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Paul O'Donovan, Sarah Healy, Colin Judge, Hannah McLoughlinc

Update 05 June 2024

Thank you for your contributions to our Olympic & Paralympic legacy project.

We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who made submissions for our Olympic & Paralympic legacy project during the consultation period. In particular, we want to express our gratitude to Eric Brady and James Nolan for their valuable input. 

In advance of this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, UCD Sport in association with renowned sports historian Dr. Tom Hunt is compiling a list of UCD graduates that competed for Ireland and other countries in an Olympic or Paralympic Games.

To date we have identified the following graduates of level 7, 8 and 9 degree programmes in UCD. To ensure that the list is accurate and that we are not missing any graduates, we would ask you to email (opens in a new window)sport@ucd.ie if you notice any errors or omissions.

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Olympic Games

UCD Graduates Who Competed for Ireland at an Olympics
Name Games Sport Event
Tamsen McGarry Salt Lake City (2002) Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom, Slalom
Ciara Everard Rio Athletics 800m
Ciara Mageean Tokyo, Rio Athletics 1500m
David Matthews Sydney, Atlanta Athletics 800m
Deirdre Gallagher Atlanta Athletics 10km Walk
Deirdre Ryan London Athletics High Jump
Derval O’Rourke London, Beijing, Athens Athletics 100m Hurdles
Eamonn Fitzgerald Los Angeles (1932) Athletics Triple Jump
James Nolan Athens, Sydney Athletics 1500m
Jamie Costin Sydney, Beijing Athletics 50km Walk
Jerry Kiernan Los Angeles Athletics Marathon
Joanne Cuddihy London, Beijing Athletics 400m, 4x400m Relay
John Menton Sydney Athletics Discus
Mark English Tokyo, Rio Athletics 800m
Mick Clohisey Rio Athletics Marathon
Mick Hoey Rome Athletics 5000m
Paul Opperman Sydney Athletics 4x400m relay
Rob Daly Sydney Athletics 4x400m relay
Róisín Smyth Los Angeles Athletics 3000m
Sarah Healy Tokyo Athletics 800m
Sarah Lavin Tokyo Athletics 100m Hurdles
Seán Lavan Amsterdam, Paris (1924) Athletics 200m, 400m
Theo Phelan Amsterdam Athletics Triple Jump
Victor Costello Barcelona Athletics Shot Put
Harry Boland London (1948) Basketball  
David Connolly Torino (2006) Bobsleigh Skeleton
Jeff Pamplin Nagano (1992) Bobsleigh 2 Man Bobsleigh & 4 Man Bobsleigh
Michael Ryan Mexico, Tokyo Fencing Foil, Épée, Sabre Team and Individual
Brendan O’Kelly London (1948) Football  
Emmett McLaughlin London (1948) Football  
Anna O’Flanagan Tokyo Hockey  
Chloe Watkins Tokyo Hockey  
Deirdre Duke Tokyo Hockey  
Hannah McLoughlin Tokyo Hockey  
Katie Mullan Tokyo Hockey  
Kirk Shimmins Rio Hockey  
Lena Tice Tokyo Hockey  
Michael Darling Rio Hockey  
Michelle Carey Tokyo Hockey  
Shane O’Donoghue Rio Hockey  
Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe Rio, London Modern Pentathlon  
Jerome Hartigan Moscow Modern Pentathlon  
Aileen Crowley Tokyo Rowing Coxless Pairs
Barry McDonnell London (1948) Rowing Eights
Claire Lambe Rio Rowing Lightweight Double Sculls
Denis Lambert Sugrue London (1948) Rowing Eights
Eimear Lambe Tokyo Rowing Coxless Fours
Jay Renehan Montreal Rowing Coxless Fours
Joe Hanly London (1948) Rowing Eights
Martin Feeley Montreal Rowing Coxless Fours
Morgan McElligott London (1948) Rowing Eights
Paddy Dooley London (1948) Rowing Eights
Paul O’Donovan Tokyo, Rio Rowing Lightweight Double Sculls
Tom Dowdall London (1948) Rowing Eights
Adam Leavy Tokyo Rugby 7s  
Billy Dardis Tokyo Rugby 7s  
Bryan Mollen Tokyo Rugby 7s  
Foster Horan Tokyo Rugby 7s  
Gavin Mullin Tokyo Rugby 7s  
Harry McNulty Tokyo Rugby 7s  
Ian Fitzpatrick Tokyo Rugby 7s  
Terry Kennedy Tokyo Rugby 7s  
Aisling Byrne-Bowman Atlanta, Seoul Sailing One Person Dinghy - women, Two Person Dinghy - women
Denis Lyttle Atlanta, Barcelona Sailing One Person Dinghy, Two Person Dinghy
Ger Owens London, Beijing, Athens Sailing Two Person Dinghy
Johnny Hooper Rome, Tokyo Sailing Two Person Heavyweight Dinghy; One Person Dinghy
Aisling Cooney Beijing Swimming 100m Backstroke
Aisling O’Leary Munich Swimming 800m Freestyle; 4x100m Freestyle Relay; 4x100m Medley Relay.
Darragh Greene Tokyo Swimming 100m & 200m Breaststroke
Earl McCarthy Atlanta Swimming 100m & 200m Freestyle
Gary O'Toole Seoul, Barcelona Swimming 100m & 200m Breaststroke; 100m & 200m Individual Medley
Michelle Smith Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta Swimming 100m & 200m Backstroke; 100m & 200m Individual Medley; 400m Freestyle; 200m Butterfly

UCD Current Students Who Competed for Ireland at an Olympics
Name Games Sport Event
Sarah McAuley Tokyo Hockey  

UCD Graduates Who Competed for another country (other than Ireland) at an Olympics
Name Games Sport Event Country
William Graham London (1908) Field Hockey   GB & Ireland
John Christopher Sellars London (1908) Rifle Shooting   GB & Ireland
Peter Byrne Munich Sailing Two Person Heavyweight Dinghy Open Canada
Nicola Muscat London, Rio Swimming 50m Freestyle Malta

Paralympic Games

UCD Graduates Who Competed for Ireland at a Paralympics
Name Games Sport Event
Kerrie Leonard Tokyo Archery Individual Compound Open
Mark Rohan London Cycling Time Trial H1, Road Race H1
Helen Kearney London & Rio Equestrian Team, Individual, Freestyle
Darragh McDonald London & Beijing Swimming S6 100m Freestyle
David Malone Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing Swimming S8 100m Backstroke, S9 100m Backstroke
Patrick Flanagan Tokyo Swimming S6 400m Freestyle, S6 100m Backstroke
Colin Judge Tokyo Table Tennis Class 3 Men’s Singles

UCD Graduates Who Competed for another country (other than Ireland) at a Paralympics

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