Wednesday 18 October 2017

Special Olympics made €10m for region

Kathryn Hayes

THE hosting of the Special Olympics in Limerick generated almost €10m for the region, according to an economic impact study.

Special Olympics Ireland and Shannon Development commissioned the research to assess the economic and social impact of hosting the 2010 Special Olympics Ireland Games in Limerick last June.

The findings of the study, independently conducted by Focus Consulting were presented in Limerick.

The report found that the total economic impact of the games was €9.95m and that 9,000 families and supporters attended the Games. The study also found that 94pc of attendees said they would think about returning to Limerick based on their experience of the city during the event.

"The 2010 Special Olympics Ireland Games were a wonderful success both in terms of the hospitality shown to us and the positive impact hosting this event had on the region," Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland said.

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