My biggest regret in life is not becoming a nurse: Ali
Humanitarian Ali Hewson was one of three "exceptional" Irish women who were awarded with Honorary Doctorates at the University of Limerick.
Ms Hewson, who is married to U2 frontman Bono, was honoured for her humanitarianism and activism in highlighting the plight of women in poor countries.
She said her "biggest regret in life is that I never became a nurse".
"Because, I'd be able to go out to all these countries and really help hands-on and really get stuck in," she added.
The countries in question were Ethiopia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Belarus and other places affected by war, famine, extreme poverty or nuclear disaster.
Ms Hewson, who was previously awarded the prestigious Princess Grace Humanitarian Award, has served as an aid worker in Ethiopia and Chernobyl.
Hewson has plenty of brain power; in 1989, just two weeks after the birth of her first child, she graduated with a degree in social science, politics and sociology.
Five others who received UL honorary doctorates included Chernobyl Children's Project International founder Adi Roche, chair of the Policing Authority Josephine Feehily, dancer Michael Flatley, professor of law John Cleland Watson Wylie, and hotelier Peter Malone.