January 2022 - Winter letter from An Cathaoirleach

A Cháirde,

An Cruinniú Mullaigh Cultúrtha Bliantúil 2022

This past week has brought government announcements of the easing of Covid restrictions throughout Ireland. This means that we can announce that the Annual Cultural Summit will take place in the Stephen's Green Club in Dublin, without regulatory restrictions as to capacity, on April 8th and 9th. We hope that this gives ample opportunity for those who travel from abroad to make arrangements, particularly with the prevailing lower than normal fares.

Final plans for the event in a physical and video conference form are being drawn up and will be announced over the coming weeks. This year’s Summit is to be themed on the destruction of the Public Records and State Papers in 1922 that had been collected since the 13th century and were held in an ad hoc office at the Four Courts. Two speakers have confirmed their availability: Dr Peter Crooks, Associate Professor of Medieval History at TCD and “Director of Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury” and Dr Annaleigh Margey, Acting Head of Department of Humanities at Dundalk Institute of Technology who was part of the transcription project at TCD on the 1641 depositions.

It is anticipated that this year, given that quite a number of people had indicated their intention to attend before the date was announced, the Cultural Summit will provide a first-in recent-times opportunity for many to combine an intellectually stimulating conference with a glamorous social event, the Annual Clans of Ireland Dinner on April 9th. This may result in pressure on the available capacity, so I would urge those who are intent on attending to indicate this to the Clans of Ireland Correspondence Secretary as early as possible, advising of the number in your party and the Clan that you represent. Those on this list will be advised first when the online booking system is opened.

There will also be an opportunity, for those who have not already done so, to purchase a copy of the recently launched anthology of essays for the Irish Chiefs’ and Clans’ prize in history, Gaelic Ireland (c.600-c.1700) Lordship, saints and learning, with one, if not both editors in attendance to inscribe your copy.

I very much look forward to meeting you there.

Finte na hÉireann Ord Fiúntais.

Nominations for the Clans of Ireland Order of Merit awards must be registered with the Council of the Order of Merit no later than February 28th. Nominations, including full relevant biographies, must be submitted through the Correspondence Secretary post@clansofireland.ie and addressed, in confidence to the Council of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit.

The Order of Merit is awarded to a maximum of four persons each year, whose names are announced on St Patrick’s Day, 17th March. The conferring of awards to the new Companions of the Clans of Ireland Order of Merit will be made during the Saturday of the Annual Summit, on April 9th.

Táim ag tnúth go mór le bualadh leat ag an gcruinniú mullaigh.

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