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 Tip O ‘Neill Irish Diaspora Award is presented on an annual basis to a chosen member of the broad Irish Diaspora in recognition of achievements in their chosen field and their interest in, and support for Ireland and its Diaspora.

Tip O’Neill

The Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award was initiated in 2012 which was the centenary of the birth of Thomas P. Tip O’Neill. Tip O’Neill whose maternal grandparents hailed from Donegal (Buncrana and Clonmany) was an American Politician and Statesman who served as Speaker of the US House of Representatives from 1977 until 1987. Tip O’Neill was one of the most promiment US Politications of his era with many notable achievements at home and abroad. In an Irish context he was central to the initiation of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and did much to advance the socio economic regeneration of Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of the Republic through initiatives such as the International Fund for Ireland.

Donegal Diaspora Project

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.


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Official announcement of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards 2017 Recipients

By |September 19th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Four Diaspora ambassadors to be awarded prestigious Tip O’Neill Award The 2017 recipients of the prestigious Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards were announced recently at a special reception in the County House in Lifford. This [...]

Tip O’Neill Exhibition being held in Cork City Library on The Grand Parade

By |March 16th, 2017|Categories: Events|

This exhibition shall be officially launched by Professor Margaret Kelleher on Monday 13th March, 2017 @ 3pm and will run for a month. The exhibition will celebrate the life of Tip O'Neill, his connections with [...]

Nominations now open for 2017

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Donegal County Council is delighted to announce the official opening of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards nomination process for 2017. Click Here to Nominate Here in Donegal we are very proud of our [...]

Chris Matthews receives Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award

By |October 7th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Political analyst and Hardball presenter Chris Matthews received the 2016 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award at a ceremony in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana, Co. Donegal on Friday night. Chris Matthews known as the blunt [...]

74 entries for this year’s Tip O’Neill Schools Competition

By |September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Events|

With the final touches being put into place for this year’s Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony, the painstaking job of adjudicating the 74 entries received for this year’s Schools Competition is also well underway. [...]

Chris Matthews to receive Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award next week

By |September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Events|

With the US Presidential campaign in full swing, well known political commentator Chris Matthews is taking time out from his busy TV schedule next week to make a special visit to Donegal where he will [...]