Special honour for Munster president Smith
Published 15/01/2016 | 02:30
Munster President Bertie Smith was recently presented with the Celtic Ross Hotel West Cork Sports Star Hall of Fame award for his lifetime contribution to sport.
Smith, a native of Timoleague, Co Cork was recognised for his dedication to many sports and the influence and impact he has made during his involvement over the years.
Born in April 1951, in his playing days Smith excelled at rugby, athletics, hockey and Gaelic football.
Competing for Bandon AC, as a triple-jumper his accolades included the Irish U-16 title in 1967 and the Inter Schools title in 1969. Winning representation with Munster Schools in hockey, he was also a member of the Carbery team that won the 1971 Cork Senior Football Championship.
Smith was first introduced to rugby at Bandon Grammar School, later joining Bandon RFC and playing in the 1973 Junior Cup final against what would be his next club - Cork Constitution.
By 1975, he was a member of the Munster Senior side, playing in the province's 15-13 loss to Australia in 1976 having also represented the first Ireland B team the previous year.
After retiring as a player Smith joined the Munster Association of Referees in 1982, taking charge of his first Senior interprovincial - Ulster v Leinster - in 1986 and running the lines as a touch judge in the first Heineken Cup final in 1996.
He refereed his first international - Scotland v Wales - a number of months later.
Upon his retirement from refereeing in 2002, Smith was invited to join the Irish Referee Committee.
Munster Rugby would like to congratulate Bertie on receiving the award and thank him for his contribution to the sport.