Dublin footballer Jack McCaffrey and Irish rugby star Jamie Heaslip launch the 2017 GOAL Miles at Irishtown Stadium, Dublin, with the help of Saoirse Moore, aged 5
Louth broadcaster, Alison Comyn, is encouraging young and old people right across Louth to get out and take part in one of three GOAL Miles taking place across the county this Christmas and New Year period.
The Miles offer people an opportunity to exercise and get out of the house on Christmas day to have fun and help raise money and awareness for some of
Louth broadcaster, Alison Comyn
Now in its 36th year, the GOAL Miles regularly attract tens of thousands of participants each year. People run, jog or walk a Mile in villages, towns
More than 130 Miles will be held across the country over the festive period, confirming the ever-growing popularity of the event.
Alison is particularly encouraging families to make sure their children take part in their local event.
She said: “Anyone, no matter their age or fitness level, can take part in a GOAL Mile, but the individual events become very special when lots of children participate. Not only are young boys and girls exercising and having fun, but they are also learning about - and helping - children in other parts of the world who may be suffering because of hunger, disease or conflict.”
GOAL General Manager, Celine Fitzgerald, says the GOAL Miles have become annual social occasions is communities the length and breadth of the country at this time of the year.
Participants in the GOAL Mile at DKiT on Christmas Day last year
“The GOAL Mile has gone from strength to strength every year since its inception in 1982,” she said. “Over the past three-and-a-half decades, it has become an integral part of Christmas for thousands of families.
Miles will be held at three locations across Louth this year: at Dundalk IT on Christmas Day from 10-11am; at St. Feichin’s GAA Grounds, Termonfeckin on St Stephen’s Day from 11am-12pm; and at Dunleer AC Track on Christmas Day from 11am-12pm.
In addition, the Mile at Termonfeckin celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and will be marking the occasion by having Fergal McEvoy and friends play traditional music on the day – also a nod to the fact that Drogheda will host the Fleadh Ceol next year.
To find a GOAL Mile near you, please visit www.goalglobal.org or search on Facebook for your local event.