VIDEO: Highlights of Special Olympics games in Limerick

The Special Olympics Ireland Games 2014 ended on a glorious high in Limerick on Sunday with as 1,500 competing athletes shared over 2,000 medals.

Over the course of the Games, 1,500 athletes competed in 14 different sports in venues throughout Limerick.

Athletes competed in 14 sports, including Athletics, Aquatics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Kayaking, Pitch & Putt and Table Tennis.

Over 3000 volunteers, 600 coaches and thousands of spectators supported the athletes in venues at the University of Limerick and other official Games venues across the city and beyond.

“The 2014 Games have been a resounding success and on behalf of the organisation, I would like to thank the athletes for their amazing endeavours over the course of the three days, as well as their families and supporters that turned out in such amazing numbers,” said Matt English, CEO, Special Olympics Ireland.

“We were truly blessed with some great sporting action and memorable moments. A huge thank you must also go to the 3,000 volunteers who selflessly gave up so much of their time, not just over the course of the Games but also in the months leading up to this momentous event.

“I think it is safe to say that Special Olympics Ireland is continuing to grow from strength to strength and I would like to thank the people of Limerick and beyond, as well as Limerick City of Culture; our premier sponsor, Eircom and all the other businesses that came on board to make these the best Games yet.”

- For extensive coverage of the Games, see the Limerick Leader broadsheet editions, out this Thursday morning