Welcome to the website of the Padraic Pearse Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (Maryland Division #1) in Catonsville, Maryland!
What Is the AOH?
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is the oldest and largest Irish Catholic fraternal organization in the United States. Our motto is Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. Since 1836 the AOH in America has worked to foster and perpetuate the history and culture of the Irish people, support the Catholic church and promote peace and unity in Ireland.
Like most organizations, we are always looking to grow our core membership. So, are you a Catholic Gentleman of Irish Descent, Over the Age of 16, Who Appreciates Irish Heritage, Camaraderie, and Good Works? Are you a recent graduate, recently retired, recently bored or just looking for something new to get yourself into? Do you live within driving distance (or flying distance! Or internet distance!) of Catonsville Maryland? Do you like to meet new people and do you like to have fun?
If we say the word “Irish” and your first thought is “Green, Parades, Leprechauns, St. Patrick, the Celts, Guinness, St. Brigit, Jameson, the Jig, more Guinness, Limericks, Blarney, the Serenity Prayer, a wee tad more Guinness . . .’ or any of thousands of other ideas or images, you are Irish enough for us! And we will strike our Red Breasts while saying it! By the way, we also accept totally non-Irish folk as associate members of our Order! Read more about that here.
Who is the Pádraig Pearse Division?
Our Division was founded in the early 1930s by members of St. Mark’s parish in Catonsville. Since that time, we have expanded our scope through the years, and we now have members from areas such as Catonsville, Ellicott City, Sykesville, Columbia, Clarksville, and Hagerstown. In other words, our members are primarily drawn from areas west of Baltimore City.
We are a vital group of Irish Catholic gentlemen, we participate in a large range of events, programs, activities, and we provide Charitable support to a number of local, regional, State, National and International initiatives.
When Do We Meet?
We meet every first Tuesday (except for July and August) at Stafford Hall (the Home of the St. Agnes Council of the Knights of Columbus) at 2021 Frederick Road in Catonsville, MD, and we are always looking for a few good men (actually, lots of good men) to join our ranks . . . in the spirit of Irish tradition, in fraternity, volunteering and plain old good fun. If this sounds good to you, please join us! Membership information is available here.
Where Do We Meet?
We currently meet at Stafford Hall, the current home of the St. Agnes Council of the Knights of Columbus at 2021 Frederick Road, in Catonsville, MD 21228.
Our home is indicated by the “Red Bubble” in the Google Map below. In addition, you can get “point-to-point directions by clicking on the directions icon in the address box floating at the top left of the google map.