Order of Merit

Patron:
His Excellency Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland.

Council:

Dr. Nollaig Ó Muraíle, MA, PhD, MRIA
Dr. Máire Ní Chearbhaill PhD
Dr Joe Mannion
Ms. Maura O'Gara O'Riordan

Cathaoirleach:
Dr.Michael Egan

 

The Order of Clans of Ireland is the highest honour that can be bestowed by Irish Clans. It is an order of merit conferred on individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Irish culture and heritage or who have brought conspicuous honour to their Clan name.

 

There are no limitations on the number of people who can be admitted to the Order of Clans of Ireland. However, no more than four individuals can receive the award each year. Nominations are submitted to Order's Council and the names of those who are successfully chosen are announced on the 17th March (St. Patrick's Day) each year. A conferring ceremony is held in Dublin where those being honoured receive their insignia. Members are appointed as Companions of the Order of Clans of Ireland or in Irish Compánach Fhinte na hÉireann and may use the post-nominal letters CIOM.

Nominations are made through Clans who have maintained their registration with Clans of Ireland for three consecutive years or more, up to the date of nomination, and also by the Board.

2018

The following individuals are appointed as Companions of the Clans of Ireland Order of Merit as of 17th March 2018:

  • Mr Fergus Kavanagh CIOM - sponsored by the Caomhánach Laighean Clan
  • Mr Eamon Madden CIOM - sponsored by the Fagan – Ó Faodhagáin clan
  • Mr Thomas Weadock CIOM - sponsored by the Weadick MacMurrough – Mac Mhadóc mac Murchadha Clan

 


2017

The following individuals are appointed as Companions of the Clans of Ireland Order of Merit as of 17th March 2017:

Mr Bernard Joseph McKenna CIOM

Mr Pádraig Nolan CIOM


2016

The following individuals are appointed as Companions of the Clans of Ireland Order of Merit as of 17th March 2016:

Ms Margot Coogan CIOM 

Mr Eamon De Búrca CIOM

Professor Gregory Egan CIOM