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Book of Condolences opened for Eunice Kennedy Shriver R.I.P.

2009 August Book of Cond EKS

Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Laura McGonigle pictured at the opening the Book of Condolences with Cork City Council employees (L to R) Marco Schmunkamp, Josephine Gazely and Ger Kelleher.

A Book of Condolences was opened in the foyer of Cork City Council’s offices in City Hall, Cork  on Thursday 13th August 2009 by Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Laura McGonigle in honour of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics Organisation, who died on Tuesday August 11th Eunice Kennedy Shriver epitomized all that was positive and good about those who wished to transform the image of those with intellectual disabilities from institutionalized patients to friends, neighbours and athletes.

She has left an enduring legacy in Ireland in Cork in particular. This was particularly evidenced in the towns and villages throughout the county who hosted athletes and their families when the Special Olympic World Games were held in Ireland in 2003.

Her legacy is also clear to see in the form of 11,275 registered athletes and 446 affiliated groups in cities, towns and villages throughout Ireland . The Book of Condolences will give the people of Cork the opportunity to express their appreciation for her life’s work”

When closed, the Book of Condolences will be forwarded to Eunice’s son Timothy Shriver, who is the Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics International.


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