Comedian Jimmy Carr was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage ahead of his performance at the University of Limerick Concert Hall last Saturday.

Carr, whose parents are from Limerick City, was presented with the certificate by the Mayor of Limerick, Councillor Kathleen Leddin, on behalf of Limerick City and County Council.

The 8 Out of 10 Cats presenter said he was "honoured and delighted" to receive the certificate, which is signed by the Taoiseach and recognises the contribution made by members of the Diaspora worldwide.

Councillor Leddin said: "Jimmy is very proud of his parental connections with Limerick and certainly has an emotional attachment to the city and Ireland. He was very honoured to receive this certificate, which I think is a wonderful initiative to recognise and celebrate Ireland's Diaspora.

"We are delighted that Jimmy has confirmed he is planning a return to Limerick in 2014 when the city becomes Ireland’s first National City of Culture."

Jimmy Carr