05 Oct 2022

Get active this Christmas with outdoor community events in Laois

Clonaslee Hospice Walk

Clonaslee walk 2016.

There has been a huge number of events around the county in the run up to Christmas and this is set to continue from St. Stephen's day in all corners of Laois. Get ready to walk, run or jog your way across all corners of Laois in aid of many charities.

People in Clonaslee will celebrate the 25th year of the annual St. Stephen's Day walk in the Slieve Bloom Mountains this year in aid of Laois Hospice.

Walkers will head off from early in the morning. Workers will be on hand at the community centre from 8am. People doing the long walk should head off by 12.30pm and the shorter family walk leaves the centre at 1pm.

It will be officially launched by Seamus O'Donoghue. This walk to date has raised almost €900,000 for hospice care in Laois.

The Goal Mile will take place on Christmas day hosted by the GOAL Mile Portarlington group.

The mile kicks off from Portarlington GAA Club and you can walk, jog or run to raise funds for GOAL, an international aid foundation.

No registration is needed just turn up and donate what you can.

The GOAL Mile will also take place at Oakvale Woods, Stradbally on Christmas Day from 10am-12pm.

The Laois hunt meets in Abbeyleix this St. Stephen's Day starting at 12 noon.

On St Stephens day in Timahoe, a very unique game has been arranged between the over 35's and the under 35's.

All funds raised will go towards the Early Intervention school for children with Autism in the Village.

It will be a good way to work off the festive extremes.

A few former players have promised to tog out, all assemble in the field at 2.30pm on St Stephens day.

The Harps Camogie Club will host a 5k road race fun run on New Year's Eve, December 31. Registration takes place at Cullohill Community Centre at 11am.

The Portlaoise Athletics Club St. Stephen's Day run kicks off between 10.30am and 11:00am at St. Fintan's Hospital, Portlaoise.

There is no entry fee but all donations on the day will go to The Cuisle Centre. Complete one or two loops of the church block, walk, run or jog!

The annual Ballacolla New Year's Day walk will kick off at 2pm from the village. It is in aid of Ballacolla Senior Citizens.

Join in the challenge in Stradbally where it is hoped that 30 ladies run 5 k in 30 minutes on December 30!

There is no excuse this Christmas with all of these active events going on throughout Christmas week and into the new year in many communities around the county.

Let us know if there is an outdoor event in your community on Christmas week that we haven't mentioned yet, comment on Facebook or email

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