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The Irish nobility consists of persons who historically fell into one or more of the following categories of nobility.

These groups are not mutually exclusive. There is a some overlap between the first two groups (prior to the Treaty of Limerick), and a lesser degree of overlap between the last two groups (prior to the declaration of the Republic of Ireland). Such overlaps may be personal (e.g. a Gaelic noble who was "regranted" his titles by King Henry VIII of England), or they may be geographical[clarification needed] (i.e. different noble traditions co-existing in neighbouring parts of the country, which were only distinguished by the date when they finally fell under the Dublin Castle administration).[citation needed]

In the Republic of Ireland, as a republic, the Irish Constitution precludes the state from conferring titles of nobility, and prevents citizens from accepting titles of nobility or honour – except with the prior approval of the government.[1] While some representatives of clans and families had obtained "courtesy recognition" as Chiefs of the Name from the Chief Herald of Ireland, this practice was discontinued by 2003 – with the Attorney General noting that such recognitions were unconstitutional and without basis in law.[2][3][4] In Northern Ireland however, as part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, certain titles are still used and awarded.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "40.2" (PDF), Constitution of Ireland, Dublin: Stationery Office, archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-07-30
  2. ^ Curley. "Charles Lysaght (in Curley), p. 14". Vanishing Kingdoms: The Irish Chiefs and Their Families. pp. 179–80.
  3. ^ "Genie Gazette" (PDF). 8 (10). Genealogical Society of Ireland. October 2003.
  4. ^ "Terence of Belfast - The Kingdom of Desmond Association". Retrieved 2016-01-16.