On an overcast, chilly, Monday morning, there was no evidence of any sluggishness or a lack of motivation at Monkstown Educate Together National School. 

The enthusiasm was infectious from teachers and students alike as everyone took their turn to participate in the morning exercise. One of the teachers said that they tried to get out nearly first thing every morning as it was a great way of burning off a bit of excess energy to help everyone to focus on school work for the hours that followed. 


With an increasing number of primary schools participating in “The Daily Mile” across the county of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, the initiative is proving a big hit. Children of all ages and abilities are getting out on a daily basis for some exercise during the school day. 

 An impressive twenty eight schools have since come on board and many of them met at the launch on the 8th December 2016 to learn more about the initiative, find out what might work best for their schools and also officially launch The Daily Mile in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. The session included a Skype chat with Sheila Jennings the Principal in Lehinch National School and her pupils about their experiences doing the Daily Mile since September.


The Daily Mile is successful because it is simple and free:

  • It takes place over just 15 minutes, with children averaging a mile each day.
  • Children run outside in the fresh air – and the weather is a benefit, not a barrier.
  • There’s no set up, tidy up, or equipment required.
  • Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing time is needed.
  • It’s social, non-competitive and fun.
  • It’s fully inclusive; every child succeeds, whatever their circumstances, age or ability.

Shane McArdle, Coordinator with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership stated at the launch “we are delighted that so many local schools are taking part in this brilliant initiative and to be a partner in promoting The Daily Mile. It’s a great example of how something so simple can be so effective”.


Caroline Mahon, Schools Health Promotion Officer at Blackrock Education Centre stated “with schools ideally placed to promote physical activity, the Daily Mile provides a simple and effective way of embedding activity into the every day. It has lots of benefits such as improving concentration levels, peer & teacher relationships and building self-esteem. It also helps schools reach broader goals with such initiatives as the Active Schools Flag or Health Promoting School Initiative, leading to that whole-school approach”.

Expressions of interest by schools in “The Daily Mile” are still being accepted and can be lodged by contacting Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership at 01-2719502 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

COE logoDun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership has now confirmed its full schedule of Safeguarding (Child Protection in Sports) Workshops for 2017. Click here for dates, venues and more details.

Please note if you have not registered for the first Dublin date on 8th February 2017 as advertised below, an additional date has been added on 14th February at the Aviva Stadium: Click here for link 

Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road 
Tuesday, 14/02/2017


**If you wish to make an application but have not previously registered on OSCAR the deadline is 5pm on Friday 10th February**










The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in partnership with Local Sports Partnerships is organising a series of workshops on How to make an application under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme.  For information on the seminars and to make a booking click on the links in the table below. 

Once you have made a booking you will receive a booking confirmation email and you should bring this with you to the event. 


Conference Centre, 
National Sports Campus
Wednesday, 08/02/2017
6.00-7.30pm &  



The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment.

The Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sports and physical recreation facilities throughout the country. In particular, its stated objectives are to:

  • Assist voluntary and community organisations, national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, local authorities and Education and Training Boards and schools to develop high quality, accessible, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities in appropriate locations and to provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation.
  • Prioritise the needs of disadvantaged areas in the provision of sports facilities.
  • Encourage the sharing of local, regional and national sports facilities by clubs, community organisations and national governing bodies of sport.

Grants are available to sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities.  Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs or organisations.

All applications must be made online at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 24 February


If you have not previously registered, your organisation must register on the website first and your organisation must have a Tax Registration Number from the Revenue Commissioners to register. The deadline for registration is 5pm on Friday 10th February.

For more information on the Programme including a YouTube guide to application process and a sample application form visit www.sportscaitalprogramme.ie

This 1 day interactive workshop is for those who work or volunteer with young people. For details and how to register please see the poster below.

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To apply please fill out the application form below or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


New Operation Transformation Logo

Fun and Exercise at Dun Laoghaire Operation Transformation Walk

Last Saturday, the 7th January, saw 280 people take part in the Operation Transformation walk around the Dun Laoghaire coast. Organised by the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership this event was part of a National initiative to promote the message that walking is a fun way for people to get active as part of a healthier lifestyle.