Rob Heffernan is to be presented with his Olympic bronze medal in two weeks' time at a special ceremony in Cork's Concert Hall.

The 38-year-old finished fourth in the 50km Walk in London four years ago, but was promoted to third following the disqualification of Russian race winner Sergei Kirdyapkin last year for a doping violation.

And the Olympic Council of Ireland have confirmed that the Cork athlete's long wait to have that medal placed around his neck will finally end at a special event at the city's Concert Hall on 3 November.

"This is always what I dreamt about, being presented with an Olympic medal," Heffernan, who won gold at the 2013 world championships, said. 

"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 and supporters on the 100-year anniversary of 1916, is a fitting and very special way for Irish people to celebrate Irish Olympic sporting success."

The medal will be presented by acting president of the OCI William O'Brien, who added: "This occasion is very special indeed.

"It is the first time an Olympic Medal will be presented on Irish soil. It will be a very proud occasion of the Olympic movement in Ireland, Athletics Ireland and of course for Rob, his family, friends and supporters."