By Eastern Admin on 5/30/2011 9:13 AM

On May 25th 14 Pitch & Putt athletes and their coaches attended a development event in Shandon Pitch & Putt. The athletes braved the wind and cold to make use of the experts on hand to advise them.

By Special Olympics Munster on 28/05/2011 13:29

The Athletics Level one event took place on Saturday 28th May on the track of Cork Institute of Technology Bishopstown Cork. The weather was good on the day and the the athletes well prepared for the competition that they took part in. Well done to all the volunteers from Munster who took part on the day, some travelling from Limerick to help out. Special mention to our event sponsor company EMC Cork who provided many volunteers and put all the plans together. Event manager on the day was Karen Dineen from EMC and competition manager was Denise O'Riordan also from EMC, well done to both of you !  Also well done to Carna Transport who sponsored all the medals on the day, thank you so much.

By Athens on 27/05/2011 17:43

Who would have thought in just over a month’s time we will be boarding the plane and setting off for Athens. At this point I don’t know who is more excited - the athletes or us the volunteers!

My journey started last year when I registered as a volunteer for Special Olympics. Then I received the newsletter with the details about the World Games in Athens ,and when filling out the application, I never thought I would be chosen until that letter landed on my doorstep back in September! What was my reaction?? I was so excited and honoured to have been chosen and then reality kicked in that I only had a few months to get out there and spread the word and start my fundraising.

I've been blessed to have such a good network of friends, family & colleagues  which enabled me to have my fundraising all collected in a short space of time so I could put all that behind me and focus on the countdown from now until we leave.  It is hard work fundraising and when you see all the athletes competing you forget how much behind the scenes work goes into getting them there but for me, seeing the smiles on their faces makes all the fundraising  worthwhile. The friends I have met and made while we have been training has been fantastic and that’s only the tip of the iceberg as I have still not met the rest of the 220 volunteers.

I am so excited about heading to Athens as I’m going to be based in the Special Olympic village and I will get to hear all the stories from each athlete about how their day went good or bad while competing and no matter how good or bad, we will be having fun out there all day. 

Hopefully I will get to catch up with all my lovely friends from the Bowling team that I met at the Official Launch . When you volunteer you don’t realise that there are lots of hidden secrets and tasks that come under the heading of Volunteer... A white sheet made into beautiful Togas  was our last mission!! We donned the Togas and escorted our teams into the arena for their showcase. The most exciting part was probably the few minutes beforehand when the photographers & media arrived and there was a scramble to get on TV - I’ve never seen so many people perfect their smiles so quickly when the cameras appeared.  Hopefully in a few weeks we will all be perfecting our smiles returning home to the Irish Media with all the athletes and their medals.

By Eastern Admin on 5/26/2011 1:14 PM

The Ladies and Mens football finals took place on Sunday, May 22nd in Rathcoole Boys FC in Rathcoole.

By Eastern Admin on 5/26/2011 1:09 PM

The Special Olympics Eastern Region Aquatics Developmental League culminated with a finals day in Belvedere Pool on May 21st.

By Eastern Admin on 5/26/2011 11:23 AM

Check out some of the pictures taken by Jerome Moran, ALPS athlete, at the Bowling Tournament Finals which took place in Superdome, Palmerstown on Sunday, 8th May.

By Athens on 25/05/2011 19:42

Athens May 2011

Hi everybody, greetings again from Athens. We hope you are all keeping well and beginning to get very excited about the World Games in Athens. We certainly are and can’t wait for Team Ireland and company to get here.  It really isn’t long now. The atmosphere is building here, and lately there has been a significant increase in the number of TV ads and pieces in magazines etc.. about the Special Olympics. You are all going to be famous when you are here.

We just wanted to give you a quick update on how things are going here and we also thought at this stage, and just in case you are doing some shopping for summer clothes, it might be useful to give you some pointers about what to pack. 

The biggest thing to remember is that Athens will be much hotter than the best summers day in Ireland. Normally in late June /early July the temperature is in mid to high 30's with sun shine pretty much all day. After dark it is still very warm and you shouldn’t need more than  a T shirt with a very light shawl/ jacket (although it is likely you won’t even need that). You might wear jeans in the evening but you will probably be most comfortable in shorts or light linen/cotton trousers/dresses. Sandels are a good option or a light pair of runners (you will probably spend a lot of the day on your feet). From personal experience we can reliably inform you that Irish skin doesn’t survive particularly well without heavy protection from the Greek sun. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and to put sunscreen on your face ,ears, necks, legs, back of your knees and your feet. You have been warned!

You should also pick up a few adaptors as you will need two prong European plug adaptors for any electrical goods you bring with you.

On a different note, we have finished the guidebook. You will be receiving it soon and we really hope you enjoy it and find some useful suggestions and information in it. It is full of all sorts of info about where to go and what to see, but it also has information about pharmacies, hospitals, the Irish embassy, local police etc... to put your mind at ease.  If you are planning to stay on in Athens after the games or take a holiday elsewhere in Greece, it’s time to get busy with your bookings. Athens and the islands can get very busy in the summer with  most accommodation booked up well in advance. We have included some recommended holiday destinations for you in your guidebook.

Without spoiling any of the surprises (I don’t think we are supposed to be telling you this but..) a very busy schedule of entertainment is being arranged for you, by a number of different hosts, while you are in Athens. You are absolutely certainly going to have great craic and meet lots of fun people by day and by night.

That's all for now. Good luck with you preparations and packing. We are really looking forward to meeting you all.

We'll see you soon
Athens Welcoming committee

By Athens on 25/05/2011 19:25

Well, we are well on the way now for Athens, less than a month to go....

The 11 aside team have got together for sessions in March, April and May in the AUL complex. Each time we have got together we have played a game as well as working on set pieces and fitness.

By AthensResults on 25/05/2011 17:49

 

Team Ireland results from the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games will be available on this blog throughout the Games

By Special Olympics Munster on 23/05/2011 13:43

Ennis Special Olympics Club and the members of Ennis Golf Club and a number of volunteers from the Limerick area hosted the area 1 golf skills event on a very windy day on Monday 23rd May. 60 athletes from Clare, Limerick and Tipperary took part and had a great day. Well done to all the volunteers who were involved in the planning and delivery of the event we appreciate your dedication on such a difficult day weatherise. Event manager on the day was Pierce Cahill and competition manager was Barbara Foley both from Ennis Golf Club. There were lots of hot drinks needed and a local school band came and entertained everyone at lunchtime.

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By Eastern Admin on 5/30/2011 9:13 AM

On May 25th 14 Pitch & Putt athletes and their coaches attended a development event in Shandon Pitch & Putt. The athletes braved the wind and cold to make use of the experts on hand to advise them.

By Special Olympics Munster on 28/05/2011 13:29

The Athletics Level one event took place on Saturday 28th May on the track of Cork Institute of Technology Bishopstown Cork. The weather was good on the day and the the athletes well prepared for the competition that they took part in. Well done to all the volunteers from Munster who took part on the day, some travelling from Limerick to help out. Special mention to our event sponsor company EMC Cork who provided many volunteers and put all the plans together. Event manager on the day was Karen Dineen from EMC and competition manager was Denise O'Riordan also from EMC, well done to both of you !  Also well done to Carna Transport who sponsored all the medals on the day, thank you so much.

By Athens on 27/05/2011 17:43

Who would have thought in just over a month’s time we will be boarding the plane and setting off for Athens. At this point I don’t know who is more excited - the athletes or us the volunteers!

My journey started last year when I registered as a volunteer for Special Olympics. Then I received the newsletter with the details about the World Games in Athens ,and when filling out the application, I never thought I would be chosen until that letter landed on my doorstep back in September! What was my reaction?? I was so excited and honoured to have been chosen and then reality kicked in that I only had a few months to get out there and spread the word and start my fundraising.

I've been blessed to have such a good network of friends, family & colleagues  which enabled me to have my fundraising all collected in a short space of time so I could put all that behind me and focus on the countdown from now until we leave.  It is hard work fundraising and when you see all the athletes competing you forget how much behind the scenes work goes into getting them there but for me, seeing the smiles on their faces makes all the fundraising  worthwhile. The friends I have met and made while we have been training has been fantastic and that’s only the tip of the iceberg as I have still not met the rest of the 220 volunteers.

I am so excited about heading to Athens as I’m going to be based in the Special Olympic village and I will get to hear all the stories from each athlete about how their day went good or bad while competing and no matter how good or bad, we will be having fun out there all day. 

Hopefully I will get to catch up with all my lovely friends from the Bowling team that I met at the Official Launch . When you volunteer you don’t realise that there are lots of hidden secrets and tasks that come under the heading of Volunteer... A white sheet made into beautiful Togas  was our last mission!! We donned the Togas and escorted our teams into the arena for their showcase. The most exciting part was probably the few minutes beforehand when the photographers & media arrived and there was a scramble to get on TV - I’ve never seen so many people perfect their smiles so quickly when the cameras appeared.  Hopefully in a few weeks we will all be perfecting our smiles returning home to the Irish Media with all the athletes and their medals.

By Eastern Admin on 5/26/2011 1:14 PM

The Ladies and Mens football finals took place on Sunday, May 22nd in Rathcoole Boys FC in Rathcoole.

By Eastern Admin on 5/26/2011 1:09 PM

The Special Olympics Eastern Region Aquatics Developmental League culminated with a finals day in Belvedere Pool on May 21st.

By Eastern Admin on 5/26/2011 11:23 AM

Check out some of the pictures taken by Jerome Moran, ALPS athlete, at the Bowling Tournament Finals which took place in Superdome, Palmerstown on Sunday, 8th May.

By Athens on 25/05/2011 19:42

Athens May 2011

Hi everybody, greetings again from Athens. We hope you are all keeping well and beginning to get very excited about the World Games in Athens. We certainly are and can’t wait for Team Ireland and company to get here.  It really isn’t long now. The atmosphere is building here, and lately there has been a significant increase in the number of TV ads and pieces in magazines etc.. about the Special Olympics. You are all going to be famous when you are here.

We just wanted to give you a quick update on how things are going here and we also thought at this stage, and just in case you are doing some shopping for summer clothes, it might be useful to give you some pointers about what to pack. 

The biggest thing to remember is that Athens will be much hotter than the best summers day in Ireland. Normally in late June /early July the temperature is in mid to high 30's with sun shine pretty much all day. After dark it is still very warm and you shouldn’t need more than  a T shirt with a very light shawl/ jacket (although it is likely you won’t even need that). You might wear jeans in the evening but you will probably be most comfortable in shorts or light linen/cotton trousers/dresses. Sandels are a good option or a light pair of runners (you will probably spend a lot of the day on your feet). From personal experience we can reliably inform you that Irish skin doesn’t survive particularly well without heavy protection from the Greek sun. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and to put sunscreen on your face ,ears, necks, legs, back of your knees and your feet. You have been warned!

You should also pick up a few adaptors as you will need two prong European plug adaptors for any electrical goods you bring with you.

On a different note, we have finished the guidebook. You will be receiving it soon and we really hope you enjoy it and find some useful suggestions and information in it. It is full of all sorts of info about where to go and what to see, but it also has information about pharmacies, hospitals, the Irish embassy, local police etc... to put your mind at ease.  If you are planning to stay on in Athens after the games or take a holiday elsewhere in Greece, it’s time to get busy with your bookings. Athens and the islands can get very busy in the summer with  most accommodation booked up well in advance. We have included some recommended holiday destinations for you in your guidebook.

Without spoiling any of the surprises (I don’t think we are supposed to be telling you this but..) a very busy schedule of entertainment is being arranged for you, by a number of different hosts, while you are in Athens. You are absolutely certainly going to have great craic and meet lots of fun people by day and by night.

That's all for now. Good luck with you preparations and packing. We are really looking forward to meeting you all.

We'll see you soon
Athens Welcoming committee

By Athens on 25/05/2011 19:25

Well, we are well on the way now for Athens, less than a month to go....

The 11 aside team have got together for sessions in March, April and May in the AUL complex. Each time we have got together we have played a game as well as working on set pieces and fitness.

By AthensResults on 25/05/2011 17:49

 

Team Ireland results from the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games will be available on this blog throughout the Games

By Special Olympics Munster on 23/05/2011 13:43

Ennis Special Olympics Club and the members of Ennis Golf Club and a number of volunteers from the Limerick area hosted the area 1 golf skills event on a very windy day on Monday 23rd May. 60 athletes from Clare, Limerick and Tipperary took part and had a great day. Well done to all the volunteers who were involved in the planning and delivery of the event we appreciate your dedication on such a difficult day weatherise. Event manager on the day was Pierce Cahill and competition manager was Barbara Foley both from Ennis Golf Club. There were lots of hot drinks needed and a local school band came and entertained everyone at lunchtime.

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