Special Olympics message
From Limerick Leader, comes news about Jonathan filming a good luck message for Special Olympics athletes in the Ireland games:
Special Olympics athletes ‘such an inspiration’ says Cranberries singer Dolores
10 June 2010
By David Hurley
THE Special Olympics Ireland games, which began in Limerick this Thursday morning, were opened in spectacular fashion on Wednesday night as more than 15,000 people filled Thomond Park for the opening ceremony.
The athletes, their families and thousands of supporters enjoyed the unique occasion which was headlined by the Cranberries, who performed live in Limerick for the first time since 1993.
“You guys are such an inspiration, you’re amazing, you’re such an inspiration with so much courage hope and love,” said lead singer Dolores O’Riordan as she took to the stage, which was specially erected on the North Terrace.
The huge crowds were also entertained by performances throughout the event from the Limerick Gospel Choir, The Munster Rugby Choir the Heathers and the Daghdha-Garvey initiative.
Five baskets of white doves were released into the stadium from the giant stage and there was also an impressive flyover by four Aer-Corps PC9 planes, which are based at Baldonnell Aerodrome.
Celebrities who attended on the night included MC’s Des Cahill and Ian Dempsey, Breffny Morgan from the Apprentice, television presenter Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, Micheal O Muircheartaigh and rugby stars Paul O’Connell, Keith Wood and Simon Best.
Good luck messages from stars such as Colin Farrell, Westlife, Miriam O’Callaghan O’Callaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Bernard Dunne, Jon Voight, Brendan Gleeson and the late Gerry Ryan were played to the crowd on a giant television screen.
The Special Olympics Ireland games, which are worth more than €20 million to the mid west economy, is one of the biggest sporting events taking place in Ireland this year.
Over 1,900 athletes will particpate in 14 sports at venues across Limerick between now and Sunday.