Take a heady plunge off Thomond Park for charity

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Thomond ParkPicture: Adrian Butler
DAREDEVILS will have a chance to get up close and personal with the iconic Thomond Park stadium this Sunday, while raising money for Special Olympics Munster in the process.

DAREDEVILS will have a chance to get up close and personal with the iconic Thomond Park stadium this Sunday, while raising money for Special Olympics Munster in the process.

Ardent fans and thrill seekers keen to see the east stand of the stadium from a very different angle can take part in a charity abseil this Sunday.

Up to 150 people will abseil down 60-odd feet - for the mere cost of €50 - with all proceeds going 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.

There are some 2,500 athletes involved 13 different sports based in the Munster region who are constantly in need of support.

“Not only will this event provide people with a fun event and complete a personal challenge, it will also help raise essential funding for Special Olympics Munster,” said Siobhan Nolan, regional fundraising coordinator.

“This really will be a great occasion and we would encourage all that can to take part and make a real difference,” she added.

The Outdoor Pursuits Club in the University of Limerick are taking part in the event.

“We are lucky the UL OPC are involved and are very interested in helping out,” added Ms Nolan.

Dave O‘Connell of the OPC said the club was “delighted to be involved in this once in a lifetime event”.

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.

The abseil takes place from 10am this Sunday. Contact Siobhan on 085-8053242.