Eleven-year-old twins Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf are to be presented with a "Pride of Cork" award later this year.

The boys, who were born conjoined, were separated during a 14-hour operation at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in London in April 2010 under Irish-born surgeon, Dr Edward Kiely.

The twin, from Carrigtwohill, Co Cork, have undergone a number of surgeries since then and this week are in London for tests and procedures at Great Ormond Street.

One of the organisers of the awards, Michael Mulcahy, said Hassan and Hussein are receiving the honour in recognition of their "bravery, their never failing good humour, their great sporting ability and their great outlook on life."

He says the boys have kept smiles on their faces in spite of multiple surgeries and procedures "and so much upheaval to their young lives since they were born almost 12 years ago."

Mr Mulcahy said the Pride of Cork Awards are all about honouring people and organisations that make a difference to Cork.

"There is no doubt that Hassan and Hussein are two incredible boys who never let anything stand in their way and never accept that they can't do something. They might have to do it differently, but do it they will."

The boys will receive their award in November.