Press Release – Operation Transformation OT Walks Louth
January marks the start of RTE’s Operation Transformation which started last Wednesday night.
The Operation Transformation’s Nationwide Walks take place every year across all 26 counties, in conjunction with Sport Ireland and the Local Sports Partnerships. This year they took place in over 100 venues inc including someluding 13 in County Louth.
This year Louth Local Sports Partnership joined forces with our Local GAA clubs in Louth to bring the walks back to the communities in an effort to help people kick start their New Years fitness plan and get healthy.
Last weekend’s Operation Transformation Nationwide Walks were held on Saturday January 12th at 11.00am. We had 13 offical walks across Louth, 11 GAA clubs got involved and the communties came out in mass to support their club, community and parish. We also ran two other walks in Drogheda with our friends from Irish Red Cross Healthy Steps Programme and the Muirhevnamor Community HUB organised by Conor Gorham (Community Sports Hub Facilitator).
In total Louth had over 1054 walkers on Saturday that is the largest single number of walkers we have had in Louth since Operation Transformation started and one of the highest in the country. This is a credit to all the people within the clubs and groups who helped to organise the walks and get the support within the club and community.
Following on from the OT Walks one of the programmes that Operation Transformation did last year in partnership with The GAA was ‘Ireland Lights Up’. The campaign brought communities together across the 32 counties to enjoy healthy walks in the safe, bright, environments of their GAA clubs, in a bid to make exercise more accessible on the dark winter nights and the concept was so successful that some of the GAA Clubs in Louth are going to run this programme this year.
This is creating a sustainable opportunities for people in the local area to continue their new found love for exercise and to continue exercising to help increase their physical activity and to get new people from the community involved in their local GAA club.
The following clubs are taking part in ‘Irelands Lights Up’, Geraldines GFC, St Kevins GFC, St Josephs GFC, Dreadnots GFC, St Fechins, Kilkerley Emmets, Mattock Rangers, St Mochtas, Lannliere Naomh Martin and Glen Emmets and Muirhevnamor Community Sports HUB.
For information on times, dates and day of the clubs taking part in ‘Ireland Lights Up’ campaign contact the Louth Local Sports Partnerships website at www.louthlsp.com