The Corrs have been awarded honorary MBEs by Britain's Queen Elizabeth in recognition of their contribution to music and to charity.

The three Corr sisters, Andrea, Caroline and Sharon, and their brother Jim accepted their honours from the British Ambassador to Ireland, Stewart Eldon, at his residence in Dublin.

The Corrs have played concerts to raise money for various charities, including victims of the Omagh bombing, and are active on behalf of Concern.

Presenting the awards, Ambassador Eldon said that he was sure that The Corrs' fans around the world would be delighted to hear they were getting the recognition they richly deserved.

Sharon Corr said that it was surprising "to receive an honour from another country but, for us, it was very nice for the reasons that it was given and the reasons it was given were our contribution to music and voluntary works."