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Ronan O'Gara Civic Reception

Ronan O Gara Civic Reception
Pictured presenting a Cork Crystal commemorative vase prior to the holding of a Civic Reception in his honour marking 100 international caps are  (l-r) Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Michael O' Connell, Irish  rugby international Ronan O' Gara, Tim Lucey, City Manager

On Wednesday 4th May 2011 the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Michael O' Connell and Cork City Council hosted a Civic Reception for Irish rugby international Ronan O'Gara to mark the occasion of achieving 100 international caps. The event was held in the Millennium Hall, City Hall Cork and was attendend by over 200 guests.

Speaking at the event the Lord Mayor stated:

"Tonight we are celebrating a player at the height of his powers for displaying the three characteristics that mark the difference between a good or competent sportsperson and a true great. 

  • Unfailing belief that no obstacle, no matter how apparently insurmountable, cannot be conquered. 
  • Strength of character that allows you to deliver a result in situations of extreme pressure.
  • Anticipation of a game to be ready for any eventuality.

For the hours of enjoyment  you have given us over the years be it for Con or College, Munster or Ireland I thank you on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Cork and wish you a continued successful career for Munster and Ireland."

Ronan O'Gara responded by paying tribute to his own parents Fergal and Joan for their support over the years, to his wife Jessica and to all those who had supported and helped him throughout his career from his earliest club and school games through to his university, Munster and International appearances.

"I am very proud to accept this. Every time I play, I play for Cork and I think there is no better award than to get one from your own people. It means so much to me," he said.

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