Beyond Limits: The Next Generation follows winning Irish Paralympic athletes in the year post the ground-

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breaking London 2012 Paralympic Games, and looks at the legacy of those results and the impact on the next generation of athletes coming forward. With sixteen medals brought home from London, the documentary takes up the story begun in Beyond Limits, which was broadcast just before the 2012 Games started, and finds out what happens next for our heroic champions. It looks at the impact of the London 2012 achievements in changing public attitudes to disability sport as well as the inspiration it has given to the next generation as they look to compete in 2016 at the games in Rio.

The show will be screened for the first time ‘free to air’ on Setanta Ireland on January 23rd at 10pm.  Two further repeats have been confirmed for January 26th at 10pm and January 29th at 8pm.

Presented by Mark Pollock, key elite athletes and mentors to the next generation featured include Jason Smyth, Michael McKillop, Darragh McDonald, Catherine Walsh, Orla Barry and Helen Kearney.

The show focuses on the support by elite athletes to the new generation of potential Paralympic athletes seeking to compete at the Rio2016 Paralympic Games. The next generation of athletes learn that regardless of the sporting discipline, many of the same principles apply and in the context of Irish Paralympic Sport after the London Games, the great success achieved will hopefully breed similar success in Rio. The next generation of athletes featured in the programme include Niamh McCarthy, Peter Ryan, Garreth Greene, Ailbhe Kelly and Heather Jameson.

This documentary has been produced by Athena Media with support from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision Scheme and Paralympics Ireland.

Viewing times on Setanta Ireland:

10pm on January 23rd
10pm on January 26th
8pm on January 29th


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For more information on Beyond Limits: The Next Generation please contact Rob Hope at (01) 4883352 or at

Paralympics Ireland’s High Performance programme is supported by the Irish Sports Council and the Irish Institute of Sport.

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