2018 Flagship Events

National Walking Day

The aim of this national event is to celebrate the efforts of community walking volunteers and to promote the activity of walking at a local level in communities across Ireland. Get Ireland Walking invites community walking groups to participate in our National Community Walking Day whether you are already part of walking group or wish to gather a walking group for the day. Anyone who wishes to take part and be in with a chance of winning a backpack stuffed with goodies can register on the Get Ireland Walking website. To enter the competition, simply post a 20-30 second video of your walk to your Facebook or Twitter page, tagging Get Ireland Walking and using the hashtag (#NWD2018).


The walking leaders who led the most creative and colourful walks will receive one out of twenty prize packs. Registration for the event closes midnight 29th September 2018. During European Week of Sport, walking workshops will be held in sixteen selected City and County Libraries throughout the country. Details of these workshops will be on the Get Ireland Walking website, all are welcome. The aim of the workshops is to provide information about the benefits of walking, some tips and motivation to increase walking into the day, as well as aiming to prepare walk leaders to lead successful community walks on the National Walking Day. These workshops will include a walk at the end including postural tips and a warm up. Walking is fun, free, flexible and accessible to all, so gather a group and join us this National Walking Day!

Find out more -> www.getirelandwalking.ie/nwd

Great Dublin Bike Ride

The Great Dublin Bike Ride will return in 2018 and is again a flagship event for the European Week of Sport in Ireland. There are two new routes available with a 65km and a 105 km route on offer.

Cyclists will depart from Merrion Square and both routes finish in DIT Grangegorman. 

Great Dublin Bike Ride

Find out more -> www.greatdublinbikeride.ie

National Fitness Day

National Fitness Day will take place on Thursday 27th September and is a day dedicated to celebrating physical activity in Ireland

National Fitness Day

Leisure centres, gyms, parks and clubs will be opening their doors to welcome you for a free session in their area.

Find out more -> www.nationalfitnessday.ie

Family Sportfest

Family Sportfest will return to the Sport Ireland National Sport Campus on the 30th September and is a one day celebration of sport.

See what took place last year:

European Week of Sport 2017 - Family Sportfest from Sport Ireland on Vimeo.

More info available shortly ->  www.nationalsportscampus.ie/familysportfest

#BeActive Nights

Sport Ireland will be supporting five Local Sports Partnerships in hosting #BeActive Nights on Saturday the 29th September.

#BeActive nights

The five counties that will be hosting events in 2018 are:

• Carlow

• Cavan

• Clare

• Laois

• Mayo

These events are part of a European wide initiative taking place on the 29th September and there is an exciting and innovative line up of events planned in each county.

#BeActive Schools' Campaign

Sport Ireland and Active School Flag are inviting schools across Ireland to take part in the Tour of Europe Challenge.

How many landmarks can your school visit?

Tour of Europe Challenge Chart

More information ->  #BeActive Schools Campaign    

Dublin Sportsfest

Dublin Sportsfest
Dublin City is packed full of opportunities to get involved in sport & physical activity at all levels and no matter what your age. There are a wealth of sports clubs, facilities and recreational spaces across the city.

The festival will comprise of a week-long programme of innovative events & promotions across many of the sports clubs resident in the City in addition to Dublin City Council's facilities, parks and urban spaces. The focus will be onencouraging sustainable participation across ALL AGES, BACKGROUNDS & ABILITIES.

Further info -> www.dublincity.ie/sportsfest


SARI Soccerfest

SARI Soccerfest will take place on the 15th September in partnership with the European Week of Sport. It is a celebration of sport, inclusion and diversity.

SARI Soccerfest

Now in it's 22nd year there will be many other sports and activities for families to try on the day in Phoenix Park.