91 Team Ireland athletes began their journey last week to Abu Dhabi ahead of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Excitement was in the air at Dublin Airport as athletes from across Ireland arrived with their families and friends ahead for the final leg of their journey.

Accompanied by a volunteer management team of 39, Team Ireland have made their way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai to take part in the Host Town programme. During this time, the athletes have an opportunity to acclimatise to their surroundings with a range of cultural events, activities and training before the official Opening Ceremony on Thursday 14th March.

Best of luck to all those taking part over the next two weeks. Be sure to follow Special Olympics Ireland social media channels to keep an eye on all news from the games.