The Federation of Irish Sport is made up of National Governing Bodies of sport as well as the 26 Local Sports Partnerships that operate around the country working with Local authorities to implement a wide variety of sporting programmes.

Each month we carry a round-up featuring some of the many activities that are taking place around the country so that you can see just how effective they are.


Laois Sports Partnership is delivering a Woodlands for Health programme in conjunction with Mental Health Ireland, Coillte, Hse and Get Ireland Walking.

“We are 2 weeks into our programme with 25 participants joining in,” Majella Fennelly tells us.

“We are unveiling Co Laois as the weeks progress and encouraging all to engage with each other.”


The inaugural Dublin Sportsfest will take place during European Week of Sport (September 23rd– 30th).

It will be officially launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, in Irishtown Stadium at 10.30am on Tuesday the 4th of September.

High profile ambassadors from various sporting spectrums will be present on the day and during the week itself.

The focus of Dublin Sportsfest is encouraging participation across all ages, backgrounds & abilities and, importantly, sustainability. There will also be the added bonus of the chance to showcase DCC’s many sport & recreation facilities.

Dublin SportsFest will comprise of a week-long programme of innovative events and promotions across many of DCC’s facilities, parks and urban spaces.  Partners include DCC Sport & Recreation Services, Dublin Festival of History (Public Libraries), Cycling Ireland (Great Dublin Bike Ride), parkrun, Junior parkrun, Ireland Active, Sport Ireland, NEIC, and Ballyfermot Youth Service. This is in addition to a host of sports clubs from across the city.


The Sport Ireland Meath Heritage Cycle tour returned for its 10thyear over the weekend of the 28th& 29thJuly. The ever popular event, run by Meath Local Sports Partnership continues to attract big cycling numbers not only to Trim over the weekend to the entire county.

In the 10 years that the tour has been running, over 30,000 cyclists from the very young to the very old, from the elite cyclist to the beginner have all participated in the cycle tour.

With over 2500 cyclists participating between  the 11k family spin, the 50km Tara Loop and the 100km Royal Challenge – the Meath Heritage Cycle tour remains one the most enjoyable sportifs for all participants irrespective of age or cycling ability.


The Annual Cork Rebel Run 5k & 10k was launched in Cork Institute of Technology recently. Now in its 7th year, the event will take place on Sunday, 21st October. The organising committee of Cork Sports Partnership, LeisureWorld Bishopstown and Cork Institute of Technology  have welcomed both Cork City Council and Cork County Council as sponsors once again for 2018.  There is also support this year from Boston Scientific.

The Run is backed up by a number f Counch to 5K programmes and other activities.


Leitrim Sports Partnership are running two day time walking groups in Drumshanbo and Ballinamore. The groups are open to beginners and are free to take part in.

Ballinamore walking group begins on Monday 17th September at 12noon meeting at Ballinamore Library Main Street Ballinamore.

Drumshanbo walking group begins on Thursday 20th September at 9.30am meeting at Drumshanbo Library Market House.


Offaly LSP is running a subsidised ten-week course of physical activity challenges for Women.  They include an hour of jogging on Tuesdays and Fitness sessions on Thursdays


Monaghan Comhairle na nÓg in association with Monaghan Sports Partnership are hosting their first ever 5k fun Colour Run in Rossmore Forest Park on Sunday 23rd September at 11am.

This family fun event will launch a week-long programme of activities that is planned as part of Monaghan Social Inclusion week. “Run/ Walk for Equality” is inviting everyone, of all ages, young and old, families or individuals, runners, and walkers to register and take part in this fun event.

Cost of entry is €5 per individual, discounts apply to family bookings. All proceeds are going to a local charity.



The 2018 Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon will take place in Thurles on Sunday 30th  September at 11am.  Now in its ninth year, this 10k Women’s Mini Marathon has grown from strength to strength since the inaugural event in Thurles in 2010.

The event provides a great opportunity for participants to raise funds for their own local charities and there is a charitable donation of €200 to the largest group to register that are raising funds for charitable causes.

Participants will receive a technical tee-shirt sponsored by LIT Tipperary. All finishers will receive a specially designed race medallion. Spot prizes will also be distributed on the day. All participants will be chip timed and the event is AAI measured and certified.

The 2018 Tipperary Mini Marathon is funded through Sport Ireland’s Women In Sport Programme and the 2018 committee comprises of members from Tipperary Sports Partnership, Thurles Crokes AC, Tipperary Athletics County Board, Tipperary County Council, Templemore-Thurles Municipal District, Thurles Gardai & Tipperary Civil Defence.

If you would like to feature in next month’s Round Up please send your information by email to reach us no later than Friday 17th August.