Albany Ancient Order of
The Ancient Order of Hibernians in America is the largest men’s Irish Catholic
fraternal organization in the world. The AOH was founded in NYC in 1836 as a
society that protected Catholic Churches and Clergy. In addition, the AOH provided
aid to the large influx of Irish immigrants fleeing the ‘Great Hunger’ in Ireland. The
Organization strives to foster the ideals and perpetuate the history, traditions, and
culture of the Irish people. The Father Henry Tansey Division #5 was established in
Albany in 1896 and boasts a membership of over 540 strong (one of the largest AOH
Divisions in the country) – all bound by the motto of Friendship, Unity, and Christian
Capital District Celtic
Cultural Association
South End Irish
The South End division of the St. Patrick's Day Parade organized and participated in
every St. Patrick's Day parade in the city of Albany since the first year. The South End
Irish was founded by Patrick O’Rourke and Michael Keveney in a small pub that was
then called Malone’s Bar, on Second Avenue. Pat and Mike called together a
number of Albany’s South End Irish families, known by the pride they had in their Irish
heritage and for the love and devotion they displayed for Ireland’s patron Saint. Irish
families such as the Flannigan’s, the Walsh’s, the McLean’s, the Mullen’s and the
Mineau’s, all of whom would enthusiastically become part of a public demonstration
in honor of St. Patrick and being Irish. The South End tradition continues today and
makes a special tribute to Helen M. Walsh, the 1991 Grand Marshal of the St.
Patrick's Day parade, here in Albany. Helen passed away in 2002, yet we all know she
is watching over us, helping us to carry on a legacy that she helped create over 65
years ago.
Colonie Irish
Colonie Irish started as a small contingent that originally marched with the Albany
AOH.  In 1981, Jim Sheehan, Tom Rourke, Steve Behrens and Pat "O’Longo", four
Colonie Irish teachers marched in the Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade.   In 1982, the
four original members thought their numbers would grow if they invited more of their
friends, co-workers and family members to join.  In 1985, the number grew to 65
marchers and, today the Colonie Irish has expanded to 125.   The Colonie Irish has
grown into a family organization.  It boasts senior members, young adults, and
children.  The notable families in the organization are the Sheehans, Shellards,
McDonalds, O’Longo’s, Weirs, Heritages, Shanks, and their extended families.       
Watervliet Ancient Order
of Hibernians AND Ladies
Ancient Order of
Organized in August 1940, Division I is named in honor of founding member, William
F. Fennelly (fin lee).  The Ladies AOH Division #3 came into existence in 1974 and
both clubs actively support many community programs.  Many donations are made
throughout the year to most of our local charitable youth programs, schools and area
Albany Ladies Ancient
Order of Hibernians
The Albany Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, JFK Division I, was first organized on
April 27th 1913, as a division of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of
Hibernians in America.  They're first Division President was Ellen C. Wilson.  In 1984
at a Hibernian National Convention it was decided by the National LAOH to drop the
"Auxiliary" and become an organization in their own right. The primary purpose of
the Ladies AOH was to protect young immigrant Irish girls coming to the United
States and assist them in securing employment and keep them from becoming home
sick and discouraged. Today, their intent and purpose is to promote Friendship, Unity
and Christian Charity among their members, assisting the people of Ireland to
establish an Irish Republic which shall include all 32 Counties of Ireland, and to aid
their aged and sick members.  The Albany Ladies work also includes supporting the
Columban Missions; The Family Rosary and Father Peyton Crusade and other forms
of Catholic Action.  They sponsor a number of social and cultural activities
throughout the year. The motto of the LAOH is "Friendship, Unity and Christian
Charity," and their Patron Saint is St. Bridget.
North Albany Limericks
The North Albany Limericks began in 1950, formed by members of the North Albany
American Legion Post #1610, Sacred Heart Church and community members from
North Albany “Limerick USA.”  
Menands St. Patrick's
The Menands St. Patrick’s Club is a social organization that has participated in the
Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade since 1964. We are Celebrating our 51th
Anniversary!  This club is proud of the traditions that are carried down from
generation to generation, as evidenced by the 2nd & 3rd generation of participants in
this year’s parade.