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# Pioneer

This year
Megan Armitage the first Irish woman to race in Tour de France Femmes
Offaly native has been included in the Arkea Pro Cycling team’s selection.
Last year
Boxing greats call for trailblazer Gogarty to be honoured with statue
Hall of Famer Christy Martin, whose 1996 bout with Deirdre Gogarty was a major breakthrough for women’s boxing, has voiced her support for the campaign.
All time
The medical student who has made sporting history for Ireland
Elsa Desmond is the first woman to represent the country internationally in luge.
WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson, the first openly gay pro wrestling star, dies aged 79
Patterson’s career was associated with many firsts, including the first ever Intercontinental Title reign and the creation of the Royal Rumble.
America's first female Muslim judge found dead on New York riverbank
Sheila Abdus-Salaam was also the first black woman to be appointed to New York’s highest court.
The man who brought Ticketmaster to Ireland started off selling tickets in a record shop
Tommy Higgins sold Ticketshop to the US ticketing company in 2002.
Everyone's favourite 'sexy football' pioneer would consider Aston Villa job
The former Netherlands international added that he was currently enjoying his role as a pundit.
Li Na bids her farewell to tennis with highly emotional press-conference
The 32 year-old announced last week that persistent knee injuries was the reason behind her decision to quit.
Test-tube baby pioneer Robert Edwards dies
Robert Edwards pioneered in vitro fertilisation and was awarded the nobel prize in 2010, three decades after the birth of the first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, in 1978.
Amelia Earhart search expedition finds 'debris field' off Pacific island
High-res footage has revealed “a scattering of man-made objects” in location consistent with 1937 photo which sparked search.