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Chiefs and Clans Essay Prize 

Dear Clan Representatives,

It gives me great pleasure to announce the continuation of the joint initiative between Clans of Ireland and the Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains, in association with the History Department of Trinity College Dublin; through which a prize of Five Hundred Euro is on offer for the winner of this Essay competition. The winning Essay may be published in History Ireland magazine.  In the future, some of these essays may be considered for publication in an anthology. 

The Patron of Clans of Ireland, President Michael D Higgins, made special reference to this competition at his address to the gathering of the Chiefs and representatives of Clans of Ireland which he hosted at Aras an Uachtarain in May.

The competition, open to all over the age of eighteen who are not on the academic staff of a third level history department, is for essays of approximately two thousand words, dealing with any facet of political, social or cultural history of Gaelic Ireland, within the period from 400 to 1690 A.D. The essay should be accompanied by full footnote references to sources used; with a bibliography at the end (footnotes and bibliography will not be included in the word count). It may be written in either Irish or in English and might deal with subjects such as kingship, lordship, land-holding, genealogy, family history etc.

Entries, with competitor's name, address and contact details, should be emailed (preferably) as an attached MS Word file to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to:

"Chiefs and Clans Prize"

C/o Katharine Simms

History Department,

School of Histories and Humanities,

Trinity College Dublin,

Dublin 2,

Republic of Ireland


Entries must arrive by 1st June 2016.

For further details, see

I would like to take the opportunity of inviting all adult students of Gaelic Ireland to submit an entry. Such an undertaking would stimulate interest, increase knowledge and develop a desire for further scholarship, as the more we know; the more we realise how much more there is to be known.

Is mise le meas,

Gearoid Ó Ceallaigh

Finte na hÉireann
Clans of Ireland

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