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Games Spotlights - Open Water Swimming

Ten brave athletes took to the water in Seapoint, Dun Laoighaire on Saturday 16th June, day 2 of Ireland Games, to compete in the very first Ireland Games Open Water Swim competition. Until now, open water swimming has been a non competitive…

Farewell Ireland Games 2018

After 4 days of non-stop action, athletes are travelling back to the four corners of Ireland with medals and memories galore, as the  2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games draws to a close.  There were smiles, tears and many tired bodies as…

Sunday Schedules

Today is the last day of competition for all our athletes. Some sports have finished up and the athletes have received their medals. There is still a lot of action however so don't despair!! Below are the schedules for Day 3. Have a great…

Saturday Schedules

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What a day we had yesterday! Divisioning is now finished and below are the schedule of events for Day 2 Ireland Games Tune in to our dedicated Twitter accounts to keep up to date with each sport during the day and also @SOIreland will have…

Friday Schedules

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The Games are in full swing! In all venues across Dublin athletes are impressing everyone with their skills and joy. Even after a late night at the Opening Ceremony everyone is in flying form and rearing to go here! The majority of activity…

Extraordinary Energy at Team Eastern Launch

Making your way towards the National Indoor Arena, something seems different. The natural solitude and general calm of the area on a normal Wednesday afternoon feels disordered. There is a new energy in the air, and it’s getting stronger the…

Launch Fever Let Loose in Leinster

A sea of dark blue shirts and jerseys flooded the amazing facilities at the Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday morning. The football arena and the surrounding community got a preview of what to expect on the 14th June, when the opening ceremony for…

Connaught Catches Crazy Launch Fever

    Team Connaught was the second delegation to host their Ireland Games launch last Friday 18th May. The fantastic facilities at the Athlone institute of technology hosted 227 athletes along with 104 coaches and delegations.…

Monday Munster Madness

  Last Monday Cork City town hall welcomed the Special Olympics Munster team, to the first official regional launch, in the run up to the Special Olympics Ireland Games in June. 382 athletes from all over Munster traveled to the…

Officials needed for gymnastics, athletics & aquatics

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All of the athletes competing at the Ireland Games this June have qualified through a comprehensive advancement programme from Area Games in 2016, Regional Games in 2017 and many will hope to qualify for the World Games in Abu Dhabi in March…

Ophthalmologists & eye-care professionals needed for Ireland Games screening

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The Special Olympics / Lions Club International Opening Eyes® program is a vision and eye health screening in partnership with the Lions Club International Foundation. Led by volunteer vision care professionals, Opening Eyes is able…

Qualified or trainee podiatrists urgently needed for Fit Feet screening at Ireland Games in June

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Fit Feet is a free podiatric screening for participating Special Olympics Ireland athletes competing at the Ireland Games in June 2018. The athletes will have their ankles, feet, lower extremity biomechanics, and proper shoe and socks evaluated. With…

Healthcare professionals needed for athlete screening at Ireland Games!

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While Special Olympics Ireland may be most well-known for its sports training & competition , another programme that makes a huge difference to the lives of our athletes is the Healthy Athlete Programme. The Healthy Athlete Programme…

Rebecha McAuley - Hard work, Dedication, Commitment

Rebecha McAuley describes what it takes to become a Special Olympics Athlete. “Let Me Win…” - The opening of the Special Olympics motto. Rebecha McAuley knows these words. She knows that if she cannot win, she must be “brave in the…

A busy training weekend in Ulster

From Coleraine To Lisburn Ulster Athletes Train Hard with only 101 Days to go until Special Olympics Ireland Games in June.  Almost 240 athletes took part in the largest Ulster region Ireland Games training session of 2018.  The excitement…

Dean Rock - Put to the test

GAA star and Special Olympics sports ambassador Dean Rock plays his part ahead of the Ireland Games. Some Ireland Games athletes, along with GAA star Dean Rock, had there acting and sporting skills put to the test yesterday during a promotional…

Toastmaster training for Ireland Games Athletes; Not Just Sport

Tara Toastmasters Group visit Special Olympics Eastern Region to give world class media training workshop. Training has intensified on the pitches, in the pools and on the tracks but improving their sporting capabilities isn't the only aspect…

Games training intensifies in Eastern Region

Eastern Region athletes pick up the pace as training for Ireland Games intensifies. The countdown is on for our athletes as the Ireland Games draw closer. The first weekend of February marked one of the largest gatherings of the Special Olympics…

Ireland Games athletes brave the cold in Kilkenny

Ireland Games training is officially underway following an action packed weekend in Kilkenny. The cold January weather has not dampened the spirits of our athletes as they kitted out in Kilkenny this weekend to take part in training for…

Christmas Newsletter 2017

As we come to the end of 2017 we would like to thank all of our athletes, volunteers, clubs, staff, Board Members, Patrons and Sponsors for your amazing support throughout the year. 2018 will be another great year for us all, we will celebrate…