The newest Ancient Order of Hibernians Major Degree Team is the Carraig Phadraig Major Degree Team in South Carolina. The team has been practicing for over a year and was chaired by Past State President Neil Diamond. National Ritual Chairman Patrick Shannon certified it at the 7th bi-annual State Convention in Charleston on October 22.
The Rock of Cashel (Irish: Carraig Phadraig), also known as Cashel of Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock is a historic site in Ireland’s province of Munster, located at Cashel, South Tipperary. The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster for several hundred years. Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century.
The Msgr. John L Manning Division in Charleston County and the Brian Boru Division in Berkeley County formed the team. It includes members from Horry and Beaufort counties. Key members are Al Stiles, Jim Kelly, Tim Keneflick, James Nettles and Martin Fosberry.
At the 7th bi-annual convention, the team performed its first Major Degree for a group of 49 new candidates. This brings the state to 170 major degree members out of a total of more than 500 members. Candidates came from all nine Divisions in South Carolina. The team held a practice for National Ritual Chairman Patrick Shannon on Friday before the convention. He made several small suggestions to help improve the team performance. National Director Len Byrne, Past New York State President John Hennessey and National President Seamus Boyle also attended the degree.