John Lennon's widow has attended the launch of a very special art exhibition which marks her late husband's Irish heritage.

Yoko Ono said the exhibition was important because of her beliefs

Yoko Ono visited the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, where works by more than 100 of Ireland's contemporary artists are on display.

The art and an accompanying book are also on sale, with the proceeds going to the human rights group Amnesty International.

That group was close to the hearts of both John and Yoko.

She told the BBC: "It is very important, because he (John) had a lot to do with world peace and what we believed in, in terms of Amnesty.

"But also, John was Liverpool-Irish and he was very proud of his lineage."

Northern Ireland artists Wille Doherty and Paul Seawright have contributed pieces to the display.

Works by Guggi, a friend of U2's lead singer Bono, are also on display as well as those by perhaps the most famous of all contemporary Irish artists, Louis LeBrocquy.

The exhibition is open to the public from Friday until 23 May. Admission is free.

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