Wednesday 16 January 2019

Go to the games free and support Fingal athletes

Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland, Eoin Donohoe, and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland, Eoin Donohoe, and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

The Special Olympics Ireland Games will run from June 14 to June 17 and will tbe single biggest sporting event in the country this year, in terms of the numbers participating.

It is a giant undertaking from Special Olympics Ireland and the good news, is everyone can get involved.

Whether it is through donation or sponsorship, becoming a volunteer or attending the games and roar encouragement at the competing athletes, there is a place for everyone in this all-inclusive sporting occasion.

Fingal residents will be spoiled for choice for events to attend and the good news is that all the sporting events are free to attend and you don't have to pre-book. Just turn up at the gate of your local venue, enjoy the atmosphere, be inspired by the athletes and spirit of the games and shout your lungs out as you encourage these extraordinary sportsmen and women to take on their chosen events.

It's an opportunity not to be missed and two local venues will host a huge amount of events over the course of this festival of sport.

Morton Stadium in Santry will host a lot of the athletics events while an array of Special Olympics' 14 sports will also take place at a Fingal venue, at the sports campus in Blanchardstown.

Anyone who was around for the World Games held in Ireland in 2003 will have an inkling of the experience that is ready to greet anyone who wants to go along.

The national games is a huge event and only happens every four years, such is the scale of the undertaking. It is also a very important year for the athletes taking part as they begin to set their eyes forward on the next World Games which takes place in Abu Dhabi, next year.

Fingal Dublin Chamber are solidly behind the fundraising effort for June's national games and encourages local businesses to step up to the plate. Local business can get involved by contacting the chamber who will advise you on how to help.

Anyone looking for more information about the games and find out the events that are happening in their area should go to a specially dedicated website for the games called

There are dozens of Fingal athletes taking part in the games and they need your support, in whatever way you can give it.

If Eoin Donohoe who features in our special feature on this page is anything to go by, then these athletes are an inspiring and uplifting bunch and deserve all the support they can get.

We are in the last few weeks before the opening ceremony at Tallaght Stadium and a four-day event that will thrill, inspire, move and bring joy to everyone who witnesses them.

You have a chance to be there - take it!

Fingal Independent