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*******

Maryland Irish Festival featuring four stages of musical performers, vendors, fine Irish food & drink, and great entertainment for children!

The largest Irish festival in MD is held at the MD State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD on Nov 6-8, 2015.  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/  copy-Baltimore-Festival-Banner-2016


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

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



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.



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


AOH National Convention:  July 11-14, 2016 at Harrah’s Resort ( 777 Harrah’s Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401)  this will be a very important convention to attend and we hope to have as many members as can possibly attend.
Our own past State Board President, Ralph Day, will be running for a National Director position and we want to support him with all of our resources possible!  Come on out to the National Convention to help him campaign and win this elected position a the AOH National Convention

Ralph Day for National Director Fundraiser:  June 26, 2016 from 1-5pm at Fiona’s Irish Pub (5810 Kingstowne Center, Alexandria, VA 22315).  Come on out for great camaraderie, live Irish music, and a chance to win raffles and a basket of cheer to support Ralph Day’s campaign for National Director of the AOH.  Ralph is the Immediate Past State Board President of D.C. and is the current Vice-President of the Commodore John Barry Division.  He would serve the AOH very well and is deserving of our support! 13442123_525172611023922_4244209972049626795_n

Division 3 Prayer and a Pint Event:  June 25, 2016 at 5:30pm at St John the Evangelist Historic Church (9700 Rosensteel Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910) 13508978_1087958121261073_3664319209576874488_n
Ralph Day for National Director Fundraiser:  June 11, 2016 at 1pm at the Irish Railroad Worker’s Museum (918 Lemmon Street, Baltimore, MD 21223).  Come on out for great camaraderie to support Ralph Day’s campaign for National Director of the AOH.  Ralph is the Immediate Past State Board President of D.C. and is the current Vice-President of the Commodore John Barry Division.  He would serve the AOH very well and is deserving of our support!
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Irish Embassy EU Open House:  May 14, 2016 from 10am-4pm. The Irish Embassy in Washington, DC will be hosting various Irish groups to promote Irish culture, the arts, and Irish sports.  We’re looking for volunteers to help promote the AOH at an outside booth at the Irish Embassy at 2234 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008.  Click here for more info.  Please send an email to JP Walsh if you’re interested in volunteering:  jaywarp1@gmail.com
Frederick Celtic Festival- May 14, 2016 at Mount Airy Fire Department Carnival Grounds (1003 Twin Arch Road, Mt. Airy, MD 21771)– Click Here
 Easter Rising Commemoration U.S. Capitol Tree Planting Ceremony:  May 18, 2016 at 4:30pm. Please join us as the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and Ambassador Anne Anderson will plant a tree on the Capitol grounds to commemorate the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising-  At the Capitol grounds on Southwest Drive and Independence Avenue (across from Rayburn House Office building).  Gather at the Dubliner Irish pub after the event!  View video here:  https://vimeo.com/167308331

Robert Emmet Re-Dedication Ceremony:  April 27, 2016 at 12pm at intersection of Massachusetts Avenue/S Street/24th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.  The re-dedication ceremony will be hosted in cooperation by the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institute, the Irish Embassy, the AOH, and the IAUC. This is a sash and medallion event and there has been a request for a large AOH contingent.  View video here:  https://vimeo.com/164494943

  Some additional background from the Irish Embassy:
“The Emmet statue was commissioned by the Smithsonian in 1912, funded by a group of Irish Americans, completed in 1916 by sculptor Jerome Connor, and installed in the Smithsonian’s U.S. National Museum in 1917. President Woodrow Wilson spoke at the dedication ceremony, which was attended by many dignitaries. On the 50th anniversary of these events, in April 1966, the Smithsonian lent the Emmet statue to a small National Park Service site near the Irish Embassy and it was rededicated. To mark the concurrent centenaries of the National Park Service, the 1916 Easter Rising, and the Emmet statue, the National Park Service is undertaking a major refurbishment of the park site this Spring, and re-dedication event will take place on April 27th. Further details will be announced on this website in due course.”

1916 Remembrance Celebration (April 23):  Come out to celebrate the 100 Year Remembrance of the 1916 Easter Rising for an evening!  April 23, 2016 from 6:30pm-12:30am at the KofC Hall in College Park (9450 Cherry Hill Road, College Park, MD 20740).  $25 per person grants you a fine dinner with drinks at the bar.  RSVP through the contacts listed below in the flyer1916 Dance Flyer-page-001
AOH/LAOH Mass of Commemoration to celebrate the 100 Year Centenary Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC on April 23rd at 1pm:   12650899_1668593243404946_7404449648398776505_n

St. Patrick’s Day Mass (March 17): The DC AOH welcomes all Hibernians to help usher at the 11:30am St. Patrick’s Day Mass being held at St. Patrick’s Church (619 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001). Please gather with sashes and medallions by 11:00am. Nearest metro stations are Metro Center or Gallery Place on the red line. Celebrant is Cardinal Wuerl.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration (March 17):  at 3pm (bar opens) and 5pm (dinner starts) at Rosensteel Hall (9707 Rosensteel Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910). Meal is a la carte and prices are reasonable.   Please contact Don Connolly if interested (301-213-3524)12814542_1016987625024790_5921852431517387586_n

Arlington Wreath/Shamrock Laying (March 19): Saturday, March 19th the DC AOH and Division 5 will be paying our annual respect to President John F Kennedy and George Washington Parke Custis at Arlington Cemetery. Flyers attached below will provide more information including new rules and format imposed by Arlington/NPS staff. Only 10 cars will be allowed into the cemetery (only 3 will stop by JFK grave, remaining cars must park at Arlington House) and must be lined up no later than 11:30, car pooling will be in use. Additional cars must be parked at the visitor center, taking public transportation is encouraged. Please wear sashes and medallions.  Please contact Brendan Cooney if interested (brendan.p.cooney.civ@mail.mil)

Easter Monday (Rising) Mass (March 28): There are two options for Hibernians interested in commemorating the 100th anniversary of The Rising on Easter Monday. A Commemoration Mass (AOH-KOC-PES-IAC sponsored) at St. Aloysius Church (19 Eye Street NW) will be held  at Noon with pipes and dancers. For those who cannot make the St. Aloysius Mass, Fr. Hurley will be celebrating the regular 12:10 mass at St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral with the celebrated intention being the Rising’s 100th Anniversary. Please wear sashes and medallions.Flyer for Mass-page-001

2016 Irish RR St Patrick's Kickoff Party

Old Town Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade- March 5, 2016 @ 12:30pm- Click Here

Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade- March 6, 2016 @ 1pm- Click Here

Gaithersburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade- March 12, 2016 from 10am-noon at Rio Washingtonian Center (I-370 and Washingtonian Boulevard)- Click Here

Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Irish Social- Featuring live Irish music, Irish dancers, and a fine Irish feast!  March 12, 2016 at 5:30pm at Sacred Heart Church (16501 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD 20715).  ADMISSION: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, Children 5 & under is $5!  Click here for fb event2016 Irish Social

Washington DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade- March 13, 2016- Click Here

  • When: Sunday March 13th at noon, please arrive at 11:30
  • Where: DC State Board’s float will be at 7th Street and Madison Drive
  • Who:  All AOH members, families, and friends
  • What to wear: Respectable Sunday clothes suitable for Mass, wear something green if you can
  • After the parade, we all gather for a fine feast outdoors across the street from the Art Museum of the Americas (201 18th St Washington, DC 20006)
National Pro-Life March Mass & Breakfast Jan 22, 2016 at 9:00am- Mass will be at St. Mary’s at 727 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001) – Breakfast will follow across the street at the Irish Channel Restaurant at 500 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.  This breakfast should be excellent and very memorable!  Entrance cost will be $25 per person.

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DC AOH Christmas Party:  In conjunction with the AOH DC State Board, Division 5 is hosting its IRISH STYLE CHRISTMAS PARTY at the Rosensteel KofC Hall in Silver Spring, MD on Saturday December 12th from 1-4pm.

We’re offering the following for a price of $20 per person ($10 for kids under age 10):
1) A Salad
2) An entree of chicken or roast beef with 2 sides being an option of potatoes, rice, or a green vegetable
3) We will be bringing desserts to share
4) A very affordable cash bar is available ($1.50 Yuengling draft)

Featuring the Culkin School of Dance, singing some Christmas carols, and great times! We are looking into hosting a small Irish whiskey tasting as well. Come on out and RSVP by sending an email to our Webmaster (mat_greenwood@hotmail.com)! Feel free to bring guests!

Feis Culkin 2015 (Irish Dance Competition)- Saturday November 7, 2015
Feis Culkin is hosted by AOH Brother Sean Culkin’s School of Traditional Irish Dance.
Will be held at the Maryland Soccerplex & Discovery Center in Boyds, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC.
Over 800 Irish Dancers will be competing!  If you have kids or grand-kids who may be interested in Irish dance, it’s a great opportunity to stop in and see what it’s all about.  -Click here for more info