News »

Freedom of the City of Cork awarded to Ronan O'Gara

‌‌The custom of awarding the Freedom of the City of Cork dates from the 14th Century.  The conferring of the Freedom of the City of Cork is the highest Civic Honour which can be bestowed by Cork City Council upon a person who has distinguished themselves and is deemed worthy to have their name enrolled on the List of the Freemen of the City. 

The Freedom of the City of Cork was conferred on Mr. Ronan O'Gara for his contribution to rugby on the local, national and international stage including  becoming the record points scorer in the Heineken Cup and in the Six Nations Championship, as well as for Munster and for Ireland; for his leadership, resilience, skill and courage on the field of play; in acknowledgement of the immeasurable pride and pleasure he has brought to his fellow people of Cork, Munster and Ireland; in recognitiion of his legacy to Irish sport; and in civic recognition of the high esteem and affection in which he he held by the people of Cork.  

In his acceptance speech, Mr. O'Gara paid special tribute to his wife, family, parents, friends, team mates and rugby fans for their support and spoke of how humbled he was to be conferred with the Freedom of the City of Cork.  

The ceremony was tweeted and streamed live. 


Freedom of the City Casket


The Lord Mayor Cllr. Des Cahill presents Mr. Ronan O'Gara with the Cork Silver Freedom Casket containing Certificate of Freedom.


Ronan O'Gara


Ronan O'Gara addressing the guests at the Freedom of Cork City Ceremony in City Hall.



Back to list