NEWLY married Irish International hockey player Conor Harte from Ballinspittle was honoured at a civic reception by members of Bandon Kinsale Municipal District.Â
Having only said âI do' two days earlier, Conor and his twin brother David were among a number of Â individuals and groups Â who were recognised for their achievements at the reception in the Municipal Hall where outgoing chairperson of Bandon Kinsale Municipal District Cllr Kevin Murphy paid tribute to them.
Attending the reception with his Â wife Leagh, Conor and David were presented with an award for representing Ireland at last year's Olympics.Â
Conor, who plays professional hockey in Belgium has played for Ireland's Senior Men's team over 200 times and is the first Munster player to have reached that number.
Also honoured on the day was former town foreman Charles Henderson who was honoured for âhis dedication and work ethic' over many years, while Dan Cummins was recognised for his 46 years of service as area supervisor and district supervisor for the council.
Captain Phil Davitt, the former Kinsale harbour master, who was unable to attend the event was honoured for the effort he put âinto turning the harbour into a jewel.'
Belgooly native Nicola Desmond was also honoured for her excellence in floral arrangement competitions, culminating with a silver medal at the World Championships held in Barbados. All were presented with Kinsale Crystal vases.
Groups that were honoured included committee members of the Kinsale Regatta as well as Kinsale Tidy Towns Committee, who have won the national title and many other prestigious awards.
Other recipients were members of Bandon RFC, who were honoured for winning the Munster Junior Cup for the first time in the club's history as well as Innishvilla AFC, who were recognised for recently winning an AUL.