By Special Olympics Ireland on 11/05/2017 14:18
This weeks profile we look at Niall. Quite shy once but his love for running evolved through Parkrun
, which helped build up his confidence and achieve his goals.
By Special Olympics Ireland on 11/05/2017 13:21
This weeks profile we look at Niall. Quite shy once but his love for running evolved through Parkrun, which helped build up his confidence and achieve his goals.
By Special Olympics Ireland on 11/05/2017 11:55
By Special Olympics Ireland on 02/05/2017 15:20
Northern Ireland is gearing up for Collection Day and it’s a family affair in Newry where Aoife Robb is co-ordinating the charity’s biggest annual fundraiser for Newry and surrounds.
“It is good to give something back sometimes,” says Aoife Robb and she’d know a thing or two about volunteering.
Ever since her sister Maeve joined Special Olympics in 2007, the entire Robb family has been involved with the organisation. Aoife’s background is in accounting, so she helps out with the finances and administration with Saddle and Reins and plays a major role with Collection Day in Newry.
It really is a family affair though. “Everyone gets roped in” says Aoife. While Maeve is excelling as an equestrian rider, father Bernard is Chairperson of the club.
For Aoife though, Collection Day is the big one.
“There are two main reasons why Collection Day is so important,” she says. , “one is awareness- with people collecting all over Ireland on the same day at the same time there is such a good atmosphere and it raises huge awareness.
By Special Olympics Ireland on 28/03/2017 13:20
As charity partner for the Swim Ireland Swim for a Mile Challenge we are urging all companies to sign up now for the Swim for a Mile Corporate Challenge 2017 and support Special Olympics Ireland.
The Swim for a Mile (1,600m) Corporate Challenge event will take place at the National Aquatic Centre on Wednesday, April 5th (12pm-4pm) with 40 teams (teams consist of 4 swimmers) competing in relay format. After the great success of 2016 this event will be even bigger and better!
The fastest 10 teams (companies) will then compete in a Final at the NAC during the down time of the Irish Open Swimming Championships on Friday, April 7th (1pm-3pm) with one team being crowned champion!
Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 29th and the cost per team is €100 with half the entry fee going to Special Olympics Ireland. You and your team will also be given a link to set up an everydayhero...
By Special Olympics Ireland on 23/03/2017 14:53
Today has been a busy day so far for Team Ireland’s floorballers with both teams in playoff action.
In the first game of the day, Sweden overcame Team 1 to advance to the Final. A spectacular solo effort by Joe McCarthy in the second half will give confidence to Team Ireland as they now prepare to face Switzerland for bronze later this evening. Coach Paul O’Callaghan was buoyed by the Irish spirit shown against the Swedes: “In the second half they stuck at their guns, got another goal; that lifted their spirits. We’ve played Switzerland twice already and it’s a real 50-50 match.”
Team 2 will face Argentina in the 5th-6th place playoff at 18:40 this evening.
Ireland’s Floorball Team 1 left everything on the court in their bronze medal game against Switzerland as they came agonisingly close in what has been described as “the game of the championship”.
Team Ireland raced into a two-nil lead after Willie McGrath’s...
By Special Olympics Ireland on 22/03/2017 19:27
The floorballers of Team 2 put in a stirring performance against Bharat in their group game. Despite the ball rarely leaving the opposition half, Bharat’s huge defensive effort and brilliant goalkeeping proved to be the difference between the two sides.
Team Ireland started brightly going close on a number of occasions; however the deadlock was broken by Bharat who found the net at the end of a swift counter attack. Bharat’s second came after a similar passage of play, leaving the score 0-2 at the break.
Team Ireland’s continued pressure paid off soon after half time, Thomas Caulfield providing the killer touch at the end of a well-worked move. The Irish continued their relentless barrage on the opposition goal, with Stephen Lee coming closest. However, as Team Ireland pushed for an equaliser in the dying seconds, Bharat finished the game with a third goal to win the match.
In the second match of the day for Team 2 well taken goals from JP Shaw and Lorcan Byrne weren’t enough to prevent a 3-2 defeat to Cote d’Ivoire at Messe Graz. The side twice came from behind before the Ivorians struck late to advance to the semi-finals. JP Shaw struck first for the Irish with the help of Thomas Caulfield’s assist. ...
By Special Olympics Ireland on 21/03/2017 19:57
Medals for Team Ireland on the slopes!
Team Ireland have secured their first medals at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.
Cyril Walker (46) from Co. Armagh took bronze in today’s Giant Slalom Novice finals, while 16-year-old Laoise Kenny from Dublin secured 4th place.
“It’s the best day of her life,” said Laoise’s dad Austin. “She cut her bends really well, picked up speed along the course and some good pole work helped her to improve her time at the end.”
All three of Team Ireland’s Intermediate skiers secured medals on the slopes at Schladming.
Lorraine Whelan (36) from Co. Wicklow and Caolan McConville (13) from Co. Antrim took silver while there was bronze for Sean McCartan (16) from Co. Down. Niall Flynn (30) from Dublin achieved a participation ribbon. McConville, McCartan, Kenny and novice skier Niall Flynn are all competing in their first Games.
Lorraine Whelan said the silver medal she claimed in her division was as precious as any she has won at previous Games:...
By Special Olympics Ireland on 20/03/2017 15:53
16.30 Monday 20th
Team Ireland were in action on the competition slopes for the first time at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Schladming today.
Six athletes came safely through their divisioning rounds - Caolan McConville, Lorraine Whelan and Sean McCartan took on the intermediate slope at 1138m altitude while Cyril Walker, Laoise Kenny and Niall Flynn skied at novice level on Slope Schwaigerhof. The Giant Slalom finals take place on Tuesday morning.
Team Ireland’s Floorballers put in vastly improved performances on Day 2 of Group Stages at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.
Ireland Team 2 rounded off the day with a 4-4 nailbiter against Argentina in Graz. The South Americans salvaged a draw with two late goals, but Team Ireland Coach Michael Lynch had nothing but praise for his side. “That was their best performance of the day,” he said. “These guys are all new to the game. They are improving and have taken away huge...
By Special Olympics Ireland on 19/03/2017 19:06
As Team Ireland’s alpine skiers await tomorrow’s Giant Slalom divisioning, the floorballers commenced the round robin phase of their competition at the Messe Graz Convention Centre.
With 37 teams from 30 nations competing in five divisions, Team 1 were placed in TA with Team 2 competing in TD.
TA Teams: Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Russia, Switzerland (Play each other twice)
TD Teams: Austria 2, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bharat M, Germany, Ireland Ivory Coast (Play each other once)
In the first game of the day, Team 1 were defeated by Finland 0-9. Willie McGrath and Michael Minogue were standout performers in front of the biggest Irish crowd yet, with many family members having arrived in Austria on Saturday.
Game 2 proved difficult for the Irish as Russia produced a stunning shooting display to comfortably win their tie. Tomorrow will provide plenty of opportunity to pick up points with 3 games scheduled.