History

Timeline & Honors

1960 Rome

First ever Paralympic Games.

1984 New York

Boccia first introduced at a Paralympic Games

1987 Ireland

Paralympic Council of Ireland Founded

1988 Seoul Paralympic Games

Mixed Individual C2 – Gold – Thomas Leahy

1991 – Portugal: Boccia World Cup Championship

World Champion – Thomas Leahy

1992 – Barcelona Paralympic Games

Mixed Team C1 – C2 – Bronze: Martin McDonagh, Thomas Leahy, Jason Kearney & William Johnston

Mixed Individual C1: William Johnston – Quarterfinalis

1996 – Atlanta Paralympic Games

Individual C2 – Silver: Thomas Leahy

1999 – Argentina – Boccia World Championships

World Champion: Arun Asan

2000 – Sydney Paralympic Games

Mixed Individual BC1 – Gold: Gabriel Shelly

Mixed Pairs BC3 – Gold: Margaret Grant & John Cronin

Mixed Individual BC3 – Bronze Medal Match: 4th Overall

Mixed Team BC1–BC2: Quarterfinals

2004 – Athens Paralympic Games

Team Competed – No Medals

2011 - Paralympics Ireland

Rebrand – New Name & Logo

2012 – London Paralympic Games

Team Competed – No Medals

2013 - BisFed Founded

Boccia Ireland is currently a sub-committee of Paralympics Ireland but recognised by BISFEd as the new governing body for the sport of boccia in Ireland

2016 – Boccia Ireland Formed

Boccia Ireland is currently a sub-committee of Paralympics Ireland but recognised by BISFEd as the new governing body for the sport of boccia in Ireland

2016 – Rio Paralympic Games

No Representatives

2021 - Tokyo Paralympic Games

No representatives

Team Ireland representatives

1984 – New York
William Johnston

1988 – Seoul
Tom Leahy, Michael McCormack

1992 – Barcelona
Martin McDonagh, Tom Leahy, Jason Kearney, William Johnston

1996 – Atlanta
Thomas Leahy, Gabriel Shelly, Jason Kearney & Eoin Cleare

2000 – Sydney
Gabriel Shelly, Margaret Grant, John Cronin, Keith Hayes, Roberta Connolly, Martina Murphy

2004 – Athens
Gabriel Shelly, Gerard O’Grady, John Cronin, Keith Hayes, Roberta Connolly, Martina Murphy

2008 – Beijing
Gabriel Shelly, Padraic Moran, Tom Leahy, Roberta Connolly

2012 – London
Gabriel Shelly, Tom Leahy, Roberta Connolly, Padraic Moran, John Cronin

2016 – Rio
No representatives

2021 – Toyko
No representatives
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