Support urged for the Polar Plunge in aid of Special Olympics in Clogherhead this Saturday

aking the Polar Plunge with Dave Kearney, Colm O'Shea and Kane Douglas (Leinster Rugby) are Garda Patrick Sheridan (Drogheda), Garda Eugene Mulligan (Drogheda), Sargeant Anne Byrne (Clogherhead), Garda Pat Merrick (Castleblaney) and Garda Mark Kirwan (Clogherhead) during the launch of the Special Olympic Polar Plunge on Clogherhead Beach see www.specialolympics.ie for more details Pic: Thos Caffrey/Newsfile

aking the Polar Plunge with Dave Kearney, Colm O’Shea and Kane Douglas (Leinster Rugby) are Garda Patrick Sheridan (Drogheda), Garda Eugene Mulligan (Drogheda), Sargeant Anne Byrne (Clogherhead), Garda Pat Merrick (Castleblaney) and Garda Mark Kirwan (Clogherhead) during the launch of the Special Olympic Polar Plunge on Clogherhead Beach see www.specialolympics.ie for more details Pic: Thos Caffrey/Newsfile

People are being urged to get freezin’ for a reason this Saturday by signing up for Special Olympic’s Ireland icy Polar Plunge.

Leinster Rugby players Dave Kearney, Australian international Kane Douglas and Collie O’Shea were on-hand to support the launch of this unique event recently. It will see plungers brave the icy waters at Clogherhead beach Saturday in the hope of raising thousands of euro for Special Olympics athletes.

Separate plunges are also taking place in locations around the country this December as part of a fundraising drive to support athletes with intellectual disabilities.

The Clogherhead Polar Plunge is being spearheaded by local garda Patrick Sheridan from Drogheda Garda Station along with colleague Patrick Merrick, who is based in Castleblaney, Co Monaghan. Members of the RNLI, whose life boat station is based at Clogherhead, were also involved in the launch.

The event is being run as part of the Gardai’s role with the Law Enforcement Torch Run, an organisation that has been in partnership with Special Olympics for many years. Gardaí said they are hoping to attract up to 150 plungers on the day with the first plungers due to take their icy leap of faith at 11am.

Leinster player Kearney said signing up to take the plunge is a great way to support some of Ireland’s most inspiring athletes.

“Rugby players like myself are well used to taking ice baths but the Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Clogherhead beach on Saturday is a much more fun way to get freezin’ for a really good reason. I’d encourage everyone to sign up for the event at specialolympics.ie/polarplunge and help support some of Ireland’s most inspiring athletes,” said Kearney, who hails from Willville in north Louth.

Garda Patrick Sheridan is also hopeful that the people of Louth, Monaghan and Meath will get behind the event: “This is a fantastic way to raise much needed funds for Special Olympics athletes. All of the money raised will go towards supporting athletes in this region and ensuring that they continue to get access to sporting opportunities through competitions, leagues and interclub competitions. On top of that it promises to be good fun so sign-up today!”

A number of other local organisations have also pledged their support to the event.

Those interested in signing up for the Polar Plunge can do so at www.specialolympics.ie/polarplunge. Registration costs €15 and plungers are asked to raise a minimum €50, which goes directly to supporting athletes with intellectual disabilities through sport and competition. Plungers who raise more than €50 will also receive a complimentary ‘Ice Cool’ t-shirt.

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