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Find out about the events happening in Ireland during the European Week of Sport 2020



Events in the country


The ambassadors

Bryan Gregan


Kellie Harrington


Eoghan McDermott


Bryan Gregan


Brian is an International 400m sprinter who has won a silver medal at the European Championships and represented Ireland at 4 senior World Championships and 7 European Championships. Brian has won 8 national titles and was part of the 4x400m relay team who broke the Irish record on three occasions. Brian was voted Irish track and field athlete of the year in 2017
Brian has a BA in Sports Science and a Level 2 Athletics coaching qualification. Brian works for the Institute of Education secondary school as Director of Sport."

Kellie Harrington


Kellie won the gold medal in the lightweight division at the 2018 Women's World Boxing Championships. She was the silver medallist in the light welterweight division at the 2016 Women's World Championships.

Eoghan McDermott


Eoghan is an Irish television and radio presenter

Highlighted events in this country

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Saturday, 26 September, 2020
#BeActive Paddle Day
Nationwide, Ireland

On 26 September 2020, Canoeing Ireland will host a brand new event in our European Week of Sport calendar in #BeActive Paddle Day.

#BeActive Paddle Day is a free National event, and aims to provide paddling activities through their 90 affiliated clubs, 12 Outdoor Education and Training Centres, and a number of Local Sport Partnerships.

#BeActive Paddle Day will make paddlesports accessible to all members of the community in a safe and fun environment of skills and games.

With approximately 100 clubs/training hubs taking part, the public be introduced to a safe paddling lesson.

Wednesday, 23 September, 2020
GAA National Inclusion Fitness Day
Nationwide, Ireland

On 23 September 2020 the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) invites all clubs to open their doors to the wider community and support its first GAA National Inclusive Fitness Day. The event aims to promote sport and physical activity to everyone regardless of age, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, nationality, or fitness level.

Inclusion means people having a sense of belonging, of being comfortable in being part of something they value. Diversity means being aware of, accommodating, and celebrating difference, GAA is 'where we all belong'.

Saturday, 26 September, 2020
#BeActive Bingo Night
Dublin City / Nationwide

Throughout the pandemic people have become masters of technology and connectivity and relied heavily on this as a medium to engage and communicate with loved ones and friends. Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership believes the virtual game of bingo will provide a strong opportunity to engage with a large audience across all communities in Dublin City. Players log into a portal and experience the game through any available tech device they have.

The game & a fun Tik Tok challenge will be delivered via a digital studio and will include the main event elements such as MC, Bingo Caller, DJ, Influencers and Instructors. Players will pre-register and will receive bingo packs in advance of the night. The digital design will enable a moderated chat/comment function to know when a player has won a row or Bingo itself. A number of families across Dublin City will be selected to feature as part of the game in ‘Gogglebox’ style.

Sunday, 27 September, 2020
National Walking Day
Nationwide, Ireland

National Walking Day takes place annually in September as part of European Week of Sport, and is run by Get Ireland Walking. National Walking Day aims to celebrate the efforts of community walking volunteers and to promote the activity of walking at a local level in communities across Ireland. Walk with your family, your friends, by yourself or with your walking group but to keep numbers of people to a maximum of 15.

Get Ireland Walking will be sharing suggestions of where to walk in the lead up to National Walking Day. Sport Ireland have detailed information and maps regarding accredited trails throughout Ireland.

Friday, 25 September, 2020
European School Sports Day

European School Sports Day (ESSD) sees schools across Europe take one day to celebrate sport and physical activity on 25 September 2020. The initiative aims to promote physical activity on an international level and involve as many children and young people, schools and organisations as possible.
Research shows that being active makes students healthier and better learners in the classroom. School spirit improves too with fun and inclusive team sports.

In Ireland, ESSD is organised by the Irish Primary PE Association and has involved hundreds of primary school students over the years.

Wednesday, 23 September, 2020
Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) Soccerfest
Phoenix Park, Dublin

Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) Soccerfest is Ireland's largest intercultural 7-a-side football tournament and has been a part of European Week of Sport for many years.

The event hosted 32 teams in 2019 as well as a women's tournament and a range of other sporting activities including a climbing wall, tug of war, table tennis, walking football, GAA rounders, capoeira and cricket.

The 2020 SARI Soccerfest is due to take place in September - date to be confirmed (TBC).

Sunday, 1 September, 2019
Explore Your County (Kerry Recreation & Sport Partnership)
County Kerry, Ireland

"The theme for ‘Explore Your County’ will encompass three strands involving outdoor activities.

Women on the Water - A dual location event will be held with a four week kayaking programme leading up to the main events on 26 September 2020 as part of Canoeing Ireland's #BeActive Paddle Day event.
Accessible Orienteering - a 6-week accessible orienteering programme aims to target children with physical disabilities, and will consist of 4x1 hour sessions.
Family Walks – The aim is to encourage families to become more active and explore new areas with a series of walks based on family age. The initiative will align with Get Ireland Walking’s flagship event, National Walking Day, on 27 September 2020.

Wednesday, 23 September, 2020
Physical Activity & Education for People with Disabilities (Roscommon / Wesmeath & Longford Sports Partnership)
Virtual / Online

Roscommon Sports Partnership, in collaboration with Westmeath and Longford Sports Partnership, will organise a joint inclusion programme for people who have sensory disabilities (i.e. deaf or hard of hearing, and blind or visually impaired). The programme will be delivered online and will be supported by Cara, Deaf Sport Ireland, Vision Sport Ireland and Chime. This event will be open from 23-30 September 2020.

Wednesday, 23 September, 2020
Primary Schools Athletics Fest "Staying Local" 2020 (Sligo Sport & Recreation Partnership)
County Sligo, Ireland

For the past sixteen years, the highly successful ‘Introduction to Athletics for Primary Schools’ events has taken place at the IT Sligo Athletics Arena. Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership (SSRP), Sligo Athletics Association and Youth Sport West. This year SSRP will engage with 40 primary schools to engage a minimum of 1200 children in a virtual Athletics Fest during European Week Of Sport, which is a relay based format on the principles of inclusion, fun and sport for all. Each school involved will be supported through the provision of a coach to manage the onsite hosting of the relay events.

The primary focus of this event is on participation rather than competition. A fun and enjoyable experience for all abilities is our goal at the Athletics Fest “Staying Local”. All participants will receive a t-shirt and a certificate of participation. The top three teams/ individuals for each event will receive a certificate of achievement for their school. We are looking forward to continuing our enjoyable Athletics fest by “Staying Local” in a new way this year. The event takes place from 23-30 September 2020.

Wednesday, 23 September, 2020
#BeActive Mayo (Mayo Sport Partnership)
County Mayo, Ireland

Mayo Sport Partnership will hold a weeklong event consisting of up to seven-day challenges in the following activities: Walking, Running, Hiking, Cycling, Swimming and Water Paddling Sports. The aim of each challenge is to cover the distance set out for each sport. It will be a virtual experience for everyone in Mayo to enjoy, as well as catering for those who are experienced in their sports. The distance of each challenge has been set in relation to iconic monuments around the county i.e. Croagh Patrick, Great Western Greenway, Bangor Trail, River Moy. Participants are asked cover the distance virtually, then upload a photo to social media and tagging MSP & Sport Ireland with the #BeActive. Challenges can be done on your own or part of a team. This event takes place from 23-30 September 2020.

Highlighted events in Europe

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The European Week of Sport supports thousands of events across Europe and beyond. You can download the list of highlighted events on the Commission's Sport website, or check out each country's external page celebrating the Week.

Update on 23 September 2019

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