Paul O'Connell lines out for awards recognising Irish property industry
Rugby star Paul O'Connell says it was not injuries but the slow start against Argentina that caused Ireland to crash out of the Rugby World Cup.
The Munster legend was speaking at the Irish Independent KPMG Property Industry Excellence Awards in the Convention Centre in Dublin last night.
The awards recognise excellence in the industry over the past 12 months, with gongs for a range of areas including innovation, design, conservation and property enterprise.
O'Connell, representing energy company Pinergy, recalled the frustration he felt sitting in the stands as his knee injury ruled him out of the heartbreaking defeat to Argentina.
"It was disappointing. We gave them too much of a lead at the start, which you just can't do," he said.
The awards night was hosted by Paul McNeive, who said the awards were about "recognising, promoting and celebrating the attaining of excellence in the property sector".
The overall winner was Carr Cotter Naessens, a chartered architecture and design firm from Cork.
Savills Ireland won the commercial agency award and the residential agency award went to Sherry Fitzgerald. The conservation award went to Fitzgerald Kavanagh & Partners for their work on the restoration of St Mel's Cathedral in Longford.
INM last night also formally launched its DIT Doctorate in Property Research, which is fully funded by the Irish Independent Property Programme.
The doctorate has been awarded to Lorna Colley, from Trim, Co Meath.