Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins paid tribute to acting great Peter O'Toole at a special memorial event over the weekend (17-18May14).

The Lawrence of Arabia star passed away in December (13) at the age of 81, and following a funeral service, his ashes were scattered at his birthplace in Connemara, Ireland.

A memorial event was held at London's Old Vic Theatre over the weekend to honour the multi-Oscar nominated actor, and Higgins told guests of his admiration for the star.

He said, "The Peter O'Toole that I knew and loved was a man of immense charm, grace, intelligence and eloquence."