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.
By Eastern Admin on 7/22/2011 8:14 AM

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. 

By Special Olympics Munster on 19/07/2011 13:01

The annual Sports Ability Day took place this year on the 9th of July in the CIT Sports Hall, Cork. The Sports Ability Day showcased an array of activities and clubs that are available in and around the Cork City and County area. It was a fantastic opportunity for people to experience all that ability sports has to offer.

By Eastern Admin on 7/19/2011 8:27 AM

On Saturday 16th July 10 potential kayakers braved the elements and headed for the Irish Canoe Union Training Centre in the Strawberry Beds to try something new!

By Athens on 18/07/2011 16:00

That day after getting our bags and checking into our room, we all headed down to get dinner. The restaurant was as big as a basketball court and there were so many people there. It was like Charlie and the chocolate factory - there was so much food, you could eat as much as you wanted, and pick anything that you wanted to eat. The best part was the table that had so many nice wonderful cakes on it and jelly squares that you can eat. It was a great dinner.

Tuesday morning was a very sunny morning and this was the start of us training in this kind of hot weather that you never see back in Ireland. We all met up and went for our breakfast and then after a bit of a wait, a bus took us to the sports stadium. The stadium had every thing from track and field to an all astro weather pitch where we were going to do our training. When we got there, two other countries, Jamaica and Africa were doing there training.

We all get our boots and sun cream on and then as the Africa team came off, we went on. We got into doing our warm-up and when we went to sit down, most of us jumped back up as the ground was so really hot that you could cook your breakfast off it!! We trained for an hour and it was really hot - the sweat was coming off us all in buckets. We were drinking so much water, it was unreal and we knew this was going to be tough on us all. But we kept the heads up and we pushed each other on. After the training, we got back and had lunch and then we spent the afternoon at the back of the hotel at the swimming pool. The water in this pool was from the sea and was really salty. We got into a water polo match which we lost 19-18.

We were playing other people from other countries that were just on holidays there and it was a great buzz getting high-5's from everyone. Even wee Hughie bagged a few goals!! After dinner we all got on the bus with Team Ireland and made our way down to the port of Rhodes to a place called Old Town Castle. It was a place where you can just go and do your shopping - a bit like Stephen's Green in Dublin with so many shops everywhere. 

All the rest of the other countries were there too walking about shopping - it was totally amazing to see other Special Olympics people everywhere. After an hour, we were all taken to this big open nightclub and we just danced the night away there. It was amazing. The music was fantastic and everyone had a wonderful time.

Wednesday morning wasn’t a great day for me. I didn’t sleep well and my sinuses were kicking in. We all had breakfast and off to do our training. It was really hot and everyone still wasn’t used to the heat. We were dipping our heads in under a water tap that was at the astro pitch. As training went on, we started to get used to the hot sun. We made a trip that afternoon on a bus for an hour to a place called Lindos. It was a totally amazing place in the north east of Rhodes. It was really hot when we got off the bus and the shops there were packed out with so many people getting ice cream and water. We all walked about taking photos and video clips of the beautiful place that we were at in Lindos with its big Greek castle on top of a mountain.

After dinner that night there was entertainment in the hotel which we were all invited up to. It was pretty amazing - they did everything from Michael Jackson, Mask, and Flashdance to Chicago. Everyone had a fab night.

We were up early on Thursday morning to do our last training and it was great. Everyone was cheering each other on and we pushed each other through the training. The craic was great and after 3 days we were finally used to the hot weather and heat. After lunch in the hotel we had a big meeting in one of the hotel rooms where the Irish ambassador came to see us all off and wish us well. Then the whole of Team Ireland made our way down to the Old Castle Town. There was Team Ireland, Team USA, Aussies, Canada, and Jamaica, in this big courtyard. We were right in the middle and next thing the singing started from ole,ole to usa and Canada started singing. It was totally amazing - I'd say we would all get a part on the X-Factor.

There was a big crowd of people and here was the last Flame of Hope to be lit by the torch runners before moving onto Athens. Even the Kennedy family was there and special guest speakers too. I got mixed in with USA Team and Canada and got a few photos taken and was swapping badges too. We went from there to the Port where we waited for the Blue Star Ferry to come in and we finally said goodbye to Rhodes.

So the Aussie and Jamaica teams boarded and then it was Team Ireland. We were lucky to get settled into one of the main rooms. Then I went outside and walked about on the top deck of the ferry. After about an hour on the ferry it took off from Rhodes and headed for Athens with 7 stops on the way. We pulled out after 8.30pm and as we were leaving just could see the sun starting to come down and day was starting to turn into night. For sure this was going to be a very long night and one hell of a boat trip, but I just kept the head up and got chatting to other people from USA and Canada. The USA team were buzzing as they had never been on a boat in their lives! After dinner, we got some of our own players to sleep as this was going to be a very long trip. A few of us stayed up and we all watched out for each other. I just wandered about in my own wee world and listened to my music, and chatted away to other Team Ireland athletes. The big Greek adventure went long into the night. 

After our final stop at one of the Greek islands, it was just plain sailing onward to Athens . I was getting a bit tired but didn’t wanted to go to sleep as I wanted to stay up and see the sun come up. At 6am, the sun started to come up. It was really beautiful, totally amazing to be there. The sky was pure red and yellow and not a cloud to be seen anywhere for miles. I took a few photos and even got friends in a few of them. There was great craic on the top deck and the other countries came out and started snapping away as well. After half an hour there was just blue sky and deep blue sea all around us with a bit of a strong cold wind. It was fantastic just to feel the coldness hitting you and it was a nice way to get cooled down. I walked about chatting to everyone from players to coaches. We were all buzzing as there was just an other 7 hours to go before we landed into Athens.

I slept for just under 2 hours and woke up after 9am to get some breakfast. After breakfast, I spent most of the morning up on deck and walked about listening to my music. Then I met more team members from USA and we really got on well with them, chatting about the sports that we were in. It was hard to explain to them that I was doing 11-a-side soccer as some didn’t know much about soccer!! 

Finally after 17 and a half hours on the ferry we touched down in Athens Port! It was weird being there and all you could see was about 20 big purple buses waiting to take us away. I was really looking forward to the next stage of our Athens trip as the ferry pulled in.

We were taken to our accommodation and early on Saturday morning, we did some training for an hour, and got into playing a match with the Spanish team. Then we watched the Brazil team playing on the next court and they were so great, that some of them could be playing in the Irish League.
We all then got ready and got our Team Ireland gear on and just tried to enjoy the Opening Ceremony of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens.    

By Athens on 18/07/2011 15:58

Here it was - the final day had come for me before heading off to Athens. It was a nice wet Sunday morning here in letterkenny and had been a crazy weekend as the Donegal rally was on and there had been so many people up for it. Hughie & I met up with some other families at St Conal's Church, got a few photos taken and said our goodbyes. 

Emma & Francis drove us to Dublin on their big white bus (we're really grateful to them for doing this) and we picked up the rest of the Donegal lads in Lifford. We got into the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel in Dublin some time after 5.30pm. There was a huge crowd of families and friends there to say goodbye to each other as tomorrow was the start of our big Greek adventure. We checked into our rooms and me and Hughie were sharing. I knew from this day that for the next 2 weeks he and I would be bunking together and I really must get some earplugs before we left home as he can really snore badly
 
The team football team met up and got our dog tags and other stuff off Paul, our FAI coach, to put on our bags and our ID cards too. After that a great friend of mine, Henry, came in to see me. He wanted to wish me the best of luck and told me to bring home the gold. It was really nice to see him. Then we headed down for our last supper in Ireland and after our dinner we got our bags shorted out and weighed. I didn’t really sleep that much as the room was warm and was like being in an oven being cooked like a turkey. I just listened to some music and watched a movie and then after 4am got myself ready and then got Hughie sorted. 
 
There was a great buzz that morning in the hotel and most of us were really looking forward to this big trip and to see what Rhodes was going to be like.
We made are way on buses to Dublin airport and once there, we were all put into our teams. Next thing, all I can see was the telly guys who showed up from RTE News & TV3 and a guy taking photos. It was weird been recorded but some others loved it (It didn’t stop me giving a big wave to everyone that knows me back in Donegal!) Then it was our turn to check in and all 7 Donegal lads got pulled to one side to get our photo taken!! 
 
Once through security, we got a few things from the shop and then waited on boarding the plane for Rhodes. This was it now, the start of the Greek adventure and we all made our way on to the plane and after 10am we took flight on the 4 hour trip to Rhodes. This is where the adventure of our 2 weeks out in Greece begins……
We touched down in Rhodes some time after 2.30pm and I never felt so hot as when I came off the plane. The sun was beating off the ground!! 
We got onto buses and all Team Ireland were taken to three different hotels around Rhodes. We were taken to a hotel called Sofitel Capsis - what a hotel!! 
By Athens on 07/07/2011 17:55

 

I won a silver medal in the 100m front crawl race. This isn’t my best stroke so I was very surprised to get a medal. There was lots of people cheering for me which was great. I have 2 silver medals now.

My roommate Ciara came first in one of her races which was brilliant. I celebrated with her.

The relay race was very tough and we came 6th in it. I was disappointed but I didn’t really mind too much as I was very tired and I know that I can’t win everything. The other people on the team were Caitriona, Rowan and Joe.

I didn’t get a lot of sleep in Athens but we had a great time. The hotel was lovely and the food was ok.

The Closing Ceremony was good. It was very late when we got home. I almost got trampled on leaving the stadium but my coaches helped me.

We had to get up very early for the flight home. I slept a little bit on the flight.

There was a huge crowd waiting at the airport for us.

I went through the crowds and met my swimming coach Ann McClean and my job coach Yvonne Buckler. They were both delighted for me.

My parents and my uncles were at the airport to welcome me home. It was brilliant to see them. I was crying cos I didn’t want to go home.

I was very tired getting home and have slept lots since then. My medals are around my neck.

I am going to be on TV3 tomorrow morning with Jonathon from the Badminton Team and Claire who’s one of the basketball coaches. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been on TV3 before.

I should have been in work today but they gave me the week off. They’re going to have a party for me next week. I can’t wait!

By Athens on 07/07/2011 17:53

The airport was very exciting when we were flying out to our host town of Rhodes. I was very tired as we had such an early start. The flight was very long. I listened to music during the flight. My ears were sore at the end of the flight. I had trouble hearing and couldn’t talk.

I shared a room with Denise from the golf team and Jackie and Bernie from the Badminton team in Rhodes. I had shared with Denise on our training weekends in Dublin but never with the girls from the badminton team. It worked out ok.

We went to the pool and the beach but I’m afraid of water so I didn’t go in.

We practised golf in Rhodes – it was boiling. The food was different but nice.

The ferry journey to Athens was grand cos me and Denise had beds.

The accommodation in Athens is lovely. I’m sharing a room with Denise and Jackie.

The Opening Ceremony was great. The music was good but it was very long. We didn’t get to bed until after 3am. We heard all of the Irish people including my family shouting for us when we entered the stadium. Stevie Wonder was great.

I had to play golf the next day and I was wrecked. We had our divisioning on Monday and I did great. I had a great score. I am in second place after the first 2 days.

I went shopping with family yesterday. We had a lovely day out. It was very warm. We went for food across from the hotel at the end of the day. The food here is only ok.

Today was our first day of competition and I was a little bit nervous this morning but I’m ok now. My coach Roisin stays with me when I’m golfing. I’m very happy with how I played today. It’s the last day of competition tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it.

By Athens on 07/07/2011 17:52

We headed to our host town of Rhodes on Monday 20th June. I travelled to Dublin on the train the evening before, and we all stayed in a hotel in Dublin. The hotel was very busy.

We had a very early start the following morning. The airport was very busy but it all went smoothly. It was my first time flying. I was a bit nervous about it but was fine once we got in the air.

We stayed in a lovely hotel in Rhodes. I was sharing with Jonathon who is also on the badminton team and 2 of the golfers. I stayed with Jonathon before on our training weekends in Dublin but had never shared with the golfers. I got to know them and they were very nice.

The food was fantastic. It was very different from home and took a little bit of getting used to. We did some training in Rhodes and went swimming in the pool. There was lots of entertainment for us. The Greek music was great.

We got a ferry from Rhodes to Athens. It was a long journey.

The Opening Ceremony was fantastic. It was my first time seeing a big stadium like that. We could see lots of Irish people when we came out onto the stage. I really like Stevie Wonder. All the music was great. It finished very late.

We had divisioning the next day. It was an early start and I was very tired but my divisioning went well.

I am sharing a room with Jonathon in Athens. It’s great cos I know him. The food is fantastic.

We had a day off today so I have been chilling out and walking around with my coach Willie. I’m going for a swim soon and looking out over the city from the top of the hotel. It’s a very nice city.

By Eastern Admin on 7/6/2011 8:48 AM

United Warriors Special Olympics club was officially launched on the 18th June 2011 at a club party on their training grounds of Rathcoole Boys Football Club.

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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.
By Eastern Admin on 7/22/2011 8:14 AM

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. 

By Special Olympics Munster on 19/07/2011 13:01

The annual Sports Ability Day took place this year on the 9th of July in the CIT Sports Hall, Cork. The Sports Ability Day showcased an array of activities and clubs that are available in and around the Cork City and County area. It was a fantastic opportunity for people to experience all that ability sports has to offer.

By Eastern Admin on 7/19/2011 8:27 AM

On Saturday 16th July 10 potential kayakers braved the elements and headed for the Irish Canoe Union Training Centre in the Strawberry Beds to try something new!

By Athens on 18/07/2011 16:00

That day after getting our bags and checking into our room, we all headed down to get dinner. The restaurant was as big as a basketball court and there were so many people there. It was like Charlie and the chocolate factory - there was so much food, you could eat as much as you wanted, and pick anything that you wanted to eat. The best part was the table that had so many nice wonderful cakes on it and jelly squares that you can eat. It was a great dinner.

Tuesday morning was a very sunny morning and this was the start of us training in this kind of hot weather that you never see back in Ireland. We all met up and went for our breakfast and then after a bit of a wait, a bus took us to the sports stadium. The stadium had every thing from track and field to an all astro weather pitch where we were going to do our training. When we got there, two other countries, Jamaica and Africa were doing there training.

We all get our boots and sun cream on and then as the Africa team came off, we went on. We got into doing our warm-up and when we went to sit down, most of us jumped back up as the ground was so really hot that you could cook your breakfast off it!! We trained for an hour and it was really hot - the sweat was coming off us all in buckets. We were drinking so much water, it was unreal and we knew this was going to be tough on us all. But we kept the heads up and we pushed each other on. After the training, we got back and had lunch and then we spent the afternoon at the back of the hotel at the swimming pool. The water in this pool was from the sea and was really salty. We got into a water polo match which we lost 19-18.

We were playing other people from other countries that were just on holidays there and it was a great buzz getting high-5's from everyone. Even wee Hughie bagged a few goals!! After dinner we all got on the bus with Team Ireland and made our way down to the port of Rhodes to a place called Old Town Castle. It was a place where you can just go and do your shopping - a bit like Stephen's Green in Dublin with so many shops everywhere. 

All the rest of the other countries were there too walking about shopping - it was totally amazing to see other Special Olympics people everywhere. After an hour, we were all taken to this big open nightclub and we just danced the night away there. It was amazing. The music was fantastic and everyone had a wonderful time.

Wednesday morning wasn’t a great day for me. I didn’t sleep well and my sinuses were kicking in. We all had breakfast and off to do our training. It was really hot and everyone still wasn’t used to the heat. We were dipping our heads in under a water tap that was at the astro pitch. As training went on, we started to get used to the hot sun. We made a trip that afternoon on a bus for an hour to a place called Lindos. It was a totally amazing place in the north east of Rhodes. It was really hot when we got off the bus and the shops there were packed out with so many people getting ice cream and water. We all walked about taking photos and video clips of the beautiful place that we were at in Lindos with its big Greek castle on top of a mountain.

After dinner that night there was entertainment in the hotel which we were all invited up to. It was pretty amazing - they did everything from Michael Jackson, Mask, and Flashdance to Chicago. Everyone had a fab night.

We were up early on Thursday morning to do our last training and it was great. Everyone was cheering each other on and we pushed each other through the training. The craic was great and after 3 days we were finally used to the hot weather and heat. After lunch in the hotel we had a big meeting in one of the hotel rooms where the Irish ambassador came to see us all off and wish us well. Then the whole of Team Ireland made our way down to the Old Castle Town. There was Team Ireland, Team USA, Aussies, Canada, and Jamaica, in this big courtyard. We were right in the middle and next thing the singing started from ole,ole to usa and Canada started singing. It was totally amazing - I'd say we would all get a part on the X-Factor.

There was a big crowd of people and here was the last Flame of Hope to be lit by the torch runners before moving onto Athens. Even the Kennedy family was there and special guest speakers too. I got mixed in with USA Team and Canada and got a few photos taken and was swapping badges too. We went from there to the Port where we waited for the Blue Star Ferry to come in and we finally said goodbye to Rhodes.

So the Aussie and Jamaica teams boarded and then it was Team Ireland. We were lucky to get settled into one of the main rooms. Then I went outside and walked about on the top deck of the ferry. After about an hour on the ferry it took off from Rhodes and headed for Athens with 7 stops on the way. We pulled out after 8.30pm and as we were leaving just could see the sun starting to come down and day was starting to turn into night. For sure this was going to be a very long night and one hell of a boat trip, but I just kept the head up and got chatting to other people from USA and Canada. The USA team were buzzing as they had never been on a boat in their lives! After dinner, we got some of our own players to sleep as this was going to be a very long trip. A few of us stayed up and we all watched out for each other. I just wandered about in my own wee world and listened to my music, and chatted away to other Team Ireland athletes. The big Greek adventure went long into the night. 

After our final stop at one of the Greek islands, it was just plain sailing onward to Athens . I was getting a bit tired but didn’t wanted to go to sleep as I wanted to stay up and see the sun come up. At 6am, the sun started to come up. It was really beautiful, totally amazing to be there. The sky was pure red and yellow and not a cloud to be seen anywhere for miles. I took a few photos and even got friends in a few of them. There was great craic on the top deck and the other countries came out and started snapping away as well. After half an hour there was just blue sky and deep blue sea all around us with a bit of a strong cold wind. It was fantastic just to feel the coldness hitting you and it was a nice way to get cooled down. I walked about chatting to everyone from players to coaches. We were all buzzing as there was just an other 7 hours to go before we landed into Athens.

I slept for just under 2 hours and woke up after 9am to get some breakfast. After breakfast, I spent most of the morning up on deck and walked about listening to my music. Then I met more team members from USA and we really got on well with them, chatting about the sports that we were in. It was hard to explain to them that I was doing 11-a-side soccer as some didn’t know much about soccer!! 

Finally after 17 and a half hours on the ferry we touched down in Athens Port! It was weird being there and all you could see was about 20 big purple buses waiting to take us away. I was really looking forward to the next stage of our Athens trip as the ferry pulled in.

We were taken to our accommodation and early on Saturday morning, we did some training for an hour, and got into playing a match with the Spanish team. Then we watched the Brazil team playing on the next court and they were so great, that some of them could be playing in the Irish League.
We all then got ready and got our Team Ireland gear on and just tried to enjoy the Opening Ceremony of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens.    

By Athens on 18/07/2011 15:58

Here it was - the final day had come for me before heading off to Athens. It was a nice wet Sunday morning here in letterkenny and had been a crazy weekend as the Donegal rally was on and there had been so many people up for it. Hughie & I met up with some other families at St Conal's Church, got a few photos taken and said our goodbyes. 

Emma & Francis drove us to Dublin on their big white bus (we're really grateful to them for doing this) and we picked up the rest of the Donegal lads in Lifford. We got into the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel in Dublin some time after 5.30pm. There was a huge crowd of families and friends there to say goodbye to each other as tomorrow was the start of our big Greek adventure. We checked into our rooms and me and Hughie were sharing. I knew from this day that for the next 2 weeks he and I would be bunking together and I really must get some earplugs before we left home as he can really snore badly
 
The team football team met up and got our dog tags and other stuff off Paul, our FAI coach, to put on our bags and our ID cards too. After that a great friend of mine, Henry, came in to see me. He wanted to wish me the best of luck and told me to bring home the gold. It was really nice to see him. Then we headed down for our last supper in Ireland and after our dinner we got our bags shorted out and weighed. I didn’t really sleep that much as the room was warm and was like being in an oven being cooked like a turkey. I just listened to some music and watched a movie and then after 4am got myself ready and then got Hughie sorted. 
 
There was a great buzz that morning in the hotel and most of us were really looking forward to this big trip and to see what Rhodes was going to be like.
We made are way on buses to Dublin airport and once there, we were all put into our teams. Next thing, all I can see was the telly guys who showed up from RTE News & TV3 and a guy taking photos. It was weird been recorded but some others loved it (It didn’t stop me giving a big wave to everyone that knows me back in Donegal!) Then it was our turn to check in and all 7 Donegal lads got pulled to one side to get our photo taken!! 
 
Once through security, we got a few things from the shop and then waited on boarding the plane for Rhodes. This was it now, the start of the Greek adventure and we all made our way on to the plane and after 10am we took flight on the 4 hour trip to Rhodes. This is where the adventure of our 2 weeks out in Greece begins……
We touched down in Rhodes some time after 2.30pm and I never felt so hot as when I came off the plane. The sun was beating off the ground!! 
We got onto buses and all Team Ireland were taken to three different hotels around Rhodes. We were taken to a hotel called Sofitel Capsis - what a hotel!! 
By Athens on 07/07/2011 17:55

 

I won a silver medal in the 100m front crawl race. This isn’t my best stroke so I was very surprised to get a medal. There was lots of people cheering for me which was great. I have 2 silver medals now.

My roommate Ciara came first in one of her races which was brilliant. I celebrated with her.

The relay race was very tough and we came 6th in it. I was disappointed but I didn’t really mind too much as I was very tired and I know that I can’t win everything. The other people on the team were Caitriona, Rowan and Joe.

I didn’t get a lot of sleep in Athens but we had a great time. The hotel was lovely and the food was ok.

The Closing Ceremony was good. It was very late when we got home. I almost got trampled on leaving the stadium but my coaches helped me.

We had to get up very early for the flight home. I slept a little bit on the flight.

There was a huge crowd waiting at the airport for us.

I went through the crowds and met my swimming coach Ann McClean and my job coach Yvonne Buckler. They were both delighted for me.

My parents and my uncles were at the airport to welcome me home. It was brilliant to see them. I was crying cos I didn’t want to go home.

I was very tired getting home and have slept lots since then. My medals are around my neck.

I am going to be on TV3 tomorrow morning with Jonathon from the Badminton Team and Claire who’s one of the basketball coaches. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been on TV3 before.

I should have been in work today but they gave me the week off. They’re going to have a party for me next week. I can’t wait!

By Athens on 07/07/2011 17:53

The airport was very exciting when we were flying out to our host town of Rhodes. I was very tired as we had such an early start. The flight was very long. I listened to music during the flight. My ears were sore at the end of the flight. I had trouble hearing and couldn’t talk.

I shared a room with Denise from the golf team and Jackie and Bernie from the Badminton team in Rhodes. I had shared with Denise on our training weekends in Dublin but never with the girls from the badminton team. It worked out ok.

We went to the pool and the beach but I’m afraid of water so I didn’t go in.

We practised golf in Rhodes – it was boiling. The food was different but nice.

The ferry journey to Athens was grand cos me and Denise had beds.

The accommodation in Athens is lovely. I’m sharing a room with Denise and Jackie.

The Opening Ceremony was great. The music was good but it was very long. We didn’t get to bed until after 3am. We heard all of the Irish people including my family shouting for us when we entered the stadium. Stevie Wonder was great.

I had to play golf the next day and I was wrecked. We had our divisioning on Monday and I did great. I had a great score. I am in second place after the first 2 days.

I went shopping with family yesterday. We had a lovely day out. It was very warm. We went for food across from the hotel at the end of the day. The food here is only ok.

Today was our first day of competition and I was a little bit nervous this morning but I’m ok now. My coach Roisin stays with me when I’m golfing. I’m very happy with how I played today. It’s the last day of competition tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it.

By Athens on 07/07/2011 17:52

We headed to our host town of Rhodes on Monday 20th June. I travelled to Dublin on the train the evening before, and we all stayed in a hotel in Dublin. The hotel was very busy.

We had a very early start the following morning. The airport was very busy but it all went smoothly. It was my first time flying. I was a bit nervous about it but was fine once we got in the air.

We stayed in a lovely hotel in Rhodes. I was sharing with Jonathon who is also on the badminton team and 2 of the golfers. I stayed with Jonathon before on our training weekends in Dublin but had never shared with the golfers. I got to know them and they were very nice.

The food was fantastic. It was very different from home and took a little bit of getting used to. We did some training in Rhodes and went swimming in the pool. There was lots of entertainment for us. The Greek music was great.

We got a ferry from Rhodes to Athens. It was a long journey.

The Opening Ceremony was fantastic. It was my first time seeing a big stadium like that. We could see lots of Irish people when we came out onto the stage. I really like Stevie Wonder. All the music was great. It finished very late.

We had divisioning the next day. It was an early start and I was very tired but my divisioning went well.

I am sharing a room with Jonathon in Athens. It’s great cos I know him. The food is fantastic.

We had a day off today so I have been chilling out and walking around with my coach Willie. I’m going for a swim soon and looking out over the city from the top of the hotel. It’s a very nice city.

By Eastern Admin on 7/6/2011 8:48 AM

United Warriors Special Olympics club was officially launched on the 18th June 2011 at a club party on their training grounds of Rathcoole Boys Football Club.

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Splashin' Penguins Special Olympics Club Celebrate's 20th Anniversary 
  
   
The Splasin' Penguins Special Olympics Club celebrated their 20th anniversary at Lola Montez. The event was marked with the presentation of the Tony Rennick Cup for the Most Improved Swimmer, which was awarded to athlete John Gordon by Cathaoirleach Cllr Seamus Kilgannon. In recognition of the clubs mile stone achievement, presentations were also made to the club by Myra Merrick, the Regional Director for Special Olympics Connaught and Pat O'Malley for her work with the club. In it's two decade history, Splashin' Penguins have gone from strength to strength and have confirmed that four of their athletes have been selected to represent Connaught at the National Games being held in Dublin next year. Among the clubs talented athletes is Strandhill native Joseph Cullen who won a gold medal at the World Summer Games in Athens in 2011 for the 100 Individual Medley. 

  

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