Annual General Meeting 2012
On Saturday 80 delegates gathered in the Oak Room of the Mansion House to hear a lecture entitled “Irish Clans and Castles” delivered by Professor Tadhg O’Keeffe (UCD). Throughout his presentation, Prof. O’Keeffe took delegates on a tour de force of the ancient seats of many Irish Clans and historical families. The lecture was followed by the arrival of the Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague who received the Parade of Clans on behalf of the City of Dublin. When all clan delegates had presented themselves to the Lord Mayor, Master of Ceremonies Mícheál Kilcrann announced to all present “Tá Tionól Finte na hÉireann in a shuí” (The Gathering of the Clans of Ireland is in session”. This year clan delegates had travelled from across Ireland as well as Argentina, Austria, Canada, France, the UK and USA. During the AGM reports were delivered from the Cathoirleach Nora Keohane Hickey, Cisteoir Eamon Clancy and Rúnaí Cuideachta Cahir Ó Tighearnaigh. Two motions were put to the delegates and these were passed.
Conferring of Order of Merit
The annual conferring of the Order of Clans of Ireland took place after the AGM. This year the Order was conferred by Minister Leo Varadkar TD representing the Government of Ireland. Before the formal ceremony began, the Minister was welcomed by the Cathoirleach of Clans of Ireland Nora Keohane Hickey who introduced him to some of the international delegates attending the conference.
Minister Varadkar is welcomed to the Mansion House by Nora Keohane Hickey Cathaoirleach of Clans of Ireland
L-R Ms. Terexa O’Higgins (Argentina), Mr. John Molloy (USA), Minister Varadkar, Mr. Lyn McMullen (Canada) and Dr. Gary Sullivan (France).
This year six people were chosen to be inducted into the Order of Clans of Ireland, four of whom attended the ceremony at the Mansion House; Ms. Nuala Cassidy, Mr. Vincent O’Donnell, Mr. James Mulvihill and Dr. Nollaig Ó Muraíle. Two others will receive their awards at ceremonies in the USA, Mr. Byron Egan and in the Thailand, Mr. James Gargan.
Dr. Nollaig Ó Muraíle RIA CIOM is inducted into the Order of Clans of Ireland by Minister Varadkar
Following the conferring of the honours by Minister Varadkar he proceeded to address the delegates. In his speech Minister Varadkar highlighted the important role to be played by Irish Clans in promoting authentic information about Irish culture and heritage. He also pointed out the importance of this for tourism and the regeneration of the Irish economy.
Minister Varadkar Addresses the Clans of Ireland in the Oak Room of the Mansion House
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