Ireland’s athletes have won 4 medals in boxing: Katie Taylor, gold; John Joe Nevin, silver; and Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlon, bronze. Usain Bolt, who now holds the title of the world’s fastest man, hopes to visit Ireland next year to open the country’s first All-Weather Tract in Donegal where Ricky Simms, his manager, is [...]
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Boxer John Joe Nevin has won Ireland’s first gold medal in this years’ Olympics.
Kieran Beyan, only the second gymnast to go to the Olympics from Ireland, overcame many obstacles in getting there. At 11 yrs. he had surgery on his leg for a benign tumor. The surgery was botched and he was told he would never walk again. He fought back and took up gymnastics. Shortly after, he [...]
A Kenyan village has produced a large number of runners thanks to Br. Colm O’Connell, an Irish missionary. Since starting his training camp in 1989, he has trained 25 World Champions and 4 Olympic Gold Medalists. Lisa Kearney from Belfast will represent Ireland for the first time in judo. Derek Burnett will represent Ireland for his [...]
For a comical look at the Olympics, Google “Paddy Olympics”, scroll down to the 3rd entry “Paddy Olympics” and enjoy some funny videos.
John B. Kelly of Philadelphia, PA, the son of immigrant parents, in 1920 applied to race in the Henley Royal Regatta (Henley, England), the most prestigious rowing event in the world. He was turned down ‘because he was a bricklayer’ and so chose to go to the Olympics ‘to get a crack at the man [...]
The first time the Olympic oath was read was at the 1920 games in Antwerp, Belgium. The also was the first time doves were released as a sign of peace.
Did you know that Limerick-born John Joseph Flanagin was the first to win an Olympic Gold for the U.S.? He is considered to be the father of modern hammer throwing. He won his medals in 1900, 1904 and 1908.
The first Irish winner of a medal at the Olympics was Jack B. Yeats – brother of Author William B. Yeats – in 1924. He won a silver medal for his painting ‘The Liffey Swim’ in the arts and culture category which has since been discontinued. Ireland has won a total of 23 medals in [...]
From 1896 to 1916, Irish men and women won 18 medals, but they are listed as British medals. In 2008 three medals were brought home to Ireland all in boxing.