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Finte na hÉireann ~ Clans of Ireland is an independent permanent authority established in 1989 to:
- Authenticate and register Irish Clans and historical families
- promote the interests of Irish Clans and historical families
- provide authentic and scholarly information related to Irish Clans and historical families.
We are regularly consulted by government agencies, embassies, historical and cultural groups, the media and members of the general public. We maintain a very strong and positive relationship with the Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains who represent the hereditary Chiefs.
Membership of Clans of Ireland is restricted to those Irish Clans and historical families who's surname is of Irish origin or who have a presence in Ireland prior to the Great Famine (1845-1862). As such the Register of Clans of Ireland includes families of Irish, Norse, Anglo-Norman, Scots, Gallowglass, Huguenot, and Quaker origins.
If you are looking for information about a specific Irish Clan or historical family please consult the Register of Clans 2012 and contact your clan directly. If you wish to have your clan registered please consult the registration page on this website. If your clan is not currently organised you might consider establishing a clan society and we will be happy to support you in your endeavours.
Is mise le meas,
Dr. Michael J.S. Egan CLJ