About Division 87

AOH Div 87 - About Us

Who We are

The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a Catholic, Irish American Fraternal Organization founded in New York City in 1836. The order evolved from a need in the early sixteen hundreds to protect the lives of the priests who risked immediate death to keep the Catholic faith alive in occupied Ireland. When England implemented its dreaded Penal Laws in Ireland, various secret social societies were formed across the country. These groups worked to aid and comfort the people by whatever means were available. Later in time, the vast influx of Irish immigrants fleeing famine in Ireland prompted the growth of various social societies in the U.S.A., the largest of which was, and continues to be the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Active across the United States, the order seeks to aid the newly arrived Irish, both socially and politically. The AOH has been at the political forefront for issues concerning the Irish such as: the current peace process; immigration reform; economic incentives - both here and in Ireland; human rights issues; the Mac Bride legislation; right to life; and a peaceful and just solution to the issues that divide Ireland.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians is the finest Irish Catholic organization in the world. We are guided by our motto of "Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity."

Division 87 - Port Richmond - Promoting Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity since 1898


Division 87 Officers



 Fr Joseph Howarth

   Fr Joseph Okonski
President:  Chris Asinos
Vice President:  James Hughes
Recording Secretary:  Patrick Dever
Treasurer:  Mike Nolan
Financial Secretary:  Sean Coyne
Standing Committee:  Ed "Obie" O'Brien
Marshall:  Gene Long


 John Jones

Immediate Past President:  James Lockhart Jr.



Division 87 Home Association


 Tom LaVelle

Financial Officer:

 Chuck Welsh

Recording Secretary:

 Jim McGinley


 Jim Lockhart


 Ed "Moe" Moore Jr


Home Association Support Staff


 Tom Wenger

Hall Manager:

 Gene Long



Some Division 87 Accomplishments and Activities


1. Recipient of the Presidents award in 1998.

2. John F Kennedy Medal recipient in 2008.

3. First place and 7-time winner of the Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade Award: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2009.

4. Winner of the first time presented 2006 Joseph Montgomery AOH Award and again in 2008.

5. Sponsor of the James Cawley St. Patrick's Day Award.

6. Charitable contributions include almost all Irish appeals, area schools and churches, and many more charities.

7. Award Six (6) $500.00 Hibernian Scholarships to selected Division members' students attending Catholic High Schools.

8. Initiated the now National Hibernian Hunger Project.

9. The Fall Hibernian Ball is an exceptional evening of Irish music, dancing and food following a special mass.

10. An annual Communion Breakfast and Mass.

11. Our own Division 87 Softball and Bowling teams.

12. Founders and sponsors of the Leprechaun's Youth Athletic Association.

13. Our membership includes leaders of the Irish American Community from the Federation of Irish Societies, Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, all units of the Irish String Bands and the Philadelphia Famine Committee.

For a more extensive history of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, please visit the National website. Click here for a history of the AOH in America.



Friendship, Unity, Christian Charity

2171 Wakeling St
Philadelphia, PA 19124

Membership Info


Degree Information


Division 87 Softball Schedule


Division 87 Softball Standings



Division 87 Officers



 Fr Joseph Howarth


 Thomas McGovern

President:   Kieran McGovern
Vice President:   Jim Carty
Recording Secretary:   Patrick Dever
Treasurer:   Chuck Welsh
Financial Secretary:   Bill Kenny
Standing Committee:   Ed "Obie" O'Brien
Marshall:   James Hughes


  Larry McGovern

Imm. Past President:   Gene Long III



Division 87 Home Association



  Tom LaVelle

Financial Officer:   Jim Carr
Recording Secretary   Jim McGinley
Steward:   Tom Wenger


Binlids Hours of Operation



  6:00 PM - Close

Thursday:   6:00 PM - Close
Friday:   Noon - Close
Saturday:   Noon - Close
Sunday:   Noon - 7:00 PM

External Links


Division 87 LAOH

Philadelphia County Board

Pennsylvania State Board

AOH National


St Patrick's Day Parade

Irish Philadelphia

Irish Memorial

Irish Edition

State Convention





Irish American News Links


  Boston College Subpoena


Duffy's Cut Project


Free Gery McGeough


Upcoming Div 87 Events


March Meeting

Date: Tues, 3/21/2017

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: 2171 Wakeling St

Please note this is a regularly scheduled meeting.

AOH87 Annual Beef N Beer

Date: Sunday, Feb 19, 2017

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: 2171 Wakeling Street

Beef N Beer cost is $30 and includes draft beer, wine, food and musical entertainment by the Paul Moore Band.


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