Liam Neeson awarded honorary membership of Rotary Ireland

Liam Neeson Pic: Brian McEvoy

Hollywood star, Liam Neeson has only gone and been awarded honorary membership of Rotary Ireland.

The organisation in question is a not-for-profit community-driven and humanitarian service that brings people of all generations together who wish to make lasting changes locally and internationally.

It currently has 70 clubs in Ireland with some 1,500 members.

Liam was honoured at a special ceremony in his hometown of Ballymena in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Lynda Bell from Ballymena Rotary Club said the award was offered in recognition of Liam’s outstanding achievements over his career as well as his commitment to charitable causes, particularly UNICEF.

“Our club is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and we feel privileged that Liam has accepted our invitation to become an Honorary Member of it, Rotary Ireland, and of course the wider Rotary International family,” shared Lynda.

Sadly, Liam was unable to attend the event in person but sent a video message from his New York home thanking the club for the honour.

“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 began.

Liam Neeson Pic: Brian McEvoy

“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.”

The honorary certificate was accepted by Liam’s sisters, Elizabeth and Bernadette who were both in attendance on the night.

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