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# Paralympics 2016

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# SPOTY 2016
Sports Person of the Year 2016: Why Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal deserve their nomination
Three years after two strangers took a leap of faith together, they made Irish Paralympic history in September.
# Interview
'I don't want to be just known as the athlete who runs around every four years and wins gold medals'
Michael McKillop may have returned from Rio with another gold medal but it has been a difficult couple of months for the athlete.
# Rio 2016
Ireland's Paralympic team - and their 11 medals - return home to a hero's welcome
Ireland finished 28th on the medal table, two places inside their top-30 target.
# keane to impress
'If I came to these Games and left without a medal I don't know what would have happened'
21-year-old Ellen Keane came of age in Rio, but a Paralympic bronze is only the start.
# rebel treble
'I was thinking I have to do this for him because he's not here'
Noelle Lenihan paid tribute to her father after winning Paralympic bronze.
# medal alert
We've hit 10! Dynamic duo Dunlevy and McCrystal win silver in Paralympic Road Race
Ireland have now won five cycling medals in Rio.
# Rio 2016
'Exhausted' Keane finishes with another final as Nicole Turner pulls out on medical advice
The 21-year-old was happy to finish strongly.
# rebels in rio
Rebels Abú! Cork room-mates share Paralympic glory on memorable Rio night
Niamh McCarthy used Orla Barry’s silver-medal winning performance earlier in the day to spur her on to emulate the feat.
# Rio 2016
Ellen Keane runs out of steam as four races in 24 hours takes its toll
Nicole Turner was also in action this evening.
# Rio 2016
'If what I am is sixth in the world, then how bad is that?': O'Leary proud of Rio journey
The Corkman made Paralympic history this week.
# Crowning Glory
'I rang my wife saying I don't want any more of this but there's no way I wasn't going to do it'
Eoghan Clifford had been in pain days before his surge to Paralympic glory but he wasn’t going to let anything get in his way.
# wonderful wednesday
A day to remember as Ireland shine in the Rio sun to deliver four glorious medals
Two gold, one silver and one bronze made Wednesday an unforgettable day at the Paralympic Games.
# Rio 2016
Ellen Keane produces the performance of her life to win bronze in the pool
The 21-year-old claims Ireland’s fourth medal of the day.
# medal alert
Gold! Sensational Eoghan Clifford battles knee injury to win second Paralympic medal
The three-time World champion adds the Paralympic crown to his collection.
# Rio 2016
Cork's Pat O'Leary makes Paralympic history on the Rio water
The 43-year-old qualified for tomorrow’s KL3 canoe final.
# medal alert
Ireland's Colin Lynch storms to Paralympic silver with stunning Time Trial performance
Team Ireland are now halfway towards their medal target of eight.
# Day 7
Paralympic Breakfast: Bronze medallist Clifford back in action as cycling dominates day 7
There’s also shooting and swimming on the menu for Irish athletes.
# Rio 2016
Rising star Turner leads the way on another disappointing day for Ireland in Rio
The 14-year-old competed in her fourth final tonight.
# view from the games
Letter from Rio: Record crowds and sporting theatre make Games a memorable experience
But we’re desperately hoping Ireland’s athletes can feed off the atmosphere and give us more to shout about over the next week.
# reid all about it
Setting the wheels in motion: Wimbledon champion's tale of triumph over adversity
Gordon Reid is hoping to win Paralympic gold this week, but by showcasing his talents he’s transcending the sport of wheelchair tennis.
# day six
Paralympic Breakfast: Turner targets another final while Brannigan to star on the track
Six Irish athletes are in action in Rio today.
# The Heat Is On
Ireland's athletes toil under the searing Brazilian sun but swimming star continues to shine
A disappointing day in Rio.
# Hammering
Great Britain a class apart as Ireland's miserable campaign ends with another heavy defeat
Barry Ferguson’s side were outclassed again.
# magic michael
'Nobody knows but I've had a foot injury for the last 3 months. I couldn't get out of bed in the morning'
An emotional Michael McKillop reflects on his fourth Paralympic gold and what it means at the end of a difficult year.
# Day 5
Paralympic Breakfast: Mongan hopes to add to Ireland's haul - and here comes the Weirwolf
Eight Irish athletes, and the footballers, will be in action in Rio today.
# Rio 2016
Irish track duo hit out at lack of velodrome at home after Paralympic heartache
Here’s a round-up of the Irish in action on day four of the Games.
# the long road to glory
From rock bottom to top of the world in five weeks, emotional McKillop seizes his moment
Michael McKillop used the difficult days as motivation to drive him on to Paralympic glory in Rio earlier.
# Rio 2016
Gold star Michael McKillop blows field away to defend Paralympic title in sensational fashion
The Antrim athlete remains untouchable as he stormed to 1500m glory.
# golden boys
The golden boys: McKillop using Smyth room-mate rivalry to spur him on for Rio defence
The Antrim athlete looks to defend his 1500m title this afternoon.
# Rio 2016
'My family is more nervous than me, my mum didn't sleep last night'
It’s easy to forget Nicole Turner is just 14 years of age.
# Teenage Kicks
A star in the making! 18-year-old Orla Comerford sprints into Rio final
The sprinter progresses as the fastest loser.
# Rio 2016
A performance to be proud of as Greta Streimikyte shaves 4 seconds off lifetime best
The DCU student produced another excellent run in Rio.
# paralympics
'The best moment of my career': James Scully smashes personal best in Paralympic final
The Meath swimmer held his own amongst the world’s best.
# Interview
'I'm not better than anyone else, I've just worked hard and been lucky it has paid off'
Jason Smyth goes in search of a FIFTH Paralympic gold medal tonight.
# let the games begin
Letter from Rio: Anticipation builds as Paralympic spirit overshadows financial crisis
Organisers have been forced to overcome considerable obstacles but the Paralympic Games get underway tonight.
# Gold Rush
Watch: 8 of Ireland's leading medal hopefuls at the 2016 Rio Paralympics
Ireland brought home an impressive haul from the London 2012 Paralympics, and are well poised to do so again.
# paralympics
Smyth's double to Rohan's road triumph: 6 of the best moments from London 2012
The Rio Games begin on Wednesday.
# paralympics
Meet Ireland's Paralympic team: Equestrian, table tennis and football
Ireland have qualified for the 7-a-side football tournament for the first time.
# Rio 2016
Russia to hold alternative event to Paralympics for their banned athletes
They’re hosting a two-day event in Moscow.
# Rio 2016
'It goes without saying that going to the gala in Navan that day was the best decision of my life'
Swimmer James Scully is preparing for his second Paralympic Games having fallen in love with the sport by chance.