Yoko Ono Says John Lennon 'Considered Himself Irish'

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Yoko Ono has revealed her late Beatle husband considered himself Irish.

She told how John Lennon loved Dublin as she received a lifetime achievement award in the Irish capital for her art and peace activism.

The award, a traditional Irish bogwood sculpture by Kieran Higgins, was presented by Dublin Biennial, an independent pop-up exhibition.

"I am very honoured to return to Dublin to be part of the first ever Dublin Biennial and to receive this lifetime achievement award," said 79-year-old Yoko.

"John, who sometimes considered himself 100% Irish, would have loved to see me honoured in this way by the city he loved."

Ono, an avant-garde artist, rose to fame in the 1960s when she got into a relationship with and married Lennon.

An interactive installation by her - Wish Tree for Ireland - has become one of the main attractions at the inaugural Dublin Biennial Pop-Up art exhibition at the Point Village, running until Sunday.

The 8ft tall living maple acer tree is positioned against a white background with the Yoko Imagine Peace insignia.

The work asks viewers to make a wish, write it down on a piece of paper, fold it and tie it around a branch of a Wish Tree, until the branches are covered with wishes.

It will be transferred to the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland as part of her 1,000,000 wishes project.

Maggie Magee, of Dublin Biennial, said Yoko's art and activism invite everyone to hope and to wish and to dream of the world as a more beautiful place.

"We are honoured to commemorate her Lifetime of Achievement, in recognition of the integrity of her artistic imagination, the dignity of her achievements and the bravery of her dreams," she added.

Dublin Lord Mayor Andrew Montague said he was privileged to present Yoko with the award at the Mansion House.

"Her achievements in the worlds of art, music and as a peace activist make her an inspiration to us all," he added.

"Dublin is proud to be honouring her as part of the inaugural Dublin Biennial."