ACTOR Liam Neeson has recalled memories of his childhood in Ballymena to mark World Children’s Day 2019.
UNICEF, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, describes World Children’s Day – held on Wednesday – as a “time to celebrate and a time to demand action” for children’s welfare across the globe.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child.
To commemorate the day, UNICEF ambassador Neeson shared memories – including photographs – of growing up in Ballymena.
Neeson (67) said he would describe his childhood as “normal”.
He said: “Everything revolved around school, amateur boxing, sports after school. Happiest memories were working on my uncle’s little farm in the summertime, making hay and milking cows”.
On the Troubles, he said: “Things now in the north of Ireland certainly are much, much better for children.
“I do a lot of work for integrated education to educate Protestant kids and Catholic kids together which is proving to be very, very successful in the north of Ireland, certainly with parents and certainly with the children.”
The actor has has supported UNICEF since 1997 when he was the public face of the Change for Good partnership.
“I’ve had a certain amount of success in the film industry and I’ve been very lucky as well and I felt a number of years ago I wanted to give something back, and nobody better than UNICEF, a great, great organisation,” he added.