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Video: Colin Farrell 'honoured' to parade with Team Ireland at Special Olympics in LA

Published 26/07/2015 | 12:30

Hollywood A-lister Colin Farrell has spoken of his pride at being able to accompany Team Ireland for the official parade of athletes at the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles last night.

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Actor Colin Farrell, who has been involved with Special Olympics since the 2003 World Games, which were held in his native Dublin,  joined Olympic silver medallist John Treacy and Claudine Keane in leading the Irish delegation at the ceremony.

The True Detective star, who currently resides in Los Angeles, said he was 'honoured' to be involved.

"I'm so excited to once more bear witness to the spirit of competition amidst the solidarity that the 2015 World Summer Games will showcase," he said.

"So many athletes from all over the world coming together and the Irish team front and centre.  Meeting all of the athletes and walking out amongst the Irish team is such a great honour. Let's go Ireland! Let's go world!"

24 July 2015; Team Ireland's Keith Butler, a member of D6 Special Olympics Club. From Walkinstown, Dublin, waves to supporters as he arrives on the field during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 July 2015; Team Ireland's Keith Butler, a member of D6 Special Olympics Club. From Walkinstown, Dublin, waves to supporters as he arrives on the field during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Rachel Ryan, a member of Ormond Special Olympics Club, from Templemore, Co Tipperary, during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Thomas Connolly, a member of Nightriders Special Olympics Riding Club, from Coolaney, Co Sligo, during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Robert Byrne, a member of Bray Lakers Special Olympics Club, from Monasterevin, Co Kildare, during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
delay this to the end of transmission not too late but at the end 24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Aoife O’Sullivan, a member of Owenabue Special Olympics Gymnastics Club, from Cork City, with Claudine Keane and her son Robert during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
delay this to the end of transmission not too late but at the end 24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Aoife O’Sullivan, a member of Owenabue Special Olympics Gymnastics Club, from Cork City, with Claudine Keane and her son Robert during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Ashleigh O’Hagan, a member of Lisnagry Special Olympics Club, from Limerick City, Shauna Stewart, a member of St Hilda’s School, from Athlone, Co Westmeath, left, and Anthony Clarke, a member of Bray Lakers Special Olympics Club, from Leixlip, Co Kildare, during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Donal O’Mahoney, a member of Sunbeam House Services, from Kilcoole, Co Wicklow, during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Donal O’Mahoney, a member of Sunbeam House Services, from Kilcoole, Co Wicklow, during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Lisa O’Brien, a member of COPE Foundation Cork, from Charleville, Co Cork, is photographed with Garda sergeant Michaela Moloney, from Henry Street station, Limerick, and a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Team, during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Ashleigh O’Hagan, a member of Lisnagry Special Olympics Club, from Limerick City, with Garda sargent Michaela Moloney, from Henry Stree station, Limerick, and a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Team during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Ashleigh O’Hagan, a member of Lisnagry Special Olympics Club, from Limerick City, with Garda sargent Michaela Moloney, from Henry Stree station, Limerick, and a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Team during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Lydia McGowan, a member of Bray Lakers Special Olympics Club, from Leeson Street, Dublin City Centre, is photographed during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Lydia McGowan, a member of Bray Lakers Special Olympics Club, from Leeson Street, Dublin City Centre, with with Garda sargent Michaela Moloney, from Henry Street station, Limerick, and a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Team during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Aoife O’Sullivan, a member of Owenabue Special Olympics Gymnastics Club, from Cork City, with Garda sergeant Michaela Moloney, from Henry Street station, Limerick, and a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Team, during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Rita Quirke, a member of Moore Abbey Special Olympics Club, from Rathangan, Co Meath, with Garda sergeant Michaela Moloney, from Henry Street station, Limerick, and a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Team, during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Rita Quirke, a member of Moore Abbey Special Olympics Club, from Rathangan, Co Meath, is photographed with Garda sergeant Michaela Moloney, from Henry Street station, Limerick, and a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Team, during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Rita Quirke, left, a member of Moore Abbey Special Olympics Club, from Rathangan, Co Meath, Dearbhail Savage, a member of Saddle and Reins Special Olympics Club, from Mowhan, Co Armagh, with Garda sergeant Michaela Moloney, from Henry Street station, Limerick, and a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Team, during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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