Ireland’s First Olympic Games • Ireland first competed at the Olympic Games in 1924 as the Irish Free State. • Prior to this, Irish athletes competed as part of Great Britain.
Famous Irish Athletes • Pat O'Callaghan • Bob Tisdall • Ronald Delaney • Michael Carruth • Michelle Smith • Sonia O'Sullivan • John Treacy
Pat O’Callaghan • Born in Co. Cork on the 15th September 1905 • Died on the 1st December 1991 • Olympic Gold Medalist in 1928 – The Shot Putt • He was the first person from an independent Ireland to win an Olympic medal and is regarded as one of Ireland's greatest-ever athletes • This was the first time the Irish Tricolour was raised and Amhrán na bhFiann was played.
Bob Tisdall • Born in Sri Lanka on the 16th May 1907 • Died in Australia on the 27th July 2004 • Raised in Tipperary • Olympic Gold Medalist in 1932 – 400m Hurdles • World record time of 51.7 seconds, which was not recognised because he had a hit a hurdle • Later rules were changed and his record was recognised
Ronald Delaney • Born in Co. Wicklow on the 6th March 1935 • Olympic Gold Medalist in 1956 – The mile (1500m) • Delaney became the first Irishman to win an Olympic title in athletics since Bob Tisdall in 1932.
Michael Carruth • Born in Dublin on the 9th July 1967 • Olympic Gold Medalist in 1992 - Boxing
Michelle Smith • Born in County Dublin on the 16th December 1969 • 3 time Olympic Gold Medalist in 1996 – Swimming • Significant controversy followed these victories • Smith later received a four-year suspension in 1998 after being found guilty of tampering with a urine sample. • This ban effectively ended her career.
Sonia O’Sullivan • Born in Cork on the 28th November 1969 • She was one of the world's leading female 5000m runners for most of the 1990s and early 2000s • Gold Medalist in the 5000m at the 1995 Athletics Championships • Olympic Silver Medalist in 2000 – 1500m
John Treacy • Born in Waterford on the 4th June 1957 • Olympic Silver Medalist in 1984 – Marathon • Waterford’s most successful athlete