James Brendan Connolly

Joe Moakley Park
Old Colony Road

The son of Irish emigrants from the Aran Islands, South Boston's Connolly was the winner in the Modern Olympics in Athens, 1896, capturing first place in the triple jump and second place in the high jump, and third place in the long jump. He returned to the Paris Olympics in 1900 and took second in the triple jump. Connolly was also an accomplished writer, publishing 25 novels and short story collections, and a journalist, covering the Spanish American War, World War I and the Irish war of independence.

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