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Deaflympics 2009 In Taipei
 
# 1 : Wednesday 26-8-2009 @ 20:45
 
 
21st Summer Deaflympics


IRELAND’S DEAFLYMPICS TEAM

FINAL SELECTION

ATHLETICS

John Fennell (Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club)
Wayne Reid (Athlone Triathlon Club)
Staff:

Ken Taylor (Acting Athletics Director)
BADMINTON


1. James Lawlor (CIE Badminton Club)

2. John Kelly (CIE Badminton Club)

3. Laura Burns (Lisburn Badminton Club)

4. Amy McKillen (Lisburn Badminton Club)


Staff:
Mark Toppings (Coach)
Laura Higgins (Coach)
Paul Burns (Parent)
Kim McMonagle (Parent)

MEN’S FOOTBALL

Michael Walsh (Dungarvan AFC)
Damien McMahon (Transport FC)
Stuart Foy (St Vincent's Deaf FC)
Joseph Watson (Waterford Crystal FC)
Noel O'Donnell (Belfast Deaf United FC)
Darren Dunne (St John's Arsenal Deaf FC, England) Captain
Andrew Wynne (Valley Park United)
Richard Dougherty (Belfast Deaf United FC)
Dan Johnson (Everton Deaf FC, England)
Eamon Byrne (Freebooters FC)
Mark Sinclair (Doncaster Deaf FC)
Brian Daly (Swords Celtic FC)
Jason Maguire (Glebe North FC)
Brian Babb (Belfast Deaf United FC)
Eoin Burns (Fulham Deaf FC, England)
Ciaran Moloney (St. Vincent’s Deaf FC)
Ryan Lewis (Everton Deaf FC, England)
Derek Jordan (Moate Celtic)
Stephen Miller (Glasgow Athletic Deaf FC, Scotland)
Kevin Dudley (Bohemian FC)
Bryan Moore (Fulham Deaf FC, England)

Staff:

1. Brendan Johnston (Football Director)

2. Rino Giglione (Manager)

3. Mark Shaw (Assistant Manager)

4. Jamie Wilson (Coach)

5. Geoffrey Foy (Fitness Coach)

6. Paul O'Callaghan (Kitman)

7. Jonathon Faulkner (Physio)


SWIMMING


Eoin Nolan (Aer Lingus Swimming Club)
Vincent McArdle (St. Paul’s Swimming Club)
Staff:
Donal Desmond (Swimming Director)
Alan Turner (Coach)

WATER POLO

Colm Keogh (Half Moon Water Polo Club)
Alan Turner (North Dublin Water Polo Club)
Eoin Nolan (St Vincent’s Water Polo Club) Vice Captain
Declan Kearney (Clontarf Water Polo Club)
Patrick Maher (St Vincent’s Water Polo Club)
Paul Ryder (St Vincent’s Water Polo Club) Captain
Wesley Nolan (Clontarf Water Polo Club)
Frank Grace (Half Moon Water Polo Club)
Roy Keating (Half Moon Water Polo Club)
Philip Culhane (St Vincent’s Water Polo Club)
Vincent McArdle (Half Moon Water Polo Club)
Mark Patchell (Clontarf Water Polo Club)
Liam Moloney (Half Moon Water Polo Club)
Staff:
Seán Herlihy (Water Polo Director)
Dave Fitzgerald (Coach)
Mike Heffernan (Fitness Coach)
Lauren Sinclair (Physio)
Thomas Mulloy (Team Reporter)

IDSA OFFICIALS

Laurence Coogan (President & Irish Delegate - ICSD Congress)
Kevin Lynch (Chef de Mission & Irish Delegate - ICSD Congress)
Treacy Treanor (PR Officer)
Kevin Mulqueen (Photographer/Child Officer)

FLIGHT DETAILS

Depart Dublin Airport at 9.45am to Taipei, Taiwan on Monday, 31st August 2009


Arrive Dublin Airport at 1.45pm on Thursday, 17th September 2009

There will be extensive coverage of the Games; daily results, reports, interviews etc on www.irishdeafsports.net and on www.irishsportscouncil.

Deaflympics website - www.2009deaflympics.org

For more information, please contact Irish Deaf Water Polo/Swimming team media officer, Thomas Mulloy at prwaterpolo@gmail.com or IDSA PR officer Tracey Treanor at idsasportdesk@gmail.com
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# 2 : Wednesday 26-8-2009 @ 23:47
 
 
Wow,thats some list,hope our reps do well,if they don't,well,they can go to hell then.
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# 3 : Wednesday 26-8-2009 @ 23:54
 
 
I'll keep you informed Butters!

We have serious medal hopes in the Swim team, especially Vincent McArdle.
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# 4 : Thursday 27-8-2009 @ 00:41
 
 
Someone said :
I'll keep you informed Butters!

We have serious medal hopes in the Swim team, especially Vincent McArdle.

Trep, wasn't there a deaf swimmer a few years ago who did really well for us, I think his name was John Kealy.
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# 5 : Thursday 27-8-2009 @ 00:44
 
 
Yes, An Arklow man.

Yes, he was a great asset to the Irish squad, but he retired, and is now a swim coach.
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# 6 : Thursday 27-8-2009 @ 05:03
 
 
I never knew these games existed - I presumed they would be part of the paralympics. Best of luck to the Irish team!

I wonder what Mary Ellen Synon would have to say about these games?
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# 7 : Thursday 27-8-2009 @ 10:09
 
 
The Deaflympics were set up separately as the paralympics were for the physically disabled. Deaf people would win all the medals as they are not physically disabled. The paralympics are for the physically disabled.

Yes, Hope the Irish Team do us proud! Swimming, for certain. We always had a very strong presence in the swimming. World record holders. (Some actually swim and win medals in the standard Olymics)

Mary Ellen Synon... With respect, I doubt if she would be in a position to give an informed opinion without meeting the IDSA (Irish Deaf Sports Association) and learning all she can about Sports and Deaf people.

Someone wrote an article about John Kealy, the Deaf swimmer, when he won 6 Gold medals at his first Games back in 1989, as a 16 year old, at the Games in New Zealand. He thought he was going to see a 'good swimmer' like an ordinary man is a 'good swimmer'. When he saw John swim, he was quickly disabused of that notion.

One would think... 'why not go for the standard games then?' Some DO. However, they will always be at a disadvantage in events where seconds count, such as athletics and swimming. This is one reason for the formation of the deaflympics by the IOC and the CISS. (CISS, the International Council of Sports and Deaf, and the IOC, International Olympic Council)

It's always funny, when people win medals for Ireland in the standard Games, or the Paralympcs, huge hoohaa in the media. The IDSA regularly send press releases to the media about the deaflympics, and not much interest is shown... and here is the thing... Irish Deaf people bring far more medals from the Deaflympics (Swimming, and occasionally football) than Irish hearing people do at the standard Games, (Mostly boxing and equestrian) or in the paralympics.

I'm doing my bit to let people know about the deaflympics.

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# 8 : Thursday 27-8-2009 @ 11:25
 
 
Someone said :
The Deaflympics were set up separately as the paralympics were for the physically disabled. Deaf people would win all the medals as they are not physically disabled. The paralympics are for the physically disabled.

If that is the case why don't they just compete in the regular olympics?
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# 9 : Thursday 27-8-2009 @ 11:28
 
 
Someone said :

If that is the case why don't they just compete in the regular olympics?

And the starters whistle has blown and there all off......well most of them are, 3 of them are still in the starting position....
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# 10 : Thursday 27-8-2009 @ 11:29
 
 
Some DO, CZ. However, as I mentioned in an earlier post, there are several reasons why a separate Deaflymics is needed. Off the top of my head,

1. Intrinistic disadvantage in events where the milliseconds count.
2. Communication issues.

There are some other reasons, but if you like, I can find out for you. Initially, the IOC were dubious, but after consultations with the international deaf sporting body (CISS/ICSD) they saw the merits for a separate Games for Deaf athletes.
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# 11 : Thursday 27-8-2009 @ 11:30
 
 
so -lympics is now a suffix?

What is the world coming to?
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# 12 : Thursday 27-8-2009 @ 11:33
 
 
Someone said :
Some DO, CZ. However, as I mentioned in an earlier post, there are several reasons why a separate Deaflymics is needed. Off the top of my head,

1. Intrinistic disadvantage in events where the milliseconds count.
2. Communication issues.

There are some other reasons, but if you like, I can find out for you. Initially, the IOC were dubious, but after consultations with the international deaf sporting body (CISS/ICSD) they saw the merits for a separate Games for Deaf athletes.

what i meant was why can't the regular games be altered to suit.

shut up loosey, yah smart arse
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# 13 : Thursday 27-8-2009 @ 11:34
 
 
When they were set up, and not a recognised Olympaid by the IOC, they were known as the World Games for the Deaf officially, but everyone called them the "Deaf Olympics". Shortened to Deaflympics. Legally, they are not to be called Deaflympics, but everyone calls them that.

@Loosey... LOL!! Exactly!
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# 14 : Thursday 27-8-2009 @ 11:35
 
 
Someone said :
so -lympics is now a suffix?

What is the world coming to?

yes, it used to just be for people who'd name began with 'O' which meant it was generally overrun with irish farmers and carpet/tarmac sales'people'
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# 15 : Thursday 27-8-2009 @ 11:37
 
 
Someone said :

what i meant was why can't the regular games be altered to suit.

shut up loosey, yah smart arse

I was talking to some of the Irish squad about this. Apparently adaptations ARE made in the standard olympics, but the intrinisic advantage IS there for the other competitors. Take for instance swimming. The sound of the starter as opposed to the vibrating platform. The sound of the starter as opposed to the flag. If you are looking at the flag, you are not looking straight ahead.
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