PASSION, heart and pride will be displayed in abundance this weekend as thousands of athletes and their families descend on Limerick for the Special Olympics Ireland Games.
The highly anticipated event kicks off at 6 o’clock this evening, when 2,000 athletes and coaches from across the country take part in an exciting and colourful public street parade on O’Connell Street, in the heart of Limerick city.
This parade will be open to public spectators and organisers are urging the people of Limerick to come out and support the athletes as they prepare to the take part in the weekend’s competitions.
“We are now very much on the home-stretch and I would take this opportunity to invite the people of Limerick, and further afield, to come out and support all of the athletes taking part in the Games during the street parade,” said Matt English, CEO of Special Olympics Ireland.
The parade will be accompanied by the Special Olympics torch run team, marching bands and street performers.
It will begin below the Shannon Street junction on O’Connell Street at 6pm. It will progress along O’Connell Street, before turning left onto Mallow Street and then into the People’s Park. A fully ticketed opening ceremony in the People’s Park, presented by RTÉ 2FM’s Will Leahy and featuring traditional music act Kila, among others, will commence at 6.30pm.
To mark the Games, the Law Enforcement Torch Run Committee made up of torch bearers from An Garda Siochana and the PSNI are holding a number of torch run ceremonies in Limerick city, Patrickswell and Ennis today.
The parade will kick-start three wonderful days of sports competition which will commence on Friday at 9am and will run until 4pm on Sunday.
See specialolympics.ie for more.