The late Senator Ted Kennedy and his sister, former US ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith, have received the Tipperary International Peace Award for their support for the Northern Ireland peace process.
Ms Kennedy Smith told a weekend gathering in Tipperary that she was deeply honoured by the award.
She paid tribute to fellow peace process architects Taoisigh Albert Reynolds and Bertie Ahern, and John Hume of the SDLP.
Victoria Kennedy, wife of the late Mr Kennedy, said her husband would have been pleased to be in Tipperary to receive the award as he loved Ireland and its people and the accolade honoured his life's work, memory and family.
Senator Kennedy, who died last August, was recognised for his battle for peace, human rights and nuclear disarmament. He will be remembered in Ireland for his involvement in the peace process leading up to the Good Friday Agreement.