Louth schools sought for chance to win Flame of Hope visit

Special Olympics Ireland turns 40 this year

Barry Landy

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Louth schools sought for chance to win Flame of Hope visit

The Torch Run will lead up to the Special Olympic Ireland Games.

Primary schools across Louth are being given the opportunity to win a visit from the Special Olympics' Flame of Hope, ahead of this year's Ireland Games which gets underway in June. 

The Special Olympics Ireland Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) are inviting primary schools across the county to get involved with's it's fundraising drive. Entries will be in with the chance of winning a visit from the Flame of Hope and its fanfare of athletes, ambassadors and media.

A key fundraising event, The Torch Run, raises funds and awareness for the Special Olympic Ireland Games. The Games offer an opportunity for athletes of all ages to reach their full sporting potential and become part of a growing community in the process.

This year, the Ireland Games take place from the 14th – 17th June. The competition will see 1,600 athletes from all over Ireland come to Dublin to compete in 14 different sports from football and swimming to gymnastics and bowling.

Schools can get involved in the Ireland Games by fundraising a minimum of €250 before the March 30th deadline. They will then have the opportunity to win a visit from the Law Enforcement Torch Run as it travels the country before attending the Opening Ceremony on Thursday 14th June.  

In promoting the message of acceptance and inclusion in their classrooms, schools can consider fundraising ideas such as an Easter egg raffle, a non-uniform day, a sports day or a sponsored walk.

"Fundraising doesn’t have to be too time intensive, sometimes the simpler ideas work the best. The main thing is that students are learning to help others and are having fun," Fundraising manager Jennifer Clark said. 

For more information and to register your school visit www.irelandgames.ie/schools.

Special Olympics Ireland, which celebrates it's 40th anniversary in 2018, currently has 8,546 registered athletes participating in 13 sports in 345 affiliated clubs and groups throughout the island of Ireland. For further information about Special Olympics Ireland please visit: www.specialolympics.ie