AOH back in Fermanagh for first time in 60 year

Posted By: January 27, 2017

Connla Young. Irish News (Belfast). Friday, January 27, 2017

A NEW HIBERNIANISM:  The Fermanagh County Board was established at a meeting earlier this week. On far right, AOH Tyrone president Gerry McGeough

The Ancient Order of Hibernians has been re-established in Co Fermanagh for the first timE in 60 years.

The Fermanagh County Board was established, and members initiated into the organization at a meeting earlier this week.

It is believed to be the first time since the 1950s the AOH has been active in the county.

A Catholic organization, the AOH has members in Ireland, America, and parts of Britain.

Organized into divisions, its members take part in annual parades on St Patrick’s Day and mark the Feast of the Assumption each August.

Tyrone county president Gerry McGeough said the expansion in the organization follows the establishment of three new divisions – including a pro-life division – in his home county in recent months.

“We are witnessing the emergence of a new Hibernianism,” Mr. McGeough said.

Mr. McGeough also revealed the organization is in the process of setting up an Irish-speaking Division, Craobh na nGael, which will be on parade at this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Rasharkin, Co Antrim.