UCD's Olympians 2021

17 Jul 2021

The final preparations are in place and the last athletes are making their journey to Tokyo this weekend in advance of the Tokyo Olympics.

The Irish team heading to the Tokyo Olympics is the biggest ever, with the Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) confirming a final, 116-athlete list. 

The 116-strong team is by some distance the biggest team ever to represent Ireland. The previous high was in 1948, when 81 athletes represented Ireland in London 1948.

Originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the event was postponed in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be held largely behind closed doors with no spectators permitted under the state of emergency. Despite being rescheduled for 2021, the event retains the Tokyo 2020 name.

UCD is thrilled to have an incredible 21 athletes who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. This includes four current students; ladies hockey’s Hannah McLoughlin, Michelle Carey and Sarah McAuley and 1500m runner Sarah Healy. 

Meet UCD’s Olympians 2021

As part of the coaching staff, UCD alumni and current Ladies hockey 1st team coach Lisa Jacob will travel to Tokyo as the Irish Hockey team manager. James Nolan another UCD graduate who is the current UCD athletics performance coach and also two time Olympian will travel to Tokyo as the Head of Paralympics Athletics.

Paralympics Ireland have secured four slots for swimming thus far for this summer’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo. UCD Alumni Patrick Flanagan along with four other athletes have achieved Tokyo Minimum Qualification Standards (MQS' - the Para equivalent to the FINA 'A' standard). With the Paralympics not starting until the 24th of August however, the team has not yet been announced.  

We have a lot of action on Day One of Competition as UCD’s Darragh Greene is in action in the 100m Breaststroke. The Irish Ladies Hockey team take on South Africa in their first match of the tournament and all the rowers; Eimear Lambe,  Aileen Crowley and Paul O’Donovan all in action.

The Opening Ceremony takes place next Friday the 23rd of July in the Olympics Stadium and the games run until the 8th of August. 

The full Olympics schedule and results can be found HERE

Here are the UCD Olympians heats and first round schedules:



Olympic Schedule

Hannah McLoughlin Ladies Hockey

24/07/21 Ireland vs South Africa 1.15pm

Michelle Carey Ladies Hockey (Reserve)

26/07/21 Ireland vs Netherlands 2.00am

Katie Mullan Ladies Hockey

28/07/21 Ireland vs Germany 4.15am

Chloe Watkins Ladies Hockey

30/07/21 Ireland vs India 3.45pm

Deirdre Duke Ladies Hockey

31/07/21 Ireland vs GB 12.45pm

Anna O'Flanagan Ladies Hockey

2/08/21 Quarter Finals

Lena Tice Ladies Hockey  
Sarah McAuley Ladies Hockey  
Mark English Athletics (800m)

31/07/21 800m First Round

Ciara Mageean Athletics (1500m)

02/08/21 1500m round 1

Sarah Lavin Athletics - 100m hurdles

31/07/21 100m Hurdles qualifying round

Sarah Healy Athletics (1500m)

02/08/21 1500m round 1

Shane Lorwy Golf

29/07/21 Men's Individual Stroke Play Round 1

Billy Dardis Men's Rugby Sevens

26/07/21 Irealand vs South Africa 3am

Harry McNulty Men's Rugby Sevens

26/07/21 Irealand vs USA 10.30pm

Gavin Mullin Men's Rugby Sevens

27/07/21 Irealand vs Kenya 3am

Adam Leavy Men's Rugby Sevens  
Foster Horan  Men's Rugby Sevens   
Darragh Greene Swimming (100m breast stroke)

24/07/21 Men's 100m Breaststroke - Heats

Eimear Lambe Rowing (Women's 4)

24/07/21 Women's Four Heats 4.00am

Aileen Crowley Rowing (Women's Pair)

24/07/21 Women's Pair Heats 2.10am

Paul O'Donovan Rowing (Men's Lightweight Double)

24/07/21 Lightweight Men's Double Sculls Heats 3.30am