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Geldof receives an honorary doctorate from Trinity College

By Staff Reporter

Irish rock star and humanitarian activist Bob Geldof was among five individuals recognised by Trinity College, Dublin, for their contribution to society.

Chancellor of the university, Mary Robinson, conferred Trinity's highest honour - an honorary doctorate - on the Dun Laoghaire-born Band Aid founder yesterday.

He rose to prominence as the lead singer of Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats in the late 1970s and early 1980s, before becoming involved in humanitarian work.

Public orator Professor Anna Chahou described Geldof as a "man of peace" as well as an "Irish rebel at heart, still on your long journey to justice".

The other four recognised at Trinity included historian Professor Marianne Elliott, Australian medical researcher, Professor Terence Dwyer, Professor James P Smith and environmentalist, Patricia Oliver.

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