Crowds gathered in Arklow town today to see a statue unveiled in honour of Ronnie Delany. Born in 1935, Delany quickly became an impressive middle distance runner and went on to win a gold medal in the 1500m at the 1958 Olympics in Stockholm. He also went on to compete in the 1954 European Athletics Championships in Bern winning bronze. Later reached the quarter final heat at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.
The olympian was granted the Freedom of the City of Dublin in 2006 and also has a housing development, ‘Delany Park’ in Arklow named in his honour.
Councillor Tommy Annesley said the Ronnie Delany statue was “no more than Ronnie deserves” given his status as “one of Arklow’s finest”. “Statues are very rare, and are reserved for special people who have achieved something out of the ordinary and Ronnie did exactly that.”
The bronze statue was created by sculptor Paul Ferriter and can be seen beside the roundabout at Ferrybank.