Rhythm of the Dance Tickets

Rhythm of the Dance
The National Dance Company of Ireland
Friday, February 23, 2018 @7:30 PM
Louisburg College
501 N Main St, Louisburg, NC 27549

This richly costumed show marries ancient, traditional Irish entertainment with exhilarating contemporary stage technology. Rhythm of the Dance is a breathtaking and spectacular musical production that is a true celebration of Ireland presented through song, dance, and storytelling.


The AOH has secured block seating for this event and by ordering your tickets through the AOH you will get a $5 discount off the normal general admission price. AOH members will also get an additional $1 off tickets. Not a member yet? Apply for Membership

We have also arranged bus transportation to and from the show for only $15. The bus will leave from Pat Murnane’s Irish Pub in Wake Forest at approximately 6pm.
2101 S Main Street Suite 112 Wake Forest, NC 27587
Seating is limited so reserve your seat on the bus now!


 TICKET SALES ENDED February 23rd. 








Annual Thanksgiving Donation to the New Bern House

The Helping Hands Mission is known for aiding Wake County’s low income, elderly, homeless, disabled and handicapped communities. Each year the Wake County AOH drops off donations for the Helping Hands Mission’s Thanksgiving “Love” Basket program. Each basket contains a turkey, stuffing, canned goods and more to help provide a Thanksgiving meal for those less fortunate in Wake County. This year the AOH dropped off over 40 turkeys, several hams and numerous boxes of food to the New Bern House.

Many thanks goes to D’s Bottleshop in Wakefield which served as a drop off location for our food drive and hosted a Thanksgiving party with Ewes Tree Irish Band, which is made up of division members.

As an additional note, because of the success with the Food Drive at D’s we will be setting up a Toy and Coat Drive for Christmas. We will be dropping off donation collection bins to D’s Bottleshop in Wakefield, Patrick Jane’s Bar & Bistro in Cary, Pat Murnane’s Irish Pub in Wake Forest and The Stags Head in Raleigh. The Helping Hands Mission is asking for donations of Educational Toys for ages birth to 5 years old as well as warm gloves, scarves and coats for Operation Warm Clothing. We will drop the donations off to the New Bern House on Dec 23rd.


Feis in the Forest – An Irish Music Festival on 9/23

The 2017 Irish Music Festival will be September 23rd on South Taylor Street in downtown Wake Forest from 3pm-10pm. 


If you would like to become a sponsor for this year’s festival, visit our sponsors page.



2017 AOH & LAOH North Carolina State Convention & Major Degree October 6-8

2017 AOH & LAOH North Carolina State Convention & Major Degree

Host City: Raleigh

Host Division: Wake County Division #1, Gov. Thomas Burke Division

Dates: October 6-8, 2017 (Friday – Sunday) with the Major Degree on Sunday the 8th at 11am

Hotel: Holiday Inn, Downtown Raleigh 320 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

Hotel Phone: 919-832-0501

AOH Hotel Registration Link: https://www.holidayinn.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=hi&localeCode=en&regionCode=1&hotelCode=RDUSC&_PMID=99801505&GPC=AOH

Hotel Room Rates: $119 per night double occupancy (taxes not included)

Convention Registration Fee: $20
AOH Member Banquet Fee: $65
Guest Banquet Fee: $50

The State Board and the Wake County Division will be sponsoring a Major Degree for eligible AOH members on Sunday October 8, 2017 at 11 am. Degree Registration is $35 with $25 going directly to the degree team. Each candidate must register thorough their division.

2017 NC AOH State Convention and Banquet Registration form (370 downloads)


Convention Schedule:

Friday 10/6/2017
3:00p Registration begins in the hospitality suite
 Saturday 10/7/2017
10:00a Hospitality suite reopens with registration available.
11:00a-2:00p Business Meeting begins. This room must be cleared by 2pm to allow for the banquet set up
5:00p Mass @ the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral (offsite due to lack of available rooms)
        The Cathedral is located ~2.5 miles from the hotel:
        715 Nazareth St,
       Raleigh, NC 27606
6:00p-7:00p Cocktail Hour with cash bar
7:15p Dinner begins
8:15p-10p Banquet with Irish Dancers and Ewe’s Tree (Irish band)
10:00p Hospitality Suite opens
Sunday 10/8/2017
10:00a Degree rooms open – available through 1:00p
10:15a Shamrock degree begins
10:45a Major degree candidate registration
11:00a Major degree begins

Fundraiser for the Feis in the Forest

Fundraiser for the Feis in the Forest

WHERE: Knights Of Columbus 4301 Columbus Club Dr, Raleigh, NC 27604
WHEN: Saturday, July 29th, 2017 @ 5p

  • Hamburgers and hot dogs for sale
  • Raffles and a silent auction
  • Live entertainment

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/455902831461542

March 2017 declared Irish American Heritage Month in North Carolina


North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared March 2017 as Irish American Heritage month.

Feis in the Forest – An Irish Music Festival on 9/17

The 2016 Irish Music Festival will be September 17th on South Taylor Street in downtown Wake Forest from 11am-7pm.



Brother John M. Ryan

Brother John M. Ryan, a past officer of the North Carolina AOH and the Governor Thomas Burke AOH Division (Wake County), passed away on August 5, 2016.

Online Obituary

John Michael Ryan

JULY 30, 1941 – AUGUST 5, 2016


John Michael Ryan, 75, of Youngsville, NC passed away on August 5, 2016 surrounded by family. John was born July 30, 1941 to John and Barbara (Smith) Ryan (both deceased) and grew up in the Albany, NY area with his brother Walter (also deceased).

He is survived by his spouse of 37 years, Anne Fitzsimons Ryan, three children; Mary Elizabeth (Brad) McAdams of Raleigh, NC, Shawn (Amber) Ryan of Richmond, VA, and Scott (Jessica) DiMartino of Charleston, SC, his grandchildren Ella, Jack, Connor, Alexandra, Meghan and Jake, and his beloved dog, Marley.

John was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a computer and business systems developer while that field was in its infancy. He received an Associate Degree in Accounting from Albany Business College and taught computer math at Ulster Community College in the late 1960’s. His career included long tenures with Xerox and IBM. At various times he called Albany, NY, Saugerties, NY, Rochester, NY, Sacramento, CA, and finally Youngsville, NC home. Stationed in Naples, Italy during his enlistment, his personal and professional travels also took him to New York City, Cairo, Egypt and Copenhagen, Denmark among other places.

John will be remembered for his love of God, family, friends, the New York Yankees, horse racing and his Irish heritage. A parishioner at St. Catherine’s of Siena in Wake Forest, he enjoyed men’s bible study and service to his parish and his community. As a boy visiting his great aunt, Sister Mary Michael Ryan, in the Bronx, he developed a life-long passion for the Yankees, and he attended many games – the apex being Game 1 of the 1998 World Series. Horse racing was another love, which he shared with many dear friends. He loved nothing more than a summer weekend in Saratoga – win or lose. Throughout his life he remained devoted to his Irish and Roman Catholic heritage and is a past President of the Rochester and Raleigh Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Despite his many interests he always had time for his family and friends – you would find no one more loyal, generous, humorous or caring in your corner.

The family would like to recognize the many extraordinary caregivers from REX Hospital, UNC Cancer Center and Transitions LifeCare who ministered to John and our family over the last few weeks of John’s life. We appreciate your attentiveness, compassion and willingness to learn about the man in your care.

Visitation is Tuesday evening, August 9th from 6-8:00 PM at Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main St. Wake Forest, NC. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10th at 11:00 AM at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 600 W Holding Ave, Wake Forest, NC.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The USO at uso.org, an organization founded in the year of his birth, and which he supported regularly.

A service of Bright Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest, NC(919) 556-5811 www.brightfunerals.com

The 2016 Irish Music Festival is moving to Wake Forest

The Raleigh Irish Music Festival has moved to Wake Forest – join us in our new location!


The 2016 Raleigh Irish Music Festival will be on September 17th in downtown Wake Forest.


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Trip for Four to Ireland Raffle Fundraiser

The Hibernian Charity of Wake County is offering raffle tickets for sale to raise funds for donation to charities, schools, churches, and student scholarships.

The prize is a 7 day/6 night trip for four to Ireland -OR- $5,000

The trip for four Includes:
• Round trip airfare to Ireland
• Rental vehicle
• B&B lodging

• Travel must occur within one year of drawing March 5, 2016
• No blackout dates

Tickets $100 each with a total of 125 tickets sold.

• All proceeds after expenses will be given to charities chosen by the AOH and are presented at the AOH Annual St Patrick’s Day dinner/dance
• The winning ticket will be drawn March 5, 2016 at the AOH Annual St Patrick’s Day dinner/dance at St. Michael’s in Cary
• The winning ticket holder need not be present to win
• Tickets are consecutively numbered and a complete list of entrants will be maintained