1996 saw the Irish team cross the Atlantic Ocean to compete at the Paralympic Games in Atlanta. This games marked the beginning of the modernisation of the Paralympic Games with the introduction of a new, more complex classification system to ensure a level playing field for athletes across all sports.

The small Irish team again delivered brilliant results throughout the competition with some very notable performance. In the swimming pool there were silver medal wins for both Dave Malone and Mairead Berry who would both go on to taste greater success at future games. The stand out performance of the Atlanta games came from Bridie Lynch who claimed Ireland’s only gold of the games in the Discus and she also added bronze in the Shot Put.

First Name Surname Medal Sport Event Classification
Sean O’Grady Bronze Athletics Men’s Discus Throw F54
Mary Rice Bronze Athletics Women’s 200m T32-33
Bridie Lynch Gold Athletics Women’s Discus Throw F12
Bridie Lynch Bronze Athletics Women’s Shot Put F12
Sharon Rice Bronze Athletics Women’s Shot Put F32-33
Grainne Barret-Condron Bronze Athletics Women’s Shot Put F41
Thomas Leahy Silver Boccia Mixed Individual C2
Joan Salmon Bronze Equestrian Mixed Kur Canter Grade 3
David Malone Silver Swimming Men’s 100m Backstroke S9
Mairead Berry Silver Swimming Women’s 50m Backstroke S2


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