It’s always wonderful to be recognised in your own county, according to the former President of Ireland and UN Human Rights Commissioner on Justice, Ballina native Mary Robinson.

Mrs Robinson received a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award at the weekend, at the opening of the National Lions Clubs Conference held in the Great National Hotel in Ballina.

She was recognised in particular, for her new role as the Chair of The Elders, 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.

Speaking to Midwest News she explained what it meant to her to be recognised with the Fellowship Award in Ballina.

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