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Special Olympics Polar Plunge

December 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


The challenge is back! Special Olympics Ireland is calling on Munster to accept the challenge and take the Plunge for local athletes this December.

The Polar Plunge returns to The Dock Beach in Kinsale on Saturday 1st December 2018 starting at 1pm. Following the success of the first annual Plunge last year, this fundraiser sees families and clubs, local businesses and individuals brave the icy waters to raise funds for local athletes with an intellectual disability.

“Every day, the athletes of Special Olympics Ireland step up to various challenges, to compete in the sports they love. The Polar Plunge sees members of the local community take on their own challenge in support of these inspirational athletes,” said Regional Director of Special Olympics Munster, Eoin O’Beara. “The Kinsale Polar Plunge was a fantastic event last year and we hope to grow on its success this year, adding in a team challenge for groups of four as well as the individual plunge again this year. Last year we received great support from the local community, and with the people of Kinsale and further afield already gearing up for this year’s Plunge, there is sure to be an incredible festive atmosphere and will be a lovely day out for everyone”.

2019 is set to be another massive year for Special Olympics Ireland as 91 athletes prepare to represent Team Ireland at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi in March, including 18 athletes from Munster, with nine of whom hailing from Co. Cork – including David Dunlea from Douglas who will be representing Ireland in Football and Rosarie McCarthy from Togher who will be competing in 10 Pin Bowling.

There are also a further near 9,000 athletes training on a weekly basis in Special Olympics clubs across Ireland. Funds raised through the Polar Plunge will go towards the continuation of the programme.

Those who think they are brave enough to take the Polar Plunge can register at Registration costs just €20 with plungers asked to fundraise an additional amount to support athletes like David and Rosarie.

We were honored to have the support of Brid Stack, Cork ladies footballer, for last year’s Plunge, and are delighted to announce Brid will be back once again this year to support the Kinsale Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Ireland and ready to get “Freezin’ For A Reason!!”

The staging of this year’s event would not be possible without the Law Enforcement Torch Run, An Gardaí Siochána, The RNLI, Coastguard, Irish Underwater Search & Rescue Unit, and Civil Defence




December 1, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Special Olympics Ireland
085 802 2707 / 01 869 1607
Register for Polar Plunge here


Dock Beach
Castlepark, Kinsale, Co. Cork Ireland + Google Map