New Year, New You!

New Year, New You!

Kick Start your New Year with Operation Transformation Walk

Once again as part of the plan to get the nation moving, Operation Transformation will host walks across the country on Saturday 12th January, with thousands of people expected to get out, get up and get active.

The walks are being held in conjunction with Sport Ireland and the Local Sports Partnerships will take place across 26 counties at 11AM.

Laois Sports Partnership are delighted to announce that they will be hosting 4 walks in Laois on 12th January 2019.  All walks are free of charge and you can register online or on the day.

  • Emo Court 5k – Meet at Emo Community Centre @ 11am
  • Ballykilcavan House 3k & 5k – Meet at Ballykilcavan House, Stradbally @ 11am
  • Capponellagh Woods 5k & 8k – Meet The Square, Durrow @ 11am
  • Portlaoise Slí na Slainte 5k – Meet at Portlaoise Leisure Centre @ 11am

    Operation Transformation comes to Laois again!

This event is part of a National initiative to promote the message that walking is a fun way for people to get active as part of a healthier lifestyle.  We are delighted to host 4 walks this year which is made possible by partnering with walking volunteers from across Laois such as Port Trail Walking Group, Mountmellick Walking Group, Mountrath Walking Group, Portlaoise Stepping Out Walking Club, Cullohill Walking Club and Slieve Bloom Walkers. A special thanks to the venues for hosting walks.


Participants are also welcome to join Parkrun on the day. Parkrun is a free 5-km timed course which takes place every Saturday at 9.30am on Vicarstown Canal Bank, Vicarstown.   Parkrun is suitable for walkers, joggers and runners of all ages! You will need to register for FREE at before attending!

Following on from the National Walk Day, a number of areas are planning weekly walks in their locality to coincide with the 8 Week Operation Transformation programme.

See below for details:

Group Name Contact Name Meeting Point
Mountmellick Walking Group Tina Murray MDA Carpark, Mountmellick.  Tuesdays at 10am
Mountrath Ramblers Walking Group Anne Delaney St. Fintans Hall Carpark, Mountrath.  Tuesdays at 11am
Portlaoise Stepping Out & Walking Group Maureen Culliton Portlaoise Leisure Centre. Tuesdays & Thursday Evenings at 7.45pm
Stradbally Walking Group Ann Simpson Beside Parochial House, Stradbally.  Wednesdays at 10.30am
Port Trail Walking Group Donie Molloy Assemble at Oriel House, Portarlington.  Walks Tuesday at 6.00pm