Gold, Silver and Green: The Irish Olympic Journey, 1896-1924

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Cork University Press, 2010 - History - 415 pages
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Kevin McCarthy follows the story of Irish and Irish American Olympic involvement from its accidental beginnings in 1896 through to the very significant political issues which dominated Irish sports and Irish Olympic aspirations in the early 20th century. He has traced the role played by the Olympic Games in the evolution of a national identity in Ireland, and in the emergence of Irish America as a major sporting and political force in the USA.

The work highlights the divisions and complexities within Irish sport, as well as the significant influence of the British Olympic Association as a barrier to Irish recognition at the Games. It charts the political intrigue behind the scenes in London and Lausanne as Ireland sought Olympic recognition after the 1921 Treaty. Most of all, this work highlights the magnificent achievements of the sportsmen, and one woman, who originated in the main from rural Ireland and won substantial Olympic success in throwing and jumping events, the Marathon, tennis, and other events.

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About the author (2010)

Kevin McCarthy is Senior Inspector with Department of Education and Science and is the author of Footsteps in Time (1997), Concise History (1998), and Cappoquin: A Walk through History (2000, with Melanie O'Sullivan).

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