The women's bobsleigh team of Aoife Hoey and Claire Bergin were among the athletes named today by the Olympic Council of Ireland to represent Ireland at next month's Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Hoey and Bergin will make Irish sporting history by becoming the first Irish women to compete in bobsleigh at a Winter Olympics.

Pat Shannon will compete in the men's skeleton bobsleigh, Kirsty McGarry in the women's alpine slalom, Shane O'Connor in the men's alpine slalom and PJ Barron in the men's 15k cross country skiing.

Leona Byrne was named as an alternate brakewoman for the women's bobsleigh.

Siobhan Hoey is the team's chef de mission for the Games which run from February 12-28 and Olympic Council of Ireland chief executive officer Stephen Martin said he was looking forward to 'many strong performances'.