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Rugby girls and spaceman over the moon with Lord Mayor gongs

A SPACE commander, Ireland's triumphant women's rugby team and an inventive council worker were among those honoured at the Mansion House.

They were among the recipients of this year's prestigious Lord Mayor's Awards, which were handed out by Naoise O Muiri last night.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield received the honour for being the first person to use the Irish language in space.


During his time on the International Space Station (ISS), he tweeted: "Ta Eire fioralainn!" and also wished everyone in Ireland a happy St Patrick's Day, delighting his Irish followers on Twitter. His daughter, Trinity student Kristin Hadfield, collected the award.

Mayor O Muiri selected Ireland's women's rugby team for inclusion following their Six Nations Grand Slam achievement.

It was Ireland's first Grand Slam victory in women's rugby and was followed up with a win in the London Sevens. Council worker Roy O'Donnell, who is an inventor in his spare time, was given the award for two ideas which have helped make life easier in the council drainage division.

The award was also given to the band of An Garda Siochana.

The Homeless Street Soccer League and Pauline O'Regan, who manages St Brigid's Resource Centre in Killester, were also honoured.