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Letterkenny Accommodation - Special Olympics Ulster Regional Games

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The Special Olympics Ulster Regional Games will take place in Letterkenny in June 2009. The three-day event is expected to attract almost 7,000 people to Letterkenny and around 700 athletes and 195 coaches are expected to take part. Letterkenny was chosen to host the event because of the availability of first class sporting facilities and the town’s previous record of hosting large events such as Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and the Donegal International Rally.

At the official launch of the games  in October 2008 "The Faces" of the 2009 Regional Games was unveiled; two local athletes Stephen McCallion of Inishowen Special Olympics Club in Carndonagh and Stephanie Moore of The Atlantic Special Olympics Club in Killybegs. Also present at the event was surprise guest Mickey Harte, Manager of the All Ireland winning Tyrone County Team who has pledged his support to Special Olympics and the 2009 Regional Games.

During the games athletes will compete in athletics, basketball, aquatics and ten pin bowling. The new Aura Leisure Centre, Arena Seven and the Letterkenny Institute of Technology will be the venues. The Ulster Regional Games will run from June 12 to June 14 and the Olympic torch will be carried into town for the opening ceremony.

The budget for ‘The Games’ is in the region of €350,000 but it is expected to inject as much as €500,000 into the local economy. The Letterkenny Town Council was quick of the mark to support the event and have committed €50,000 in funding. Coming just a week before the Donegal International Rally, the Special Olympics is expected to give the town a major boost.

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