Tuesday 23 October 2018

Athletes from different backgrounds united in sporting excellence for their new Ireland

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Thomas Barr. Photo: Sportsfile
Thomas Barr. Photo: Sportsfile

Eamonn Sweeney

It's been a marvellous few weeks for Irish sport. The achievement of the hockey team in reaching the World Cup final tops the bill but we've also had European silver for Paul and Gary O'Donovan in rowing and the Irish women's team in modern pentathlon, as well as European bronze for Thomas Barr in athletics and Shane Ryan in swimming.

In Paralympic sport, cyclists Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal successfully defended their world road race and time trial titles. At junior level there was world silver for our 4x100m women's relay team and bronze for high jumper Sommer Lecky, and, at youth level, European gold for Sarah Healy in the 1500m and 3000m and Rhasidat Adeleke in the 200m, as well as silver for Sophie O'Sullivan in the 800m.

It's also worth remembering that earlier in the summer our boxers won a record-breaking six gold, eight silver and 10 bronze medals at the European senior women's, under 22, youths and schoolboys/schoolgirls championships. Those golds went to Amy Broadhurst in the under 22, Daina Moorehouse in the youths, Michael Faulkner in the schoolboys and Yasmin Meredith, Kaci Crowley and Winnie Christina McDonagh in the schoolgirls.

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