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Dublin: 3 °C Wednesday 26 February, 2020

88 Irish athletes jet off to LA for Special Olympics World Summer Games

Ireland will compete in 13 disciplines in the Games starting this weekend.


FIST PUMP Source: Sportsfile Video

The Special Olympics World Summer Games begin in LA this weekend and Team Ireland will be there in force.

88 athletes in 13 disciplines plus  management and coaching team of 40 will wing their way to the US west coast today before the 25 July opening.

Special Olympics Team Ireland Departure to World Summer Games Los Angeles Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

The excitement was palpable as Team Ireland checked in at Terminal 2 today.

Team Ireland athletes and coaches pose for a selfie Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Footballers Sean MacDonald and Leon Keogh took the opportunity to pose with Aer Lingus cabin crew

Lisa Jane Dorman, Sean McDonald, Lyon Keogh and Claire Teehan Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

And they weren’t the only ones…

Sean Campbell from Coleraine.

Lisa Jane Dorman, Sean Campbell and Claire Teehan

Swimmer Sean Coleman from Cork.

Lisa Jane Dorman, Sean Coleman and Claire Teehan Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Equestrian athlete Dearbhail Savage.

Lisa Jane Dorman, Dearbhla Savage and Claire Teehan Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Bags checked, boarding cards ready? 

Sure if the captain’s not on the plane yet, there’s still time for more photos

Captain Padraic Maye, Bocce athlete Ann Hoey, Kayaker Ian Staunton and Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh.

Captain Padraic Maye, Ann Hoey, Ian Stauntonand Stephen Kavanagh Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Gymnast Billy Kane.

Billy Kane from Dublin Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Special Olympics Team Ireland Departure to World Summer Games Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Watch some more of the excitement here

Source: Sportsfile/Vimeo

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