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A humbled Ronan O'Gara receives Freedom of Cork City

O’Gara is now the fourth sportsperson to receive this honour.

Image: Gary Carr/INPHO

MUNSTER RUGBY LEGEND Ronan O’Gara was honoured with the Freedom of Cork City today.

O’Gara’s family and esteemed guests were among those who gathered in the City Hall for a special ceremony, where the former Ireland out-half was bestowed with the prestigious civic award.

Lord Mayor of Cork, Des Cahill, proposed O’Gara for the honour to the Cork City Council members in February, to recognise O’Gara’s sporting achievements.

Speaking at today’s event, a humbled O’Gara paid tribute to his family, friends, team mates and rugby fans.

O’Gara earned 128 Ireland caps and appeared over 200 times for Munster between 1997 and his retirement in 2013.  He also featured in three British and Irish Lions tours.

The 40-year-old joins a host of elite sporting talents from Cork who previously received this honour, including Roy Keane, Sonia O’Sullivan and Seán Óg Ó hAilpín.

A proud Ronan O’Gara at the award ceremony.

Ronan O'Gara Source: Gary Carr/INPHO

His wife Jessica pictured with their children.

Jessica O'Gara Source: Gary Carr/INPHO

O’Gara’s former teammate Tomás O’Leary.

Tomas O'Leary Source: Gary Carr/INPHO

Former Munster player Doug Howlett.

Doug Howlett arrives Source: Gary Carr/INPHO

O’Gara holding his Freedom of Cork award.

Ronan O'Gara Source: Gary Carr/INPHO

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