Paralympics Ireland 2016 athlete panel named

56 athletes have been named in the panel earmarked for the Irish squad for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Ireland won 16 medals at London 2012 – eight of them gold.

Athletics: Jason Smyth (Derry), Michael McKillop (Antrim), Orla Barry (Cork), Niamh McCarthy (Cork), Deirdre Mongan (Galway), Noelle Lenihan (Cork), John McCarthy (Cork), Lorraine Regan (Offaly), Paul Keogan (Meath), Patrick Monahan (Kildare), Heather Jameson (Dublin).

Canoeing: Patrick O’Leary (Galway)

Cycling: Colin Lynch (Manchester, UK), Eoghan Clifford (Galway), Katie-George Dunlevy (Crawley, UK) and Eve McCrystal (Louth), Peter Ryan (Tipperary), Sean Hahessey (Tipperary), James Brown (Stonehouse, UK), Fiona McCormack (Meath), Ciara Staunton (Wicklow), Declan Slevin (Westmeath), Jerry Towey (Roscommon), Martin Gordon (Dublin), Damien Veraker (Waterford)

Equestrian: Helen Kearney (Wicklow), Rosemary Gaffney (Tipperary)

Football 7-A-Side: Brian Mc Gillivary (Dublin), Simon L’Estrange (Westmeath), Joe Markey (Monaghan), Luke Evans (Dublin), Gary Messett (Wicklow),Daragh Snell (Wicklow), Eric O’Flaherty (Galway), Podge Leacy (Wexford), Peter Cotter (Cork), Aaron Tier (Limerick), Tom Badun (Louth), Dillon Sheridan (Ballyfermot), Ryan Nolan (Wicklow), Conor Tuite (Louth), Carl McKee (Dublin)

Sailing: John Twomey (Cork), Ian Costelloe (Kerry), Austin O’Carroll (Cork)

Shooting: Sean Baldwin (Kildare), Phillip Eaglesham (Tyrone)

Swimming: Ellen Keane (Dublin), James Scully (Meath), Jonathan McGrath (Clare), Ailbhe Kelly (Dublin), Nicole Turner (Laois)

Table Tennis: Rena McCarron Rooney (Donegal/Galway)

Triathlon: Aidan McGlynn (Belfast), Fran Meehan (Offaly) and Catherine Walsh (Swords)

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