As Mayor of Limerick I would like to express my sincere condolences on the death of Eunice Kennedy Shriver RIP.
Mrs. Kennedy Shriver truly was a remarkable woman. Her compassion and tireless efforts as a champion for the intellectually disabled can only be described as extraordinary and inspirational.
We were delighted and honored in Limerick when Mrs. Kennedy Shriver became the first recipient of May Immaculate College's inaugural McAuley Medal last year in recognition of her outstanding and visionary work in establishing the Special Olympics in 1968.
None of us can forget that wonderful occasion in 2003 when Ireland hosted the Special Olympics World Games. The people of Limerick remember with great affection the many athletes who visited us and made their homes on the banks of the Shannon that summer.
As a proud sporting city, Limerick is looking forward to hosting the 2010 Special Olympics Ireland games next June and welcoming 1,900 athletes, their coaches, family members and thousands of volunteers to the Treaty City. We hope that the athlete taking part realize their dreams and enjoy the team spirit, fun and new friendships that will be formed-no doubt, just as Mrs. Kennedy Shriver would have envisaged.
We send our condolences to her husband Mr. Sargent Shriver, her five children, Maria, Robert, Timothy, Mark and Anthony and 19 grandchildren as well as the wider Special Olympics family both here in Ireland and abroad.
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Councilor Kevin Kiely
Mayor of Limerick