History of the LAOH

A Sisterhood of Irish and Irish-American Catholic women, The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. is a National organization.  It was officially recognized in Omaha, Nebraska in 1894 as the “Daughters of Erin.” The primary purpose at that time was to protect young immigrant Irish girls coming to the United States, to assist them in securing employment, to give them the opportunity to be with their own kind, and to keep them from becoming homesick and discouraged.

TODAY, the organization has changed in many ways but still holds true to our motto of “Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.” We are pledged to God and Country. We are a Catholic Action organization whose focus is to keep before the country and the world the fact that the Irish and their descendants are foremost among the people of the world in faith, in patriotism, in a sense of justice and in the spirit of self-sacrifice in their love for true liberty and peace.  Our Patroness is Saint Brigid.

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