The first location of the Áenach Tailteann was at the site of modern Teltown, located between Navan and Kells in County Meath. Historically, the Áenach Tailteann gathering was a time for contests of strength and skill, and a favored time for contracting marriages and winter lodgings. A peace was declared at the festival, and religious celebrations were held. http://inishtrahoull.blogspot.com/2008/08/lughnasa-shona.html
The Olympic Games of Tailteann were celebrated by the Irish. The Gaelic Athletic Association revived the games in 1924. The Irish Olympic Council was founded in 1920. In 1952, the Council changed its own name from "Irish Olympic Council" to "Olympic Council of Ireland" to reinforce its claim to represent the whole island of Ireland rather than merely the Republic.
Left: Ard Rí Lóegaire from a stained glass window
in the National Maritime Museum
James Maher Rosenberger (April 6, 1887 – January 1, 1946) was an American track and field athlete and a member of the Irish American Athletic Club. He was born in New York City and died in Brooklyn, New York.
On April 9, 1911, Rosenberger anchored the Irish American Athletic Club 4x440 yard relay team that broke the world record at Celtic Park, Queens, New York, and set the first IAAF- recognized world record for 4x440 yard or 4x400 meter relay race, with a time of 3 minutes and 18.2 seconds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Rosenberger
Not quite related, but vaguely related, I wish to note: It was an Irishman leading the American Olympic delegation that, on his own, refused to dip the American flag to English royalty at the Olympics in England.
Watch and ye shall notice when all the countries are marching by the review stand, wherever, that the American flag is still never dipped.
Sure you all knew this but it makes me feel good to repeat it now and then.
Slan Leat Anois