Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an important awareness raising and fundraising programme for Special Olympics organised by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and An Garda Síochána in Ireland. 

Aims of the Torch Run

  • To raise awareness of the Special Olympics movement

  • To fundraise for Special Olympics

  • To serve as guardians for the Flame of Hope

Torch Run in Ireland

In Ireland, the Torch Run first took place in 1989 when members of An Garda Síochána undertook the project. In 1996 the Torch Run made history when both the Garda Síochána and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (now known as the Police Service Northern Ireland) took part in an all-island Torch Run.

Office Bearers / Committee

An Garda Síochana 

  • Chairman: Deputy Commissioner Nacie Rice 

  • Committee members: Assistant Commissioner Michael Feehan, Chief Superintendent Colm Rooney, Superintendent Brian Brunton, Ann Friel, Michaela Moloney, Gary Gordon and Derek Gallagher


  • Chairman: Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr

  • Secretary:Chief Inspector Stephen Reid

  • Treasurer: Inspector David McCausland

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Launch of the 2010 eircom Torch Run at the Odyssey Arena. Belfast Since the committee's formation, joint PSNI/Garda Síochána Torch Runs have been held for international and all-Ireland Special Olympics Gamesand each Torch Run has been honoured to have Special Olympics athletes on the Torch Run team. 

A number of fundraising events have taken place, including PSNI organised Gala Dinners, Polar Plunges, Canoe Challenges and the Belfast Marathon whilst the Garda College in Templemore hosts Special Olympics events including swimming galas and sports days for athletes.

What is S.O.L.E.?

S.O.L.E. is The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Training Programme, a joint venture between Special Olympics Ireland with An Garda Síochána and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). The programme was incoprorated into the regular curriculum at the training colleges of both forces in 2005 as an extension of the worldwide Law Enforcement Torch Run activities.