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Minister Deenihan to Confer the Order of Clans of Ireland at the Mansion House, Dublin, on Saturday 27th April at 4.30pm

Friday 26th April—Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, will address the annual conference and general meeting of the Clans of Ireland in the Oak Room of the Mansion House tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 27th April at 4.30pm), where he will confer the insignia of Companions of the Order of Clans of Ireland to three deserving recipients.

The Clans of Ireland is an independent permanent authority established in 1989 to authenticate and register Irish Clans and historical families, to provide authentic and scholarly information relating to same, and to promote their interests. The authority is regularly consulted by government agencies, embassies, historical and cultural groups, the media, and members of the general public.

Clans of Ireland in partnership with the Government and with Tourism Ireland/Fáilte Éireann supports The Gathering/Tóstal Éireann 2013 and many of the Clans are planning gatherings in Ireland during 2013–2015.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Minister Deenihan said: “I am delighted to have the honour of presenting the Order of the Clans of Ireland to three individuals who have made significant contributions to Irish heritage and culture.” The three recipients of the insignia of Companions of the Order of Clans are Brian Ó Ceallaigh, retired ambassador; Cathaoir Ó Tighearnaigh, head of the Ó Tighearnaigh Clan; and Prof. Pádraig Ó Fiannachta, renowned Irish scholar.

Former President Dr. Mary McAleese will be receiving the Order of Clans of Ireland in a separate ceremony at the Irish Embassy in Rome.