Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog: August, 2012

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,


A whirlwind week!

  • Myself with boxers Katie and Michael at Dublin airport

The last seven days since I was on the podium have been simply amazing and I haven’t stop smiling!

I had to come home ahead of the remainder of Team Ireland as I needed to prepare for the Dublin Horse Show which gets underway tomorrow at the RDS.

On my arrival home I joined all the Karlswood staff for lunch in the Snailbox pub, which was super as all these guys put so much into making this medal happen and so I feel they all own a piece of the bronze!

I've been inundated with media requests and did many radio interviews and a chat show with Tom McGurk which went really well.

On Monday the homecoming at Dublin airport was such a thrill. I'm honoured to be a part of this historic Team Ireland as a whole who brought home a record for Ireland of 5 medals from the London games.

The boxers have achieved so much and Katie Taylor's wonderful success has given the whole of Ireland a necessary lift.

I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring this week and giving the equestrian fans something to cheer about.

Come to the RDS and cheer us all on this week.


Dramatic Olympic Medal!

  • Posing for photographers in London

Hi everyone,

I’m writing this at 4am Thursday as i can’t sleep!

I’m absolutely wired to the moon and have just finished replying to the hundreds of text messages of well wishers that I’m honoured to have received.

It’s been an incredible journey to get to this day and so many people have helped me get here, most especially Blue Loyd’s owners, Charlie and Barbara O’Reilly-Hyland who backed my dream to aim at London with the goal of winning a medal. Game set and match and thank you guys!

Blue Loyd deserves the ultimate accolade as today he jumped like a real superstar. The support from the crowd today was amazing and something that really helped me go well.

I’m thrilled with the overwhelming support coming from back home and I really hope that this medal will give some young riders the drive to see that anything is possible if you keep plugging away!

Also Ireland is in need of a boost now more than ever and I know how well the boxers have done and with more to come I’m thrilled that along with them we can give the Irish public something to cheer loudly about!!

I’m home at lunch time and straight back to work as plenty to do ahead of the Dublin Horse Show which commences next Wednesday so please all come along and support us at the RDS.

Chat soon, and thanks again for your support,


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