FORMER Formula One team boss Eddie Jordan has received an honorary OBE from Queen Elizabeth in recognition for his services to charity and motor racing.
"What a wonderful moment in my life," Jordan said. "I am hugely surprised and greatly overjoyed to receive this magnificent honour, however it would not have been possible without the help of my family, the Jordan Grand Prix F1 team, CLIC Sargent and in more recent times the BBC F1 team."
The Bray native, who turned 64 last week, founded the formula one racing team that bore his name at the start of the 1991 season. The squad competed in 250 grands prix.
Educated in Synge Street he is credited for giving Michael Schumacher his first opportunity in Formula 1, and now works as a BBC formula One analyst where he is noted for his lurid short selction that are often hotly debated.
The Formula one boss still has his main base in Ireland, where Jordan keeps his personal helicopter, but he also has homes in South Kensington in London and Monacco where he keeps his yacht.
Playwright Brian Friel and boxer Barry McGuigan are among the Irish celebrities who refused to accept honours from the British government.
Both Friel and McGuigan later decided to accept honours, receiving an OBE and MBE respectively.
Monaghan-born McGuigan refused an MBE in 1986 but accepted the award in 1994.
Nowadays potential recipients are contacted by Downing Street, well before any public announcement is made, to confirm in writing whether they wish to be put forward for an honour.
Playwright Sean O'Casey snubbed the offer of a CBE in 1963, a year before the writer of 'The Plough and the Stars' died.
Northern Ireland-born actor Kenneth Brannagh and the Dublin-born painter Francis Bacon also refused honours.