Browne pays tribute to wife Jean
TV3 broadcaster Vincent Browne paid tribute to his wife as he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award in his native Limerick.
The 68-year-old, who is originally from Broadford, Co Limerick, praised his wife Jean when accepting his honour.
"I think my wife Jean is far more deserving of a lifetime achievement award than I am for having a lifetime with me," he quipped at the Limerick Person of the Year Awards.
He also praised the many groups in Limerick who helped keep communities together.
"I'm hugely honoured to be acknowledged by the people of my own county who I have such an allegiance to and I'm deeply grateful," he said at the gala awards ceremony in the Clarion Hotel.
Meanwhile, Helen O'Donnell, chairperson of Limerick Tidy Towns, was named Person of the Year 2012.
The community activist, the wife of former Fine Gael TD and MEP Tom O'Donnell, spearheaded a major drive to enhance and revitalise Limerick city centre.
Mrs O'Donnell was nominated among 11 other Limerick people, including internationally acclaimed author Kevin Barry; retired garda inspector John O'Reilly; Novas Initiatives Street Outreach volunteers; Limerick FC chairman Pat O'Sullivan; local photographer Gerry Andrews; and the lead scientist on a project to develop the early detection of Alzheimer's, Dr Syed Tofail.