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Special Olympics Ireland Honours Relationship With FAI

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Football Association of Ireland CEO, John Delaney, was today presented with an award in recognition of the organisation’s long-standing partnership with Special Olympics Ireland.

Delaney accepted the Special Olympics “appreciation award” on behalf of FAI staff at an official reception at the organisation’s headquarters in Abbotstown, Dublin. The award recognises the FAI’s policy of inclusion as well as the long-running partnership with Special Olympics Ireland. Continue reading

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The Rise Of Special Olympics Ireland

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November 25th 1963, the eyes of the world are firmly fixed on Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. A heroic figure has been cut down in his prime. A 42 year old woman stands idly by as she watches her brother lowered into the ground. Amidst the backdrop of her sibling’s successes, it is now her time to create some history of her own.

One year prior to the death of her brother Eunice Kennedy Shriver had a vision. She invited young people with intellectual disabilities to a day camp in her own back garden, sowing the seeds for the foundation of the Special Olympics – an organisation that would grow into a global movement and change the lives of millions. Eunice, saw opportunity where others saw barriers, and despite the personal tragedies that encapsulated her family she battled valiantly and secured a brighter future for all those born with intellectual disabilities. Continue reading

Sochi 2014: 10 Facts About The Most Expensive Winter Olympics Ever

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The Winter Olympic Games are set to unfold in the Russian beach resort town of Sochi , which has been plagued by controversy right from the start.

When organizers struck down a request by NGO Pride House to set up shop in Sochi, Russia’s policies on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights came under close scrutiny. Then there were widespread allegations over corruption in the provisions of services and facilities. Critics accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of cronyism in awarding contracts and mismanagement of funds. Continue reading

G-Mac To Represent Ireland In Olympics

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Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell has revealed he expects to play for Ireland at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio if he is selected. McDowell represented Ireland in November’s World Cup in Melbourne, ruling out the option of playing for Team GB in Brazil. Jason Day’s final round 70 secured the win for Australia – who had been favourites with Betfair to win the tournament going into the weekend.

Olympic rules state that he could only play for Team GB if three years have passed since representing Ireland. So while athletes born in Northern  Ireland are eligible to represent Great Britain or Ireland at Olympic Games, McDowell has now pledged his allegiance to the Irish in Brazil. Continue reading

BBC Olympic Coverage Goes Digital

The BBC are ensuring the Olympic games are covered from all angles this summer. With social media assuming a digital hand you won’t miss a second of the action as Gary Lineker commentates with the help of 600,000 followers extending their thoughts on Twitter… without the public run in’s with Joey Barton and co…

Fellow broadcaster Clare Balding has also been running with the Twitter torch; ‘it builds excitement and interest, Twitter also gives us a clearer picture of how people are interacting’. These new gadgets and gizmos will add to the heavily invested free to air coverage already in place. 3D and high definition will creep in throughout the games, making us feel like we’re practically there.

The BBC dares you to miss a second as they prepare to broadcast 2,500 hours to the world across BBC One, BBC Three, BBC One HD and BBC HD, as well as 24 online streams including video playback. So, to be honest, we won’t get very far away from the spectacle. The BBC is also adding a new station; Radio 5 Live Olympics dedicated to capturing the shenanigans.

Huw Edwards will open and close the Olympian ceremonies on BBC One. Bill Turnbull, Hazel Irvine, Sian Williams and Chris Hollins will join us for breakfast, followed by Mishal Husain then Balding for the swimming, Jonathan Edwards following the athletics and John Inverdale narrating for the rowing. Leading to Sue Barker and Gabby Logan directing us through to the evening games.

‘As the nation’s broadcaster we are committed to ensuring that viewers get the most from their Olympic experience and our comprehensive coverage will deliver on that promise’ – BBC Director Roger Mosey lays it down.
And of course, all you Apple and Android users can access the live streams and spotlight clips of the day’s boss action. Happy Olympics 🙂

Nevin Going For Gold

AMATEUR boxer John Joe Nevin faces one of the biggest fights of his career on Friday morning when he hit’s the ring to challenge England’s Luke Campbell for a place in the World Championship final.
The fleet-flooted bantamweight has already achieved one major goal by qualifying for the London Olympics next year through his performances at the championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
It is the second world championships in a row that Mullingar man Nevin has made it to the semi-final – marking him out as the first male Irish boxer in history to win two medals at world championships.
However the 22-year-old will be hoping to do even better than the bronze medal he achieved in Turkey two years ago by going on to claim gold.
The omens look good for Nevin, as the last time he faced Campbell he comprehensively beat him 13-2 in the 2009 European Union semi-final.
If Nevin wins again, then he will be in the final on Sunday against the winner of the other semi-final bout between Lazaro Estrada-Alverez and Anvar Yunusov of Tajikstan.
Two other Irish boxers – flyweight Michael Conlon and middleweight Darren O’Neill – have also qualified for next year’s Olympics by virtue of making the quarter-finals in their respective weight divisions.
However both missed out on reaching the medal stages in Baku by losing closely fought last-eight bouts.
Roy Sheehan could also qualify for the London Games if Egidijus Kavaliauskas of Lithuania beats Sapiyev Serik of Kazakhstan in the welterweight semi-final.
Sheehan, of the St Michael’s Athy BC, was beaten by Kavaliauskas in the last-16.
However, boxers losing out in the last-16 in eight of the weight categories from light-fly to light-heavy will qualify for the Olympics if they were beaten by the eventual finalists in those weight classes.