In 2006 Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino was honoured by the Philosophical Society at Trinity College Dublin for his contribution to theatre and for bringing the work of Oscar Wilde to Broadway audiences.

The actor was received by an enthusiastic audience at Trinity College who enjoyed a brief performance by the legendary star.

During his acceptance speech Pacino performed a monologue reminiscent of 'Scent of a Woman'. He said that his visit to Ireland has made his connection with Oscar Wilde even more meaningful. Pacino was in Ireland working on a docu-drama on Wilde and his play 'Salome'. He played King Herrod in a production of the play on Broadway.

Addressing the audience Pacino said

I'm ashamed to admit this. I am in a way, of course I am. It's my first visit to this glorious country.

The presentation was followed by a questions and answers session hosted by Ryan Tubridy.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 November 2006. The reporter is Niamh Nolan.