J. J. Ryan

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn J. "J. J."•Ryan
Used nameJ. J.•Ryan
Other namesJack Ryan
Born23 February 1893 in Ballyglasheen, Kilfeacle (IRL)
Died6 January 1963 in Tipperary (IRL)
AffiliationsTipperary AC, Tipperary (IRL)
NOC Ireland


In his teens, J. J. Ryan worked at a lime kiln near his home and was often sent by his fellow workers to a shop in Bansha, and he would run the entire way, getting back quicker than seemed possible to his co-workers. They advised him to take up athletics and from 1915-26 he won Irish titles from 880 yards up to 4 miles, and was also Irish cross-country champion three times. In 1925 Ryan had his greatest year, placing second at the International Cross-Country Championship and winning the Berlin International cross-country meet. Ryan started out with Dromline Athletic Club but joined Tipperary Athletic Club in 1923. Ryan was a successful farmer at Cordangan, Tipperary, and regularly won ribbons at local agricultural shows. A few weeks prior to his death, he was chosen for the Knocknagow Award, given to an outstanding Tipperary sportsperson, although it would be awarded posthumously.

Personal Best: 10000 – unknown.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics IRL J. J. Ryan
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) DNF
3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men (Olympic) DNS
Cross-Country, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNF