Published in 20th-century / Contemporary History, Features, Issue 5 (September/October 2013), Volume 21

The Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains, in association with the History Department of Trinity College, Dublin, and History Ireland magazine, is offering a prize of €750 for the winning entrant in an essay competition on Gaelic Ireland.

Entry is open to all persons over eighteen years who are NOT on the academic staff of a history department in any third-level institution.

Essay must be on a topic dealing with any aspect of the political, social or cultural history of Gaelic Ireland (within the date range AD 400 to 1690), such as Irish kingship, lordship, land-holding, genealogy, family history, etc. It should be approximately 2,000 words in length and accompanied by full footnote references to sources used, with a bibliography at the end (footnotes and bibliography will not be counted as part of the word-length). It may be written in English or Irish.

Entries, with candidate’s name, address and contact details, should be posted to:
‘Irish Chiefs’ Prize’, c/o History Department, School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland

or emailed as an attached MS-Word file to: by 1 May 2014.
The prize will only be awarded for an entry deemed to be of publishable standard. Subject to editorial approval, a version of the paper will appear in the Sept./Oct. 2014 issue of History Ireland. Both the winner and other entrants whose papers are deemed to be of publishable standard may be invited to contribute their work to a projected volume of essays on Gaelic Ireland, which is a central goal of the Chiefs and Chieftains’ competition. For further details, see


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