**POSTPONED** Clans of Ireland Cultural Summit and AGM 2020


Dear Clans of Ireland Members,

I am sure it will not be any surprise – that the Board of Finte na hÉireann - Clans of Ireland has voted to postpone the 2020 AGM & Cultural Summit, arranged for 18th April 2020 at the Stephen's Green & Hibernian Club, Dublin.

Ireland, together with many of our neighbours throughout the world, is in lockdown mode. All educational institutions closed Thursday last. Previously all St. Patrick's Day Celebrations were canceled national wide. It is a measure how seriously it is taken in this country that all religious occasions will be held behind closed doors for the immediate future. Weddings have been canceled and I have not yet heard how funeral ceremonies will be arranged. There is 'talk' of the pubs and restaurants closing. Our radiational Irish life is gravely changed.

If the world and national news improves, it is planned that the AGM and Cultural Summit be held during June 2020. There may be conflict with Clan Gatherings; please let us know as soon as possible if this is likely. We will inform you as soon as we rearrange the date, but I believe that a June date may be very hopeful.

All good wishes for the coming Seasons of St. Patrick and Easter and may you all be safe and well in the period ahead.

Yours sincerely,

Nora Keohane Hickey,



The 2020 Annual General Meeting has been set by the board for

Saturday 18th April 2020


The Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, 9 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the day.


Clans of Ireland Cultural Summit and AGM 2020
Friday 17 & Saturday 18 April 
Friday 17 April
2.00 pm Meet at The Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club for guided tours to:
(a) The Freemasons’ Hall, 17 Molesworth St @ 2.30 pm ~ duration 1 hour
(b) The National Museum, Kildare St @ circa 3.45 pm ~ led by Dr Michael Egan
Saturday 18 April             ~ Dress: suit or smart casual ~
10.00 – 11.00   Registration & refreshments {Cost €15; includes lectures, tea/coffee & light lunch}
11.00 – 12.00   Annual General Meeting ~ Cathaoirleach: Nóra Keohane Hickey
12.00 – 12.10   Presentation of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit awards 2020
12.10 – 12.20   Presentation of Chiefs’ and Clans’ Essay Competition prize & trophy for 2019
12.20 – 12.50   Lecture 1: Proposed paper by Hugo O’Neill, Chief of the Clanaboy O’Neills 
12.50 – 13.20   Parade and reception of Chiefs and Clan Leaders of Clans of Ireland
13.20 – 13.30   Group photograph        
13.30 – 14.30   Light lunch
14.30 – 15.15   Lecture 2: ‘Scribes and their patrons in the Irish manuscript tradition’ by Tim O’Neill 
15.15 – 16.00   Lecture 3: ‘The medieval learned families of the West of Ireland’ by Luke McInerney 
16.00 – 16.05   Closing address by An Cathaoirleach, Nóra Keohane Hickey
19.30 for 20.00  ~ Clans of Ireland Gala Dinner ~ Dress: black tie, evening wear ~


Smoked Salmon, Chive Crème Fraiche & Baby Leeks 

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Sirloin of Irish Beef, Cipollini Onions & Thyme Scented Root Vegetables, Port Stew


Fresh Cod  with Wilted Spinach, Saffron Cream     

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Assiette of Desserts to include   

Triple Chocolate Mousse, Tiramisu, Rhubarb, Strawberry & Vanilla Cheesecake                        

                                   Tea / Coffee      

Costs: €15 for Cultural Summit only {incl. light lunch & refreshments}, €85 for Gala Dinner {Saturday evening}

Special price of €90 for anyone attending both Cultural Summit and Gala Dinner