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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.

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This list answers the questions, "What famous female athletes are from Ireland?" and "Who are the greatest female Irish athletes?"
Sonia O'Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Athletes from Ireland
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Sonia O'Sullivan is an Irish former athlete. She began her running career in Ballymore Running Club which is located in the eastern side of Cobh Town. She was one of the world's leading female 5000 m runners for most of the 1990s and early 2000s. Her crowning achievement was a gold medal in the 5000 m at the 1995 World Athletics Championships. She won silver medals in the 5000 m at the 2000 Olympic Games and in the 1500 m at the 1993 World Championships. She also won three European Championship gold medals and two World Cross-Country Championship gold medals. On 14 February 2007 O'Sullivan said she planned to hang up her spikes after the Great Ireland Run on 15 April, having said the ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Cobh, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

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Carey May 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: Canada, Republic of Ireland

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Derval O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Athletes from Ireland
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Derval O'Rourke 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

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Joanne Cuddihy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Athletes from Ireland
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Joanne Cuddihy 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

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