Brendan O'Reilly

Biographical information

Full nameBrendan•O'Reilly
Used nameBrendan•O'Reilly
Born14 May 1930 in Granard (IRL)
Died1 April 2001 in Dublin (IRL)
NOC Ireland


Brendan O’Reilly was a high jumper who was entered at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics because the Olympic Council of Ireland did not have the funds to send him to Australia. O’Reilly qualified for Melbourne after winning the 1954 British AAA Championship. He went to college in the United States, studying drama at the University of Michigan.

After returning to Ireland, O’Reilly became a television personally on RTE television. He also contributed to other television shows, including his own variety show, “The Life of O’Reilly”.

Personal Best: HJ – 2.00 (1957).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics IRL Brendan O'Reilly
High Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS