Rith 2018 relay race runners will pass through Louth on March 13

The schoolchildren will be carrying a baton containing a message of hope from the Irish president

Tia Clarke


Tia Clarke



Rith 2018

Rith race runners at the event in 2016

Schoolchildren running in the Rith 2018 relay race will pass through Ardee on March 13, carrying a baton containing a message of hope to the people of Ireland from Michael D. Higgins.  

The event is part of a national festival for Ireland which will take place from 10-17 March 2018 as one of the main celebrations of Seachtain na Gaeilge.  

A 500 km course has been set for a nonstop relay run from Belfast to Listowel with the baton changing hands between people and groups every kilometre. 

Rith 2018 will run over seven days and nights with tens of thousands of people taking part.

A spokesperson said: "It is a unique opportunity for communities throughout Ireland to visibly celebrate the Irish language and culture, while also raising money for the development of the language." 

Rith 2018 will be in County Louth at the following times and places: 

Ardee Tuesday 10.15am 13  March 2018 

Drogheda Tuesday 10.30am 13  March 2018

Each kilometre will be sponsored by individuals, community groups, schools or businesses. The money raised will go towards supporting Irish language events around the country. Kilometres cost €100.

Each kilometre can be seen on the www.rith.ie website where there is also a map of the route.

To take part in Rith 2018 you can register a kilometre online or contact Sinéad Ní Dhomhnaill on 0861955515 or sinead@rith.ie. to arrange which kilometre is most suitable for you.