Team Connaught athlete Tony Lynagh, from Sligo, celebrates with his gold medal after winning the Mens 800m walk. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

A Special Olympics athlete was inspired by her late mother to secure a gold medal for her team mates, less than a month after her death.Maria Quigley (...)

Matt English, Special Olympics Ireland chief executive: Limerick people had shown “extraordinary support”. Photograph: Paul Mohan

Up to 2,000 people will take part in the opening ceremony of Special Olympics Ireland in Limerick today. As part of the build-up to the games, 1,500 a(...)

PSNI Constable Steve Douglas and assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey carry the flame of hope to the ceremony in Limerick. Photograph: Seán Curtin

Almost €2 million needs to be raised to fund the 2014 Special Olympics Ireland Games in Limerick next summer.At an event to mark the launch of the gam(...)

Special Olympics Ireland CEO Matt English with athletes  Charlie O’Reilly and Ben Purcell  in 2009

Ireland’s hosting of the World Games 10 years ago may have garnered massive media attention but Special Olympics Ireland had been working away quietly(...)

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(...)

  Lucy Best from Lisburn, Co. Antrim, with Matt English, at the  2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Ten years after the Special Olympics was the toast of Ireland when the opening ceremony of the World Summer Games took place in Croke Park, the moveme(...)