Discover Strength and Vitality: Join the Forever Fit Resistance Training Classes!

Are you ready to enhance mobility, boost bone mineral density, and increase strength? Look no further! Our tailored resistance weight training classes are designed specifically for individuals over 60, focusing on improving overall fitness and well-being.

Class Schedule:

  • Myshall Location:
    • When: Wednesdays & Fridays
    • Time: 12 PM – 1 PM
    • Where: Myshall Community Centre
    • Duration: April 10th – June 28th
    • Cost: €70 for a 12-week block (€30 deposit required, balance payable in instalments)
    • Contact: Call 0871712529 or email
    • Registration Link: Book Now
  • South County Carlow Location:
    • When: Wednesdays & Fridays
    • Time: 2 PM – 3 PM
    • Where: Newtown Community Centre, R95 TD21
    • Duration: April 10th – June 28th
    • Cost: €70 for a 12-week block (€30 deposit required, balance payable in installments)
    • Contact: Call 0871712529 or email
    • Registration Link: Book Now

Why Choose Forever Fit?

  • Expert-led classes tailored for seniors.
  • Focus on improving mobility, bone density, and strength.
  • Convenient timings to fit into your schedule.
  • Affordable pricing with flexible payment options.
  • Join a supportive community committed to health and wellness.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to invest in your health and vitality. Reserve your spot today and embark on a journey to a stronger, healthier you!

Soccer Integration Blitz

Carlow Sports Partnership, FAI Carlow, Carlow Garda Síochána and SETU Carlow are inviting community groups, work colleagues or groups of friends to compete in a friendly soccer tournament.

Each registered participant will receive a commemorative t-shirt, there will be trophies for winning teams and best players plus live music and food throughout the day. The details are:

Date: 26th April 2024

Time: 11am – 3pm

Location: SETU South Sport Campus

The entry fee for teams is €10.00 and there can be a maximum of 10 and a minimum of 7 players per team. The format is as follows:

  • Teams of 5 players (with minimum of 2 subs)
  • Teams are required to be mixed (a minimum of 2 females or 2 males on each team)
  • Roll on Roll off subs
  • Maximum of 20 teams
  • Each game will last 5-7 minutes depending on number of teams and will run straight though (no half time)
  • Teams will be guaranteed at least 3 games

The rules of the competition are:

  • There must always be a minimum of 1 female and 1 male player on the pitch
  • No sliding tackles allowed
  • No studded boots – only moulded boots or runners allowed
  • Shin guards are optional
  • All participants must be 16 years or over to register

Disclaimer: Neither the Landowners nor the Organisers of this event accept any responsibility whatsoever for accident, injury, loss or damage to any person, property or exhibit howsoever caused or occurring on these premises. All persons registered for and attending the event enter the property at their own risk and are understood to have implicitly accepted the above Disclaimer.

Please note, tickets cancelled less than 24 hours before the event will not be eligible for a refund.

For more information or any queries, please contact

Leading the Way - Deborah Foley

The final leader we are highlighting for Women in Sport in Sport Week is Carlow Sport Partnership’s very own Coordinator, Deborah Foley. Deborah embarked on her remarkable journey in the world of sports upon graduating from SETU Waterford (formerly Waterford IT) with an Honours Business Degree in Recreation and Leisure Management in 2012. Her post-college experiences took her on an adventure spanning continents and roles, each contributing to her profound understanding and passion for sports development.

Starting as a gym and swim instructor in various leisure centres, Deborah’s path led her to Alaska in 2016, where she volunteered with a charity for individuals with disabilities. This experience abroad broadened her perspective and deepened her commitment to inclusivity in sports.

Upon returning home, Deborah embraced roles that allowed her to make a tangible impact on sports development in Ireland. From her tenure as a Development Officer for Triathlon Ireland to her work with Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership and GAA Handball, Deborah’s dedication to empowering communities through sports shone through.

Her journey continued as she took on the role of Kildare Healthy Ireland Coordinator, advocating for holistic health and well-being through physical activity. However, it was her return to Carlow Sports Partnership in January 2021 that marked a significant milestone. Initially appointed as the Community Sports Development Officer, Deborah’s exceptional leadership and dedication led to her appointment as Acting Coordinator in November of the same year. By June 2022, she had assumed the permanent role of Coordinator, a testament to her unwavering commitment and expertise.

In her role, Deborah oversees the partnership’s activities and collaborates with individual partners to promote and develop physical activity at the county level. From day-to-day operations to strategic planning and financial management, Deborah ensures the partnership’s success while representing Carlow Sports Partnership at national forums.

Reflecting on her journey, Deborah had this to say:

“I have worked very hard over the last 12 years to create a positive reputation in the sporting landscape in Ireland and to earn the role I have now. From a young age, I always knew that I wanted to work in sport, but it wasn’t until I experienced working with elite athletes that I realised my true passion lay in participation. Breaking down barriers and helping people experience and realise that physical activity is not the same as competitive sport has made my life worth living.”

“Women in Sport week holds a very special place in my heart. As a young girl playing county and club football and camogie, we had to fight for everything – playing at senior county level was the first time I ever received a free pair of football socks. There was no coverage of games or hordes of supporters. To see the world that young women have open to them now brings me so much joy, knowing that in some small way I helped pave the way.”

As Deborah aptly puts it, “My generation and the generations before me walked so that women and girls today can run.” Her journey exemplifies the transformative power of sports and the profound impact of dedicated individuals like her in shaping a more inclusive and equitable sporting landscape.

Meet the Carlow Sports Partnership Development Team

Caroline, Teresa, and Jennifer are the driving force behind the scenes in Carlow this International Women’s Day and Sport Week. They’re not just making waves; they’re inspiring us all to get active and healthy. With their passion and hard work, they’re paving the way for a brighter, more inclusive future in our community. Let’s give a big shout-out to these incredible women and show our support as they continue to make Carlow a better place for everyone.

Caroline Shannon – Community Sport Development Officer

As the Community Sport Development Officer, Caroline Shannon is dedicated to creating opportunities for physical activity within local communities. Her work goes beyond simply organising events; Caroline strives to foster a sense of belonging and camaraderie among participants, making Carlow a better place for everyone. Through her efforts, she encourages individuals to embrace an active lifestyle and become active participants in shaping their community’s future.

Jennifer Dempsey – Sport & Physical Hub Activity Co-Ordinator

Jennifer Dempsey brings boundless enthusiasm and energy to her role as the Sport & Physical Hub Activity Co-Ordinator. With a passion for trying new things and pushing boundaries, Jennifer creates diverse opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in sports and physical activities. Whether it’s introducing beginners to a new sport or organizing exciting events for seasoned athletes, Jennifer’s innovative approach ensures that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Teresa O’Meara – Social Inclusion & Disability Officer

At the heart of Teresa O’Meara’s work as the Social Inclusion & Disability Officer lies a commitment to inclusivity and diversity. Teresa is responsible for overseeing disability programs, events, and club development initiatives, ensuring that everyone has access to the benefits of sports and physical activity. Through her advocacy and support, Teresa empowers individuals with additional needs to participate fully in community life, fostering a culture of acceptance and understanding.

These three amazing women are really making a difference in Carlow. They’re inspiring others to get out there and live healthier lives. With their dedication and passion, they’re lighting the way for a brighter future. Let’s give them a shout-out and show our support as they continue to make Carlow a better place for everyone.

Try Parkrun for Women in Sport Week

Feeling inspired by Women in Sport Week? Want to take on a new challenge? Lool no further than your local parkrun! With two Parkrun events held every Saturday in County Carlow, there is no better way to get out there and get moving.

Parkrun is a timed 5K for runners and walkers that is completely run by volunteers. You can walk, run, jog, volunteer or just watch the fun!

Carlow Sport Partnership visited both Tullow & Carlow Town Park events and spoke to some of the amazing volunteers and participants and they had some amazing advice and lovely words to say.

How does Parkrun foster an inclusive environment for women to participate?

“I think it’s because there’s a role for anyone, whether you want to volunteer, walk, or run. There’s something for everyone, regardless of age or gender. It’s a very inclusive environment, providing a cross-generational community aspect that’s hard to find elsewhere.

It’s a very friendly atmosphere; everyone’s up for a chat. Even if you just come down for a cup of tea, you can get to know people without necessarily doing the run. You might find a walking partner gradually. There’s always something to talk about.”

“It’s always accessible to everybody. I heard about it through the local volunteering center, and it’s something good for students too. As someone new to Carlow, it’s a great way to get to know people.”

“It’s great to get women out exercising. Even if you’re overweight or not very good at walking, you’re welcome to do one lap or more. I love volunteering; without volunteers, there wouldn’t be a Parkrun. Practicing during the week is essential for the 5K, but you don’t have to finish it all at once.”

“Even if you’re not into running or walking, you can still volunteer. There are different roles like Run Director, Tail Walker, Marshall, and Timekeeper, all important to make the event successful.”

“There are people from all walks of life, maybe from direct provision, who come along to walk, and other runners offer them lifts and support. Volunteers play a crucial role in this.”

“It’s not a race; it’s inclusive for everyone, whether you walk, crawl, or run. Afterward, we’re like a family, catching up over a cup of tea.”

How does Parkrun celebrate milestones and achievements of women?

“Every Saturday, we ask about milestones, and we’re all here to celebrate and encourage each other. It’s an atmosphere of celebration and inspiration. I’m inspired by all the people who run today. It sets my Saturday off great, feeling like I’m going to accomplish something.”

“From the way Parkrun operates, they have a monitored system that records all your big milestones. But beyond that, the social aspect makes everyone know each other. Today, we’re even celebrating the first grandchild for somebody. So, it’s not just about celebrating running achievements but also personal milestones.”

“Even first-time runners get the warmest welcome because we’re so happy to have new people join us.”

What advice would you give to somebody thinking about doing their first Parkrun?

“Just come down and try it out.”

“The hardest part is getting here, but once you try it, you’ll overcome the nerves. Even if you just have a great walk along the River Barrow, surrounded by nature, come on out. We want to have you.”

 “Turn up, introduce yourself, enjoy every minute, and join us at the end for a cup of tea.”

 “Come along; you’ll make lifelong friends and never regret it.”

 “It’s great fun and becomes part of your Saturday routine.”

Ready to get started on your Parkrun adventure? You can start walking, running or volunteering this weekend for more information on join the Parkrun in any capacity, you can check out the Carlow or Tullow Parkrun Facebook Pages or the website. All the links are below:

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Wellness Wednesday @ Coppenagh House

Wellness Wednesday was a total hit, celebrating Women in Sport week in style! Big shoutout to Dolmen Archers, Michelle from Simply Yoga, Linda Callinan, our awesome Zumba instructor, and Steph and Tasha for showing us the ropes with Activator Poles.

Huge thanks to Ciara, Robert, and their crew at Coppenagh House for keeping us fueled with delicious coffee and treats. Check out all the fun in our photo gallery below!

Multi Activity Morning @ Woodford Dolmen

On Tuesday Morning we visited the Woodford Dolmen Hotel to kick off Women in Sport Week. Participants had a chance to take part in a wide range of activities such as Walking Rugby, Zumba with modified moves, Adapted Activator Poles, Yoga and Inclusive Pickleball.

It was a huge success and a fun filled morning, With smiles all round check out the fun in our media gallery!

Setting the Standard with Marion Hayden

Marion Hayden is a renowned LGFA referee and a valued member of Éire Óg club. Her application of the rules, communication with players, and expert handling of the game have led her to officiate numerous significant occasions, including the Leinster LGFA Senior Ladies Football Final.

Marion made history by becoming the first woman to referee a men’s football championship game in County Carlow. This milestone occurred during the summer of 2023 when she officiated the match between Kilbride and Kildavin-Clonegal. In the world of refereeing, Marion stands as a leading example of what hard work and talent can achieve.

What positive changes have you witnessed in the acceptance and support for female referees in Gaelic football, and how can we continue to foster inclusivity in sports officiating?

Since I started referring in 2017, there has been a positive development in support to referees through online and e learning accessibility for referees in general over recent years, it is constantly updating and improving. There are constant rules tests, match clips & mentoring available now compared to years ago. Because of the small network of referees within the county, the support on the ground is reassuring and new referees are made feel welcome and supported. I think continuing to appoint games on bigger days on the capability of the referee regardless of their gender will help to grow the profile. All referees want to ref on bigger days and if this is not attainable then there will probably be a bigger drop off at the earlier stages of females entering the refereeing world within the GAA.

What advice would you offer to other women aspiring to officiate at the highest levels of sport?

Go for it, give it a try, what is the worst that can happen? It is very rewarding as well as an amazing way to stay fit and focused and most of all to stay involved in the game. The thought of doing it is a lot more daunting than actually doing it.

However, to climb the ranks there is the same level of commitment, honesty and fitness required as with playing the game at the highest level. Find yourself a good training partner that will push you to your limits to help make training that little bit easier. Once you can commit to the highest standard of preparation necessary, then there are no limits on where you can go.

What initiatives or measures do you think sports organisations can implement to encourage and support more women in pursuing careers in sports officiating?

I think it should be widely encouraged and supported by sporting organisations within their own areas or clubs. Perhaps targeting specific demographics within the club structures for both male and female referees.

I think the introduction of the young whistlers has been a great success across the counties. I feel there is a big opportunity to target retiring footballers and hurlers/ camogie players to come on board the refereeing journey. It is a great way to give back to the club and county as well as keeping fit. There can be a huge void left for players who are coming to the end of their footballing or hurling/camogie careers and refereeing can do so much to fill that void.

In Carlow we are currently working with the Ladies county board on a new initiative for younger lady referees, like the young whistlers they will referee underage go game style matches within their own clubs, accompanied by a mentor on game nights. In this situation we would expect positive support from the mentors, as well as the supporters of each Club. There will be an educational benefit for the younger players that are playing, with a more encouraging role from the young whistler referee. We will have a slightly older group to ref the next age group. We believe there will be huge advantage to educating both the young referees and players at that age, where they will experience both sides of the coin and see the positives and benefit of becoming a female referee for the future.

Leading The Way - Louise Burke

In the dynamic world of sports governance, leadership isn’t just about making decisions; it’s about driving meaningful change and fostering inclusivity. Meet Louise Burke, the driving force behind some of Ireland’s most innovative initiatives in sports participation and governance.

Currently the Director of Participation at Sport Ireland, Louise’s journey to leadership didn’t begin there. With a rich background as the coordinator of the Galway Sports Partnership and serving in Non-Executive Board positions with Basketball Ireland and Badminton Ireland, Louise has been a trailblazer long before assuming her current role.

One of her most notable achievements? The ground-breaking Get Ireland Active initiative. Louise spearheaded its development and launch, revolutionising how Ireland approaches sports and recreation. This pioneering database aims to map every sports facility and club in the country, ensuring accessibility and opportunity for all. From recreational centres to niche sporting hubs, Get Ireland Active is a testament to Louise’s vision for an inclusive, active nation.

In your role, how do you actively promote and support the growth of female leaders and decision-makers in the sports industry?

Within Sport Ireland, we have clear targets on how we engage and support the growth of female leaders in sport in Ireland. We recently launched our revised Women in Sport policy which identifies four key target areas which emerged as current gaps & future opportunities for women in sport. These were, Leadership and Governance, Active Participation, Coaching and Officiating, and Visibility. My role supports each pillar and the work I do within the LSP network, Dormant Accounts and Outdoor recreation focuses on supporting women and girls to engage more wherever possible. Sport Ireland overall has taken steps with the government to ensure gender balance on boards as well as providing leadership training and support for females in sport.

How do you envision the future of leadership and governance in women’s sports, and what steps can be taken to further enhance diversity and inclusivity at the decision-making level?

Leadership and governance are the core foundations of how we establish a stronger and more balanced sports sector. A number of key actions will drive forward the agenda of more women in sport. From creating more female connections, advocates, and support structures to driving gender balance quotas at policy level to providing strong guidance on facility development suitable for women, the list is endless on how we as a sector and as a society can make changes to enable growth in Women in Sport. The wider diversity and inclusion agenda follows a similar approach, having Irish modern society represented in the decision making rooms, will support clubs and NGBs/LSPs to create environments that welcome people from all environments.

What advice would you give to young aspiring female professionals aspiring to climb the ladder in the Irish Sporting Industry?

Find yourself a mentor. Having someone you can learn from, who can provide advice and support but also hold you to account is one of the most impactful things you can do, especially early in your career. The opportunities availability for career progression in sport has never been more exciting. The NGBs are always expanding and strengthening the structures within their sports. LSPs have cemented their place at the top table of sport and are rolling out over 120 jobs in the network in 2024-2025. The ways you can get involved are endless, I trained as an accountant, and I am now facilitating national and international policy development, participation and outdoor recreation for the country. You never know what can happen next, so say yes and back yourself!