Celebrating Athletes


Council of Patrons

The Patrons and supporters of Special Olympics Ireland spread the word about the important work that is undertaken on a continous basis to enrich the lives of adults and children with intellectual disabilities.

We are very grateful to all of them for the time they have given us and for their continued support. 

Denis O’Brien

Chairman of Council of Patrons

Jim Barry

Chief Investment Officer - Renewable Power Group
Blackrock Inc  

Aveen Best

Interior Director, BeeBee Developments

Aine Brady

CEO, Third Age

Terry Buckley

Managing Director, Clear Channel Ireland

Des Cahill

Sports Presenter/Irish Commentator with RTE

Finbar Cahill

Company Partner with Finbar Cahill & Co Solicitors

Mary DavisGlobal CEO, Special Olympics International

Mark Dawson

Director, IFG Pensco

Ian Dempsey

Radio/TV Presenter

Michael Dempsey

Senior Executive Coach, Motiv8

Gerry Kelly

TV & Radio Presenter

Orla McPartlin

Garda Assistant Commissioner

Ronan King

Business Solution Provider

Proinsias Kitt

Founding Partner in
DHKN Chartered Accountants

Rita Lawlor

2003 Special Olympics World Games Athlete/Global Ambassador

Carolan Lennon Managing Director of Wholesale, eir Group

Maurice Manning

Chancellor, National University of Ireland

Duncan McCausland MA

Former Assistant Chief Constable PSNI

Feargal McCormack

Managing Partner
PK/FPM Chartered Accountants

Bro McFerran

Former Managing Director,
Allstate Northern Ireland Head Office

Kieran McGowan

Former Chairman, CRH plc & IDA Ireland

Denis Moloney

Senior Partner, Donnelly and Wall Solicitors

Maria Mulcahy

CEO, Iris O'Brien Foundation

Padraig O’hUiginn

Former Secretary General at the Department of An Taoiseach

Sharon O’Buachalla

Managing Director Lease Plan Fleet Management

Michaél O’Muircheartaigh

Former TV/Radio Presenter

Nora Owen

Former Minister for Justice

Ralph ParkesPrivate Equity & Property Investor

Stephen Martin

Assistant Chief Commissioner PSNI

Greg Sparks

Chairman of Audit Committee & Non-Executive Director,
Digicel Group

Dick Spring

Former Tanaister/Board Member of Quintessential Brands

Keith WoodFormer Munster/Ireland/Lions Rugby Player &
Founding Director of W2 Consulting

Mary MoranFormer Senator; Education, Disability, Equality and Mental Health

Aongus HegartyPresident & General Manager, Dell - Europe, Middle East & Africa

Ruth RansonDirector of Communications, Aer Lingus

Kyran Johnson General Manager, Janssen Supply Chain Ireland 

Liam CollinsPartner - Gore & Grimes Solicitors

Gary DesmondManaging Director - Gala Retail Services


One of our most successful partnerships is with eir (formerly eircom)
This video was produced in 2015 to celebrate our 30 year long partnership with eir