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Kildare Olympians

Kildare County Council

Press Statement

Reception for the County’s Olympians

It was with great pleasure that Mayor of Kildare, Councillor Micheál “Spike” Nolan welcomed the county’s Olympians to the Council Chamber on Monday, 22 October 2012, for a reception in their honour.

Kildare Sports Partnership Co-Ordinator, Syl Merrins, introduced the Olympians to the Chamber.

The following Olympians attended the reception:

Aoife Clark              -         Equestrian – Three Day Eventing

Cian O’Connor        -         Equestrian - Show Jumping

Eoin Rheinisch        -         Men’s Kayak K1 Slalom

Anna Merveldt [Equestrian – Mixed Dressage-Individual] and Camilla Spiers [Equestrian – Three Day Eventing] were represented at the reception by Susann Killilea and Louise Donnelly from Horse Sport Ireland. 

Mark Kenneally [Men’sMarathon] and Paralympian Sean Baldwin [Shooting] were unable to attend and will receive their presentation separately. 

In his speech the Mayor acknowledged the achievements of the Olympians which, he said, “will encourage other people to strive harder to follow in your footsteps and, undoubtedly, inspire a generation”.  The Mayor congratulated Cian O’Connor on winning the bronze medal in the show jumping on his horse Blue Lloyd. 

The Mayors of Naas, Newbridge and Leixlip and the Cathaoirleach of Athy Town Council, were present for the reception and were joined by members of the county council and town councils. 

The members and CountyManagerjoined with the Mayor in congratulating the Olympians on their wonderful achievement and wishing them the very best for the future.

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