Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish Abroad. The closing date for return of nominations to the Embassy [or your nearest Irish Consulate in the United States] is Monday April 22nd. For more information and a copy of the downloadable nomination form, click here.

Former Coca-Cola president Donald Keough, philanthropist Chuck Feeney, and former American Ireland Fund chairman Loretta Brennan Glucksman were among the 10 recipients of the first Presidential Awards for Irish Abroad issued by the Irish government in 2012.

The Award 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 made a sustained and distinguished service to Ireland and/or Irish communities abroad. The Award is not an honours system and does not confer any legal entitlements or benefits upon the recipients, including a right to Irish citizenship.

The Irish Embassy in Washington, D.C. is now accepting nominations for the award from areas of achievement such as Irish community support; arts; culture; sport; charitable works; business; education and peace and reconciliation.

Nominees must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and are required to 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 categories outlined 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.

A panel based in Ireland will consider all nominations received from abroad and will make recommendations to the Government in respect of no more than 10 individuals in any one year. It is expected that the recipients for 2013 Awards will be presented with them by the President in late 2013.

For more information click here.