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Special Olympics Ireland News
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By Special Olympics Ireland on 29/09/2011 10:19
Team Ireland were celebrated at a special reception hosted by President Mary McAleese and Dr. Martin McAleese  

30 members of Team Ireland who competed at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens were celebrated at a special reception hosted by President Mary McAleese and Dr. Martin McAleese today.

President McAleese invited the athletes and their coaches to Áras an Uachtaráin to personally congratulate them on their wonderful achievements at the Games in June and for representing us all so well on the international sporting stage.

Addressing the assembled gathering of athletes and coaches President McAleese said “To get to the World Summer Games is itself a brilliant achievement and experience and I hope you all really enjoyed every minute of it, but of course it was no holiday and the months of training and preparation before hand took a lot of effort and organisation. So well done to you and to all the people who keep Special Olympics going at home all year round so that people can know the fun and fulfilment of taking part in sports, making friends, winning and losing, getting fit, getting really good at your sport and getting so good that you are chosen to represent your country”.

Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland said “Being invited to Áras an Uachtaráin as guests of President McAleese is a great honour for our athletes and coaches. The group here today represents not only the 126 athletes who competed at the World Games but also the 11,000 athletes who participate in the Special Olympics programme of sports training and competition throughout the island of Ireland every week. On behalf of everyone involved in Special Olympics Ireland I would like to extend my gratitude to President McAleese for her unwavering support during the course of her Presidency”.

Team Ireland, which comprised of 126 athletes and a management team of 49, had an outstanding performance at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, recording a number of personal best records and winning a total of 107 Medals (31 Gold, 44 Silver and 32 Bronze) as well as dozens of place ribbons in 12 sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Football (5 aside Male; 5 aside Female & 11 aside Male), Golf, Gymnastics, Kayaking and Table-Tennis.

By Special Olympics Ireland on 26/09/2011 13:53

Pictured are Celebrity Cook and Food Blogger Donal Skeehan with Special Olympics athlete Sarah Boyne, Joy Moore of Dolly's Donuts and Deputy Commissioner of An Garda Siochana Nacie Rice  at the Cops on Donut Shops Fundraiser for Special Olympics Ireland

Members of An Garda Síochana were held hostage on the roof of a specially constructed donut shop on Dublin’s Henry Street on Saturday to raise funds for Special Olympics Ireland.

Celebrity Cook and food blogger Donal Skehan joined the hundreds of people who queued up to support the initiative on the day. The ‘Cops on Donut Shops’ initiative originated in the United States, and its purpose is to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics.

The specially constructed shop and Dolly’s Donuts were produced by Oldtown Hill Bakehouse in Tullaroan, Co. Kilkenny and the proceeds from the sale of the donuts went to support Special Olympics Ireland.

Speaking at the event Gary Gordon said, "The Cops on Donut Shops, Ireland version first took place in Kilkenny City on the 23rd of December 2010, when members of the Kilkenny Community Policing Unit sold Dolly's Donuts to raise funds for Special Olympics Leinster. It's great to move the event to Dublin, having previously held the event in Carlow in April of this year. Now the "Sam Maguire" is home, we were delighted to work with the Gardaí at Store Street”.

Damian O’Hara said “Store St Community Gardaí were delighted to join "forces" with Kilkenny Community Gardaí for a great cause to raise much needed finances for Special Olympics and would like to thank all who supported us on the day”.

Joy Moore from Oldtown Hill Bakehouse said "Dolly’s donuts are very excited to be affiliated with Special Olympics Ireland and look forward to building on the fundraising success of the weekend. We had great fun while supporting our Special Olympics sporting heroes. Thanks to everyone”.    

Paul Ahearne, Fundraising Coordinator with Special Olympics Ireland said “This has been a fantastic day and on behalf of Special Olympics Ireland I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to An Garda Síochana, Joy Moore of Oldtown Hill Bakehouse, Donal Skehan and all those who purchased donuts for their support”.

Saturday, September 24th was a symbolic date in the Special Olympics calendar marking Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day – a day of celebration in Special Olympics as we remember the life and achievements of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of Special Olympics.

By Special Olympics Ireland on 19/09/2011 14:56

Croke Park will play host to a very special day of sport on Saturday 8th October 2011. The day will celebrate 125 years of GAA at CIE.  GAA started at CIE with the founding of the Henry Grattan Gaelic Football Club, which was founded by railway workers at the ‘Inchicore Works’ in 1886.  Today GAA continues in CIE through the Transport Gaels GAA Club

To mark this significant milestone the G. A. A. has given Transport Gaels G. A. A. club permission to play football, hurling and camogie matches in Croke Park on Saturday 8th October 2011.

The matches will feature a number of former Gaelic Greats including Donegal footballer Martin McHugh who will manage a media selection who have agreed to play a Jimmy Deenihan T. D. all party Dail selection.

This could be a last time to see some of the greats of GAA grace the hallowed turf at Croke Park. In addition all gate receipts on the day will go to support Special Olympics Ireland and The Alzheimers Society of Ireland.
Paul Ahearne, Fundraising Coordinator with Special Olympics Ireland said “We are delighted to be associated with the up-coming celebration of 125 years of G.A.A. within C.I.E. As well as being a hugely significant year for GAA at CIE, this year is also significant for Special Olympics Ireland as 126 of our athletes represented our country at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens in June, coming home with an amazing 107 medals between them."

"It is fitting that we are to benefit from the planned events on the 8th October as Croke Park is the home of the biggest single event in the history of Special Olympics in Ireland – the Opening Ceremony of the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish CIE / Transport Gaels and all the match participants all the very best of luck on the day and here’s to the next 125 years

Tickets are priced at €10 for an adult and €5 for a minor and are available on

By Special Olympics Ireland on 25/07/2011 15:08
Three time Golf Major Champion and Global Ambassador for Special Olympics, Padraig Harrington will Wear the Laces for Special Olympics in his bid to recapture the Irish Open Championship at the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club from July 28th to July 31st. Harrington joined Special Olympics Ireland golfers Laura Kelly and Stephen Deignan who represented Team Ireland during the recent Special Olympics World Games in Athens, at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, Dublin to make the announcement.

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