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Presidential Awards for Irish Abroad

Áras an Uachtaráin

Do you know someone who has given distinguished service - find out how to nominate him/her for an Award

The Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad Award was established by the Government in 2012. It provides recognition by the Irish State for persons living abroad (primarily Irish citizens, those entitled to Irish citizenship and those of Irish descent), who have given sustained and distinguished service to Ireland and/or Irish communities abroad.

Do you know someone who has given sustained and distinguished service in any of these areas?

  • Irish Community Support
  • Arts, Culture and Sport
  • Charitable Works
  • Business and Education
  • Peace, Reconciliation and Development

They may be eligible to be nominated for the Presidential Distinguished Service Award if they meet the following criteria:

They have been habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and satisfy the following additional requirements:

  • have rendered distinguished service to the nation and/or its reputation abroad;
  • have actively and demonstrably contributed to Ireland and/or its international reputation and/or Irish communities abroad in at least one of the areas above;
  • have a track record of sustained support and engagement with Ireland and/or its international reputation and/or Irish communities abroad over a period of not less than 5 years.

While the scheme is open to all persons living abroad, it is primarily aimed at Irish citizens, those entitled to Irish citizenship and persons of Irish descent, who have given sustained and distinguished service to Ireland or Irish communities abroad.

How do I nominate someone for the Presidential Distinguished Service Award?

For information on how to nominate, please visit our Irish Abroad section of the website and complete the latest form.

Presidential Awards for Irish Abroad

For More Information

Read the history and origin of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award