Bagpipe and Drumming Courses

 

The Wake Co. AOH in partnership with Wake & District Pipe Band is offering beginning bagpipe and drumming lessons starting soon!

For more information simply complete the sign up form below.

“You don’t learn to play the Great Highland pipes on a bagpipe,” said Joe Brady, who will instruct the beginning bagpipe class, “We learn to play on a small instrument known as a practice chanter.” Prospective drummers use practice pads and drum sticks to learn their craft.

“Loaner” practice chanters” will be provided free of charge and that are much quieter than a bagpipe. Committed students are encourage to purchase a practice chanter of their own.

Instruction is designed to introduce basic rudiments and skills needed to play the bagpipe or drum. Prior musical experience or the ability to read music is not a prerequisite. There will be a nominal fee to cover the costs of materials, as well as, sticks and pads for drummers.

Simply fill out the form on this page to receive additional information and class schedule.

Sign Up Here!

2020 Hibernian Charity of Wake County Vacation for Four to Ireland

The winner of the Hibernian Charity of Wake County Vacation for Four to Ireland raffle will be drawn on March 7th, 2020 at the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance.

The winner receives airfare, 7 days and 6 nights at a Bed and Breakfast, and a rental car. There are no blackout dates – just use it within a year of winning or choose $5,000.00 instead.

Tickets are $100 each with only 150 sold. Raffle proceeds go to charities, churches, schools & scholarships that the AOH (wakeaoh.com) supports locally in Wake County as well as in Ireland.

The raffle tickets are sold out for this year – thank you for your interest.

2020 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance

The Wake County Ancient Order of Hibernians hosts an annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance open to all those interested in celebrating the holiday.

Join us for a fun evening of food, drinks, dancing, and raffles!

 

 

 

 

 

Event Details:
Saturday, March 7th, 2020
Doors open at 6:30 PM with dinner starting at 7:30 PM
St Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church
5801 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, NC 27609

Dancers from Triggle Academy of Irish Dance will perform prior to dinner and a DJ will provide the dance music after the meal. 

During the evening the winning ticket for the Hibernian Charity of Wake County Vacation for Four to Ireland raffle will be drawn. The winner receives airfare, 7 days and 6 nights at a Bed and Breakfast, and a rental car. There are no blackout dates – just use it within a year of winning or choose $5,000.00 instead. Tickets are $100 each with only 150 sold. Raffle proceeds go to charities, churches, schools & scholarships that the AOH (wakeaoh.com) supports locally in Wake County as well as in Ireland.

The dinner tickets are sold out for this year – thank you for your interest.

Fourth Quarter 2019 President’s Message

Brothers,

I am proud to provide our quarterly update and highlights for your Division for the 4th quarter of 2019.

October 2019

Our Irish Music Festival in Wake Forest was an exceptional event.  With the help of great weather and outstanding musical and dance performances, our primary goal of supporting Irish culture and local charities was a success.  To all the Brothers and volunteers who put so much effort into the event we are grateful.  To relive some of the fun and information, you can always visit our Irish Music Festival website at http://irishfestintheforest.com/, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RaleighIrishMusicFestival/.  Our charity for this years event (NC Diaper Bank (https://ncdiaperbank.org/) will receive their donation at the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 7 at 8pm.  To learn more about the dinner dance, purchase tickets or contact us, please go http://www.wakeaoh.com/dinnerdance2020/.  Thank you again to all of our sponsors for Irish Music Festival http://irishfestintheforest.com/sponsors/.

Your AOH Division also supported “Wags for Tags” (https://www.wags4tags.org/) again this year and their mission to provide emotional support dogs for our veterans across NC with trained dogs rescued from high kill shelters.

November 2019

November was the official beginning of the 2019 holiday season including All Saints Day (a Holy Day of Obligation).  November is also the month for our annual Turkey Drive for The New Bern House run by Helping Hands Mission (http://helpinghandmission.org/).  With the help and extra efforts of our Brothers we were able to provide 66 turkeys and 3 hams along with pounds and pounds of side dishes from potatoes to deserts.  The spiritual and energetic leader of the Helping Hands Mission, Sylvia Wiggins was there to express her overwhelming thanks for all the AOH does for this critical mission and the families they support.  November was also the date for another of our sponsored charities “Three Bluebirds Farm” (https://www.3bluebirdsfarm.org/), formerly known as Three Irish Jewels.  At their annual black tie dinner attended by Brothers Sullivan and Ryan and their wives, Three Bluebirds announced they were able to raise $125,000 for the most worth cause of children with autism.

We also began ticket sales for our Annual Trip to Ireland raffle.  We are again selling 150 tickets at $100 each.  For details visit http://www.wakeaoh.com/irelandraffle2020/.  This is our most important fund raiser for the AOH Charity so please help this become the best ever.

December 2019

December is also a very happy and busy time for the Wake AOH.  In addition to our annual Christmas Division meeting and the festivities, December is when we nominate new board members. 

At this years meeting on December 11th at the Knights of Columbus club, we thanked departing Wake Division Board members Jack Ford (retiring Recording Secretary), Mike Scanlin (retiring Financial Secretary) and Jerry Ryan (retiring Marshall) for all they have done for the division and all they continue to do.

We also welcomed new Division Board Members Dennis O’Brien (Financial Secretary), Kevin Murray (Marshall) and George McEvoy (Recording Secretary).  Very excited and thankful for the continuing support of the members especially in these essential roles.

At the Christmas event we raised $250 for the Freedom For All Ireland fund, and collected blankets, coats and glove again to provide to the homeless.

Of course at the very end of December (New Years Eve) Brother Jerry Ryan and his wife Susan organized another New Years Eve celebration with a toast for Ireland at the stroke of midnight in Ireland (7pm eastern time) and our very own Ewes Tree performed for the group (http://ewestree.com/).  All the excess food (and there was a lot) was delivered to the New Bern House on New Years Day by Brother Jerry Ryan and Bob Klien.

In our Motto
Kevin Meagher
President, AOH, Governor Thomas Burke Division

Fall 2019 President’s Message

Brothers,

I apologize for the long delay in updating the President’s message for our Division, Division 1, Governor Burke, Wake County. We are using this part of our website to provide a simple update, every quarter of the year. This is to provide the significant events from the previous three months, and what we believe are the significant events for the next three months.

July 2019

Historically, July is the “rest” month for Division 1. In fact, we do not have a Division meeting normally scheduled but we do have Board of Directors meeting and we do have activity. The most important item for us was the annual Ulster Project Picnic. The event was a success with some baseball, some food and some playing around in the water. This is a wonderful organization that has been helping bridge Ireland for more than 24 years!!

The AOH also completed another room renovation for New Bern House. The New Bern House is run by the Helping Hands Mission. Helping Hands has been operating the New Bern House since 1995 and the AOH has been remolding rooms and providing food and gifts for many years. The goal of the New Bern House includes Transitional Housing to provide a temporary home, tools, resources and opportunities for single mothers and other families, experiencing homelessness, to transition into independent living.

https://www.facebook.com/Ulster-Project-of-Greenville-NC-397064320213/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-Organization/New-Bern-House-243646869051905/
http://helpinghandmission.org/

August 2019

This August we focused on preparing for our big events in the Fall and Winter. Most important of those is the Irish Music Festival. In addition, 7 new members completed the training to receive the Shamrock Degree! August begins the next 12 months of Division and Board meetings as well as the election of Brother Bob Martin as Vice President and Brother Jerry Ryan as Marshall.

September 2019

In addition to the regular meetings, September 21st is our Irish Music Festival – The Festival In The Forest. This year is shaping up to be another wonderful event and our festival partner Diaper Bank of North Carolina is a very worthy charity.

http://irishfestintheforest.com/
https://ncdiaperbank.org/

October 2019

October’s major event is the biennial North Carolina AOH State Convention. It will be held in Wilmington, NC for all of the Brothers in the State of NC.

http://www.ncaoh.com/2019stateconvention/

November 2019

In addition to the normal meetings at the Knights of Columbus Events Clubhouse, November will include fundraisers for our annual Turkey Drive for the New Bern House. Last year the Division collected and delivered more than 25 turkeys  and all the fixin’s to the delight of the staff at the New Bern House and the countless they cook for.

https://www.visitraleigh.com/listing/knights-of-columbus-club/65592/

December 2019

December is all about Christmas and our annual Christmas event at the Knights of Columbus Club. We hope 2019 is a blessed and happy year for all!

 

Yours in Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,
Kevin Meagher
President, AOH, Governor Thomas Burke Division

Governor Burke Gravesite Cleanup

Each year we visit and do maintenance to the grave site of Governor Thomas Burke, whom our division is named after. This year we will be cleaning up the grave site on April 27th.

You will be getting your hands and especially your feet dirty, so make sure to bring some gloves and some old work boots as we will be walking through a cow pasture.

We will also grab a bite to eat while we are out there.

Facebook Event

Directions

Set your GPS to Latta’s Egg Ranch and then keep driving down Governor Burke Rd, turning left at the farm buildings.

1016 Governor Burke Rd
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Latitude: 36.1028, Longitude: -79.0883

March 2019 declared Irish American Heritage Month in North Carolina

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared March 2019 as Irish American Heritage month!

Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and NC AOH divisions will be holding events throughout the entire month promoting Irish American Heritage. Keep an eye on the NC AOH Facebook page this month for frequent posts featuring various Irish Americans.

 

Fifth Annual Governor Thomas Burke AOH Division Golf Outing

Due to lower than expected attendance, this year’s event has been canceled.

All Paypal payments will be refunded by 4/26/2019.

2019 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance

The Wake County Ancient Order of Hibernians hosts an annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance open to all those interested in celebrating the holiday.

Join us for a fun evening of food, drinks, dancing, and raffles!

 

 

 

 

 

Event Details:
Saturday, March 9th, 2019
Doors open at 6:30 PM with dinner starting at 7:30 PM
St. Michael the Archangel Parish Center
804 High House Road Cary, NC
Dancers from Triggle Academy of Irish Dance will perform prior to dinner and a DJ will provide the dance music after the meal.
 
During the evening the winning ticket for the Hibernian Charity of Wake County Vacation for Four to Ireland raffle will be drawn. The winner receives airfare, 7 days and 6 nights at a Bed and Breakfast, and a rental car. There are no blackout dates – just use it within a year of winning or choose $5,000.00 instead. Tickets are $100 each with only 150 sold. Raffle proceeds go to charities, churches, schools & scholarships that the AOH (wakeaoh.com) supports locally in Wake County as well as in Ireland.

Dinner tickets are $35 per person in advance and include a buffet dinner of corn beef and cabbage, shepard’s pie, salad, soda bread, tea, coffee, dessert as well as beer and wine. Tickets increase to $45 after March 1st.

If you are interested in purchasing dinner tickets by check, contact us using this form to arrange payment: www.wakeaoh.com/contact-us/

If you are interested in purchasing dinner tickets using PayPal you can use the button below:

2019 Dinner Dance Ticket ($45 + $1 processing fee/person)

 

2018 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance

The Wake County Ancient Order of Hibernians hosts an annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance open to all those interested in celebrating the holiday.

Join us for a fun evening of food, drinks, dancing, and raffles!

 

 

 

 

 

Event Details:
Saturday, March 10th, 2018
Doors open at 6:30 PM with dinner starting at 7:30 PM
St. Michael the Archangel Parish Center
804 High House Road Cary, NC
Dancers from Tríonóide Academy of Irish Dance will perform prior to dinner and a DJ will provide the dance music after the meal.
 
During the evening the winning ticket for the Hibernian Charity of Wake County Vacation for Four to Ireland raffle will be drawn. The winner receives airfare, 7 days and 6 nights at a Bed and Breakfast, and a rental car. There are no blackout dates – just use it within a year of winning or choose $5,000.00 instead. Tickets are $100 each with only 150 sold. Raffle proceeds go to charities, churches, schools & scholarships that the AOH (wakeaoh.com) supports locally in Wake County as well as in Ireland.

Dinner tickets are $35 per person and includes a buffet dinner of corn beef and cabbage, shepard’s pie, salad, soda bread, tea, coffee, dessert as well as beer and wine.

If you are interested in purchasing dinner tickets by check, contact us using this form to arrange payment: www.wakeaoh.com/contact-us/

If you are interested in purchasing dinner tickets using PayPal you can use the button below:

2018 Dinner Dance Ticket ($35+$1 fee/person)