Christmas market to raise funds for Clon Special Olympics
A popular Christmas market will be held in a West Cork village next Sunday, and all proceeds will be donated to the Clonakilty Special Olympics organisation.
The annual Rosscarbery Craft Fair and Christmas Market has become one of the region’s most seasonal events in recent years.
Seen as a traditional lead-up to festive activities, it is annually held in the large function room of the bayside Celtic Ross Hotel from 12 noon to 6pm on Sunday.
It will feature 60 stallholders offering an extensive array of unique gifts that can be bought directly from West Cork-based crafts creators and food producers.
The proceeds from the event will be donated to the Clonakilty Special Olympics Club.
The funding is expected to assist with the expected expenses involved in sending some members of the club to the Special Olympic Games in Abu Dhabi in 2019, should they successfully qualify.
The organisation was founded in 2005 by locals who were involved in the 2003 Clonakilty Host Town committee when the town played hosts to the Denmark Special Olympic athletes.
The club caters for the sporting needs of around 25 athletes with intellectual disabilities in the community.
The voluntary group also complements the good work undertaken at the locallybased COPE and CoAction centres.
Golf skills and basketball are the main Special Olympics Club sports in recent years and, during the summer, three members of the Clonakilty-based group qualified for the Ireland Games in Dublin next June.
Wayne O’ Sullivan, Eileen O’Brien and Kevin O’ Dwyer, who have been with the club for many years, will represent Clonakilty in Golf Skills at the Ireland Games.
It is hoped any likely successes may, in turn, lead to one or all of them qualifying to represent Ireland in the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.
A spokesperson for the Clonakilty club said: “We are proud to have three members representing us in next summer’s Ireland Special Olympic Games. The proceeds from the market will help to finance some expense but much more is needed to help the competitors on their way.”
Check out the Clon Special Olympics Facebook or Twitter pages for further information.
Clonakilty Special Olympics athletes Kevin O’Dwyer, Wayne O’ Sullivan and Eileen O’Brien who have qualified for the Ireland Games in golf skills next June.