SPECIAL OLYMPICS MEMORIAL WITHIN THE GROUNDS OF DUBLIN CASTLE [BY JOHN BEHAN]
Three visitors wanted to be included in my photographs of this sculpture and I don’t really know why as they did not ask for copies and this happens on a regular basis.
Two stylised figures with the Olympic flame – the logo of the Special Olympics World Games Ireland 2003.
Special Olympics is an international organisation dedicated to providing sport opportunities for individuals with a learning disability.
In June 2003, the Special Olympics World Summer Games were held in Ireland.
This was the first time the Summer Games were held outside the United States. 160 delegations involving 7000 athletes and 3000 coaches from all over the world participated in 21 sports.
Team 2003 comprised individuals and families who volunteered their time, talents and skills to ensure the wonderful success of these Games. Each member of Team 2003 is recognised here.
Their legacy remains in the positive attitude throughout the island of Ireland towards individuals with a learning disability.