Northern Ireland

Liam Neeson honoured for his achievements and work with UNICEF

Liam Neeson has been awarded honorary membership of Rotary Ireland
Liam Neeson has been awarded honorary membership of Rotary Ireland

HOLLYWOOD actor Liam Neeson has been honoured for his charitable achievements across more than two decades.

The Ballymena-born actor was awarded honorary membership of Rotary Ireland in recognition of his charity work.

Lynda Bell from Ballymena Rotary Club said the special award was offered for his "outstanding achievements over a long and distinguished career as well as his commitment to charitable causes, particularly UNICEF".

She said Mr Neeson’s volunteer work for the charity over 20 years "embodies the essence of Rotary – service above self - and that no one was more deserving of this honour".

Mr Neeson was unable to attend an event in his home town to mark the honour and to celebrate the club's 80th anniversary, but his sisters Elizabeth and Bernadette accepted the honorary certificate on his behalf.

However, the Taken star sent a video message of thanks from his New York home. 

“I want to pass on my heartiest congratulations to the Rotary Club of Ballymena on this, your 80th Anniversary; 80 years of service to the community is a magnificent achievement," he said.

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"I pay tribute to those founding members who had the courage and vision to establish the club in 1943, right in the middle of the Second World War.

"I commend your members today who share that same commitment to improve the lives and conditions of people in my great hometown of Ballymena and across the world.

"I am deeply honoured to accept your invitation to become an honorary member and wish you continued success in the years ahead."