Irish athletes have competed at the Summer Olympics since 1900.

Note: Irish competitors 1900-1920 competed as part of British Empire team. An attempt was made in 1906 to gain "separate nation" status but was stopped by Prince George of Greece and Denmark.


Listed by year

1896 Athens

The Gaelic Athletic Association declined to send an Irish team due to their belief that Irish athletes would not win in anything except the shot put and high jump.

1900 Paris

Athlete Event Medal
John Flanagan Hammer throw Gold
Pat Leahy High jump Silver
Pat Leahy Long jump Bronze

1904 St. Louis

Athlete Event Medal
John Flanagan Hammer throw Gold
Tom Kiely Decathlon Gold
Con Leahy High jump Gold
Peter O'Connor Decathlon Gold
Tom Kiely Decathlon Gold
John Flanagan 56-lb weight throw Silver
John J. Daly Steeplechase Silver
James Mitchell 56-lb weight throw Bronze


2000 Sydney

Athlete Event Medal
Sonia O'Sullivan 5000m Silver

2004 Athens

Athlete Event Medal
Cian O'Connor Showjumping Gold Stripped of his medal after horse "Waterford Crystal" tested positive
for prohibited, but not performance-enhancing, substances.

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