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Bohola

Bohola (Both Chomhla) is a village beside the N5 between Swinford and Castlebar. It is the birthplace of the great athlete, Martin J. Sheridan (1881-1918), who won nine Olympic medals (five gold, three silver and one bronze) for his adopted country, the USA, in discus-throwing, high and long jumps, shot-putt and pole-vaulting at St. Louis (1904), Athens (1906) and London (1908). (The figures include two gold and three silver medals won in Athens which was not regarded as an "official" Olympics.) There is a memorial in his honour at Bohola.

The site for the Cheshire Home at Lismirrane, Bohola, was donated by the well-known O'Dywer family, one of whom, William (1890-1964), became Mayor of New York City (1946-50) and later President Truman's Ambassador to Mexico, a rare distinction for an Irish emigrant, and Paul (1907- ), a lawyer with an international reputation for civil liberties, became President of New York City Council.

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