The Abram J. Ryan Division would like to extend a big welcome to the new LOAH, The Mother Catherine Division, which was granted their charter on June 1, 2014.

Both the Abram J. Ryan Division and the LOAH, Mother Catherine Division are extremely proud to announce that Louisville KY was chosen to host the 2018 National Convention.

On May 2nd, Boys and Girls Haven held their Annual Be a Hero Breakfast, where The Abram J. Division was presented with the Hero of the Year Award.

The Division has been lending a hand to various organizations through the summer. Our smiling faces could be seen manning a booth on May 17th at the 30th Annual Pitt Academy Bar-B-Q Festival. Pitt Academy is a private school that teaches alternative learning methods to students who have difficulty functioning in a more traditional school environment. The school is nonprofit, so all the proceeds of the BBQ Festival benefits Pitt Academy.

On June 7th, the Hibernians could be seen marching in the Portland Parade. The Hibernians enjoyed the tradition of handing out candy to all the little ones who line the streets for this annual event.

On August 9th, The Hibernians manned the Little Debbie Snack Cake Booth for The St. Joseph’s Orphan Picnic, better known as The Picnic for the Kids, all proceeds benefit The Children’s Home. The weather was hot and the action just as hot as players lined up and placed their dimes down on their lucky number with the hope of winning a box of their favorite Little Debbie Snack Cakes.

On August 23rd the Hibernians were prepared to award the second ever Hibernian Cup to the winner of the DeSales Holy Cross Football Game but Mother Nature had different thoughts as the Louisville area experienced torrential rain storms and the game was postpone till August 24th , at which time the Hibernian Cup was awarded to the victorious DeSales Colts.

Looking ahead, on September 12th, the Hibernians will be hosting our Fifth Annual Irish for Kids Golf Scramble at Seneca Golf Course, to benefit Boys and Girls Haven, over a hundred and twenty golfers will be taking on the course with hopes of making a hole in one resulting in a free trip to Ireland. Then it is on to our famous after party, Hooley at Molly Malone’s in the Highland. The real winner is the boys and girls. Last year we raised $5000 for Boys and Girls Haven.

Plans our in the works to hold our annual Half Way to St. Patrick’s Day Party at O’Shea’s a good time is always had by all.

On October 3rd, The Hibernians will be on the field to watch the Trinity and St. Xavier High School Football Game. This is one of the biggest high school football games in the country with over thirty thousand fans in attendance they will see an epic battle between these two fine catholic boys high schools. Keeping with tradition Mark Wakefield, president of The Abram J. Ryan Division will present the winner with the shillelagh, given annually to the winner of this heated battle.

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The Abram J. Ryan Division had a very busy month of March.  Our festivities started off with the AOH hosting their annual Wearin ‘O’ of the Green Party on March 3rd with about 150 of our closest friends. Everyone wore their best green outfits and enjoyed themselves.

For the last 36 years the Hibernians have held their annual Coloring Contest of St. Patrick. This year was no exception as we handed out over 5000 entries to area grade schools. The winners were recognized at our St. Patrick Mass Celebration. We hope this contest reinforces that St. Patrick was a real person and teaches the children of the symbolism of the Shamrock.

The big day arrived on March 10th and we began the day by hosting our breakfast with about 200 of our hungriest friends. Then we celebrated our St. Patrick Mass at St. Louis Bertrand Church.

Later that afternoon the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place under sunny skies. The parade honored First Responders, with representatives from police, fire and other emergency departments marching in the parade. The parade had over 120 entries, which consisted of bands, vehicle clubs, local unions, families, clans, pubs, taverns, and a wide variety of other contingents.

March 16, 2012, the Abram J. Division brought the corned beef and cabbage that was served at the Franciscan Shelter House. Member of the division were on hand to help out with the preparation, serving and clean up duties that day. Lunch was served to over 200 homeless men and women in the Louisville area.  I am proud to say this has become an annual event for Abram J. Ryan Division each year.

The division members enjoyed themselves and are already looking forward to next year’s St. Patrick ‘s Day Celebration.

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The Third Annual Ancient order of Hibernians’ Irish for Kids Golf Scramble was on September 16, 2011, with the proceeds benefiting Boys & Girls Haven. The luck of the Irish was definitely with us as 108 golfers took to the links on a beautiful sunny afternoon. Even though no one was luckily enough to win a trip to Ireland by making a hole-in-one everyone enjoyed themselves. The big winner of the day was Boys & Girls Haven as the scramble raised $7,500.

On September 30, The Trinity Shamrocks took on their archrivals, The St. X Tigers. This is one of the biggest high school football games in the nation. The Hibernians have a long tradition of presenting the winner of this heated contest with the shillelagh. This year was no exception as the Hibernians proudly awarded the victorious Trinity Shamrocks with the shillelagh as they defeated the St. X Tigers.


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Brothers from the great state of Kentucky celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in style this year starting out at a Mass, marching in the Louisville parade and then helping to feed the homeless.

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The AJ Ryan Division has been very busy the last few months getting ready for their St. Patrick’s celebration events.  The Celebration began on February 17th with the St. Practice Day held at the Titled Kilt. The event raised 0.00 that will be used for our St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  On March 5th, The AJ Ryan Division hosted their annual Wearin ‘O’ the Green Party at Bellarmine College with about 150 of our closest friends. There was fine food and live music by Cloigheann. On Sunday, March 6th we held our first ever Pre-Parade Party at O’Shea’s where parade packets and instructions were given out to our parade participants.  We requested youngsters to join in the festivities so once again we are holding our Coloring Contest of St. Patrick. We handed out over 5000 entries to area grade schools and the winners will be recognized at our St. Patrick Mass Celebration. On March 12th, we begin with our breakfast where we will sit down with over 300 of our hungriest friends and enjoy a delicious hot meal. Then we celebrate our St. Patrick Mass at St. Louis Bertrand at noon. Our St. Patrick’s Day Parade was also held on March 12th, this year’s theme is Hooley in the Highlands, AOH Celebrating 175 Years. The parade route covered about a mile in the heart of the Highlands.  The parade honored First Responders, with representatives from police, fire and other emergency responders marching in the parade. The parade has over 125 entries consisting of bands, vehicles, clubs, associations and a wide variety of other acts.  The parade drew more than 20,000 people.  After the parade a section of the route was closed to traffic and the crowd continued the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration being entertained by the music of 8 Inch Elvis. (…and you thought Elvis was dead).  We concluded our celebration on St. Patrick’s Day just like we have over the last twenty years serving an Irish Lunch consisting of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes to more than 400 homeless at the Franciscan Shelter.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to next year’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.


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On September 10, 2010, the AJ Ryan Division held their second annual Irish for Kids Golf Scramble with proceeds benefiting The Home of the Innocents. For over the past 50 years, two of Kentucky’s high school powerhouses, The Tigers of St. Xavier and The Shamrocks of Trinity, have completed for “The Shillelagh,” an Irish war club and symbol of great pride. The AJ Ryan Division is proud to have donated this worthy trophy and looks forward to presenting it to the victor each fall. Each year a medallion with the game’s score is added. On October 1, 2010, the president of the AJ Ryan Division, Mark Wakefield presented the shillelagh to the victorious Trinity Shamrocks. The game is one of the best attended high school games in the country.

On December 2, 2010, the AJ Ryan Division will be hosting their Irish Christmas benefiting Boy’s and Girl’s Haven.