St Vincent’s Dermot Connolly in action against Damien Rushe of Garrycastle during the Leinster semi-final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

No one said it would be easy, so when St Vincent’s thought about ways of extending their unbeaten club run which now stretches back to September 2012 (...)

The Hill 16 on Saturday: “Blue skies, bouncy springs, We just named two awesome things, A Nobel prize, a piece of string, You know what’s awesome? EVERYTHING!”

Surely the most important piece of insider news we learned this week was that the Ireland women’s rugby team sang a song from a children’s movie (F(...)

Eastern Region athletes LJ Ryan (17) from Blanchardstown in Co Dublin  and Adam Lalor (19) from Clonee Co Dublin after competing in the Mini Javelin heats at the Special Olympics Ireland Games at the University of Limerick. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

There are almost 70 years between them but the excitement felt by the oldest and youngest athletes competing at Special Olympics Ireland is perfectly (...)

Young people  participate in the Show Racism the Red Card campaign. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said racism is a personal issue for him because of abuse he has received over his religious beliefs. (...)

“Maradona would not have used ‘the hand of God’ to score perhaps the most infamous goal in World Cup history if he was not born into a culture where Faustian pacts with the devil were an everyday occurrence.” Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images

It is that time of year again when GAA fans quiver with excitement as the Championship begins. 2013 witnessed almost unrivalled excitement in h(...)

Derby County’s Conor Sammon is a recent graduate of the Collingwood Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A warning went around The Irish Times not so long ago to avoid the inappropriate use of the(...)

Dublin players line up in front of their fans on Hill 16 in 2006. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Like many migrants from Munster, my parents came to Dublin in the 1960s to train as teachers and settle in the expanding suburbs. They reared a(...)

Catriona Kearney, (right) celebrates with fellow Ireland team members Laura Jane Dunne, Karina Houlihan and Brid Lynch in the 4x50 freestyle relay during the Special Olympics World Games in June 2003. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

MARK HILLIARD and OLIVIA KELLEHERTen years since Ireland hosted some 7,000 Special Olympians, anniversary events around the country have marked the le(...)

The fireworks display at the opening ceremony of the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games at Croke Park. Photograph: Alan Betson
Special memories

Tracy Piggott, RTÉ presenterIt was such a magical experience with so much outpouring of goodwill and affection. I remember particularly one event in t(...)

Ian Dempsey: up against Special Olympic athletes from Carmona Cougars and Palmerstown Wildcats clubs
Special Olympics: special events
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  • June 21, 2013, 01:00

On Saturday June 22nd from 2pm-3pm, Special Olympics will hold events in Belfast, Cork, Dublin and Galway, where sports stars and celebrities, along w(...)