Kin­sale hon­ours its high achiev­ers

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Riordan

Hockey Olympians, along with the or­gan­is­ers of prob­a­bly the old­est re­gatta in the world, and a woman who won a sil­ver medal in the world flo­ral ar­rang­ing cham­pi­onships, were among those hon­oured with a civic re­cep­tion by mem­bers of the Ban­don/ Kin­sale mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict coun­cil.

Out­go­ing chair­man of the dis­trict coun­cil, Cllr Kevin Mur­phy paid trib­ute to a num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als and groups at a spe­cial gath­er­ing at Kin­sale. Re­tired coun­cil em­ployee, former town fore­man Charles Hen­der­son was hon­oured “for his ded­i­ca­tion and work ethic” over many years, along with Dan Cum­mins, who gave 46 years ser­vice as area su­per­vi­sor and dis­trict su­per­vi­sor for the coun­cil.


Cllr Mur­phy said Cap­tain Phil De­vitt, the former Kin­sale har­bour master, who was on hol­i­days at the time, was be­ing hon­oured for the ef­fort he put “into turn­ing the har­bour into a jewel.” They, along with Ni­cola Desmond (Bel­go­oly) who ex­celled in flo­ral ar­range­ment com­pe­ti­tions, cul­mi­nat­ing with a sil­ver medal at the world cham­pi­onships in Bar­ba­dos, were pre­sented with Kin­sale Crys­tal vases.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers of the Kin­sale Re­gatta, which started 221 years ago, were also hon­oured, as were Kin­sale Tidy Towns com­mit­tee, who won the na­tional ti­tle.

Other re­cip­i­ents were Ban­don RFC mem­bers, for win­ning Mun­ster Ju­nior Cup for the first time in the club’s hi­s­away tory. In­nishvilla soc­cer club, from In­nis­han­non and Knock­av­illa, which was started 50 years ago were lauded for last month’s Cork AUL AOH Cup vic­tory.

The fi­nal award went to his­tory-mak­ing brothers David and Conor Harte, hockey play­ers who rep­re­sented Ire­land in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Pic­ture: De­nis Boyle

Out­go­ing chair­man of the Kin­sale Dis­trict Coun­cil, Kevin Mur­phy, with mem­bers of the Kin­sale tidy towns, hon­oured at a civic re­cep­tion at the monthly meet­ing of the Ban­don/Kin­sale mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict held at Kin­sale town hall.

Michael O’Ma­hony and Ricki O’Sul­li­van ac­cept­ing a sports award on be­half of Ban­don RFC from out­go­ing chair­man of Kin­sale Dis­trict Coun­cil, Kevin Mur­phy, and coun­cil­lor Gil­lian Cough­lan.

Ir­ish se­nior hockey stars, David Harte, with his girl­freind Lyn Brown, and Con­nor Harte, with his bride of two days, Leagh Harte, af­ter the brothers were hon­ored for their sport­ing achieve­ments.

Ted McNa­mara ac­cepts an award on be­half of Kin­sale Re­gatta.

Re­tired town fore­man in Kin­sale, Charles Hen­der­son at the awards cer­e­mony

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