LIMERICK’s newest live music venue is to host a fundraiser for the Special Olympics this Friday.
The Library on Cornmarket Row is to host a Christmas fundraising coffee morning to help raise funds for Special Olympics groups in the Munster region, who are gearing up for Limerick’s second stint as a host city for the 2014 games in Ireland.
Recently retired rugby star David Wallace - a Special Olympics board member - is supporting the coffee morning, which takes place this Friday in the city centre bar, and which promises to be “full of surprises, special guests and festive treats”.
“We are delighted to host this festive fundraising coffee morning for Special Olympics,” said Paul O’Brien, who runs the Library together with Paudie McMahon.
“I’m looking forward to welcoming everyone here on Friday to what will hopefully be the first of many fundraisers we hope to get involved in as our city prepares for another fantastic games in 2014,” he added.
Limerick’s status as host city for the 2014 Special Olympics Ireland games could have a spin-off of €10m for the local economy, based on previous projections.
The games, set to take place in June, are expected to be one of the largest and most prestigious sporting events to take place in Ireland in 2014.
Special Olympics groups in the Munster region provide training and competitive opportunities for 2,500 athletes in 13 different sports and are constantly in need of support.
Siobhan Nolan, regional fundraising coordinator for Special Olympics Munster, said: “Not only will the event be a lovely start to the Christmas festivities in Limerick but it will help raise essential funding for Special Olympics Munster.”
“This really will be a great occasion and we would encourage all that can to come and support us on the day,” she added.
The coffee morning takes place this Friday between 11am-1pm. To attend please RSVP to Siobhan.Nolan@specialolympics.ie.