Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Editor's Viewpoint: Town's son shines

Published 28/01/2013

A much more positive image of Northern Ireland will be shown today when actor Liam Neeson is made a freeman of Ballymena.

That the tribute was proposed by the town's nationalist mayor and backed by the largely DUP-controlled council, shows how attitudes have changed in what was once one of the most hardline local authorities.

Neeson, of course, is a very worthy recipient, a fine actor and a sterling ambassador for his home town and Northern Ireland in general. Everyone here was touched by the tragic death of his wife Natasha in a skiing accident in 2009, and they will applaud this award which recognises his contribution to putting Ballymena on the world map.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph