Thursday 26 April 2018

President rewards Neeson's 'particular set of skills'

Liam Neeson is presented with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award by President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins in Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday Photo: Gareth Chaney
Liam Neeson is presented with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award by President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins in Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday Photo: Gareth Chaney
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

In his most famous speech from the movie 'Taken', Liam Neeson warns of having a "very particular set of skills...skills I have acquired over a very long career" before going on to warn his daughter's kidnapper that he will find him and kill him.

In real life, Neeson's formidable skill set has garnered him an award from President Michael D Higgins for his contribution to the country and humanity.

The Hollywood actor received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award at Áras an Uachtaráin, with the President describing him as a "splendid Irish man".

He noted his work in helping to promote the Irish film industry, his contribution to establishing the Irish Arts Centre in New York, and his "great contribution to humanity" in his work in the film 'Schindler's List', which depicted the horrors inflicted on the Jewish people by the Nazis - as well as his important work for Unicef.

Before admitting to a fear of public speaking, Neeson said he was "very, very proud" to be Irish and said he would continue to fly the Irish flag for the arts and for Unicef.

Irish Independent

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