The Irish Olympians’ Association (IOA) is one of 148 National Olympians Associations (NOAs) spread across all five continents. They organise events for Olympians and run projects that help their local communities.

Roisin McGettigan-Dumas was named as the new President of the Irish Olympians Association on the 1st of November 2023, taking over from Olympic Gold Medallist, Ronnie Delany, who recently stepped down from his role..

One of the campaigns that the IOA promotes and supports is OLY, which was introduced by the World Olympians Association in 2017 as an honorary title bestowed upon Olympians, recognising the hard work, dedication and perseverance it takes to compete on sport’s greatest stage.

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Team Ireland Kickstart Centenary Celebrations at Trinity College Dublin

Yesterday, the Olympic Federation of Ireland brought together a number of Olympians to kickstart our centenary celebrations at Trinity College Dublin. Last night's function was the first in a series of events that Team Ireland has planned throughout our Centenary year to celebrate our Olympians, recognise their achievements and inspire the next generation of athletes to [...]

Roisin McGettigan-Dumas Becomes President of the IOA, Olympic Champion Ronnie Delany Steps Down

OLYMPIAN ROISIN MCGETTIGAN-DUMAS BECOMES THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE IRISH OLYMPIANS’ ASSOCIATION OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST RONNIE DELANY STEPS DOWN AND IS AWARDED THE IOA PRESIDENT EMERITUS TITLE   Olympic Champion Ronnie Delany has stepped down from his position as President of the Irish Olympians’ Association and the mantle will be passed to 2008 Team Ireland […]


The Olympic Federation of Ireland is sad to hear of the passing of Olympic Bronze Medallist Hugh Russell. The Belfast boxer died following a short illness and is remembered fondly by the Irish Olympic and boxing community. He won his bronze medal in the Men’s Flyweight category at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. The OFI [...]

Olympic Medallist Jim McCourt RIP

Olympic Bronze Medallist in Boxing, Jim McCourt dies   The Olympic Federation of Ireland is sad to learn of the passing of Tokyo 1964 Olympic Medallist, Jim McCourt. The Belfast boxer was one of 18 boxers to win an Olympic medal for Ireland and was the only Irish medallist at the Olympic Games in Tokyo […]


TOKYO MEDAL MOMENTS REVISITED IN MINI-DOCUSERIES OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDAL IN WOMEN’S FOUR THROWBACK As athletes pass the halfway mark in the shortest Olympic cycle in history, the Olympic Federation of Ireland today launched the first film in a mini docuseries reflecting on some of the Olympic medal moments from Tokyo 2020, a timely reminder of […]


NO ONE was surprised when Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy won the World Lightweight Double Sculls title last month, given that the reigning Olympic champions already also had one World (2019) and two European titles (2021/2022) in their locker. What made it unusual though was their lack of training together this season due to the […]

Ronnie Delany Inducted to NCAA Hall of Fame

Marking the recent 100th staging of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) track and field championships, Ronnie Delany was one of 30 past winners to be inducted to the inaugural Collegiate Athlete Hall of Fame. The Irish Olympic Champion’s name stands strong alongside global stars such as Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, Jim Ryun, Henry Rono, […]

Team Ireland athletes recognised at Official Homecoming

Irish athletes formally congratulated by the Taoiseach at event in Dublin Castle The athletes and staff who represented Team Ireland at Tokyo 2020 this summer were formally congratulated at the Official Team Ireland Homecoming in Dublin Castle this morning. A record number of Irish athletes competed at the Summer Olympics in Japan with 116 athletes […]

Irish Boxing Olympic Medallists

In the annals of Irish sport, their names will echo an eternity: 17 boxers who, between them, have won more than half the medals in Irish Olympic history. Some are names everyone will know – Katie, Conlan, Carruth – while others had their time and did their thing more than half a century ago, their […]

Tokyo 1964 Revisited – Irish Times

Lifelong Tales of Olympic Experience by Ian O’Riordan (Irish Times Sport) Sayonara – only instead of the farewell blessing to what should have been the end of 2020 Tokyo Olympics this weekend, it is the wishful thinking that hope and reason can rhyme by this time next year. What lifelong tales of experience may yet […]

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