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Nominations for the 2021 Presidential Distinguished Service Award open until August 6

Nominations for the 2021 Presidential Distinguished Service Award open until August 6

2019's Presidential Distinguished Service Award recipients included Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O'Reilly of New York's Irish Repertory Theatre.

The Presidential Distinguished Service Award was established as a means to recognise the contribution of members of the Irish diaspora and the first awards were made in 2012. Nominations are made by Irish communities abroad through Ireland’s network of Diplomatic Missions.


In order to be eligible for consideration, nominees must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and are required to satisfy one of the following additional requirements:

  1. Given distinguished service to Ireland and/or its reputation abroad.

  2. Contributed to Ireland and/or its international reputation and/or Irish communities abroad in at least one of the categories listed below:
    • Arts, Culture and Sport;
    • Business and Education;
    • Charitable Works;
    • Irish Community Support;
    • Peace, Reconciliation and Development;
    • Science, Technology and Innovation (additional category introduced in 2016).
  3. Supported and engaged with Ireland and/or its international reputation and/or Irish communities abroad for at least five years, or have made a sustained and distinguished service on a global or international issue of importance


Nominations should be submitted through the Embassy of Ireland in the country of residence of the nominee before Friday, 6th August 2021.

Learn more at www.dfa.ie/Global-Irish

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