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Olympic Medallists

 

John Pius Boland, (1870-1958) won a gold medal in tennis singles on 30 March, 1896 at the Summer Olympics in Athens. He also won the doubles. He is the first Irishman to win an Olympic gold medal

Pat O’Callaghan (1906 – 1991) won two successive gold medals in hammer throwing at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam and at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

His 1928 gold medal was Ireland’s first medal as an independent nation.

Bob Tisdall (1907 – 2004) won a gold medal in the 400 metre hurdles at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Pat O’Callaghan and Bob Tisdall won their gold medals on the same day, Monday 1 August, 1932.

John McNally (b.1932) won a silver medal in bantamweight boxing at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

He became the first Irish boxer to win an Olympic medal.

Ronnie Delaney (b.1935) won a gold medal in the 1500 metres at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.

He remains the only Irish athlete to win a gold medal in track and field.

Fred Tiedt (1935 – 1999) won a silver medal in welterweight boxing at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.

John Caldwell (1938 – 2009) won a bronze medal in flyweight boxing at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.

Freddie Gilroy (b.1936) won a bronze medal in bantamweight boxing at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.

Anthony Byrne (b.1930) won a bronze medal in lightweight boxing at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.

The 1956 Olympics were Ireland’s most successful with five medals.

Jim McCourt (b.1944) won a bronze medal in lightweight boxing at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Hugh Russell (b.1959) won a bronze medal in flyweight boxing at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

David Wilkins (b.1950) and James Wilkinson (b.1951) won a silver medal in the Flying Dutchman Class in sailing at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

John Treacy (b.1957) won a silver medal in the marathon at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Michael Carruth (b.1967) won a gold medal in welterweight boxing at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

He became the first Irish boxer to win a gold medal.

Wayne McCullough (b.1970) won a silver medal in bantamweight boxing at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

Michelle Smith (b.1969) won three gold medals in swimming, 200 metre individual medley, 400 metre individual medley, and 400 metre freestyle at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Michelle Smith also won a bronze medal in the 200 metre butterfly at the same games.

Sonia O’Sullivan (b.1969) won a silver medal in the 5000 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympic in Sydney.

Paddy Barnes (b.1987) won a bronze medal in light flyweight boxing at the 2008 Summer Olympic in Beijing.

Kenny Egan (b.1982) won a silver medal in light heavyweight boxing at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Darren Sutherland (1982 – 2009) won a bronze medal in middleweight boxing at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Thomas Kiely (1869 – 1951) paid his own fare to the 1904 Summer Olympics in St Louis. He refused to compete with either the US or British teams opting instead to compete for Ireland. He won a gold medal in the decathlon but is listed as a member of the British team in IOC records.

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