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
Ms. Nora Keohane Hickey
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.

2021

The following individuals are appointed as Companions of the Clans of Ireland Order of Merit as of 17th March 2021:

  • Mr Éamon Lankford CIOM
  • Lt. Colonel Jerry McKenna USAF (Retired) CIOM

 


Past Recipients

List of People who have received the Order of Clans of Ireland in the past
 


2020

The following individuals are appointed as Companions of the Clans of Ireland Order of Merit as of 17th March 2020:

  • Mr Stephen V Boylan CIOM
  • Mr Denis Hoban CIOM
  • Mr Dan McGrath CIOM

2019

The following individuals are appointed as Companions of the Clans of Ireland Order of Merit as of 22 March 2019:

  • Dr Katharine Simms CIOM
  • Dr Diarmuid Ó Mathúna CIOM

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 


2014

The following individuals are appointed as Companions of the Clans of Ireland Order of Merit (announced as of 17th March 2014, (St Patricks Day) Ireland ) 

Rev. Fr. J. Anthony Gaughan, CIOM

Lt. Col. Lyn David McMullen, CIOM 


2013

Dr. Mary McAleese CIOM, President of Ireland 1997-2011.

Ambassador Brian Ó Ceallaigh CIOM, retired Irish Diplomat .

Monsignor Pádraig Ó Fionnachta CIOM, retired professor of Irish, Maynooth College.

An tUasail Cathaoir Ó Tighearnaigh CIOM, Ceannaire Cumann na gClann Uí Thighearnaigh.


2012

Nuala Cassidy CIOM, genealogist responsible for identifying former United States President Bill Clinton's Irish roots.

Vincent O'Donnell CIOM, historian, O'Donnell Clan Association secretary, activist and musician.

Byron Egan (USA) JD CIOM, Vice Chair American M&A Committee American Bar Council, Chair of Texas Business Law Association.

Michael D. Higgins CIOM, President of Ireland.

James Mulvihill (USA) CIOM, former Research Chemist and Director of Research

John Gargan (Thailand) CIOM, author and retired professor of finance, former National Chairman of the Reform Party (USA).

Dr. Nollaig Ó Muraíle RIA CIOM, author and academic at NUIG who transcribed and translated MacFhirbhisigh’s Great Book of Irish Genealogies.


2011

Liam Crowley CIOM, co-ordinator of Crowley Castle restoration project.

Riobard Ó Dwyer CIOM, seven times All Ireland triple jump champion and Munster Senior Accordion Champion.

Proinsias MagFhionnghaille CIOM, author, and founded of Síol organisation to promote education about traditional Irish clothing and weapons.

Dr. James O'Higgins Norman CIOM MStJ, author and academic at Dublin City University.

Peter James O’Neill CIOM, Chairman of the Michael Coleman Heritage Centre in Gurteen and member of Moygara Castle Preservation Project.

Tim O’Neill CIOM, historian, author and calligrapher, designed Plantation of Ulster Commemorative Stamp.

Margaret Curtin CIOM, genealogist and Clan organiser in Australia.

Nomination Form - Order of Merit

You are invited to download, fill in & return the Clans of Ireland Order of Merit nomination form the link below.

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

 

 

Statutes - Order of Merit

1. Authority

1.1  Clans of Ireland is an independent authority established in 1989, (incorporated as Clans of Ireland Ltd., 1990) to authenticate Irish Clans and to promote education and knowledge of Irish heritage and culture.1.2 Clans of Ireland is accredited by the United Nations as a Civil Society non-governmental organisation.

1.3  Clans of Ireland Order of Merit was established in 2010 by the authority of the Board of Clans of Ireland.

1.4  The statutes of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit are authorised and issued by the Board of Clans of Ireland in accordance with section 2 and section 3 of the Memorandum of Association for Clans of Ireland.

2. Patron

2.1  The President of Ireland shall be the sole Patron of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit. During any time when the Patron is unavailable the Board of Clans of Ireland will act on behalf of the patron.

2.2  The Patron shall automatically be a member of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit and should receive the insignia of the Order as soon as can be arranged after s/he has been inaugurated as President of Ireland.

2.3  The Patron shall act as an honorary head of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit.

2.4  The Patron shall present the insignia to the recipients.

2.5  Where the Patron is unavailable to present the insignia, another person will be nominated to do so by the Board of Clans of Ireland.

3. Governance 

3.1  The Board of Clans of Ireland will nominate individuals to a committee, under Article 62 of the Company’s Articles of Association to be known as the Council of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit, for a period of three years to adjudicate on the nominations to Clans of Ireland Order of Merit.

3.2  The Council, constituted in accordance with article 62, of the Articles of Association of Clans of Ireland Limited and with clause 3. x. of the Memorandum of Association of Clans of Ireland Limited shall only have responsibility for:

a)  Considering the nominations submitted through the Correspondence Committee, by the
appointed date, and transmitted to the Council of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit.

b)  Drawing up a shortlist of suitable individuals, for consideration of the Board of Clans of
Patron Michael D. Higgins, President of IrelandIreland for the awarding of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit, and advising the Board of those nominations which have the most merit.

c)  Advising the Board of Clans of Ireland on such matters that the Board of Clans of Ireland
may refer to the Council.

3.3  Membership of the Council is at the discretion of the Board of Clans of Ireland but the majority of members of Council should be members of the Board of Clans of Ireland.

3.4  The Council shall endeavour to agree upon all awards by consensus. Where a vote is required a majority of one vote will suffice.

3.5  The Council of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit will elect a Cathaoirleach in accordance with article 63 of the Articles of Association of Clans of Ireland Limited from among Clans of Ireland members of the Council.

3.6  The Cathaoirleach of the Council will be responsible for liaising with the Board of Clans of Ireland, coordinating the annual nomination process, convening meetings of the Council of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit and arranging the annual investiture ceremony in conjunction with the Board of Clans of Ireland.

3.7  The Cathaoirleach of the Council will ensure that there is no outside interference in the selection process and that all decisions of the Council are kept confidential until they are announced.

3.8  Where a vacancy arises on the Council of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit, the Cathaoirleach of the Council will formally notify the Board of Clans of Ireland and a replacement will be appointed by the Board.

 

4. Nomination of Awards

4.1  All citizens of Ireland and members of the Irish Diaspora who are 18 years of age or older are eligible for appointment to Clans of Ireland Order of Merit regardless of whether they have registered with their clan or not.

     4.1.1 Those chosen to receive Clans of Ireland Order of Merit must have made an outstanding contribution.
     4.1.2.1 His/her Clan organization and / or,
     4.1.2.2 Irish culture and heritage and / or,
     4.1.2.3 The honour of his / her clan name and /or,
     4.1.2.4 The reputation of Ireland.

4.2 There will be a single grade of membership of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit to be known as a Companion of Clans of Ireland or Compánach Finte na hÉireann.
4.3 Members of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit are entitled to use the post-nominal CIOM.
4.4 The maximum number of awards is set at four per annum
4.5  Nominations can be made by:

    4.5.1  Any Clan that has maintained its registration with Clans of Ireland for three consecutive years up to the date of nomination.
    4.5.2  Any member of the Board of Clans of Ireland, who may nominate one person. A ballot on the Board Member’s nominations will be held and a maximum of two nominations may be selected to go forward to the adjudicating Committee for consideration.Patron Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

4.6  No member of the board may be nominated to receive the Order of Merit.
4.7  Those nominated should not be informed that they are being considered so as to avoid disappointment if the nomination is not successful.

4.8  The Council will not be obliged to provide individual feedback regarding unsuccessful

nominations.

4.9  A certificate of appointment to the Order may be issued.

4.10  he Company Secretary will maintain a record of the names of those inducted into Clans of Ireland Order of Merit.

 

5. Wearing of Insignia

5.1  The insignia of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit will be a rendering of Clans of Ireland emblem (obverse) and a stylised version of an Irish harp (reverse), held by a azure blue ribbon hanging from a single gold bar.

5.2  The insignia for males and females will be the same.

5.3  Companions of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit will wear the insignia on the left side of the breast except for the Patron who will wear the insignia on an azure neck ribbon.

5.4  Companions of Clans of Ireland Order of Merit may wear the insignia on suitable occasions, in acknowledgement of the honour that they have garnered as a result of their outstanding contributions to Ireland, its clans, culture and heritage.

5.5  Miniatures of the insignia may be worn as appropriate.

 


 

 

Revised and Approved by the Board of Clans of Ireland at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.
 

Saturday 27 th June 2015.