Ireland at the 2008 Summer Paralympics

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Ireland at the
2008 Summer Paralympics
Flag of Ireland.svg
IPC code IRL
NPC Paralympics Ireland
in Beijing
Competitors 45 in 9 sports
Flag bearer Patrice Dockery
Ranked 36th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
3 1 1 5
Summer Paralympics appearances

Ireland competed at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing. Ireland sent 45 athletes, competing in 9 sports.[1] The country's flagbearer at the Games' opening ceremony was Patrice Dockery.[2]


Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold McKillop, MichaelMichael McKillop Athletics Men's 800 m - T37
 Gold Smyth, JasonJason Smyth Athletics Men's 100 m - T13
 Gold Smyth, JasonJason Smyth Athletics Men's 200 m - T13
 Silver McDonald, DarraghDarragh McDonald Swimming Men's 400 m Freestyle - S6
 Bronze Shelly, GabrielGabriel Shelly Boccia Mixed Individual - BC1


Sean Heary was Ireland's sole representative in this sport.


Ireland sent ten representatives in athletics, including John McCarthy, Michael McKillop, Catherine Wayland, Jason Smyth and Patrice Dockery.


Ireland sent four representatives in boccia, including Gabriel Shelly.


Ireland sent four representatives in cycling: Cathal Miller, Enda Smyth, Michael Delaney and Catherine Walsh. The team was managed by Denis Toomey who competed in the tandem event in Athens and made great strides in cycling in Ireland for disabled athletes


Eilish Byrne was Ireland's one representative, competing in dressage with horse Youri.


Ireland was represented in football.


Five Irish athletes competed in the following events in sailing:[3]

  • Two-Person Keelboat - SKUD18
  • Three-Person Keelboat - Sonar


Ireland sent six representatives in swimming, including Dave Malone, Ellen Keane and Darragh McDonald.

Table tennis[edit]

Ireland sent two representatives in table tennis, including Kathleen Reynolds.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "IRISH PARALYMPIC TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR 2008 BEIJING GAMES", Irish Sports Council, July 2, 2008
  2. ^ "Patrice Dockery announced as Irish team flag bearer for 2008 Paralympic Games", Paralympic Council of Ireland, August 9, 2008
  3. ^ "National Line Up For 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition", International Association for Disabled Sailing, July 16, 2008

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