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.
|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|