Tee off with Gala Retail’ for Special Olympics Ireland.

Make your round count for Special Olympics athletes across Ireland.

Special Olympics Ireland and Gala Retail have just launched the first-ever virtual golf tournament in aid of the charity. Organised by the Gala group they are inviting you to ‘Tee off with Gala Retail’ and raise funds for Special Olympics Ireland. The virtual golf tournament is open to golfers across Ireland and is asking teams of four players to sign up for the event and ‘make your round count’ during Global Week of Inclusion this July 19th – 26th.

Top scorers in the event will have the chance to win from a range of big prizes including a golf getaway for eight people at the K Club; the chance to play a four-ball with former international rugby player, Keith Wood at Portmarnock Golf Club; and four-balls at some of Ireland’s top golf courses. The prizes will be awarded at a virtual prize-giving event, taking place LIVE on the Gala Facebook page on Monday 27th July at 7pm.

Former International Rugby star, Keith Wood has also lent a hand to the campaign by offering up one of the main prizes which is the opportunity to play a four-ball with him at Portmarnock Golf Club. Keith, also a patron of the charity and a keen golfer, commented: “Sport is a great vehicle for breaking down barriers, building friendships and confidence. And Special Olympics is sport in its purest form. Getting involved in this event not only benefits the athletes of Special Olympics with essential funding, it can be achieved while playing a game you love, safely in your own club.”

This year marks the sixth year of partnership between Gala Retail and Special Olympics Ireland. Charity fundraising activities have been greatly restricted since the Covid-19 pandemic began and charities and their partners have had to look for new, innovative ways in which they can engage with the public.

In creating the ‘Tee off with Gala Retail’ for Special Olympics Ireland virtual golf tournament, Gala Retail  aim to raise much needed funds for Special Olympics Ireland that will enable the organisation to continue supporting nearly 8,000 Special Olympics athletes across Ireland who are vulnerable to loneliness and isolation now more than ever. By entering the competition, you will be making your round count!

The registration fee for a team of four is €300, with all proceeds going to Special Olympics Ireland. To register for the event visit www.specialolympics.ie, further information on the tournament can also be found at www.gala.ie.


  • Special Olympics Ireland is a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, which provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport. Special Olympics changes lives. Through sport, athletes develop both physically and emotionally, they make new friends, realise their dreams, and be part of their communities. Special Olympics Ireland enables our athletes to achieve and win not only in sport but in life too.
  • During COVI-19 Special Olympics Ireland has been supporting athletes at home through their Together at Home Programme.
  • Special Olympics Ireland currently has: 7,985 registered athletes participating in 15 sports in 294 clubs around Ireland.
  • For further information about Special Olympics Ireland please visit: www.specialolympics.ie