The British Olympic Association (BOA) was founded in 1906 and some of its key members rose to prominence in the International Olympic Committee (IOC), helped by their hosting of the […]

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In 1949 the North held its first official women’s championships and hired Franz Stampfl to promote athletics in the province. Stampfl would later coach Roger Bannister to the world’s first […]

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The outstanding figure from the early years of Irish women’s athletics was Ellie Mary ‘Babe’ Leahy from Charleville, Co. Limerick, a sister of Olympians Con, Patrick and Tim. Ellie, a […]

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Heat 1   Tisdall (Ireland) 54.8   Nottbrock (Germany)   Hardin (USA)     Semi-final 1   Hardin (USA) 52.8 (Olympic record)   Taylor (USA)   Lord Burghley (Britain)   […]

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Lord Killanin was named president of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) in 1950, and in 1952 was asked to join the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In 1965 he was named […]

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