"worth a trip to Nenagh" according to Donal Fallon, Sports Historian speaking on Newstalk on 26.7.20 about the "most impressive sporting monument on the island of Ireland"-Olympians Johnny Hayes, Matt McGrath and Bob Tisdall.
Hayes won the marathon at the London Olympics in 1908; McGrath won the 16lb hammer event in Stockholm in 1912; and Tisdall won the 400 metres hurdles in Los Angeles in 1932.
The three men were honoured because of their Nenagh connections. Hayes, from New York, was the eldest child of Michael Hayes, from Silver Street, Nenagh. McGrath, a police officer, who served as director of the Manhattan traffic division, was born in Curraghmore in the Arra hills near Nenagh.
Tisdall, although born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), lived at Summerhill in Nenagh, and later at Hazelpoint near Dromineer outside the town. He was the oldest surviving Olympian in the world and jogged 500 yards, at the age of 93, as part of the Olympic 2000 torch relay.
An exhibition of Bob Tisdall as part of the Nenagh 800 celebrations continues in the Museum and is well worth a visit.