Ronnie Delany

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 The Irish team, led by flag bearer and hammer thrower John Lawlor, enter the National Stadium at the opening ceremony of the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

Sayonara – only instead of the farewell blessing to what should have been the end of 2020 Tokyo Olympics this weekend, it is the wishful thinking that(...)

 A huge crowd of  91,092 spectators at the Fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England at the famed Melbourne Cricket Ground in December 2013. Photograph:    Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Filtering the experience of a global landmark like the MCG through International Rules might appear like remembering Croke Park for a rodeo (yes, it d(...)

Defrocked Irish priest Cornelius Horan attacks  Vanderlei Lima of Brazil in the latter stages of the marathon during the 2004 Athens Olympics. Photograph: Jiro Mochizuki/AFP via Getty Images

Peaceful protest or reckless sabotage, overtly politically motivated or religious in the extreme, several Irish competitors and at least one spectator(...)

Billy Morton with his Santry shovel in 1958.

“Gentlemen,” the small man began, “grass is on the way out”. Knowledge of sport is no excuse for a lack of imagination, or vice versa, and Billy Mort(...)

Cumin Clancy, Jimmy Reardon and John Joe Barry, the original trio of American scholarship athletes, at Villanova University in the spring  of 1949.

“Are you John Joe Barry?” he was asked, after answering the phone at some ungodly hour at his apartment in suburban Philadelphia. “I am,” he replied,(...)

Basil Clifford: Although he didn’t make it out of his 1,500m heat, Clifford was rightly welcomed back to Donore as a hero and inspiration following his appearance at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

We picked up the messages first and then did a quick swing by O’Briens. When you’ve two elderly parents still living nearby, and they’re both under th(...)

 Sports Illustrated announced last week that it was laying off half its staff. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/New York Times

On the afternoon last week when Sports Illustrated announced it was laying off half its staff and Americans of a certain age sighed upon hearing one m(...)

Ronnie Delany of Ireland wins the 1,500 metres at the Melbourne Olympic Games of 1956. File photograph: IOC/Allsport/Getty

Ronnie Delany regards the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, during which he won a gold medal and set a new Olympic record, as a turning point for athletics.(...)

Jimmy Reardon

Born: October 18th, 1925 Died: June 20th, 2019 “We could sure use you guys at Villanova” – seven simple words spoken to Ireland’s first US scholarshi(...)

Jimmy Reardon in 1948: his 400m best of 47.6 would have won him a bronze medal at the 2018 Irish championships, 70 years after he ran it.

“We could sure use you guys at Villanova” – the famous words spoken to Ireland’s first US scholarship athlete, Jimmy Reardon, who passed away on Thurs(...)

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