Welcome to the Tip O'Neill Irish Diaspora Award Website

Welcome to the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award website. There are numerous people of Irish ancestry in the worldwide Diaspora who deserve to be recognised in the Country of their ancestors and this award will acknowledge the achievements of those individuals.

The Award

The Award This award is to recognise and pay tribute to one of Inishowen’s most famous descendants, Mr Tip O’Neill, both for his outstanding achievements in American political life and especially for his invaluable commitment to the search for a lasting peace and on the island of Ireland.

Tip O’Neill

For 10 years Tip O’Neill was, as Speaker of the American House of Representatives. His grandmother was Unity (Eunice) Fullerton from the townland of Baim in Sleadrin, Buncrana, Co Donegal.


Donegal promises wild landscapes blanketed in bog and heather, isolated white sandy beaches and a roughly hewn coastline. And when all of the cobwebs have been blown away, thriving little towns with cosy pubs, excellent seafood and a friendly welcome await.


The Donegal Diaspora Project is working to promote and engage Donegal’s global community. The Project links people from all parts of the world to Donegal and to each-other, creating networks of mutual interest and benefit.


Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award 2014

By |October 29th, 2014|

On 12th September 2014, Senator Therese Murray President of the Massachusetts Senate received the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora award from the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins.

In a touching ceremony on Friday September 12th, […]

2013 Tip O’Neill Event a Great Success

By |November 9th, 2013|

On Friday, 20th September 2013, the second Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award was awarded to the former Governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer.

Upon receiving the award from Minister of State Dinny McGinley TD, Governor Schweitzer […]

First Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award Weekend a Success

By |November 4th, 2013|

On Friday, 8th September, the inaugural Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award was presented to Niall O’Dowd.  Niall O’Dowd is an Irish, New York based journalist and publisher.

Pat Hume, wife of Nobel Laureate John Hume […]

Irish Diaspora Award: The Beginning

By |October 17th, 2013|

Inishowen was a hive of activity on the weekend of September 8th & 9th when an impressive eighty members of the O’Neill clan and the Irish Immigration Centre descended on Donegal from all parts […]