Celebratory Exhibition Launched

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Paralympics Ireland attended an event at the beautiful ‘Centre Culturel’ in Paris to officially open a new exhibition celebrating the participation of Irish athletes in the Paralympic and Olympic Games since the first time Ireland competed as an in Independent nation at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.

Paralympics Ireland President joined with CEO Stephen McNamara in officially opening the exhibition alongside the CEO of the Olympic Federation of Ireland, Peter Sherrard and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Pascal Donohue.

The exhibition which has been researched and presented by historian Mark Duncan examines the history of Irish participation at the Olympic and Paralympic Games before, during and since the foundation of the Irish state. It is a wonderful celebration of the impact of sport and the significant history of competition and success by Irish athletes on the World stage.

CEO Stephen McNamara standing to the right of Minister Pascal O'Donohue with President Eimear Breathnach seated to the minister's left
Paralympics Ireland CEO Stephen McNamara and President Eimear Breathnach join Minister Pascal O’Donohue at the opening of the Exhibition at the Centre Culturel in Paris.

The exhibition can be seen in person in the beautiful surrounds of the courtyard of the Centre Culturel in Paris and also online by clicking through to this link: https://www.centreculturelirlandais.com/en/cci-online/100-ans-de-jeux-l%C3%A9pop%C3%A9e-irlandaise

Speaking at the opening of the exhibition Paralympics Ireland president Eimear Breathnach said “This exhibition is a wonderful testament to the power of sport and what it means to Irish people. My thanks to the Centre Culturel and Irish Embassy in Paris for commissioning the work and to Minister O’Donohue for joining us to open it. I would urge anyone to go online and read the work of Mark Duncan who has done a tremendous job and of course, for the Irish sports fans in Paris throughout the Summer the Centre Culturel is certainly worth coming to for a few hour to see this superb exhibition.”

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