Neeson our first UNICEF 'ambassador'
HOLLYWOOD star Liam Neeson has been named as the first Irish goodwill ambassador for children's aid organisation UNICEF.
The 59-year-old -- who said yesterday he was "deeply honoured" by the appointment -- follows in the footsteps of other famous faces in the role, including Vanessa Redgrave, the mother of his late wife, Natasha Richardson.
UNICEF said the appointment reflected Mr Neeson's "long commitment" to saving and improving the lives of children around the world.
The organisation's Ireland director Melanie Verwoerd said: "For over 15 years he has been working with UNICEF Ireland. We are very excited to work with him in his new role."
The star said he was committed to working with UNICEF to help children overcome poverty, violence, disease and discrimination across the world."