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Local athletes came home from the Special Olympics this week with a very creditable haul of two golds, two silver, and four bronze medals.
There was much to celebrate in Kilkenny this week following the return home of our very own special Olympians who between them boasted a tally of three Olympic medals and two ribbons.
Kilkenny’s three Special Olympics athletes returned home this week, bringing with them their entourage of supporters, as well as a new collection of medals and ribbons to show for their efforts.
The four Mayo athletes who were competing in Athens in the Special Olympics Word Summer Games returned home to heroes welcomes with a huge haul of medals you. The four strong contingent of Mayo athletes Deirdre Gannon. Deirdre Garvin, Paul Kavanagh and Mary McDermott came back to Mayo with six medals among them. The athletes from Claremorris, Swinford, Castlebar and Westport were part of a 126 strong team who brought back 107 medals from the games.
As the curtain drew down on the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games on Monday, there was jubilation across Galway with no fewer than 11 medals set to return to the county.
There will be a number of medals coming home to Mayo from the Special Olympics World Games in Athens next week. Four Mayo athletes — Deirdre Gannon, Paul Kavanagh, Mary McDermott and Deirdre Gannon — are taking part in a hectic few days of competition.
Team Ireland, sponsored by eircom, boarded a flight for Greece on Monday morning ahead of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The games will take place in Athens from tomorrow, Saturday June 25 to Monday July 4.
As the three Kilkenny Special Olympics athletes left for Athens in high spirits, there can be no doubting the impact that their success thus far has had on others.
Three athletes from Kilkenny are among the 126 athletes to represent Ireland at prestigious world level competition
There will be plenty of Mayo eyes and ears looking and listening out for results from Athens from Saturday week when the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games kick off. Four Mayo athletes will be representing Ireland in the Greek city and all are going for gold. Mary McDermott from Swinford will be taking part in the bocce competition, while Deirdre Gannon from Westport and her namesake Deirdre Garvin from Claremorris will be competing in the bowling competition. Castlebar’s Paul Kavanagh will be hoping to have his serve and volley in top shape when he takes on the best in the world in the table tennis event.