Hail the conquering heroes

THERE will be celebrations aplenty across Offaly in the days ahead as the county honours their conquering heroes from the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens.

THERE will be celebrations aplenty across Offaly in the days ahead as the county honours their conquering heroes from the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens.

A total of six medals were won by the Offaly trio out of the totalTeam Ireland haul.

The talented athletes flew the flag for the Faithful County and for Ireland and their proud families, relatives and friends will be out in force to welcome them home.

Cloghan’s John Michael Gannon lead the way in terms of medals bringing home two golds and two silvers.

Patrick Moore won a gold medal in the five a side soccer as a key member of the team. In a thrilling final, Ireland drew 3-3 with Cyprus after normal time but won the game in sudden death.

A function will be held in the Croghan Community Centre this evening (Wednesday) at 7.30 pm to mark this very special occasion for Patrick with light refreshments and music on the night.

Tullamore will pay tribute to Patrick, who is a member of Tullamore Special Olympics Club, with a parade from Tullamore GAA club to O’Connor Square. The parade will commence at 6.30 arriving in the square at 7pm. It is hoped that the people of Tullamore will come out to support their Olympic hero and join in..

Offaly’s third representative at the games was Gary McCabe from Clara who played a major part in the Basketball team’s win over Italy in their second game. Unfortunately they lost out narrowly to Australia but they still came home with a bronze medal.

Also on the podium during the games was Peter Oxley from Tyrrellspass who won a bronze medal in the swimming category