e games will also be attended by over 4000 family members along with 850 Coaches and Official Delegates who will be responsible for the effective implementation of all activities for the succes of the Games.
As the Premier sponsors of the Special Olympics, Irlenad, Eircom has been associated since 1985 and has been providing services both in cash and kind. Eircom is the major supplier of fixed-line telecommunications services in Ireland with around 2.6 million fixed-line telephone access channels. Also, the company is the proprietary sponsor of the following programmes which promote training, delegations, summits and conferences for the team Ireland, any type of volunteer programmes, and the Torch Run. Also, the company provides assistance to the Specail Olympic Games in the form of kind services and various products like telephone and broadband, staff, work experience placements for games participants and offering working space in the company’s head office.
“Special Olympics Ireland is an immensely significant organisation which creates a noteworthy difference to the lives of so many people across the country. The 25th anniversary of the games represents the strong commitment of the company to socail upliftment. Special Olympics Ireland games is an enormous occasion to showcase everything that Special Olympics symbolize – sportsmanship, talent, willpower, courage and most importantly – fun!” Paul Donovan
The famous celebrities supporting the Games includ Muhammad Ali, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Colin Farrell, Pierce Brosnan, Heather Locklear and Jon Bon Jovi who were involved in everything from walking with the athletes to signing autographs and posing for pictures. Members from the political arena have also associated themselves to boost the popularity of the event. These include - Irelands President Mary McAleese and Prime Minister Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Mary Hanafin T.D, Former South African President Nelson