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GAA clubs urged to light up as winter walking initiative returns for 2022

Walkers gather for Ireland Lights Up at Dublin's Ballyboughal GAA club in 2018. The initiative begins for 2022 this evening. Picture by Sam Barnes
Paul Ainsworth

AN initiative to encourage communities to enjoy safe walks at well-lit GAA club grounds has returned for another year, with over 500 clubs across the island already signed up to participate.

The Ireland Lights Up scheme begins tonight and promotes participating clubs to light up their pitches and invite locals to come and enjoy safe walks on dark winter evenings.

The initiative is in partnership with RTÉ's Operation Transformation show, which will be highlighting it in tonight's broadcast at 9.35pm on RTÉ One.

It will run until March 2, and is also supported by the Get Ireland Walking campaign, which is backed by numerous organisations including Age & Opportunity and Healthy Ireland.

Speaking of Ireland Lights Up, and RTÉ spokesperson said: "This popular initiative by the GAA encourages clubs from the 32 counties to open their grounds and allow people to safely walk under their lights with public health advice adhered to at all times. After a tough couple of years, the GAA and Get Ireland Walking are delighted to invite communities back into the safe outdoor spaces where everyone can get moving at their own pace."

Organisers are encouraging those who take part in walks at their local GAA club to adhere to Covid social distancing guidelines.

A Get Ireland Walking spokesperson said: "Clubs that complete the registration process and adhere to the necessary criteria will be covered by Get Ireland Walking’s insurance for all walk leaders and participants."

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