National Meeting and President’s Testimonial Dinner

The LAOH National Interim Board meeting will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel, Elizabeth, NJ 07201.  Room rate is $119.00 plus tax. Cutoff date for room rate is 9/20/2015.  Further details will be mailed out to all States by the end of May. Meeting: General membership Saturday, October 24, 2015 starting at 9:30 a.m. Below are the links for Testimonial Dinner Reservations and for an ad in the Testimonial Journal.  Information will also be posted on the separate tab for “National Meeting and Testimonial Dinner”

LAOH Testimonial Journal Ad Form

National President’s Testimonial Dinner

Freedom For All Ireland

We still collect all year for the FFAI CHRISTMAS APPEAL

The FFAI money has been sent to this year’s recipients. The AOH chose the charities. There are some very worthwhile charities such as the Omagh Community Youth Choir which brings young people from both communities together through music. The entire list of recipients is posted on our website. Please remember to think about making a donation at you state convention. PLEASE appoint a FFAI Chairwoman and send me your contact information. Make checks out to AOH FFAI Christmas Appeal and mail to me, Peggy Cornish, 141 N Kinsella Ave Covina CA 91724. It is very important that the checks be mailed to me for accounting reasons.

May the Blessings of St Brigid be upon you,

Peggy Cornish, LAOH National Freedom for All Ireland Chair

Here is a link to the Recipient’s Contact Information. This information is also posted on the FFAI page.

 FFAI Recipient’s Contact Info 2014-2015

750 Club


Anyone who still have 750 Club Stubs need to return them to me ASAP. I have sent an email blast out to the email addresses I have concerning this matter.

If you do not wish to participate I need the stubs back since there are only 750 tickets and I may be able to sell them to someone else.  If you decide to participate now please send the check made payable to LAOH, Inc and mailed to me at:

Colleen Bowers
1404 Swantek Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15204

This fundraiser is one of our main Fundraising ventures for the National Board. If you have already have participated or wish to now I thank you for supporting the National Board!

As always any questions do not hesitate in contacting me at or 412-498-3392.

In Our Motto,

Colleen Bowers
National LAOH Fundraising Chair

Passing of Past National President Eleonore Grimley

It is with deep sorrow I inform you of the death of LAOH Past National President (2002-2004) Eleonore I. Grimley. Eleonore died on Monday, April 20, 2015 of Alexandria, VA. Beloved wife of Arthur T. Grimley; cousin Diane Legelier of Montreal, Canada.

VIEWING: JEFFERSON FUNERAL CHAPEL, 5755 Castlewellan Drive, Alexandria,VA,

MASS of Christian burial Wednesday, April 29 at 10:30 am at
St. Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Church, 6222 Franconia Rd., Alexandria,VA
INTERMENT at a later date. –
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Eleonore was a member of LAOH Division One, Fairfax, VA; she served in many positions and levels of the LAOH including National President from 2002-2004.
As President on September 29, 2002 Eleanor Grimley, National President Ladies AOH and Ned McGinley, AOH National President, presented Rep.Smith with the Sean MacBride Human Rights Award.
As National President on January 22, 2003 signed an agreement with Trinity College to continue the LAOH Lillian E. Fay Scholarship at Trinity College in Washington, D.C. The document updated our agreement to continue the Lillian E. Fay Scholarship with the approved stipulations agreed upon at our National Convention in Connecticut. President Eleonore Grimley, Vice-president Mary T. Leathem, Legal Counsel Patricia Doyle, and Past National President Mary B. Dolan met on
22 January 2003 with Trinity President Patricia McGuire and Anne Pauley, VP of Institutional Advancement.

_[Excerpt from __Arlington Catholic Herald, 2002]_

Eleonore Grimley, a parishioner at St. Lawrence Parish in Alexandria,was unanimously voted president of the LAOH during a three-day meeting at Foxwoods Casino and Resort in Ledyard, Conn.
Grimley has worked with the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians since 1988 when she worked to bring the Hibernians’ convention to Virginia. In 1992, she was elected to her first post on the National Board.


Eleonore Grimley was employed by CMAA and was the Director of Office and Property Management. In her position, Mrs. Grimley utilizes her extensive experience in the human resources and benefits fields and her background in the facility/property management area. She has been certified as completing a six-year professional development program for Association Executives (summer curriculum). Before joining CMAA, she worked for Fortune 500 corporations and a major trade association representing the electrical industry.
Her professional memberships include the Society for Human Resource Management and the American Society of Association Executives. Also, she is a National Officer in a LAOH and is heavily involved in local charitable associations.

Please stop and say a prayer for Eleonore and her family. May she rest in peace. Until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Mary Hogan
National President
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians

Molly O’Reilly

Molly O’Reilly was a young brave woman. She was chosen by James
Connelly to raise the Green Harp Flag of Ireland over Liberty Hall.
Molly first went to Liberty Hall to learn Irish Dancing. She heard
Connolly speak and was inspired. During the Lock Out in 1913, she
carried messages to the strikers from Connolly. After the Howth
Gunrunning, she bravely hid under her bed some of the smuggled
weapons. During the Rising, Molly served with the City Hall
Garrison. She was a courier sending messages between City Hall and
the GPO. Her activities were unknown to her father who was a
supporter of the crown. The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
honor Molly in the Commemorative Pin.

Please see the history page for an informational post on Molly O’Reilly.

Remember the Women of 1916

Marilyn Madigan, National Historian, has added two new documents. The first on is “Remember Women of 1916” and the second one is “Women of 1916 Garrison Assignments.” These are two interesting documents, please take a moment and read them. The can be found on the Irish History page.

Irish History Writing Contest New Brochure

I would like to thank all Division, County and State Irish Historians for their dedication in promoting our Irish and Irish American History. April 2015 is the 150th Anniversary of the end of the American Civil War and our topic was The Role of the Irish People in the American Civil War. It is fitting that the winners of the National Irish History Contest will be announced in early April. I hope that the Role of the Irish was remembered at your Division, County and State Meetings.

April 24, 2015 is the 99th Anniversary of the Easter Rising. I would recommend that our Divisions, Counties and States plan events throughout the year to commemorate this important time in Irish History. The topic for the 2015-2016 History Contest is The Involvement of Woman in the 1916 Easter Rising. This topic was selected to honor the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising. I have already started researching this topic. At this time, I recommend the following: Renegades Irish Republican Women 1900-1922 by Ann Matthews, No Ordinary Women: Irish Female Activists in the Revolutionary Years 1900-1923 by Sinead McCoole and Cumann na mBan and the Irish Revolution by Cal McCarthy.

Here is the new brochure: Irish History Brochure 2015-2016 “The Involvement of Women in the 1916 Easter Rising.”