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Dressed and Ready for the St Patrick's Parade and Festival in Downtown Greenville, SC March 14th STARTING 11:00am to 8pm

March 7, 2020

UPDATE  MARCH 12, 2020


St Patrick's Parade and Festival on March 14. 2020. HAS BEEN CANCELED....OFFICIAL STATEMENT FOLLOWS:

After consultation with local and state health authorities, including Governor McMaster and his staff and Mayor White’s office, the Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Committee has made the decision to officially postpone this weekend’s Parade and Festival. We may be able to host a festival or other procession at a later date but those details are unavailable at this time.

"I want to thank our Executive Board all for the incredible work we’ve done to put together what would have been a tremendous event for the city, however in light of the current environment and in the interest of protecting our volunteers and fellow citizens we felt this was the appropriate action at this time.”


A NEW DATE for an Irish Event will be posted when plans can be made....Keep coming back to this page to receive any information as soon as it is available.

Emmet Cahill, award-winning Irish tenor will perform in concert March 20th

February 13, 2020

PRESS RELEASE


Sony recording artist Emmet Cahill, an award-winning Irish tenor and a principal singer with PBS’s musical stage show Celtic Thunder, is back out on tour in the United States this spring and bringing his solo show to First United Methodist Church in Brevard on Friday, March 20th at 7:30 p.m. 

 

With a timeless voice and effortless elegance, Emmet will serenade the audience with a mix of traditional Irish tunes (“When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”, “Danny Boy”), beloved church hymns (“How Great Thou Art”), nostalgic favorites (“Moon River”) and Broadway classics (”On the Street Where You Live”, “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera).   He’ll also take audience requests during the popular “song request medley”, which often brings forth some delightful surprises!

In the five years that Emmet has toured as a solo artist, he's hit many milestones, including performing to a sold-out crowd at New York's Carnegie Hall.  His debut orchestral album, "Emmet Cahill's Ireland" went straight to Number #1 on the Billboard World Music charts and he has been a featured guest artist with several US symphonies.  He had the honor of opening the 2017 NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade with a tender rendition of "Danny Boy" and last year on this most celebrated day for the Irish, he was invited to sing at the famed St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Don’t miss this evening of songs and stories from the Emerald Isle!  General admission tickets are $30 and Meet & Greet + concert tickets are available for $45. Tickets may be purchased online at www.emmetcahill.com/tour-dates/ or at Highland Books in Brevard.

AOH supports our Veterans by donating to Upstate Warrior Solution

January 7, 2020

The Ancient Order of Hibernians donation received by the organization in Greenville, SC, known as the Upstate Warrior Solution  https://upstatewarriorsolution.org/      

UPSTATE    wARRIOR   sOLUTION'S    MISSION

Upstate Warrior Solution is a community-based, nonprofit organization serving warriors and their families in the Upstate of South Carolina. 

We CONNECT warriors to the resources they need and LEAD them through the process of self-empowerment. Knowing that warriors bring a wealth of skills and knowledge to the Upstate, we seek to INSPIRE the community to embrace them as valuable neighbors.

upstate   warrior   solution    SERVES   AND   HELPS

We offer supportive services to all Upstate warriors and their family members. We use the term “warrior” because we also serve Reservists, National Guard, and active duty, regardless of military branch, nature of discharge, or current life situation.  If you are an Upstate warrior or family member, we want to connect with you and help you thrive in our community. Whatever your current need may be – employment, navigating VA benefits, or simply meeting other warriors and military families in the Upstate – we want to support you.  


Our work is built on face-to-face outreach and case coordination. Our warrior advocates will help assess your current areas of need, connect you to our network of community resources, and help you generate goals and actionable steps towards your next mission in life.

Ancient Order of Hibernians Continues supporting the Clean Water Project

January 7, 2020

Ancient Order of Hibernians continues to support the Safe Water Project through the organization known as Wine To Water   https://www.winetowater.org/  On the Left, is a picture of a local community where funds we collect and donate are used to make water filters (effective technology transferred from the USA) that produces clean drinking water for families that previous had none....that's right none.  Previously, villagers obtained water for drinking, bathing, and cooking without any means to provide potable water that most of us in the world take for granted. Help us to continue supporting this humane effort through your donations to AOH and Wine To Water.

Greenville Ancient Order of Hibernians present a donation to Safe Harbor organization

January 5, 2020

The Ancient Order of Hibernians of Greenville (AOH) supports: SAFE HARBOR OF GREENVILLE

 

Safe Harbor's Mission

To provide a continuum of services for victims of domestic violence and their children, and to eliminate cultural acceptance of domestic violence through a coordinated community response, prevention and education.

Safe Harbor's Vision and Actions

To influence a culture where all people are safe and valued in their relationships.  Safe Harbor is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence in the upstate of South Carolina.

We offer a continuum of services, providing safe emergency sheltercounselingassistance with orders of protection, and transitional housing, as well as teen dating violence education and community outreach  in Greenville, Pickens, Anderson, and Oconee counties.

We have approximately 40 full-time staff, 20 part-time staff and over 300 volunteers, including our board of directors.

Together, we make a difference for victims of domestic violence and their children, providing them with safety and resources, helping them to heal, and giving them the support they need to start new lives.

     https://safeharborsc.org/

Ancient Order of Hibernians in South Carolina Announce Hibernian of the Year

December 26, 2019

At the AOH State Convention, Tom Ennis was announced as the Hibernian of the Year for South Carolina.  It is a well deserved honor as Tom as personally established a new AOH project for Clean Water through a local organization which has now merged into a National charity known as Wine To Water (WTW).  WTW provides various of methods (drilling, wells, etc) for people in areas where obtaining clean water is either difficult or impossible.  The activity that AOH has adopted is raising money for water filters that are made locally to clean water from ponds and streams in Africa that previously only been suited for animals, and yet through a simple but ingenious method provides clean drinking water in quantities for families.   The Greenville AOH was the initial starting point for raising funds for this worthy cause and due to Tom's efforts, have branched out throughout the state of South Carolina as well as national (which was recognized this year at the National Convention in Louisville) where a sizeable donation was received.

Donation checks presented to St Joseph's Catholic School in Greenville, SC

December 26, 2019

Representative of St Joseph's Catholic School in Greenville, SC receiving State AOH and Greenville Division AOH checks at Christmas time for their continue excellence in education that the Catholic school provides for those in the Greenville metro area.

Donation check to The Monastery of St Clare

December 26, 2019

Tom Ennis presenting a check from the Greenville Ancient Order of Hibernians in support of the good works and prayers of the sisters at the Monastery of St Clare

March 27, 2019

THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE ....   EASTER  IS  COMING ......

CELTIC WOMAN COMING TO GREENVILLE, SC MARCH 15th, 2109

February 21, 2019

CELTIC WOMAN

Grammy nominated sensation, Celtic Woman

"Ancient Land"  North American tour

coming to


Peace Center, Greenville, March 15th 2019


Celtic Woman appearing at 8:00PM at the Peace Center

300 South Main Street, Greenville SC, 29601

Tickets: http://www.celticwoman.com

Box Office: 864.467.3000

DISCOUNT CODE: IRISH

Father Francisco Javier Oñate Vargas IS Ordained as a Priest

February 13, 2019

Deacon Francisco Javier Oñate Vargas was ordained a priest by The Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, D.D., at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Greenwood, South Carolina on February 11, 2019.  Father Vargas' education as a seminarian was followed by the Greenville Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and now he serves as a Priest in our diocese.

2019 Greenville St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival - March 16, 2019

January 9, 2019

NOMA Square220 North Main Street, Greenville, South Carolina 29601     MARCH 16, 2019


Parade will kick off at 11am from County Square and ends at the festival - NOMA Square - which runs from 12pm to 6pm. Please join us for our great annual tradition to celebrate Irish heritage.

Please join us and this year's honorees:

Former U.S. Sec. of Education and S.C. Governor, Dick Riley- Grand Marshall
City of Greenville, Chief of Police, Ken Miller-Parade Commander
President of WYFF, John Humphries-Irish Businessman of the Year
Owner of Connolly’s, Suzanne Coe-Irishwoman of the Year
Founder of Greenville Ancient Order of Hibernians, Tom Bryan-
Irishman of the Year

A Village receives life-saving clean water filters provided by the AOH

October 17, 2018

We support the SafeWater NOW project that provides clean drinking water via inexpensive water filters made locally that last at least 5 years for the entire family...a LIFE changer for people in Africa that don't enjoy our comfort of turning on our local facet for clean water. See pics that show the holding container for the filtration system, not in the picture. Water source comes from local ponds and streams where the animals wash, drink, etc, and the filter system provides clean water for cooking, drinking and other needs for clean water. What a Charity can do through individual people for those in need of a basic human need!

AOH Supports Schools throughout South Carolina and the USA

September 5, 2018

AOH Scholarship Opportunities

The South Carolina Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians offers several opportunities for the children and grandchildren of their members, including local Catholic High Schools throughout South Carolina, and in particular, St Joseph's High School located at 100 St Joseph's Drive in Greenville, SC.,  864-234-9009.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians from the National HQ, State of South Carolina, and the Greenville Division # 1, supports SAFE WATER NOW, Inc.

August 29, 2018

SAFE Water Now, Inc. is a U.S. non-profit providing expertise, services, and resources to solve the problem of unsafe drinking water in Tanzania.  The Village Potters in Ashville, N.C. receives donations, gives direction and expertise for the construction of water filters on site in East Africa.

Safe Water Now's  manufacturing partner in Arusha, Tanzania produces a high quality, yet affordable, household ceramic water filter.  At a purchase price of only $40 USD, the filter produces sufficient safe drinking water for a family for 5 years.  Although filters are affordable for many, donations allow filters to be delivered to the most charitable class, usually women and children.  In this case, filters are delivered along with water and hygiene educational workshops.

Introducing a new and effective household water treatment to Tanzania also provides economic opportunities for the people of Tanzania.   New jobs are created in manufacturing, sales, education, and transportation.  SAFE Water Now is an all-volunteer organization committed to saving lives by providing a sustainable solution to the safe water problem in East Africa.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/safewaternow/about/?ref=page_internal 

http://www.safewaternow.org/ 

The Ancient Order of Hibernians supports the Upstate Warrior Solution in Greenville, SC

August 27, 2018

    Upstate Warrior Solution is a community based not-for-profit organization that generates quality of life solutions for Upstate veterans, active duty, National Guard, and Reserve warriors and their families.   UWS services span the following counties in the Upstate: Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens.

    The UWS model is centralized around face to face outreach to the warrior community, and service lines include Mentorship, Healthcare and Benefits, Education and Training, Housing, and Employment.  The model does NOT facilitate handouts, but dictates that warrior walk alongside his or her peer mentor, program manager, or social worker in a team environment to generate goals and actionable solutions.  

The Ancient Order of Hibernians supports A Childs' Haven in Greenville, SC

August 27, 2018

A Child’s Haven treats children with developmental delays as a result of limited resources, abuse, or neglect, and provides support and education for both the child and their families. We’re guided by our Executive Director’s vision to ensure that all children in our community are prepared to start school and have families that nurture their success.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians supports THE MEYERS CENTER in Greenville, SC

August 27, 2018

The Meyers Center  turns obstacles into opportunities. The Meyer Center gives pre-school children the education, therapy, guidance, and care they need to grow and evolve developmentally. Prior to entering the Early Childhood Education Program, each child undergoes a screening and evaluation conducted by Meyer Center therapists and teachers to determine needs and program eligibility.

Irish Service and Class In Louisville, Kentucky, at Our National Convention

July 25, 2018

The Louisville Metro Police Department's unit, Pipes And Drums, displayed its talents and Class at our National Convention that was held in July in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.  March on IRISH !!!

Read and think about THE MARTIN McGUINNESS PRINCIPLES

June 29, 2018

The Leprechaun's Pot of Gold has been found !

March 31, 2018

Our busy V.P. searched the Festival and found the Leprechaun's Pot of Gold and and awards the raffle prize of $ 500 to a lucky family !!!

In the midst of all the festivities - UP POPS the Leprechaun !!

March 26, 2018

Finally, the Leprechaun has been sighted...........does anyone have a clue where his pot of Gold is?

DRY SLIDE IN PROGRESS

March 19, 2018

You have arrived at the Dry Slide.............go Around a few times and enjoy.


Oh, what a great way to enjoy such a Sunny Day !!!  Life is GOOD.

Visiting the Bouncy House Inflatable

March 19, 2018

Gee, those kids are really having fun, wish they would hurry up, I want to be NEXT !

Everyone Loves Popcorn

March 19, 2018

Time out for a bag of popcorn before moving on to the Bouncy House and Dry Slide....what a great day, sun shining, and still more fun.

AOH Wives introduce the children to a New craft

March 19, 2018

Children at the Festival found many activities of interest including instructors teaching a new art craft, while waiting for Face Painting and balloons created into moving animals!

The Venturing Crew with a Piper

March 19, 2018

The Venturing Crew 420 donated MANY hours to help make the Festival a success and got a flavor of Greenville's Irishness.

Opening Ceremony marching through the Festival

March 19, 2018

Flying the Colors of the American Flag and the Irish Republic.  Knights of Columbus joined the ceremony along with members of the AOH and the Cara Club.

Festival Activities

February 17, 2018

Yes, there was NO Parade on March 11th due to the ALL DAY rain fest that hit Greenville, HOWEVER, we were able to scamble and still had the Festival, on SATURDAY, ST PATRICK'S DAY, March 17, 2018.  There were people from all walks of life enjoying great Irish music, stories..everyone has got one..and entered their opportunity to win $500....at no cost to you.  The winner was a very happy couple that was a bit down on their luck and really needed the prize to provide for their family.

Many people took selfies with friends and those costumed in Green for fun and memories. Meanwhile, the children enjoyed the inflatables - Bouncy House and The DRY SLIDE. For the adventuresome there was Face Painting and the Balloon Man provided your favorite animal image.