Offaly's Special Olympics gold medalists granted civic reception by council
Offaly County Council is to host Offaly's three Special Olympic World Games gold medalists at a civic reception in April.
The decision received support across the chamber at the March meeting of councillors on Monday, March 25 where Cathaoirleach Danny Owens led tributes.
Oisin Feery, Mark Saddler and Damien Breslin all brought gold medals home for Offaly and Ireland at the recent Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.
17-year-old Tullamore kayaker Oisin Feery won kayaking gold in the 200m event and also picked up bronze in the 500m event.
Fellow Offaly competitor Mark Saddler also won gold for Ireland in the bowling in Abu Dhabi, while the third Offaly athlete in the Games Damien Breslin claimed swimming gold in the 25x4m relay race
Over the week, Team Ireland athletes have made a big impression, inspiring and enthralling supporters at home and abroad with their impressive performances, personality and trademark team spirit.
That spirit will be recognised at Offaly County Council buildings on April 15 after the monthly meeting of councillors.
Cllr Danny Owens said on Monday that the three athletes would be invited to the reception in recognition of "excellence in their fields."
He said they had brought "immense pride" to the county and that he looks forward to welcoming them to Áras an Chontae in three weeks time.