New York County Ancient Order of Hibernians Irish-language Mass

The New York County Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral invite all to celebrate an Irish-language Mass.

Saturday, March 10, 12 p.m.
Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
Mott Street between Prince and Houston Streets

Father Andrew O’Connor of St. Mary’s Church in Manhattan will be the celebrant. Liturgical music will be performed on the Basilica’s historic 1868 Henry Erben Organ by resident organist Jared Lamenzo, and Paddy Connolly will be the Cantor. There will be readings in Gaelic by several guests.

After the Holy Mass, there will be a party held in the St. Patrick’s Youth Center with Traditional Irish music performed live. There will be Irish Soda Bread, food and beverages available.

So, we will enjoy the Mass, followed by ceili (great music), craic (great conversation), dancing, and refreshments. Come and join us to celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick!

There is absolutely no charge to attend. Free-will contributions will be gratefully accepted.

Knock Visionary John Curry Laid to Rest At St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral


Members of the AOH were honored to participate in a very special Mass that was held this weekend at The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City.

John Curry, one of the 15 witnesses to the apparition of the Virgin Mary in Knock, Ireland in 1879 was reinterred in the walled cemetery on the Basilica grounds after a Requiem Mass celebrated by Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

It was discovered several years ago that John Curry had been placed in an unmarked grave on Long Island after his death in 1943. Cardinal Dolan, along with Fr. Gibbons, the Pastor of Knock Shrine worked to have his remains brought to St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral for a proper Christian Burial.

Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians assisted in the celebration of the Mass. The AOH Capital District Honor Guard was also present and worked with the Knights of Columbus in ensuring the ceremony was respectful and dignified. Several AOH Chaplains con-celebrated the Mass and were lead by State Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid.

The New York State Board congratulates National Hunger Chairman Thomas Beirne and his committee on helping to organize a very successful and solemn event!

Archbishop John Hughes Memorial Dedicated in NYC

Cardinal Dolan reads the inscription on The Archbishop Hughes Memorial in the front courtyard of The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.

The AOH of greater New York took part in a historic moment yesterday as Timothy Cardinal Dolan visited The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral to unveil a monument dedicated to the first Archbishop of New York, John Hughes.



The memorial was unveiled and blessed during a Vespers Service in which a capacity crowd of over 750 worshipers left standing room only inside the 200 year old church.
The 12 foot tall memorial, which features a bust of Archbishop Hughes, was created by renowned sculptor Rowan Gillespie. Funds for the memorial were provided by The Knights of Columbus, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Morris County, and The Ancient Order of Hibernians of New York County.

20151122_151453Members of the AOH surround the Basilica in the 1844 defense re-enactment.


There was an particularly proud moment before the Vespers Service began as members of The Ancient Order of Hibernians surrounded the Basilica in a re-enactment of the events of 1844, where then Archbishop John Hughes called out the members of the AOH to defend the church from being burned to the ground by native No-Nothing mobs.



Capacity crowds in The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City


Cardinal Dolan spoke of the historical importance of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, while also speaking of the bright future for the church and its parishioners. “This church is not a museum”, said Dolan, “This Cathedral is also a living, breathing and vibrant parish!” Cardinal Dolan also noted that he was proud to be wearing a cross that had belonged to Archbishop Hughes.

The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral


The ceremonies marked the completion of the 6 year long celebration marking the 200th anniversary of the founding of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Msgr. Sakano, the Pastor of the Basilica, thanked the many people who made this day possible. “This Church will always be your home” said Sakano when thanking the AOH.


You can view additional pictures of the day’s events

by visiting The New York State AOH Flickr Account.

  Click on the picture below to visit the picture album.

Archbishop Hughes Memorial Dedication

Archbishop John HughesThe Archbishop Hughes Memorial will be unveiled on Sunday, November 22, 2015 by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan at The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in SoHo/Little Italy downtown Manhattan in the area formerly known as the Five Points. It is fitting that there will finally be a lasting tribute to the legendary Archbishop John Hughes also known as “Dagger John”, a native of Tyrone, Ireland.   It is hard to believe, the unveiling of the Archbishop Hughes Memorial and the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral is almost upon us. The monument was erected this past Saturday and is amazing. The contributions from the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and The Knights of Columbus have been strong and made this possible. We want to make sure you have the opportunity to celebrate this event. There are many events planned over the entire weekend, starting with a reception Thursday night (11/19) at the Fighting 69th Armory, all the way up to the Sunday Vespers and memorial unveiling by Cardinal Dolan (11/22).  Click  here for a promotional piece on the unveiling of the monument and the final event in the 6 year celebration of the 200th Anniversary of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.  Click here for the Sunday 11/22 agenda and click here for a list of events throughout the weekend celebration. There are no tickets and cost for the Sunday Vespers event. It will be general seating on a first come basis. There will be overflow seating in the Youth Center.

Please contact Thomas Beirne, District 4 Director, NY State Board AOH with any questions and to RSVP for any of the weekend events.

Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral

Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

AOH New York County Board- A Taste of Guatemala Fundraiser

The New York County Board of The Ancient Order of Hibernians will be co-hosting with The Knights of Columbus The Second Annual “A Taste of Guatemala” Fundraiser on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7:00pm.  The event will be held in The Youth Center at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, 263 Mulberry Street New York, NY 10012.  In the spirit of Christian Charity, the AOH is honoring the tradition of Irish Missionaries who served the poorest of the poor in far off lands.  Your support benefits The Friends of St. Lucas who raise money to support The Hospital Obras Sociales de Monsignor Gregory Schaffer.  The event will have a full dinner tasting menu, as well as a cash bar and raffles throughout the event. Opportunities are available to purchase tickets and/or journal ads.    We will also be honoring Siobhan Dennehy (Emerald Isle Immigration Center), Carmine Musumeci (NYS Deputy-Knights of Columbus), and Fr. Andrew O’Connor (Pastor of St. Mary’s Church and The Founder of Goods of Conscience).  Tickets are $25.00 per person in advance, $30.00 per person at the door.  For more information, contact James Hamilton at (646) 406-5804 or at  More information can also be obtained by visiting The K of C website