October 2018 - Chiefs’ and Clans’ Essay Competition Winner 2018


The winner of the 2018 Chiefs’ and Clans’ Essay Competition on Gaelic Ireland was announced recently by Dr Katherine Simms of Trinity College Dublin, who is Chair of the adjudication panel. Patrick McDonagh, a postgraduate student of History at TCD, was declared the outright winner from among this year’s entrants.

The winning essay, entitled ‘Muirchú and the history of fifth-century Ulster’, will feature in the forthcoming November/December issue of History Ireland. The winner will receive his prize at a special ceremony on Saturday 13 April next in the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, Dublin, during the 2019 Clans of Ireland Annual General Meeting and Conference.

The substantial cash prize of €500 is jointly sponsored by The Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains and Clans of Ireland, and the competition is run in association with the History Department of Trinity College Dublin and History Ireland magazine.