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O'Connell Street will host family sports day

DUBLIN'S O'Connell Street is to be turned into a giant sporting arena for a day.

Children and adults can have their own 100m sprint down the iconic street or play hide and seek by The Spire.

Lord Mayor Naoise O Muiri is calling on sporting enthusiasts, the not-so-sporty, students, families and friends to join the event on Sunday, May 12.

The aim of the day, organised by Dublin City Council and Athletics Ireland, is to get active while having fun.

Children can measure their fitness and test their skills in numerous events over the afternoon.

Participants are invited to join the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Fionnuala Keane in the highlight of the day, a one-mile race around O'Connell Street. There is no limit on age or fitness.

The Lord Mayor said: "Transforming O'Connell Street into a sporting arena for Dubliners and visitors alike will add great atmosphere, energy and vibrancy to what's usually a normal Sunday on the street.

"We are expecting great interest in this event."

John Foley, of Athletics Ireland, said that they were delighted to be invited help organise the event.

"There will be a nice mix of little athletics fun events for the children to take part in, and the mile event at the end of the afternoon will be a suitable challenge for all the family."


Laura Lynn is the chosen charity for the event – it's Ireland's first children's hospice.

Some of the fun activities on the day will be a "speed bounce", where participants can test their speed and power in a 20-second bouncing test from age six upwards.

Another activity called the "balance beam" will see people testing their ability to balance for 15 seconds on one leg on a narrow beam. The sports day will take place between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday, May 12.