'Ireland Lights Up' once again
After last year's hugely successful campaign, the GAA, in partnership with RTÉ’s Operation Transformation, is again seeking to bring together communities across the 32 counties to enjoy healthy walks in the safe, bright, environs of their GAA club.
Each Thursday, club and community members will be invited to come together at participating clubs to walk off the Christmas excess, catch up with their neighbours, and banish the winter blues.
The aim is to provide a positive and beneficial resource for communities throughout the entire country. In a bid to make walking more accessible and safe for the masses almost 250 GAA clubs throughout Ireland will turn on the floodlights/lighting systems at their pitches for Ireland Lights Up, promoting both the physical and mental benefits of walking and exercise, as well as the fantastic facilities that local GAA grounds have on offer to people in their locality.
Interested clubs can sign-up at any point over the next six weeks by simply going to GetIrelandWalking.ie and following the Operation Transformation link to register their club. Of course all members of the community are welcome, not just GAA members, but participants will be required to register and sign-in each night.
John Horan, An Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael said: “In every corner of the country our network of clubs plays a crucial role in contributing towards a healthier Ireland. This reinforces the work of our Healthy Club project and helps our clubs become hubs for health in their communities.
The benefit of this particular initiative is that this appeals to young and old, players and non-players, with benefits for everyone. This year we aim to reach over 200 clubs and encourage all clubs who meet the criteria to sign up. Together we can ‘Get Ireland Walking'."