Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Special Olympics Athlete Receives Surprise Visit From Leinster Rugby Players

from Leinster Rugby...

As part of the charity partnership with Leinster Rugby, Special Olympics Leinster nominated Daniel Dunne (11), from Tullamore, Co. Offaly as the match day mascot for the Harlequins game in the Champions Cup this Saturday in the Aviva (kick Off: 7.45pm).

Under the guise of catching up on the great work being done across the province, Leinster Rugby TV called in to Ballinamere National School to capture some footage of one of their training sessions being run by Niall Kane….but also to catch up with one of the stars of the Special Olympics Leinster swimming team, Daniel Dunne, who recently won two gold medals in the breast stroke.

Daniel, who thankfully lists Leinster as his favourite team and the recently returned Jamie Hagan as his favourite player, was caught off guard by the moment as Leinster stars Dominic Ryan and Marty Moore surprised him with his match kit and match day VIP tickets. 

You can watch the moment here on Leinster TV: 

Daniel will walk out in front of over 40,000 supporters on Saturday evening and Leinster TV will again capture the moment. Daniel's special day will feature as part of the December edition of 'Across the Laighin' which will air next Wednesday, the 17th December on

Check out for more information about the partnership with Special Olympics Leinster and LauraLynn, the two charity partners of Leinster Rugby for the season ahead. 


Taken by JLP from RDS press box on Nov 16, 2019