Saturday, March 17, 2012

Eire's Greatest Hits

On St. Patrick's Day, we remember the great Irish runners who have made Villanova their home. Four of the five Irish greats pictured above -- Ronnie Delany, Eamonn Coghlan, Sonia O'Sullivan, and Marcus O'Sullivan -- helped make the Villanova track program one of the best in the USA and well known and respected in Ireland. By latest count, 27 Irish men and women have worn Villanova singlets and brought glory to the school. Twelve were Olympians, three won seven World Championships among them, and six set world records. Here is a list of those individuals who composed Villanova's "Irish Pipeline":

Jimmy Reardon ('53)
Cummin Clancy ('53)
John Joe Barry ('53)
Ron Delany ('58)
Noel Carroll ('65)
Ian Hamilton ('68)
Frank Murphy ('69)
Des McCormack ('70)
Donal Walsh ('72)
John Hartnett ('74)
Tom Gregan ('75)
Eamonn Coghlan ('76)
John Hunter ('81)
Brian O'Keefe ('84)
Marcus O'Sullivan ('84)
Anthony O'Reilly ('86)
Gerry O'Reilly ('87)
Sean O'Neill ('87)
Olive Burke ('88)
Eamonn Coghlan
Paul O'Regan ('90)
Aidan O'Regan ('91)
Sonia O'Sullivan ('91)
Emer Malloy ('95)
Ken Nason ('95)
Paul Carroll ('99)
Geraldine McCarthy ('01)
Richard Corcoran ('08)

Sonia O'Sullivan

Marcus O'Sullivan

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