Ireland at the Olympics


Ireland at the Olympics

Ireland has been represented as an independent state at the Summer Olympic Games since 1924 in Paris. From 1900 to 1920, Irish athletes competed as part of the Great Britain team as part of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. An attempt was made in 1906 to gain "separate nation" status but was stopped by Prince George of Greece and Denmark. Since 1924 the team has represented the Republic of Ireland. Athletes from Northern Ireland can choose to compete for either the Ireland team or the UK team (which competes under the name "Great Britain"), per an agreement between the Olympic Council of Ireland and the British Olympic Association. Athletes in sports organised on an all-Ireland basis such as boxing tend to represent the Republic of Ireland. Whereas those in sports organised on a Northern Ireland or UK basis such as athletics tend to represent Great Britain.Fact|date=September 2008

Medalists (23)

This list does not include Irish medalists that competed for Great Britain from 1900 to 1920, such as the silver medal team in field hockey at the 1908 Summer Olympics. It also does not include Irish-born medalists that represented other nations, such as John Jesus Flanagan, who won the gold medal in the hammer throw three times from 1900 to 1908.

ee also

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* Ireland at the 2008 Summer Olympics
* Ireland at the 2004 Summer Olympics
* Ireland at the 2000 Summer Olympics
* Ireland at the 1996 Summer Olympics
* Ireland at the 1992 Summer Olympics
* Ireland at the 1988 Summer Olympics
* Ireland at the 1984 Summer Olympics

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