Ireland Lights Up

The hugely popular ‘Ireland Lights Up’ walking initiative returns in January 2020, in partnership with the GAA, Operation Transformation, and Get Ireland Walking.

GAA clubs across the 32 counties will once more ensure ‘Ireland Lights Up’ by turning on their floodlights and hosting community walking groups during the eight-week broadcast period of the hit RTÉ show (which returns to our screens each Wednesday from January 8th to February 26th).

Over 270 clubs participated in Ireland Lights Up in 2019, with a total of 65,000 walkers getting out during the initiative.

The first date for clubs to host ‘Ireland Lights Up’ 2020 is Thursday, January 9th, but this year clubs are free to host their walking groups any, and as many, nights of the week as they want. To find out where your nearest club is, and what night they are hosting their event, see our map and counties dropdown below.

The aim is to make exercise more accessible on the dark winter nights and to offer local communities an opportunity to get together and socialise in a healthy way. Walking is proven to benefit both our physical and mental health.

During the eight-week period, RTÉ’s Operation Transformation cameras will visit a selection of participating clubs across the series, with all clubs encouraged to capture their stories via video and images for use on the show, GAA.ie and RTÉ’s various platforms. Please send your captured stories to otgaaclubs@gmail.com. It is important to note that only clubs that register their participant numbers in a timely manner with the Community & Health department in Croke Park will be considered for a visit by Operation Transformation’s cameras.

To register your club, please click here

If you have any photos or videos from your local club’s Ireland Lights Up event, please post on to social networks with the hashtags #OperationTransformation #IrelandLightsUp #GAA #GAAHealth

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