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By Special Olympics Ireland on 11/05/2011 19:45

On the 7th of May Special Olympics Ireland held the Men’s and Women’s National Football cup in St.Joseph’s Boy’s Football club in Sallynoggin, Co. Dublin, as part of Special Olympics European football week. The concept of European Football Week is to have one week each year where everyone in the European football community commits to doing something to expand opportunities in their game for players with intellectual disabilities.

Nine teams participated in the women’s 5 a-side cup which was played in a very fair and competitive manner. The Women’s Cup Final was a very close and tight encounter between Newry City and North West Special Olympics Club. North West SO Club gave it their all but Newry City emerged victorious as Cup Winners. The Player of the Tournament award was presented to Newry City’s Aoife Kearney.

The Plate Final saw BOC South Tipperary beat Prosper Fingal in another extremely close final. Tipperary’s Kelly Delaney won the Player of the Tournament award. The ladies division three final was won by Cabinteely United Warriors with Kerry Stars finishing runners up in a very sporting affair. The Player of the Tournament award went to Margaret O’Donoghue.

The Men's Cup and Plate finals were two brilliant show pieces for the eight competing teams. The Cup Final saw Cheeverstown defeat cup holders Donegal in a pulsating and intense final. The Man of the Tournament award for the cup was presented to Mark Duffy of Cheeverstown.

The Men's Plate Final saw Limerick Celtic emerge victorious over Stillorgan Rangers in another thrilling final. The Man of the Tournament award went to the very impressive Ciaran Chua of Stillorgan Rangers.

The entire event was once again a fantastic day with all the athletes playing to the best of their abilities and providing some very exciting games. Special guest on the day, Ray Houghton, was very impressed with the talent on display in both the men and women’s cup. The event also received great support from the FAI who helped out throughout the day and St. Joseph’s Boys FC. Their support was greatly appreciated by all organisers and athletes.

Thank you to all coaches, athletes and volunteers for making the event such a fantastic day.

By Special Olympics Ireland on 17/04/2011 18:50

Spin 103.8fm DJ Brian Maher has successfully completed the mammoth challenge of running 5 marathons in 5 days.
Challenge 126 saw the young Dublin DJ run 5 marathons (126 miles) in five days is all in aid of Special Olympics Ireland. Brian set himself the challenge of running a mile for each of the 126 athletes who will represent Ireland at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens in June.

Brian set out on his 5 day marathon challenge on Monday 11th April when he ran from Limerick to Nenagh – a distance of 26miles. Day two of the challenge saw him run the 26 mile distance from Nenagh to Borris in Ossory. On day three he ran from Borris in Ossory to Ballybrittas. Day four involved a run from Ballybrittas to Naas and today he ran the last 26 miles from Naas to Dublin. He was accompanied on the final few miles of his journey by a number of Special Olympics athletes and Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland. His marathon effort came to an end this afternoon on Grafton Street, Dublin where he was greeted to a heroes welcome from family, friends and well-wishers!
Speaking about the challenge Brian said “This was a huge personal challenge I set myself, to run from one side of the country to the other. Having run 3 marathons in the past 3 years, to run 5 in 5 days was unimaginable for me. However, the support I have received along the way has been overwhelming. I’m glad I have managed to raise money for the superb athletes heading to Athens in June and to generate more awareness for Special Olympics Ireland. If given the opportunity I’d do it all over again, just give me a week or so to recover first!”
Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland said: “Running 5 marathons in a lifetime is something to be proud of but running 5 marathons in just 5 days is absolutely incredible! We are all so grateful to Brian for his dedication and support of Special Olympics Ireland. It really is a remarkable achievement and we are very proud of him!”.
By Special Olympics Ireland on 15/04/2011 10:45

Special Olympics Ireland’s Collection Day, sponsored by eircom takes place throughout Ireland today. This is the biggest annual fundraising event in aid of Special Olympics Ireland and essential to ensuring that the organisation continues to develop and grow its programme of sports training and competition for people with an intellectual disability.

By Special Olympics Ireland on 12/04/2011 20:10

The University of Ulster has been appointed as one of only three official research collaborating centres for this summer’s Special Olympics. 

By Special Olympics Ireland on 11/04/2011 10:48

The 4th National APA Confernece will take place on 6th and 7th May in Tralee.

By Special Olympics Ireland on 30/03/2011 15:36

From 11th April  - 15th April, Spin 1038 DJ Brian Maher will run 126 miles from Limerick to Dublin over 5 days - 1 mile for every athlete on Team Ireland!

By Special Olympics Ireland on 22/03/2011 12:13

Special Olympics Ireland are delighted to be involved with Dublin Twestival 2011 which takes place at The Village, Wexford St on Thursday 24th March. This fantastic event is a shining example of the difference that can be made by a small group of volunteers working together.

By Special Olympics Ireland on 12/03/2011 19:07

126 athletes to fly the flag for Ireland at prestigious World Level Games

By Special Olympics Ireland on 10/03/2011 16:13

On the 5th of March Special Olympics Ireland held the 2010 Men’s and Women’s Football Cup competition in Loughlinstown Leisure Centre. 6 teams competed in the women's competition while 7 teams competed in the men's competition.

By Special Olympics Ireland on 02/03/2011 18:37

Special Olympics Ireland, in conjunction with Trinity College, Dublin launched its Intellectual Disability module of education for volunteers today. The module is made up of a set of integrated presentations containing clear and coherent information to enhance the volunteer experience.

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