The Special Olympics Ireland Games got under way in Dublin tonight, as 1600 athletes – including 276 from Leinster - descended on the city for the Opening Ceremony, ready to compete on a national stage this weekend.
President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins performed the official opening of the 2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games. The Opening Ceremony kicks off three full days of competition in what is set to be one of the largest and most prestigious sporting events to take place in Ireland in 2018.
Two athletes from each region were selected as torch and flag bearers, leading a procession into the stadium to open the Games, including Special Olympics Leinster athletes from Carlow and Timahoe, Co. Laois:
- Flag Bearer: Emma Scully, 22, from Carlow (Tenpin Bowling)
- Torch Bearer: Steven Hayes, 20, from Timahoe, Co. Laois (Equestrian)
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