Ireland's skeleton debut was at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games where Clifton Wrottesley Finished just outside of the medals in 4th Place after two runs.
"Skeleton returned to the program of the Winter Olympic Games for the first time in 54 years at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. This was the first time Olympic competitions in skeleton were held during an Olympics outside of St. Moritz. Both men and women competed, with medals awarded after two runs down the course. Both events were contested on February 20."
Clifton Wrottesley was an Irish skeleton racer who competed on the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT) Skeleton Continental circuits in the 2000-2001 season and the FIBT World Cup circuit in the 2001-2002 season. He finished fourth in the Men's Skeleton at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Following this success Ireland fielded David Connolly who after 4 years of sliding was able to finish 20th at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin.
The most recent Irish Olympic Athlete was Patrick Shannon. Patrick Shannon is an Irish skeleton racer who has competed since 2003. His best World Cup finish was 23rd at Königssee in 2009. Shannon finished 25th in the men's event at the FIBT World Championships 2008 in Altenberg, Germany. He qualified for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver where he finished 25th overall. Pat is also a former winner of the triple jump and has competed for Ireland on numerous occasions.