A huge attendance welcomed the LETR (Law Enforcement Torch Run) for Special Olympics Ireland to Glenahulla National School on Monday last on what was a very proud day for the school.

The team of athletes from Cope Foundation, Special Olympics Ireland and An Garda Siochana were greeted by students, staff, parents and friends of the school, an inspirational welcome that is sure to send the team to Dublin in the best of spirits.

Kieran Scanlon, principal, congratulated all the athletes present and thanked the delegation for attending Glenahulla NS on the day.

He said the day would not have been possible without the help of the community and the work put in by the students, and thanked all the local businesses for their sponsorship. 

Special guest on the day, Cork Senior footballer Orlagh Farmer, said all the athletes should be proud of themselves and wished them all the best but emphasised to the enthusiastic young students that playing sport shouldn’t be all about winning.

“Playing sport is about enjoyment and taking part. Keep playing sport, it’s great to be part of a team,” she told the young students. “I only started playing at the age of 11 because my 5th class teacher encouraged me to play sport.”

The Ireland Games takes place in Dublin from June 14 to 17 with over 1,600 athletes competing and Glenahulla NS sent them on their way with a rousing rendition of Shaun Davey’s song ‘May we never have to say goodbye’.

See this week’s Print & Digital Edition for more images from this event