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The Ladies are on the move
The Ladies are on the moveKimberley O'Dea

The LAOH in Delaware has been on the move with numerous events that have taken place over the first few months of 2014. Needless to say, the St. Brigid's Division 1 is experiencing growing pains with our five year anniversary coming up next year.

Since late last year, new changes have occurred. A new division in Rehoboth Beach -- Celtic Cross division was formed and newly elected officers were installed in January of this year. Also, with the creation of a second division in the state, a new state board was created and officers were elected.

Signing of the March is Irish Heritage Month Proclamation
Signing of the March is Irish Heritage Month Proclamation Kimberley O'Dea

Signing of the March is Irish Heritage Month Proclamation

Delaware's Irish Heritage Month:  In early March, the LAOH/AOH divisions and Delaware Irish communities gathered in Dover, Delaware to meet with Governor Markell.  The meeting was to sign the "March is Irish Heritage Month" proclamation.  Afterwards, everyone socialized over a great lunch.

St Patrick's Day Parade
St Patrick's Day Parade Kimberley O'Dea

St Patrick's Day Parade

This year, St. Brigid's Division 1 decided to attend two parades.  This double parade attendance gave us many opportunities to network with other LAOH & Irish culture club  organizations. Representatives of the division traveled to Springfield, PA to march with sister LAOH members from the Trinity Division in the Springfield parade.  While those that remained at home, march in the Wilmington, DE parade with members of the local New Castle Country Irish Society.

St Patrick's Historical Chapel
St Patrick's Historical Chapel Kimberley O'Dea

St Patrick's Historical Chapel

The St. Brigid Division join our sister LAOH members in Conowingo, Maryland on March 29th to celebrate mass in the historical St. Patrick's Chapel.  The chapel was totally built by Irish immigrants and has a unique history.  Today, the chapel is being restored back to it formal glory through donations from local agencies, parishes and Irish community organizations like St. Brigid's.

Ronald McDonald House Breakfast
Ronald McDonald House Breakfast Kimberley O'Dea

Ronald McDonald House Breakfast

Annually, the St. Brigid's Division serves breakfast to the families and patients staying at the local Ronald McDonald House adjacent to the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children.  This year we feed about 40 people staying at the house on March 22nd.