Presidential Award will celebrate community contributions


Lisa Marie Joyce

EVERY year, an Uachtaráin Michael D. Higgins presents the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad. This award (above) recognises service given to the State or to Irish Communities abroad by those living outside of Ireland. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the process for the award is taking place at a later point in the year than usual and the closing date for receipt of nominations to the Embassy of Ireland, London is Friday, August 6, 2021. 

The Presidential Distinguished Service Award is open to all people living abroad, but it is aimed at Irish citizens, those entitled to Irish citizenship and those of Irish decent, who have given a sustained and distinguished service to Ireland and Irish Communities abroad.

If there is an individual who’s service to the Irish Community in Britain you believe merits nomination for this award, visit: for more information on the nominating process.

Only those living outside of Ireland can be nominated for the award and they must have:

  • Given distinguished service to Ireland, or its reputation abroad.
  • Contributed to Ireland, its international reputation, or Irish Communities abroad in at least one of five categories.
  • Supported and engaged with Ireland, it’s international reputation, and/or Irish communities abroad for at least five years. A nominee may have also given a distinguished service on an international issue of importance.

The categories under which individuals can be nominated are:

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

If possible, we would be very grateful if you can advise us at the Consulate of any planned nominations so we can ensure receipt of all nominations. Furthermore, if you have any queries not covered by the webpage above, please get in touch with us.

Lisa Marie Joyce is the Vice-Consul General of Ireland in Scotland