Ireland

The Ireland Funds chooses Special Olympics as it's charity of the year.
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Since the Covid pandemic. many programmes in Europe have launched a new version of their virtual games!
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Football star Seamus Coleman backs campaign to support players during Covid-19 crisis.
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On the 25th anniversary of the 1995 Special Olympics World Games in New Haven, Connecticut, we celebrate the creation and impact of the Host Town Program.
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Special Olympics Global Ambassador Padraig Harrington was recently interviewed by Alan Brazil and his colleagues at the Alan Brazil Breakfast Show on talkSPORT, the world’s biggest sports radio station.
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You can find them at events, in offices and all over social media! Special Olympics volunteers are the motor fueling the movement.
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This year’s annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified basketball game during NBA All-Star weekend was full of fun, talent and excitement. Special Olympics assembled 12 international players to gather in Charlotte, NC to represent their countries, cities and a global movement of inclusion. The players were broken up into two teams of five Special Olympics athletes, with intellectual disabilities. Each team was joined by four international sport celebrities without intellectual disabilities to create a “home” and an “away” team for the Unified basketball game.
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The group allows athletes to raise their voices, and provide guidance on the development of Special Olympics as a movement.
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Special Olympics is delighted to announce a new two-year partnership with Kerry Group which will focus on athlete leadership, fundraising and volunteering in Ireland, Great Britain, Netherlands and Poland.
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Special Olympics Ireland has welcomed a new Director of Sport to its family! Karen Coventry succeeds Frances Kavanagh who retired from the position recently after over 25 years of loyal service. Frances was one of the founding members of Special Olympics Ireland in 1978 and, rather fittingly, the baton was handed over from Frances to Karen on International Women's Day earlier this month!
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