Limerick and the Olympic GamesLimerick and the Olympic Games
1896-19241896-1924
Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy
The Long MapThe Long Map
Why the Limerick area?Why the Limerick area?
 The Golden ValeThe Golden Vale
 Emigrants by choice rather than throughEmi...
Sporting LimerickSporting Limerick
““I was born in Limerick, Ireland on the 17th of March [1859].  St.I was born in Limeri...
Athens – The first modern OlympicAthens – The first modern Olympic
Games 1896Games 1896
The first Olympic champion in 1896The first Olympic champion in 1896
JP Boland: first Irish champion 1896JP Boland: first Irish champion 1896
1900: Limerick’s first Olympic1900: Limerick’s first Olympic
medalsmedals
Paris 16-17 JulyParis 16-17 July
 Pat Leahy (Cr...
Pat Leahy of Creggane 1900Pat Leahy of Creggane 1900
John Flanagan – Martinstown andJohn Flanagan – Martinstown and
USA: 1900, 1904, 1908USA: 1900, 1904, 1908
Flanagan’s birth certFlanagan’s birth cert
1904 and St Louis1904 and St Louis
 Tom Kiely (Tipperary and Ireland) won gold inTom Kiely (Tipperary and Ireland) won go...
For Tipperary and Ireland 1904For Tipperary and Ireland 1904
1904: Irish America to the fore1904: Irish America to the fore
 John Flanagan wins second hammer title (51.23 m) andJohn ...
P.J. Conway – Irish AmericanP.J. Conway – Irish American
Athletic ClubAthletic Club
The Irish American connectionThe Irish American connection
Irish American Athletic ClubIrish American Athletic Club
The Fenians and Irish AmericanThe Fenians and Irish American
athleticsathletics
1906 – Irish or British?1906 – Irish or British?
 British Olympic Association founded late 1905British Olympic Associatio...
1906: O’Connor and Daly1906: O’Connor and Daly
1906: Flags and emblems1906: Flags and emblems
Con Leahy of Creggane: guardian ofCon Leahy of Creggane: guardian of
the flagthe flag
1908 Limerick Olympic winners1908 Limerick Olympic winners
 John Flanagan gold in the hammer, withJohn Flanagan gold in t...
Tim Ahearne of Athea, triple jumpTim Ahearne of Athea, triple jump
champion in 1908champion in 1908
Tim Ahearne’s medal and certificateTim Ahearne’s medal and certificate
Irish hockey team 1908Irish hockey team 1908
1908 – Triumph of Irish America1908 – Triumph of Irish America
Coach Tom Flanagan and TomCoach Tom Flanagan and Tom
LongboatLongboat
Mike Murphy – USA Olympic trainerMike Murphy – USA Olympic trainer
American-British hatred in 1908American-British hatred in 1908
William Lane-Joynt – one I missedWilliam Lane-Joynt – one I missed
Hammer one, two and three –Hammer one, two and three –
Flanagan, McGrath and WalshFlanagan, McGrath and Walsh
1912 Tradition Continues1912 Tradition Continues
 Matt McGrath (Nenagh) wins hammer by over sixMatt McGrath (Nenagh) wins...
1912 – McArthur (Antrim and South1912 – McArthur (Antrim and South
Africa) wins Stockholm MarathonAfrica) wins Stockholm M...
Two very different characters:Two very different characters:
Frank Dinneen and Boss CrokerFrank Dinneen and Boss Croker
1920 Antwerp1920 Antwerp
 Paddy Ryan (Pallasgreen) wins hammer withPaddy Ryan (Pallasgreen) wins hammer with
52.875m and ...
Paddy Ryan – Nicker & PallasgreenPaddy Ryan – Nicker & Pallasgreen
Ryan and McDonaldRyan and McDonald
Dan Ahearn of Athea – no medal in 1920Dan Ahearn of Athea – no medal in 1920
but world record holder in triple jumpbut wor...
1920 – 24: Jack Kelly – three golds1920 – 24: Jack Kelly – three golds
JJ Keane – Anglesborough and IOCJJ Keane – Anglesborough and IOC
Ireland’s Olympic CouncilIreland’s Olympic Council
 Founded in 1920 – Keane, Griffith and CollinsFounded in 1920 – Keane,...
Keane and the IOCKeane and the IOC
I have the honour of asking you again on behalf of Ireland, to beI have the honour of a...
Sophie Peirce – Women’s OlympicSophie Peirce – Women’s Olympic
pioneerpioneer
The Map does not lieThe Map does not lie
Thank you for your attentionThank you for your attention
Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy
Allen StreetAllen Street
CappoquinCa...
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  1. 1. Limerick and the Olympic GamesLimerick and the Olympic Games 1896-19241896-1924 Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy
  2. 2. The Long MapThe Long Map
  3. 3. Why the Limerick area?Why the Limerick area?  The Golden ValeThe Golden Vale  Emigrants by choice rather than throughEmigrants by choice rather than through starvationstarvation  Sporting traditionsSporting traditions  Sporting ecumenismSporting ecumenism  No fear of breaking new groundNo fear of breaking new ground
  4. 4. Sporting LimerickSporting Limerick ““I was born in Limerick, Ireland on the 17th of March [1859].  St.I was born in Limerick, Ireland on the 17th of March [1859].  St. Patrick and myself have that date all to ourselves.  I came toPatrick and myself have that date all to ourselves.  I came to America when I was twenty years old, but my father and motherAmerica when I was twenty years old, but my father and mother are still in the old country.  It might be well to say somethingare still in the old country.  It might be well to say something about the first athletic meet I ever pulled off.about the first athletic meet I ever pulled off.             “            “One Sunday morning myself and half a dozen gossoonsOne Sunday morning myself and half a dozen gossoons cut down a tree and planted it in  a field a short distance awaycut down a tree and planted it in  a field a short distance away from the church.  Then we stood at either side of the entrancefrom the church.  Then we stood at either side of the entrance with our caps in our hand and when the people came out fromwith our caps in our hand and when the people came out from Mass we took up a collection to buy prizes.  That afternoon theMass we took up a collection to buy prizes.  That afternoon the field was packed and everybody had a fine time.  Athleticfield was packed and everybody had a fine time.  Athletic contests were the regular Sunday pastime after that.”contests were the regular Sunday pastime after that.”
  5. 5. Athens – The first modern OlympicAthens – The first modern Olympic Games 1896Games 1896
  6. 6. The first Olympic champion in 1896The first Olympic champion in 1896
  7. 7. JP Boland: first Irish champion 1896JP Boland: first Irish champion 1896
  8. 8. 1900: Limerick’s first Olympic1900: Limerick’s first Olympic medalsmedals Paris 16-17 JulyParis 16-17 July  Pat Leahy (Creggane) won silver in the highPat Leahy (Creggane) won silver in the high jump with 1.78mjump with 1.78m  Leahy also won bronze in long jump with a leapLeahy also won bronze in long jump with a leap of 6.71mof 6.71m  John Flanagan (Martinstown and USA) wonJohn Flanagan (Martinstown and USA) won hammer gold with a throw of 51.01m, 4.75mhammer gold with a throw of 51.01m, 4.75m better than anyone else.better than anyone else.
  9. 9. Pat Leahy of Creggane 1900Pat Leahy of Creggane 1900
  10. 10. John Flanagan – Martinstown andJohn Flanagan – Martinstown and USA: 1900, 1904, 1908USA: 1900, 1904, 1908
  11. 11. Flanagan’s birth certFlanagan’s birth cert
  12. 12. 1904 and St Louis1904 and St Louis  Tom Kiely (Tipperary and Ireland) won gold inTom Kiely (Tipperary and Ireland) won gold in the All Round Championshipthe All Round Championship  John James Daly (Galway) won silver in 2,590MJohn James Daly (Galway) won silver in 2,590M steeplechasesteeplechase  Gaelic Football won by Chicago FeniansGaelic Football won by Chicago Fenians  Hurling won by St. Louis InnisfallsHurling won by St. Louis Innisfalls
  13. 13. For Tipperary and Ireland 1904For Tipperary and Ireland 1904
  14. 14. 1904: Irish America to the fore1904: Irish America to the fore  John Flanagan wins second hammer title (51.23 m) andJohn Flanagan wins second hammer title (51.23 m) and a second place in the 56lb throw, 10.16m with Jima second place in the 56lb throw, 10.16m with Jim Mitchell from Emly third)Mitchell from Emly third)  Martin Sheridan (Bohola, Co. Mayo) wins first of nineMartin Sheridan (Bohola, Co. Mayo) wins first of nine Olympic medals in the discusOlympic medals in the discus  Irish American Athletic Club top US club – PJ ConwayIrish American Athletic Club top US club – PJ Conway chairmanchairman  Head of US Olympic movement and St. LouisHead of US Olympic movement and St. Louis organisers was James Sullivanorganisers was James Sullivan  Very important in funding Irish revolutionVery important in funding Irish revolution
  15. 15. P.J. Conway – Irish AmericanP.J. Conway – Irish American Athletic ClubAthletic Club
  16. 16. The Irish American connectionThe Irish American connection
  17. 17. Irish American Athletic ClubIrish American Athletic Club
  18. 18. The Fenians and Irish AmericanThe Fenians and Irish American athleticsathletics
  19. 19. 1906 – Irish or British?1906 – Irish or British?  British Olympic Association founded late 1905British Olympic Association founded late 1905  Peter O’Connor (Waterford) wins gold in triple jumpPeter O’Connor (Waterford) wins gold in triple jump and silver in long jumpand silver in long jump  Con Leahy (Creggane) wins gold in high jump by 2.5cmCon Leahy (Creggane) wins gold in high jump by 2.5cm and silver in triple jump behind O’Connor, 13.98m toand silver in triple jump behind O’Connor, 13.98m to O’Connor’s 14.075mO’Connor’s 14.075m  Two gold and three silver for Martin Sheridan (USA)Two gold and three silver for Martin Sheridan (USA)  Billy Sherring (Canada) wins MarathonBilly Sherring (Canada) wins Marathon
  20. 20. 1906: O’Connor and Daly1906: O’Connor and Daly
  21. 21. 1906: Flags and emblems1906: Flags and emblems
  22. 22. Con Leahy of Creggane: guardian ofCon Leahy of Creggane: guardian of the flagthe flag
  23. 23. 1908 Limerick Olympic winners1908 Limerick Olympic winners  John Flanagan gold in the hammer, withJohn Flanagan gold in the hammer, with McGrath (Tipperary) and Walsh (Cork) placedMcGrath (Tipperary) and Walsh (Cork) placed  Tim Ahearne wins triple jump with 14.92mTim Ahearne wins triple jump with 14.92m  Con Leahy joint second in high jumpCon Leahy joint second in high jump  William Russell Lane-Joynt silver in teamWilliam Russell Lane-Joynt silver in team ‘running deer’ shooting‘running deer’ shooting  Plus Sheridan, Hayes, Horgan, Barrett, Kerr…Plus Sheridan, Hayes, Horgan, Barrett, Kerr…
  24. 24. Tim Ahearne of Athea, triple jumpTim Ahearne of Athea, triple jump champion in 1908champion in 1908
  25. 25. Tim Ahearne’s medal and certificateTim Ahearne’s medal and certificate
  26. 26. Irish hockey team 1908Irish hockey team 1908
  27. 27. 1908 – Triumph of Irish America1908 – Triumph of Irish America
  28. 28. Coach Tom Flanagan and TomCoach Tom Flanagan and Tom LongboatLongboat
  29. 29. Mike Murphy – USA Olympic trainerMike Murphy – USA Olympic trainer
  30. 30. American-British hatred in 1908American-British hatred in 1908
  31. 31. William Lane-Joynt – one I missedWilliam Lane-Joynt – one I missed
  32. 32. Hammer one, two and three –Hammer one, two and three – Flanagan, McGrath and WalshFlanagan, McGrath and Walsh
  33. 33. 1912 Tradition Continues1912 Tradition Continues  Matt McGrath (Nenagh) wins hammer by over sixMatt McGrath (Nenagh) wins hammer by over six metresmetres  Pat McDonald (Doonbeg and Time Square) wins goldPat McDonald (Doonbeg and Time Square) wins gold in shot (15.34m) and silver in two-handed shot (27.53min shot (15.34m) and silver in two-handed shot (27.53m  Kennedy McArthur (Antrim) wins Marathon for SouthKennedy McArthur (Antrim) wins Marathon for South Africa – tallest winner everAfrica – tallest winner ever  Denis Carey (John Flanagan’s cousin) sixth in hammerDenis Carey (John Flanagan’s cousin) sixth in hammer
  34. 34. 1912 – McArthur (Antrim and South1912 – McArthur (Antrim and South Africa) wins Stockholm MarathonAfrica) wins Stockholm Marathon
  35. 35. Two very different characters:Two very different characters: Frank Dinneen and Boss CrokerFrank Dinneen and Boss Croker
  36. 36. 1920 Antwerp1920 Antwerp  Paddy Ryan (Pallasgreen) wins hammer withPaddy Ryan (Pallasgreen) wins hammer with 52.875m and second to McDonald in 56lb52.875m and second to McDonald in 56lb weightweight  Silver for Pat Flynn (Bandon) in 3,000mSilver for Pat Flynn (Bandon) in 3,000m steeplechase and for Anton Hegarty (Derry) insteeplechase and for Anton Hegarty (Derry) in team cross countryteam cross country  Gold in polo for FW Barrett (Cork) and in waterGold in polo for FW Barrett (Cork) and in water polo for Noel Purcell (Dublin)polo for Noel Purcell (Dublin)
  37. 37. Paddy Ryan – Nicker & PallasgreenPaddy Ryan – Nicker & Pallasgreen
  38. 38. Ryan and McDonaldRyan and McDonald
  39. 39. Dan Ahearn of Athea – no medal in 1920Dan Ahearn of Athea – no medal in 1920 but world record holder in triple jumpbut world record holder in triple jump
  40. 40. 1920 – 24: Jack Kelly – three golds1920 – 24: Jack Kelly – three golds
  41. 41. JJ Keane – Anglesborough and IOCJJ Keane – Anglesborough and IOC
  42. 42. Ireland’s Olympic CouncilIreland’s Olympic Council  Founded in 1920 – Keane, Griffith and CollinsFounded in 1920 – Keane, Griffith and Collins  ‘‘The formation of an Irish Olympic Council that is completelyThe formation of an Irish Olympic Council that is completely and influentially representative of the Irish nation… At the firstand influentially representative of the Irish nation… At the first meeting of the newly formed Council the movement wasmeeting of the newly formed Council the movement was discussed in all its aspects and, while the difficulties were fullydiscussed in all its aspects and, while the difficulties were fully acknowledged, it was unanimously agreed that the time wasacknowledged, it was unanimously agreed that the time was opportune and the necessity urgent for formulating Ireland’sopportune and the necessity urgent for formulating Ireland’s right to participate as a distinct national entity in such worldright to participate as a distinct national entity in such world competitions as the Olympic Games...’competitions as the Olympic Games...’ Limerick LeaderLimerick Leader, 23, 23 August 1920.August 1920.  Battle for acceptance at Lausanne 1920-22 – KeaneBattle for acceptance at Lausanne 1920-22 – Keane Ireland’s first IOC MemberIreland’s first IOC Member
  43. 43. Keane and the IOCKeane and the IOC I have the honour of asking you again on behalf of Ireland, to beI have the honour of asking you again on behalf of Ireland, to be recognized in the coming Olympic Games, as an independentrecognized in the coming Olympic Games, as an independent nation. After our meeting in Antwerp, you told us that the Irishnation. After our meeting in Antwerp, you told us that the Irish demand would be recognized as soon as political autonomy haddemand would be recognized as soon as political autonomy had been granted…I have great pleasure in telling you that mybeen granted…I have great pleasure in telling you that my country is now a ‘Free State’, and that it holds, on a commoncountry is now a ‘Free State’, and that it holds, on a common footing, the same rights as an autonomous state in the Britishfooting, the same rights as an autonomous state in the British Empire as Canada, Australia, south Africa, etc. The conditionEmpire as Canada, Australia, south Africa, etc. The condition laid down by your committee as essential for acceptance oflaid down by your committee as essential for acceptance of Ireland’s application is thus complied with.Ireland’s application is thus complied with. Letter from J.J. Keane on behalf of the Irish Olympic Council toLetter from J.J. Keane on behalf of the Irish Olympic Council to de Coubertin 10 April 1922de Coubertin 10 April 1922 CorrespondenceCorrespondence JJ KeaneJJ Keane..
  44. 44. Sophie Peirce – Women’s OlympicSophie Peirce – Women’s Olympic pioneerpioneer
  45. 45. The Map does not lieThe Map does not lie
  46. 46. Thank you for your attentionThank you for your attention Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy Allen StreetAllen Street CappoquinCappoquin Co. WaterfordCo. Waterford kpec@gofree.indigo.iekpec@gofree.indigo.ie 087 6501042087 6501042

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