Munster and Ireland legend Ronan O'Gara to be honoured with the Freedom of Cork
He won almost every meaningful accolade during an illustrious career in rugby, but Ronan O'Gara is set to receive a particularly poignant honour from his home county.
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Des Cahill, tweeted last night that the Cork City Council accepted his proposal to award O'Gara the Freedom of Cork.
The legendary out-half grew up in Bishopstown, going on to enjoy a remarkable career with Munster and Ireland that yielded two European Cups and a Grand Slam.
O'Gara took to Twitter to express his gratitude for the honour.
Thanks to the people of Cork who have always backed me. Proud of where I come from. Very humbled and honoured. .— Ronan O Gara (@RonanOGara10) February 13, 2017
"Thanks to the people of Cork who have always backed me," O'Gara said.
"Proud of where I come from. Very humbled and honoured."
O'Gara scored over 1000 test points for Ireland across his 128 caps, and was also selected to tour with the Lions on three occasions. He retired from professional rugby in 2013 and is now the defence coach with Paris-based club Racing 92 in the Top 14.