About AOH Mike Doyle Division 4

AOH Mike Doyle Division 4 was founded August 2011 and sworn in on Thursday, August 25th at the Cinnaminson Community Center.

Coverage of the swearing in of Mike Doyle Division 4: [link]

Division 4 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians swore in officers last week in a special ceremony. Janet Tumelty, columnist for Cinnaminson Patch, recounts the night…

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Announcement of the formation of Mike Doyle Division 4: [link]

A group of men in Cinnaminson are organizing nights out with the boys, not just for the social aspect but for a greater purpose. An Ancient Order of Hibernians (A.O.H.) division is assembling in town. The A.O.H. is an Irish, Catholic organization which aims to preserve and share Irish traditions; serve the community; welcome and assist Irish immigrants; support Irish causes across the Atlantic; and protect the Catholic faith.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians originated in early 16th century Ireland. The first American A.O.H. was established in New York City in 1836. This organization is now the largest Irish-American organization with almost 200,000 members. The A.O.H. also provides scholarships for members and their families, gets involved in community events and sports, provides support for Irish music, dance and song, and promotes Irish American achievement.

The A.O.H. motto is “Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.” The pints of Guinness poured and shared at A.O.H. functions will help to generate new friendships, promote unity and serve the community through charitable acts.

Bill Brennan, co-founder of the Cinnaminson Division of A.O.H., not only wants to share the rich and varied history of his Irish heritage, but also wants to give back to the community. Bill and several friends are members of the Monsignor Thomas J. Rilley Division 39 A.O.H. in Philadelphia.

After attending the Famine Memorial flag raising at Penn’s Landing this past St. Patrick’s Day, he and another Irish American from Cinnaminson, Bob Tippin, discussed starting a local A.O.H. Bill said, “The issue was the drive to Philadelphia and back and some of the divisions are a far distance. So the concept of having a division in South Jersey convenient for Cinnaminson and the surrounding townships sounded like a great idea.”

It is obvious that it was a great idea because I asked Bill if they’ve had a lot of interest and he said, “We have had a great deal of interest since its conception in March. We currently have 50-60 members and the word continues to spread. We expect to have continued interest throughout Burlington and Camden counties as people become aware of its existence.”

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