Ireland Games Opening Ceremony – Tallaght Stadium Thursday June 14th

The Opening Ceremony is the official start of the Ireland Games 2018!

1600 athletes and their families will enjoy an evening of entertainment and welcome the Law Enforecement Torch Run Flame of Hope as we declare the Ireland Games officially open!

This is a fully ticketed event and there are no tickets available at the venue.

Family tickets will be distributed through each delegation.

Show Times

Gates will open at 5pm 

There will be some entertainment and the show starts at 6.30pm. Please be seated before 6.30pm so that you are seated and ready to welcome in the athletes!

Concession stands will be available with food & beverages for sale. There will also be official Ireland Games Merchandise available for purchase.

South Dublin County Council volunteers who will assist in directing attendees from the Luas to the stadium

Getting There:

Parking is not available at Tallaght Stadium, we strongly advise attendees to use public transport to and from the venue.

Luas: The Red Line serves Tallaght. If you plan on driving we strongly advise the use of the Park & Ride facility at Red Cow or Citywest. Volunteers from South Dublin City Council will be available at the Red Cow Park & Ride, and the Tallaght stop to assist people attending the ceremony.   Luas website

Dublin Bus: Many buses stop within walking distance of Tallaght Stadium – 54A, 56A, 65, 75, 76A, 76, 77A.  Dublin Bus website

If you are walking to the venue and need to cross the N81 please use the blue footbridge as it is the fastest and safest route for you.

Limited parking is available at the Tallaght Shopping Centre on Level 3. Please note this parking is free for the first 2 hours but is paid thereafter.

Terms & Conditions

Ticket Master Terms and Conditions

The event may be recorded and photographed for use for promotional and internal purposes for Special Olympics Ireland and/or its partners.
The ticket holder consents to participate in the said recordings and photography.
Bags larger than A4 size are not permitted entry to the stadium.

Motor Activities Training Programme

Unique to Special Olympics the Motor Activities Training Programme (MATP) is focused on the development of fundamental motor skills and is designed for athletes who have not yet gained the necessary skills for participation in structured sports training.

MATP will take place in the main area of the National Indoor Arena on Friday 15th June. It is an event not to be missed, full of determination, energy and excitement.

Please see the schedule for the event times and make sure you are here early to experience this unique activity and cheer the Athletes on.

Healthy Athlete Screening

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 all athletes is the Healthy Athlete Programme.

The Healthy Athlete Programme provides health screenings, health education and resources to athletes, in a fun and welcoming environment.

All athletes competing at Ireland Games are invited to attend the Healthy Athlete Village on the National Sports Campus and avail of health screenings in all 7 disciplines.

They must be accompanied by an accredited coach or family member.

Screenings will be available from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th.

Health Promotion – focuses on healthy living, healthy lifestyle choices around healthy eating, physical activity, smoking, sunscreen etc. Screenings for blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) are also available
Healthy Hearing – provides hearing exams to athletes to detect ear or hearing problems, recommends follow-up care if needed, and advises about the necessity for regular ear and hearing exams.
Special Smiles – offers free dental screening and shows athletes correct brushing and flossing techniques. Dentists check oral health and offer advice for best care.
Opening Eyes – offers eye exams. Glasses and sport lenses are available free of charge to athletes as well as recommendations for future follow-up visits.
FUNFitness – tests athlete’s flexibility, strength, and balance and offers exercises to improve function in sports training & competition, and to prevent or reduce risk of injury.
Fit Feet – inspects athlete’s motion range and any deformations in their feet and ankles, as well as skin and nail consistency. Shoes and socks are also inspected to fit athletes. Athletes are also educated about choosing the right shoes as well as proper foot and nail care.
Strong Minds – Strong Minds aims to teach athletes exercises and provide resources to increase relaxation and stress management skills.

Young Athlete Festival

The 2018 Ireland Games will host a Young Athletes Festival on Saturday June 16th in the National Indoor Arena.

There will be a Young Athletes demonstration at 10am from existing athletes followed by a “Come and Try” event at 10.30 where members of the public, aged 4-7 years of age can come down and try the various activities.

The sessions will be repeated in the afternoon with a second demonstration at 12-12.30 and the second “Come and Try” event at 12.30.

Please note pre-registration is essential if you want to take part in one of the “Come and Try” sessions.  Each child registered to participate in the session must be accompanied to the session  by one adult. Any additional adults can view the event from the seating area.

Link to registration page

There are spectator seats available to the general public, no registration needed to enter this viewing area.

This event is a celebration of the achievements of Young Athletes, showcasing their abilities. It will be a fun environment for families, volunteers and supporters to witness the accomplishments of Young Athletes Programme and to see the next generation of Special Olympics athletes!