Special Olympics Ireland launched an iPhone app today, allowing supporters to follow the Irish team at the 2011 summer games.
It was created for free for the charity by Alan Haverty, Cian Pas of Cream Graphics and Roland Gröpmair. Alan’s brother, Ian, is a participant in the Special Olympics.
The Special Olympics Ireland app will also give information on the ongoing work in more than 400 clubs throughout Ireland.
“The app is a fantastic communication tool for us. This is a unique app for Special Olympics globally and for the first time people will be able to follow the World Summer Games on their iPhones,” said Sahra O’Neill, Special Olympics Ireland director of fundraising and marketing.
“Throughout the 2011 world games, our iPhone app will provide athletes, families, supporters and volunteers with up-to-date information on the progress of each individual member of Team Ireland on their iPhones.
“The app is fully integrated with Special Olympics Ireland social networks and provides live blogs, results and news from the games, as well as information on the ongoing work of Special Olympics.
“We look forward to adding additional functionality and updates to the app in the near future and hope the app provides hours of use for all supporters of Team Ireland,” O’Neill said.
Some 126 athletes will represent Team Ireland in 12 sports at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens. The games will run 25 June-4 July.
The athletes will be accompanied by 49 coaches, 200 volunteers and hundreds of family members and supporters.