What are the fastest in Ireland?
The fastest man, woman, horse and dog… here are the Irish record holders.
Ireland Virgin Media has been awarded Ireland's Fastest Broadband Network by Ookla, the global leader in broadband testing. That means Virgin is the fastest in Ireland. We thought we’d have a look at some other fastest records in Ireland.
Fastest man in Ireland
Galway man Paul Hession is the fastest man in Ireland and the national record holder over 200m, 100, and 60m. He made the 100m in 10.18 in 2007 competing in Vaasa Finland and the next month broke the national record for the 200m on home soil with a time of 20:30. He made it to the semi-final of the 200m in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and only just missed the chance to race Usain Bolt for the gold by finishing fifth. He is a cousin of The Saturdays singer Una Foden. Paul is a graduate of Galway NUI and is today a doctor working in Tallaght hospital in Dublin.
Fastest Woman in Ireland
Ailis McSweeney currently holds the Irish record at 100 metres, having posted a time of 11.40 s at an IAAF permit event in Liège, Belgium. A sensational sprinter at her peak, Ailis is a graduate form UCC and has a Masers form DCU, she currently works as a solicitor in Dublin.
Up until recently it was impossible to determine exactly how fast hurling was, but new technology means we can now record the breath-taking sliotar speeds reached during top games. The fastest shot recorded to date was hit by TJ Reid of Kilkenny against Limerick in the 2014 GAA All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-final, when a remarkable speed of 181.1 kph was measured.
Mondello Park is Ireland’s only international racing circuit and the lap record belongs to Danish driver Johnny Laursen who, back in 2006 he powered his Ascari-Judd V10 around the circuit in a time of 88.708 seconds, in scoring a tearaway victory in the EuroBoss F1 race.
Fastest Red Card in Hurling
There are many contenders, however, Thurles Sarsfields wing forward Denis Maher is potentially the proud holder of the honour of the fastest red card in hurling. Maher was shown red after just 4 seconds of the 2014 Munster Club Hurling Semi-Final. Maher was adjudged to have struck Cratloe captain Liam Markham just moments after referee Cathal McAllister had thrown in the sliotar.and Thurles had to play the whole game a man down. Cratloe went on to win the game 1-18 to 0-14.
Fastest knockout in Irish boxing
Heavyweight Sean Turner knocked out his opponent Zoltan Elekes inside eight seconds when fighting in Belfast in 2014. Turner, known as ‘Big Sexy’ was making his professional debut and landed a clean shot on Elekes’ chin immediately sending him to the ground. He didn’t get up and the ref called off the bout.
Fastest marathon time
The great John Treacy holds the Irish record for the marathon with a time of 2:09:15 (assisted) which he set in April 1988 at the Boston Marathon. That was a full four years after winning silver in the even tat the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Two years later in 1990 he set an unassisted record of 2:11:23 at the Tokyo Olympics. The women’s record belongs to Catherina McKiernan who set a time of 2:22:23 at the Amsterdam marathon in 1998.
Fastest horse in Ireland
It’s very hard to qualify what is the fastest horse in Ireland as there is no standard by which horses’ speed is measured. Different tracks and conditions elicit different speeds from horses so it’s very hard to find the fastest horse. St. Jovite, trained by James Bolger is the record holder of the Irish Derby. In 1992 he ran a time of 2:25.6 over a mile and a half at The Curragh Racecourse defeating Dr. Devious by 12 lengths. St. Jovite only recently passed away in January of this year at the age of 27 having been put to stud on Michael Keogh's Baysax Manor Stud in The Curragh.
Fastest circumnavigation of Ireland in a kayak
Waterford native Mick O’Meara paddled around Ireland in the fastest ever time – unsupported. Setting off from Garrarus Beach in Waterford O’Meara made it around the coast of Ireland carrying everything he needed, tent, stove food, GPS… and landed on the same boat 23 days later.
Fastest Broadband in Ireland
Virgin Media has been confirmed as the fastest broadband in Ireland by Ookla speedtest. After 1 million speed tests, Virgin Media has been awarded Ireland's Fastest Broadband Network by Ookla, the global leader in broadband testing. Download speed is how fast you can receive content from the Internet. The larger the number of Mb/sec the faster you can start streaming or downloading Movies, TV and Music. With Virgin’s 360 Mb/sec the whole family can use the Internet at the same time, whether they're playing games, watching a movie or chatting to friends. Brace yourselves for a supersonic speed experience like you've never seen before.