Colin and Special Olympic athletes Kate McHugh and Josh Hennessy blew out the candles on a cake to celebrate the organization, which provides the sports training and competition programme for people with an intellectual disability.
Eight-year-old Katie, from Inchicore, 10-year-old Josh Hennessy, from the Coombe, were guests of honour at the ‘30 Years Changing Lives’ event.
Special Olympics Ireland’s Communications Manager, Mary Gleeson believes the organisation has ‘played a very important role in the lives of so many families’ since it was established in July 1978.
She explains: “Special Olympics Ireland is an organsiation with 11,000 athletes participating in 12 sports in 409 clubs supported by 18,000 volunteers across the island of Ireland, week in week out.
“This makes (it) one of Ireland's largest community and voluntary organisations and reaches 33 per cent of the 34,000 people with intellectual disabilities in the country.
Mary added: “We can look back with pride at the the transformative power of Special Olympics as the single most powerful vehicle for changing attitudes and promoting acceptance for those with an intellectual disability.”
Colin opened the Regatta in Castletownbere with director Neil Jordan, they are in Co. Cork,Ireland shooting the movie Ondine the story of an irish fisherman ( Farrell ) who finds a mermaid ( Alicja Bachleda-Curus )
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