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At the launch of the IFA Special Olympics sponsorship: l-r Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland, Eddie Downey, IFA president and Jer Bergin, IFA national treasurer.

Teaming up with Special Olympics

THE IFA has unveiled its partnership with the 2014 Special Olympics Games Ireland. IFA is a bronze partner of the equestrian competition at the Games, which will be held in Limerick from June 12 to 15.

IFA president Eddie Downey and the organisation’s national treasurer, Jer Bergin, said, “We’re proud to partner with 2014 Special Olympics Ireland Games and all that they represent. IFA chose to get involved with the Games to support participating Irish farm families and our members volunteering at the Games. With their drive, determination, commitment and passion, Special Olympic athletes are incredible role-models for all’.

More than 1,500 athletes will compete in the Games and will be supported by 500 coaches, 3,000 volunteers and 3,000 family members.

Meanwhile, a coach company owned by a West Clare man and which recently launched an Ennis-based service, has been appointed as official transport partner for the Games in Limerick.

Dublin Coach have progressed through a lengthy tender process over the last year and the formal announcement was made last Thursday at the Strand Hotel.

Matt English, CEO of Special Olympics Ireland, welcomed the partnership with Dublin Coach, saying it would play an important role in ensuring the success of the 2014 Games.

“We are delighted that Dublin Coach has come on board as the official transport partner for the Special Olympics Ireland Games Limerick 2014. Transport will play a vital part in ensuring that these Games run smoothly and the service offered by Dublin Coach means our athletes and their coaches will be well looked after.”

Kilrush man John O’Sullivan, CEO Dublin Coach stated, “Dublin Coach are honoured to fulfil the role of transport provider for Special Olympics Ireland 2014. Our team are completely dedicated to the provision of a superior quality commuter service throughout this wonderful event. Indeed, the dedication and commitment of the Special Olympics participants, staff and its countless volunteers is inspiring and propels us to excel in our role as transport provider. As the Limerick City of Culture Celebrations continue, this event is made all the more poignant, hence our transport programme has been developed to enable all to participate in this unique experience. We wish everyone associated with and attending the Special Olympics Ireland 2014 Games, a most enjoyable and memorable event.”

Over the course of the event, 25 coaches, in the distinctive Dublin Coach green livery, will exclusively provide the complete on-the-ground transport requirements for the participants, coaches, staff and the public.

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