Pictured: (Back) Niamh Briggs, Lucy Mulhall, Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe, Hannah Tyrrell, Aoife Doyle, Louise Galvin, Jenny Murphy, Elaine Ryan. (Front) Emma Murphy, Nikki Caughey, Nicole Cronin, Ashleigh Baxter, Claire Keohane, Eimear Considine with 12-year-old old Jack Coffey, Foxrock Dubli, nine-year-old Ben Herbert Clonsilla Dublin and eight-year-old Caoimhe Ross Raheny Dublin.
Passion. Inspiration. Persistence. Teamwork. Desire. These are the attributes that are associated with sporting heroes. The battle is so intense, that their level of commitment can only be driven by a sheer will to succeed. The obstacles are everywhere, with only the talented elite being able to perform under the weight of such pressure.
Then there are our little heroes who can’t even enjoy the simple pleasures of childhood. There are 70,000 disabled children in Ireland today denied the opportunity to play. They are forced to stay on the side lines and merely observe the playing field. Their struggle is often silent and only understood by those closest to them. The Share a dream foundation passionately believe that all children have the right to play and have pioneered Ireland’s first inclusive indoor play centre ‘Dreamland’, that will focus on ability, not disability. It will be a magical experience and only available previously in a child’s precious imagination.’
Dreamland has been driven by the pure love and devotion of one man, Shay Kinsella, who refuses to believe that the sick and disabled amongst us should be deprived of a child’s most important past-time, FUN. A journey of 25 years, helping 22,500 Irish children Shay has dedicated his life to bringing a little magic, something special to thousands of very sick and disabled children and their families showing that disabled children can enjoy fun and games with their siblings and friends if only given the opportunity to do so.
Share a Dream have worked tirelessly to bring Dreamland, an all- inclusive, play centre to reality. None of this has been possible without the incredible help of dedicated volunteers and fantastic benefactors notably JP McManus, the HSE, Department of Education and the Lottery. It is due to this belief in equality and opportunity that Share a dream have successfully raised half of the funds required to build Dreamland.
It is the great privilege of the Irish women’s Rugby team to announce that they have come on board as Dreamland ambassadors. The team that play with such pride and honour for our country, have shown that with belief and dedication ‘dreams do come true’. Gillian Mc Darby, IRFU Womens National Teams Programme Manager, said: “We are delighted to support the Share a Dream foundation Dreamland challenge and look forward to this inclusive play centre for children. We hope that everyone digs deep to help this great cause and make Dreamland a reality”
Now you have the chance to become part of the Dreamland Challenge and joining Shay & his Share a Dream Team in leaving a legacy behind by helping to build Dreamland and take these children off the side line, put them on the team and let them play.
Visit the Dreamland, Share A Dream website here
Read more about the Irish Women’s Rugby Team here
Read about Limerick charity here