Division takes point again

March 24, Harrisburg.  Once again Cumberland 2 the General William Thompson of the AOH has stepped forward to put the name of the AOH out there, and provide support in any way it can to forward and preserve Irish american history and gaelic culture. The Harrisburg Saint Patrick’s Day Parade was scheduled for March 24th, with opening ceremonies at 8:30. These ceremonies were scheduled to honor Tom and Romayne McGinnis Grand marshals for this year’s parade, and also to pay respects to their son Spc. Ross McGinnis Medal of Honor recipient. Division President acted as Officer in Charge of the … Continue reading

Thompson Division of AOH makes papers on Saint Patrick’s Day

The following story appeared on March 17 in the Carlisle Sentinel. Their was one misquote which this editor has corrected… Local chapter of The Ancient Order of Hibernians hope to dispel St. Patrick’s Day myths By Lauren McLane, Sentinel Reporter The Sentinel – cumberlink.com On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone likes to pretend to be Irish. They think that wearing green attire, aping an Irish brogue, and drinking copious amounts of alcohol makes them Irish. The Ancient Order of Hibernians, AOH or Hibernians for short, is working hard to dispel those myths. “We’re fighting stereotypes. We call those people ‘plastic Paddies.’ … Continue reading

March 17 Letter to the Carlisle Sentinel Editor

A salute to the mayor Dear Editor: Rarely does a citizen have the opportunity to praise a public official for something done right, but today I want to do just that and explain how the actions of our local mayor placed little Carlisle ahead of the entire state in terms of recognizing a valuable asset and heritage of his local community. I serve as the president of the local Ancient Order of Hibernians, a not for profit organization established to promote its Catholic and Irish heritage and beliefs and to protect against any attacks or criticism of that proud heritage. … Continue reading

March is Irish-American Heritage month in Carlisle

It’s official, March 2012 is Irish-American Heritage month in Carlisle, Pa.  The proclamation was made official by Carlisle’s new Mayor William Kronenberg. The Ancient Order of Hibernians, General William Thompson, Cumberland County Division 2, sincerly thank his Honor the Mayor for his efforts and this Proclamation. We will continue to serve our community and church as we celebrate our heritage and reach out to those in need, “In Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity.” … Continue reading

New Division Division Display

On February 18, at the annual Saint Patrick’s Parish International Festival, the Division rolled out its’ new display.  This display is versitle, easy to use and will help the Division spread the word regarding faith, community, heritage and the division. From all accounts it was quite a hit as it could be seen from across the crowded hall with relative ease. The festival saw Jim, Andy, Jeremiah McGinnis, Bill Wiley, Jim Jones and Bill Irwin pitching in to make the event a success. … Continue reading