July 5th, 2016


Paralympics Ireland announces 44-strong Irish Team for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan T.D., was on hand at Dublin’s City Hall today to announce the Irish Paralympic Team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games which will take place from September 7th to 18th.

The team of 44 athletes, who will compete across nine different sports at the Games in Rio, includes three reigning world champions (athletics and cycling) and two defending Paralympic champions, Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop, who will be aiming to defend their titles in the 100m (T13) and 1,500m (T37) respectively.

Also featuring for athletics is London 2012 bronze medallist and World Championship silver medallist Orla Barry, will be joined by World Championship silver medallist and world record holder, Noelle Lenihan along with European record holder Niamh McCarthy – both of whom will feature at a Paralympic Games for the first time.

Meanwhile in swimming, Dubliner Ellen Keane will be attending her third Paralympic Games at the age of 21, while James Scully will be returning for his second Games.

For the first time ever, Ireland will compete in canoeing at the Paralympic Games and it is also hoped that there will be Irish athletes representing their country in para-triathlon, with the qualification window for this sport scheduled to close later in July.

Speaking at the team announcement, Minister of State O’Donovan commented: “I would like to congratulate all of the athletes on their selection for the 2016 Paralympic Games. It is a tremendous honour for each of the 44 athletes who have been selected to represent Ireland at the Rio Games and they can all be very proud of that achievement.

“I have no doubt that they will be wonderful ambassadors for Ireland and for their respective sports.  I would like to wish all of the athletes well in their final preparations for Rio.”

Chef de Mission for the Irish Team, Denis Toomey, commented: Team announcement day is a major milestone on Paralympic Ireland’s road To Rio.  Qualifications and selections are complete and today we announce those athletes who will represent Ireland at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

“As Chef de Mission it has been both and honour and a privilege to be tasked with telling the nation who the lucky athletes are and I certainly look forward to leading them all to Rio for the Games.”


Paralympic Performance Director, Dave Malone, spoke about the Irish Paralympic Team’s performance goals for Rio 2016: “Irish athletes will go to Rio this September and compete for glory against approximately 4,350 athletes from all parts of the world over the course of 11 days.

“The team is ready to achieve great personal and collective success at the Games, and their performances throughout the qualification process for Rio indicates that a medal target of eight for the team is achievable. We also anticipate a large number of finals from the team, and we are seeking career best performances from as many of the team as possible on the biggest stage of all.

“We have ring fenced all available supports around the athletes in order to ensure that they can produce their optimum performance on the international stage.”

The first wave of athletes will depart on August 23rd, and will use the Irish Holding Camp in Uberlandia, Brazil to prepare for the Games, which has been set up with the generous support of Sport Ireland.

Coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympics Games will be available on RTÉ throughout the duration of the Games, on TV, radio and online.


For more information please contact: Mary McGuire, Media and Events Manager, Paralympics Ireland, 01 625 1175/087 951 6651

PLEASE NOTE: Images from today’s announcement and athlete headshots are available reproduction fee free from Sportsfile: www.sportsfile.com/ 01-4547400/pictures@sportsfile.com


Appendix 1.0: Team Ireland for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Note: *denotes first time Paralympian




Orla Barry

Ladysbridge, Cork

F57 Discus
Orla Comerford*

Co. Dublin

T13 100m
Paul Keogan*

Skyrne, Co. Meath

T37 400m
Noelle Lenihan*

Charleville, Co. Cork

F38 Discus
Niamh McCarthy*

Carrigaline, Co. Cork

F41 Discus
Michael McKillop

Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim

T37 1500m
Patrick Monahan*

Naas, Co. Kildare

T53 800m and Marathon
Deirdre Mongan

Milltown, Co. Galway

F53 Shot Put
Jason Smyth

Eglinton, Co. Derry

T13 100m
Greta Streimikyte*

Swords, Co. Dublin

T13 1500m


Pat O’Leary

Co. Cork, now based in Galway





Eoghan Clifford*

Galway, Co. Galway



Men’s individual pursuit C3



  • Men’s C3 Time Trial

Men’s C1-3 Road Race


Katie-George Dunleavy

Crawley, UK


With pilot


Eve McCrystal*

Jenkinstown, Co. Louth


Women’s Individual B Kilo

Women’s individual pursuit B



Women’s B Time Trial

Women’s B Road Race


Colin Lynch

Macclesfield, UK


Men’s individual pursuit C2



Men’s C2 Time Trial

Men’s C1-3 Road Race




Ciara Staunton*

Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow


Women’s H1-3 Time Trial

Women’s H1-4 Road Race


Declan Slevin*

Moate, Co. Westmeath


Men’s H3 Time Trial

Men’s H3 Road Race


Damien Vereker*

Waterford, Co. Waterford


With pilot


Sean Hahessy*

Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary


Men’s Individual Pursuit B

Men’s individual kilo B finals



Men’s B Time Trial

Men’s B Road Race





Helen Kearney

Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow

Grade 1A Championship

Grade 1A Freestyle



Luke Evans (C)

Artane, Co. Dublin





The Irish CP Football team will face Brazil, Ukraine and Great Britain in the group stages.


They will play these group games on:

September 8th, 10th and 12th.


The semi-finals of the competition will take place on September 14th with the final on September 16th.


Venue: Deodoro Stadium

Tomiwa Badun*

Dundalk, Co. Louth

Cormac Birt*

Toomebridge, Co. Antrim

Joseph Markey

Clontibret, Monaghan

Brian McGillivary

Firhouse, Co. Dublin

Carl McKee*

Swords, Co. Dublin

Gary Messett

Bray, Co. Wicklow

Ryan Nolan*

Bray, Co. Wicklow

Eric O’Flaherty*

Mervue, Co. Galway

Dillon Sheridan *

Ballyfermot, Co. Dublin

Aaron Tier*

Limerick, Co. Limerick

Conor Tuite*

Drogheda, Co. Louth

Jordan Walker*

Belfast, Co. Antrim

Ryan Walker*

Glenanne, Co. Armagh




John Twomey

Ballinahassig, Cork

3 Person Keelboat (Sonar)
Austin O’Carroll*

Phibsoboro, Co. Dublin

3 Person Keelboat (Sonar)
Ian Costelloe

Killorglin, Co. Kerry

3 Person Keelboat (Sonar)



Sean Baldwin

Newbridge, Co. Kildare

R1 10m Air Rifle Standing

R3 10m Air Rifle Prone

R6 50m Free Rifle Prone

R7 50m Free Rifle 3×40

Phillip Eaglesham*

Dungannon, Co. Tyrone

R5 10m Air Rifle Prone





Ellen Keane

Clontarf, Co. Dublin

SB8 100m Breaststroke

S9 100m Butterfly

S9 100m Backstroke

SM9 200m Individual Medley


Ailbhe Kelly*

Castleknock, Co. Dublin

S8 100m Backstroke

S8 100m Freestyle

S8 400m Freestyle


James Scully

Ratoath, Co. Meath

S5 50m Freestyle

S5 100m Freestyle

S5 200m Freestyle


Nicole Turner*

Portarlington, Co. Laois

S6 50m Butterfly

S6 50m Freestyle

S6 100m Freestyle

SB6 100m Breaststroke

SM6 200m Individual Medley

S6 400m Freestyle




Rena McCarron Rooney

Buncrana, Co. Donegal

TT2 Single



Appendix 2.0

Paralympics Ireland Support Staff

Paralympics Ireland HQ team: D. Toomey, D. Malone, N. Buffini

SPORTS SCIENCE & MEDICAL TEAM: J Conway, S McIvor, A Swanton, J Faulkner, J. O’Donovan, J. Loughrey, T. Divilly

CAMP SUPPORT TEAM (UBERLANDIA): A. Rossiter, N. Murphy, G. Byas, A. Gardiner

ATHLETICS: J. Nolan, D. Sweeney, M. Bergin, E. O’Brien

CANOEING: N. Flemming

CYCLING: T. McGowan, N. Delahaye, G. Beggs, E. Murphy, P. Lynch

EQUESTRIAN: D. Redmond, L. Bagge

FOOTBALL: B. Ferguson, JJ Glynn, B. Moore, G. McCormack


SHOOTING: R. Kane, R. Morris

SWIMMING: H. Burke, J Laverty, C. Sinnott O’Connor



Appendix 3.0:

Irish world champions and world record holders


Reigning Irish Paralympic Champions:

Jason Smyth:                                           T13 100m & 200m

Michael McKillop :                                     T37 800m & 1500m


Current Irish World Champions :

Michael McKillop:                                      T37 800m & 1500m

Jason Smyth:                                           T13 100m & 200m

Eoghan Clifford:                                       C3 Road Time Trial


Current Irish World Record holders:

Michael McKillop:                                                   T37 800m & 1500m

Jason Smyth:                                                T13 100m & 200m

Noelle Lenihan:                                             F38 Discus


Appendix 4.0:

Irish team timeline to the Paralympic Games in Rio


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