Finte na hÉireann ~ Clans of Ireland was established in 1989 as an independent permanent organisation to deal with the affairs of Irish Clans. Clans of Ireland maintains a register of Irish Clans and affords clans with an opportunity to communicate and interact with each other. The main objectives of Finte na hÉireann ~ Clans of Ireland are: * To take actions in the interest of Irish Clans or individual Clans as maybe appropriate * To publish the Register of Irish Clans * To advise Irish Clans on issues regarding the establishment and continued existence of Irish Clan Societies * To provide opportunities to increase awareness among the general public regarding Irish Clans and Gaelic Culture Membership of Finte na hÉireann ~ Clans of Ireland is restricted to those Irish Clans and traditional family groupings who’s surname is of Irish origin or who have a presence in Ireland prior to the Great Famine (1845-1862). Reflecting Brehon Law and the traditions of Gaelic Ireland, Irish Clans are normally organised around a Chief and a Clan Council. Some Irish Clans have a hereditary Chief who may be a member of the Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains while others acclaim a Chief through a process of election or appointment from within the clan. Each Irish Clan is an autonomous body and regulates itself according to its own traditions and articles of association. Many Irish Clans are registered as charities either in Ireland or in the country where their main office is located. Irish Clans usually act as a focal point for genealogical and historical research. They also arrange gatherings in Ireland and abroad. Irish Clans publish newsletters, journals and historical books. Some arrange educational activities and others again hold annual ceremonies at which they honour members of their clan for their achievements. In summary, the Clans of Ireland are today what they were in the past, a living network of Gaelic and Anglo-Norman families who come together to learn, understand and celebrate a common heritage. Please visit Finte na hÉireann by clicking on their official emblem above.