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About Special Olympics Leinster

Special Olympics Leinster provides year round sports training and competition to over 1,500 athletes with an intellectual disability.

The Region is divided into 2 areas - North and South Leinster covering counties Louth, Meath, Offaly, Laois, Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford, Mid and South Kildare, South Wicklow and East Westmeath. 

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Cody Calls on Kilkenny to line out for Special Olympics

Will you Line out at one of the biggest sporting events for people with intellectual disabilities in Leinster in 2017? Kilkenny Senior Hurling Manager Brian Cody is one of a number of local volunteers who are urging others to get involved. “This event would be similar enough to our own Leinster Senior Hurling Championship,” he said.

“Leinster counties will be going up against each other for the chance for their athletes to represent their club and county at the Special Olympics Ireland Games in 2018 with some athletes representing their country in Abu Dhabi in 2019 at the World Summer Games. Like our players these athletes train week in week out in their local clubs and to showcase their sporting skill we need the people of Kilkenny to volunteer their time on the 12th & 13th to ensure we host and excellent Athletics Event in our city.”

The Event happening in Kilkenny’s Watershed needs 100 volunteers to be recruited to cater for 155 athletes competing across 24 track and field events, including running races and various competitions in jumping and throwing disciplines over two days.  Special Olympics Leinster Director Annette Codd says: “You do not need to have previous experience in sports events just a willingness to help. From parking the cars, to making the cuppa, to recording athlete running times on the track, to measuring the distances in the field events, there is a role for all.

We will have volunteers who are trained to run athletics events working alongside people working at the event for the first time. If you are looking for a new challenge for yourself, in your work environment, schools or club come along to Hotel Kilkenny.”  

The information sessions will take place on Tuesday March 7th at 6:30pm and Saturday March 11th at 11:00am. They are open sessions where anyone interested can come along and see a short presentation and ask any questions they want about getting involved in Special Olympics in Kilkenny and perhaps meet some of the local athletes competing for Kilkenny over the two days

Special Olympics Ireland is first and foremost a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, but it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport.It’s about fun, friendships and team spirit; it’s about a feeling of belonging, and ultimately improving quality of life. Special Olympics changes lives in so many different ways. Through sport, athletes develop both physically and emotionally, they make new friends, realise their dreams, and know they can fit in.

Special Olympics enables them to achieve and win not only in sport but in life too.

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Recent Events 

We have had a few regional advancement events take place recently. All have been a huge success thanks to our dedicated volunteers and athletes!

Regional Advancement Bocce

Well done to the 96 athletes from all over the Leinster Region who took part in the recent Regional Advancement Bocce Event (9h & 10th of November). We had two great days of competition, with a very high standard of play!


Regional Advancement Swimming

Our regional swimming event took place on the 19th and 20th of November. Congratulations to all of our athletes on their accomplishments from this event!


Events Training & Coaches Forum

 Thank you to all of our Coaches & Volunteers who attended the Events Training and Coaches Forum on the 17th of September. Also a massive thank you to IT Carlow for accommodating us on the day, to Dell who supplied our Coaches goodie bags and to our guest Speakers, Maria Conroy (Special Olympics Ireland) and Derek Maybury (Leinster Rugby)



Selections for the 2016/17 Regional Advancement Cycle took place on Tuesday July 5th. First and 2nd Round offers have all now been posted and e-mailed to the Club Contact. Deadline for accepting offers can be found in the table of dates below.

Important Dates




Selections take place in Area Advancement Sports

5th July 2016


DRAFT 2016/2017 Venues and Dates Circulated to Clubs

12th July 2016


1st Round Offers Circulated to Club

12th July 2016


Deadline for Acceptance of 1st Round Offers

9th September  2016


2nd Round Offers Circulated to Club

12th September 2016


Deadline for Acceptance of 2nd Round Offers

7th October 2016


3rd Round Offers Circulated to Club

10th October 2016


Deadline for Acceptance of 3rd Round Offers

22nd October 2016