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Cumann na mBan

Columbus LAOH

The Franklin County Countess de Markievicz Division #1 was chartered in 1981 and named after the Irish patriot Countess Constance (Gore-Booth) de Markievicz. We are a small but dynamic group of women who enjoy working together to raise funds for charity and celebrating our faith and heritage. 

We celebrate our Faith and our heritage in a variety ways. As lady Hibernians, we are required to receive Holy Communion between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday. We also hold a Memorial Mass for departed members at least once a year. We also observe five national holidays: St. Brigid’s Day February 1, St. Patrick's Day March 17, Independence Day July 4, Feast of Our Lady of Knock August 21 and the Feast of the Holy Innocents December 28.  These holidays are usually celebrated by members attending Mass at a local church and then breaking bread together at a nearby restaurant.  

In recent years, our division has supported a number of local charities and worthy causes––the Columbus Cancer Clinic, JOIN (Joint Organization for Inner-City Needs), The Salesians. We are a Community Partner of the Dublin Irish Festival. We support additional charities sponsored by the national LAOH.

Visit some fascinating information about Constance Gore Booth and her early life at Lissadell House in County Sligo.

National LAOH

From the Maryland Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernans: The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians was organized in 1894. In honor of the 100th anniversary of that event, in 1994, Sarah E. Murphy, Past National President, LAOH, compiled “Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians: A Century of Dedication to Religion, Heritage and Charity – Historical Information.” That document is recreated here in a shareable online version, with only minor changes made to correct typographical errors. 



Countess Markievicz


February 4, 1868 –  July 15, 1927


Constance Markievicz was an Irish Sinn Féin and Fianna Fail politician, 

revolutionary, nationalistsuffragette and 

socialist. A founder member of Fianna ÉireannCumann na mBan and the Irish Citizen Army, she took part in the Easter Rising in 1916, when Irish republicans attempted to end British rule and establish an Irish Republic. She was sentenced to death but this was reduced on the grounds of her sex. On 28 December 1918, she was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons,[2] though she did not take her seat and, along with the other Sinn Féin TDs, formed the first Dáil Éireann. She was also the first woman in the world to hold a cabinet position (Minister for Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919–1922).[3]

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