Tom Kiely

Erin's Champion

Tom Kiely strode majestically through the Irish sporting scene, brushing aside all challengers, collecting championships by the score, smashing Irish, Scottish, British and European and world records on all sides. Les mer
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Tom Kiely strode majestically through the Irish sporting scene, brushing aside all challengers, collecting championships by the score, smashing Irish, Scottish, British and European and world records on all sides. He created a blazing chapter of sporting history that still burns as brightly today as it did in the early years of the century' (David Guiney, Ireland and the Olympic Games)



Thomas F. Kiely was widely regarded as the greatest all-around athlete worldwide 1890s and early 1900s. Never beaten in an all-round competition, many would regard Tom as the father of the modern decathlon. His career is interwoven with a range of events and issues in Ireland - he played a seminal role in helping the GAA establish itself before hurling and football were widespread, and in shaping how Ireland coped with the dark days of the Parnellite split. In many respects, Kiely became a national hero at a time when Ireland needed one, a sort of blend of Cuchulainn and 'Mat the Thresher' he was intrinsically linked to the rise of cultural nationalism. Nicknamed 'Erin's Champion'. Kiely played a major role in establishing Irish identity in international sport. He was the first Irish sporting superstar. Kiely's story is full of wonderful anecdotes and details of his personality, capturing his status but also his humanity.

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Kevin McCarthy is a former history teacher, now a retired
post-primary school inspector of History he has written a number of school
textbooks and contributed to several books about his home place, Cappoquin. His
first love is sports history. His book, Gold, Silver and Green:
The Irish Olympic Journey 1896-1924 was awarded the Karl Lennartz Memorial
Award by the
International Society of Olympic Historians for the best single-volume work on
the Olympic Games globally and shortlisted for the Aberdare Literary
Award in Britain. Kevin holds a PhD in history from UCC. He has written widely on sports history for newspapers and
journals. Kevin has also appeared on a number of radio and television
programmes focused on the Irish involvement at the Olympic Games, including the
documentary No Earthly King (2012).