RTE TV Sport Ronnie Delany Special - December 1st 7.30pm

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

RTE TV Sport Ronnie Delany special, which goes out on Dec 1st at 7.30pm on RTE2 - the 50th anniversary of Ireland’s first, and last, track gold medal in the Olympic Games.

Using rare footage, much of it never before seen in Ireland, fully remastered and in colour, Gold: The Ronnie Delany story, tells the incredible story of the Olympic 1500 final in Melbourne in 1956.

Ronnie Delaney at the Finish Line

The story is told in Ronnie’s own words, in the words of those who watched in the stadium, and those who listened on radio at home. There are contributions from entertainer Bill Cosby, Olympic medalists John Treacy, Michael Carruth, Tony Byrne and Freddie Gilroy, journalists Peter Byrne and Jimmy Magee and Maeve Kyle, Ireland’s first-ever female Olympian. The 1956 Games produced Ireland’s best-ever performance in an Olympics - garnering 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals. The 1500 final was the blue riband event, showcasing more than half a dozen men who had all broken the 4-minute mile barrier, in the wake of Bannister, just a couple of years before.

There is also exclusive footage of Ronnie’s return to Melbourne, this month, to join in the 50th celebrations of the “Friendly Games” and renew acquaintances with the man who was favourite for the 1956 gold, former Melbourne governor John Landy.

Ronnie Delaney Training on a Snowy Board Track

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