Donegal Rose Katie McAteer and Special Olympics Ireland are calling on swimming enthusiasts to get ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ this February 18th by participating in their ‘coolest’ fundraising event of the year!

Donegal’s Polar Plunge will take place at Rathmullan Strand, Rathmullan from 3pm. The event was last held in 2019, when crowds of people including families, Special Olympic Athletes, businesses and individuals turned out to take part in this unique fundraising event, bravely plunging into icy cold waters.  

Special Olympics are hoping that this year’s event will be just as popular with potential plungers, so that much needed funds for the organisation and its athletes can be raised.  

At the launch of the Polar Plunge at a snowy Rathmullan on Tuesday last were Fr. Martin Collum, Shaun Cassidy, Regional Director Special Olympics Ulster, John Gallagher, Patrick Quinlivan, Katie McAteer, Mick McGlynn, Damian Rogers, Conal Drislane and Patricia McAteer.

‘Rathmullan – The Way Forward are delighted to be able to facilitate the 2023 Polar Plunge in Rathmullan on Saturday 18th February at 3pm in order to raise funds for Special Olympics. Come join us and get Chilly in the Swilly’

Those who think they are brave enough to take the Polar Plunge can register at  

Registration costs just €15 with plungers encouraged to raise an additional €25. Plungers who raise an additional €25 receive a complimentary Polar Plunge t-shirt. 

Special Olympics Ireland provides sporting opportunities for nearly 8,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities across over 200 clubs all over Ireland.  Funds raised from this year’s Polar Plunge events will help to support Special Olympics Ireland’s club’s and athletes, who have been taking part in Advancement Events in recent months in the hope of being selected as one of only 73 athletes who will represent Team Ireland at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Berlin next June.

Speaking at the launch of the Polar Plunge today, Special Olympics Ireland’s Ulster Region Director, Shaun Cassidy said: “Special Olympics Ulster are delighted to be able to launch the Polar Plunge this year in Rathmullan. Now in its sixth year the Polar Plunge fundraiser is a great community event and this year will be even better than before. Every day, the athletes of Special Olympics Ulster step up to meet the challenges of the sport that they love and do so with a smile. We would encourage everyone to sign up today and take on a fun challenge in support of these inspirational athletes. We would like to thank the Athletes of Little Angels Special School in Letterkenny and Rathmullan House for supporting this launch.”

To keep up to date with Special Olympics Ulster events and athletes, follow the organisation on Twitter, @SOIreland @SO_Ulster and on Facebook,