Monday Munster Madness

All smiles ahead of the Munster Launch


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 event along with their delegation and honored guests.

Arriving to the venue, the faces of the athletes encapsulated the joy and excitement felt by each and every person involved in the launch. The ‘Munster’ letters shone brightly on stage as the traditional Irish band played and the athletes entered the main hall. Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Tipperary and Waterford athletes all took their seats as the show began.

To begin the launch, the Special Olympic Flame of Hope made its way from Anglesea Street Garda Station to the stage, escorted by members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. A quick word from the deputy Lord Mayor warmed up the crowd, who’s deafening cheers and applause provided a glimpse of the atmosphere that will flood the Dublin Venues in June.

The MC for the night, Keith Cunningham, invited athletes to the stage to discuss their training and love for the Special Olympics. Their teammates and associates screamed with excitement and support as the athletes took to the stand.

Head of delegation Julie Dwyer, representing the Special Olympic staff and volunteer team, turned up the energy when she spoke to the crowd of 800 people, inviting the audience to cheer for Team Munster.

With that, the microphone stand was removed creating a dancefloor for the athletes. Singer Keith Hanley performed some classic rock hits like ‘Guns and Roses, Paradise City’ and ‘The Cranberries, Zombie’. Casadh O’Thuaidh, a young traditional Irish band followed. The athletes jumped at the opportunity to dance the Seige of Ennis and flooded the dance floor. The enjoyment and happiness radiated through the hall, as the volunteers, staff, family members, coaches and officials were shown exactly what the Special Olympics does for the athletes.

You too can become part of this excitement. There are still some volunteer  roles available for the Special Olympic Ireland Games

If you are a resident of Ireland aged 16 or over and are available on the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th of June 2018, then you can volunteer.

Check out the following link if volunteering in the Ireland Games interests you