National Operation Transformation Virtual Walk 2021 - February 19th to 21st

Are You Ready For

The Operation Transformation

Virtual Walk? 


To Help You Prepare for the 5km virtual walk which will be happening nationwide from February 19th to 21st, the team here in Carlow Sports Partnership has provided some tips and advice to help get you ready for the 5km event, building up your fitness and stamina. 

Operation Transformation is back on our screens for 2021. Tune in to RTE One each Wednesday at 9.35 pm to follow the leader's progress.

Operation Transformation aims to inspire the nation to focus on their health and fitness and set themselves some goals for a very different kind of new year. Alongside the popular TV show, Operation Transformation in conjunction with Sport Ireland Local Sports Partnerships will be giving the nation the tools they need to get moving and feel great.

In recent months, many of us turned to fitness and physical activity as an outlet for stress, fresh air, and wellness. Unprecedented numbers of people turned to walk and regular outdoor exercise. So whether you've been itching to make a change to your lifestyle, got hooked on walking this year or just need a new project to take on, Operation Transformation will bring all the motivation you need to meet those goals.


To download your copy of the Operation Transformation Tips and Advice, to help prepare you for your 5km walk, please click here

5 Bullet Friday - December 18th 2020



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

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

5 Bullet Friday - December 11th 2020



11th December 2020

  1. Get Ireland Walking 21 Day Walking App
  2. Tennis Ireland Officiating Webinar
  3. Social Prescribing in Carlow
  4. 'Runuary' with Athetics Ireland
  5. CARA Catch Up LIVE:CAST


Get Ireland Walking Launch 21 Day Walking App

Sport Ireland, Get Ireland Walking and Healthy Ireland are encouraging people of all ages to walk into 2021 by taking part in the Keep Well Walking Challenge.Walking App
A new app has been launched to support the initiative.  Take the 21 Day  Walking Challenge which is part of the #KeepWell campaign & walk into 2021!  You can start today 11th Dec or any day this month.
Download the app HEREIreland LIghts Up
'Ireland Lights Up' is back in Jan 2021.  GAA clubs & other sporting clubs can turn on their lights to allow walkers to safely walk during the 8-week broadcast of Operation Transformation in 2021.
Find out more & register your club HERE

Tennis Ireland Officiating Webinar

Tennis Ireland have announced their next Women in Sport webinar which will focus on officiating
with a great panel of speakers you won't want to miss
Registration in advance is required
REGISTER HEREFor those that can't make it, Tennis Ireland will be posting the recording on their YouTube channel following the webinar
#WomenInSportIRE #CantSeeCantBe #Officiating #Tennis

Social Prescribing in Carlow


St Catherine's Community Services Centre is delighted to introduce the new Carlow Social Prescribing Service.  This is a free support that aims to reduce social isolation and improve people’s health and wellbeing.

The service is based within the community and will operate from St. Catherine’s C.S.C and the New Oak Community Centre.  The aim of the Carlow Social Prescribing Service is to link people with non-medical sources of support within the community to improve physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

The service will provide individuals with information on areas of interest such as social groups, exercise classes, relaxation sessions, volunteering opportunities, support services and much more all in their local area.

For more information contact Sinéad 086-4147511

'Runuary' with Athletics Ireland

Jessie and Thomas Barr, the Olympic siblings, today launched the
Irish Life Health 'Runuary' programme to support runners, of all levels to run January and not let it run them.

With the uncertainty of the last few months, many of us have turned to running to relieve stress, clear our head and to feel more in control.

Starting on January 1st, it encourages runners, from beginners to the more experienced, to commit to challenging but realistic running programmes, with a target distance to be completed on January 31st.



Yoga Girl - 4 Week Online Yoga for Those Moving From Primary to Secondary School

YOGA GIRL - Starting Tuesday, August 25th - 4.30-5.30pm

YogaGirl is a 4 week online Yoga programme with Connie Byrne of Ahimsa Yoga By Connie B which will be delivered through ZOOM.

The programme is for girls who are making the transition from primary school to secondary school. YogaGirl will focus on breathing and stretching techniques which can build strength in body and mind and also useful coping techniques for stressful situations.

The programme is organised by Carlow Regional Youth Services and begins on Tuesday 25th August and will be from 4.30-5.30pm The cost is €10 and booking is through this Eventbrite Link


Activities At The Urban Outdoor Adventure Hub


Water Sports At The Urban Outdoor Adventure Hub,

Carlow Town Park

With the many rivers flowing through our county, we are spoilt for choice in how we utilise them.

Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Board & Fishing sessions are featuring among events at the Urban Outdoor Adventure Hub in Carlow Town Park this month.  This is a partnership project between Carlow Local Sports Partnership and Carlow Regional Youth Services and funded through Carlow Sports Partnership, Sport Ireland and Carlow County Council.

As part of the Urban Outdoor Adventure Hub Young people aged 12 – 17 years from across Carlow have been enjoying Kayaking on the River Barrow this the past week.  Despite the morning fog being slow to evaporate, the afternoon sessions have seen some glorious sunshine.  The laughter and craic on the Barrow have been infectious.  Pure Adventure and Carlow Regional Youth Services worked together to guide the young people through their 2-hour sessions.

Those who participated during the week were a combination of those who have tried these activities before, young people new to the area and also young people jumping at the chance to try new activities available on their doorstep. There are more activities planned for next week with Stand Up Paddle Board and Fishing on the schedule.

We intend to make fishing as a more regular fixture on our program of events,  so if you are aware of a young person aged 12-17 who is interested in any of the activities, they can contact Karen Mullins, Sports Development Worker, CRYS by email


Síolta The Squirrel Returns, With New 'Nature On Your Doorstep' Adventures

6 New Nature On Your Doorstep Challenge Sheets

For People Of All Ages

We are delighted to welcome back Síolta The Squirrel with a new series of Nature on Your Doorstep and 6 new, colourful challenge sheets to encourage and assist people of all ages to explore their local natural and built environment.

In previous years, we ran a Family Explorer Challenge with events and family challenges designed to encourage families to get active outdoors, while exploring the wonderful natural heritage of County Carlow.  This year we wanted to create activities that were not site-specific, that children and their families could complete in their gardens or on the roads and pathways close to their homes.

With colourful photos and drawings and fun activities suggested by our mascot Síolta the Squirrel, the Nature on Your Doorstep challenges are mainly targeted at primary school-age children but can be used by anybody of any age, in any part of the country and are particularly suited to families working together.

Our Wildflower Walk Challenge encourages people to notice and record wildflowers while out walking and to encourage wildflowers in their gardens.

With the Minibeast Safari Challenge we offer suggestions for locating, learning about and protecting insects and invertebrates.

The Heritage Explorer Challenge suggests different ways of finding and researching local built heritage while the Garden Map Challenge; Map Your Walk Challenge and Garden Creativity Challenge look at fun ways to record what you find and use natural items in creative ways.

Each of our wonderfully colourful challenge sheets can be downloaded here:

We hope you enjoy these new Nature On Your Doorstep Sheets as much as we enjoyed putting them together for you.

Also, have You Consulted Any Heritage Organisations?   The following Websites are all referenced on our challenge sheets:



Inclusive Kayaking & Stand up Paddle Boarding for ages 11+

We are delighted to be supporting Pure Adventure Ireland again this year to offer Inclusive Kayaking & Stand up Paddle Boarding for ages 11+ children and adults with additional needs & their siblings.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding:                                                       Kayaking

We have 2 sessions available                                                      We have 2 sessions available

Tuesday, August 11th:  12pm-2pm and 3pm-5pm                        Wednesday, August 12th: 4pm - 6pm

                                                                                                            Friday, August 14th: 4pm - 6pm

Each Activity Costs €10 per person plus Eventbrite booking Fee

Click Here to Book Your Stand Up Paddle Board Session 

Click Here to Book Your Kayaking Session 


 If you require further information please contact Teresa on

COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme - Aiding Clubs In Their Return To Sport

Sports clubs in Carlow can now apply for COVID-19 Club Small Grants

of up to €1,500 through Carlow Sports Partnership


The Covid-19 Club Small Grant Scheme is part of a series of Covid-19 related funding schemes from Sport Ireland and the Government to support the sports sector in a bid to aid the return to sport. The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme will provide assistance to local clubs with covering costs associated with the reopening and delivery of their activities. With many sporting clubs & groups now back to training and activity across the County we are delighted to announce details of the third round of the Covid-19 Club Small Grants Scheme for 2022.

The maximum amount of funding available per club/group/organisation is €1,500.00.


  • Only one application can be submitted per sport club
  • Applications to Carlow Sports Partnership are only applicable to clubs based within County Carlow
  • Funding support for the same purpose should not be sought from multiple sources, e.g. national governing body of sport, etc.
  • Funding applications must be submitted prior to Friday 11th November 2022
  • For Application Form and Guidelines please click here.


Further Information:

Egle Useckaite, A/Administrator with Carlow Sports Partnership

Email:  | Phone: 059 9136247 |