Actor Gabriel Byrne has been named on the list of ten people who will be recognised for their work by the Irish state with the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad.

Byrne will be honoured alongside notable names such as the solicitor Gareth Peirce - who was involved in the Guildford Four and Birmingham Six cases - and Concern chairman Tom Moran.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said that Ireland owes a debt of gratitude to all those being honoured, especially Peirce and Moran: "During the very difficult years of conflict on this island, many people from beyond our shores made an important contribution to advancing peace, justice and reconciliation. This year's awards honour two such people: Tom Moran and Gareth Peirce."

Other honourees include Mario Vargas Llosa, a Peruvian politician, writer and Nobel Prize winner, business figure Niall Fitzgerald, Kenyan-based missionary nun Dr. Miriam Duggan, academic Maureen Murphy, management guru Charles Handy, Fr. Brendan McBride, head of the Irish Immigration and Pastoral Centre in San Francisco and Fr. Donal Doyle, who has spent 50 years in Japan encouraging students to visit Ireland.