Letter from the Anti-Defamation Chair to the Washington Post Regarding Columnist Dana Milbank’s characterization of St. Patrick’s Day as “a festival of inebriation”


To the Editor, Washington Post: Satire and sarcasm are standard tools of the opinion writing trade. However, Dana Milbank overstepped the line from drollery to denigration in his March 18 op-ed column, “A fanciful GOP budget,” when he used St. Patrick’s Day as a prop to lampoon House Republicans. For Milbank to trivialize and denigrate St. Patrick’s Day as a “festival of inebriation in honor of the man who magically (and apocryphally) banished snakes from Ireland” is an outrage and insult to … [Read more...]

Save The Seraphs! Mater Dei Prep Catholic School closure threatened unless they raise $1,000,000 in 60 days!

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NJ AOH Division 2 Monmouth for the past 9 years has run the AOH Polar Plunge for Catholic Education.  During that time the Division has led 1000 students, faculty, clergy and family members into the freezing Atlantic Ocean each January.   The event has raised over $800,000 with 100% being returned to the school for tuition assistance, projects, infrastructure and sports teams. Now AOH Member and Polar Plunge organizer Jim Shaw has been called upon by his Parish to help Save The Seraphs. The … [Read more...]

Statement from the National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Regarding Recent Comments by the Archbishop of New York


New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan is deservedly a tremendously popular figure within the Catholic community and the Irish-American community as well. It is therefore both disappointing and distressing to read his most recent (CNN, March 3) public comparison of the Irish Republican Army with ISIS. In his statement last month (New York Post, Feb. 17) the Cardinal commended the leadership of Ireland's bishops for condemning the IRA during the period referred to as The Troubles. One needs to … [Read more...]

Walmart Apologizes/Pulls “Pashtun Papa”, but Defend Products Defaming the Irish

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Press Release For immediate release 3/03/2015 New City, New York – 3/03/15 – The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) The Ancient Order of Hibernians condemns Walmart for not addressing the legitimate concerns of Irish Americans and continuing to sell denigrating and defaming merchandise caricaturing and ridiculing Irish heritage and culture. The Hibernians find this particularly offensive given the deference and sensitivity Walmart has previously shown other heritages; a respect and … [Read more...]

Press Release From Anti-Defamation Chair: Ancient Order of Hibernians Condemns Spencer’s Gifts for their Promotion of Defaming Irish Stereotypes, Denigration of Women and Promotion of St. Patrick’s Day Binge Drinking


For immediate release 2/23/2015   The Ancient Order of Hibernians Condemns Spencer’s Gifts for their Promotion of Defaming Irish Stereotypes, Denigration of Women and Promotion of St. Patrick’s Day Binge Drinking New City, New York – 2/23/15 – The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) The Ancient Order of Hibernians condemns the defaming Irish stereotypes and messages promoted by Spencer Gift’s “St. Pat’s” [sic] merchandise line and the attempts by Spencer’s to debase by their … [Read more...]



In addressing the continued miscarriage of justice by the Diplock Courts of the British government, the National FFAI Co-Chairmen of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America are requesting the help and support of all of our Brothers, Sisters and supporters of Freedom For All Ireland in bringing closure to the unjust conviction of John Paul Wooten and Brendan McConville in the 2009 murder of PSNI Constable Steven Carroll in Craigavon, Co. Armagh. Both men have maintained their innocence since … [Read more...]

Press Release from the Anti-Defamation Chairman concerning British Channel 4 TV Commissioning a Comedy Based on “The Great Hunger”


The Ancient Order of Hibernians condemns the commissioning of a new comedy series by Channel 4 Television Corporation entitled “Hungry” based on the events of Ireland’s “Great Hunger” also known as the Famine. The Ancient Order of Hibernians finds outrageous that an event in which, at minimum, one million Irish people died and another million were forced to emigrate should be considered by TV Channel 4 and writer Hugh Travers as a fit basis for a comedy series. Per AOH National … [Read more...]

AOH Immigration on Executive Action by President Obama

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On November 20 2014, US President Barack Obama announced Executive Orders on Deferred Action for some immigrants. This serves as tremendous relief from threat of deportation for Irish families with US born Children. Also Irish work visa holders, as well as their spouses, now have eased ability to apply for permanent resident visas and move between jobs in the US, which was very difficult in the past. The Executive Order doesn't affect the undocumented status of those who arrived here after … [Read more...]

Don’t be “Tricked” into Supporting Irish Defamation in March, by purchasing from Spirit Halloween in October


In a few short weeks, millions of Americans, particularly children, will be engaged in the joyous celebration that is Halloween. This festive holiday is another of the gifts that Irish Immigrants have brought to America; its origin and customs dating back to the ancient Gaelic holiday of Samhain, which was not only the start of that culture’s new year, but had as its central message the struggle between the forces of light and darkness. It is with this in mind that the Ancient Order of … [Read more...]

Bill O’Reilly: “Part of the Fault is With the Irish” for Ethnic Stereotypes


Bill O'Reilly has thrown a challenge to all Hibernians; stating that part of the reason our Heritage is subjected to abuse that would not be tolerated if the target was any other ethnic group is because there is "No Organized Irish Concern" that defends Irish Heritage and culture.  Well Mr. O'Reilly, there is a "Organized Irish Concern" that has been defending our faith and heritage since 1836: The Ancient Order of Hibernians.  Brothers, how will you answer the challenge?  Are we going to let it … [Read more...]