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Gala Retail To Support Special Olympics Ireland Winter Games

By Sarah O'Sullivan
Gala Retail To Support Special Olympics Ireland Winter Games

Gala Retail will support local athletes and communities ahead of the Special Olympics Ireland Winter Games this week.

The games are taking place in Craigavon, Northern Ireland from 22 to 24 March.

The Winter Games comprises of two sports, Alpine Skiing and Floorball. Over 207 participants will be competing in what is gearing up to be one of the largest games yet.

For many athletes, this will be their first time competing at an all-Ireland level. The games were postponed in 2020 due to Covid-19.

This will be a qualifying event for the World Winter Games, which will take place in Turin, Italy in 2025.


2024 marks the tenth consecutive year that Gala has supported Special Olympics Ireland.

‘A Real Synergy With This Partnership’

Chief executive of Gala Retail Gary Desmond expressed his enthusiasm at the continuing partnership.

Desmond said, “Over the past ten years, we have witnessed first-hand the great work that Special Olympics Ireland contributes to communities across Ireland.

“We’ve experienced many #GalaSpecialMoments and supported the athletes in their journeys from area games right through to world games.

“With athletes and clubs in locations all across Ireland, Special Olympics has a place in the heart of many communities and with almost 230 group stores in towns and villages throughout Ireland, there’s a real synergy with this partnership.


“We are thrilled to be continuing our journey with Special Olympics Ireland and we wish all of the 207 athletes the very best of luck in the events.”

Matt English, chief executive of Special Olympics Ireland also welcomed the continued support from Gala.

English said, “Gala Retail has been an invaluable partner to Special Olympics Ireland, championing our athletes and providing crucial resources to facilitate their participation in events like the Winter Games.”

He concluded, “I am extremely proud and am looking forward to watching our athletes represent their county in the upcoming Ireland Winter Games.”

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