An 88-strong Irish contingent have left Dublin this morning to represent the country in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
Taking place from July 25 to August 2, 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches will represent 165 countries in the Games, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators.
Team Ireland athletes will compete in 12 sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Football (5 & 11-a-side), Golf, Gymnastics, Kayaking, Table Tennis.
The Opening Ceremony, to be held on July 25 in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum - site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games - is expected to attract 80,000 spectators.
The Irish athletes, accompanied by more than 150 volunteers, flew out from Dublin Airport this morning, with scores of well-wishers there to cheer them on.
The team received messages of support from around the country as they headed off to what will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015.
Best of luck to everyone on the team - we will be cheering you all the way!