The pageantry of the  the opening ceremony.

On a sultry June evening just over a decade ago, the Special Olympics “flame of hope” was extinguished at a closing ceremony in Croke Park.But the spi(...)

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(...)

Trinidad’s  Mascal Sheldon of Trinidad during his paralell bars routine at the RDS. Photograph: Inpho/morgan Treacy

The media focus on Nelson Mandela has reminded me of the enormous effort displayed by so many people to make the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Ga(...)