The Padraic Pearse Division #1 of the AOH was originally founded in the early 1930’s at St. Agnes parish in Catonsville, MD. The division was named for one of the leaders of the 1916 Irish uprising in the fight for Irish independence from British rule. Padraic Pearse was a scholar who was named the Provisional President of the Irish Republic. He was executed on May 3, 1916 for his leadership role by the British when the upraising failed.
The division has had a number of homes over the years to include the Knight’s of Columbus Home, St. Joseph’s Monastery and its current location at St. Mark’s Church. The southwestern part of the county is plentiful of those of Irish descent and the AOH in Catonsville has included many of them. Names like Nolan, Ryan, Coolahan, McColgan, Fitzpatrick, Meadowcroft, Garvey, Gallagher, Murphy, Kelly, Burns, and Carney filled the division roaster over the years. The current division contains a cross section of men from their 30s to their 80s from all over Baltimore and Howard counties. The membership raises funds for various charities such as the Boy Scouts, food pantries, church groups, Walter Reed Hospital, The Irish Shrine and the restoration of the Baltimore Basilica. The division is an active participant in the St. Patrick’s Parade in Baltimore and the Maryland Irish Festival. You may have seen our famous “Irish Pub Starter Kit” raffle. We meet on the first Tuesday of the Month at 6:30 PM at St. Mark’s Church on Melvin Avenue in Catonsville. Those interested in learning more about the Catonsville AOH or membership can contact us.