the County Museum Dundalk has discovered that Louth has a remarkable record in the Olympic Games.
The museum is preparing an exhibition to run with the London games this summer.
The exhibition will feature many Louth athletes including three medal winners from the London Olympics of 1908.
In that year, Henry Joseph Brown from Dundalk won silver at hockey. Ardee’s Beatrice Hill Lowe was Ireland’s first woman to win a medal when she took bronze in archery and John McCann won silver for polo.
“Apparently Hitler wanted to know why the Irish were so good and had them filmed so their technique could be analysed,” said museum curator Brian Walsh.
“We are trying to locate that footage. It would be fantastic to include in the exhibition.”
In the 1948 games were also in London and this time Dan Coyle from Dundalk represented Ireland in the hammer throw.
In 1956 Tony `Socks’ Byrne from Drogheda won a bronze at Melbourne. In 1968 Peter McArdle from Blackrock ran in the marathon and Noel Carroll from Annagassan in the 800m. While in 1976 Colin Lowth from Drogheda competed in the swimming events.
In 1984, Conor McCullagh competed in the hammer throw. In fact, history could repeat itself if Conor’s son, also Conor, represents the United States this year.
“We are hoping to contact these family about Louth’s proud history in the Olympics for the exhibition,” Brian Walsh said.