Greetings AOH Brothers, LAOH Sisters and Friends of the
Ancient Order of Hibernians,
Recently we had the pleasure of visiting the AOH Citrus
County Division as part of a Membership
Drive at St. Scolastica Church. Prior to the
two masses we were outside under tent, and then attended mass.
Some will remember that
in 2000 the Citrus County Division donated a 10ft. Celtic cross to the
parish in remembrance of An Gorta Mor,
The Great Hunger.
Prior to mass we were escorted over to the area on the grounds where the
monument is located.
As one draws near, a feeling of remembrance of the
plight our ancestors faced over takes you. We had both seen pictures of
the monument but they did not compare to being there, and it's prominence.
Following quiet reflection we, along with Citrus
County Brother Walter Whitney talked about when it was erected, the
Divisions storied history as the once largest AOH Division in Florida and it's commitment to Irish Heritage
As we continued on our three day visitation
of Divisions and looked at the pictures we had taken of the monument and
area surrounding it we could not help but say the same
thing, "We need to beautify this area". Through time, nature has
taken its course and become overwhelming for our Senior AOH Brothers to
When we returned from our travels and shared our experience
with our fellow State Officers, they felt the same in their feelings to
beautify this area and renew our commitment to the remembrance of the 4
million Irish lives lost.
Father Michael Smith the Parish Pastor was very
receptive when approached with our idea. Working with the Parish and the
Division we have created a design to "Do a face-lift". Plans are
to clear the area of dead vegetation, trim bushes and trees, install
benches, replace mulch and plant flowers. Tools small to large will
be provided, just bring yourself and gloves.
We hope that you feel as we do, and will participate in
the reclaiming of this area, and the creation of a place of reflection.
We invite you to join
AOH Citrus County Division #1
Saturday February 18th
Following our day of service, arrangements will be made to
clean up and dress well in time for the 6:00pm mass. For those wishing to stay
over, we will be visiting Dillon’s Irish Pub. The owners Jennifer and Ron
promise their usual Irish welcome and great hospitality with Bartender Flaherty
pulling the pints!
St. Scholastica Parish
4301 W Homosassa Trail
Lecanto, FL 34461
10:00am to 2:00pm
We will be staying the night at a nearby hotel (very
reasonable) and again raising the Hibernian tent at St Scolastica prior to
the 9:00 and 11:00am masses on Sunday. You are welcome to join us.
For some of you receiving this message it would be 2-3 hour
drive to Citrus County. We understand, it is for us
When we compare a few hours of gardening to the suffering if
the Irish people during An Gorta Mor the decision to drive a few hours becomes
There are small jobs and big jobs for everyone. If you join us to “cheerlead” that’s OK Too!
If you are not physically able to be there and want to
support the project with a monetary donation for flowers and supplies it would
be very welcome, and most appreciated. Your contribution will help us reclaim, beautify and return this area to a place of reflection.
As we draw near to St. Patrick's Day what better way to
renew our personal remembrance to those who died in Ireland. Many
Join us as we build our Irish pride, renew our presence in
the St. Scolastica Parish Community and share the story of An Gorta Mor.
In the motto of our Order; Cairdeas, Aontacht agus Chríostaí Carthanachta
(Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity),
Greg Seán Canning Séamus
Greg Sean Canning Jim Rukosky
President Vice President
AOH Florida AOH Florida
Contributions may be sent to:
AOH Citrus County
3318 W Kevin Ln
Lecanto, FL 34461-9137