Over the next four years, Special Olympics Ireland aims to double the number of people with a learning disability participating in Special Olympics in communities across the
island of Ireland from 8,000 to 16,000.
In order to do this, and to continue to provide a high quality sports training and competition programme for our athletes, funding is required in addition to that raised through grants and sponsorship.
Various fundraising events are organised annually and we are always on the look out for new and novel fundraising ideas and are happy to assist you in whatever ways we can, to make your event a success - for you and for Special Olympics!
Fundraising Events, 2004
Monday, June 07, Flora Women’s Mini Marathon
The closing date for official entries in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon has passed, but you can still decide to run, jog, walk, crawl, hop, skip or jump the 10K Mini Marathon for Special Olympics Ireland! Special Olympics Athletes Denise Fagan and Rita Lawlor are in training and will be setting the pace for all of us!
To receive your Special Olympics Ireland Mini Marathon pack, including t-shirt, socks and that all-important sponsorship card, please contact Sarah Joyce on 8 or email . Make sure to send your official Mini Marathon registration details!
Visit the official site: www.womensminimarathon.ie
Monday, May 24, Malahide Golf Classic
25 teams participated in the annual Golf Classic in Malahide Golf Club this year. The team from ACC Bank emerged as victors with an impressive 89 points and are off to Kinsale for 2 nights in the fabulous Trident Hotel and a round of golf in the Old Head Golf Links. They were followed closely by the team from AIB Group data, who were lucky winners of 2 nights in the Ardilaun House Hotel, a round of golf in Galway golf club, 4 specially copmmissioned bodhrans and €400 worth of Paddy Power vouchers. All of the prizes on the day were very kindly donated. We would like to thank all the teams who came out to support the event and those who sponsored tees & holes. We hope to do it all again next year!
Huge thanks also to all of our product and prize sponsors on the day; eircom, Kish Seafood Suppliers, Trident Hotel Kinsale, Old Head Golf Links, Ardilaun House Hotel, Galway Golf Club, Luttrellstown Golf Club, Glen of the Downs Golf Club, Citywest Golf Club, Quality Hotel Naas, Bailey's, Jameson, Cadbury's Ireland, Tayto, Roundstone Music, Paddy Power Bookmakers, John Swan Ltd, Western Pleasure, Cabot & Co, Snap Printing, Malahide Golf Club, Golf Works Lucan, Malahide Sea Safari, Cruzzo's Restaurant, Promowear, Coca Cola Bottlers Ireland and It's Your Round.
Saturday, May 15, Powerscourt Golf Tournament
The sun shone brightly in Powerscourt on Saturday, May 15, as over 20 teams arrived to participate in the qualifier for the Mitsubishi Electric Des Smyth Pro-Am in aid of Special Olympics Ireland. The event is organised annually by the Links Golfing Society, who have raised over €5million for various Irish charities over the past ten years.
As temperatures soared, many teams found the greens were running fast and the going all round the course was tough. But everyone came in after the 18 holes with a smile on their face - despite the scores! The 10 lucky winning teams were announced by long time Special Olympics Ireland supporter Christy O’Connor Jnr.
Tuesday, June 29, Mitsubishi Electric Des Smyth Pro Am, The K Club
Those 10 winning teams will go forward to the Mitsubishi Electric Des Smyth Pro-Am in the K Club on June 29, when they will be joined by one of a host of international professionals.
There are still some team spaces and evening tickets available from the Links Golfing Society for the K Club event and these can be purchased directly from Cecil Whelan, Links Golfing Society on 6.
Sunday March 21 - Defence Forces 5K Fun Run, Phoenix Park
The inaugural Army 5K Fun Run took place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday, March 21 at 12noon. Hundreds of Defence Forces members from the Eastern Brigade participated in the event and they were joined by Special Olympics Athletes and a number of celebrity runners, including former Irish Olympic Athlete John Treacy, Dublin’s Lord Mayor Royston Brady and TV3’s Lorraine Keane. Visit our news page to see the pics and find out more!
If you would like to organise a fundraising event for Special Olympcis Ireland, please contact Sarah Joyce on 8 or email
Monday, March 29, Launch of St. Conal’s Chapel development project – Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
On Monday, March 29, Special Olympics Donegal will launch its fundraising drive to raise €2million for the re-development of St. Conal’s Chapel, which was donated to Special Olympics by the North Western Health Board. The Church will be developed into a new sports, social and cultural centre for people with a learning disability in the local community, with facilities including a sports hall, gym, café and hydrotherapy pool. The project will be officially launched at an event in the chapel at 11.00am on Monday, March 29, by Mary Davis.
To find out more about the St. Conal’s Chapel development project, please contact
Stay tuned for information on our
Gala Fundraising Balls in Dublin & Galway
and other upcoming events
Please contact Angie on 1 or email to find out more about upcoming fundraising activities, to receive a fundraising ideas pack or to register your fundraising event with us.
A beautiful book capturing the magic of the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games is now available from Special Olympics Ireland, priced at €29.95 (+€6.50 P&P). "Midsummer Magic", is a beautiful collection of photographs, quotes and stories from the Games. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Special Olympics Ireland. Please contact Sarah Joyce on 8 or email to order your copy… while stocks last!
Special Olympics Ireland would like to thank Ray McManus from Sportsfile, the Press Photographers of Ireland and Bank of Ireland whose contributions have meant that every cent raised from book sales will benefit Special Olympics Ireland.