Gala launches virtual golf tournament to raise funds for Special Olympics Ireland

‘Tee off with Gala Retail’ for Special Olympics Ireland.

Top scorers at the event will be in with a chance to win from a range of big prizes



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8 July 2020

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Gala Retail has launched the first-ever virtual golf tournament to raise funds for charity partner, Special Olympics Ireland.

The ‘Tee off with Gala Retail’ event is open to golfers from the North and South of Ireland. Gala has asked teams of four players to sign up for the event during Global Week of Inclusion this 19 to 26 July.

Top scorers in the event will have the chance to win from a range of big prizes including a golf getaway for four people; the chance to play a four-ball with former international rugby player, Keith Wood at Portmarnock golf club; and four-balls at some of Ireland’s top golf courses. Prizes will be awarded at a virtual prize-giving event, which will take place live on the Gala Facebook page on 27 July.

This is not the first time that Gala Retail has joined Special Olympics Team Ireland on the golf course. The Gala Group first partnered with Special Olympics Ireland back in 2015, supporting Team Ireland on their journey to the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.

To mark the launch of that partnership, Gala Retail was joined by member of the Special Olympics Team Ireland golf team and the late, great, Christy O’Connor to play a few rounds and pick up some tips out on the golf course.

Charity fundraising activities have been greatly restricted since the Covid-19 pandemic began and charities and their partners have had to look for new, innovative ways in which they can engage with the public.

In creating the ‘Tee off with Gala Retail’ for Special Olympics Ireland virtual golf tournament, Gala Retail said it aims to raise much needed funds for Special Olympics Ireland that will enable the organisation to continue supporting nearly 8,000 Special Olympics athletes across Ireland who are vulnerable to loneliness and isolation now more than ever.

The registration fee for a team of four is €300, with all proceeds going to Special Olympics Ireland. To register for the event visit




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