(John Joseph Daly;
February 22, 1880 – March 11, 1969) was an Irish athlete
who won a silver medal
in the 1904 Summer Olympics
. When not competing for Ireland as a member of the Gaelic Athletic Association
, Daly competed as a member of the Irish American Athletic Club
He was born in Galway
and died in New York City
Daly competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics
held in St Louis
, United States
in the 2590 metre steeple chase where he won the silver medal
. Although officially representing Great Britain
, Daly saw himself as an individual representing Ireland
. Later that year he won the Canadian mile and two-mile championships.
In 1906 Daly and two other athletes, Con Leahy
and Peter O'Connor
, were entered for the Intercalated Games
in Athens by the IAAA and GAA
, representing Ireland. They were given green blazers and caps with a gold shamrock, and an Irish flag (the Erin Go Bragh
flag). However, the rules of the games were changed so that only athletes nominated by National Olympic Committees were eligible. Ireland did not have an Olympic Committee, and the British Olympic Council claimed the three as their own.
In what became the first political protest in modern Olympic history, O'Connor, who came second in the long jump, scaled the flagpole, and removed the offending Union Jack, replacing it with a green flag. Daly stood guard at the bottom of the pole, while Irish and American fans kept security guards at bay.
In 1907 he enjoyed his... Read More