A very special virtual event, the Remembrance Run / Rith Cuimhneacháin will take place next month when people will go out and walk or run in memory of someone special in their lives.
The event is being organised by Athletics Ireland and promoted by Language Planning Officers in the Gaeltacht for the first time.
This is not a competition, or a challenge, but rather an opportunity for people to go outside and quietly walk or run whatever distance they want in their own area and remember their relationship with someone special.
Participants will be invited to share the names of those people, and memories or messages in Irish about them on the Virtual Wall of Remembrance, which will be broadcast on facebook on the day.
Majella Ní Chríocháin, Language Planning Officer for Pobal Rua in An Cheathrú Rua, said the Remembrance Run on November 8 is a chance to “recognise and remember” people who have passed away,
It also provides an opportunity to keep in mind “those who are struggling in some way at the moment, or even those who are far away and who we cannot visit because of the pandemic.
“Those we keep in our hearts, we will remember them as we walk or run, by ourselves or with our family, on Sunday 8 November.
“We hope that the candle in the Remembrance Run logo will act as a point of contemplation and as a flame of hope for us in these challenging times.”
Athletics Ireland established the Remembrance Run in 2011 and it used to take place in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, but because it will be a virtual event this year, one can take part anywhere, as Barry Pender of Athletics Ireland explained:
‘Athletics Ireland are delighted to be working with the Language Planning Officers on this year’s Remembrance Run, and to provide opportunities to people all around the Gaeltacht to take part.’
You can register for the Remembrance Run in Irish at jotform.com/202892372730052, and the link is available on Pobal Rua’s facebook page.