A team representing Ireland has competed at the Summer Olympic Games since 1924, and at the Winter Olympic Games since 1992.

Sports highlights are athletics, swimming, boxing and sailing.

Athletics: Athletics has seen some of Ireland's highest performers at the Olympics, with several Irish athletes performing well. 

Eamonn Coghlan
He was born in 1952 in Drimnagh, Dublin (Ireland). He began to compete in United States. He didn’t win any medal, but he was the first to participate in the middle distance when he was older than 40 (with 41)

Ron Delany
He was born in Arklond in 1935, but his family emigrated to Dublin when he was six years old. His specialty was the middle distance. He only won a gold medal at the Olympics Games in Melbourne in 1956.

Boxing: Boxing, which was once one of Ireland’s most popular sports, is now regaining popularity. In recent years Ireland’s amateur boxers have won medals at numerous top level competitions worldwide including Olympics.

Darren John Sutherland
He was a famous boxer that won the bronze medal in the Olympics Games of Beijing in the middleweight category (75kg.) He died with only 27 years old.

Ireland first competed at the Olympic Games in 1924 as Irish Free State. Prior to this, Irish athletes competed as part of Great Britain. 
In 1996, Ireland's Michelle Smith won three gold and a bronze in swimming. Smith was accused of using performance-enhancing drugs; this remained unproven, but she was suspended in 1998 for tampering with a urine sample.

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