Tip O’Neill Annual Irish Diaspora Award

Open Call to Artists for design of new award!

Donegal County Council would like to invite artists/designers to submit proposals for the design of a new award which will be presented to the awardees of the Tip O’Neill Annual Irish Diaspora Awards for 2024 and beyond.

The Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award, presented annually by Donegal County Council, seeks to recognise those who have excelled in their chosen field whilst honouring their contribution to Ireland and its Diaspora.

The award was first initiated in 2012 as a means of commemorating the centenary of the birth of the late Tip O’Neill.

Tip was a liberal Democrat and an influential member of the US House of Representatives. His maternal grandparents were native to County Donegal.

A cast of the late Tip O’Neill’s hand, used as the award from 2012 until 2022.

Key Points for Artists/Designers

Artists/designers interested in submitting proposals should note the following key points:

  • The design should give recognition to the late Tip O’Neill.
  • The design should be relevant to the role of our Diaspora.
  • Weight and height of the award.
  • Weight of the award to be no greater than 10kg.
  • Height of the award to be no higher than 40cm.


Donegal County Council proposes to shortlist up to three designs for stage two of the process.

Closing date for enquiries is Friday, 12th January 2024, 5pm. Enquiries should be emailed to in advance of the deadline with the subject line Tip O’Neill Annual Irish Diaspora Award Design Application Enquiry”.

Closing date for submissions is Friday, January 19th 5pm. Submissions should be emailed to with the subject line Tip O’Neill Annual Irish Diaspora Award Design Application”.

Shortlisted applicants will be informed by Friday, 26th of January 2024.

Stage 1 Applications

Interested artists/designers can submit up to three concept proposals per person/company/partnership.

Artists should provide the following as part of their submission:

  • Documentation of previous work: please submit up to 3 examples of relevant previous work; photographs and links to relevant videos will be accepted.
  • A statement that outlines how you will approach this commission (500 words maximum). Please indicate why you are interested in this commission, and why you feel your approach to the design is best suited to this particular brief. The proposal should also demonstrate your experience of creating original, high-quality designs and of working through collaborative processes.
  • Set out your proposed approach to undertaking this assignment including engagement with Donegal County Council and timescale for development and delivery of the proposal. Please note the final deadline for production and delivery of this assignment is 30th of June 2024.
  • Provide a price for production and delivery of the following:
    • 20 units
    • 30 units
    • 50 units
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