18th December 2020

  1. Keep Active this Christmas
  2. Sports Ambassador Bursary Awards Announced
  3. Irish Times Sports Woman of the Year Awards
  4. Carlow Clubs Sign Disability Charter
  5. Welcome to our newest team member Majella Fennelly

#BeActive #KeepActive #KeepWell

 Keep Active this Christmas


Sport and physical activity is a cornerstone of life in Ireland.  In recent weeks and months, we have seen a temporary shut down of clubs, tournaments and sport in general. This however does not mean that we as a nation have not continued to stay active.

It is possible to keep active over the Christmas period while following public health guidelines.  We know that not moving over long periods of time is terrible for long term health.  Rather than writing off the whole month and deciding to start your fitness/health kick in January, just do what you can.

Being active will help you physically and mentally.  Don’t wait for the New Year, live in the moment and be active now!

Struggling for ideas to keep activity levels high this festive season?  We have compiled a list of links below to inspire and motivate you to be active and keep well this Christmas.

6 ways to keep active over Christmas

Sport Ireland Covid-19 Support 

Sport Ireland  – Be Inspired – Be Moved

Get Ireland Walking App

Be Active Outdoors


Ireland Lights Up returns in January 2021

Beginner to 5km training plan


Free Yoga Online

Operation Transformation 2021

#BeActive #KeepActive #KeepWell

Carlow Sports Ambassadors
Bursary Awards Announced

Two Carlow Sports Ambassadors AnnouncedTWO young County Carlow elite sportspeople have been announced as the county’s Sports Ambassadors for 2020, roles which will extend throughout 2021.

The Ambassadors are: 21-year-old international rower Clíodhna Nolan from Leighlinbridge; and Tom Daly (27), the Rugby Union professional from Castlegrace, Tullow.

The Carlow Sports Ambassador Award, an elite athlete support bursary, is a joint initiative between Carlow County Council & County Carlow Local Sports Partnership.  Carlow Sports Partnership is funded by Sport Ireland and operates as a sub-committee of Carlow County Council. The purpose of this elite athlete bursary is to support emerging talent and to provide recognition to individuals who are working towards the highest levels of success in their chosen sport.

Martha Jane Duggan, Coordinator of Carlow Sports Partnership, stated, ‘The recipient of this award will act as an ambassador for sport in Carlow, promoting active lifestyles and providing inspiration through their achievements. This is the fourth year the bursary has been awarded.   Previous recipients of the award were Jack Keating (rowing), Molly Scott (athletics) and Marcus Lawlor (athletics).’  

The bursary is worth €1,500 per recipient and this year for the first time Carlow County Council has approved the allocation of two awards – one male and one female, to align with national initiatives to raise the profile of women in sport.

Tom O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, stated ‘The range of applications highlights the number of high performing athletes we have in County Carlow.  It was a very difficult task to choose from this elite group of high performing sports men and women but Cliodhna Nolan and Tom Daly stood out due to the level they are participating at, their endorsement from their governing bodies of sport and their personal statements which underscored their commitment to promoting sport and active lifestyles for all.  We look forward to marking this great achievement for both athletes with an appropriate celebration when government restrictions allow.’

Applications were assessed based on their current level of participation in sport, endorsement from their governing body of sport and a personal statement from the applicants demonstrating how they would promote sport and healthy lifestyles and act as an ambassador for sport in their home county.  After a lengthy process and careful consideration the committee arrived at their decision.

Declan Doyle, Chairperson of CCLSP said that the Carlow Sports Ambassador programme provides a positive peer influence for the next generation of aspiring sports people. Declan stated: “Clíodhna and Tom, while maintaining a strong link to their County Carlow sporting roots, represent a pathway from grassroots participation to elite competition. We are delighted to have them as our ambassadors for the coming year during a time when wellness and exercise are crucial to our battle with, and through, the Covid-19 pandemic.’

Congratulations are extended to Clíodhna Nolan and Tom Daly on being named ambassadors for sport in Carlow and they are wished well in their endeavours on behalf of the county.

Sports Woman of the Year Awards 2020

Everyone is welcome to join in the celebrations for The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards today Friday, December 18th Awards will be presented to each of the monthly winners for this year

Ceremony taking place at 12.30 today – it’s not to late to attend (virtually)…

Alternatively, discover the monthly winners of the Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards on the Sport Ireland website…


Carlow Clubs Sign Disability Charter

During 2020 the CARA Disability Inclusion Charter was signed by over 1000 clubs and organisations in Ireland.15 clubs in Carlow have signed the Charter and are currently promoted as inclusive by CARA Sports Inclusion Ireland.

If your club would like to offer inclusive activities or you would like to find out more about the Charter please contact Sports Inclusion Disability Officer Teresa at tomeara@carlowcoco.ie.

Well done to the following Carlow Clubs who have signed up to the Disability Charter:


  • Ballymurphy Badminton Club
  • Swimmingly
  • Tullow & South Leinster Tennis & Sports Club
  • Football Association of Ireland (Carlow)
  • Vale Wanderers FC
  • Burrin Celtic FC
  • Tullow Taekwondo Academy
  • County Carlow Football Club
  • Muine Bheag Camogie Club
  • Ballinkillen HC
  • Carlow YM Badminton Club
  • Carlow Muaythai Gym
  • Mona Fit Kid Club Ltd
  • Burrin Celtic FC
  • Hacketstown Running Club


Further information on the Disability Charter can be found HERE

Welcome to our newest Carlow Sports Partnership team member Majella Fennelly

We are delighted to welcome Majella Fennelly to the Carlow Sports Partnership Team!

This week Majella took up her post as Community Sports & Physical Activity Hub Coordinator.  Majella will be working with clubs in the three municipal districts of Tullow, Carlow and Bagenlastown to promote outdoor sports and physical activity.

Majella has over 10 years experience in the sports and community development sector and is very much looking forward to working with key stakeholders and community groups to support the development of  local sports structures.  Majella is passionate about health & overall wellbeing and a huge advocate for the great outdoors, especially walking.

Find out more about Carlow Sports Partnership staff and programmes here:

#BeActive #KeepActive #KeepWell