Honor Our History Pin-Symbols Explained

Women of the Easter Rising Pin


The “Honor Our History” pins      is a special project of the    Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians to Honor the Women of the Rising.


The 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 cause

White – representing the hope for peace between them and a united Ireland

Orange – 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 ones.

The 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.

These limited edition pins are still available for purchase.

*corrections made and updated 11/16/15



There will only be 100 pieces of this Commemorative Harp sculpture made. Each piece will be signed and numbered. Tickets are $5.00 each. Drawing will be held on April 23 in New York during the Commemoration Event.

All States, Counties and Divisions will be receiving 25 tickets. The flyer is available to download and print on the Fundraising Page.

National Fundraiser








Christmas Appeal

We have a change in the Christmas appeal this year.
All checks are to be made out to “LAOH INC.”
with FFAI Christmas Appeal in the memo.

This was changed by a unanimous vote by the National Board of the LAOH at our recent National Board meeting. Please pass this information on to all your division’s; we don’t want to have checks we are unable to deposit, this will only delay your donations from being processed in a timely manner. We are still participating with the AOH on the Christmas Appeal but we will be holding the money till the charities are chosen.
Will you help us and be a “Christmas Angel”? Please help us with our Annual Christmas Appeal which allows us to bring gifts to God’s children of Ireland. For all our Christmas Angels that make donations we will have a mass celebrated in your honor at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in Ireland. It is time for our Christmas Appeal. This appeal helps support charities that are working for a lasting and just peace in Ireland. Our goal is to increase the membership in the ten dollar club, which is a voluntary individual donation. This is simple if every member donates at least ten dollars and encourages  their divisions, State and County Boards to do even better, think of how much we can do toward a lasting peace with a United 32 County Ireland. If this campaign continues to grow we must have better participation than we have had in the past. Only a small percentage of the divisions, County Boards, State Boards and individual have participated. I believe that the participation will be much higher if we take more time to talk about the charities and what they do. They do some wonderful work. Please take some time to look at the web sites. Each individual person, division, county, State or National Board that donates over $1000.00 dollar will be recognized with a special award. Remember Sisters it is never too late to do God’s work, please start by appointing a FFAI Chairwoman at all levels of the Order. Tell every state, county & division it is their responsibility to mail this to every member for individual donations as well as division/county/or state fundraising. Take a collection at your state board meeting, hold a little raffle, give up a cup of coffee once a week and send the money to the Christmas Appeal for Ireland. Challenge your kids, Grand kids, family and friends to help. This is not just a Hibernian thing everyone is welcome to contribute.

Please make checks out to LAOH Inc.
with FFAI Christmas Appeal in the memo
Mail them to: LAOH National FFAI – Peggy Cornish, 141 N. Kinsella Ave, Covina CA 91724.

Additional information and forms are on the FFAI Page.

Support for a U.S. Postage Stamp Honoring the 1916 Proclamation

ProclamationThe American Irish Teachers Association is working to have a commemorative stamp issued in recognition of the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.  Such recognition is not without precedent, in 1989 the U.S. Postal Service recognized the 200th Anniversary of France’s Bastille Day and the start of the French Revolution, it is equally fitting that the Easter Rising should similarly be commemorated.  Though often absent from school history books, Ireland was an early and unfailing supporter of the fledgling United State as noted by George Washington: “Ireland, thou friend of my country in my country’s most friendless days, much injured, much enduring land, accept this poor tribute from one who esteems thy worth, and mourns thy desolation. May the God of Heaven, in His justice and mercy, grant thee more prosperous fortunes, and in His own time, cause the sun of Freedom to shed its benign radiance on the Emerald Isle.” It is therefore right and fitting that the USPS should recognize the Centenary of the start of the “the sun of Freedom to shed its benign radiance on the Emerald Isle.”

The proposed model for the stamp would have illustrations of the Declaration of Independence and the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic flanking the Light of Liberty under a banner containing the words “Liberty’s Legacy.”

Click HERE for Sample Letter for 1916 Stamp.   Certainly such a worthy project is worth a few minutes time and a stamp to see that the rebirth of the Irish Nation, a constant friend to the United States,  is celebrated.