Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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Dublin Show was just surreal!

  • The winning Aga Khan teamwith manager Robert Splaine holding the trophy

Hey everyone,

Everything is calming down following the wonderful celebrations in the aftermath of the London Olympics and the Dublin Horse Show.

In these past few weeks Blue Loyd and i have won an Olympic Bronze Medal, been part of the winning team for the Aga Khan trophy in the Nations Cup at Dublin and finished third in the Dublin Grand Prix.

Any one of these achievements in themselves would be considered a great feat but to have achieved all three consecutively is I suppose why there is so much support and goodwill for me and the sport right now.

The crowds who flocked to the RDS got plenty to cheer about all week most especially the magical performances of Clem McMahon, Darragh Kerins and Richie Moloney who sealed victory for us in Friday’s Nations Cup. Blue Loyd had his own fan club and he gave them plenty to shout about when finishing third in the massive Dublin Grand Prix.

Following the show there was a homecoming arranged in Ratoath which was something special. Both myself and Natalya Coyle, who finished 9th in the Modern Pentathlon at the London Olympics were greeted by hundreds in our local village. It was so nice to see so many people excited and basking in the glory of their Olympic heroes.

It has been an incredible few weeks and I’ve enjoyed every second of it. I really hope my Olympic success and the team’s success in Dublin can have some positive effects on the sport and that the powers that be will put there thinking caps on as to how to maximise these achievements to the benefit of all stakeholders and future Olympic hopefuls.

Chat soon,


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