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Lennon considered himself Irish, says wife Yoko Ono

June 22, 2012 - London

Yoko Ono, wife of late Beatle member John Lennon, has revealed that the singer not only loved Dublin, but also considered himself Irish.

Ono was present in the Irish capital as she was honoured with a lifetime achievement award for her art and peace activism.

The award, which is a traditional Irish bogwood sculpture by Kieran Higgins, was presented by Dublin Biennial, an independent pop-up exhibition.

"I am very honoured to return to Dublin to be part of the first ever Dublin Biennial and to receive this lifetime achievement award," the Daily Star quoted 79-year-old as saying.

"John, who sometimes considered himself 100 percent Irish, would have loved to see me honoured in this way by the city he loved," she said.

Ono, an avant-garde artist, rose to fame in the 1960s when she got into a relationship with Lennon and later got married to him.

An interactive installation by her, Wish Tree for Ireland, has become one of the main attractions at the inaugural Dublin Biennial Pop-Up art exhibition at the Point Village, which will run until Sunday.

Maggie Magee, of Dublin Biennial, insisted that Ono's art and activism invite everyone to hope and to wish and to dream of the world as a more beautiful place.

"We are honoured to commemorate her Lifetime of Achievement, in recognition of the integrity of her artistic imagination, the dignity of her achievements and the bravery of her dreams," she added.


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