Parade kicked off

Despite the weather the Harrisburg Saint Patrick’s Day Parade kicked off at 2:00 and was considered a success.  The General William Thompson Division provided the honor guard for the 1st division, the Irish and AOH division for the parade, photo coverege of the event was provided by our Associate member, Dave Thomas.   Perhaps even more important was the celebration of the Mass at 10:00 at Saint Lawrence Chapel, celebrated by Father Clark with Jacquie Turk providing her rendition of “Our Lady of Knock”.  Father commented how people come to this Mass just to hear her sing.   The Division … Continue reading

Parish Ministry Fair

  Much thanks to Brother Jim McGinnis, and the McGinnis clan for the outstanding job of representing the Division at the recent Saint Patrick Parish Ministry Fair, June 9 and 10.Jim reports that the Fair was well attended and he answered questions to several individuals about our organization. And at least two walked away with applications for membership. Well played Brother McGinnis, and much thanks from all your Brothers in the Division. … Continue reading

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