- Ireland at the 2008 Summer Paralympics
Infobox Paralympics Ireland
Ireland competed at the
2008 Summer Paralympicsin Beijing. Ireland sent 45 athletes, competing in 9 sports. [ [http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/pressandpub-news-latest-article.aspx?article=a2c929fe-dfa3-47f2-b384-05ce3860af3b "IRISH PARALYMPIC TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR 2008 BEIJING GAMES"] , Irish Sports Council, July 2, 2008] The country's flagbearer at the Games' opening ceremony was Patrice Dockery. [ [http://www.pcireland.ie/latest.news.php#20080809flag "Patrice Dockery announced as Irish team flag bearer for 2008 Paralympic Games"] , Paralympic Council of Ireland, August 9, 2008]
Sean Hearywas Ireland's sole representative in this sport.
Ireland sent ten representatives in athletics, including John McCarthy,
Michael McKillop, Jason Smythand Patrice Dockery.
Ireland sent four representatives in boccia, including
Ireland sent four representatives in cycling:
Cathal Miller, Enda Smyth, Michael Delaneyand Catherine Walsh. The team was managed by Denis Toomeywho competed in the tandem event in Athens and made great strides in cycling in Ireland for disabled athletes
Eilish Byrnewas Ireland's one representative, competing in dressage with horse Youri.
Ireland was represented in football.
Five Irish athletes competed in the following events in sailing [ [http://www.sailing.org/24411.php "National Line Up For 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition"] , International Association for Disabled Sailing, July 16, 2008] :
* Two-Person Keelboat - SKUD18
* Three-Person Keelboat - Sonar
Ireland sent six representatives in swimming, including Dave Malone,
Ellen Keaneand Darragh McDonald.
Ireland sent two representatives in table tennis, including
2008 Summer Paralympics
Ireland at the Paralympics
Ireland at the 2008 Summer Olympics
* [http://en.beijing2008.com/83/66/column211716683.shtml Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Official Site]
* [http://www.paralympic.org International Paralympic Committee]
* [http://www.arts-sport-tourism.gov.ie/publications/release.asp?ID=100110 "Speech by Mr Martin Cullen T.D. Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism at the announcement of the Irish Team for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games"] , Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism, Irish government website
* [http://www.herald.ie/sport/other-sports/paralympics-gold-fever-1468547.html "Paralympics: Gold fever"] , "Herald", September 3, 2008
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