Guidance Notes - Order of Merit

Clans of Ireland Order of Merit (CIOM) is the highest honour that can be bestowed on any individual by Irish Clans. Those who receive this award are nominated and chosen because they have made an outstanding contribution to Irish heritage and culture.

1 WHO MAY MAKE A NOMINATION?

Any member of an Irish Clan, registered with Clans of Ireland for at least three years, may make a nomination, with the support of at least six members of the same clan.

2 NOMINATION

The Nomination must be prepared by following the guidelines. It is essential to include as much information as possible, with reference to the actual contributions made to Irish culture rather than a list of posts held. People who are not Irish citizens are eligible to be considered for awards. However, they MUST be descended from an Irish family.

Please note that we cannot be responsible for any proofs you might send, so please provide, eg photocopies rather than original documents.

3 CLANS of IRELAND ORDER OF MERIT - CIOM

Clans of Ireland Order of Merit is given to Irish people and members of the Diaspora from all walks of life and all sections of society who have made a significant contribution to the promotion of Irish culture and heritage. Awards are made in a single class known as a Companion of Clans of Ireland or in Irish Compánach Finte na hÉireann. Recipients will receive the insignia of the Order and will be entitled to wear it at formal events and ceremonies.

4 ANNUAL AWARD

The number of awards in the Order are strictly limited. Therefore, however valuable the service of the nominees, not everyone may receive recogntion in any one year. It is important to realise that a CIOM does not automatically follow a nomination. If your nominee has not been successful you may re-nominate at a later date.

The Council of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit will not provide feedback on individual nominations.

5 Council of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit.

This is an independent body established by the board of Clans of Ireland to consider all nominations for appointment to the Order. In 2021, the membership is Doctor Michael J. Egan, Chair, together with Mrs. Maura O'Riordan, Mrs. Nora Keohane Hickey, Dr. Maura O'Gara and Dr. Nóllaig Ó Muraíle

The decision is based on the Criteria asked of the Nominee.

6 TIMETABLE OF NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS

The award of Companion in Clans of Ireland Order of Merit is usually presented at the Annual General Meeting in Ireland, during April, in the presence of representatives from registered Irish Clans. Consequently, completed nominations will need to be with Clans of Ireland postal address by 28th February, 2021.

Award of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit will be publicly announced on St. Patrick’s Day, 17 March, 2021 on the website

7 CONFIDENTIALITY

All nominations for Clans of Ireland Order of Merit are treated in the strictest confidence. It is desirable that the nominee should not be informed that they have been nominated, as it is not fair to raise expectations in case they are not met.

8 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND PROGRESS OF NOMINATIONS

Upon receipt of your nomination, we will send an acknowledgement. We regret that it is not possible to enter into correspondence on the merits of a particular nomination whilst it is under consideration.

9 CHANGES TO INFORMATION SUBMITTED

You may not send additional information to support the nomination after the deadline for submitting nominations has passed.

10 NON - IRISH CITIZENS

People who are not Irish citizens are eligible to be considered for awards. However, they MUST be descended from an Irish family.

11 ENQUIRIES

Additional information relating to Clans of Ireland Order of Merit may be obtained on our website: www.clansofireland.ie