On 3rd November 2016, at 7-00pm Rob was presented with his London 2012 Olympic Bronze Medal in the Concert Hall, City Hall, Cork.
The event was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Des Cahill and the medal was presented by Acting President of the Olympic Council of Ireland William O’Brien.
It was a tremendous occasion for Olympic Sport in Ireland and it was a truly Olympic Occasion in Rob’s home city of Cork.
The event was attended by Cork City dignitaries, Representatives of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Athletes Ireland, top Irish Athletes from many sports but most important of all Rob’s wife and family and friends.
Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Des Cahill: “ As Lord Mayor of Cork, I am honoured on behalf of the people of Cork to facilitate the Presentation of an Olympic Bronze Medal by the Olympic Council of Ireland to one of our own Rob Heffernan, a proud Corkonian and a model and inspiration to the youth of today. It is only right and fitting that we recognise the tenacious efforts by Rob in representing his country on an international stage. We all take pride in his achieving this most coveted Olympic Bronze Medal.”
Rob Heffernan: “This is always what I dreamt about, being presented with an Olympic Medal. It would of course have been wonderful to have received it in London but now to receive it on Irish soil in my home City of Cork, with my own family, friends, supporters on the 100 year anniversary of 1916, is a fitting and very special way for Irish people to celebrate Irish Olympic Sporting success”.
Willie O’Brien, Acting President Olympic Council of Ireland: “This occasion is very special indeed. It’s the first time an Olympic Medal was presented on Irish soil. It’s a very proud occasion of the Olympic Movement in Ireland, Athletics Ireland and of course for Rob, his family, friends and supporters”.
It was a long overdue presentation but it was as real as if it happened in the London Olympic Stadium. It was a very proud night for Olympic a Sport in Ireland, for Cork, for Athletics and of course for Rob Heffernan and his entire family and great friends.
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