Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains

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Standing Council of Irish Chiefs
Buanchomhairle Thaoisigh Éireann
TypeGaelic nobility
Irish clans
Gaelic culture
Hugo Ricciardi O'Neill

The Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains (Irish: Buanchomhairle Thaoisigh Éireann) is an organisation which was established to bring together the surviving Chiefs of the Name from the Gaelic nobility of Ireland. As a republic, the Constitution of Ireland prohibits the conferring or recognition of "titles of nobility" by the Republic of Ireland.[1]


On 5 October 1991 sixteen of the nineteen "bloodline chiefs" were received at Áras an Uachtaráin by the President of Ireland, Mary Robinson,[2] along with the Chief Herald of Ireland and representation from the Irish Tourist Board.[3] This was the first time in modern history that the bloodline chieftains of Ireland had gathered to form a council.[citation needed]

Maguire of Fermanagh, retired accountant Terence Maguire, was elected chairman of the Irish Chiefs Council for a three-year period while The O'Conor Don of Roscommon, retired businessman Denis O'Conor Don, was elected deputy-chairman.

In 1999, following a scandal, the Chief Herald of Ireland took advice from the Attorney General's Office that successions would no longer be given "courtesy recognition" or published in the Iris Oifigiúil. While some representatives had obtained courtesy recognition as Chiefs of the Name from the Chief Herald of Ireland, this practice was discontinued by 2003 – when the Attorney General noted that such recognitions in a Republican system were unconstitutional and without basis in Irish law.[4][5][6]

As of 2006,[needs update] the Chairman of The Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains was Dr. Hugo Ricciardi O'Neill, the ostensible head of the Clandeboye O'Neill dynasty, from a branch of that family which has been in Portugal since the 18th century.[7]

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  1. ^ "Constitution of Ireland (Article 40 – Fundamental Rights)" (PDF). Constitutional Convention. p. 150.
  2. ^ "Irish Chiefs: Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains". Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  3. ^ "The talented Mr MacCarthy 'Mór'". History Ireland. 16 January 1922. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  4. ^ Curley, pp. 179–80; Charles Lysaght (in Curley), p. 14
  5. ^ "Genie Gazette" (PDF). 8 (10). Genealogical Society of Ireland. October 2003. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "Terence of Belfast – The Kingdom of Desmond Association". Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  7. ^ Anuário da Nobreza de Portugal, III, 2006, Tomo III, pg. 1.394