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|Caption||Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of the Special Olympics,...|
|Programme||Special Olympics 2003 Opening Ceremony|
Ahern, Bartholomew Patrick (1951 -)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of the Special Olympics, addresses those attending the opening ceremony of the 2003 Games, in Dublin's Croke Park on 21 June. A small group of people are gathered around her - possibly members of her family? They are visible on the big screen located to the left of the stage. A man can be seen signing Kennedy Shriver's speech on the bottom right of this screen. The National Symphony Orchestra is visible on the right.
Tyrone Productions made this programme for RTÉ Television - the programme copyright is owned by Tyrone. It was the first time the Special Olympics, in which athletes suffering from learning disabilities compete against one another, was held outside of America. 7,000 athletes from 160 countries took part over the course of ten days. RTÉ Radio also broadcast live coverage of the opening ceremony. The RTÉ Guide published a 12-page feature on the Special Olympics in its edition of 13 June 2003.
|Collection||RTE Stills Library|
|Date of photograph||
(21/Jun/2003 - 21/Jun/2003)