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Meeting: Members of the Flanagan family will meet for a virtual Goal Mile on Christmas Day to raise money for the charity.

Meeting: Members of the Flanagan family will meet for a virtual Goal Mile on Christmas Day to raise money for the charity.

Meeting: Members of the Flanagan family will meet for a virtual Goal Mile on Christmas Day to raise money for the charity.

Twenty members of the Flanagan family who are scattered across the globe will join together to raise money for charity as they each walk a mile in aid of Goal on Christmas Day.

Across their various time zones, the Flanagan family, originally from Kilkenny city but now living in Germany, Australia and Thailand, will walk or run a mile at the same time.

The family includes four siblings – Donal, Niamh, Ronan and Angela – their mum Máirín, partners, children, aunts and in-laws and are aged from five to 85 years old.

In recent years, it has become a tradition for the family to come together to do a Goal Mile in Dublin or Kilkenny. As they cannot come together this year due to the pandemic, the mile will be completed virtually through phones and tablets.

Niamh Flanagan is the only one of the four siblings living in Ireland.

“Every Christmas at least some of our family are together to celebrate in Ireland, and in recent years we have built the wonderful tradition of doing a Goal Mile on Christmas Day,” she said.

“While we are disappointed that we won’t be together, we know that better times are ahead and we can still bond as a family at this special time by doing the virtual Goal Mile.”

They will kick off at 10am Irish time – in Perth it will be 6pm, Chiang Mai 5pm and 11am in Cologne.

The annual Goal Mile sees thousands of people around Ireland walk or jog a mile at 170 locations, but this year it will be held virtually.

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