Tallaght and the West to collide with Gaelforce coming to South Dublin for the first time

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South Dublin County Council and South Dublin Chamber, in partnership with Killary Gaelforce, have announced the expansion of the infamous Gaelforce event into Tallaght on the 18th of February 2017.

Over 1,000 brave souls, will kayak, cycle and run their way through a challenging course in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains.

Dubs legend Michael Darragh MacAuley joined the South Dublin Mayor, Guss O’Connell and representatives of South Dublin Chamber and Gaelforce to launch the event.

This exciting event will see competitors go from urban to rural as they race through South Dublin and into the Dublin mountains.

They will pass renowned landmarks and breath-taking scenery while racing through the South Dublin County such as; Tallaght Stadium, the Square in Tallaght, the River Dodder, Bohernabreena Reservoir, Kippure Mountains and much more.

There are two distances to choose from; 29km or 49km with the race covering three different disciplines: Cycling, Running and Kayaking.

The 29km is suited to those who are after a shorter ‘sprint’ race but want a challenge whilst those looking for the extra distance to push themselves can take on the 49km race.

Competitors will cycle to Bohernabreena Reservoir from Tallaght Stadium, where they will face a kayak on the reservoir surrounded by stunning landscape.

From here they will run over various terrains, up Kippure Mountain, with its panoramic views of Dublin and Wicklow before returning to the finish line at Tallaght Stadium.

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Michael Darragh MacAuley, Dublin GAA star, pictured with the Mayor of South Dublin County, Councilor Guss O’ Connell, for the launch of the expansion of Gaelforce into South Dublin.

Speaking at the launch Mayor of South Dublin County Cllr Guss O’ Connell said:

“South Dublin County Council are delighted to support this initiative in conjunction with South Dublin Chamber.

“It is great to introduce such an event to the doorstep of so many of our outdoor enthusiasts.

“An adventure race of this type really touches on the unique selling point of this County, where city living sits side by side with the great outdoors.

“I look forward to welcoming the many participants, despite the event being held in February, they are assured of a warm welcome.”

Sherri Brennan, President of South Dublin Chamber, commenting on the expansion to Dublin said;

“We are glad to welcome Gaelforce to Dublin.

“Our role is to promote South Dublin.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors from all over Ireland to see the beauty of our County and to enjoy all that it has on offer.

“Starting in the heart of Tallaght and stretching up into the Mountains, our competitors will see the many wonderful sides of South Dublin.”

Ciara Young, of Killary Gaelforce, stated:

“We are really excited to bring Gaelforce to Dublin for the first time.

“South Dublin County has some great terrain that lends itself to adventure. Having a goal really helps with the winter training, setting a target is the key to not losing your fitness over the winter.

“Set up a training group, get a group of friends involved, the more the merrier and the better the journey! We have training plans available on our website that people can follow!”

Set a personal goal for yourself this January and inspire those around you to get involved in Gaelforce Dublin Adventure Race, 18th February 2017.

Full details of the event, are available at their website here.