Enterprise Ireland Middle East, the regional arm of the Irish government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets, marks its fifth year at Arab Health with a significant increase in the number of healthcare companies under its umbrella.
Irish and Dutch researchers have developed the world’s first “smart dressing” set to revolutionise wound care.
Medics will be able to monitor patients’ wounds without having to remove the dressing when it becomes commercially available in 2017.
It is the result of a successful collaboration between Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Fleming Medical in Limerick and the Holst Centre/ TNO in the Netherlands.
The smart dressing, called DermaTrax, contains sensors that monitor conditions in a patient’s wound, including temperature, moisture and acidity. Nurses and other medical staff can be alerted to the possible presence of infection and other healing issues without having to remove the dressing.
The miniature sensor module has been developed by Tyndall, Ireland’s largest research centre that specialises in information and communications technology hardware and systems.
Tyndall has been working on the project with Fleming Medical, a leading medical equipment provider and the Holst Centre, experts in wireless sensor technologies.
DermaTrax will monitor the condition of the wound and the dressing itself, relaying information to a nurses’ station via a wireless link.
Chief executive of Fleming Medical, Mark Fleming, said DermaTrax would revolutionise current wound care practice where the dressing is manually removed and the wound visually inspected.
“This is time consuming for the nursing staff, uncomfortable for the patient and disturbs the natural healing process,” he said.
“This hi-tech dressing will generate savings in healthcare costs, due to reduced clinical inspection time and shorter hospital stays as a result of faster wound healing,” he said.
Mr Fleming said they now had a working prototype and wanted to develop it commercially.
“We will also have a version available from pharmacies, with patients reimbursed under the drugs payment scheme,” he said.
Head of information and communications technology for health at Tyndall, Paul Galvin, said the project would increase Ireland’s standing as an international hub for medical device research and development.
Programme manager at Holst Centre/ TNO, Jeroen van den Brand, said one of its activities was developing health patches that measured various vital signs so the smart dressing fitted perfectly within the scope of the research.
The project, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020, is also supported by Enterprise Ireland.
Fleming Medical will be exhibiting at the Pharmacy Show UK, the Pharmacy profession’s largest and most important event, which will see 7,000+ pharmacy professionals share ideas, discuss pressing issues, debate hot topics and access free CPD.
This year’s Pharmacy Show is set to offer pharmacy professionals its biggest and best ever event. This two-day event is taking place on Sunday, October 5thand Monday, October 6th, at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham.
Join us at Stand: PC41 to find new ideas, products and solutions and take advantage of exclusive special offers.
Fleming Medical supplies an extensive range of OTC goods to pharmacies and retail wholesalers, combining excellent product quality with keen pricing. Across all our customer channels in Ireland, the UK and various other countries worldwide, we provide trusted medical supplies, from ECG machines to first aid kits and plasters.
With over 25 years of research and experience you can trust, join us at our Stand: PC41 to learn about the latest science and technology in wound-care, sports therapy, first-aid, foot health and patient diagnostics.
It’s not easy dealing with a diabetes diagnosis; there is so much to know and do. But, equipping yourself with the knowledge and tools to manage your condition can be empowering, enabling you to take those vital first steps towards feeling better, and living a longer and healthier life. Here’s what you need to get started on the path to improved health and wellbeing.
Choosing healthy foods is an essential part of managing your diabetes. Always follow the guidance of your healthcare practitioner before changing your eating times or embarking on a new diet. As someone diagnosed with diabetes, you may have been working closely with your physician, diabetic educator and pharmacist on how to best take care of your health. Your healthcare provider should furnish you with information on appropriate diet requirements for your particular condition.
In order to adhere to your doctor’s guidelines, it is important to become savvy when reading food labels, restaurant menus and during meal preparation in order to maintain nutrient content and avoid adding extra saturated fat and sodium. Choosing the wrong foods - or even the right foods at inappropriate times - may cause a dip or spike in glucose levels which can wreak havoc on your health. It is vitally important to keep the blood sugars within normal limits as poorly controlled diabetes can damage the eyes, kidneys and the nerves and can also contribute to cardio-vascular diseases, which include heart disease, stroke and poor circulation. By making simple but specific adjustments to your lifestyle and diet, you can gain better blood-sugar control.
High blood sugar can cause a number of symptoms that include:
On the flip side, if you’re not closely monitoring your blood sugar levels, they can drop too low.
Warning signs of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, include:
Insta-Glucose is an easy-to-use tube that delivers 24 grams of fast-acting, rapidly absorbed glucose — 60% more glucose than similar products! So it quickly boosts blood glucose levels.
Not only is regular exercise good for your body; it also has a powerfully positive effect on your mind. The benefits of physical exercise are far reaching. Being active and engaging in aerobic exercise has a tremendous effect on brain function on multiple fronts, ranging from the molecular to behavioural level. Being active can help control blood glucose levels if you have type 2 diabetes and improve cardiovascular health and assist in weight loss or control for both type 2 and type 1 diabetes. You need to know what activities are appropriate for you to do, how often and how forcefully you need to do them and how to handle the possible side effects of exercise (hypo and hyperglycemia.)
Purchasing a high quality home Blood Glucose Monitoring System empowers you to take control of your diabetes.
Checking your blood glucose levels allows you to see how your blood sugars are responding to the medications and lifestyle regimen you are following, and whether changes are required. Blood glucose monitoring is a way of testing the concentration of glucose in the blood (glycema). The blood glucose test is performed by piercing the skin (usually on the finger), to draw blood, then applying the blood to a chemically active disposable ‘test strip’. If you choose a meter that requires coding, you'll need to input a number or use a "key" or "chip" each time you open a new bottle of test strips. Avoid this time consuming practice by purchasing a blood glucose monitor with a self-calibration system, such as the Medisign Monitoring System that requires no coding and gives you results in just five seconds - the best choice to ensure maximum efficiency.
As always, buyer beware! Certain glucose monitoring systems may be quite inexpensive to purchase - or may even be offered free of charge - but this may turn out to be a false economy, as it is often the case that the accompanying accessories, such as lancets and test strips, are more expensive than the monitoring system! Proactively monitor your diabetes by choosing reliable and affordable lancets and test strips that are compatible with your blood glucose monitoring system.
It is important to follow the instruction of your GP and to understand how the medication you are taking works, how to properly take the medication and what side effects it may have. Having this knowledge will make it easier for you to determine whether your medication is working properly or not.
In order to take care of yourself fully it is necessary to know what preventive care is required. Blood pressure checks, regular eye, foot, dental exams, lab tests for microalbumin, cholesterol and lipid labs –knowing what these tests measure, what the therapeutic goals are, how frequently you should get them checked will help you plan your care more responsibility.
Learning and maintaining healthy coping skills is an essential part of diabetes control. Diabetes is a chronic disease that requires so much of the individual experiencing the condition. It can have a dramatic effect on a person’s psychological state of mind as well as their physical being – it can be exhausting, frustrating and isolating. Obtaining the life skills to manage diabetes in a healthy, positive way can make all the difference in your overall health. Join a support group, engage in activities such as meditation, yoga, outdoor pursuits, and stay in control by making use of a glucose monitoring system. This will help you to avoid letting the disease dictate your entire life, and help you on your way to leading a full and active life.
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Scientific researchers have made a breakthrough in eliminating a painful side effect of breast cancer treatment.
A recent study has shown that Mepitel Wound Dressing with Safetac technology prevents painful skin reactions to radiotherapy.
Radiation-induced skin reactions occur in 80-90% of breast cancer patients and can range from mild redness to ulceration, with symptoms of pain, burning and itchiness. This can have a very negative impact on day to day life for patients, who already have to cope with being diagnosed with and treated for cancer.
However, a study conducted in New Zealand has shown that the use of Mepitel Film - a thin, transparent wound dressing using Mölnlycke Health Care’s Safetac technology - before, during and after radiation therapy, prevents the development of moist desquamation and reduces the severity of other skin reactions. The conclusive findings of the study showed that when Mepitel Wound Dressings by Mölnlycke Health Care is used from the very first day of treatment, the severity of skin reactions is reduced by 92%.
78 patients undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer took part in the trial. Each patient’s irradiated skin area was divided into two halves, with Mepitel Film used on one side and aqueous cream on the other.
The study found that there were no cases of ulceration or severe skin reactions on the skin under Mepitel Film, whilst cream-treated skin developed these wounds in 26% of patients. In addition, the skin reactions that did develop under Mepitel Wound Dressings were 92% less severe than in the cream-treated control group.
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The amazing Arnica Montana, also known as Bruisewort, Leopard’s Bane, Wolf’s Bane, is a special herb that has earned its reputation for dramatic healing properties. Arnica Montana, also known as Bruisewort, Leopard's Bane and Wolf's Bane, belongs to the daisy family. Natural Arnica Gel is a herbal remedy made from extracts of these fresh Arnica Montana flowers and is the easiest way to reap the benefits of the healing plant. Widely known as a cure-all for bumps and bruises, the amazing benefits of Arnica have been recognised for centuries. But, did you know that Arnica has many more uses other than healing bruised skin? Read on to find out how Arnica can improve your appearance, health and wellbeing.
Arnica can be used in the treatment of the following 10 conditions:
Arnica is an ideal remedy to help restore composure after somebody has had a small shock such as witnessing an accident or taking a fall. Arnica is the first remedy used by homeopaths to heal people affected by shock, trauma or injury to the body, and is as appropriate for a mental, emotional or spiritual shock as much as physical injuries.
Arnica Montana flowers contain sesquiterpene lactones, flavonoids, carbonic acid, coumarins and volatile oils, all of which are beneficial for your skin. A sesquiterpene lactone, called helenalin, is the main restorative compound in Arnica Montana, which along with flavonoid, helps soothe and renew the skin after exposure to stress. The antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of this herb help in preventing inflammatory skin disorders. They also accelerate the healing process by stimulating the formation of granular tissues. Arnica for skin care can help to effectively heal bruises, sunburns, minor burns, skin blemishes and superficial phlebitis.
Arnica can be applied topically as a remedy for various skin problems, such as itchiness, dryness, pain, swelling and inflammation.
Arnica can be beneficial in alleviating feelings of depression and emotional distress. It is often used to restore emotional balance and a sense of tranquillity. Arnica gel can be massaged into the skin to sooth and unwind taxed and tight muscles and alleviates stress.
Orthopedic surgeons regularly ‘prescribe’ Arnica as a pre and post operative measure. Many dermatologists have also recommended it after plastic surgery and injectables like Botox and Restylane.
Topically rubbing arnica extracts can reduce the appearance of pregnancy related stretch marks. All you need to do is gently apply arnica gel on your stomach at least four times a day.
The anti-inflammatory properties of this herb make it useful for the treatment of menstrual cramps. It can be applied topically to reduce pain and inflammation.
The anti-inflammatory properties of arnica are praiseworthy. It has been used in topical preparations for healing joint pains, muscle aches and swelling associated with arthritis. A research conducted in 2002 indicated that the use of arnica gel twice daily for 6 weeks resulted in a significant decrease in pain and stiffness in patients with mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee. In case of osteoarthritis of the hand, arnica gel has proven to be as effective as ibuprofen in lessening pain and improving hand function. The essence of arnica plant is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Being an anti-inflammatory agent, it can be used to massage inflamed or painful joints for relief.
Arnica gel can be used to aid relief in the following pain conditions:
Muscle aches and muscle stiffness
Back pain, low back pain
Leg and muscle cramp
Muscle soreness of leg and wrist after overexertion due to heavy body exercise
Headaches either from noise or tension
Shoulder and knee pain
Flare-ups on herniated discs
Shoulder injury pains after operation
Pain with sports injuries
Pains after surgery like spider vein surgery
Aches and pains with fibromyalgia
Pelvic or back pain with endometriosis
Pain from tendonitis – inflammation of tendon
Also, it can give relaxation on shoulder and neck with nightly application.
This herb which provides amazing benefits for your skin, hair and health, is also associated with several side effects when used excessively. That is why it is important to exercise caution while using it in any form.
Improper dosage of arnica can cause adverse reactions like skin irritation, blistering or peeling. It can lead to side effects like heart palpitations or irregularities, vomiting, dizziness, nervousness and disorientation. Use of arnica oil for a long time or in large quantities can cause scalp irritation. Topical use for a long period of time can cause eczema. Use of arnica should be stopped immediately when any of these symptoms are experienced. Besides, it should not be used on broken skin such as leg ulcers. Homeopathic medicines use arnica in diluted form, which is absolutely safe. It is always better to consult your physician before using arnica externally and internally. It should be avoided in case of pregnancy or breast feeding.
Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. All reasonable care has been taken in compiling the information for this article but we make no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.
Fleming Medical Goes Green!
At Fleming Medical, we are continually looking to see how we can improve our delivery service to our customers whilst taking care of the environment. As we all know, there is a variety of reasons to go green, but most come back to simply supply and demand. We have a limited amount of resources available and more and more people using them. If we want our future generations to enjoy the same standard of living we've experienced, we need to take action.
So, taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint, Fleming Medical has ‘gone green’ by removing a large percentage of our cardboard delivery cartons and replacing them with a re-usable plastic tote system. These totes are not only environmentally friendly but, to better protect products in transit, they have a unique tamper-evident security seal fixing that provides security in distribution and therefore deliver a better service to our customers.
By implementing green practices into our way of doing business we aim to reduce waste and help conserve natural resources. Green systems and materials also reduce energy consumption, which in turn reduce energy bills.
Fleming Medical’s plastic, re-usable delivery totes are environmentally and user friendly and in line with current delivery trends into Pharmacies. We hope this new development in the way we do business resonates positively with our customers while providing a secure ‘green’ delivery every time.
For further information in relation to our new ‘greener’ delivery service, contact us on FREEPHONE: 1800 307 777.
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We debunk some common myths surrounding plasters and wound-care.
ALTHOUGH most people would readily agree that treating a child’s cut or scrape
with a plaster is a critical part of responsible wound care, the rumour mill is
constantly churning. There seems to be an ever expanding list of myths and old
wives’ tales surrounding plasters and appropriate wound-care; many of which,
if heeded, could impede your child’s, or indeed your own, wound healing.
Here, we explore some of the most common myths about plasters and first-aid
care, and draw on extensive research and fact-based evidence to help you
separate the facts from the fiction.
Myth #1: A wound will heal better if exposed to the air instead of covering it with a plaster
Truth: A plaster will prevent the wound from being exposed to infection. A minor wound will heal better and faster
when covered by a plaster.This seems to be one of the most widely believed myths surrounding first-aid and
wound care. The old wives’ tale that a wound will heal quicker when allowed to ‘air out’ is completely unfounded
and extensive research has proven this belief to be untrue. An uncovered wound has no protective barrier to
protect against dirt and bacteria coming in contact with the skin, which can lead to infection. Without the protection
of a plaster, the wound quickly dries out and eventually forms a scab. This is not a good thing; Scabs impede the healing
process by creating a barrier between healthy skin cells. The cells have to work their way under the scab, in order to
form new tissue and heal. When the body forms a scab, it’s nature’s way of protecting your wound against germs.
However, scabs can be scratched or torn causing infection or re-injury that prolongs healing.Scabs formed from
leaving a wound uncovered can often result in unwanted, permanent scarring.
Tip: For less chance of scarring and efficient healing, cover your minor wounds with quality plasters to promote
faster healing and prevent infection.
Myth #2: Adults in a childcare setting can’t put plasters on children’s cuts
Truth: There is no health and safety regulation which bans the provision of plasters. In fact, HSE’s
own guidance recommends that a first aid box should stock plasters. This persistent myth has
led to many teachers, volunteers, crèche workers and carers who work with children, questioning
their wound-care methods and the contents of their first-aid box. When an emergency arises, and
a child has had the misfortune of acquiring a minor cut or scrape amid the rough and tumble of
play activity, the last thing a teacher or care-worker needs to be confronted with is a quandary about
the health and safety regulations regarding the provision of plasters; especially with dozens of other
children demanding care and attention. There is no rule that says a responsible adult can’t put a plaster
on a child’s minor cut or scrape. It is true, of course, that some children may be allergic to some types
skin friendly and hypoallergenic, because they’re scientifically designed with children’s delicate skin in mind.
If you know the child to have allergies, or fear they may be allergic to plasters, a hypoallergenic plaster
suitable for sensitive skin should be included in your First-Aid kit.The most important course of action
is to clean and cover the wound to stop it getting infected.
What the experts say: According to a case study compiled by Marlin (a first-aid and health and safety
training and consultancy company), failure to treat a wound properly could lead to far more serious
Marlin Case Study:
A child grazed her knee on the playground at school. The school did not use plasters, since they had
been advised not to. The child was treated bv a lunch-time supervisor -using water and a paper towel
to bathe the wound - and then sent back out to play.
Two days later, the child was admitted to hospital with septicaemia (blood infection). The bacteria had
entered the child’s body through the uncovered wound.Frank Sparks, Health and Safety Officer in the
Education Department of Birmingham City Council said on this matter, “Plasters are required to be
carried by law in first aid kits (HSE FAW guidelines 1997). They cover wounds, preventing infection.
If a child is allergic to a plaster, the worst that can happen is a slight rash may occur. This is not a
problem and staff should not be afraid of this. Anyway, staff in schools and nurseries have medical
forms for children in their care, so should be aware of children who are allergic to plasters. In this
case they can use hypoallergenic plasters if they wish.” According to the MIR, ‘Medical Indemnity
Register’, failure to treat a simple cut by the recognised methods could easily be construed as a
failure in duty of care.”
Tip: Always have a well stocked First-Aid kit with a healthy selection of plasters, including hypo-
allergenic, skin-friendly plasters to treat those with sensitive skin.
Myth #3: When treating a wound, you should keep it as dry as possible
Truth: This is false. Cells can’t repair themselves in a dry environment.
Moist skin heals fastest because the task of healing a wound requires the activity of cells.
Cells cannot function in a dry environment. They need moisture to do their repair
work. As the wound dries out, it begins to crust, forming a scab and causing the cells to work
harder to repair the injury. The key to healing a cut is maintaining the right amount of moisture.
Keeping the cut covered with a bandage and adding a medicated ointment will ensure it stays
moist. Using a high quality plaster is very important in order to prevent the wound from
becoming infected and to promote faster and healthier healing.
Outcome: Plasters that absorb a wound’s fluids and maintain a natural moisture balance are
ideal for healing. Skin cells are then able to migrate seamlessly — without drying out and
developing into a scab — to form new, smooth tissue.
Myth #4: The best way to rip a plaster off is in one quick pull
Truth: Slow and steady wins the race!
It's actually better to pull the bandage off in a slow fluid motion, and in the direction of
natural hair growth. If the bandage is difficult to remove, dab the edges with baby oil to allow the
bandage to lift off with ease. Ripping the bandage off ineptly could cause the wound to reopen
and may even lead to painful in-grown hairs if ripped off in the opposite direction of natural
Myth #5: Plasters are a breeding ground for germs
Truth: Quite the opposite. Plasters defend against germs.
Plasters act as a shield, protecting external germs from reaching the wound. This protective barrier
protects the wound against harmful bacteria that could reach the wound and cause infection, or enter
the body through the uncovered wound and lead to serious infections such as septicaemia (blood infection).
Dr. Pat Gilbert, Doctor and Author, focusing on child health issues, with experience in community paediatrics,
said on this issue: “Open cuts should certainly be covered with a plaster, after thoroughly washing, to
control any bleeding and stop dirt or any infection entering the wound. It is difficult to see how plasters
can collect ‘germs’ – and anyway, if they do, better on the plaster than on the open wound!”
It is important to choose a high quality plaster which will provide long lasting, reliable adhesion and
enable optimal healing conditions for your wound, whilst protecting it from harmful external influences.
Choose a plaster with a breathable fabric that will protect wounds from infection, while providing
ventilation, allowing skin to breath and the air to reach the wound, such as Medicare Multipore Plasters.
If you need to protect your wound from water, as well as dirt and other harmful bacteria, choose a high
quality waterproof plaster like the Medicare Waterproof Plasters.
Myth #6: The deeper the wound, the greater the pain
Truth: If you’ve ever had a teeny tiny paper cut that you can barely notice, but boy, can you feel it, you’ll know that this is a myth!
It’s easy to assume that a wound would be more painful, the deeper it goes. In reality, however, the opposite could well be the case. Due to the large number of nerve fibres located just under the top layer of our skin (the epidermis), burns or superficial abrasions will often cause more pain than a larger wound, like a deep gash or knife wound that might happen when working in the kitchen or workshop.
Myth #7 Sea-water is a natural antiseptic and will clean and disinfect your wound
Truth: Quite the opposite can be true, in fact.
What many people do not consider is that sea water may be severely contaminated, especially near coast
stretches - with a variety of highly unsavoury germs or chemicals "swimming" in it. Both of which would
contribute significantly to the risk of an infection and can delay wound healing. In addition, contact with
water will swell the skin, which may affect the process of wound closure. In this case, bacteria and
germs may easily enter the wound and the risk of wound infection would be increased even more.
Caution: any deep puncture wounds or cuts that bleed severely, or shows any signs of infection should
always be cared for by a doctor. If you are unsure about your injury, please seek medical advice.
and Sport Care. Our aim is to provide you with the most comprehensive range of products, of the highest
quality and value for money. The extensive Medicare Wound Care range has been developed with your
comfort in mind; from Wound Wash Spray, to Foam Dressing; whatever your Wound Care needs, we
have the solution.
Bring on the Games!
MEDICARE® SPONSOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS IRELAND
FOR THE 2014 GAMES
Fleming Medical are delighted to be partnering with Special Olympics Ireland under the medicare® brand for the 2014 games.
The 2014 Special Olympics Games will kick off this evening, Thursday June 12th, from 6pm, when 2,000 athletes and coaches will convene in Limerick City for the official opening ceremony in the People’s Park.
Fleming Medical, a medical devices supplier based on the Dock Road in Limerick City, will support the Games through the provision of medical supplies, a necessary requirement to support the 1,500 athletes attending the 2014 Special Olympics Games.
As part of the partnership, Fleming Medical will provide medicare® first aid and medical supplies, as well as medical equipment to support the healthy athlete programme which runs as part of the 2014 Games.
Mark Fleming, MD of Fleming Medical says, “As a Limerick company we are delighted to be partnering Special Olympics Ireland for the 2014 games being held here in Limerick. As an industry leading provider of medicare® First Aid equipment with a comprehensive range of medicare® Sport supports, the synergy that drives this sponsorship is clear. The team at Fleming Medical are delighted and proud to be associated with such a positive sporting occasion”.
Matt English, CEO of Special Olympics Ireland, described the support of Fleming Medical, under the medicare® brand, as a critical part of ensuring the 2014 Games are a success: “We are delighted that medicare® has come on board as a key medical devices partner for the Special Olympics Ireland Games Limerick 2014. Medical Services are a vital part of these Games in terms of ensuring that the appropriate level of first aid and medical care is provided for all of our athletes. The key support from Fleming Medical will be an essential component in ensuring the success of these Games.”
Taking place over four days from Thursday, June 12th to Sunday June 15th, the Games are set to be the highlight of the Limerick sporting calendar for 2014. In what will be one of the largest and most prestigious sporting events to take place in Ireland this year, the city of Limerick will welcome 1,500 Special Olympics athletes, accompanied by 500 coaches and official delegates as well as a contingent of over 3,000 family members. The Games will be supported by a team of 3,000 volunteers.
An exciting and colourful public street parade is expected to attract thousands of supporters in celebration of the return of Special Olympics Ireland to Limerick. The parade will be accompanied by the Special Olympics Torch Run Team, members of the Defence Forces, marching bands and street performers.
Torch bearers drawn from An Garda Síochána and the PSNI will herald the official opening of the Games.
Thousands of supporters are anticipated to line the streets of Limerick, to greet the parade and welcome the athletes with pride.
The parade will begin at Shannon Street and progress along O’Connell Street, before making its way up to the People’s Park for the ticketed event which will be presented by 2FM DJ, Will Leahy, and feature traditional music act, Kila, among others. This parade will kick-start three wonderful days of sports competition and celebration in the heart of Limerick and inspire and engage Special Olympics Ireland athletes, their families, supporters, sponsors, patrons, volunteers and the people of Limerick city, county and further afield.
As well as being the main residential centre, the University of Limerick will host the athletics, aquatics, basketball, football, gymnastics, kayaking competitions and the non-competitive motor activities training programme.
Across the city, the Tailteann Sports Centre, Mary Immaculate College, will host the badminton, and table tennis while the Delta Sports Dome will host bocce. The equestrian competition will take place in Clonshire Equestrian Centre.
Ennis Leisure World will host the tenpin bowling while Murroe Pitch and Putt and Ballykisteen Golf Club in Tipperary will host the pitch and putt and golf competitions respectively. Meanwhile, Dell and Special Olympics Ireland have teamed up to design a free smartphone app to support the Games. Matt English joined the Dell team this Tuesday to unveil the details of the app. Also in attendance were athlete and Face of the Limerick Games Christine Delaney and Munster and Ireland rugby legend David Wallace.
About Special Olympics Ireland:
Special Olympics Ireland is a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, but it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport. Special Olympics changes lives. Through sport, athletes develop both physically and emotionally, they make new friends, realise their dreams, and know they can fit in. Special Olympics Ireland enables our athletes to achieve and win not only in sport but in life too.
Special Olympics Ireland currently has: 9,223 registered athletes participating in 13 sports in 385 clubs throughout the island of Ireland.
For further information about Special Olympics Ireland please visit: