Great performances at Special Olympics

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Dundalk Special Olympics team returned home from the National Special Olympics finals in Limerick with a wonderful total of 21 medals.

The team of Margaret Smyth, Cillian Moran, Noel Langtree, Peader McArdle, Joe Smyth, Alex Teeling, Raymond Harris, Pauline Bromley, Rosemary Sheelan, really did themselves and Dundalk proud.

They won a total of 11 gold, seven silver and three bronze.

Labour Senator Mary Moran, who accompanied the athletes said it was magnificent occasion.

“There were 1,500 athletes and 3,000 volunteers and it ran so smoothly,” Senator Moran said.

“I never saw so many happy faces. Everybody was delighted.

“It brought home to me just how much goodness there is in this country.”

Senator Moran said not only did the people of Limerickgive the athletes a warm welcome, but medical experts were also on hand to give the competitors full checkups.

She has also welcomed the announcement by Minister Pat Rabbitte that he intends to initiate a review of TV coverage of designated events and that members f the public have been invited to make submissions.

“I am delighted that the public will be given this opportunity,” Senator Moran said.

“Following on from my successful petition which raised awareness around the lack of live television coverage provided by RTÉ for the 2014 Special Olympics National Games, I believe this is a great opportunity to further open the debate on inclusion and equality in broadcasting.

“I have advocated that the Special Olympics National Games and Paralympics finals should be made available via live televised coverage for people all over the country to enjoy.

Thousands of people descended on Limerick this weekend to watch the dedicated athletes in Special Olympics partake in a truly uplifting event.

This type of event is of sporting importance to our nation and should be given the recognition it deserves.

“I will continue to pursue matters surrounding equality in broadcasting in the Seanad and with the Minister and I would encourage members of the public to make their views heard by the 1 August.”


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