Sixteen direct descendants of the Chieftains of Ireland meet in Dublin for the formation of the Council of Irish Chieftains.
The last time the chieftains met was before the Battle of Kinsale in 1603. Ahead of the meeting 16 of the remaining 19 bloodline chieftains were received by the President of Ireland Mary Robinson in Áras an Uachtaráin. This was the first time in modern history that the chiefs had met.
President Robinson expresses her view that the meeting is an important way of reinforcing a sense of history for the Irish people. The council organiser 'The Maguire of Fermanagh', otherwise known as Terence Maguire says the meeting is,
An attempt to bring together a council of the chiefs of the name of Ireland and it's mainly for cultural purposes.
Admiral Pasquale O'Doherty whose ancestors left Ireland for Spain in 1790 talks about the historical and cultural importance of the council in terms of national identity.
The Council of Irish Chieftains hopes to meet at least twice a year.
An RTÉ News report by Fionnuala Sweeney broadcast on 6 October 1991.