack O’Brien, in the Commodore John Barry project which was celebrated this May 10th.  May we all strive to be like John and keep him fondly in our memories.

John was honored posthumously as a Grand Marshal in the 2015 Washington, DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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*******PAST EVENTS*******

Maryland Irish Festival featuring four stages of musical performers, vendors, fine Irish food & drink, and great entertainment for children!  It’s a great time and is worth coming out!

The largest Irish festival in MD is held at the MD State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD on Nov 11-13, 2016.  We’re looking for volunteers!  Contact Bob April for more info: bandbapril@verizon.net

For tickets and more information:  http://irishfestival.com.s141542.gridserver.com/ 14980731_1200949063295311_3398477726790644540_n ———————–