On St. Patrick’s Day we celebrate Irish culture in Canada. To mark this day we are excited to give a nod to the Canadian Olympic athletes who were born in native Ireland and Northern Ireland and came to this country to live, train, compete and, most importantly, wear the Maple Leaf over their hearts with pride.

Canadian Olympic Medallists Born in Ireland or Northern Ireland
Owen Nolan (men’s ice hockey)
–    Gold Salt Lake City 2002
–    Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Derek Porter (rowing)
–    Gold (men’s eight) Barcelona 1992, Silver (men’s single sculls) Atlanta 1996
–    Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Geraldine Heaney (women’s ice hockey)
–    Silver Nagano 1998, Gold Salt Lake City 2002
–    Born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland

Bobby Kerr (athletics) – deceased
–    Gold (men’s 200m) London 1908, Bronze (men’s 100m) London 1908
–    Born in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
–    Mentioned on the website of the Olympic Council of Ireland as an Irish-born winner of Olympic gold representing another country

Con Walsh (athletics) – deceased
–    Bronze (men’s hammer throw) London 1908
–    Born in Carriganima, County Cork, Ireland

Other Canadian Olympians born in Ireland or Northern Ireland
Richard Dalton (canoe/kayak sprint)
–    Athens 2004: 6th C-1 500m, 6th C-2 1000m
–    2011 Pan Am Games gold medallist C-1 200m, three-time World bronze medallist
–    Born in Cork, Ireland

Gillian Hamilton (biathlon)
–    Lillehammer 1994: 45th women’s 7.5km sprint
–    Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Peter Byrne (sailing)
–    Munich 1972: 15th Flying Dutchman
–    1967 Pan Am Games bronze medallist Flying Dutchman
–    Born in Dublin, Ireland

Patrick Farrelly (athletics)
–    Montreal 1976: 33rd 20km race walk
–    Born in Mullingar, Ireland

Bryan Donnelly (rowing)
–    Sydney 2000: 7th men’s eight
–    Born in Dublin, Ireland

Canadian Olympians Born on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)
Patrick Lebeau (men’s ice hockey) – Born 1970
–    Silver Albertville 1992

Dave Bailey (athletics) – Born 1945
–    Mexico City 1968: Eliminated first round 1500m
–    1967 Pan Am Games bronze medallist 1500m

Jill Savege (triathlon) – Born 1974
–    Athens 2004: 39th
–    2003 Pan Am Games Champion

Bronwen Thomas (freestyle skiing) – Born 1969
–    Lillehammer 1994: 9th moguls
–    Albertville 1992: 16th moguls

Colin Shaw (canoe/kayak sprint) – Born 1954
–    Los Angeles 1984: K-4 1000m 9th
–    Seoul 1988: K-2 1000m, K-4 1000m

Peter Patasi (canoe/kayak sprint) – Born 1948
–     Montreal 1976: K-4 1000m

Domenic Filane Figliomeni (boxing) – Born 1969
–    Barcelona 1992: Light flyweight eliminated first round
–    Atlanta 1996: Light flyweight  eliminated first round

Luella Law (athletics) – Born 1934
–    Helsinki 1952: 100m, 200m, 80m hurdles, 4x100m relay

Claude Trahan (ski jumping) – Born 1939 – deceased
–    Grenoble 1968: 57th normal hill, 58th large hill