AOH Cattaraugus County, Division 2
The Ancient Order of Hibernians Cattaraugus County Division 2 is a non-profit organization in Olean, NY dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Irish culture, founded on February 12, 1984. Presently, the division has over 100 members. Our primary goal is to foster and preserve Irish culture, history, and traditions among area residents. We have occupied our club hall on West State Street in Olean, NY since 1996, and sponsor various activities including a St. Patrick's Day Hooley, an annual academic scholarship, a yearly Irish Festival, and much more.
In order to become a member, a male must be of Irish decent through either parent, and be a practicing Catholic. Social memberships are open to men not meeting these criteria. Applications for membership are available from any current A.O.H. member, or by contacting us.
For women, there is a separate organization, the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.
AOH National History
The A.O.H. was founded in Ireland in 1856 to protect the rights of persecuted Catholic priests. It was first organized in America in 1836 in New York City to protect Catholic churches, and militarily defeated mobs of men calling themselves "Know Nothings" (anti-immigrants who burned places of worship to the ground). Later, the A.O.H. offered protection and shelter to the thousands of native Irish families forced to leave Ireland because of the potato famine of the 1840's. Despite the difficulties it had to endure in its early years, the A.O.H. has grown into the largest and most influential Irish heritage organization in the world today.
Visit our AOH national web site for details about the history of the organization.