Monday, September 25, 2017

Judy Ryan interviewed Special Olympian Paul Cleary, Lord Mayor of Portarlington. Here’s his story…


In July 2014, Portarlington Lions Club began a campaign to elect the town’s Lord Mayor. The election was linked to an innovative fundraising event in conjunction with eight separate clubs and groups in the town. Each club had to nominate a representative to run for election and Paul Cleary became the representative for Special Olympics Portarlington.

Mei Lin Yap’s first piece for Frontline reflects on a full, vibrant and dynamic life lived with Down Syndrome.

My motivation in life is the desire to succeed -the urge to reach my full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. I found out I have Down Syndrome when I was in my teens, up to then although I knew people who have Intellectual disabilities it never occurred to me that I have one too.

Mary Moran, Labour Seanad Spokesperson on Education, Disability, Equality and Mental Health, on the national finals of Special Olympics Ireland.

Dundalk Special Olympics team with their medals on return to Dundalk

“Let me win- But if I cannot, let me be brave in the attempt”. This was the motto repeated by 1,500 athletes throughout Limerick between 12 – 15th June at the national finals of Special Olympics Ireland...

by Geraldine Meagher

Recently the Special Olympic were held in Limerick hosted by the University of Limerick. This short article traces the event for a boy with severe intellectual disability (Joe Kelly) and his Special Olympics trainer (Geraldine Meagher). Geraldine works in Scoil Aonghusa in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, teaching sport and swimming to students with intellectual disability...

Mary Davis, Dr. Nazih Eldin, Lynn Conroy, Carol Nairn and Matt English
Mary Davis, Dr. Nazih Eldin, Lynn Conroy, Carol Nairn and Matt English

Ms Kathleen Lynch, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People, attended the launch of Special Olympics Ireland’s research report on health promotion on Tuesday 2 October 2012. The report, The development and evaluation of a health promotion programme for people with intellectual disabilities detailed a pilot health promotion project which was created by Special Olympics Ireland...