Special Olympics receives strong support from Limerick

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

Axel Boss, Limerick FC, Brendan Cronin, athletes, Rebecca Bourke and Patrick Nzuzi, Limerick FC. Picture: Alan Place
FORMER rugby greats Keith Wood and David Wallace are fully backing the Special Olympics which returns to Limerick next summer.

FORMER rugby greats Keith Wood and David Wallace are fully backing the Special Olympics which returns to Limerick next summer.

The return of the Games was celebrated in style with a a sell-out fundraising wine and dine evening in the Cornstore Restaurant.

All proceeds from the night will go towards supporting Special Olympics Munster at the 2014 Special Olympics Ireland Games.

The fundraising evening is the first in a calendar of activities scheduled to take part in Limerick in the build-up to the next Junes event.

Sporting guests on the night included Munster Rugby’s Felix Jones, Damien Varley and team manager Niall O’Donovan, Limerick FC’s Sam Oji, Jason Hughes and Carel Tiofack, and Limerick Camogie manager Joe Quaid, who joined local Special Olympic athletes for “An Olympic Evening” at the Cornstore.

The event featured recent rugby retiree and Special Olympics Ambassador David Wallace as MC, and another rugby legend as guest speaker in the form of Keith Wood who sits on the Council of Patrons of Special Olympics.

The local business community was also out in force at the event to show their support for the event which will see up to 12,000 people coming to the city over four days from June 12.

Limerick Chamber, Limerick Hoteliers Group, LCBA, Thomond Asset Management, Specsavers, Bluebird Care, the Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau, and Fine Wines were just some of the business groups lending their support to the fundraising event.

The evening featured a three-course gourmet menu prepared by Cornstore chefs with a specially created Olympic themed dessert plate.

Wines supplied by Fine Wines accompanied the meal and Fine Wines Chairman and philanthropist Ralph Parkes received special mention for his ongoing personal contribution to Special Olympics Ireland.