DON’T MISS THIS: Musical Salute to Veterans at the Irish American Heritage Center’s Fifth Province

IMG_1035AYou won’t want to miss this musical salute to veterans at the Irish American Heritage Center on July 2. The event, hosted is being hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Chicago Division #1 and generously sponsored by Home Run Pizza. Proceeds from the event will benefit, which helps homeless and underemployed veterans get back on their feet.

At the event, doors open at 6 pm on July 2nd in the Fifth Province of the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Avenue Chicago, Illinois.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 6.59.47 PMWilliam J. Kelly, President of the AOH, Chicago Division #1 says it is a wonderful event for friends and family to enjoy. “The Ancient Order of Hibernians is proud to be hosting this event. I cannot think of a more perfect and inspiring way to celebrate the kick-off to the
Fourth of July weekend than this event in the glorious Fifth Province of the Irish American Heritage Center. It just doesn’t get better than that!” Kelly says.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 6.58.08 PMIn addition to live musical performances from:the Chancey Brothers, the Identity Irish Dance Troupe, the Chicago School of Irish Music, guests will enjoy a fabulous complimentary dinner buffet, cash bar, a silent auction of sports and movie memorabilia, and a special performance of patriotic music from the Chicago BrasScreen Shot 2015-06-28 at 7.02.37 PMs Band for all to enjoy! A night of fun for the entire family!

The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend! Donations are greatly appreciated to benefit the veterans of Rags of Honor.

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2015 South Side Irish Parade Kicks off with Pre-Parade Party at Bourbon Street

Chicago – January 12, 2015 – One of Chicago’s most beloved traditions, the South Side Irish Parade, will kick off the festivities with a pre-parade fundraiser on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The family-friendly event will feature raffle prizes a silent auction, the South Side Irish Parade Queen Selection and much more. The party will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 West 115th Street, Merrionette Park, IL, 60803.

Tickets for the pre-parade fundraiser cost $30 and can be purchased online or at the door. Tickets include draft beer, dinner buffet and live music from the Larkin Brothers and Sean & Charlie. 2015 South Side Irish Parade merchandise and street pole banners will also be available for purchase.

Bears’ McCaskey to Speak at Fundraiser to Help Natasha McShane

Chicago, Illinois, October 22, 2013 – The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Chicago Division #1 will be holding its annual benefit on November 22 at the Irish American Heritage Center and will be donating the funds raised to Natasha McShane’s rehabilitation.

Many in the Irish community remember the petite Irish exchange student, who was brutally beaten in Chicago on April 23, 2010. The 4-foot 9-inch 100-lb McShane was left unconscious with her skull cracked and still has not recovered three years later. Now 27 years old, she is unable to walk without assistance, take care of herself, or even speak.  The trial of her accused attacker. Heriberto Viramontes , is currently taking place in Chicago.

William J. Kelly, president of AOH Chicago Division #1 says that McShane really needs the help of the Irish community in Chicago and elsewhere more than ever now.

“She [Natasha] really should have had at least one full year of intense rehabilitation by now.” Kelly says. “She was receiving 24/7 care in Chicago and now is only attending rehab two or three times a week. She’s had numerous setbacks – surgeries, infections, seizures, and other complications.  Her family has been desperate to get her into a rehabilitation program in Ireland. But it’s not easy to do that. Our prayers are with them but we in the Irish community have to try and do more to help if we can.  The goal is to raise enough money to pay for Natasha’s rehabilitation program.”

The Chicago Bears’ Pat McCaskey is the guest of honor and speaker for the November 22 event.

“The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Chicago Division #1 is very proud and honored to have Pat McCaskey at the event. He is not only a great Irishman but a great Catholic, who really lives his faith,“ says Kelly.

After the speeches, guests will enjoy food, cash bar, an exciting auction with prizes, a performance by the Identity Irish dancers, and the live music of the Chancel Brothers which has been a fixture in the Irish/Celtic Music Scene in Chicago.

Voluntary donations will be taken at the door or will be taken at

Companies or individual donors that would like to sponsor or underwrite the event should contact 312-768-8683.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians is one of the oldest Irish Catholic fraternal organizations in the U.S. and welcomes new members and their families.




The Board of Directors of the Irish American Heritage Center
cordially invite you to join us
for a spectacular evening honoring nine
outstanding Irish Americans!
 The Irish American Hall of Fame
Awards Gala

Saturday, June 1st – 6:30 p.m.

Irish American Heritage Center
  Black Tie
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Thank You to Our Sponsors
Presenting Gold Sponsor


Emerald Sponsor

Georgetown University 

Awards Sponsor
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Gala Program and Special Guests

Cocktail Reception
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Dinner and Program
8:00 – 10:30 pm
Master of Ceremonies
Lawrence O’Donnell 

Host of MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell

Induction Ceremony (for more information on all the inductees visit