After a brief absence from the Paralympic Games in Tokyo the Irish returned to the biggest stage of Paralympic sport in 1968 in Israel.

There were three particularly notable performers in Tel Aviv; Rosaleen Gallagher, Jummy Gibson and Frances O’Sullivan. All three athletes medaled in 1968 and they would return to do so again 4 years later in Germany. Indeed, Gallagher and O’Sullivan would both medal in would both return to the podium in 1980 and, incredibly, Rosaleen Gallagher would go on to win 4 medals in 1984.

Rosaleen Gallagher would eventually become Ireland’s most decorated athlete at the Paralympic Games as she would win a total of 20 medals in 4 sports; Archery, Athletics (Shot Put, Javelin, Discus, Pentathlon, Club Throw, Slalom, 60m), Swimming and Table Tennis.

First Name Surname Medal Sport Event Classification
Rosaleen Gallagher Silver Archery Women’s St. Nicholas Round Cervical
Rosaleen Gallagher Bronze Athletics Women’s Slalom Cervical Class
Jimmy Gibson Silver Snooker Men’s Tourmament Open
Frances O’Sullivan White Silver Swimming Women’s 25m Backstroke Class 1
Rosaleen Gallagher Bronze Swimming Women’s 25m Backstroke Class 1
Jimmy Gibson Bronze Table Tennis Men’s Singles C
Women’s Doubles Bronze Table Tennis Women’s Doubles A2
Frances O’Sullivan White Silver Table Tennis Women’s Singles A1
Rosaleen Gallagher Bronze Table Tennis Women’s Singles A2

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