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The Corrs awarded honorary MBEs
The group have played concerts to raise money for charity
The group have played concerts to raise money for charity
Irish pop band The Corrs have been awarded honorary MBEs by the Queen.

The group have been honoured in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the music industry and charitable contributions.

Each of the four-member band was given the MBEs at a ceremony in Dublin. The award is honorary because The Corrs are Irish.

The British Ambassador to Ireland, Stewart Eldon, presented the award to the pop stars, who are from the border town of Dundalk in County Louth.

"I am delighted that The Corrs' immense musical contribution has been highlighted in this way," he said.

"I am sure their many fans around the world will be delighted to hear that they are getting the recognition so richly deserved."

British honours are awarded "on merit for exceptional achievement or service to British interests", the British embassy in Dublin said.

They are awarded by the Queen on the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The group have played charity concerts to raise money for the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, victims of the Omagh bombing and the Prince's Trust, it said.

They supported the 2003 Special Olympics in Dublin and have been active on behalf of charity Concern, focusing on alleviating the situation of AIDS in Africa.

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