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Cian raises the hoof at hallowed Croker

Louise Parkes and Mark O'Regan

Published 18/12/2012 | 05:00

CROKE Park echoed to the sound of hoofbeats instead of player's boots and hurleys as Olympic bronze medallist Cian O'Connor re-created a famous jump from London 2012.

The Meath rider saddled up at Croke Park as part of Horse Sport Ireland's 2012 achievement awards, and jumped a replica of one of the Olympic fences that helped him and his horse Blue Loyd achieve sporting greatness.

Blue Loyd was sold in recent weeks, so he brought out the latest addition to his string – seven-year-old Carlo – for the photoshoot.

He was joined in the awards line-up by the bronze-medal-winning Paralympic team of Eilish Byrne, James Dwyer, Helen Kearney and Geraldine Savage, and Kearney's exceptional double of individual silver and bronze medals was also recalled.

Mr O'Connor said that it had taken time for his achievement in the Olympic Games to hit home.

"When you're in the preparations for the Olympics you're wired to the moon. So now it's starting to sink in and I'm able to reflect and look back on it, which is really special," he said.

Irish Independent

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