98FM's Big Swim:10k Across the Bay

On September 16th 98fm DJ Brian Maher will take on the epic challenge of swimming 10km from Poolbeg Lighthouse to Dun Laoighaire to raise funds for Special Olympics Ireland. 

Tune in to Brian on the Fix, Monday to Thursday from 7pm here on 98FM for all the information you need on the Big Swim as he enters his last few weeks of training. 

You can support Brian by donating on his fundraising page or come down to cheer him on as he takes on the challenge on September 16th. More details to follow on our social media channels or see the 98fm website

Calling All Cyclists!!

The Annual Sean Kelly Tour of the Midlands has partnered with Special Olympics Ireland to bring you one of the most anticipated sportives of the cycling calendar! Join legendary cyclist Sean Kelly and us as we take on the Tour of the Midlands on September 30th. 

With three routes the 120km Kelly Slieve Bloom, the 80 or 90km Kelly Cut and the Family 5km Spin there is a route to suit all abilities. 

Registration is now open on


 Entry - €40 

Limited entries on the day - Entry €50

Sean met with first time Ireland Games athletes and Offaly natives Ryan Dunne (10) and Chris Leigh (10) to launch the cycle. Both athletes excelled in their sports, athletics and swimming respectively, when they competed in Dublin as part of Team Leinster and are thrilled to be getting behind the cycle. 

All funds raised will go to developing the Special Olympics Ireland programme to ensure that people with an intellectual disability have access to the joy and benefits of sport in their communities, just like Ryan and Chris.

 Any entrant who raises an additional €100 for Special Olympics Ireland will receive a signed Sean Kelly Tour of the Midlands cycling jersey. 



Annual Collection Day 2018

The Special Olympics Annual Collection Day is the biggest fundraising day of the year and it could not happen without the support of the hundreds of volunteers who take to the streets across the country. The support of the general public is humbling, their generosity and kind words to the athletes and volunteers is what inspires everyone to continue to work hard and transform the lives of so many athletes. 

Donations are still coming in from our 2018 Annual Collection Day on April 20th and we are on target to reach our goal of €500,000. 

None of this could be achieved without YOUR support, THANK YOU!!!

With another busy year ahead of us and many many more athletes, clubs and competitions to support we would ask you to save the date for

Annual Collection Day 2019 in April. Final date to be confirmed shortly!

Polar Plunge 2018

The coolest fundraiser of the year is just around the corner! We are currently confirming the locations and dates so stay tuned and we will announce all the details right here!


What goes together better than cops and donuts?! Our much anticipated Cops'n'Donuts events will take place in shopping centres around the country in the coming months. We will join forces with our friends in the Law Enforcement Torch Run again this year, dates and locations to be confirmed. 

Delicious donughts from Kelly's Bakery will be sold at each event by athletes, members of the LETR and local Gardai and volunteers. 




If you would like to volunteer please contact

September 8th 2018

Bridgewater Shopping Centre Arklow


September 15th 2018

The Square Shopping Centre Tallaght


Dublin City Marathon and other running, walking or hiking events!

We are honoured to have so many amazing supporters that take on physical challenges in support of the athletes of Special Olympics Ireland. This year we have people taking on Dublin City Marathon, Ironman, Mini Marathon and much more and raising funds for the programmes we run for athletes across the country. 

If you would like to take on a challenge and fundraise for Special Olympics Ireland you can set up your fundraising page on Every Day Hero Fundraising Page for Special Olympics Ireland or contact us on fundraising@specialolympics.ie


By fundraising for Special Olympics Ireland you are helping to change the lives of thousands of athletes all over Ireland.
Check out Joe Kelly's story to see how Special Olympics makes a difference to his life.