Mary Robinson reluctantly accepted the prestigious international position as Chair of the Elders.
She told Midwest News yesterday that says she is honoured to do the demanding job, and describes herself as "a chair among equals".
The Elders is an international non-governmental organisation of public figures noted as elder statespersons, peace activists and human rights advocates who were brought together in 2007 by the late Nelson Mandela.
In Ballina yesterday evening Mrs Robinson was honoured at the National Lions Club Conference, for her role as the Chair of the Elders.
She received a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.
Earlier in the day yesterday she was among the speakers at the Fifth Mary Robinson International Human Rights lecture in Ballina.
Kumai Naidoo, the first African head of Greenpeace was the main speaker.