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Famous Female Athletes from Ireland

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List of popular female athletes from Ireland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Ireland has a rich history of competing in sports, and these are the famous females that make that competition so exciting. Some of the best Irish female athletes in the world are listed below, some of who have represented Ireland in the Olympics. You can click on the names of these talented female athletes of Ireland in order to get more information about each one, such as the birthplace of the athlete and when they were born.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different athletes, including Sonia O'Sullivan and Carey May.

This list answers the questions, "What famous female athletes are from Ireland?" and "Who are the greatest female Irish athletes?"
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  • Sonia O'Sullivan (born 28 November 1969) is an Irish former track and field athlete. She won a gold medal in the 5000 metres at the 1995 World Championships, and a silver medal in the 5000 metres at the 2000 Olympic Games. Her 2000m world record of 5:25.36, set in 1994 stood until 2017. O'Sullivan first came to prominence when winning the 1500m at the 1991 Universiade, before going on to finish fourth in the 3000m final at the 1992 Olympic Games. She then won a silver medal in the 1500m at the 1993 World Championships. She was the favourite for the 5000m title at the 1996 Olympic Games but dropped out of the final due to illness. As well as her 1995 World title, she won three gold medals at... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Cobh, Republic of Ireland
    • Nationality: Republic of Ireland
  • Carey May (born July 19, 1959 in Dublin) is a former long-distance runner from Ireland, who won the Osaka Ladies Marathon in 1983 and 1985.... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Nationality: Republic of Ireland,Canada
  • Derval O'Rourke (born 28 May 1981) is an Irish former sprint hurdles athlete. She competed internationally in the 60 and 100 metres hurdles, and is the Irish national record holder in both events. She participated in two Indoor World Championships, the last five Outdoor World Championships and the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics.... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Cork, Republic of Ireland
    • Nationality: Republic of Ireland
  • Joanne Cuddihy (born 11 May 1984) is an Irish sprint athlete, competing for the Kilkenny City Harriers. She is the Irish 400 metres outdoor women's record holder with a time of 50.73 seconds.... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Nationality: Republic of Ireland