The event saw athletes competing in 13 sports and Motor Activities Training, including Athletics, Aquatics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Kayaking, Pitch & Putt and Table Tennis.

Over 2,500 volunteers were on hand to judge competitions, guide athletes to various events and provide catering, entertainment, transportation and medical back-up and Beechfield Healthcare was delighted to be a part of the event, supplying all wheelchairs and shower commodes for the competitors of the Special Olympics in DCU & National indoor Arena.

Both athletes and volunteers travelled back to the four corners of Ireland with great memories of this year’s event with President Michael D Higgins praising their attitude and achievements when he said the athletes involved “have refused to be defined or limited, by any narrow stereotypes that might still linger in any corner of our society”, adding that they are instead recognised for their “skills and abilities”.

The next Special Olympics Ireland Games will take place in 2022 but the winning athletes will get to take their well-earned place at the world Summer games which is taking place in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates from March 14th –21st 2019.