Ireland Getting Ready to Walk to Fitness

Operation Transformation returned to TV screens last night and will be hitting the streets in over 100 community walks this Saturday.

Thousands of people across Ireland are set to take part in the biggest ever Operation Transformation Nationwide Walks programme.

With new walks, this year’s event, which has been organised in conjunction with Sport Ireland and Local Sports Partnerships around the country, is the biggest in the show’s 12-year history.

The walks are open to all – young and old, experienced walkers and those looking to jump-start their January health kick – and will take place at venues throughout the country from 11 am on Saturday 12 January 2019.

This year Kathryn Thomas will be walking be alongside Leader Siobhan O’Brien in Porterstown, Dublin 15; Dr Eddie Murphy will join Jean Tierney in Patrickswell, Co Limerick; Sumi Dunne will join Paul Murphy in Tubercurry, Co Sligo; Karl Henry will walk alongside Cathal Gallagher in Ballyshannon Co Donegal; and Leader Pamela Swayne will be joined by Aoife Hearne in Youghal, Co Cork.

RTÉ is also linking up as part of this year’s show with the GAA for the ‘Ireland Lights Up’ campaign, helping communities across the 32 counties come together and enjoy getting fit and healthy in the safe surroundings of their local GAA club.

For the first time in Operation Transformation history, the new series will be based in the north county Dublin town of Balbriggan as OT attempts to get the whole town moving. Over the course of the 8 week series OT will be encouraging local community leaders to get their area active with the programme reporting on their success.


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