World Games

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Sarah Byrne excelled for Ireland in basketball at the Special Olympics this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

We’ll trust that Aer Lingus overlooked excess baggage charges when they were bringing Ireland’s Special Olympics team home after they’d won, between t(...)

Donie Carroll is a woodwork machinist who retired as a supervisor in a workshop for adults with special needs, St Joseph's Foundation, in Charlevil(...)

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(...)

Games 2003 chief executive Mary Davis with Nelson Mandela and then South Africa ambassador to Ireland  Melanie Verwoerd

In a field in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1995, as the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games drew to a close, I turned to my c(...)

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(...)

Mary O’Keeffe, who was chairperson of the Ballygar Special Olympics Host Town for the Afghan team in 2003, displaying an album of photographs from the time at the sign which still stands at the entrance to Ballygar. Included in the photograph are Geraldine Kelly who was secretary and Pat Gilmore who was public relations officer. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy. 13/6/2013

Ballygar was one of 177 cities, towns and villages hosting teams of athletes from around the world before the competitions began.The Co Galway town ha(...)

  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(...)