Nominations sought for Irish abroad awards

April 16, 2015 • Ireland, News,


President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, along with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the 2014 Presidential Distinguished Service Award winners at Áras an Uachtaráin.

The nomination deadline is looming for this year’s Presidential Distinguished Service Awards (PDSA) which seek to honour the Irish abroad.

The PDSAs, established in 2012,  aim to provide “state recognition for those living abroad, (primarily Irish citizens , those entitled to Irish citizenship, and those of Irish descent) who provide sustained and distinguished service to Ireland and/or Irish communities abroad”.

The closing date for receipt of nominations is Wednesday, April 22.

Just two of the 30 winners to date have come from Australia – Jim Stynes was awarded a PDSA posthumously in 2012 and author Tom Keneally was among the winners last year.

Nominations must be submitted to the Embassy in Canberra or the Consulate in Sydney.

You can download the nomination form here and find out more information about the awards here.

Nominations will be forwarded to Dublin for consideration by an appointed panel which is tasked with making positive recommendations in respect of no more than 10 individuals in any one year. The panel’s recommendations are then approved by the Government. The announcement of recipients usually takes place around October.

If you have any questions or queries on the process, please do not hesitate to contact the Embassy.



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