'Ireland Lights Up' walking campaign returns in January 2021, in partnership with the GAA and Operation Transformation. This year other sporting organisations, Athletics Ireland, Cricket Ireland, Hockey Ireland, FAI and IRFU will join the GAA to ensure that 'Ireland Lights Up' by turning on their floodlights during the 8 week broadcast of Operation Transformation which returns to our screens on 6th January 2021.
Over 400 GAA clubs participated in 2020 with over 120,000 walkers recorded. Faced with the pandemic, this Ireland Lights Up is about providing a safe walking experience for as many people as possible - particularly the most vulnerable in our communities - while adhering to public health guidelines.
Book your space to walk at a local registered club or venue, through the new GIW App from Thursday the 7th of Jan! The app will regularly add clubs and venues near you on a daily basis; be sure to re-check if your local club has registered and then just sign up!
Clubs participating will open their gates each evening of the week for the duration of the campaign from Monday 11th January to Sunday 28th February 2021 and select suitable evening or day time options. The registration feature on the App will not be live until January 7th, so remember to keep checking!
Please note that due to the current restrictions in respect to Covid-19, NO walking groups are permitted to attend venues and walkers should only walk within their own family unit, or with a person/s within their social bubble. Physical distance should be maintained throughout the walk. No walkers should attend a venue unless they have registered through the GIW App, this will provide information for contact tracing and insurance purposes.
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. However, irrespective of GAA membership status, leaders and participants are not covered by the GAA Injury Benefit Fund for this initiative.
To participate, clubs must comply with certain criteria please read here.