Our History and Membership
A Sisterhood of Irish and Irish-American, Catholic Women, The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians is a National organization officially recognized in Omaha, Nebraska in 1894 as the “Daughters of Erin.”
- In 1906, the name was changed to “Ladies Auxiliary to the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America”.
- In 1984, the Ladies voted to change their name to “The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.”
- In 2004 we have been officially incorporated on our own as Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc.
The Ladies AOH has changed in many ways over the decades but still we hold true to our MOTTO of “Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. We are pledged to God and Country. The primary purpose of the Ladies AOH was to protect young immigrant Irish girls coming to the United States, to assist them in securing employment, to give them the opportunity to be with their own kind, and to keep them from becoming homesick and discouraged.
The Preamble of our Constitution states that the intent and purpose of the Ladies is to promote Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity among its members; assisting the people of Ireland to establish an Irish Republic which shall include the 32 counties of Ireland, aiding the aged, sick, blind and infirm members and for the legitimate expense of the Ladies, including Missions work and Catholic Action.
The Ladies also foster the ideals and perpetuate the history and traditions of the Irish people and promote Irish culture.
Our Patron Saint is Saint Brigid of Ireland.
You must be a practicing Roman Catholic woman, 16 years of age or older;
You must be Irish by birth or descent; OR
The mother of a LAOH Member; OR
The wife or mother of an AOH Member; OR
The mother of a Junior Hibernian
BECOME A MEMBER: Check our Divisions Page. If you do not see a Division in your area, please contact our State Organizer, Maureen Kelly at email@example.com
The much anticipated History of the LAOH is available for purchase. The books are $25.00 plus postage and the order form can be found on the National LAOH website
Rose Kennedy Division
Ethel Kennedy Division
Catherine McAuley Division