Team Ireland at the 2020 Paralympics

Pins From Paralympics past present and future

The 2020 Paralympics kick off on Tuesday 24th of Augustin Tokyo and will run until Sunday 5th of September. The visibility of the Paralympics has grown over the last number of events, this is down to increased coverage by broadcasters especially Channel 4 who’s London 2012 Coverage set a very high bar and they are set to continue that this year.

RTÉ too have increased their coverage and broadened out their presenting team to be more inclusive.

This year a new campaign has also been launched with the back the

Paralympics and the opening and closing ceremonies will have sections on it – We The 15

WeThe15 is sport’s biggest ever human rights movement to end discrimination. We aim to transform the lives of the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities who represent 15% of the global population.

This is an excellent campaign and will hopefully live on after the games. The Paralympics on Twitter have been posting advice like the below. Check it out.

Paralympic sports are divided into Classifications, Paralympics Ireland have a video introducing it and on Para-Swimming Classification, more details on the classification for each sport is here

Ireland will be represented by a 29 strong group of athletes. Organised by Paralympics Ireland, they will compete in 9 sports.

The team is made up of:


  • Katie George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal – Tandem Cycling: Track: 1000m Time Trial & 3000m Individual pursuit Road: Time Trial & Road Race
  • Martin Gordon & Eamon Brynes – Tandem Cycling: Track: 4000m Individual Pursuit & 1000m Time Trial Road: Time Trial
  • Ronan Grimes – C4 Events: Track: 100m Time Trial & 4km Individual Pursuit. Road: 4km Individual Pursuit & Time Trial
  • Gary O’Reilly – H5 Time Trial & Road Race
  • Richael Timothy – C3 Events: Track: 500m Time-Trial &3km Pursuit. Road: Road Race & Time-Trial.


  • Patrick Flanagan S6 – 100m Backstroke & 400m Freestyle
  • Ellen Keane – S9 100m Backstroke, SB8 100m Breaststroke, SM9 200m Individual Medley
  • Barry McClements – S9 100m Backstroke & 400m Freestyle
  • Nicole Turner -S6 50m Butterfly, SB6 100m Breaststroke, SM6 200m Individual Medley
  • Róisín Ní Ríain – S13 100m Backstroke, S13 100m Butterfly, SB13 100m Breaststroke, S13 50m & 200m Freestyle, SM13 200m Individual


Phil Eaglesham – SH2 – Mixed R9 – 50 m rifle prone


  • Tamsin Addison –  Horse: Fahrenheit – Grade V Individual Test, Team Test, Freestyle
  • Rosemary Gaffney  – Horse: Werona – Grade IV  Individual Test, Freestyle
  • Kate Kerr Horan – Horse: Serafina T – Grade III Individual Test, Team Test, Freestyle.
  • Michael Murphy – Horse: Clever Boy – Individual Test, Team Test, Freestyle.


Pat O’Leary – KL3 / VL3 – 200m (both)

Table Tennis

Colin Judge – SM3 Singles


Britney Arendse – Women’s 73kg


Kerrie Leonard – Open Category


  • Orla Comerford – T13 100 metre
  • Mary Fitzgerald – F40 Shot Putt
  • Jordan Lee – T47 High Jump
  • Niamh McCarthy -F41 Discuss
  • Michael McKillop – T37 1500m
  • Patrick Monahan – T53 Wheelchair Marathon
  • Jason Smyth – T13 100m
  • Greta Streimikyte – T13 1500m
I will be posting the times of the Irish competitors when they are in action in Tokyo on Twitter and Facebook like I did for the Olympics

Team Ireland at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Pins: Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Team Ireland

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games will soon get underway in Tokyo, Japan. The games begin on the 23rd of July and finish on the 8th of August 2021 after their year-long postponement due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.

While there will be limits on the numbers attending the games as spectators, Ireland is set to send its largest team of athletes to the Summer Olympics ever with 116 athletes officially announced! The largest Team Ireland delegation before this year’s games was the 1996 Games in Atlanta when Ireland sent 78 athletes, while the most recent 2016 Games in Rio saw 77 Irish Athletes compete.

This will be Team Ireland’s twenty-second appearance at the Summer Olympics, having attended in every edition, either in its own right or as part of a Great Britain and Ireland team before 1924, with the exception of the 1936 Summer Olympics in Germany.

Athletes have qualified in 19 of the 33 sports taking place at the Tokyo Olympics. For some of these sports, it will be the first time that Ireland will be competing at the Olympic level. These include the Women’s Hockey Team, the Men’s Rugby 7’s Team (deputed as a Sport at the 2016 Rio Olympics) and Taekwondo.

Ireland’s Silver Medalists from the Rio Olympics Annalise Murphy (Sailing) and Paul and Gary O’Donovan (Rowing) have all been selected, albeit with Gary serving as a Reserve for these games.

The following are the confirmed athletes:

(All athletes are now confirmed)


  • Paul Pollock  – Men’s Marathon
  • Stephen Scullion – Men’s Marathon
  • Kevin Seaward – Men’s Marathon
  • Aoife Cooke – Women’s Marathon
  • Fionnuala McCormack – Women’s Marathon
  • Brendan Boyce – Men’s 50km Race Walk
  • Alex Wright – Men’s 50km Race Walk
  • Thomas Barr – 400m Hurdles
  • Síofra Cléirigh Büttner  – 800m
  • Andrew Coscoran – 1500m
  • Mark English – 800m
  • Michelle Finn – 3,000m Steeplechase
  • Eilish Flanagan – 3,000m Steeplechase
  • Phil Healy  – 200m, 400m & 400m Relay
  • Sarah Healy – 1500m
  • David Kenny – 20K Walk
  • Sarah Lavin – 100m Hurdles
  • Marcus Lawler  – 200m
  • Ciara Mageean – 1500m
  • Nadia Power – 800m
  • Leon Reid – 200m
  • Louise Shanahan – 800m

Mixed 4 x 400m Relay (4 from the following 6):

  • Cillin Greene
  • Chris O’Donell
  • Phil Healy
  • Sophie Becker
  • Robert MCDonnell
  • Cliodhna Manning


  • Nhat Nguyen – Men’s Singles


  • Brendan Irvine – Men’s Flyweight 52kg (Boxing Team Captain)
  • Kurt Walker – Men’s Featherweight 57kg
  • Aidan Walsh – Men’s Welterweight 69kg
  • Emmet Brennan – Men’s Light Heavyweight 81kg
  • Michaela Walsh – Women’s Featherweight 57kg
  • Kellie Harrington – Women’s Lightweight 60kg
  • Aoife O’Rourke – Women’s Middleweight 75kg

Canoe Slalom

  • Liam Jegou – Canoe Slalom C1

Cycling – Track

  • Men’s Madison Team – Felix English, Mark Downey & Reserve – Fintan Ryan
  • Women’s Madison Team  – Shannon McCurley, Emily Kay & Reserve – Lydia Gurley
  • Men’s Omnium – TBC
  • Women’s Omnium – Emily Kay

Cycling – Road

  • Dan Martin
  • Nicolas Roche
  • Eddie Dunbar

Roche will also take part in the Time Trial


  • Oliver (Ollie) Dingley – Men’s 3m Springboard
  • Tanya Watson – Women’s 10m Platform


  • Bertram Allen with Pacino Amiro
  • Darragh Kenny with VDL Cartello
  • Cian O’Connor with Kilkenny
  • Reserve: Shane Sweetnam with Karlin Van’t Vennehof


  • Cathal Daniels with Rioghan Rua
  • Sarah Ennis with Horseware Woodcourt Garrison
  • Sam Watson with Tullabeg Flamenco
  • Reserve: Austin O’Connor with Colorado Blue


  • Heike Holstein with Sambuca


  • Shane Lowry – Men’s Individual Stroke Play
  • Rory McIlroy – Men’s Individual Stroke Play
  • Leona Maguire – Women’s Individual Stroke Play
  • Stephanie Meadow – Women’s Individual Stroke Play


  • Rhys McClenaghan – Men’s Pommel Horse
  • Meg Ryan – Women’s All-Around



  • Benjamin Fletcher – Men’s 100kg
  • Megan Fletcher – Women’s 70kg

Modern Pentathlon

  • Natalya Coyle – Women’s


  • Lightweight Men’s Double Scull (LM2X) – Fintan McCarthy, Paul O’Donovan & Reserve Gary O’Donovan
  • Women’s Single (W1X) – Sanita Puspure
  • Men’s Double Scull (M2X) – Ronan Byrne, Philip Doyle  & Reserve Daire Lynch
  • Women’s Four (W4-) – Emily Hegarty, Fiona Murtagh, Eimear Lambe, Aifric Keogh & Reserve Tara Hanlon
  • Women’s Pair (W2-) – Monika Dukarska & Aileen Crowley
  • Lightweight Women’s Double Scull (LW2X) – Aoife Casey, Margaret Cremen & Reserve Lydia Heaphy

Rugby Sevens


  • Laser Radial Women – Annalise Murphy
  • 49er Men – Robert Dickson, Seán Waddilove


  • Derek Burnett – Men’s Trap


  • Darragh Greene – 100m Breaststroke & 200m Breaststroke
  • Danielle Hill – 100m Backstroke & 50m Freestyle
  • Brendan Hyland – 200m Butterfly & 4x200m Freestyle Relay
  • Finn McGeever – 4x200m Freestyle Relay
  • Jack McMillan – 4x200m Freestyle Relay
  • Mona McSharry – 100m Breaststroke & 200m Breaststroke
  • Shane Ryan – 100m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly & 4x200m Freestyle Relay
  • Ellen Walshe – 200m Individual Medley & 100m Butterfly
  • Daniel Wiffen – 800m Freestyle & 1500m Freestyle


  • Jack Woolley – 58kg


  • Carolyn Hayes – Women’s Individual Triathlon
  • Russell White – Men’s Individual Triathlon
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Dublin Bay South – Bye-Election 2021

Following the resignation of Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy, a bye-election has been called for Dublin Bay South. This will take place on the Thursday 8th of July.

The following candidates have been nominated to contest the election, nominations close on the 24th of June at 12 noon.

Alphabetical list of candidates

  • Bacik, Sen. Ivana – Labour
  • Barret, Justin – National Party
  • Boylan, Sen. Lynn – Sinn Fein
  • Byrne, Cllr. Claire – Green Party
  • Cahill, Dolores – Independent
  • Conroy, Cllr. Deirdre – Fianna Fail
  • Dooley, Peter – Independent
  • Durcan, Sarah – Social Democrats
  • Flynn, Cllr. Manix – Independent
  • Geoghegan, Cllr. James – Fine Gael
  • Gilbourne, Jacqui -Renua
  • Keigher, John – Independent
  • O’Keeffe, Colm – Independent
  • Purcell, Brigid – Solidarity/People Before Profit
  • Toibin, Mairead – Aontu


#GE2020 – Cork South West Candidates

As we are quickly approaching a General Election announced for Saturday 8th February in the Republic and like with recent elections I will be listing the candidates standing for election across Cork City and County. This post will be updated as candidates announce their intentions

This is the last of the Cork Constituencies and has three seats.

In 2016 the following were elected:

  • Margaret Murphy O’Mahony – Fianna Fail
  • Michael Collins – Independent
  • Jim Daly – Fine Gael

Jim Daly has announced his intention not to stand at the next election leaving open the possibility of some change of personal in the constituency.

Announced Candidates
*Denotes Sitting TD
Updated 21st Jan

  • Holly Cairns – Social Democrats
  • Karen Coakley – Fine Gael
  • Alan Coleman – Independent
  • Michael Collins – Independent*
  • Bernie Connolly – Green Party
  • Paul Hayes – Sinn Fein
  • Tim Lombard – Fine Gael
  • Kevin O’Connor – People Before Profit
  • Margaret Murphy O’Mahony – Fianna Fail*
  • Sean O’Leary – Independent
  • Christopher O’Sullivan – Fianna Fail
  • Mairead Ruane – Aontu

#GE2020 – Cork North West Candidates

As we are quickly approaching a General Election announced for Saturday 8th February in the Republic and like with recent elections I will be listing the candidates standing for election across Cork City and County. This post will be updated as candidates announce their intentions

The second county constituency is the 3 seater of Cork North West

The following were elected in 2016:

  • Micheal Creed – Fine Gael
  • Aindrias Moynihan – Fianna Fail
  • Michael Moynihan – Fianna Fail

All three are standing again.

Announced Candidates
*Denotes Sitting TD
Updated 19th Jan

  • Míchael Creed – Fine Gael*
  • Collette Finn – Green Party
  • Becky Kealy – Aontu
  • Ciaran McCarthy – Social Democrats
  • Aindrias Moynihan – Fianna Fail*
  • Michael Moynihan – Fianna Fail*
  • Tara Nic Domhnaill – Irish Freedom Party
  • Sean O’Leary – Independent
  • John Paul O’Shea – Fine Gael

#GE2020 – Cork East Candidates

As we are quickly approaching a General Election in the Republic and like with recent elections I will be listing the candidates standing for election across Cork City and County. This post will be updated as candidates announce their intentions

Moving now to the first of the 3 county constituencies. Cork East is a four seat constituency. In 2016 the following were elected:

  • Sean Sherlock – Labour
  • David Stanton – Fine Gael
  • Kevin O’Keeffe – Fianna Fail
  • Pat Buckley – Sinn Fein

All four candidates are standing again. This will mean it will be a battle to unseat any of the candidates

Announced Candidates
*Denotes Sitting TD
Updated 22nd Jan

  • Pat Buckely – Sinn Fein*
  • Connor Hannon – Aontu
  • Thomas Kiely – Independent
  • Mary Linehan-Foley –  Independent
  • James O’Connor – Fianna Fail
  • Pa O’Driscoll – Fine Gael
  • Shane O’Grady – Independent
  • Kevin O’Keeffe – Fianna Fail*
  • Sean O’Leary – Independent
  • Liam Quaide – Green Party
  • Sean Sherlock – Labour*
  • Frank Shinnick – Irish Freedom Party
  • David Stanton – Fine Gael *


#GE2020 – Cork South Central Candidates

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As we are quickly approaching a General Election in the Republic and like with recent elections I will be listing the candidates standing for election across Cork City and County. This post will be updated as candidates announce their intentions

Now comes the turn of my home Constituency of Cork South Central. In 2016 the following were elected:

  • Michael McGrath – Fianna Fail
  • Micheal Martin – Fianna Fail
  • Simon Coveney – Fine Gael
  • Donnchadh O’Laoghaire – Sinn Fein

There have been no changes since the election and all four sitting TD’s will be running again. It remains a four-seat constituency.

Announced Candidates
*Denotes Sitting TD
Updated 22nd Jan

  • Lorna Bogue – Green Party
  • Jerry Buttimer – Fine Gael
  • Simon Coveney – Fine Gael*
  • Anna Daly – Aontu
  • Paudie Dineen – Independent
  • John Donohoe – Independent
  • Ciara Kennedy – Labour
  • Micheal Martin – Fianna Fail*
  • Michael McGrath – Fianna Fail*
  • Bobby Murray Walsh – People Before Profit
  • William O’Brien – Independent
  • Patricia O’Dwyer – Social Democrats
  • Donnchadh O’Laoghaire – Sinn Fein*
  • Sean O’Leary – Independent

In past elections some high profile independents have run in Cork South Central and as they are announced they will be added to the list.

#GE2020 – Cork North Central Candidates

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As we are quickly approaching a General Election in the Republic. As with recent elections I will be listing the candidates standing for election across Cork City and County. This post will be updated as candidates announce their intentions

First, we will look at Cork North Central where a recent by-election will see many of the same candidates running again.

In 2016 the following were elected

  • Billy Kelleher – Fianna Fail
  • Mick  Barry – Solidarity – People Before Profit
  • Jonathan O’Brien – Sinn Fein
  • Dara Murphy – Fine Gael

Since the election in 2016, Billy Kelleher was elected as an MEP for Ireland South, Dara Murphy resigned as a TD to take up a post in the European Commission and Jonathan O’Brien announced he retirement as a TD. This leaves Mick Barry as the only sitting TD from 2016 running in this constituency. He will be joined by Padraig O’Sullivan of Fianna Fail who was elected at the recent bye-election to the seat left vacant by Billy Kelleher. It remains a four seat constituency.

Announced candidates
* denotes sitting TD
Updated 22nd Jan

  • Mick Barry – Solidarity-People Before Profit*
  • Colm Burke – Fine Gael
  • James Coughlan – Workers Party
  • Tony Fitzgerald – Fianna Fail
  • Thomas Gould – Sinn Fein
  • Sinead Halpin – Social Democrat
  • TJ Hogan – Independent
  • Ger Keohane – Independent
  • John Maher – Labour
  • Oliver Moran – Green Party
  • Sandra Murphy – Fianna Fail
  • Diarmuid O’Cadhla – Independent
  • Stephen O’Donovan – Independent
  • Kenneth O’Flynn – Independent
  • Louise O’Neill – Fine Gael
  • Sean O’Leary – Independent
  • Padraig O’Sullivan – Fianna Fail*
  • Finian Toomey – Aontu


Cork North Central Bye-election Results

Below are the results of the Cork North Central Bye-election

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Candidates for the 2019 Cork North Central by-election

Updated November 19th November – Nominations are now closed

Due to the election of Fianna Fail’s Billy Kelleher to the European Parliament in May 2019, a by-election is due to take place for his seat in Dáil Eireann.

The expected date of the by-elections in Cork North Central, Dublin Fingal, Dublin Mid-West and Wexford is towards the end of November at the same time as an expected referendum on extending the vote for the president to Irish in Northern Ireland and emigrants.

The writ was moved in Dáil Éireann on the 7th of November and the date of the bye-elections will be on Friday 29th November.

Fianna Fail will be hoping to hold on the seat while a number of parties, including Labour and the Green Party, will be hoping for good results in advance of an expected General Election in 2020.

This post will only list the candidates for Cork North Central. For list’s of candidates in the other by-elections check out the excellent Adrian Kavanagh’s Blog.


Fianna Fail: Cllr. Padraig O’Sullivan

Fine Gael: Sen. Colm Burke

Sinn Fein: Cllr. Thomas Gould

Labour Party: Cllr John Maher

Green Party: Cllr. Oliver Moran

Solidarity: Cllr. Fiona Ryan

Social Democrats: Sinéad Halpin

Workers Party: James Coughlan

Aontú: Finian Toomey

HRRA: Thomas Kiely

Independent: Martin Condon, Sean O’Leary, Charlie Keddy

Sean O’Leary has withdrawn from the by-election

The current sitting TDs are

  • Jonathan O’Brien – Sinn Féin
  • Mick Barry – Solidarity
  • Dara Murphy – Fine Gael