Irish in Rochester Links

 AOH Ancient Order of Hibernians

The Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Inc. was organized in New York in 1836.  The Ancient Order of Hibernians - Monroe County, NY Division 7 was organized in Rochester, New York in 1896.  The Division was organized to assemble Irish Catholic men of the area in a spirit of Brotherhood and to foster a spirit of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. Hibernians live by the motto: "Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity." 

laoh Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians - Monroe County Divisions 1 and 4

A Sisterhood of Irish-American, Catholic Women, the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians is a National organization officially recognized in Omaha, Nebraska in 1894 as the "Daughters of Erin." Today, the LAOH has changed in many ways but still holds true to its MOTTO of "Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. 


rpes  T he Rochester Police Emerald Society

Members of the Rochester Police Department founded the Rochester Police Emerald Society (RPES) in 2008. The Emerald Society is a social, fraternal, and cultural organization. We are a non-profit multi-agency organization with members from more than 19 federal, state and local agencies from the Rochester metropolitan area.


keystoneGates Keystone Club, Police Pipes & Drums

We are an Irish themed, Police, Fire, EMS , and Civilian band formed in 1998 by six members of the Gates Police Department and sponsored by the Gates Police Union, “The Keystone Club” in The Town of Gates – a suburb of the City of Rochester, New York. The band was founded for the purpose of honoring our fallen brothers and sisters and to participate at official ceremonial events.


irishfest Rochester Irish Fest

Annual Festival (usually in September) in Rochester to promote the area’s rich Irish Culture.


A craftsman run workshop specializing in authentic Celtic design jewelry and mixed metal designs. We specialize in Celtic knotwork wedding rings, crosses, brooches and much more in Sterling Silver and Gold, both our own work and that of Celtic designers and jewelers from Scotland and Ireland. Two locations: Fairport and Andover, New York. 


IACIlogo Irish American Cultural Institute- Rochester, NY Chapter

The leading Irish American cultural organization, devoted to promoting an intelligent appreciation of Ireland and the role and contributions of the Irish in America. The IACI is strictly apolitical and nonsectarian, and is the only Irish American organization that has as its patron, The President of Ireland.


The Irish Children's Program of Rochester

Since our creation in 1982, The Irish Children's Program of Rochester has sponsored the visitation of an equal number of Catholic and Protestant children from Belfast, Northern Ireland to the greater Rochester area each summer. We hope to foster our guiding principle of "peace through understanding."

CgmedComhaltas Ceoltori Eirann (Irish Music Society)

CCE, also known locally as the Rochester Irish Musician's Association is a branch of a larger non-profit cultural movement dedicated to preserving and promoting Irish traditional music and dance. We host weekly music clubs, sessions of varying levels, ceili dance workshops and more. Check out the calendar for upcoming events!


Updated List of local Irish Events

The Patrick O'Rorke Society Page

The O’Rorke Memorial Society was formed to honor the life of Colonel O’Rorke and to keep his unrelenting spirit alive. Several projects including a memorial bust and the O’Rorke Bridge have been coordinated by the society. Investigation is currently underway in hopes the Medal of Honor could be awarded to Colonel O’Rorke.

The Friendly Sons and Daughters of the Finger Lakes

We are an organization dedicated to increasing the awareness of the cultural achievements of the Irish. The Friendly Sons & Daughters of St. Patrick of the Finger Lakes Region, Inc. serves as a forum at which local community and business leaders come together to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and is also used to raise funds for Irish Charities. Once we fulfill our commitments to Irish charities, we dedicate our fundraising efforts primarily to inner-city at-risk youth programs. We have raised over $550,000 for charity in the first fifteen years and hope to raise another $30,000 this year.


 Waterford, Ireland- Sister City of Rochester

Fáilte romhat chuig ár Cathrach! 

Waterford, Ireland, became Rochester's seventh sister city in 1983. The city of 50,000 is located on the River Suir in southeastern Ireland.