Video: A fabulous welcome to the Leixlip Gathering

Hundreds of Leixlip volunteers sent out a huge cead mile failte to athletes from Scotland, France Norway and Ireland last weekend.

Leixlip hosted a second major Gathering event in August when the Town Twinning/Leixlip Special Olympic games events were held from 23-26 August.

Eighty five visitors from Leixlip’s twin towns of Bressuire, Fraserburg and Stavanger took part in events at Confey GAA and Leixlip Amenities Centre on the Saturday.

Mayor of Kildare, Cllr. Mark Wall was among those who attended the Amenity Centre events on Saturday.

One of the key organisers, Marion Lyons, said the event was “absolutely fabulous and the volunteers had been “outstanding.”

Town Council chairperson, Teresa Byrne, said the visitors were blown over by the number of volunteers.

“It was like the spirit of the 2003 World Games,” she added.

Around 240 people attended a much-praised gala dinner which was held at the Springfield Hotel on Saturday evening.

The visitors were greeted with a civic reception at Newtown House on Friday evening, which was followed by a conference on the theme of disability.

Cllr. Anthony Larkin said one highlight was the help Dublin Bus was prepared to give to those with special needs to enable them to use the bus system.

“There has been wonderful support from the community before the event and during it,” said Marion Lyons, secretary of the joint organising committee

She said integration was a key part of the games with mixed teams comprising member from the four countries.

“The integration was wonderful. This is all about integration,” said Ms. Lyons.