Ross Christmas Market in aid of Clon Special Olympics

Clonakilty Special Olympics athletes Kevin O' Dwyer, Wayne O' Sullivan and Eileen O' Brien, who have qualified for the Ireland Games in Golf Skills next June. Proceeds from the Rosscarbery Christmas Market at the Celtic Ross Hotel on Sunday 19th November are going towards their club.

The annual Rosscarbery Christmas Market held in the large function room of the Celtic Ross Hotel, is one of the most popular seasonal events leading up to Christmas over the last number of years.

This years event will be held on Sunday 19th November from 12.00 noon to 6.00pm, and 60 stall-holders have booked out the event since September, promising a huge choice of unique gifts that can be bought directly from West Cork crafts and food producers.

The proceeds of the Rosscarbery Craft Fair this year will be donated to the Clonakilty Special Olympics Club. Founded in 2005 by people who were involved in the 2003 Clonakilty Host Town committee, (when the town hosted the Danish SO Team before they went to the Summer Games in Dublin that June), the voluntary group caters for the sporting needs of around 25 athletes with intellectual disabilities in the community, complimenting work undertaken at the local COPE and CoAction centres. Golf Skills and Basketball are the main Special Olympics Club sports in recent years and this summer, three members qualified for the Ireland Games in Dublin next June.

Wayne O’ Sullivan, Eileen O’ Brien and Kevin O’ Dwyer have been with the club for many years and will represent the club in Golf Skills at the Ireland Games, which may in turn may lead onto one or all of them qualifying to represent Ireland in the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.

A parent of one of the other club athletes said:,

“We are very fortunate to have such an active bunch of athletes in our club and this year we are proud to have three members representing us in next summers Ireland SO Games. The proceeds from the Christmas Market will help to finance this expense but much more is needed to help these lads on their way. All support for the market will be appreciated”. 

Check out the Clon Special Olympics Facebook or Twitter pages for further information.

The Celtic Ross Hotel is a superb venue for the Christmas Market, being held indoors, central to many areas of West Cork with plenty of safe on-site parking.

Everyone is encouraged to attend and support the Rosscarbery Indoor Christmas Market on Sunday 19th November in aid of Clonakilty Special Olympics Club from 12.00 noon to 6.00pm.