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DUNNE Ailish
Sport Para athletics
NPC Ireland   
Place of BirthMountmellick, IRL
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
T11, F11
Further Personal Information
Mountmellick, IRL
Gaelic, German, English
Higher education
St Patricks Carlow College: Ireland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up shot put in 2008 at age 23 in Portlaoise, Ireland.
Why this sport?
She stopped playing sports after losing her vision. Irish Paralympian Garrett Culliton, the disability officer with the Laois Sports Partnership, suggested she try athletics. Initially, she tried tandem cycling, but opted for athletics.
Name of coach
Dave Sweeney [national], IRL
Senior International Debut
Competing for
General Interest
Lasers (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Most influential person in career
Irish wheelchair rugby player Garret Culliton. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Michael Jordan. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Belief is the strongest method to help me succeed." (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Other sports
She has also competed in tandem cycling for Ireland. (, 01 Oct 2010)
She contracted vasculitis in her brain at age 18 and had an operation to relieve the pressure. On the day of her release she collapsed and was taken back to hospital. Following four brain haemorrhages, she spent time in intensive care and awoke to find she was blind and with no feeling down one side of her body. Although her vision did not return, the paralysis was only temporary. (, 06 Oct 2010, Athlete, 20 Dec 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
13 2012 Discus Throw F11/12 18.38
12 2012 Shot Put F11/12 6.67
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2011 Shot Put F11 6.62