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The Special Olympics Oath recited by all athletes before competition.

OMC Partners with Special Olympics Ireland: A Year of Fundraising for Inclusion and Empowerment

Recently, we at OMC Claims proudly announced our partnership with Special Olympics Ireland as charity partners. Our team members, Jim Flannery and Rob O’Brien, were honoured to receive invitations to the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics Ireland Winter Games in Craigavon.

Last Friday, they attended to witness firsthand the incredible spirit and determination of the athletes involved. One particularly memorable moment was when a young man from one of the five regions took to the stage to recite the athlete oath to open the games officially. True to Munster spirit, he didn’t miss the chance to add his own touch to the end…

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me brave in the attempt… and up Munster”

Our commitment to supporting Special Olympics Ireland stems from our belief in the transformative power of sports and community. Special Olympics Ireland goes beyond merely providing athletic opportunities; it fosters inclusion, acceptance, and empowerment for athletes with intellectual disabilities, as well as their coaches, volunteers, families, and the communities they belong to.

Jim Flannery, Denis Maher (SOI), Grace Mulligan (SOI), Rob O’Brien.

As part of our partnership, OMC Claims will participate in various individual and team events throughout the year, all in support of this wonderful cause. Our Managing Director, John O’Donoghue, will kick things off by taking on the Connemara Ultramarathon on April 21st, covering an impressive 39.3 miles or 63.3 kilometers!

But that’s just the beginning. In June, two OMC Claims teams will be flexing their muscles for a plane pull challenge at Baldonnel Airfield, and in August, get ready for our marquee event, “OMC Climbs”, where we and some of our partners will conquer Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain.

Other team members have also taken up personal challenges to further support Special Olympics Ireland. Jim will be taking a “Dip a Day” throughout the month of May, Martin O’Brien is gearing up for a 24-hour cycle in Mondello Park, and Rob is finally going to get his shoes dirty by embarking on the Kerry Way Ultra Marathon in September.

We’ve already begun fundraising efforts for John’s upcoming ultramarathon, and you can show your support by visiting this link. Additionally, direct donations are welcome here.

Special Olympics Ireland’s reach across Ireland is extensive, touching the lives of countless individuals and communities. Through sports, they provide not only physical health benefits but also crucial opportunities for social interaction, skill development, and self-confidence building. The impact of their work extends far beyond the sports field, enriching lives and strengthening the fabric of society.

Grace introduces us to Navan Athlete Fiona Brady, silver medalist at the World Games Berlin 2023

The partnership between OMC Claims and Special Olympics Ireland has begun, and we invite you to join us in supporting their mission of inclusion, respect, and empowerment for all. Together, we can make a real difference in the lives of athletes with intellectual disabilities and the communities they represent.

John Paul (far right) from Waterford, representing Team Munster introduced Rob to his Floorball teammates

We will post regular updates here on our fundraising events and if you would like to get involved, Jim, Rob or any of the OMC Claims team would love to hear from you.

Let the games begin!