President’s message of hope coming to Newry
Monday, February 24th, 2014
Community, Sport, What's On
A message of hope from the President of Ireland is to be carried through Newry and South Down by relay runners on 14th March.
A 1000km relay from Cork to Belfast to promote the Irish language will begin in Baile Bhuirne, Cork, on 7th March, and will involve the carrying of a special hand-carved baton, with a message of hope from the President, Michael D. Higgins, encased inside.
It will reach County Down on 14th March, passing through Newry, Warrenpoint, Hilltown, Castlewellan where it will be met with a street celebtration and music in the Upper Square that evening.
On the following day the Rith, Irish for run, will complete its journey through Downpatrick and onto Belfast.
The baton, containing a message of hope to the people of Ireland, will be carried by local groups over each kilometre throughout the nine day run. The relay, which aims to raise money to create a fund for the promotion of the Irish language will finish with a festival in the heart of Belfast on 15th March where the message of hope will be read out.
National organiser for the event is Downpatrick man, Marcas Mac Ruairí. Commenting on the plans, he said, “We are excited Rith 2014 is coming to County Down this year.
“Schools, sports clubs, businesses, community groups and individuals will all have the opportunity to run with the special baton to publicise the work that they do in their own community by buying a kilometre through the website www.rith.ie. ”
Anyone interested in taking part in this national event can contact Rith through its website where additional information about the event and the route is available.
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