Kinsale honours its high achievers
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.
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