The Paralympic Games - or parallel Olympics - get under way in Australia tomorrow night. The opening ceremony will start eleven days of competition for the 39-strong Irish team. With full team funding from the Irish Sports CounciI hopes are high that the team can exceed their exploits in Atlanta.

Four years ago in Atlanta, under very adverse circumstances, the Irish team managed to bring home a total of ten medals; six bronze, three silver and one gold.

Filed by Seán Folan