Ancient Order of Hibernians
Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity
1916 Easter Rising Commemoration
February 1st is the feast day of St Brigid of Kildare. St Brigid is the patroness saint of Ireland
and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. Her feast day symbolizes the start of spring in Ireland.
National Ancient Order of Hibernians in America celebrated the
Centenary of the Easter Rising in New York City on April 23, 2016 with
a Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral. A piped procession followed
from the cathedral to the plaza on Park Avenue where the office of the
Consul General is located. There was a reading of the
Proclomation and speeches to commemorate the 100 year anniversary.
The “Honor Our History” pinsThe symbolism of the pin is:The
building in the background is the General Post Office in Dublin. The
Pin has a blue background which is the national color of Ireland that
acknowledges the independent (and 32-county) Ireland that had existed
hundreds of years earlier and should exist now.The flag is the tri-color which is the national flag of Ireland.Green - signifying Irish Catholics and the republican causeWhite - representing the hope for peace between them and a united IrelandOrange - standing for Irish Protestants, the North.The
Easter lily in the center of the flag was introduced in 1926 by Cumann
na mBan. It was sold to help support the families that had lost loved
woman is wearing the Cumann na mBan uniform which translates as the
Women’s League; Cumann na mBan was originally formed to complement the
Irish Volunteers. The women of the Cumann na mBan fought next to the
men at the Rising. The Cumann na mBan was officially founded on the 2th
April 1914 at a meeting in held Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin led by Agnes
O’Farrelly. She also was inspired by Mollie O’Reilly. On 16 April 1916
the flag of the Irish Republic, with the harp but without the crown,
was first raised over the hall; Molly O’Reilly, aged fifteen, unfurled
it. Connolly handed the flag to her and said: ‘I hand you this flag as
the sacred emblem of Ireland’s unconquered soul’. Mary Shannon, a
machinist at the Liberty Hall shirt-making cooperative, made the flag.The
chain around the pin represents the chains that Kathleen Clarke wore
when she was sworn in as the first female Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1939.
Her first action as Lord Mayor was to reject the Lord Mayor's chain,
because it had been presented to the city by William of Orange. A
smaller chain, the City Chain, was hastily produced. She said she would
wear Her chains till Ireland is free.
is a special project of the
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
To Honor the Women of the Rising.