The term Anglo-Irish means British-Irish and is used frequently to describe formal contacts, negotiations or treaties between both states. The most famous examples are:

  • Anglo-Irish Treaty (1921)
  • Anglo-Irish Agreement (1985)
  • Anglo-Irish Summits (meetings between the British and Irish prime ministers).

The term Anglo-Irish is also applied to Irish aristocrats of British or partially British descent. One leading Anglo-Irish peer described his experience as one of the 'Anglo-Irish' as being regarded as Irish in England, English in Ireland and not accepted fully as belonged to either. However such divisions are no longer as prevalent in Ireland, where Anglo-Irish peers have played a prominent role in modern Irish affairs.

Among the most prominent Anglo-Irish Peers are or were:

A number of Anglo-Irish Peers have been appointed by Presidents of Ireland to serve on their advisory Council of State. A number of peers were also considered possible candidates for presidents of Ireland, including

  • Lady Valerie Goulding
  • Lord Killanin
  • Lord Ashbourne ( a renouned gaelic scholar).

Further Reading

  • Peter Berresford Ellis, Erin's Blood Royal: The Gaelic Noble Dynasties of Ireland ISBN 0094786003