Special Olympic heroes’ silver success honoured

The stars of Ireland’s silver medal winning Special Olympics soccer team were honoured last Friday night following their success at this year’s games held in Greece.

The stars of Ireland’s silver medal winning Special Olympics soccer team were honoured last Friday night following their success at this year’s games held in Greece.

Seven of the players involved in the team were on hand to attend the special event held in the Tavern Bar, Raphoe.

Friends, family and supporters of the team gathered to pay tributes to the lads’ heroic effort to claim a silver medal in the competition held at the home of the Olympic games.

Players Hugh Sweeney, Steven Nesbitt, Mario McShane, Luke Egan, Gareth Egan, Ollie Boyle, Adrian Clarke and coach Susan Friel were presented with a beautiful specially commissioned team mirror by Edel Porter of the Tavern Bar, honouring their amazing achievement.

The boys claimed their silver medals following a tense 1-1 draw with Great Britain with Adrian Clarke scoring the all important goal for Ireland.

Team coach Sandra gave a talk on the history of the team over the last seven years and all the hard work and dedication they have put into to reach such great heights on the world stage.

The Athens games were the world’s biggest sporting event of the year and the whole Irish team put in some remarkable performances.

Following the presentations, where each player was welcomed to the stage to a rapturous applause, there was a buffet reception and disco followed by a night of fun and celebration.

One of the event organisers, Eunan Hannigan, said it was a great night and all the players and guests had a great time.

“It was great night enjoyed by everybody. It was nice to do it to recognise the Donegal lads’, who made up the majority of the Irish team, achievement on such a big stage,” Eunan said.