Special Olympics and Ireland’s Rio Olympic hopeful boxers

24 March 2016; Ireland's Olympic boxers have come out in force to show their support for Special Olympics Ireland ahead of the charity’s annual Collection Day next month on Friday, April 22nd. The boxers, who rank as some of Ireland’s most promising medal hopes at this summer’s Rio Olympics, welcomed athletes from Team Ireland to the Irish Athletic Boxing Association’s, IABA, High Performance Boxing Unit in Dublin yesterday, Wednesday 29rd. The boxers called on members of the public to dig deep on Collection Day, which is proudly supported by eir, as the charity seeks to raise €650,000 in 24 hours on April 22nd. Pictured are from left to right, Adam Nolan, Wexford, Co. Wexford, former Irish Welterweight Champion, Joe Ward, Moate, Co. Westmeath, European Champion and World Light-Heavyweight Silver Medallist, Mark Duffy, Tallaght, Co. Dublin, Special Olympics Bronze medallist in 11-a-side football, Keith Butler, Walkinstown, Co. Dublin, Special Olympics 800m Swimming Gold Medallist and fifth place in the 1500m Open Water, Michelle Toner, Head of CSR at eir, and Darren O’Neill, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, current Senior Heavyweight Champion and European Silver Medallist. Boxing High Performance Unit, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***