Mission & History

Our Mission

 We participate in Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity activities and proudly promote a better understanding of our Irish heritage. 

Our History

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) is a fraternal organization open to  practicing Catholic men who can trace any of their roots back to Ireland. The AOH has a history that goes back many centuries. 

Horry County Division 1, AOH in Myrtle Beach, SC, was formed in a small room at Shamrock's Bar and Grill in January, 1996 and has grown steadily since then.    It was the first division in South Carolina.   SC AOH has since grown to eight divisions and a State Board.   There are more than 300 AOH Divisions in the United States.   There is also a Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians in the Grand Strand area.     

You can learn more about the AOH and our Irish history at the National AOH's Website, www.AOH.com


Joseph J McGarry Jr Memorial

In December, 2002 Hibernian brother Joseph J McGarry Jr., a Myrtle Beach, SC police officer, was killed in the line of duty. At that time, we renamed our unit the Joseph J. McGarry Division in his honor. Our Division also played a role setting up a Memorial monument honoring Joe. Each year we place flowers at the monument in his memory. The Memorial is located behind the Myrtle Beach Police Station at 1002 Carver Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578.