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Mayo bowler aims for Special Olympics glory

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GREAT ADVENTURES Kathleen, Patrick and PJ Mulroy are pictured outside their home in Westport.

Ger Flanagan

THE big stage is nothing new for Patrick Mulroy.
The well-known Westport native is preparing to represent Connacht in bowling at the National Special Olympics final taking in place in Dublin later this week and is well placed to win another medal.
The larger-than-life character from Horkan’s Hill in Westport first competed on this sort of big stage back at the 2003 World Games that took place in Dublin, when he came home with gold, silver and bronze medals, before enjoying similar success in the National Games in Belfast in 2006 and Limerick in 2010.
Is he nervous? Of course, he’s not.
Is he excited? “I am surely,” he told The Mayo News when we visited him last week.
Patrick’s mother, Kathleen looks back on 2003 with fond memories.
“We were in Croke Park many times over the years at different games,” she said. “We’ve been all around the country at different sports with our other kids and nothing compared to that night.
“It was indescribable for a parent, there was 80,000 people at it!”
As soon as talk turns to Croke Park, Patrick roars with joy: “Come on Mayo!”
He’s a big football fan, and tells us that he’s a cousin of Mayo’s double All-Ireland medal winner, Eddie Doran from Achill, and Mayo senior star Jason Doherty.
Westport footballer Kevin Keane is another friend of Patrick’s, while all he really wanted to know was whether Lee Keegan would play against Limerick last Saturday?
Patrick first started bowling when he was eight years-old and is also a keen cyclist.
He will depart Castlebar on Thursday morning for the beginning of the games, that take place from this Thursday until Saturday.
Patrick will be competing in the Leisureplex in Blanchardstown and there’s no doubt if his form matches his enthusiasm, he could very well be on top of another national podium come the weekend.
“We really want to wish all the Connacht team the very best of luck,” Patrick’s father, PJ said. “And we to thank all the coaches and volunteers for the work they do, it wouldn’t be possible without them.”
So make sure to wish Patrick the very best of luck if you happen to see him doing his weekly neighborhood delivery of The Mayo News in Westport today!

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