ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) will have a benefit concert, featuring Hair of the Dog, on Friday, Dec. 14, at the Capital District Irish American Center (AOH Hall) at 375 Ontario St. in Albany, NY. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m.
Proceeds from the concert benefit two Hibernian charities –The Freedom For All (FFAL) Ireland Christmas Appeal and the Hibernian Hunger Project. “The FFAL Christmas Appeal aids former political prisoners and their families with job retraining, counseling and other assistance”, said Matt Nelligan, President of the NYS AOH, adding: “The Hibernian Hunger Project supports community efforts to provide food for the needy all around the United States." Tickets are $20 per person. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $200. Reservations are preferred and may be made by contacting either Blake Washington at 518-608-5122 or Liam McNabb at 518-489-1752.
Hair of The Dog has entertained thousands of fans of all ages with its unique blend of Celtic, rock, folk and bluegrass music. For more information about the benefit concert or becoming a member of the AOH, visit www.nyaoh.com.
ABOUT THE AOH
The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) is the oldest Catholic lay organization in America. Officially formed in New York in 1836, it was organized centuries earlier in Ireland for the purpose of defending Gaelic values and protecting the Catholic Church and its clergy from persecution. Although the name AOH can only be traced back to 1641, the organization can claim continuity of purpose, and its motto, “Friendship, Unity, and True Christian Charity”, to the organization known as the Defenders of 1565.
The AOH in America is organized into divisions, county boards, and state boards, and is governed by a national board. Annual dances, concerts and parades sponsored by all levels of the AOH raise millions for charity, while providing a showcase for the positive contributions of the Irish to every walk of American life. [There is also a Canadian chapter in Montreal, PQ.]