Eunice Kennedy Shriver


50 years ago, Eunice Kennedy Shriver established Special Olympics in her own backyard - an organisation that has grown into the global movement it is today and changes the lives of millions. Today 5 million athletes around the world benefit from being involved with Special Olympics. 

In 1978, Special Olympics Ireland was formed and over the past 40 years we have grown significantly. Over the years many significant events  have  helped shape our future. Here we have highlighted some of them.