We are a Division of the Ancient Order of Hiberians in America, serving as a Catholic Irish Fraternal Organization for Loudoun County, Virginia
We are a Division of the Ancient Order of Hiberians in America, serving as a Catholic Irish Fraternal Organization for the Ashburn area of Loudoun County, VA. As such, we espouse the principles of Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity.
Some of our events include an Annual Trip to Ireland Raffle, the proceeds of which support our charitable goals. We work with other community, fraternal, and religious organizations such as the Knights for Columbus to provide Sweats for Vets. You will see us marching in local Irish festivals and parades in Manassas, Alexandria, and Leesburg, VA. We also support Right To Life, Irish Catholic Causes, and local Irish immigration causes.
We meet monthly at the Belmont Green Community Center, 43003 Chesterton St., Ashburn VA 20147.
Our Division honors Col. Thomas J. Cunningham. In the words of one of our original members, the late Ned Woisard, “Thomas J. Cunningham, Jr. was a gentleman — and a gentle man. He was considerate, kind, outgoing, warm, friendly. He personified the Christian ideal — wherever he went, he sowed joy. He was a communicator! He was trained in communications; he practiced communications; toward the end, in a sense, he taught communications.
Tom was born in Pittsburgh on September 19, 1918, found his way to the University of Indiana for his Bachelor’s Degree, then to American University for a Master’s Degree in Public Relations. He enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private in 1941 and, 26 years later, retired as a colonel. While in the Army, he was a communicator. In Vietnam, he was Chief of Communications for General Westmoreland, was responsible for Radio Saigon and was a major factor in introducing military and civilian television into the Republic of Vietnam. Tom was editor of ARMOR MAGAZINE and European editor of STARS AND STRIPES, the two largest circulation publications in the Armed Services. Among other awards, he received THE LEGION OF MERIT and the BRONZE STAR.
Later as a civilian, Tom directed communications and magazine programs for five national organizations, including the National Defense Transportation Association, and the Retired Officers Association. Toward the end of his life, he was a Communications and Marketing Consultant to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association and the American Society of Naval Engineers. Tom was a communicator to the end.
Looking at the more personal side, Tom was Vice President of the Col. Fitzgerald Division, the largest AOH Division in Virginia, and a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. He was also a daily communicant, an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, and an altar server (when needed). He was a true Christian, always a source of joy to those around him, always a calming influence in times of stress, always willing to pitch in and help — or take the lead if necessary. He was a most convivial spirit, good company, a friend to all. Tom was an outstanding communicator and, most of all, he communicated love!
Thomas J. Cunningham entered eternal life on June 26, 1995. One of his four daughters, Barbara Lynn, predeceased him in 1953 and his wife, Marcella, died in 1997. His surviving daughters are Connie Venberg of Paradise Valley, Arizona; Sally Dina of Brentwood, Tennessee; Kathryn Starr, of Roswell, Georgia. One of his three brothers, Martin, of Annandale, Virginia, is a member of the Cardinal Cushing Division of the AOH.
This description may make Tom appear to be a saint and it would not surprise me a bit if he were standing in the presence of the Lord right now! But let’s play it safe! Please keep Tom in your prayers – and also the Col. Thomas J. Cunningham, Jr. Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians!”
New post (AOH Repeats Call for US Northern Ireland Special Envoy After Arrest of Loughinisland Journalists) has been published on The Ancient Order of Hibernians
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The countdown is on for the 2018 Alexandria Irish Festival! To get you even more excited, here is the entertainment line-up! Count on us to provide you with some of the best local Irish/Celtic entertainment in the area. We would like to welcome newbies this year: Shannon Dunne Dance, Wayne Jordan, The Irish Breakfast Band, and Foley School of Irish Dance!
11:00 – 11:30 Boyle School of Irish Dance
11:30 – 12:00 Shannon Dunne Dance
12:00 Opening Ceremonies
12:15 – 12:40 McGrath Academy of Irish Dance
12:40 – 1:15 Kaitlyn Likas “The Wild Irish Rose”
1:15 – 2:00 Wayne Jordan
2:00 – 2:40 O’Neill-James School of Irish Dance
2:40 – 3:30 The Irish Breakfast Band
3:30 – 4:00 Foley School of Irish Dance
4:00 – 4:45 Pat Garvey
4:45 – 5:30 City of Washington Pipe Band
5:30 – 6:00 Culkin School of Irish Dance/Culkin Live
6:10 – 7:00 The Shamrockrs
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irishcentral.com This is shaping up as one of the most dangerous times for the Good Friday Agreement since it initially bedded down 20 years ago. It would be all too easy to tear it apart.
catholicherald.com The name of Fitzgerald Square in Old Town Alexandria was changed to King Street Park at the Waterfront. The Ancient Order of Hibernians and others are fighting the change with a petition.
A little delayed, but here is a recap of our final day. Some great resolutions and discussions were had, check out the action below:
irishcentral.com Speaking from their Nation Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, National President James McKay of the Ancient Order of Hibernians addressed reports of the recent outbreak of violence in Northern Ireland.
Want to know what's going on in Louisville? Here's a brief recap of the action as of Friday afternoon. (Thanks to Brothers Jim April and Stephen Sullivan for this suggestion.)
I spoke with brother John O'Dwyer in Louisville today and we're trying to not have to open the River Cruise and Evan Williams experience to the public. These events are during the free night (Thursday) at the National Convention. If you're interested is attending either one of these events please visit the convention store at:
Happy Father’s Day! ☘️🇮🇪
2018 AOH scholarship winners from St. Theresa’s School! CONGRATULATIONS!! ☘️🇮🇪
2018 AOH scholarship winners from St. Joseph’s School! CONGRATULATIONS!! ☘️🇮🇪
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onepeterfive.com It’s Memorial Day here in the United States today, and as is human nature, we use our holidays to get together with family, to cook and enjoy good food and drink, and to treat the day of rest we have …
Defend Irish Heritage Restore Fitzgerald Square as Name for Alexandria’s Waterfront Park!
change.org City of Alexandria: Defend Irish Heritage Restore Fitzgerald Square as Name for Alexandria’s Waterfront Park
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