Dunedin man Sean Brosnahan now holds the title of Ceann Finn (Clan Chieftain) of the Brosnan clan after being given the title last month. Photo by Tim Miller
Dunedin man Sean Brosnahan came back from his last trip to
Ireland with more than just souvenirs - he also came back as
the head of his extended family.
Mr Brosnahan was announced as the Ceann Finn (Clan Chieftain)
at the Brosnan Clan Gathering in Ireland last month. The
Gathering is an initiative that aims to bring people of Irish
heritage back to Ireland for local festivals and family
Being named the Clan Chieftain came as quite a surprise, he
''We were at the big banquet and they said they were going to
announce the Ceann Finn and they started to talk about this
person and why they were chosen and then I realised they were
talking about me.''
In Irish history, the Ceann Finn was the leader of a clan or
family who made sure they were protected against other clans
and diseases such as the plague.
''I did ask if there would be any obligations but the main
role is to uphold the honour of the clan.''
With other, more notable, family members - including former
James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan - Mr Brosnahan said he was
surprised but very honoured to have been given the title.
One of the reasons behind him being chosen was the work he
had done on the family history, he said.