Clonmel's Eddie Ryan wins two silver medals at Special Olympics

Eamonn Wynne

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Eddie Ryan

Eddie Ryan, who won two silver medals in badminton at the Special Olympics Ireland Games, pictured with his sister Ciara, who was assistant to the Munster badminton team at the Games

The summer just ended has been one of major achievement for a young Clonmel man, who was among the medal winners at the Special Olympics Ireland Games.

Eddie Ryan from Cherrymount won two silver medals in badminton, in the men's singles and also in the men's doubles when he teamed up with Nicholas O'Brien from Cork, as they represented Munster with distinction.

The Games, held at Abbotstown in Dublin in June, were something of a family affair for the Ryans, as Eddie's sister Ciara acted as assistant to the Munster badminton team.

Eddie, who will be 26 in October, is no stranger to the big occasion at the Special Olympics, as he represented Ireland at the World Games in Shanghai, China in 2007.

Eddie works in the Journeyman Programme, a training initiative which is part of the Camphill Community in Carrick-on-Suir.

There he enjoys a wide range of activities including cooking, horse riding, candle-making, golf, Zumba fitness and arts and crafts, as well as walking, which he undertakes for the Gaisce (The President's) Award.

Zumba fitness is one of his favourite pastimes and he takes part in an extra class at the Clonmel Park Hotel, as well as playing soccer in Cahir.

Eddie's parents, Brenda and Eoin, his sister Ciara, relations and friends are justifiably proud of his achievements.

Athletes at the Games competed in 13 sports and Motor Activities Training, including athletics, aquatics, badminton, basketball, bocce (a ball sport related to bowls), bowling, equestrian, football, golf, gymnastics, kayaking, pitch  and putt and table tennis.

A total of 2,144 medals (959 gold, 667 silver and 518 bronze) were awarded during the Games, and won by athletes from the five regions – Connacht, Eastern, Leinster, Munster and Ulster.