Eddie and Laura Keane (above), parents of Ellen Keane, who won gold in the pool for Ireland this morning at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, celebrate in their front drive.
Paralympics 2020: Gold for Ireland’s Ellen Keane (RTÉ)
The Irish Parlympic Games 2016 print (top) and tees (above) by Luke Brennan.
Available as part of a crowd funder for Paralympics Ireland.
Commercial Director at Paralympics Ireland, Patrick Haslett sez:
State funding provided €1.28 million for Paralympics Ireland this year but the cost of leading Team Ireland to Rio 2016 is enormous. We’re asking the public to help us on our way to raising an additional €500,000 overall in 2016 so we can fully support Irish Paralympic athletes on their quest for success [details at link below]…
Support Team ireland At Rio (PledgeSports)
Liam Harbison, chef de mission for Team Ireland at the London Paralympics 2012, writes:
“We have a talent ID event running on Oct 13 in UCD and that is based on a model we ran after Beijing in 2008. That was a day we expected about 50 people with disability to turn up and try out all the sports, meet the team and the coaches, but 400 people turned up, with very little promotion or coverage.
At least six of the athletes who competed in London turned up at the open day four years ago and one of the great stories from that day was Anne Marie McDaid, who came in with MS and hobbling on crutches. She was struggling with mobility but got into our programme quickly, got heavy sports science and medical support over three years, and now walks 3km to 5km a day free of assistance. That gives her great quality of life and she is now a Paralympian because of it.
…I just hope now they are home that the guys get the recognition they deserve. I don’t care what anyone else thinks: This is the greatest Irish team ever in any sport.”
This Must Be Irelands Greatest Ever Team (Liam Harbison, Irish Examiner)
Spirited homecoming for Team Ireland’s Sweet 16 (Shane Hickey, Independent.ie)
The defiantly-manicured Bethany Firth, from Seaford, Co Down, winning gold last night in the women’s 100m backstroke at the London Paralympics, 2012.
Meanwhile, on the track:
The “Fastest Paralympian on Earth” just got a little bit faster.
Jason Smyth Sets New World Record In 100m T13 heats (RTE)
And Saturday’s Irish interest:
Go the Eilish.