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Minister Ross wishes Team Ireland every success at Special Olympics World Games

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, today wished Team Ireland every success at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. 

Attending the Opening Ceremony of the Games, Minister Ross said: “On behalf of the Irish people I would like to extend my very best wishes to all of the athletes who are competing as part of Team Ireland here at the Special Olympics World Games.  I want to applaud the hard work, training and commitment of the team and their coaches in preparing for these Games. Each and every member of the team has worked hard so that they can represent Ireland in Abu Dhabi. To represent your country is a wonderful achievement and all of the athletes along with their coaches and their families can be very proud of what they have achieved so far in getting to the Games. The whole country will be cheering on Team Ireland this week. 

I am very much looking forward to attending the opening ceremony with Team Ireland and I am sure it will be a wonderful occasion. I would like to congratulate Special Olympics Ireland and everyone who has supported the athletes in their preparations for these Games. It was wonderful to meet some of the Irish volunteers who have travelled to assist with the Games. The fact that we are the only country out of 170 to do so demonstrates the importance of our competitors as they inspire the nation with their efforts.  

The Minister added “I am delighted to have the opportunity to meet some of the many Irish citizens resident here and to see first-hand the positive economic, social and cultural contributions they make to the UAE. There is a vibrant Irish community here that cherish their Irish culture and heritage and who foster and maintain their connections with home. I am glad also to be able to participate in Tourism Ireland’s programme here to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Visitor numbers to Ireland from the Middle East are increasing year on year and I want to thank all those who work here in support of our efforts to continue to grow the Irish tourism sector.’