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Get out and score a Mile for Goal over Christmas

Saturday, 23rd December, 2017 4:00pm
Get out and score a Mile for Goal over Christmas

Dublin footballer Jack McCaffrey and rugby star Jamie Heaslip launch the 2017 Goal Miles at Irishtown Stadium with the help of Saoirse Moore (5).

Get out and score a Mile for Goal over Christmas

Dublin footballer Jack McCaffrey and rugby star Jamie Heaslip launch the 2017 Goal Miles at Irishtown Stadium with the help of Saoirse Moore (5).

DUBLIN footballer, Jack McCaffrey, and rugby star Jamie Heaslip are encouraging everyone in Dublin to get out over the festive season and join in one of the 18 Goal Miles taking place over the Christmas and New Year period.

The Miles will once again offer people an opportunity to exercise, have fun and help raise money and awareness for some of Goal’s most vital programmes in the developing world.

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 and cities the length and breadth of Ireland.

More than 130 Miles will be held across the country over the festive period, as the popularity of the event continues to grow.

McCaffrey is particularly encouraging families to make sure their children take part in their local event.

“Anyone, no matter their age or fitness level, can take part in a Goal Mile,” he said. “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, said the Goal Miles have become annual social occasions in communities the length and breadth of the country at this time of the 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. 

“We are grateful to everyone who helps make the Goal Mile such a popular event, and we are particularly thankful to the local organisers, who give up so much of their time to ensure each event is successful as possible.

“Thanks to them, and to everyone who takes part, Goal is able to highlight, and support, some of the most vulnerable communities in the world.”

Where to find your local Goal Mile:

Pope’s Cross, Phoenix Park, on Christmas Day from 10.30am-12pm; at Lucan Harriers AC, on Christmas Day, from 10am-12pm; at Malahide Castle, on Christmas Day at 11am; at Skerries Rugby Club on New Year’s Day from 12.30pm-2pm; at Corkagh Park Car Park, Clondalkin on St Stephen’s Day at 12pm; at Round Tower GAA Club on St Stephen’s Day at 10.30am; at Wildgeese GAA Club, Oldtown on St Stephen’s Day at 12pm; at Shanganagh Park, Shankill, on Christmas Day at 9.30am; at St Anne's Park, Raheny on Christmas Day at 11am; at Kilbogget Park, Killiney/Ballybrack, on Christmas Day from 10am-12pm; at Irishtown Stadium on Christmas Day from 10am-12pm; at Porterstown Park on St Stephen’s Day from 11am-1pm; at Tallaght Athletic Club, Greenhills Road, on Christmas Day, from 9.30am-12pm; at Terenure College on St Stephen’s Day from 11am-12.30pm; at CLG Naomh Jude on New Year’s Day from 12-2pm; at Blackrock RFC, Stradbrook, on St Stephen’s Day from 1pm-2pm; at St Raphaela’s School on Christmas Day from 10.30am-12pm; and at Herbert Park..

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