List of possible Irish Olympic medallists

Last week we brought you news as to which Irish sports stars received the maximum €40,000 grants so now let us look at who received the rest of the ISC grants and how much.

International Carding Scheme:

Athletics Ireland :
€40,000 – Podium: Olive Loughnane, Derval O’Rourke, Robert Heffernan, David Gillick
€20,000 – World Class: Ciaran O’Lionard, Deirdre Ryan, Fionnuala Britton, Paul Hession
€12,000 – International: Alistair Cragg, Stephanie Reilly, Linda Byrne, Mark Kenneally, Brendan Boyce, Joe Sweeney, Ciara Mageean, Joanne Cuddihy, Ava Hutchison

Badminton Ireland:
€12,000 International: Sam Magee, Chloe Magee, Scott Evans.
€10,000 Developmental: Developmental Squad
€12,000 Junior: Junior Squad

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ireland

€20,000 – World Class: Roberta Connolly
€12,000 – International: Gabriel Shelly, Jason Kearney, Johnny Cronin, Padraic Moran
€10,000 – Developmental: Soccer team

Cycling Ireland:

€40,000 – Podium: Catherine Walsh, Mark Rohan, Colin Lynch
€20,000 – Podium: Daniel Martin
€20,000 – World Class: Cathal Miller, Nicholas Roche, Caroline Ryan
€12,000 – International: Ciara Horne, Eoin Mullen, Martyn Irvine, Philip Deignan, Enda Smyth, Katie George-Dunleavy, James Brown, Andrew Fitzgerald

Irish Amateur Archery Association:

€12,000 – International: Sinead Cuthbert, Maeve Reidy, Keith Hanlon

Irish Amateur Boxing Association:

€40,000 – Podium: Joe Ward, Darren O’Neill, Ray Moylette, Katie Taylor, Paddy Barnes, John Joe Nevin
€30,000 – Podium: John Joe Joyce, Eric Donovan, Kenneth Egan
€20,000 – Podium: Tyrone McCullagh
€20,000 – World Class: Michael Conlon
€15,000 – World Class: David Oliver Joyce, William McLaughlin, Roy Sheahan
€12,000 – International: Tommy McCarthy, Con Sheehan, Michael O’Reilly, Jason Quigley

Irish Canoe Union:

€40,000 – Podium: Eoin Rheinisch
€12,000 – International: Neil Fleming, Barry Watkins, Jenny Egan

Irish Clay Pigeon Shooting Association :

€40,000 – Podium: Derek Burnett

Irish Fencing Federation:
€12,000 – International: Brendan Cusack

Gymnastics Ireland:

€12,000 – International: Kieran Behan

Irish Hockey Association:

€30,000 – International: Senior Men’s Team, Senior Women’s Team

Irish Judo Association:

€12,000 – International: Lisa Kearney

Irish Sailing Association:

€40,000 – Podium: Peter O’Leary, David Burrows, Annalise Murphy
€20,000 – World Class: Matthew McGovern, Ryan Seaton
€12,000 – International: Scott Flanigan, Ger Owens, Ian Costelloe, Anthony Hegarty, John Twomey

Irish Taekwondo Union:

€12,000 – International: Jennifer Hurley
€12,000 – Developmental: Developmental Squad
€6,000 – Junior: Junior Squad

IWA Sports:
€12,000 – International: Jody O’Neill (Archery), Eimear Breathnach, Rena McCarron Rooney, Philip Quinlan (all Table Tennis)

Paralympic Athletics Ireland :

€40,000 – Podium: Catherine O’Neill, Michael McKillop, Jason Smyth
€20,000 – World Class: Orla Barry
€12,000 – International: Ray O’Dwyer, Nadine Lattimore, Garrett Culliton, Ailish Dunne, Sean Baldwin

Paralympic Swimming Ireland:

€20,000 – World Class: Darragh McDonald, Bethany Firth, Jonathan McGrath
€12,000 – International: James Scully, Ellen Keane, Stephen Campbell

Pentathlon Ireland:
€12,000 – International: Natalya Coyle

Rowing Ireland: €12,000 – International: Sanita Puspure, Lisa Dilleen, Niall Kenny, Mark O’Donovan, Michael Maher, Justin Ryan
€9,600 – International: Shane Ryan, Sarah Caffrey, Kevin DuToit, Helen Arbuthnot, Anne Marie McDaid

Swim Ireland :
€40,000 – Podium: Grainne Murphy
€12,000 – International: Barry Murphy, Melanie Nocher, Christopher Bryan

Tennis Ireland:

€12,000 – International: Conor Niland

Triathlon Ireland:

€20,000 – World Class: Aileen Morrison
€12,000 – International: Gavin Noble

This total funding package of investment is on a par with 2011 which had a final year total of €10.3 million. It means €40 million will be invested by the Council over the four year cycle of 2009 to 2012. In the three years of this cycle to date 102 medals have been won at international championship level in supported programmes. This compares with 70 medals won in the four year cycle to 2008 on the basis of an investment of €40.5 million. In 2011 it was significant that 58 of the 59 medals won were by Irish athletes based at home in domestic programmes.

Mr. Michael Ring TD, Minister for Tourism & Sport said that : “2012 is a critically important year for Irish sport and it is vital that financial support is made available to athletes to ensure the best possible preparation for London 2012. Everyone knows that we are going through some difficult economic times but I was determined to ensure our top athletes were protected in the run up to the most important event of their sporting careers. The level of success of Irish sports people has been incredible over the past few years and it is a source of pride that the Irish public has been supporting them all the way”.

In 2012 €6.68 million will be invested in Performance Plans; the equivalent figure in 2011 was €6.86 million. The Institute of Sport will be providing significant support services to all of the sports from its base at the National Sports Campus at Abbotstown.

John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council, speaking at the event, said “2010 and 2011 have been very successful years for Irish sport. We hope 2012 will be as successful. However we know how difficult it is to win any medal at an Olympic or Paralympic Games and a repeat of the success of Beijing would be a reasonable target.”

High performance sport is planned and implemented on an all island basis. Sport NI and SINI (Sports Institute Northern Ireland) are fully part of the planning and operational elements of the system. Sport NI is a funding partner and provides resources in addition to those announced today.

The International Carding Scheme will support athletes, teams and junior & developmental squads in 23 sports. This year it includes 118 senior level athletes including 27 at “podium” level and 19 at “world class”. The Performance Directors, who are the key individuals within the system, ensure that the Carding Scheme and Performance Plans are complementary and that elite athletes are supported in the financial and non-financial aspects of their programmes.

In March the details will be announced of the Council’s support for key high performance events to be hosted in Ireland in 2012 such as the FIH Men’s Olympic Qualifier, the ISAF World Youths and the Men’s European Golf Championships.


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