It was a weekend like very few others in terms of Ireland’s performance on the sporting world stage.
On Saturday Rhys McClenaghan got back to Pommel Horse Gold Medal form with a new personal best score at the World Challenge cup in Slovenia.
He is only just back from shoulder surgery but has clearly lost none of the talent that earned him European Championship Gold last year and that makes him a serious contender for medals at Tokyo 2020.
Later in the afternoon, Aidan O’Brien won his seventh Epsom Derby, the pinnacle of horse racing, and Seamus Heffernan his first as a jockey, at the age of 47, when Anthony Van Dyck led home an Irish 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 at the famous racecourse.
On Saturday night it was the turn of Katie Taylor to win at Madison Square Garden.
Then on Sunday afternoon Sunita Puspure secured European Gold in the Lightweight Women’s Single Sculls.
The weekend finished off with the Republic of Ireland U21 footballers beating China 4-1 in France.
An incredible few days and barely scratching the surface of all the sporting activity that took place across the weekend.
#Gymnastics medal alert🥇
Huge congratulations to Rhys McClenaghan winning gold in the Pommel-horse final with an impressive score of 15.450 @ FIG World Challenge Cup in Slovenia.Only last week Rhys returned to podium securing a silver medal @ World Cup, China🇮🇪👏🏻#SportStartsHere pic.twitter.com/Ja9VmdchKi
— Gymnastics Ireland (@GymnasticsIre) June 1, 2019
2002 HIGH CHAPARRAL
2013 RULER OF THE WORLD
2017 WINGS OF EAGLES
2019 ANTHONY VAN DYCK
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) June 1, 2019
— Rowing Ireland (@RowingIreland) June 2, 2019