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13.03 26 Jul 2020


Right now, we should be watching the Olympics.

Alas, in what is another twist in the Olympic Games' long and storied past, Tokyo 2020 has been postponed until 2021 meaning we'll have to wait a little longer to revel in one the world's most celebrated sporting events.

Indeed, Ireland’s own Olympic history is a curious story in and of itself with victories under a colonial flag and victories against it, successful diaspora hammer-throwers, and even medals in poetry and portrait painting.

Much like association football and cycling, there has been plenty of wrangling about just who represents Ireland, but there has been a surprising amount of joy for an Irish sporting story too.

To take us through a whistlestop history of Ireland's Olympic exploits, Donal Fallon joins Gavan for another episode of Hidden Histories.

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