Ring Bearing Hibernians
The Irish are known for a strong sense of history and
heritage, but one group in particular has ties to Ireland that has manifested in
a organization that has lasted for over 300 years. The Ancient Order of
Hibernians originally began in the early seventeenth century and was
instrumental in keeping Catholic priests alive after the oppressive reign of
A similar group formed in America in 1836 in New York,
which grew greatly during Ireland's Great Famine of the mid nineteenth century.
Irish newcomers to America are still welcomed to America by the Ancient Order of
Hibernians, and help keep Irish traditions alive. Members feel a sense of
community in a place where Claddagh rings and other cultural ties are preserved.
Their motto: Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity has a similar ring to
the motto of the Claddagh, namely Love, Loyalty and Friendship.
With each generation becoming more removed from their Irish
roots, the AOH in America has provided a need link to the past and a wonderful
way to not only keep Irelands customs and culture alive, but a way to meet
friends and meet individuals with similar interests. For more information,
you can go to their website aoh.com.