The GAA’s popular Ireland Lights Up walking initiative returns tonight, Wednesday 12 January, in partnership with RTE’s Operation Transformation and Get Ireland Walking.

The initiative will be launched on the show at 9.35 pm on RTÉ One as part of the programme’s holistic approach to adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well as losing weight.

Ireland Lights Up encourages GAA clubs across the 32 counties to turn on their floodlights and open their walking tracks to enable their local communities to come together to walk and talk in a safe environment during the long dark evenings of winter.

Operation Transformation will shine a light on this great initiative by showcasing each week on the show GAA clubs that are taking part.

With over 500 GAA clubs already signed up, participating clubs will be asked to open their gates on any or all evenings for the duration of the campaign tonight until Wednesday 2nd March 2022.

Get Ireland Walking is a national initiative of Sport Ireland, funded by Healthy Ireland, supported by Mountaineering Ireland, Irish Heart, HSE Health Promotion and Improvement, Age and Opportunity, the GAA, Ireland Active, Arthritis Ireland and others that aims to maximise the number of people participating in walking – for health, wellbeing, and fitness – throughout Ireland.

Having had to postpone some outdoor events last year, Sport Ireland, The Local Sports Partnerships and Operation Transformation are happy to say they will again work to bring communities safely together for events. They aim to bring Nationwide Walks back on 16th January 2022 as well as the 5K in The Phoenix Park.

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Operation Transformation is one of Ireland’s longest-running wellbeing initiatives, even if it came to life originally in a time when wellbeing was much less understood. It has shipped some criticism for the emphasis on weight and has adapted to encompass and dial up the more holistic approach to wellbeing. It is great to have so many sporting organisations onside including the Local Sports Partnership which deliver this approach 12 months a year.


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