DLRCOCONominations are invited for awards to honour top sporting achievement and voluntary service across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Cormac Devlin's Sports Awards gives residents of the County an opportunity to honour those unsung volunteers or outstanding young sport persons from within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

Castlebar is getting all geared up to welcome women from all over Ireland and beyond to the Mayo capital for the 8th Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon on Sunday 30th April. The Mini Marathon, one of the flagship events around Mayo Day 2017, is expected to attract large numbers of participants, supporters, family, friends etc. Taking place also on the day immediately after the start of the mini marathon will be the 4th Mini Mini Primary Schools Children’s  Fun Run which will be French themed with a distance of 1798 metres to celebrate the “Races of Castlebar”.

The 10-kilometre run / walk and the 1.798km Mini Mini event is being co-organised by the Western People and Mayo Sports Partnership. This year’s main sponsor is Mayo.ie, to celebrate Mayo Day 2017 Mayo.ie are giving a specially designed technical t-shirt to the first 1000 individual entrants of the Mini Marathon online www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com  or those who register offline by filling out the entry form in the Western People and posting to Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Council,  Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

In addition a special drive to get more teenage girls participating in the event is being promoted through the ‘It’s for Girls’ initiative for secondary schools. The school with highest percentage of girls from their school population aged 12 plus will win the ‘It’s for Girls Trophy’ and receive €1,000 towards a day out at Achill Outdoor Education Centre. 2nd and 3rd prizes, worth €500 and €250 respectively, are sponsored by the Castlebar based company Mayo Adventure Experience.

Adding extra atmosphere to this years event is the 1798 Battle Re-enactment ‘The Races of Castlebar’ organised by the Tourism Office of Mayo County Council. Taking place immediately after the Mini Marathon watch the Irish Rebels and French soldiers chase the British Red Coats through the streets of Castlebar, hence the name, the Races of Castlebar. After the re-enactment there will be fun for all with a French and Irish street spectacle including games, mimes, stilt walkers, human statues and music.

With the mini-marathon a little under two weeks away the excitement is building. To capture the festival atmosphere, the Mall will incorporate a stage with music, refreshment zone, children’s activity area etc. The Mini Marathon will commence at 12 Noon followed by the Children’s Run at 12.05pm from the Courthouse with the Mall open to the public from 10.30am – 5pm.

The organisers would like to ask participants and members of the public to be environmentally friendly and utilise recyclable waste bins on the Mall as well as the race route itself. 

Finally with an event of this nature some temporary road closures will be in operation on Sunday 30th April and again the organisers would kindly ask the public to acknowledge these restrictions for the health and safety of all. Some closures are extended to facilitate the re enactment taking place immediately after the mini marathon. These are listed below:

  • 9.30am Mall Closure- until 6pm
  • Ellison Street Closure 9.30am – 6pm
  • Lower Spencer St Closure 10.30am – 12.30am
  • Duke St 12 Noon – 1pm
  • Newport Rd to Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pm
  • Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pm
  • Gallows Hill 12 Noon – 1pm
  • Newline 12 Noon – 1pm
  • Pontoon Rd to Ballinacarriga 12 Noon – 2pm
  • Ballinacarriga to Ballynew 12 Noon – 2pm
  • Ballynew / Turlough Rd 12 Noon – 2.30pm
  • Staball Hill / Thomas St 12.15 – 4pm
  • Bridge St 12.15 – 6pm
  • Main Street  12.15- 6pm
  • Tucker St 2pm – 6pm
  • Richard St 2pm – 6pm
  • Linenhall St 2pm -6pm
  • Shamble St 2pm – 6pm
  • Lucan St 2pm -6pm
  • Rush St 2pm – 6pm

Note that the road closures will be temporary in nature following the progress of the participants of the marathon, and delays may be expected. Please comply with instructions of the stewards for health and safety reasons. It is recommended that visitors to Castlebar Town arrive early and park in locations so as to best enjoy this event and other related events.

Participants in the Mini Marathon are reminded that closing date for entries is this Friday 21st April; you can enter online at www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com . For more information on any of the above contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

This year, Spinal Injuries Ireland wants to enter their biggest ever team into the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon! Will you join their team?

Spinal Inuries Ireland are offering to pay the registration fee for all its team members and are just asking people to fundraise in return.

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They have fundraising packs for all thier participants and will support you in the run up to the event with training and fundraising tips. On the day, they will all meet for a group photo and enjoy refreshments together after!

For more information and to join the team, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01-2355317.

The closing date for Mini Marathon entries is Friday 28th April.



The European Cycle Challenge 2017 is an urban cyclists’ team competition which aims at the promotion of sustainable mobility and the use of bicycle as a means of transportation, organised by SRM, the Public Transport Authority of Bologna. A Dublin team has been entered by the NTA



  1. To use the challenge as a tool to promote more people cycling, and more miles being cycled, in Dublin City and County;
  2. To compare and learn from this alternative approaches to a cycle challenge; and
  3. To benefit from raw GPS data re cycle movement in the Dublin County area at the end of the challenge by way of a heat map.

Key things to know about the Challenge

  1. The European Cycling Challenge 2017 – ECC2017 takes place from 1st to 31st May 2017.
  2. It is possible to join the Challenge until May 31st.
  3. A free App is provided for all individuals that sign up. Signing up for individuals is free.
  4. Dublin City and County border represent the Team, and individuals within that boundary that have signed up, track their bike-trips with the free App
  5. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can manually insert your bike-trips. It is possible to insert manually up to 6 trips per day.
  6. If you join to ECC2017 after May 1st, you can insert trips made during the previous days.
  7. All kinds of bicycle are allowed – owned or rented, bike-sharing, electric bicycles, cargo bike, etc.
  8. All trips made by bicycle are accepted if the bicycle is used as a means of transportation. For instance, trips to and from workplace or school, to shopping, to visit friends, to go to the cinema or to the swimming pool.
  9. Sport activities are not allowed.
  10. Trips with an average speed higher than 30 km/h AND a maximum speed higher than 45 km/h are not valid for the challenge, thus for the city leaderboard, but only for the statistical leaderboard. The same will be for trips longer than 35 km.
  11. It is possible to join a City Team if you live in the city or you travel to/from/across the city.
  12. In the "City Leaderboard " only the km of the part of the trip made within the borders will be counted. In the “Statistic Leaderboard” all km of any journey will be counted.
  13. It is possible to join only one City Team.
  14. It is possible to join a subteam for each category (companies, schools, groups).
  15. The only two official leaderboards are: the “City Leaderboard” and the “Best Cycling City Leaderboard”. All the other leaderboards have only a statistic meaning.

ucd brandmark colourApril 5th 2017, 6.30pm

Astra Hall (UCD Student Centre)

UCD Sport, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership and the UCD Centre for Sports Studies are hosting a FREE Seminar on April 5th 2017 from 6.30-7.45pm in Astra Hall (UCD Student Centre). The seminar will cover coaching styles, athlete engagement and processes designed to facilitate athlete learning and development at all levels. It will also touch on scientific evidence supporting the learning process and some practical activities coaches can adopt.