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Sonia O'Sullivan

Published 29/04/2015 | 00:41

Sonia O'Sullivan
Sonia O'Sullivan

When Ireland's greatest female athlete was honoured at the Youth Foundation awards dinner last December, her noted accomplishments included six gold medals from various European, World Track and World Cross-Country Championships.

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Yet, when asked which one meant most to her, she picked the silver medal she won at the Sydney Olympics over her 5000m gold from a memorable performance in the 1995 World Championships. She then talked of a recent visit she had made to Cork, which included a trip to Bere Island. "I made a point of bringing the medal with me," she said, "because it struck me that there had probably never been an Olympic medal on the island before."

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