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Why did Ireland’s sporting bodies not split in 1921?

Cormac Moore


Ireland was partitioned a century ago this year, but for most sporting bodies it was a case of business as usual, writes Cormac Moore

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Symbolic: Wayne McCullough carrying the Irish flag at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Picture IOC/Jean-Jacques Strahm

Symbolic: Wayne McCullough carrying the Irish flag at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Picture IOC/Jean-Jacques Strahm

Symbolic: Wayne McCullough carrying the Irish flag at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Picture IOC/Jean-Jacques Strahm

At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, boxer Wayne McCullough, from a loyalist part of Belfast, carried the Irish tricolour as the youngest competitor of the Irish squad. He won a silver medal representing Ireland four years later in Barcelona.

Amateur boxers from Northern Ireland box under the governance of the all-Ireland body the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) and box for the whole island in international competitions, except for the Commonwealth Games.


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