The following old Irish titles have been officially recognized and registered, but do not form part of the Peerage of Ireland. The following are members of the Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains (i.e., recognized by the Genealogical Office):
The below is a list from Dr. Patrick O'Shea
Also, I must contest your assertion that The O'Conor Don is somehow first in precedence among the Chiefs. The following Royal Houses might be said to be co-heirs to the High Kingship, but none of them would necessarily hold precedence over another:
The O'Conor Don, Prince of Connacht The MacCarthy Mor, Prince of Desmond The O'Brien, Prince of Thomond The O'Neil Mor, Prince of Ulster (not recognized by the GO, but a valid claim) The MacMorrough Kavanagh, Prince of LeinsterRegarding The O'Neill Mor, it is beyond the scope of this note to examine the reasons why the GO has hesitated to recognize this Chief, who is resident in the Kingdom of Spain. However, he is a direct lineal descendant of the last ruling O'Neill Mor, and certainly has a superior claim to the title over O'Neill of Clanaboy (who has tried to assert that he is Chief of the entire Name, and not merely Chieftain of his branch).
I hope this is useful.
The following titles are either extinct or dormant
The Peerage explained.
Last updated Jan 29, 1999
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