Active Cities – Programmes & Initiatives

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Programmes & Initiatives

Active Cities Dublin have supported and continue to support several programmes and initiatives through funding, promotion and delivery. 

These programmes are an integral piece of the Active Cities project and specifically address the Active Societies and Active People pillars and allows us the opportunity to engage with groups and communities to find what best suits the needs of the people in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown.

#BEACTIVE Night 2023

To launch and celebrate European Week of Sport we held our first #BeActive Night Family Adventure Fest on Saturday 23rd September in The Gap, Glencullen Adventure Centre.

The afternoon was packed with all-inclusive activities for all the family such as Mountain Biking, Forest Kids activities and trails, family walking trails as well as yoga, archery and frisbee and much more. 

Face painters and a DJ were also on site to enhance the fun, festival atmosphere.  Keep an eye on our social media pages for details for 2024 #BeActive Night event.

Marathon Kids 2023

This running programme is aimed at 5th and 6th class and supports students to run 26.2km (full marathon distance) over 8 weeks. Each running sessions takes approximately 20 minutes and students complete this 4 times a week during class time.

The programme ties in with the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum delivered in National School.

We closed with a finale event where students ran the last kms of their marathon alongside other schools and were presented with their medals for participating.

Siel Bleu Ireland

Siel Bleu Ireland specialise in working with the aging population and people living with chronic conditions. 

We have partnered with Siel Bleu Ireland on several programmes such as Siel Bleu @ Home, an online programme with Live Classes in the comfort of your home. 

We also ran Outdoor Summer Sessions, a bespoke programme with exercise session held in one of our beautiful parks in Dún Laoghaiore-Rathdown, allowing participants to get the benefits of improving health and fitness while enjoying the outdoors


The Exwell programme was a GP referral programme delivered in Sandyford Community Centre (August 2022 – April 2023) to individuals living with a chronic illness. 

Participants attended two classes per week which included a mix of aerobics, walking/jogging drills, strength training, balance and core strength. 

Classes were provided at a reduced cost due to Active Cities Dublin funding.

Bike Week

In 2023 we celebrated and supported Bike Week and all things cycling through a social media awareness campaign.  This type of promotion helps to remind people and raise awareness of the benefits of cycling so that EVERYONE can lead a healthier lifestyle. 

As part of this awareness campaign, we linked with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Active Travel and Age & Opportunity for the final day of our Sofa to Saddle programme. 

This programme was designed to get people over the age of 55, back on their bikes so they can begin or return to cycling for leisure or travel

Hop On Hike Off

A collaborative project with Active South Dublin and Dublin Mountain Partnership (DMP) consisting of an eight-week hiking programme with four guided hikes led by DMP experienced mountain rangers. 

The programme was aimed at those with an interest in hiking with a good level of fitness who wanted to learn new skills while exploring the Dublin Mountain Way.

Outreach Ukrainian

Joint funding in place with DLRCOCO to support refugees with access to gym visits to the dlr Leisure Ballyogan Centre for adults staying in the Rest Centre.  Sport and leisure equipment provided for kids and children to have the opportunity to be active.


dlr Disability Water Sports Summer Camps


A 4 week 1:1 camp for children with complex disabilities.  Participants get the opportunity to experience activities on the water such as kayaking, boating etc. in a safe and accessible environment. 

The programme is funded by DLRCC and supported by Active Connections and Active Cities Dublin, hosted by the Royal Saint George Yacht Club, Dún Laoghaire. 



Joint funding in place with DLRCOCO to support people with disabilities to have access to dlr Leisure Centre Loughlinstown for reduced rate and specific times allocated for the groups.

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