2016 Clans of Ireland awarded
three people their most prestigious honour – their Order
Dr Michael J.S. Egan, in his role as Chairman of Adjudication Council of the Board
of Clans of Ireland and on the authority of Michael D. Higgins the President of
Ireland, made Professor Gregory Egan a Companion of the Clans of Ireland by presenting
him with the Order at the 2016 Dublin Gathering.
In responding to the citation Professor Egan said:
Whilst the award is an honour for me, it is a greater honour for our Clann.
The award recognises the tireless work of many and I speak in particular of Elaine
Egan, who founded the Australian & New Zealand Chapter, and was our first president,
and my lady Sue, our Chapter's Registrar. There are of course many more, some
present, and others here in spirit.I thank you all.
As Mac Aodhagáin stated previously it is a great honour for our Clan that
it now has two people with the Order of Merit the other being Byron Egan. No other
Clan has this distinction.